Ryan Nierman Paradigm

Last changed 10/30 10:35P GMT

U of M - Dearborn - BSE Computer Engineering & Engineering Mathematics (2011)

Oakland University - PhD Applied Mathematics (2017)

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. I have been coaching at Groves High School since August 2007, where I am currently Co-Director of Debate.

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

Top Level: Do whatever you want. My job is to evaluate the debate, not tell you what to read.

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. 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?

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: Sure. There should be a clear link to the aff. Yes, there can be zero risk. 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.

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? What is my role as the judge? The neg should also isolate a clear f/w - why does methodology, ontology, reps, discourse, etc. come first?

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. There needs to be impacted reasons as to why I should vote one way or another. 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.

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 Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Big Lex 1/18/2020 VCX Octos Stuyvesant CN Georgetown Day MW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Big Lex 1/18/2020 VCX R5 Mamaroneck MR Stuyvesant RH Neg
Big Lex 1/18/2020 VCX R4 DuVal SN Newark Tech MR Aff
Big Lex 1/18/2020 VCX R1 Newark Science SQ Stuyvesant SP Neg
Michigan Junior Varsity State Tournament 1/10/2020 JV R4 DetCri Sanchez & Angeles DetSch Chisholm & Mcduffie Aff
Michigan Junior Varsity State Tournament 1/10/2020 MSPF F AlFur Abdallah & Atali AlFur Elladan & Menad Aff Aff on a 2-1
Michigan Junior Varsity State Tournament 1/10/2020 JV R3 LoyHS Lewis & Baker DetCri Sanchez & Angeles Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/4/2020 SBF R5 Whitney Young OH Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AB Neg
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 MPolV R5 EKentwd DH CristoRey RP Neg
MIFA Debate State Finals 12/13/2019 MPolV R4 HHDow BM CristoRey HJ Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU 12/6/2019 Nov R5 East Kentwood Groce & Guerrero Glenbrook North Feng & Mitchell Neg
Spartan Classic at MSU 12/6/2019 Nov R4 Glenbrook North Malamud & Jalaluddin Niles North Kendziora & Wolfinger Aff
Spartan Classic at MSU 12/6/2019 Nov R3 Glenbrook North Simon & Catalano Grand Rapids City Chen & Agarwal & Chhabra Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX Octos Whitney Young MM Edina AB Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R7 New Trier DX Niles North UV Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 NCX R6 Niles West IM Glenbrook North CM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/30/2019 VCX R5 Lexington BY Glenbrook North KS Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/26/2019 Var R6 Oakland Catholic AS Thomas Jefferson HSST XD Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/26/2019 Var R5 Houston EP Alpharetta HS BM Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/26/2019 Var R4 Lexington YS Berkeley Prep ZK Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open R5 West Des Moines Valley KK Glenbrook North CK Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open R3 West Des Moines Valley LD Univ Of Chicago Lab CN Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open R2 Univ Of Chicago Lab CK North Broward Prep DF Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/12/2019 Open R1 Walter Payton KR Head Royce GS Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD Double Westminster FM Cypress Bay GB Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R4 Westminster BW Peninsula DL Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R3 Chattahoochee AM Alpharetta HS DS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R1 Westminster YH Head Royce WR Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/19/2019 VCX Octos North Broward Prep AB Liberal Arts and Science PS Aff Aff on a 2-1
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/19/2019 VCX R3 Strath Haven LR Georgetown Day PR Neg
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/19/2019 VCX R2 Stuyvesant FC Univ Of Chicago Lab WS Aff
Lexington Winter Invitational 1/19/2019 VCX R1 New Mission HS/BCLA/ACC DP North Broward Prep GG Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Jones DE Solorio MV Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R2 Glenbrook North BM Westminster YS Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 Okemos SZ New Trier GL Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/20/2018 Var R6 Stratford MP Lexington CW Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/20/2018 Var R2 Chattahoochee VH Baltimore City TP Aff
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/20/2018 Var R1 North Broward Prep GM Chattahoochee AA Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolOp Quarts H.H. Dow RW Okemos MV Aff Aff on a 2-1
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolJV R4 University Prep CH Okemos LK Neg
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolOp R3 Detroit Country Day AH Traverse City Central FO Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State 10/12/2018 PolOp R1 Detroit Country Day SM Okemos MV Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Dbls Northside College Prep CC Okemos RZ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 6 Glenbrook North JR South FP Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 5 Whitney Young HM Glenbrook North BS Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 4 H.H. Dow RW New Trier RT Neg
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 3 Glenbrook South RS Jones CP DC Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 2 Evanston Twp CL Glenbrook North JeRa Aff
Niles Township Invitational 9/7/2018 POL Rd 1 Glenbrook North CJ Homewood-Flossmoor BM Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX Double Green Valley WS SLC West LN Neg Neg on a 3-0
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R4 Rosemont RW Harker HK Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R2 Eagle MW Peninsula AL Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV 2/3/2018 VCX R1 Eagle BF Polytechnic DF Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX Double Walter Payton WP Greenhill WK Aff Aff on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R6 Whitney Young MO South HS - Minneapolis MS Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R4 Roseville Area RV Glenbrook South BF Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R3 Berkeley Prep LS Georgetown Day FR Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R2 Greenhill CR Marquette Univ MD Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/8/2017 CX R6 Glenbrook North BF Greenhill ZT Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/8/2017 JVCX R3 Wayzata YK Iowa City West DS Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/8/2017 JVCX R2 Northside CP CZ Homewood-Flossmoor BM Aff
The Paradigm at Dowling Catholic 12/8/2017 JVCX R1 Iowa City West FF Homewood-Flossmoor GW Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/21/2017 Var Octos Berkeley Prep MY Chattahoochee JN Aff Aff on a 3-0
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/21/2017 Var R4 New Trier HW Baltimore City CG Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/21/2017 Var R2 Alpharetta HS SD North Broward Prep MR Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic 10/21/2017 Var R1 Chattahoochee HV New Trier GL Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open Double Georgetown Day BF Glenbrook North DJ Neg Aff on a 2-1
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R3 Northside CP KS Glenbrook North BF Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R2 Glenbrook South KD Whitney Young MM Aff
Trevian Invitational former New Trier Season Opener 10/7/2017 Open R1 Chicago Lab RW Westminster KP Neg
West Bloomfield Debate Invitational 9/29/2017 PolOp R1 H.H. DowDM Okemos SZ Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD Double North Star Academy CPHS YD Chattahoochee AP Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R4 USN FL McDonogh WZ Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R3 USN MM Westminster SB Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R2 Westminster MP Riverwood DA Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/7/2017 SBF R3 Berkeley Prep MY Greenhill KS Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/7/2017 SBF R2 Calhoun BF Chicago Lab Schools US Aff
MIFA Novice Debate State Finals 17 12/9/2016 NPol R5 Portage Northern A Okemos A Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R6 Seaholm CP Chattahoochee AM Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R5 Phoenix Military BP Alpharetta US Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX Double Glenbrook North JL Lane Tech HC Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 NCX R7 Maine East BL Homewood-Flossmoor KM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R6 Whitney Young OR New Trier SY Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R5 Chattahoochee NJ Pine Crest Preparatory TV Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R4 Pine Crest Preparatory JS Westminster Schools RM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R3 New Trier JM Alpharetta LM Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R2 McDonogh JN Westminster Schools BH Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R1 Lane Tech MK West Bloomfield BH Neg
Okemos High School Invitational 10/21/2016 R6 MonSho BH HHDow MS Neg Aff on a 2-1
Okemos High School Invitational 10/21/2016 R4 PorNor AB HHDow SW Aff
Okemos High School Invitational 10/21/2016 R3 Okemos AB HHDow YM Neg
Okemos High School Invitational 10/21/2016 R1 HHDow MS MonSho Gr Aff
New Trier Season Opener 10/8/2016 Open Rd 6 Evanston Township HR Northside CP HV Aff
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 2 Chattahoochee SA Whitney M. Young Magnet FS Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R3 Gulliver Prep BG Chattahoochee JN Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R2 Westminster Schools-Atlanta RM Polytechnic DN Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/3/2016 Var R1 Chattahoochee AM USN GR Aff
Michigan Junior Varsity State Tournament 1/15/2016 JV R5 Okemos RR PorNor PG Aff
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 1/8/2016 VPol R7 Traverse City Central HH Dow Neg Aff on a 2-1
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 1/8/2016 VPol R4 Traverse City Central West Bloomfield Aff
MIFA Varsity Debate State Finals 1/8/2016 VPol R2 Petoskey HH Dow Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX R7 Lexington DC Homewood-Flossmoor HL Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX R6 Asian Debate League CH Wayzata BH Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX R4 Asian Debate League TS Greenhill GR Neg
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX R2 Wayzata KS Asian Debate League CC Aff
John Edie Holiday Tournament Hosted by Blake 12/18/2015 CX R1 Glenbrook North BL Wayzata AC Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R2 USN BR Westminster Schools BN Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R7 Chicago Lab Schools CR Westminster Schools CK Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R6 Northside CP BE Walter Payton CP PW Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 JRR R5 Whitney M. Young Magnet Robinson & Jacob Niles West Patel & Silber Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R5 Broad Run SD Westminster Schools CB Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 SRR R5 Lexington Schnall & Meel Little Rock Central Williams & Woods Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R4 Maine East H.S. BL Lexington ZL Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R3 Little Rock Central WW Maine East H.S. PS Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 SRR R3 Whitney M. Young Magnet Bazzell & Ferolie Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Pujol & Cordoves Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R2 Walter Payton CP BC H.H. Dow PN Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 VCX R1 Westminster Schools HD USN KM Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 10/28/2015 JRR R1 Lexington Zheng & Raghavan Marist Adair & Vance Aff
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/25/2015 CX Octafi McDonogh JN Berkeley Prep EL Aff Aff on a 3-0
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/25/2015 CX R5 Berkeley Prep SS Baltimore City College ID Neg
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/25/2015 CX R2 ACORN Community VF Strath Haven GM Neg
Georgetown Day School Invitational 9/25/2015 CX R1 Brooklyn Independent Debate AE Strath Haven Mo Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var Double Westminster Schools DH Polytechnic XH Aff Aff on a 3-0
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var R6 Johns Creek RL Baltimore City College KW Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var R5 Polytechnic XH Niles West NR Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var R2 Centennial LP Carrollton GD Aff
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/4/2015 Var R1 Milton HH Strath Haven aBbM Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX R7 La Salle College GH Westminster Schools KH Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX R6 Lane Tech College Prep H.S. KS Homewood-Flossmoor MH Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 SRR R5 Walter Payton CP Young & McColgan Niles North Walkington & Oberto-Besso Pando Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX R5 DSM Roosevelt CH Chicago Lab Schools JN Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX R4 Chicago Lab Schools WP Homewood-Flossmoor HP Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 JRR R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Delgado & Tremblay Montgomery Bell Zhu and Zhang Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX R3 Ransom Everglades CF WDM Valley HP Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 SRR R3 Westminster Schools Shen & Seitz Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart Wells & Cordoves Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX R2 Pine Crest KS Lexington LiMe Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 VCX R1 Westminster Schools CK Homewood-Flossmoor LS Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 SRR R1 Ransom Everglades Petros & Belausteguigoitia Atholton Ramanan & Slavinsky Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/5/2014 JRR R1 Calhoun Swann & Ku Blake Nys & Wexler Neg
New Trier Season Opener 10/10/2014 Open Rd 6 Whitney M. Young Magnet RF Glenbrook North JK Aff
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 1 Chicago Lab Schools WB Homewood-Flossmoor DM Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open Double Chamblee Charter AP Broad Run KL Aff Neg on a 2-1
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R6 Westminster Schools KX La Salle College CP Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R3 Ransom Everglades CB Chamblee Charter AP Neg
Policy Early Bird at Wake Forest 9/6/2014 Open R2 New Trier BK Desert Vista BG Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD Octafi Bronx Science DM Thomas Jefferson HS for Science and Techn KW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD Double Capitol Debate East RS Glenbrook North CH Neg Neg on a 3-0
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD R6 Sequoyah HL Capitol Debate East RS Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD R4 Bronx Science DM Capitol Debate SB Aff
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD R3 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart GR Brophy CP MS Neg
Harvard Invitational 2/13/2014 VPD R1 Centennial KK Pace LS Aff
Electric City Invitational 12/5/2013 VCX Octafi Baltimore City College GB Lexington KL Neg Neg on a 2-1
Electric City Invitational 12/5/2013 VCX R3 Atholton HD Wilson JS Neg
Electric City Invitational 12/5/2013 VCX R2 McDonogh TP La Salle College GH Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX Quarte Westminster Schools BG Pine Crest GJ Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 NCX Octos Pace HM Niles West HS Neg Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R6 Walter Payton CP MY Homewood-Flossmoor FR Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R5 Westminster Schools OS Ransom Everglades GP Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R4 Mona Shores EW Westminster Schools YS Aff
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R3 Portage Northern SS Westminster Schools CZ Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R2 Ransom Everglades BD Pine Crest MM Neg
University of Michigan HS Tournament 11/1/2013 VCX R1 Westminster Schools ZW Portage Northern AB Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 5 WesSch YZ MaiEas LP 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 2 Pace BP IowCit HoSi Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 NCX nov 1 PorNor BS NilNor LS Aff