Adam smiley Paradigm

Last changed 2/28 10:36A EDT

Coach at Alpharetta High School 2006-Present
Coach at Chattahoochee High School 1999-2005
Did not debate in High School or College.

E-mail: asmiley27@gmail.com

General thoughts- I expect debaters to recognize debate as a civil, enjoyable, and educational activity. Anything that debaters do to take away from this in the round could be penalized with lower speaker points. I tend to prefer debates that more accurately take into account the types of considerations that would play into real policymakers' decision making. On all arguments, I prefer more specifics and less generics in terms of argument choice and link arguments. The resolution has an educational purpose. I prefer debates that take this into account and do not go out of their way to moot any real discussion of the topic or try to avoid any real discussion of the merits of the aff. Everything in this philosophy represents my observations and preferences, but I can be convinced otherwise in the round and will judge the arguments made in the round. I will vote on most arguments, but I am going to be very unlikely to vote on arguments that I consider morally repugnant (spark, wipeout, malthus, cancer good, etc). You should avoid these arguments in front of me.


K- I am not a big fan of kritiks. This does not mean that I will not vote for kritiks, and I have become much more receptive to them over the years. However, this does mean a couple of things for the debaters. First, I do not judge as many critikal rounds as other judges. This means that I am less likely to be familiar with the literature, and the debaters need to do a little more work explaining the argument. Second, I may have a little higher threshold on certain arguments. I tend to think that teams do not do a good enough job of explaining how their alternatives solve their kritiks or answering the perms. Generally, I leave too many rounds feeling like neither team had a real discussion or understanding of how the alternative functions in the round or in the real world. I also tend towards a policy framework and allowing the aff to weigh their advantages against the K. However, I will look to the flow to determine these questions. Finally, I do feel that my post-round advice is less useful and educational in K rounds in comparison to other rounds.

T- I generally enjoy good T debates. Be sure to really impact your standards on the T debate. Also, do not confuse most limiting with fair limits. Finally, be sure to explain which standards you think I as the judge should default to and impact your standards.

Theory-I am willing to pull the trigger on theory arguments as a reason to reject the argument. However, outside of conditionality, I rarely vote on theory as a reason to reject the team. If you are going for a theory arg as a reason to reject the team, make sure that you are impacting the argument with reasons that I should reject the team. Too many debaters argue to reject the team without any impact beyond the argument being unfair. Instead, you need to win that it either changed the round in an unacceptable way or allowing it changes all future rounds/research in some unacceptable way. I will also tend to look at theory as a question of competing interpretations.I feel that too many teams only argue why their interpretation is good and fail to argue why the other team’s interpretation is bad.Also, be sure to impact your arguments. I tend towards thinking that topic specific education is often the most important impact in a theory debate.I am unlikely to do that work for you. Given my preference for topic specific education, I do have some bias against generic counterplans such as states and international actor counterplans that I do not think would be considered as options by real policymakers. Finally, I do think that the use of multiple, contradictory neg advocacies has gotten out of hand in a way that makes the round less educational. I generally believe that the neg should be able to run 1 conditional CP and 1 conditional K. I will also treat the CP and the K as operating on different levels in terms of competition. Beyond that, I think that extra conditional and contradictory advocacies put too much of a burden on the aff and limit a more educational discussion on the merits of the arguments.

Disads- I generally tend towards evaluating uniqueness as the most important part of the disad debate. If there are a number of links and link turns read on a disad debate, I will generally default towards the team that is controlling uniqueness. I also tend towards an offense defense paradigm when considering disads as net benefits to counterplans. I think that the politics disad is a very educational part of debate that is my favorite argument to both coach and judge. I will have a very high threshold for voting on politics theory. Finally, teams should make sure that they give impact analysis that accounts for the strong possibility that the risk of the disad has been mitigated and tells me how to evaluate that mitigation in the context of the impacts in round.

Counterplans-I enjoy a good counterplan debate. However, I tend to give the aff a little more leeway against artificially competitive counterplans, such as consult counterplans. I also feel that a number of aff teams need to do more work on impacting their solvency deficits against counterplans. While I think that many popular counterplans (especially states) are uniquely bad for debate, I have not seen teams willing to invest the time into theory to help defeat these counterplans.

Calling for cards- I prefer to read as few cards post round as possible.I think that it is up to the debaters to give clear analysis of why to prefer one card over another and to bring up the key warrants in their speeches.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/6/2020 CX Quarte Woodward Nishita Ghanate & Sachi Reddy Northview Khushi Afre & Ian Yang Aff Aff on a 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championships 3/6/2020 CX R5 Woodward Ashna Ghanate & Elizabeth Li Henry W Grady Dorien Laurens & Ava Smith Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/21/2020 OCX R5 Woodward MH Northview IH Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/21/2020 OCX R3 St. Mark's School of Texas SY Westminster PH Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/21/2020 OCX R1 Druid Hills GW Woodward GT Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/10/2020 NCX R6 Rockdale County AG Woodward NY Aff
Sequoyah Autumn Argument 11/9/2019 JCX R1 Druid Hills WS Woodward BK Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/27/2019 VCX Quarte Westminster MP Henry W Grady WN Aff Aff on a 3-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX RR R7 Liberal Arts and Science EU Harvard-Westlake NW Aff Aff on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX RR R6 Kent Denver HS Henry W Grady NW Aff Aff on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R5 Crossings Christian NB Notre Dame DN Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX RR R4 Edgemont SS Glenbrook North KP Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R4 Westwood YN Peninsula FW Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R3 Alief Taylor GB Heritage Hall SR Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX RR R3 North Broward Prep DF Greenhill LH Aff Aff on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX RR R2 Whitney Young MM Dallas Highland Park ML Aff Aff on a 2-0
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R2 Glenbrook North KP OES TW Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R1 Woodward WG Notre Dame DY Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 Semifi SLC West Galian & Rice Westminster Manghat & Sayers Neg Neg on a 4-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 Quarte Niles West Bat-erdene & Bennett Westminster Manghat & Sayers Neg Neg on a 2-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX1 Octafi USN Cramer & Harris Carrollton Sacred Heart Feerick-Hillenbrand & Per Aff Aff on a 2-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 5 Head Royce Kopelnik & Muhammad Carrollton Sacred Heart Mestre & Giustini Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 3 Niles West Patel & Shah USN Fox & Kassim Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX Double Westminster SB Kent Denver JL Neg Neg on a 2-1
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX R6 Notre Dame DN Chaminade PQ Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX R4 Greenhill EA Notre Dame KP Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/2/2019 VCX R3 Notre Dame PG Interlake BP Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX Octos Glenbrook North KP Chattahoochee JN Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX Double Chattahoochee JN Niles West FW Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Lexington AB Glenbrook North JK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Lexington HQ Mamaroneck WS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R2 Homewood-Flossmoor KW Mamaroneck SR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 Hawken GL Walter Payton RY Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX1 Quarte Chattahoochee Manne & Bryant Westminster Yu & Li Neg Neg on a 5-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX2 Octas Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Culmo & Garity Blue Valley Southwest Shi & Helixon Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 OCX Sems Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Montgomery Bell BG Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 OCX Quar Weyzeta HR Montgomery Bell BG Aff Neg on a 2-1
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 OCX Octa Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GC Montgomery Bell HR Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 OCX R5 Northview JR Chattahoochee MV Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 OCX R4 Chattahoochee JN Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BD Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/9/2018 OCX R3 Montgomery Bell DF Gulliver Prep GB Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R3 Westminster MG Iowa City West JW Neg
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/26/2018 PEL R1 Glenbrook South GS Highland Park (Dallas) MK Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/29/2017 VCX Octas Woodward RG Carrollton TG Aff Aff on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX2 Quarte Greenhill Ahmad & Wegener Montgomery Bell Bradford & Kalams Neg Neg on a 4-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 Octafi Carrollton Arvanitis & Paneque Wayzata Liang & Sun Neg Neg on a 2-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX2 R4 Greenhill Zlotky & Kwon USN French & Laibinis Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/10/2017 OCX Sems Cabot BS Marist AV Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/10/2017 OCX Round Johns Creek LW Druid Hills WH Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 3/10/2017 OCX Round Chattahoochee JN Calhoun TF Aff
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships 2/11/2017 NCX Semis Chattahoochee HP Woodward GW Aff Aff on a 3-0
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships 2/11/2017 JVCX Finals Chattahoochee AM Pace HN Neg Neg on a 2-1
GFCA First and Second Year State Championships 2/11/2017 NCX R3 Woodward SG Westminster AB Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/30/2016 VCX Quarte Calhoun KF Neg
2016 Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/6/2016 VCX R6 Ingraham KT Damien CJ Aff
2016 Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/6/2016 VCX R5 Loyola C Coronado HS Aff
2016 Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/6/2016 VCX R4 Chaminade AT Notre Dame AM Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 NCX Oct Woodward MK Johns Creek DK Aff Neg on a 2-1
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Round Chattahoochee LM Columbus EH Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 1/15/2016 OCX Round Montgomery Bell GJ Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart TD Aff
Peach State Classic 11/13/2015 VPD Quarte Johns Creek RD Woodward AH Neg Neg on a 2-1
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP Quarte Pace Funston & Movsovitz Woodward Abramson & Haskins Aff Aff on a 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/6/2015 CX Semifi Pace LS Roswell BR Aff Aff on a 2-1
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/6/2015 CX Quarte Pace LS Chattahoochee DN Aff Aff on a 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/6/2015 CX R5 Chattahoochee SW Roswell BR Aff
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/6/2015 CX R2 Pace FL Woodward BA Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Quar Johns Creek BT Chattahoochee SW Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Octs Johns Creek BT Chattahoochee DS Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Round Montgomery Bell AS Johns Creek XV Neg
2015 Golden Desert Debates 1/31/2015 VCX Double Roswell RB Harker RM Neg Neg on a 3-0
2015 Golden Desert Debates 1/31/2015 VCX R5 Chaminade CP KC Hillcrest HO Aff
2015 Golden Desert Debates 1/31/2015 VCX R4 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's RN BASIS Chandler KK Aff
2015 Golden Desert Debates 1/31/2015 VCX R2 Leland VV Sage Ridge RK Aff
2015 Golden Desert Debates 1/31/2015 VCX R1 Kent Denver FC Rowland Hall-St. Mark's RW Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R6 Chattahoochee DN Mona Shores AW Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R3 Edgemont XK Johns Creek XV Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R2 GPS CH Chattahoochee RS Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 6 DowCat BE NilNor FW Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 5 WesSch GY NilNor TY Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 4 NilNor DN MonBel BT Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 NCX nov 1 WesBlo AW Homewo SS Aff