Lynda Cobb

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 26 February 2019 6:19 PM EDT

Lynda Cobb

Hi. I coach both middle and high school PFD and Congressional Debate as a volunteer. I was a policy debater.

I am a policy analyst and an editor.

Clash, persuade, funnel. I don’t mind observations, but don’t give me a ten-pointer and apply it to every argument. I do flow. Be CLEAR. Please follow the flow in your speech and sign post for me. If I am flipping pages to find where you are, it is generally not good for you. Please give me a framework- it doesn't necessarily have to be in case, but make it known soon so your narrative throughout the round can fulfill it.

I do have some troubles with evidence in PFD. It is generally cut to be conclusionary. Know the author, know why they are a better source than your opponent's evidence, know WHY they said what they said AND PLEASE TELL ME. That can be the BEST argument in the round.

After having judged quite a few national circuit rounds, there have been a few teams that go too fast. They spit out a number of poor arguments and win because the other team can't cover them all and the dumpers cherry pick and pull. I get it all down, but I don't necessarily grok all the arguments...mostly because they are a skeleton of an argument. Honestly, this makes me sad. At that point, it is not about persuasion and argumentation. And the thing is, these rounds had 4 smart people in them. They could have made great arguments. They chose to overwhelm rather than outwit.

Summary speech is REALLY important. It is the chance to play chess- very strategic. In Final Focus, tell me why your voters win the day. Shore up your warrants and weigh those impacts. I do enjoy some panache and humor.

Finally, don't be a jerk a.k.a. a contemptibly obnoxious person. In cross, lay your cards down. Being evasive makes me unhappy. If your opponent keeps asking and you keep evading, I will not let you win the argument you are hiding for later.

You are amazing for getting up early on a weekend to throw words at me. :)

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Morristown West 32nd Annual Chestnut Tree Invitational HS 2019-11-02 PFD R2 707 704 Neg
Morristown West 32nd Annual Chestnut Tree Invitational HS 2019-11-02 PFD R1 706 705 Aff
Steven Davis Invitational at Ardrey Kell HS 2019-02-23 VPF SEM Cary FS Riverside DY Pro Pro 3-0
Steven Davis Invitational at Ardrey Kell HS 2019-02-23 VPF R4 Providence DC North Mecklenburg BR Pro
Steven Davis Invitational at Ardrey Kell HS 2019-02-23 VPF R2 Northwest Guilford BM William G. Enloe CP Pro
Steven Davis Invitational at Ardrey Kell HS 2019-02-23 VPF R1 Myers Park CA Northwest Guilford AP Con
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2019-01-19 PFRR R3 Cary SF Ardrey Kell BH Con
Cavalier Invitational at Durham Academy HS 2019-01-19 PFRR R1 Richard Montgomery HZ Durham KD Pro
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2018-12-14 PF Double Edgemont SaKa Newton South GS Pro Pro 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2018-12-14 PF Triple Livingston KR Edina JM Pro Pro 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2018-12-14 PF R6 Boca SD Millard West BS Con
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2018-12-14 PF R6 Edina NT Lake Mary Prep HM Con
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2018-12-14 PF R1 West Orange HS Wayland WW Con
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2018-12-14 PF R1 Edina TS Marist NL Pro
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VPF R7 Evanston Twp AL Edgemont GY Pro
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VPF R6 Hinsdale Central RJ Cypress Bay AT Pro
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VPF R5 William Fremd SW Walt Whitman HD Con
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VPF R4 Strake Jesuit College Prep CD Chanhassen MW Pro
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VPF R3 Oakwood School - North Hollywood BW Palisade KM Pro
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-11-17 VPF R2 Colleyville Heritage LW Miami Beach Sr KG Pro
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF Triple Edgemont MF Nueva FM Pro Pro 2-1
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF R6 Edina NT Livingston KR Pro
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF R5 Oxbridge Academy SR Nueva RM Con
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF R4 DuPont Manual GK Nueva CS Con
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF R3 Nueva FM Montgomery Blair TZ Pro
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK HS 2018-09-07 VPF R2 Hawken LG Milpitas PS Pro
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2018-01-26 PF DO Tut Durham DO Strake Jesuit College Prep WH Pro Con 2-1
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2018-01-26 PF R2 North Broward Prep KI Auburn CA Pro
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2018-01-26 PF R2 American Heritage HS - Plantation ZhPl Cranbrook Upper RZ Con
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2018-01-26 PF R1 Newsome AE SpeakFirst BC Pro
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2018-01-26 PF R1 Columbus MP Success Academy Manhattan GC Con
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF Varsit Sequoyah DC Durham PL Pro Pro 2-1
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R4 Morristown West DH Sequoyah EH Pro
Earlybird Forensics at Wake Forest HS 2016-09-09 PF R4 Millburn JG Morristown West WR Con