Suraj Jagadeesh Paradigm

Last changed 2/17 1:37P PDT

I debated all four years of high school, graduating from Harker in 2016. In general, I’m a flow judge, but my no means should you spread. *EDIT* flowing skills are down the drain so I'd prefer a slightly slower than average speaking style!

I have a decent amount of preconceived notions about the way public forum debate should operate, so I’ll just list a few.

First about speeches and what they should address, I believe that the second 2nd speaker doesn’t necessarily have to address what the first 2nd speaker said, but they have the option to do so. For the most part, summaries should address your own case, combatting the rebuttals your opponents put on your case. You don’t need to necessarily respond to every response, but rather just respond to every response on the contentions you are pushing through summary and final focus. I hate when teams blindly extend through ink, so make sure to address relevant responses. In addition, don’t silent extend args into FF, if you want me to evaluate it at the end of the round it has to be in summary and FF. Case turns have to be talked about in summary to be extended into FF. At the same time, I still evaluate unextended defensive responses at the end of the round, but if there is an important response, for clarity’s sake please try to extend it or I may forget it.

Secondly, I don’t believe in tabula rasa in debate rounds. If a response or argument doesn’t make sense to me, I’m just not going to evaluate it. It’s on you to explain your responses and arguments well and make sure they are relevant.

Thirdly, while I’m a big proponent of rebuttal overviews, tell me where to flow it. It’s also important to distinguish offense from defense. Defensive arguments are not a reason to vote for you, but rather lessen the reason to vote for the other team. Try to focus on offensive args in the FF.

Fourthly, for crossfires, I would say keep them clean, but that usually never happens. Instead, try to entertain me instead of pissing me off. Witty crossfires are an easy way too earn an instant 30 speaks (but not required by any means!). Moreover, important concessions in crossfire should be explained in speeches, I’m not flowing crossfire. Also, please please please don't talk to your partner during crossfire, that's a surefire way to lose speaks!

Fifthly, in terms of speaker points, just being entertaining and in general “a good debater” is the easiest way to earn high speaks. Be confident, know what you’re talking about, explain things well, and you’re good to go. Crossfire honestly influences my perception of speaks a lot, so if you get destroyed in a crossfire – don’t expect high speaker points. In addition, while I don’t want you to kiss up, being just generally nice and kind is a good way to inflate your speaks. Also I’m not going to penalize you for cutting your speeches short, but you should typically talk for the whole time unless you are winning so hard there’s nothing more to say, which rarely happens.

Sixthly, I heavily value warrant analysis. People throw around empirics a bunch in public forum, not explaining the warrants behind them. Winning the warrant debate is more important than winning the impact debate. At the same time, you still need to pair impacts to your warrants, just pushing the warrant isn’t enough.

Lastly but most importantly, impact framing is key. If you don’t tell me which arguments are more important I’m just going to arbitrarily choose. Framing which impacts and which arguments are more crucial is the most helpful thing in deciding my ballot.

p.s. if you're here from Emaad's paradigm, god help you. He'll give you 30 speaks if you give a minute of prep time to your opponent. Good luck, have fun with the judge screw :)

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R5 Denver East NA Cherry Creek PR Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R5 James Logan AG Foothill CR Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R3 Denver East MC Flintridge Prep LA Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R3 George Washington CO HG Northwood CM Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R2 Mira Loma SI Nueva TR Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/17/2018 VPF R2 Capitol JY Fairview CA Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 PFD Double Carroll Senior LS Cypress Woods MB Aff Aff on a 2-1
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 PFD Double Carroll Senior RR Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 PFD R4 LC Anderson HE Plano West Senior YL Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 PFD R2 St. John's LT Hebron KW Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 PFD R1 Westwood CC St Mary's Hall TP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF Double Leland HW Trinity Prep TP Aff Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF Triple Peninsula JK Lake Highland Prep FB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF R5 Hendrickson HS Archer School for Girls GR Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF R5 Elko OL Cherry Creek JH Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF R4 Dougherty Valley SS College Prep KJ Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF R4 College Prep Ma Miramonte CA Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF R3 LearningLeaders CW Cherry Creek RH Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF R3 Dougherty Valley SQ Mission San Jose DS Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF R2 Chaparral WA Monte Vista MW Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF R1 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's AO Leland ML Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/18/2017 VPF R1 St. Francis GV Dougherty Valley JK Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 PF Semis Mission San Jose Wu & Kundassery Bishop Kelly Lamey & O'Brien Aff Aff on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 PF Quarte Mission San Jose Gupta & Maunder Fairmont Prep Kim & Singh Neg Aff on a 2-1
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 PF Octos Nueva Santhanam & Steirman Grantsville Serr & Christensen Neg Neg on a 2-1
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 PF Octos Mission San Jose Wu & Kundassery Nueva Conrad & Polissky Aff Aff on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 PF R6 Green Valley Banuelos & Theuvenet BASIS Scottsdale Raghuraman & Hoffmeister Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/4/2017 PF R6 Robert McQueen Chafin & Oman Green Valley Hawks & Leong Aff