Yubin Lee Paradigm

Last changed 19 September 2021 8:55 AM CDT

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Katy Taylor '19
UH '23
1N/2A
She/her

Updates per Online debating: Because of the nature of online debating, I am often times having a hard time understanding/taking in visual cues. Please take this into consideration when debating and prioritize clarity to an extent. Also appreciate analytics, although I guess it's ultimately up to you - if I didn't get it on my flow, it's probably net worse lol

General/TLDR:

I think debate is a game with ways to use the game as a means of reaping external values/impacts. What I prioritize in evaluation will vary by round, based on the progression of the debate, and I will leave the strategizing for a ballot up to you.

Do what you do best. I’m open to all types of argument as long as it is well executed- I will say I was not a big K debater through HS, but if you do your job I should have no problem understanding the round/the literature. I would much rather judge a nuanced and engaging debate that I am unfamiliar with over a poorly executed round.

Proper showcasing of your knowledge in the subject, clever strategy and some courtesy in round make judging easier, more enjoyable, and will work in your favor.

Specific Things:

Framework/T-USFG:

Both teams should have a defense of the model provided by their interpretation. I think Affs should have some relation/link to the topic (not necessarily with a plan text)-I don't think it's easy to win a round with an aff that has no relation whatsoever, but if this is the case, I would expect VERY good reasons to buy that. Offense is key to win FW debates- how well these arguments apply/interact in round are important for a decision. Along with offense, there needs to be well explained impacts by both teams. (i.e. explain what “destroying fairness” does to debate, etc.)

Topicality:

I'm usually not a heavy voter on T, because a) most times T debates feel like nothing more than a time suck and b)I do think that debate is a space that has the capacity in which a variety of dialogues can and should take place, but that doesn't mean I won't vote on it and/or this is the cue to read whatever you want w zero correlation. Both teams need to defend their interp of the topic with well-extrapolated standards and impacts. Mentioning the words “limits”, “fairness”, and “predictability” doesn't mean much until you explain why that matters. Impact comparison and substantive clash over models of the topic via definitions and standards make T debates much easier and more enjoyable to evaluate.

Kritiks:

Despite the fact I wasn't much of a K debater, I feel they are very enjoyable to judge when executed well, and can very well be the opposite if not done so. Well-developed links that are specific and turn case, and a well-explained alternative method that resolves the aff links are essential. I believe the framework debate is generally underutilized by the negative, usually those debates end up with the affirmative getting to weigh the Aff. If you read external impacts, you must explain the internal link to that impact. As mentioned above, I was not a big K debater through high school, so I'm probably super close to an actual blank slate- With that said explanation within your speeches and CX will be rewarded, and essential for me to evaluate. A clear explanation of the argument should be a requirement anyway; just know that you will not gain much if not lose expecting me to know each K inside out. The affirmative should have a combination of offensive and defensive arguments. A purely defensive strategy against a K will probably not get you a win.

K Affs:

They need to have a clear and preferably nuanced method that can solve the impacts of the Aff. I think the major pitfall of K Affs is having generic or vague methods that open the doors to a lot of persuasive presumption arguments. There needs to be a defense of why debate is a key space to read the Aff. The 1AR and 2AR should have both components on some level or else I’m left to guess as to how the Aff/aff offense functions against the negative's position. As explained in the K section above, do not assume I’m well versed in the literature you are defending.

Disadvantages:

Be specific. A robust explanation of the link to the Aff and impact calculus supplemented with embedded turns case analysis makes these debates very enjoyable to judge. The Affirmative should try to find holes in the DA, whether that’s through internal links not lining up or through their evidence. I think a combination of offensive and defensive arguments is smart and will make it harder for the negative to hedge their offense.

Counterplans:

They need to have a clear plan text and an external net benefit. Make sure the CP is competitive- as simple as it is I feel like people forget and then I have to vote down on perm. Same with most arguments, the more specific the better. The 2NR should generally be the counterplan with a DA/Case argument to supplement. It's probably helpful for the aff to have some offense- just defense is in most cases not sufficient to beat the CP.

Misc.:

- Strategizing the round is up to you, but I do find myself not loving the timesuck-16 off- strats

- I think case debating is very under-utilized

- recutting evidence from the opposing team is rewarded

- Flashing/Emailing isn’t prep but be efficient

- If you still have questions, ask them before the round

-Don't be rude; there's a difference between that and being sharp

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Yale University Invitational 2021 HS 2021-09-17 VCX Finals Mamaroneck ZG Bronx Science LZ Neg Neg 3-0
Yale University Invitational 2021 HS 2021-09-17 VCX Semis St Andrew's Episcopal DL Mamaroneck ZG Neg Neg 2-1
Yale University Invitational 2021 HS 2021-09-17 VCX R5 George Washington CB USN CK Aff
Yale University Invitational 2021 HS 2021-09-17 VCX R4 Bronx Science PT Stuyvesant CC Neg
Yale University Invitational 2021 HS 2021-09-17 VCX R3 Stuyvesant JK Bronx Science CH Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2021-09-10 VCX R3 Northwood FF St Mark's School of Texas CB Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VCX Semi Reagan AG Washburn Rural PW Aff Neg 2-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VCX Qrtrs Westwood YN Blue Valley Northwest RY Neg Neg 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VCX Octo Greenhill MS Reagan AG Neg Neg 2-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VCX R4 Mount Pleasant TC Blue Valley Northwest RY Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VCX R3 Devine DF Unionville AP Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VCX R2 Chisholm Trail MK Grapevine EM Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VCX R1 Westwood PO Hayden PM Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston MS 2021-01-14 Pol Octos YGBA BC Westsi RY Neg Neg 3-0
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R4 LanCre DI Dulles MV Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 Pol R3 Dulles AG SMSOT ZK Neg
The Cougar Classic at the University of Houston HS 2021-01-14 NCX R1 Greenh DI SilCre LR Aff
Memorial Spring Woods Swing HS 2020-10-28 VCX Round Clear Lake GK Dulles DH Neg
Memorial Spring Woods Swing HS 2020-10-28 VLD R1 Clear Brook IC Friendswood SG Aff
Plano West TFATOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-23 VCX Qrtrs St Mark's School of Texas BC Hebron DR Aff Aff 2-1
Plano West TFATOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-23 VCX R4 Coppell SC Clovis North CS Neg
Plano West TFATOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-23 VCX R3 Hebron MR Greenhill FS Neg
Plano West TFATOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-23 VCX R2 Jesuit BC Dallas Highland Park WL Neg
Plano West TFATOC Qualifier HS 2020-10-23 VCX R1 Lovejoy VS Jesuit MN Aff
TFA 2020 Stratford Spartan Tournament HS 2020-10-14 PF Semi Tompkins Dave & Valluri Seven Lakes He & Chai Con Con 3-0
TFA 2020 Stratford Spartan Tournament HS 2020-10-14 CX Finals Houston Memorial Qian & Poe Elkins Li & John Neg Neg 2-1
TFA 2020 Stratford Spartan Tournament HS 2020-10-14 CX R3 Kinkaid Segal & Ferber BASIS San Antonio Shavano Mallikarjun & Xiang Neg
TFA 2020 Stratford Spartan Tournament HS 2020-10-14 CX R2 Kinkaid Miles & Balametov Clear Lake Luo & Garcia Neg
TFA 2020 Stratford Spartan Tournament HS 2020-10-14 CX R1 Kinkaid Ibarra & Dhutia Clear Lake Yee & Baumann Aff
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VCX Finals George Washington HC USN KF Neg Neg 2-1
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VCX R6 Sonoma SJ Leon Goldstein AC Aff
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 JVCX R5 Casady BF ADL WC Aff
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VCX R4 Stuyvesant EP Bronx Science BT Aff
Yale University Invitational HS 2020-10-01 VCX R2 Davis Senior LX West HS SLC AP Aff
The Bear Cat Swing CyWoodsBridgeland HS 2020-09-23 VCX Semis Jesuit MR Westside ED Aff Aff 3-0
The Bear Cat Swing CyWoodsBridgeland HS 2020-09-23 VCX Quarte Houston Memorial QP Jesuit JB Neg Neg 3-0
The Bear Cat Swing CyWoodsBridgeland HS 2020-09-23 VCX R3 Langham Creek KF Hendrickson OP Neg
The Bear Cat Swing CyWoodsBridgeland HS 2020-09-23 VCX R1 Elkins KJ Langham Creek LC Neg
Lindale Fall TFA HS 2020-09-16 VCX R3 Union Grove John Caviness & Alex Prince Odessa Permian Katie Irby & Suzette Trujillo Aff
Lindale Fall TFA HS 2020-09-16 NCX R2 St Mark's School of Texas Harry Wang & Howard Zhang Westwood Mahin Naveen & Rithik Polavaram Aff
Lindale Fall TFA HS 2020-09-16 NCX R1 Westwood Ayush Tripathi & Vaishnuv Thiagarajan St Mark's School of Texas Noah Cathey & Dilan Koganti Aff
University of Houston Cougar Classic HS 2020-01-10 Pol R5 LibArt MR Caddo LK Aff
University of Houston Cougar Classic HS 2020-01-10 Pol R3 Hebron LH Heights GM Aff