Loan Nguyen ParadigmLast changed 9/28 8:04A CST
I am a teacher and coach. I coach primarily speech but I’ve judged PF for about five years. I flow, but I’m not a policy-oriented person and it shows. My hope is that the experience is fun and rewarding for you, even if you don't win your round. :)
Coherency, strong links and evidence >>> speed for me, always. I believe public forum means *public* access — if you cannot explain or adapt to a lay judge, then do you understand what you’re debating yourself? I abhor grandstanding that sidelines partners or strokes egos; same for any rounds that chase agreeing on a definitions that goes no where. I rarely call for evidence, so if you don’t then I will take it as agreeing to the other team’s use.
Teams should offer a framework.
THIS IS IMPORTANT: cross is for questioning, and during grandx I should hear from both speakers on a team.
Don't steam roll your opponents during cross, especially if you ask them a question - interjecting so they cannot even respond to your question is no go for me. In your summary and final focus, I want to know why your evidence should be preferred, why your impacts outweigh, etc.
Speaker points for me range from 26 to 29 (my "wow!"), I usually don't give 30s unless you are above and beyond.