Charles Russell Paradigm

Last changed 2/1 10:45A CST

Email: CRussell10@my.wctc.edu

I, like my coach before me, have an old-school policy paradigm. What this means is that I look at the round and evaluate it based on what I feel is the best policy for the Unites States under the given resolution. In round you should argue everything under the assumption of that framework.


Speed – I am not a fan of speed. I understand that you are going to need to speak faster than a normal talking rate of speed and that is fine given the time constraints in round but there is no need speak at the extreme speeds that are becoming more and more common. I am a great proponent of depth over breadth in debate. The more reasonable your speed the better you will likely find yourself doing in front of me.


Topicality – This is something that I fell can be put to great use and I have no problem seeing in round. That said, there are a couple of conditions. First the voter in front of me is always jurisdiction, if you can reasonably prove that the Aff being presented is outside of the topic area I am likely to vote for T. Second, I am not a huge technical T judge. I much prefer that in round abuse or potential abuse is spelled out for me rather than someone trying to tell me that we should win T because the other team didn’t answer every small technical detail of a T argument.


Advantages and Disadvantages – This is the bread and butter of my judging paradigm. This is where I prefer to see most rounds debated and is the place that most rounds are won and lost in front of me. I want to see real world impacts with realistic link chains. If your opponent is telling me that everything is going to lead to nuclear war or global extinction you just need to prove that this is not a realistic scenario and you will have won the impact for that advantage or DA. Politics is also perfectly allowable. The only politics DAs that I do not like are those saying that you spend political capital therefore these bad things happen. Those DAs tend to run roughshod over affirmative fiat so I don’t like seeing them and I don’t give them much if any in round weight.

CPs – Absolutely love to see a good CP. My only real requirements here are that the CP should be non-topical and competitive. CPs using other actors or consulting other countries are great and I am perfectly willing to entertain them so long as they meet the above requirements.

K – Kritiks are something that you need to be very selective with in front of me. You need to make sure that the alternative is a real world policy alternative and not something that would never apply in reality. I absolutely agree that there may be questions of morality that are addressed by a kritik but without a policy alternative it isn’t going to go very far in front of me.


Last thoughts – First, be specific when you are telling me where your arguments are going. Don’t just tell me “on the Labor DA flow” and start spewing cards. Give me the specific points that you are attacking and don’t expect me to do your work for you. I am more forgiving at the novice level because those debaters are still learning but I still expect you to tell me where you want your arguments to go. Second, if you feel an argument is going to be important in round I had better hear more than 10 seconds about it in the constructives. Arguments that are presented as blips in the constructives and then expanded upon for 3-5 minutes in the rebuttal come across as something that you didn’t really care about that much until you realized that there may be a viable strategy option. If you want to go for something at the end of the round make sure that you have spent sufficient time on the argument in the constructives.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Peach State Classic 11/13/2020 RCX R2 Fayette County High Debate Team Jasmine Ray & Jadyn Hill Johns Creek Harrison Lee & Seojean Ahn Neg
All Hallows Classic 10/31/2020 NCX Rd3 AL SV AL US Neg
Neenah 10/17/2020 VCX 3 400 401 Neg
Brookfield East Debate Tournament 10/3/2020 Pol V 1 603 600 Neg
MDL Season Championship 2/1/2020 NCX Rd4 LaCro SR Homest AT Neg Neg on a 2-0
MDL Season Championship 2/1/2020 VCX Rd3 RonRea RR MarUni SL Neg Neg on a 2-0
MDL Season Championship 2/1/2020 VCX Rd2 RufKin RB RonRea PD Aff Aff on a 2-0
MDL Season Championship 2/1/2020 NCX Rd1 Homest AT Cudahy YP Aff Aff on a 2-0
The Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 NCX R5 SPASH BK La Crosse Central CR Aff
WDCA Pref Sandbox 1/18/2020 NCX R5 SPASH BK La Crosse Central CR Aff
The Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/18/2020 NCX R1 Appleton North BB La Crosse Central SE Neg
Last Ditch WSDT Qualifier 1/4/2020 NCX R2 Cudahy PA Brookfield Central HR Neg
Alexandra Hoecherl Challenge at Appleton East 12/6/2019 NPol Final La Crosse Central MC SPASH WI Aff Aff on a 3-0
Alexandra Hoecherl Challenge at Appleton East 12/6/2019 NPol R3 SPASH BG La Crosse Central ES Neg
Badgerland 11/15/2019 OCX Semi Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) GJ Madison East BH Neg Aff on a 2-1
Badgerland 11/15/2019 OCX R5 Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) SH Madison East WK Aff
Badgerland 11/15/2019 OCX R4 Madison East BH Neenah PF Aff
Badgerland 11/15/2019 OCX R3 Marquette Univ SM Madison East RS Aff
Badgerland 11/15/2019 OCX R2 Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) GJ Rufus King RB Aff
Badgerland 11/15/2019 OCX R1 Madison East KJ Rufus King SL Aff
Fort Atkinson Bowtie Bonanza Debate Tournament 10/12/2019 VCX R3 Madison East KH Neenah DY Aff
Fort Atkinson Bowtie Bonanza Debate Tournament 10/12/2019 VCX R2 Rufus King SW Ronald Reagan RR Neg
Fort Atkinson Bowtie Bonanza Debate Tournament 10/12/2019 VCX R1 Rufus King LS Madison East SR Neg
Brookfield East 10/5/2019 VCX R3 Rufus King RB Homestead PT Neg
Brookfield East 10/5/2019 VCX R2 Waukesha South LG Homestead HY Neg
Brookfield East 10/5/2019 VCX R1 Homestead LW Neenah DY Aff
MDL Season Opener 9/21/2019 VCX R2 Homest HL RonRea RR Aff
MDL Season Opener 9/21/2019 VCX R1 RonRea DZ Homest PT Neg
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/25/2019 CX Dbl Oc 180 147 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/25/2019 CX R5 135 156 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/25/2019 CX R4 177 212 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/25/2019 CX R3 159 208 Neg Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/25/2019 CX R2 106 150 Aff Aff on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/25/2019 CX R1 140 170 Neg Neg on a 2-1
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/19/2019 NCX Final SPASH JP Homestead LT Neg Neg on a 4-1
Fort Atkinson 12/8/2018 VCX R3 Fort Atkinson BP Mukwonago GM Aff
Fort Atkinson 12/8/2018 NCX R2 Fort Atkinson MT Madison East CW Aff
Fort Atkinson 12/8/2018 VCX R1 Madison East KS Neenah AO Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R7 Niles West PS Dowling Catholic PS Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R6 Meadows SR Derby CS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R5 Little Rock Central AK Niles North PV Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R4 Niles West BB Berkeley Prep SP Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R3 Northside College Prep CC Mamaroneck LS Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R2 Notre Dame AK Barstow PK Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R1 Walter Payton CP MW North Broward Prep GG Aff
West Bend Debate Extravaganza 11/3/2018 NCX R3 Rufus King BB La Crosse Central FP Aff
West Bend Debate Extravaganza 11/3/2018 NCX R1 Homestead KH Madison East NW Aff
Milwaukee Debate League T3 All Hallows Classic 10/27/2018 RCX R3 Milwaukee High Arts PT Milwaukee High Arts LR Neg
Milwaukee Debate League T3 All Hallows Classic 10/27/2018 NCX R2 Rufus King RT Marquette Univ GK Aff
Milwaukee Debate League T3 All Hallows Classic 10/27/2018 NCX R1 Homestead LT Ronald Reagan CP RE Aff
Brookfield East Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 NCX R3 Ronald Reagan CP RH SPASH PJ Neg
Brookfield East Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 NCX R2 Madison East CW Appleton North ZH Neg
Brookfield East Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 NCX R1 Rufus King BW SPASH GJ Aff
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/20/2018 NCX R6 SPASH GS Reagan IB NE Aff
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/20/2018 NCX R5 Mukwonago WR Madison East JK Aff
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/20/2018 NCX R3 Reagan IB SG Madison East KL Neg
Wisconsin State Debate Tournament 1/20/2018 NCX R2 La Crosse Central BL Homestead BK Aff
Fort Atkinson 12/9/2017 NCX R2 Reagan IB AD Rufus King SW Aff
Fort Atkinson 12/9/2017 NCX R1 Reagan IB EN Neenah AP Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 NCX nov 6 NilWes IK GleSou CS Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 NCX nov 5 NilNor FS NilWes OT Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 NCX nov 4 WesBlo AW GleNor CT Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 NCX nov 3 TraCit CP NilNor HS Aff
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 NCX nov 2 NilNor RZ NilWes BF Neg
University of Michigan H.S. Debate Tournament 11/2/2012 VCX open 1 UniPre DR WesBlo AA Neg