Chris Berdnik Paradigm

Last changed 21 February 2020 6:04 PM EDT

UPDATED 2/21/20: I do not judge as often as I may once have. At most local events, I find myself on the operations side of a tournament.

That should not terrify you – I am a career public servant, who happens to coach debate because I appreciate everything that it taught me as a student. You should assume that I approach debate rounds this way: what is the best decision I can make given the information presented to me?

It may sound old-fashioned, but I do not wish to be on any email chains. I have sadly witnessed teams answering entire disadvantages not read by their opponents simply because they were included in said distribution. Not to be outdone, I have read ballots where judges voted on evidence that nobody read. I pledge to keep the best flow I can. If I need to see a piece of evidence, and the particular league or tournament's rules allow for that, I will call for it.

If you are short on time reading this, my paradigm can be expressed in six (6) words: do your thing and be nice. If you are really short on time, we can go with four (4): old guy, still flows.

Policy:

1. Speed is fine, but clarity is necessary. I cannot vote on what I do not have typed/written down. I try hard to listen to the text of the evidence presented;
2. Open cross-examination is acceptable, but if it is clear than one member of the team is not able to participate at the same level, speaker points will suffer;
3. My preference is tabula rasa; in the absence of any alternative framework, I look first to any potential violation(s) of stock issues and then default to a policymaking perspective.

Lincoln Douglas:

1. I do not mind an LD round that gets on down the flow;
2. My preference is tabula rasa; in the absence of any alternative framework, I will default to a whole resolution lens looking first to the value/value criterion debate.

Public Forum/Speech:

1. Nothing earth-shattering here. I am less speed tolerant in public forum and I will simply apply the ballot criteria to whatever speech event is at hand.

Regardless of event, we enter the debate knowing the resolution and some basic rules of the road (e.g., speech times, likely printed on the ballot). By tabula rasa I mean that the debaters establish the framework for evaluating debates. You should do what you do best and do it well. Arguments should have three parts – a claim, a warrant, and some sort of greater implication regardless of your style.

I still believe that good decisions should flow like water. Great rebuttals frame debates and clash wins rounds. My ballots will provide a succinct RFD, possibly pointing out either strengths or opportunities for improvement as we progress through the speeches. 3AR/3NR oral critiques nauseate me: what I say out loud (if disclosure is permitted) will almost certainly match what I am placing on your ballot. Your coach should see comments too. You did not go to the dentist; my RFD is never going to read “oral.”

Finally, be respectful of your partners, opponents, and judges. I have zero tolerance for poor behavior in debate rounds.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Middle School TOC at UK HS 2021-05-08 LD Double Marlborough LF Honor NL Aff Aff 3-0
Middle School TOC at UK HS 2021-05-08 LD R6 Golden State VR ModernBrain LS Neg
Middle School TOC at UK MS 2021-05-08 LD R5 ModernBrain BL Isidore Newman GD Neg
Middle School TOC at UK MS 2021-05-08 LD R4 HuaXia Chinese School - Houston EW ModernBrain AL Aff
Middle School TOC at UK MS 2021-05-08 LD R3 HuaXia Chinese School - Houston SuZh Redwood BZ Neg
Middle School TOC at UK MS 2021-05-08 LD R2 ModernBrain ZT HuaXia Chinese School - Houston ML Aff
Middle School TOC at UK MS 2021-05-08 LD R1 HuaXia Chinese School - Houston KY Frank Black CT Neg
DELAWARE STATES HS 2021-04-15 PF R1 NewCha Wilson & Michel WilCha Gao & Yadav Neg
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2020-02-07 CX Quarte Brooklyn Technical BA Unionville AP Neg Aff 2-1
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2020-02-07 CX R5 McDowell LK Brooklyn Technical RR Neg
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2020-02-07 CX R3 Unionville AP Lexington SS Aff
45th University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2020-02-07 CX R1 Bronx Science MR Unionville AbPa Neg
November PCFL at CR North HS 2019-11-16 VCX R2 Strath Haven WZ Unionville WS Aff
Valley Forge District Tournament HS 2019-03-08 CX R2 J 403 E 405 Aff
Valley Forge District Tournament HS 2019-03-08 CX R1 K 400 P 407 Neg
PHSSL Districts 11 and 12 HS 2019-02-23 11PFD R3 AC 120 AK 127 Pro
PHSSL Districts 11 and 12 HS 2019-02-23 12CX R2 AE 500 AE 501 Aff
PHSSL Districts 11 and 12 HS 2019-02-23 12CX R1 AE 501 AE 500 Neg
Bethel Park Black Hawk Invitational HS 2019-02-08 LD Quarte X Leila Hamdan L Hannah Kelly Aff Aff 3-0
Bethel Park Black Hawk Invitational HS 2019-02-08 LD Octo AP Rebecca Peng N Shudipto Wahed Neg Neg 3-0
Bethel Park Black Hawk Invitational HS 2019-02-08 LD R7 AD Sunny Chai N Steven Pan Neg
Bethel Park Black Hawk Invitational HS 2019-02-08 LD R4 C Shannon Rodgers AJ Marian Moss Neg
Bethel Park Black Hawk Invitational HS 2019-02-08 LD R3 AT Eric Fredette Y Kedar Manda Aff
Bethel Park Black Hawk Invitational HS 2019-02-08 LD R2 M Joy Zhang AP Catherine Lee Aff
Bethel Park Black Hawk Invitational HS 2019-02-08 LD R1 X Clare Abboud AD Anusha Neupane Aff
NSDA Middle School Nationals HS 2018-06-19 CX Finals Amicitia American School Fes AC Taiwan TT Neg Neg 4-1
NSDA Middle School Nationals HS 2018-06-19 LD Octofi Quail Valley JX River Oaks Baptist BW Aff Aff 2-1
NSDA Middle School Nationals MS 2018-06-19 LD Double Fort Settlement CY Chandler Prep SB Aff Neg 2-1
NSDA Middle School Nationals MS 2018-06-19 ED Finals Alice Deal MB Alice Deal SA Neg Aff 4-1
NSDA Middle School Nationals MS 2018-06-19 ED R2 Poly Prep GTe Poly Prep BK Neg
43rd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2018-02-09 CX Quarte Bronx HS Of Science CR Ridge WW Neg Neg 2-1
43rd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2018-02-09 CX R4 Lexington LC Newark Tech EM Aff
43rd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2018-02-09 CX R3 King Low Heywood Thomas XP Strath Haven SS Neg
43rd University of Pennsylvania Tournament HS 2018-02-09 CX R1 Lexington JP Unionville AP Aff
Grand Nationals HS 2017-05-27 LD Quarts 3168 3037 Aff Aff 3-0
PCFL at Downingtown East HS 2017-01-27 VCX R1 Strath Haven GM Unionville PP Aff
PCFL Qualifiers HS 2016-02-27 CX R1 W 901 J 907 Aff Aff 2-0
La Salle Forum Invitational HS 2015-12-12 JVCX R3 Cumberland Valley SA La Salle College MT Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational HS 2015-12-12 VCX R2 La Salle College PD Unionville YD Aff
La Salle Forum Invitational HS 2015-12-12 JVCX R1 Truman FW La Salle College HH Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 NLD Quarte Lawrenceville PV Truman TZ Neg Neg 3-0
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD Double Marriotts Ridge RY First Colonial KH Neg Neg 3-0
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 NLD R6 Lawrenceville LK Loyola Blakefield JT Neg
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 NLD R6 Oakton TM Dallastown OM Neg
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 NLD R4 Loyola Blakefield CG Catonsville SL Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 NLD R3 Woodgrove KZ Truman GJ Aff
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 NLD R3 Catonsville GJ Lexington AA Neg
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD R1 Unionville RS Marriotts Ridge DK Neg
Pennsbury Falcon Invitational HS 2015-01-30 LD R1 Catonsville NeKe First Colonial CQ Neg