Adam Symonds Paradigm

Last changed 4 March 2020 4:03 PM MST

Updated philosophy as of March, 2019:

I'm judging more often and tabbing less these days, so I thought it was fair to have a little substance here. Anyway, this is how I judge:

(1) I have the speech doc open and I'm following along as you're reading cards

(2) I'm only ever listening to the speaker(s), I think it's really important not to be messing around with electronic media while judging.

(3) I'm constantly judging argument quality throughout the debate, so when the 2AR ends, 90% of the time I'm fairly certain who I am going to vote for. What time I spend looking over my flow and the evidence is used to think through the most likely questions from the losing team, to see if there's something that I might have missed.

(4) My general decision making process starts with impact calculus and impact comparison. If one side is decisively ahead here, this often controls my vote. 2NR and 2AR work here is vital.

(5) To decide key points of controversy in the debate, I identify each one from the final rebuttals, list them in the AFF or NEG column, then find the arguments from the responding team and line them up. Once I think the lists are complete, I choose which side persuaded me on each one.

(6) While I work hard to keep my (long list of) debate opinions out of debate in deference to the specific ways debaters make their arguments, I think it's only fair to list some of my abstract debate leanings so that you have more context/information:

--Everyone reading an aff related to the topic IS ideal for fairness, education, and research-based reasons, but simply listing off these buzzwords is not going to persuade me. And "related to the topic" is really case by case.
--On framework, education is more important than procedural claims - I regularly vote aff against framework bc the neg is overly fixated on "procedural fairness outweighs"
--Topical Versions of the Aff and Switch-Side debate arguments function like CPs that access AFF education and preserve fairness
--States CP is illegit bc it eliminates the literature-based debate over FG vs States
--CPs ought to be textually and functionally competitive
--Alts succeed by being deliberately vague and shifting later in the debate - especially "reject the aff" alts
--"Realism good" indicts virtually all affs on the Space Cooperation topic
--Both truth and techne matter

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
University of Minnesota College Invitational C 2021-01-29 JV R6 Liberty CP Houston KH Aff
University of Minnesota College Invitational C 2021-01-29 Open R4 Minnesota DH Missouri State KR Neg
University of Minnesota College Invitational C 2021-01-29 Open R2 Liberty WW Central Oklahoma CH Neg
Fullerton Georgetown College Tournament C 2021-01-02 Open R4 Wayne State IR Dartmouth SS Neg
Fullerton Georgetown College Tournament C 2021-01-02 Open R2 Dartmouth TV Central Oklahoma CH Aff
Fullerton Georgetown College Tournament C 2021-01-02 Open R1 Cal State Fullerton RH Michigan State AM Aff
ADA Fall C 2020-11-13 JV Elim 4 George Mason PL Liberty GJ Aff Aff 2-1
ADA Fall C 2020-11-13 JV Elim 3 Georgia CA Liberty GJ Aff Neg 2-1
ADA Fall C 2020-11-13 JV Elim 2 Houston WK Liberty GJ Neg Neg 3-0
ADA Fall C 2020-11-13 Nov Elim 1 Liberty DS Houston VL Neg Neg 3-0
ADA Fall C 2020-11-13 Nov R1 George Mason BK Liberty HJ Neg
Gonzaga University The Jesuit C 2020-10-30 Open Dbls Kansas BF Dartmouth TV Neg Neg 3-2
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2020-06-12 WS Double Capitol Valley Yellow San Fran Bay Brown Opp Opp 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2020-06-12 WS Triple Western Ohio Black New York City Blue Prop Prop 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2020-06-12 WS R6 LBJ Blue Wind River Silver Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2020-06-12 WS R4 Colorado Blue Ozark Gold Prop
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 WS R2 Tarheel East Red North Dakota Roughrider Blue Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2020-06-12 WS R1 Florida Sunshine Red Valley Forge Blue Prop
District I Pacific Champs C 2020-02-21 Open Semi CSU - Northridge Adornato & Cardenas Fullerton Benken & Meza Aff Aff 3-0
District I Pacific Champs C 2020-02-21 Qual R6 UNLV RR CSU Long Beach Suico & Christiansen Neg
District I Pacific Champs C 2020-02-21 Open R5 Fullerton Gibson & Keo Fresno State Saelee & Salvador-Leon Neg
District I Pacific Champs C 2020-02-21 Open R4 Southern California/CSU - Northridge Kim & Sandoval Fullerton Benken & Meza Aff
District I Pacific Champs C 2020-02-21 Nov R3 Southwestern Arreola & Juvera Fresno State Polanco & Cogdell Neg
District I Pacific Champs C 2020-02-21 Qual R1 CSU Long Beach Green & Vazquez Southern California Kuffour & Sun Neg
Hannie Shaft Southwestern College C 2020-02-07 CX Var Finals CSU Long Beach Noah Christiansen & Patricia Brigitte Anne Suico Weber State Hannah Phelps & Arianna Nelson Neg Aff 2-1
Hannie Shaft Southwestern College C 2020-02-07 CX Var Semi UNLV Max Reese & Allie Ryerson CSU Long Beach Noah Christiansen & Patricia Brigitte Anne Suico Neg Neg 3-0
Hannie Shaft Southwestern College C 2020-02-07 CX JV R3 Fresno State Lesly Salvador-Leon & Payton Polanco Weber State Bailey Brunyer & Zoe Thomae Aff
Hannie Shaft Southwestern College C 2020-02-07 CX Var R2 Southwestern Abel Medina Zambrano & Isabella Avalos Weber State Hannah Phelps & Arianna Nelson Aff
Hannie Shaft Southwestern College C 2020-02-07 CX Var R1 Southern California Robbie Allison & Anthony Winchell Cal State Fullerton Jennifer Perry & Evan Jensen Aff
Texas Open C 2020-02-01 OP R8 Georgia GM Texas MR Neg
Texas Open C 2020-02-01 OP R5 Michigan State PS Purdue SJ Aff
Fall at the Beach C 2019-11-01 N CX R5 Fullerton Eric Narayan & Alyssa Martinez Fresno State Demi Wack & Payton Polanco Neg
Fall at the Beach C 2019-11-01 O CX R4 Cal State Fullerton Jennifer Perry & Evan Jensen Southwestern Michael Berry & Marnon Navarro Neg
Fall at the Beach C 2019-11-01 JV CX R1 CSU - Northridge Kureysha Abdulkadir & Antonio Gonzalez Fresno State Scott Chapman & Lesly Salvador-Leon Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2019-09-28 Open R7 Kansas FE Pittsburgh FK Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2019-09-28 Open R5 George Mason AH Iowa CP Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2019-09-28 JV R3 Purdue SC UNLV LB Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky C 2019-09-28 Open R1 Wake Forest BE UC Berkeley FG Neg
SWSDASU Camp LD Tournament 2019-07-17 LD R6 Lincoln Lili Nelson Basis Scottsdale Pranav Tangallpalli Neg
SWSDASU Camp LD Tournament 2019-07-17 LD R5 Arizona College Prep Erie Brooke Scott Arizona College Prep Erie Zoë Soderquist Neg
SWSDASU Camp LD Tournament HS 2019-07-17 LD R2 BASIS Mesa Ayush Kothari Carlsbad Aine Sismondo Neg
SWSDASU Camp LD Tournament 2019-07-17 LD R1 Chandler Prep Jerod Folden Tempe Prep Connor Clark Aff
CEDA Nationals Long Beach C 2019-04-04 Open R7 Missouri - Kansas City CS Oklahoma HR Neg
CEDA Nationals Long Beach C 2019-04-04 Open R6 Binghamton YA Missouri - Kansas City HD Aff
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Round Binghamton AY Michigan State GS Aff Aff 3-0
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Round Michigan State BP Harvard AS Neg Neg 3-0
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Round Missouri - Kansas City DH Central Oklahoma CM Neg Neg 3-0
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Round UC Berkeley RN Dartmouth MS Aff Aff 2-1
73rd National Debate Tournament C 2019-03-21 Open Round Weber State BT Texas SW Aff Aff 3-0
D1 Pacific Championship C 2019-02-23 OPol Semis Southern California Dille & Khan UC Berkeley Duncan & Wimsatt Neg Neg 2-1
D1 Pacific Championship C 2019-02-23 OPol Quar Cal State Fullerton Salgado & White Southern California Kuffour & Wang Neg Neg 3-0
D1 Pacific Championship C 2019-02-23 NPol R5 UNLV Wong & Beckett Fullerton Baltazar & Becerra Neg
D1 Pacific Championship C 2019-02-23 OPol R4 UNLV Quintana & LeClaire-Vazquez Southern California Dille & Khan Neg
D1 Pacific Championship C 2019-02-23 OPol R3 UNLV Ryerson & Reese UC Berkeley Duncan & Wimsatt Neg
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open DBLS West Georgia CC Harvard BG Neg Neg 5-0
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open RD 7 Dartmouth SM Texas SW Aff
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open RD 6 Texas CM Iowa BR Aff
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open RD 5 Dartmouth ET Emory AJ Aff
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern C 2019-02-02 Open RD 3 Gonzaga BM Kansas BS Aff
Winter at the Beach C 2019-01-25 OCX Semi UNLV Aguilar & Warren Southern California Kuffour & Wang Aff Neg 2-1
Winter at the Beach C 2019-01-25 OCX Quar UNLV Quintana & Swett UC Berkeley Neelakandan & Ramesh Neg Neg 3-0
Winter at the Beach C 2019-01-25 OCX R5 UC Berkeley Neelakandan & Ramesh Southern California Kuang & Rosenthal Aff
Winter at the Beach C 2019-01-25 JCX R4 Fresno State Lowe & Mirza CSU Long Beach Nehme & Vazquez Aff
Winter at the Beach C 2019-01-25 OCX R1 UNLV Quintana & Swett Fresno State Litt & Martinez Aff
Sun Devil Invitational C 2018-09-15 V Semi Southern California RW UNLV RR Aff Aff 3-0
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State C 2018-03-22 Open Double Kentucky AN Southern California BL Neg Aff 3-2
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State C 2018-03-22 Open Round Wyoming CH Wichita State SW Aff Neg 2-1
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State C 2018-03-22 Open Round Michigan State BP Cornell KR Aff Aff 2-1
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State C 2018-03-22 Open Round Dartmouth FT Wyoming LT Aff Aff 3-0
72nd National Debate Tournament at Wichita State C 2018-03-22 Open Round Michigan State GS Texas SW Aff Aff 2-1
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound C 2018-03-15 Open R7 UT Dallas BK James Madison CT Neg
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound C 2018-03-15 Open R6 James Madison KW Monmouth MV Aff
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound C 2018-03-15 Open R2 James Madison GH Monmouth HS Aff
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound C 2018-03-15 Open R1 Oklahoma WZ CSU Long Beach GB Aff
Pacific Champs C 2018-02-24 Nov F UNLV FT Fresno State ML Aff Aff 3-0
Pacific Champs C 2018-02-24 Nov R1 CSU - Northridge GJ Fullerton/Cal State Fullerton HS Neg
Winter at the Beach 2018 C 2018-02-02 NCX R7 Fullerton Kejejyan & Sutka Weber State Johnson & Stephens Neg Neg 3-0
Winter at the Beach 2018 C 2018-02-02 OCX R5 Cal State Fullerton Rosas & Ruano Weber State Thiede & Wilson Neg
Winter at the Beach 2018 C 2018-02-02 OCX R3 Gonzaga Weinhardt & DeGiovanni Fresno State Martinez & Sansom Aff
Southwestern College Hannie Schaft Invitational Tournament C 2018-01-20 Open F UNLV AK UC Berkeley FG Neg Neg 3-0
Southwestern College Hannie Schaft Invitational Tournament C 2018-01-20 Open R6 UNLV JL Southern California DR Aff
Southwestern College Hannie Schaft Invitational Tournament C 2018-01-20 Open R5 UC Berkeley RN UNLV FB Aff
Southwestern College Hannie Schaft Invitational Tournament C 2018-01-20 Open R3 UNLV RW Gonzaga DW Neg
Robert Barbera Collegiate Forensics Invitational C 2017-11-10 Nov Quart City College of San Francisco DH Fullerton CH Neg Neg 2-1
Robert Barbera Collegiate Forensics Invitational C 2017-11-10 Open R5 Fresno State MS Cal State Fullerton TR Aff
Robert Barbera Collegiate Forensics Invitational C 2017-11-10 JV R3 CSU - Northridge GP St Mary's MP Neg
Robert Barbera Collegiate Forensics Invitational C 2017-11-10 Nov R1 Cal State Fullerton DH San Francisco State BS Aff
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2017-10-28 Open RD 2 Dartmouth EM Washington EP Aff
Arizona Debate Institute 2017-08-04 OPN R5 ADI Lab RT ADI Lab DJ Neg
Arizona Debate Institute 2017-08-04 OPN R4 ADI Lab FM ADI Lab BM Aff
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas C 2017-03-23 Open Octos California, Berkeley WG Weber State GT Neg Aff 4-1
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas C 2017-03-23 Open Round Weber State GT Mary Washington CL Aff Aff 3-0
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas C 2017-03-23 Open Round Dartmouth EX Wyoming CH Aff Aff 3-0
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas C 2017-03-23 Open Round UT Dallas BJ Dartmouth VV Neg Neg 3-0
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas C 2017-03-23 Open Round Southern California BL Nevada Las Vegas GH Aff Aff 3-0
D1 NDT Qualifier and Pacific Championships C 2017-02-25 Nov F Nevada Las Vegas FJ Cal State Fullerton VR Aff Aff 3-0
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern C 2017-02-04 Open DBLS Emory GK Texas BP Aff Aff 4-1
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern C 2017-02-04 Open RD 6 Johnson County Community College CK Dartmouth College EX Neg
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern C 2017-02-04 Open RD 5 Central Oklahoma CM Wyoming CH Neg
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern C 2017-02-04 Open RD 3 Baylor SW Weber State GT Neg
Southwestern College Hannie Shaft Tournament C 2017-01-21 Open R5 Weber State MM Cal State Fullerton GR Neg
Southwestern College Hannie Shaft Tournament C 2017-01-21 Open R1 Gonzaga MJ Miami AS Aff
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2016-11-04 NPol NS Cal State Fullerton BC CSU Northridge AG Neg Neg 2-1
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2016-11-04 NPol N6 CSU Northridge AG San Francisco State BB Aff
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2016-11-04 OPol R5 Weber State DM Nevada Las Vegas CW Neg
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2016-11-04 OPol R3 Cal State Fullerton TW San Francisco State GH Neg
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2016-10-29 Open DOUBLE Kansas HW Oklahoma SP Aff Aff 2-1
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2016-10-29 Open RD 6 UC Berkeley FM Wyoming HL Aff
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2016-10-29 Open RD 5 Cal State Fullerton HJ Washington HP Aff
The Jesuit Gonzaga University C 2016-10-29 Open RD 3 Dartmouth CM UT Dallas JB Aff
Sun Devil Invitational C 2016-10-14 Open SF Weber State GT Nevada Las Vegas BA Aff Aff 3-0
Sun Devil Invitational C 2016-10-14 Open QF Nevada Las Vegas BA Gonzaga BE Aff Aff 3-0
Sun Devil Invitational C 2016-10-14 Open R4 Arizona Competitive Speech and Debate Club WK Nevada Las Vegas MO Neg
Arizona Debate Institute 2016-08-05 OPN R1 Dunn MD Pointer LB Aff
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament C 2016-03-25 Open Dbls Oklahoma ZS Central Oklahoma HS Neg Neg 3-0
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament C 2016-03-25 Open Trips Central Oklahoma CS Samford BD Neg Neg 2-1
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament C 2016-03-25 Open RD 5 Wyoming FH Weber State GT Neg
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament C 2016-03-25 Open RD 3 UNLV CH Central Oklahoma CS Neg
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament C 2016-03-25 Open RD 2 Wyoming MM Northern Iowa SM Aff
Southwestern College Hannie Shaft Tournament C 2016-02-06 HanOP R5 Weber State EM Long Beach City DZ Neg
Southwestern College Hannie Shaft Tournament C 2016-02-06 HanOP R2 CSU Northridge CB Weber State SV Neg
Sun Devil Invitational C 2016-01-16 Open Finals Nevada Las Vegas AO Weber State HS Neg Aff 2-1
Sun Devil Invitational C 2016-01-16 Open R5 Weber State LR Gonzaga BM Neg
Sun Devil Invitational C 2016-01-16 Open R2 Nevada Las Vegas AO Weber State GV Aff
Sun Devil Invitational C 2016-01-16 Open R1 Weber State HS Nevada Las Vegas TC Aff
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2015-11-06 OPol Semis Weber State HS Cal State Fullerton CS Neg Neg 2-1
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2015-11-06 OPol Quarte Cal State Fullerton CS San Francisco State CR Aff Aff 3-0
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2015-11-06 NPol N4 Cal State Fullerton KS Southwestern College BS Neg
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2015-11-06 OPol R3 Cal State Fullerton CS CSU Northridge CR Aff
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2015-11-06 OPol R2 Weber State VR San Francisco State GH Aff
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2015-11-06 OPol R1 Weber StateFresno SL Cal State Fullerton HW Aff
SWSDI Camp Tournament 2015-07-17 CXD R3 SWSCX Rajkumar & Jain SWSCX Roehrich & Kandan Neg
SWSDI Camp Tournament 2015-07-17 CXD R2 SWSCX Chen & Sannes SWSCX Mistry & Lambert Aff
69th National Debate Tournament in Iowa C 2015-04-03 Open R6 Vermont BL Michigan DM Neg Neg 2-1
69th National Debate Tournament in Iowa C 2015-04-03 Open R3 West Georgia GR California, Berkeley MS Neg Neg 2-1
69th National Debate Tournament in Iowa C 2015-04-03 Open R2 Georgia State SN Michigan KM Neg Neg 3-0
69th National Debate Tournament in Iowa C 2015-04-03 Open R1 Nevada Las Vegas GV Gonzaga SW Aff Aff 3-0
Texas Open C 2015-02-07 TXO R7 Kansas Bhatla & Cook Georgia State Nails Stewart Neg
Texas Open HS 2015-02-07 TXO R6 Gonzaga Skoog & Weinhardt Whitman College Kochman & Thompson Neg
Texas Open C 2015-02-07 TXO R5 Liberty Crane & Schiess Gonzaga Clawson & Johnson Aff
Texas Open C 2015-02-07 TXO R3 Michigan Meyers-Levy & Donovan Missouri - Kansas City Ajisafe & Fisher Aff
Texas Open C 2015-02-07 TXO R2 Wyoming Marcum & McFarland Cal State Fullerton Garcia & Ruano Aff
Sun Devil Invitational C 2015-01-17 Open Finals Nevada Las Vegas JB Weber State HT Neg Aff 2-1
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2014-11-07 OPol Finals Sacramento State GH Pepperdine LE Aff Aff 2-1
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2014-11-07 NPol NS Sacramento State CB Southwestern College UJ Aff Neg 2-1
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2014-11-07 NPol N5 Sacramento State CB CSU Northridge AB Aff
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2014-11-07 OPol R3 Sacramento State GH Pepperdine CH Aff
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2014-11-07 OPol R2 Cal State Fullerton GR Pepperdine LE Aff
CSUN Robert Barbera Invitational C 2014-11-07 NPol N1 Southwestern College UJ San Francisco State PV Aff
Las Vegas Classic Invitational C 2014-10-18 Open Semis Baylor EZ Nevada Las Vegas BG Neg Neg 3-0
Las Vegas Classic Invitational C 2014-10-18 Open Double Weber State HT Wyoming CM Aff Aff 3-0
GDI Camp Tournament 2014-07-24 Open R1 Flying Squid TG Flying Squid KP Aff
CEDA Nats Indiana C 2014-03-21 Dbls West Georgia AM Fresno State HT Aff Aff 4-1
CEDA Nats Indiana C 2014-03-21 Rd 3 John Carroll SM Pittsburgh BW Neg
CEDA Nats Indiana C 2014-03-21 Rs 2 Minnesota AE Dartmouth College MM Neg
Las Vegas Classic Invitational C 2013-10-19 Open 2x Weber St AH Trinity RS Neg Neg 3-0
Gonzaga University Jesuit Debates C 2013-09-28 OPD Rd 5 Gonzaga GS UMKC DW Neg
Gonzaga University Jesuit Debates C 2013-09-28 OPD Rd 4 UNLV JS Gonzaga CH Aff
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University C 2013-03-22 0 r8 OP Minnes WM Aff
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University C 2013-03-22 0 r7 WicSta DS 131 Neg
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University C 2013-03-22 0 r3 Western Connect PW 127 Neg
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University C 2013-03-22 0 r1 119 129 Neg
D1 Qualifier and Pacific Championship C 2013-02-22 Quals Q7 CalBerkeley PS Southern Cal HP Aff
D1 Qualifier and Pacific Championship C 2013-02-22 Quals Q4 CalBerkeley PS CSUFullerton MS Aff
D1 Qualifier and Pacific Championship C 2013-02-22 Quals Q3 CSUFullerton BT Southern Cal PS Neg
Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University C 2012-11-08 - 6 Gonz HN CSUF CT Neg
Franklin R. Shirley Classic at Wake Forest University C 2012-11-08 - 5 Weber GO MaryWash MM Neg
Sun Devil Invitational C 2012-10-27 Open R5 Gonzaga EO UNLV EJ Aff
Kentucky College Tournament C 2012-10-05 O Open 8 UNT MQ UMKC AG Neg
Kentucky College Tournament C 2012-10-05 O Open 6 Gonzag EO UMKC JW Neg
Kentucky College Tournament C 2012-10-05 O Open 5 UNLV BV Emory LM Neg
Kentucky College Tournament C 2012-10-05 O Open 3 Wake GT Kentucky GR Neg