Josh Imes Paradigm

Last changed Mon, Sep 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM UTC

This is my 4th year coaching and my first year at WVU. I was the head coach of New School for the past 3 years and debated there. 

**New this year** - I have one philosphy for all levels instead of dividing it up. 

 

Please feel free to do what you are most comfortable with. I have a reputation for being very critically oriented, but I feel as if I vote for policy arguments more and more. I am still pretty far left of center, but not as far left as I was when I first started. I will not, however vote for arguments that I find morally repugnant. If you don't know what those things might be, then "better safe than sorry" might be a good strat. 

Some general comments that will help you understand how I feel about certain parts of the debate. I think that a compelling, developed argument without cards will often beat a highly carded, poorly explained argument in almost every case. If you can make smart arguments and analytics, then I am probably going to be persuaded by you. I don't think that every arguments needs to have a card to be true, and I don't think an unwarranted card makes a bad argument true. 

 

A few technical things: I vote more and more on my flow than on my overall perception of a debate. If I don't know what you're saying, then you should probably be clearer or slow down. I don't want to read a lot of cards after the round, but I will read important ones that you tell me to if you explain why I have to read that card. Tell me that it directly answers their important cards, or that it is the best piece of evidence that shows why you win, or that it's written by an author I like, and then I'll probably read it. When it comes to the end of the debate, give me specific ways to vote for you. The easier you make it on me, the more likely I'll be to vote for you. 

T- I used to be very biased towards T arguments, but I am less so now. I think that T arguments can devolve into blippy extensions of a three word definition. Those are the kinds of T debates I dislike. If there is a specific reason why an interpretation changes the way an aff functions, then I am open to that debate. I think that an argument over "how much is substaintial" is not particularly useful. I am completely fine with non-topical affs, in fact I like them a lot. With that having been said, with great power comes great responsibility and that responsibility is often answering T and FW. For me, “T is fascist” is not enough. You need to explain why you need to be non-topical and why a topical version of your plan is a bad idea. I am more likely to buy abuse stories that involve education in a coherent way, saying non-topical plans kill education is not enough, explain how that type of education is bad, and why a topical version might work better, or just a modified version. If you are going for the "topical version" argument, then you should probably have an example of what a topical version would be. 

FW- I default to the framework of the aff unless the neg on face challenges it, but the aff also has to defend their framework and answer the other team’s objections with substantive answers, “aff choice” isn’t enough. If they want to use USFG policy to do something, then so be it. If they want to use themselves as agents, then that is good too. You have to defend which option you choose. I feel that debates about debate can be important and useful, but only if they are substantive and meaningful (I don’t find the Shively “Euthanasia” card falls into those categories). 

DA’s- As a debater, I never read DAs, but I am becoming more comfortable with them. I don't do tons of policy research every day, so I may not know every scenario currently being read. That only means that it is the neg's responsibility to explain the story of the disad and the warrants of the cards. This is the bare minimum for any argument. I am sympathetic to K’s of DA’s, so be warned. That doesn't mean that I have an aff bias on disads, but that I am more familiar with the literature critiquing them than the uniqueness card you cut last night. Just one thing that might help you out, I am pretty willing to buy a “try or die” situation against a DA if there is not enough impact work done. This is especially true absent a CP. If it comes to Plan v. DA, I’m probably going to pick plan unless you explain to me why I can’t. If you make it seem like the plan action will certainly lead to the demise of the entire world then there should be some seemingly factual warrants to why this is the case (remember this doesn't have to be a card, see above). 

CP’s- Competition is key. Explaining it is even better. There needs to be a clear discussion to how the CP competes and is net beneficial to the aff. I need a clear net benefit and why that is more important than plan action. I also need clear explanation on the Perm debate. Each Perm should be answered individually or group for some logical reason. Do not make a Perm argument on one perm, drop the others and then pretend you answered them all. I flow your answers on the specific Perm you mention. Be clear and be precise on the Perm debate. I will get to theory below. 

K’s- I said at the top I was a K debater, so if you are a K team, this is a blessing and a curse. I will be automatically more attracted to these arguments, but will also hold them to a higher standard. Don’t expect that I know what you’re talking about even if I do. I try my best to only evaluate the arguments made, not what I know about the philosopher/philosophies you are citing. You will win easily if you explain how your arguments function in relation to the other team’s arguments. You will lose easily if you throw out high theory jargon and expect me to connect the dots. 

Theory- I don’t particularly like it because it always seems to be lacking. Are multiple perms really that detrimental to anybody? Does it really skew your time that much to answer “do both” and “do the plan, then the alt?” I’ve never seen a really good theory debate and I don’t want to see a lot of bad ones to find a good one. If it’s something you like to do, then do it, but you’re really going to have to sell me on why your scripted block beats their scripted block. One way to do this is give specific examples to the debate you're in. I will be much more likely to buy your theory argument if you make it seem like X thing is bad always, but in this round it is just egregious. 

 

Non-Topical Affs- These are the affs I have the most experience with and what I am used to judging. If you are the team that is looking for the straight up policy debate judge that just finished spending his Friday night cutting politics updates, I am not the judge for you. If you are the K team that is looking for the person that won't automatically vote them down for not being topical, then I am the judge for you. 

 

I think that debate should be much more of an open space than it is. Just because something isn't what you do, doesn't make it automatically wrong and if you debate in front of me with that mentality, you will probably lose. Engaging arguments is the most important part of debate for me.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
West Point Debate Tournament 10/7/2016 Open 1 Cornel KZ JamMad BK NEG JamMad BK
West Point Debate Tournament 10/7/2016 JV 2 Libert HR Bingha CL AFF Libert HR
West Point Debate Tournament 10/7/2016 Novice 4 JamMad SF GeoMas HK AFF JamMad SF
West Point Debate Tournament 10/7/2016 Novice 6 JamMad WB Bingha DB AFF JamMad WB
West Point Debate Tournament 10/7/2016 Novice Octos Libert BM Bingha GW NEG Bingha GW
Bingha GW on a 3-0
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 5 Binghamton AM Rochester/Western Connecticut State HB NEG Rochester/Western Connecticut State HB
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov Octas Rochester/Western Connecticut State HB Binghamton SW NEG Binghamton SW
Binghamton SW on a 3-0
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov Quarters Cornell BK Binghamton BS AFF Cornell BK
Cornell BK on a 2-1
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov Semis United States Military GM Cornell BK NEG Cornell BK
Cornell BK on a 3-0
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 JV 1 George Mason HM Liberty KP AFF George Mason HM
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Open 3 James Madison DY Liberty JB NEG Liberty JB
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic 8 Liberty GW James Madison HK NEG James Madison HK
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 Novic Octos James Madison JT United States Military CH NEG United States Military CH
United States Military CH on a 3-0
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/17/2015 JV Quarters Liberty KP George Mason HM NEG George Mason HM
George Mason HM on a 3-0
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var 1 Stanford GL Nevada Las Vegas KO AFF Stanford GL
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var 2 Louisville BL Binghamton MS AFF Louisville BL
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var 3 Western Connecticut State MM Washington PT NEG Washington PT
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var 4 Binghamton BW Weber State SM AFF Binghamton BW
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var 5 Cornell ZT Binghamton WS NEG Binghamton WS
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov 6 Liberty GW Monmouth DS AFF Liberty GW
Jacobsohn Memorial Mountaineer Debates WVU 11/14/2014 Nov Semis Liberty DJ United States Military CW AFF Liberty DJ
United States Military CW on a 2-1
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 JV Round 4 Rutger/CUNY JY Libert JB NEG Libert JB
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Round 6 NewYor ZI Libert CW AFF NewYor ZI
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 JV Quarters Cornel KL GeoMas HM NEG GeoMas HM
GeoMas HM on a 3-0
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Octos JamMad HK Bingha BL NEG Bingha BL
Bingha BL on a 3-0
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Semis CUNY AM Libert AB NEG Libert AB
Libert AB on a 2-1
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Open 4 George Washington AS Cornell KG AFF George Washington AS
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 JV Rd 5 CUNY YW United States Military OR NEG United States Military OR
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Open Octs Liberty CS Pittsburgh BR AFF Liberty CS
Liberty CS on a 3-0
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Open Quarters Liberty CS Rutgers-Newark HS NEG Rutgers-Newark HS
Rutgers-Newark HS on a 3-0
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Nov Semis United States Military WC James Madison HK NEG James Madison HK
United States Military WC on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 open Opn 1 Rutgers-Newark CJ NYU KA AFF Rutgers-Newark CJ
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 open Opn 2 Binghamton CS CUNY AM AFF Binghamton CS
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov NDO Vermont ML James Madison KM NEG James Madison KM
James Madison KM on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 open Opn Quarters Binghamton HS Towson BU AFF Binghamton HS
Binghamton HS on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov Nov Semis Liberty WR United States Military WC NEG United States Military WC
United States Military WC on a 3-0
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 1 George Mason BW West Georgia AM NEG West Georgia AM
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rs 2 Louisville BL Rutgers-Newark SR NEG Rutgers-Newark SR
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 5 Cornell GR Puget Sound BQ NEG Puget Sound BQ
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 6 Cornell RK Los Rios EJ AFF Cornell RK
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Rd 8 Bard College/San Diego State DN Pittsburgh CL NEG Pittsburgh CL
CEDA Nats Indiana 3/21/2014 Trip Rutgers-Newark SR Los Rios PR AFF Rutgers-Newark SR
Rutgers-Newark SR on a 3-0
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 Nov Nov 1 WVU DE Liberty AF AFF WVU DE
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 Nov Nov 2 BC PS NYU RX AFF BC PS
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 JV JV 3 Liberty CC Binghamton KS AFF Liberty CC
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 Nov Nov 4 CUNY SW Liberty KP NEG Liberty KP
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 Nov Nov 6 CUNY SY Cornell AG NEG Cornell AG
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 Nov Nov Octos WCSU MM BC PS NEG BC PS
BC PS on a 3-0
CEDA East Regionals at West Conn 2/22/2014 JV JV Semis Binghamton BE CUNY DL AFF Binghamton BE
Binghamton BE on a 3-0
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Open OPEN 3 Bingha FG CUNY AL AFF Bingha FG
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 JV JV 4 BosCol CT Bingha KS AFF BosCol CT
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Open OPEN 5 UniSta HM Bingha RS NEG Bingha RS
Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 11/23/2013 Nov NOV OCTS NewYor MV Bingha\Wilkes MS NEG Bingha\Wilkes MS
Bingha\Wilkes MS on a 2-1
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Op2 Pittsburgh BW Liberty CE NEG Liberty CE
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 Open Op3 USMA LS George Mason BW NEG George Mason BW
Clarion University Autumn Debate Tournament 11/1/2013 JV JV6 Navy JK Binghamton KS NEG Binghamton KS
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 JV JV Round 3 Bing KS Navy JM AFF Bing KS
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 JV JV Round 4 GMU MM Rutgers CT AFF GMU MM
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 Open Round 6 Bing CE Liberty CE AFF Bing CE
2013 West Point Debate Tournament 10/18/2013 JV JV Octos Liberty MW GMU HU NEG GMU HU
Liberty MW on a 2-1
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N1 Cornell KR Bing GT AFF Cornell KR
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N2 Bing LW USMA BN AFF Bing LW
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi N4 Bing FV Cornell KM NEG Cornell KM
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Open O6 JCU MS Rochester PW AFF JCU MS
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 JV JV OCTS GMU MN USMA HH NEG USMA HH
USMA HH on a 2-1
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 JV JV QUART Bard CK Rutgers CT NEG Rutgers CT
Rutgers CT on a 3-0
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi NOV SEMIS GMU JW Bing BS NEG Bing BS
Bing BS on a 3-0
2013 NE Regional Opener 9/20/2013 Novi NOV FINALS Cornell KR Bing BS NEG Bing BS
Bing BS on a 2-1
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r1 Los Rios EH CenOkl BM NEG CenOkl BM
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r2 Rochester BL 135 AFF Rochester BL
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r4 109 CenOkl AV NEG CenOkl AV
CEDA Nationals at Idaho State University 3/22/2013 0 r7 Los Rios RS 121 NEG 121
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J2 John Carroll MS Vermont\CUNY BJ NEG Vermont\CUNY BJ
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J3 CUNY DJ Liberty CM NEG Liberty CM
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 NOV N5 Rochester BV John Carroll DM NEG John Carroll DM
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J6 Liberty CT CUNY AT AFF Liberty CT
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 JV J7 JMU PY WestConn PW AFF JMU PY
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 NOV NO Liberty CW George Mason NU AFF Liberty CW
George Mason NU on a 2-1
JV/Novice Nationals 3/2/2013 NOV NQ George Mason NU Florida DP NEG Florida DP
Florida DP on a 2-1
CEDA East Regionals 2/23/2013 JV JV 1 Rochester HP Cornell DR NEG Cornell DR
CEDA East Regionals 2/23/2013 NOV Novice 2 Bing SA UVM PF AFF Bing SA
CEDA East Regionals 2/23/2013 JV JV 3 UVM CB Cornell YG AFF UVM CB
CEDA East Regionals 2/23/2013 JV Quarters UVM CB Bing EC AFF UVM CB
UVM CB on a 3-0
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 Open OPEN 1 RutU CJ URoche BS NEG URoche BS
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 JV JV 2 JohCar DM UniSta HS AFF JohCar DM
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 Open OPEN 3 BarCol JD BinU PF AFF BarCol JD
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 Novice Novice 4 GMU JS BING BS NEG BING BS
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 Novice Novice 5 LIBER MS ROCH BV AFF LIBER MS
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 JV JV 6 MonU RT BinU KF AFF MonU RT
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 JV JV QUARTERS CUNY AF LibUni TA NEG LibUni TA
LibUni TA on a 3-0
Jersey Shore Invitational Monmouth 1/26/2013 Novice Novice Quart CUNY JS LIBER CC NEG LIBER CC
LIBER CC on a 3-0
William R DeMougeot Debates UNT 1/9/2013 JV JV 1 Lindenwood CN Emporia DW NEG Emporia DW
William R DeMougeot Debates UNT 1/9/2013 Novice Novice 2 UTSA CD Lindenwood CH AFF UTSA CD
William R DeMougeot Debates UNT 1/9/2013 Open 6 Towson JR UMKC BS AFF Towson JR
William R DeMougeot Debates UNT 1/9/2013 Open 7 Oklahoma BY Vermont BM AFF Oklahoma BY
William R DeMougeot Debates UNT 1/9/2013 Open Doubles Towson HW UMKC BS NEG UMKC BS
UMKC BS on a 3-0
Fear and loathing in Dallas 1/5/2013 NOVICE Novice 1 Rochester AV Lindenwood HW AFF Rochester AV
Fear and loathing in Dallas 1/5/2013 OPEN 4 Towson JR UTDallas LV AFF Towson JR
Fear and loathing in Dallas 1/5/2013 JV JV 6 KCKCC CP Emporia DW AFF KCKCC CP
Fear and loathing in Dallas 1/5/2013 OPEN 7 Vermont BM UCO AB NEG UCO AB
Fear and loathing in Dallas 1/5/2013 NOVICE Novice Quarters Rochester BL UTSA CD NEG UTSA CD
UTSA CD on a 3-0
Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament 11/16/2012 JV JV 1 Bing FO Liberty EF NEG Liberty EF
Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament 11/16/2012 JV JV 4 Liberty EL NYU DG NEG NYU DG
Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament 11/16/2012 Open OP 6 West Conn PW CUNY\Rutgers CK NEG CUNY\Rutgers CK
Rutgers-Newark Debate Tournament 11/16/2012 Open OP SEM
Liberty AH on a 0-0
Huber Debates 2012 Univ of Vermont 11/3/2012 Open Open Round 1 USMA HT Rochester AP AFF USMA HT
Huber Debates 2012 Univ of Vermont 11/3/2012 Open Open Round 2 Cornell RW Binghamton\USMA FO AFF Cornell RW
Huber Debates 2012 Univ of Vermont 11/3/2012 Open Open Round 4 USMA AH Cornell DR AFF USMA AH
Huber Debates 2012 Univ of Vermont 11/3/2012 Open Open Round 5 Bard JT Binghamton EF AFF Bard JT
Huber Debates 2012 Univ of Vermont 11/3/2012 Open Open Round 6 Binghamton GR Cornell FF AFF Binghamton GR
Huber Debates 2012 Univ of Vermont 11/3/2012 Open Open Quarters Binghamton GR Bard JT AFF Binghamton GR
Binghamton GR on a 3-0
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 JV JV Round 1 Liberty EH Binghamton FF AFF Liberty EH
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 JV JV Round 2 CUNY DJ Navy CZ NEG Navy CZ
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 JV JV Round 3 GeoMas DM Navy DR AFF GeoMas DM
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Open Open Round 4 Liberty AH JamMad BM AFF Liberty AH
West Point Debate Tournament 10/19/2012 Open Open Round 6 JamMad MM Rutgers RS NEG Rutgers RS
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 1 BHamtnGR GMU GM AFF BHamtnGR
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 2 CUNY AM RutgerVH NEG RutgerVH
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 5 BHamtnAS WilkesMN AFF BHamtnAS
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 6 CUNY CT RutgerRS NEG RutgerRS
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 Octos BHamtnKS GMU HD NEG GMU HD
GMU HD on a 2-0
NE Regional Opener 9/21/2012 Quarters GMU MD NEG GMU MD
GMU MD on a 2-0