Ryan Nierman Paradigm

Last changed Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 2:29 PM UTC

I debated for Groves High School for two years, U of M - Dearborn for one year, and I debated for U of M - Ann Arbor for one year. This is my 10th year coaching at Wylie E. Groves High School, where I am currently Co-Director of Debate.

Please include me on the email chain: ryannierman@gmail.com

Speed: Speed is not a problem so long as you remain clear.

Topicality: I am willing to vote on T. I think that there should be substantial work done on the Interpretation vs Counter-Interpretation debate, with impacted standards or reasons to prefer your interpretation. This doesn't mean that one should merely reread their 1NC shell. There needs to be specific explanations of your standards and why they are better than the aff's or vice versa. Why does one standard give a better internal link to education or fairness than another, etc? Finally, I tend to default to competing interpretations when evaluating T debates.

CPs: I am willing to listen to any type of CP and multiple counterplans in the same round. I also try to remain objective in terms of whether I think a certain cp is abusive or not - the legitimacy of a counterplan is up for debate and thus can vary from one round to the next.

Disads: There should be a clear link to the aff. I am willing to assign zero risk to a disad. The overviews should focus in on why your impacts outweigh and turn case. Let the story of the DA be revealed on the line-by-line. Leave the overview for impact analysis. If the aff drops a DA or drops the internal links and/or uniqueness debate, I consider those to be won by the negative, so there is no reason to go through every card that was read in the 1NC - do what you need to do to win the flow and move on.

Kritiks: I enjoy a good kritik debate. Having said that, you shouldn't run the K just because I am judging. If you decided to read the K, make sure that there is a clear link to the aff. This may include reading new link scenarios in the block. There should also be a clear explanation of the impact with specific impact analysis. For the alternative debate, this is where some time needs to be spent. What is the alt? Does it solve the aff? What does the world of the alternative look like? And finally, who does the alternative? I believe the way in which framework functions in a round is up for debate, but if there is no clear explanation, framework is typically a reason why the aff gets to weigh their impacts, but not necessarily a voting issue. The neg should also isolate a clear f/w - why does methodology, ontology, reps, discourse, etc. come first? Typically, unless the aff reads f/w in the 1AC, this f/w may be read in the block.

Theory: I don't lean any particular way on the theory debate. For me, a theory debate must be more than just reading and re-reading one's blocks. If this happens, I will not evaluate the theory debate, as there is a lack of clash and educational value. There needs to be impacted reasons as to why I should vote one way or another. If you don't do this, then it will be hard to pick me up on the theory debate. Having said that, if there are dropped independent voters on the theory debate, I will definitely look there first. Finally, there should be an articulated reason why I should reject the team on theory, otherwise I default to just rejecting the argument.

Performance: I find myself judging more and more of these debates. I prefer if the performative affirmation or action is germane to the topic, but that is up for debate. I am certainly willing to listen to your arguments, and evaluate them fairly. If you win framework, then you have a fair shot at winning the debate.

Paperless Debate: I try to give the paperless teams the benefit of the doubt should a computer issue occur. I do not take prep time for flashing, but don't use this as an excuse to steal prep.

Other general comments:

Line-by-line is extremely important in evaluating the rounds, especially on procedural flows.

Clipping cards is cheating! If caught, you will lose the round and get the lowest possible speaker points the tournament allows.

Finally, don't change what works for you. I am willing to hear and vote on any type of argument, so don't alter your winning strat to fit what you may think my philosophy is.

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX 1 Eagle BF Polytechnic DF NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX 2 Eagle MW Peninsula AL NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX 4 Rosemont RW Harker HK NEG
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX Doubles Green Valley WS SLC West LN NEG
SLC West L on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX 2 Greenhill CR Marquette Univ MD AFF
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX 3 Berkeley Prep LS Georgetown Day FR NEG
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX 4 Roseville Area RV Glenbrook South BF NEG
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX 6 Whitney Young MO South HS - Minneapolis MS NEG
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX Doubles Walter Payton WP Greenhill WK AFF
Walter Pay on a 3-0
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/8/2017 JVCX 1 Iowa City West FF Homewood-Flossmoor GW NEG
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/8/2017 JVCX 2 Northside CP CZ Homewood-Flossmoor BM AFF
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/8/2017 JVCX 3 Wayzata YK Iowa City West DS AFF
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/8/2017 CX R6 Glenbrook North BF Greenhill ZT AFF
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/21/2017 Var 1 Chattahoochee HV New Trier GL AFF
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/21/2017 Var 2 Alpharetta HS SD North Broward Prep MR NEG
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/21/2017 Var 4 New Trier HW Baltimore City CG NEG
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/21/2017 Var Octos Berkeley Prep MY Chattahoochee JN AFF
Berkeley P on a 3-0
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open 1 Chicago Lab RW Westminster KP NEG
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open 2 Glenbrook South KD Whitney Young MM AFF
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open 3 Northside CP KS Glenbrook North BF AFF
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open Doubles Georgetown Day BF Glenbrook North DJ NEG
Georgetown on a 2-1
West Bloomfield Debate Invitational 9/29/2017 PolOp 1 H.H. DowDM Okemos SZ NEG
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD 2 Westminster MP Riverwood DA NEG
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD 3 USN MM Westminster SB AFF
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD 4 USN FL McDonogh WZ AFF
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD Doubles North Star Academy CPHS YD Chattahoochee AP NEG
Chattahooc on a 3-0
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/7/2017 SBF 2 Calhoun BF Chicago Lab Schools US AFF
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/7/2017 SBF 3 Berkeley Prep MY Greenhill KS NEG
MIFA Novice Debate State Finals 17 12/9/2016 NPol 5 Portage Northern A Okemos A NEG
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX 5 Phoenix Military BP Alpharetta US NEG
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX 6 Seaholm CP Chattahoochee AM AFF
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX 1 Lane Tech MK West Bloomfield BH NEG
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX 2 McDonogh JN Westminster Schools BH AFF
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX 3 New Trier JM Alpharetta LM AFF
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX 4 Pine Crest Preparatory JS Westminster Schools RM NEG
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX 5 Chattahoochee NJ Pine Crest Preparatory TV NEG
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX 6 Whitney Young OR New Trier SY AFF
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 NCX 7 Maine East BL Homewood-Flossmoor KM NEG
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX Doubles Glenbrook North JL Lane Tech HC AFF
Glenbrook on a 2-1
Okemos High School Invitational 10/21/2016 1 HHDow MS MonSho Gr AFF
Okemos High School Invitational 10/21/2016 3 Okemos AB HHDow YM NEG
Okemos High School Invitational 10/21/2016 4 PorNor AB HHDow SW AFF
Okemos High School Invitational 10/21/2016 6 MonSho BH HHDow MS NEG
MonSho BH on a 2-1
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 2 Chattahoochee SA Whitney M. Young Magnet FS NEG
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 5 Northside CP OP Polytechnic HM NEG
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 6 Evanston Township HR Northside CP HV AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var 1 Chattahoochee AM USN GR AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var 2 Westminster Schools-Atlanta RM Polytechnic DN NEG
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var 3 Gulliver Prep BG Chattahoochee JN NEG
Michigan Junior Varsity State Tournament 1/15/2016 JV 5 Okemos RR PorNor PG AFF
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 1/8/2016 VPol 2 Petoskey HH Dow AFF
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 1/8/2016 VPol 4 Traverse City Central West Bloomfield AFF
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 1/8/2016 VPol 7 Traverse City Central HH Dow NEG
Traverse C on a 2-1
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX 1 Glenbrook North BL Wayzata AC AFF
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX 2 Wayzata KS Asian Debate League CC AFF
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX 4 Asian Debate League TS Greenhill GR NEG
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX 6 Asian Debate League CH Wayzata BH AFF
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX 7 Lexington DC Homewood-Flossmoor HL NEG
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX 2 USN BR Westminster Schools BN NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 JRR 1 Lexington Zheng & Raghavan Marist Adair & Vance AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX 1 Westminster Schools HD USN KM AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX 2 Walter Payton CP BC H.H. Dow PN AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 SRR 3 Whitney M. Young Magnet Bazzell & Ferolie Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Pujol & Cordoves NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX 3 Little Rock Central WW Maine East H.S. PS AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX 4 Maine East H.S. BL Lexington ZL NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 JRR 5 Whitney M. Young Magnet Robinson & Jacob Niles West Patel & Silber NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 SRR 5 Lexington Schnall & Meel Little Rock Central Williams & Woods NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX 5 Broad Run SD Westminster Schools CB AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX 6 Northside CP BE Walter Payton CP PW AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX 7 Chicago Lab Schools CR Westminster Schools CK NEG
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/25/2015 CX 1 Brooklyn Independent Debate AE Strath Haven Mo AFF
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/25/2015 CX 2 ACORN Community VF Strath Haven GM NEG
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/25/2015 CX 5 Berkeley Prep SS Baltimore City College ID NEG
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/25/2015 CX Octafinals McDonogh JN Berkeley Prep EL AFF
McDonogh J on a 3-0
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var 1 Milton HH Strath Haven aBbM AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var 2 Centennial LP Carrollton GD AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var 5 Polytechnic XH Niles West NR AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var 6 Johns Creek RL Baltimore City College KW AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var Doubles Westminster Schools DH Polytechnic XH AFF
Westminste on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 JRR 1 Calhoun Swann & Ku Blake Nys & Wexler NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 SRR 1 Ransom Everglades Petros & Belausteguigoitia Atholton Ramanan & Slavinsky NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX 1 Westminster Schools CK Homewood-Flossmoor LS NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX 2 Pine Crest KS Lexington LiMe NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 JRR 3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Delgado & Tremblay Montgomery Bell Zhu and Zhang AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 SRR 3 Westminster Schools Shen & Seitz Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Wells & Cordoves AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX 3 Ransom Everglades CF WDM Valley HP AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX 4 Chicago Lab Schools WP Homewood-Flossmoor HP NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 SRR 5 Walter Payton CP Young & McColgan Niles North Walkington & Oberto-Besso Pando AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX 5 DSM Roosevelt CH Chicago Lab Schools JN NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX 6 Lane Tech College Prep H.S. KS Homewood-Flossmoor MH NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX 7 La Salle College GH Westminster Schools KH NEG
New Trier Season Opener 10/10/2014 Open Rd 1 Chicago Lab Schools WB Homewood-Flossmoor DM NEG
New Trier Season Opener 10/10/2014 Open Rd 3 Oak Park and River Forest PK Ransom Everglades BD AFF
New Trier Season Opener 10/10/2014 Open Rd 6 Whitney M. Young Magnet RF Glenbrook North JK AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open 2 New Trier BK Desert Vista BG AFF
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open 3 Ransom Everglades CB Chamblee Charter AP NEG
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open 6 Westminster Schools KX La Salle College CP NEG
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open Doubles Chamblee Charter AP Broad Run KL AFF
Broad Run on a 2-1
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD 1 Centennial KK Pace LS AFF
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD 3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GR Brophy CP MS NEG
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD 4 Bronx Science DM Capitol Debate SB AFF
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD 6 Sequoyah HL Capitol Debate East RS NEG
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD Double Octafina Capitol Debate East RS Glenbrook North CH NEG
Glenbrook on a 3-0
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD Octafinals Bronx Science DM Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Techn KW AFF
Bronx Scie on a 3-0
Electric City Invitational 12/5/2013 VCX 2 McDonogh TP La Salle College GH AFF
Electric City Invitational 12/5/2013 VCX 3 Atholton HD Wilson JS NEG
Electric City Invitational 12/5/2013 VCX Octafinals Baltimore City College GB Lexington KL NEG
Lexington on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX 1 Westminster Schools ZW Portage Northern AB AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX 2 Ransom Everglades BD Pine Crest MM NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX 3 Portage Northern SS Westminster Schools CZ NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX 4 Mona Shores EW Westminster Schools YS AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX 5 Westminster Schools OS Ransom Everglades GP AFF
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX 6 Walter Payton CP MY Homewood-Flossmoor FR NEG
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 NCX Octos Pace HM Niles West HS NEG
Pace HM on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX Quarters Westminster Schools BG Pine Crest GJ AFF
Westminste on a 2-1
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 NCX nov 1 PorNor BS NilNor LS AFF
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 2 Pace BP IowCit HoSi AFF
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 4 Mukwon LP H.HDow BS NEG
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 5 WesSch YZ MaiEas LP AFF