Tammy Claeson Paradigm

Last changed 9/6 3:54P CST

I’ve coached LD Debate for 14 years. Policy debate for nine. PF Debate for six. Other speaking events for 24 years. I like a good old fashioned philosophy debate. With that said, I understand those are few and far between. I am not progressive. But I won’t vote you down for it, either.

Lincoln Douglas Points ~

Speed - Don’t spread. There’s no fire. Debate is about communication, not seeing how many points you can get your opponent to skip because they didn’t hear them correctly.

Value - Choose a value other than morality. One that actually matches the resolution. I like to see a good value clash. If you don't know the purpose of a criterion don't just throw it in there to look pretty.

Theory - Make sure you understand it yourself before you try to run it in a round. Don’t throw everything at your opponent and hope something sticks.

Framework - Should be clear and labeled. If you can both agree on a mutual framework, I will judge based on which debater upheld it better.

Offcase arguments- Have fun. I can follow whatever here. Just give me a heads up as to how many you have.

Topicality - I'm fine, if it's well structured.

Case/Plan - If the topic lends itself to one, that's fine. I prefer not to hear a counterplan unless you can show me the value of it. This isn't Policy. But if you want to run it, go for it.

DA's - I will vote you down for non-uniqueness. Make sure your link is clear.

At the end of the round, make sure you give me clear voters. Don’t make me pick my own. I will go for the value I like better.

Last but not least, include me on the email chain. tlclaeso@garlandisd.net

PF - Crystalize your arguments. Be civil. Stand for cross. Sit for grand cross. Give me voters. Make sure your arguments can be understood by the average person. PF is constantly evolving. As it evolves, you as a debater should evolve.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Grapevine Classic 9/6/2019 LD R3 Isidore Newman EP Plano Senior AJ Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/6/2019 LD R3 Holy Cross ND Heights LC Aff
Berkner HS TFA 12/7/2018 WSD R3 Grapevine Red Southlake Carroll Sapphire Aff
Berkner HS TFA 12/7/2018 WSD R2 Grapevine Blue Coppell 9th SKCC Neg
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PLD R2 Newman Smith DB Lovejoy CM Neg
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PLD R2 Plano East Senior AK John Paul II BT Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PLD R1 Grapevine RS Carroll TR Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PLD R1 Greenhill JM Plano West Sr CK Neg
Berkner Tournament 12/8/2017 PF RD 3 Centennial MK Pearce BP Neg
Berkner Tournament 12/8/2017 PF RD 3 Melissa SM Colleyville Heritage CR Neg
Berkner Tournament 12/8/2017 PF RD 2 Jasper LT Colleyville Heritage SH Aff
Grapevine Classic 9/8/2017 LD R4 Hebron AS Byron Nelson VI Aff