Ricardo Saenz Paradigm

Last changed 12/20 3:09P EDT

Ricardo Saenz
Debated at Georgia Tech (Parli & Policy) for ~2 years
Debated at Alpharetta High School - 4 years

risaenz(at)gmail

last updated 12/20/18

TLDR: Debate what you're good at and debate well. I'll do my best to vote for the team that did the better debating.

General notes for everyone:

1. I vote for the team that did the better debating. What the "better debating" means is up to the debaters. If no one defines what it means to win the round, I usually default to weighing offense and defense. I also tend to be quick to decide rounds. It's not you... it's me!

2. Debate what you're comfortable with and debate it well. I don't really have many biases anymore and will hear you out on practically anything. There are a few arguments that will make me unhappy and affect your speaker points, but if you win the sheet of paper, you win the debate.

3. Add me to the email chain and please add your coaches, too. I will reply all with my comments and flow to the thread so y'all can have my record for redos.

4. I will try to keep with community norms in terms of speaker points. Just make sure I can understand you. You've seen me flow on the live stream so that should give you a good idea of my capabilities and limitations in that department.

4. It's very important that I can understand everything in your speech as I don't tend to read cards as much as most judges. I also try to write down key warrants on my flows and decide the round based on that.

5. I have been out of the activity for a while now and don't know much about the topic. Please keep that in mind and adjust accordingly.

6. Get the little stuff right - if it's clear that you have the paperless stuff down (no delays emailing, using flash drives etc...) you're likely to get on my good side and earn higher speaker points.

6. Let's all try to be friends here.

Argument Specific:

Performative Method - I am less persuaded by arguments that the ballot means something. That being said, I think arguments that focus on the scholarship of afro-pessimism and black feminism can be very persuasive. I am not very well read in the literature but did pick up a bunch from watching Kansas BR a bajillion times last year. Just be clear about what my role as a judge is and what the ballot means.

Kritiks - I don't really get Baudrillard but I think that's the point. If you want me to vote on one of your tricks, debate it well and impact it. Don't assume your job is done after the 1AR forgets the floating PIK. I debated many topic Ks back in the day, but make you explain stuff and... debate well...

Disads - Love DA/Case debates. This was one of my favorite strategies. Not much to say here.

Politics/Elections - sure

CPs - Make sure it competes. If it doesn't make sure you're good at theory.

Conditionality - I'm closer to 50/50 on this than most. Counterinterpetations are silly and self serving in these debates. The debate should be about conditionality being good or bad if it comes down to this.

Questions? Just ask!

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt 1/19/2019 VPF Quarte Henry W Grady SR Marist SM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX R5 Montgomery Bell MB USN CL Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX R3 USN CH Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FM Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 NCX R2 Montgomery Bell CH Woodward LH Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild Debate Tournament 1/12/2019 VCX R1 Isidore Newman HV USN HB Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX1 Semis Chattahoochee Adam & Jeong Westminster Yu & Li Neg Neg on a 3-2
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX1 Quarte Westminster Manghat & Sayers Blue Valley Southwest Wu & Stanfield Aff Aff on a 5-0
GPDA State 2/24/2018 Open Quarte Morehouse Jacobi Jefferson & William Coggins Mercer Garrett Williams & Cassie Malcolm Neg Neg on a 2-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 Finals Wayzata Liang & Sun Niles West Waters & Kim Aff Aff on a 5-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX1 Semifi Greenhill Hurst & Zhang Niles West Waters & Kim Neg Neg on a 5-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/17/2017 CX2 Quarte Montgomery Bell Funk & Rankin Westminster Rascoe & Mohan Neg Neg on a 3-2
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt 1/21/2017 VPF Quarte Lovett EM Columbus GP Neg Neg on a 3-0
Georgia Parliamentary Debate Association Championship at UNG 2/26/2016 NPDAO Semis Mercer Buckley & Bligen Morehouse Coggins & Uchehara Aff Aff on a 3-0
Georgia Parliamentary Debate Association Championship at UNG 2/26/2016 NPDAO Quarte Mercer Buckley & Bligen Morehouse Gayle & Wilson Aff Aff on a 2-1
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX Semifi Calhoun KS Milton HH Neg Neg on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX Quarte Montgomery Bell JG Woodward AH Neg Neg on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX Octafi Montgomery Bell YZ Woodward AS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX R6 USN GR Calhoun KS Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX R5 Montgomery Bell ZD Marist RZ Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX R4 Calhoun BF Montgomery Bell BH Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX R3 Montgomery Bell CZ Woodward AS Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 VCX R2 Montgomery Bell FH Woodward MP Neg
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/8/2016 LD R1 Hoover AZ Vestavia Hills WZh Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 NCX Octos Montgomery Bell HP Niles North MM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 NCX R6 Chattahoochee MA Westminster Schools RK Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 NCX R5 New Trier JN Chattahoochee LJ Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 NCX R4 Niles West FM Niles North LH Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 NCX R2 New Trier NG Montgomery Bell BH Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 NCX R1 USN DD Niles West KE Aff
Autumn Argument 11/7/2015 VCX JV Bre Dunwoody WP Wheeler RJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
Autumn Argument 11/7/2015 VCX R2 Northview DL Wheeler RJ Aff
Autumn Argument 11/7/2015 VCX R1 Wheeler CS Northview ST Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP Quarte Pace Funston & Movsovitz Woodward Abramson & Haskins Aff Aff on a 2-1
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP Octafi Woodward Cheng & Kennedy Pace Funston & Movsovitz Neg Neg on a 3-0
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R5 Montgomery Bell Barton & Habermann Woodward Cheng & Kennedy Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R4 Woodward Abramson & Haskins Pace Funston & Movsovitz Neg
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R3 Paideia Harrington & Lunsford University School of Nashville Kurupassery & Mei Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R2 University School of Nashville Babat & Wolfson Woodward Essa & Gallups Aff
Chattahoochee Cougar Classic 9/25/2015 VP R1 University School of Nashville Bradshaw & Gilliland Wheeler Zhang & Ji Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/6/2015 CX Semifi Westminster Schools KH Chattahoochee SW Neg Neg on a 3-0
GFCA Varsity State Championship 3/6/2015 CX R2 Paideia GH Milton HH Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Round Calhoun KS Johns Creek LR Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Round Chattahoochee CG Walter Payton CP BC Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Round Georgetown Day DQ Chattahoochee HM Neg
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Round Milton FM Chattahoochee RS Aff
University of Georgia HS Bulldog Debates 2/27/2015 OCX Round West Des Moines Valley DB Montgomery Bell AS Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Quarte Milton FM Westminster Schools SS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Octafi Woodward HS Roswell RB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round Woodward AS Montgomery Bell AS Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round USN WB Montgomery Bell DZ Aff
Samford University Bishop Guild 1/9/2015 VCX Round Montgomery Bell WZ USN KW Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/26/2014 CX R2 Bishop Guertin SZ Glenbrook South CM Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 6 NilNor TY Uniof LZ Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 NCX nov 5 Pace FQ MaiEas KP Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 4 WesSch LP Pace LS Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 3 Mukwon FP Chatta GM Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 2 NilNor BD GleSou LV Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 1 NilNor DN Norcol EW Neg