Ryan Nierman Paradigm

Last changed 8/29 2:42P GMT

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

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