Matt Grimes

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 10 September 2022 4:52 AM CDT

Public Forum:

Let's start by saying this - I'm a wild card judge at times. There is no one thing that wins the round for me, and there's no one thing that loses it. I evaluate each debate on its own merit and set of circumstances. If you must know something that remotely looks like a paradigm/philosophy, though, here goes...

Although I am a coach, I still believe that public forum is an event intended for the layman. Throwing around fancy phraseology that shows me you've been to prestigious debate camps and have a diverse set of experiences on the national circuit doesn't impress me as much as you might like - it all boils down to effective argumentation and refutation. Framework/weighing mechanisms are extremely helpful. Otherwise, you've got a trigger-happy judge like me trying to determine standards upon which to evaluate the round, and you know as well as I do that people can be foolish doodyheads. Lead the horse to water, and it will drink on its own. Don't lead the horse to water, and it may gallop around everything but the water.

I'm getting off track. Not unlike a horse.

I can comprehend just fine in terms of speed, but don't spread because you think introducing eighteen different contentions will win you the round. It won't. "They dropped my really obscure point about the squirrel population and the environment - you're gonna flow that to us." No, I'm not. Just because an opponent doesn't address subpoint 3c of contention 2a doesn't mean they lose the round - that's tactics and strategy, and while it can assist you, it will very rarely be my RFD.

I do flow, but it will look like a deranged person's flow - I got thrown into debate by my own high school coach at the last second without any prep, so I made it up as I went along ("fake it 'til you make it," after all). Hopefully you won't notice it on Zoom.

Oh, and this whole notion of pre-flow? Yeah, that's definitely a thing - it's called prep time. If I, as the judge, am ready to go? You are ready to go as well. Do not ask me to wait on you beyond a minute or two - that won't start you off on the right foot.

Civil crossfires, please. This is where my pen drops the most; I interpret speaking over one another as rude and inconsiderate. I don't see that as much with virtual crossfires (#thanksalotcorona), but I thought I would mention it.

I can't do the pen twirly thing. I've tried, and I just don't have the coordination.

Hope that provides you some level of understanding of the claptrap that is my mind.

 

Policy:

Please don't make me judge policy.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2022-06-13 PF R8 727 804 Pro Con 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2022-06-13 PF R5 729 936 Con
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2022-06-13 PF R5 888 921 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2022-06-13 PF R4 803 930 Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2022-06-13 PF R4 749 722 Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2022-06-13 PF R3 769 808 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2022-06-13 PF R3 875 911 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2022-06-13 PF R1 743 931 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2022-06-13 PF R1 896 843 Pro Pro 2-0
Palm Classic HS 2022-02-12 PF-T Octafi Hawken LB College Prep BB Pro Pro 3-0
Yale University Invitational 2021 HS 2021-09-17 VPF R2 Thomas Jefferson HSST CL Princeton MB Con
Yale University Invitational 2021 HS 2021-09-17 VPF R1 East Ridge BM West Windsor Plainsboro South TC Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R7 1173 1228 Con Pro 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R7 1102 1166 Con Con 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R6 1366 1035 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R5 1283 1281 Con
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R4 1345 1107 Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R4 1124 1220 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R3 1078 1037 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R3 1338 1187 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R1 1185 1249 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-06-07 PF R1 1214 1044 Pro Pro 2-0
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition HS 2020-09-25 PF R2 Albuquerque CC Maggie L. Walker Governor's TR Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R6 N169 N226 Con
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R6 N317 N252 Con
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R5 N154 N235 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R5 N251 N348 Con
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R3 N358 N158 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R3 N245 N208 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R2 N199 N122 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF R2 N374 N339 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R6 N309 N278 Con
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R6 N361 N253 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 IPF Sem N365 N137 Con Con 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R5 N313 N312 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R5 N252 N304 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R4 N267 N172 Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R4 N314 N357 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R3 N229 N163 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R3 N350 N147 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R2 N249 N196 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R2 N283 N353 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 IPF R2 N355 N365 Con
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R1 N102 N220 Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R1 N264 N289 Con
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF Triple Capitol PD Medina Senior GP Pro Pro 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF R6 Eagan PS University KM Pro
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF Varsit Ft. Lauderdale HS Henry Clay SW Pro Pro 3-0
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF Varsit Dalton FU Poly Prep DL Pro Pro 3-0
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF Varsit Acton Boxborough AJ Capitol Debate PB Pro Pro 3-0
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R5 Pinecrest SS Mountain Brook BH Pro
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R5 Ardrey Kell HX Princeton Independent BC Pro
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R3 Ft. Lauderdale BP Milton CG Con
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R3 DuPont Manual PN North Mecklenburg CR Con
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R2 Walt Whitman BL Durham KJ Pro
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R2 Morristown West DH Thomas Jefferson PB Con
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R1 William Mason NR Chantilly CP Pro
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R1 Newton South GS Ardrey Kell LD Pro
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