Amar Adam Paradigm

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Amar Adam
Chattahoochee Class 2014

University of Kentucky 2018/Assistant Debate Coach for UK 2018-2019

Emory law 2022

amarzach@gmail.com - put this one on the chain for high school debate

debatedocs@googlegroups.com - put this one on the chain for college debate. Label the subject line as: Tournament - Round # - Aff Team vs Neg Team

Meta-Level:

I find that while judging, if the debaters can isolate and clearly articulate the nexus questions of the round, it becomes easier to judge, regardless of any predilections. While I try to adopt the ideology of a 'tabula rasa' I find that it is not entirely successful. Some arguments can be more persuasive to me than others, and I will try my best to avoid any intervention on my part, and I feel that you as a debater should do what you feel is best. If you have good cards to substantiate your args that goes a long way and matters for me. Explain how you want me to evaluate the debate.

Topicality:

I like T when it is debated well. That means good impact analysis, good explanations of standards and how I should evaluate each team's vision of the topic.

Theory: I resolve these debates much like topicality, and I am admittedly a little neg bias on a lot of these theoretical questions. The impact level needs to be clearly articulated, especially by the affirmative if you want my ballot. I feel that counter interpretations are largely self serving (not a reason to not make one) and that interpretations on theory debates are much more persuasive when your offense is centered around your interpretation, which I feel has become largely lacking (ex. teams read the same conditionality block regardless if they have read one or four conditional options). I believe strongly in technical debating, but a conceded blimpy theoretical objection won't be a reason to reject the team, but will just reject the argument if the theoretical objection is well argued and explained. This is because most of these scenarios are where the theory "arguments" are not arguments. See ex. vague alternatives are a voting issue.

Framework:
I think K affs tend to lose more of these debates when they adopt a middle ground perspective in which they try to do something with the topic but not affirm the entirety of the resolution. It makes it easier in my mind for neg teams to win that the resolution is compatible with the aff's offense and that resolutional debates are good as the aff is already half of the way there. I think teams are more successful at impact turning framework, and making reasons why only the aff's model of debate is beneficial than by making more defensive arguments like you could have read your aff against us on the neg, or that you get certain ks.

Common arguments that don't resonate with me a ton is that the aff is a prerequisite to topical engagement, or that it is a starting point. If that is true why not have 4 minutes of the speech explaining your prereq about how we should change our relationship/understanding of the resolution and then use that to inform a praxis? I think K affs tend to win more of these debates if they are about not a starting point to resolutional/topical debate, but rather if the aff is about prerequisites to how we understand debate as an activity and how we need to change that first.

I prefer these debates to clash about what model of debate is best, to conduct impact comparison, and to tell me what matters and how to evaluate certain arguments. Debate it like a t debate with violations, standards, and impacts.

Counterplans:

Love them. The more specific to the aff the better and helps drive competition.

Disads:

There is zero risk of a disad, and it happens. I feel that the impact level of disadvantages (as well as advantages) are way to often the focus of the debate, and I find that debates about a solid link defense/turn or internal link defense can win a round more often than other things.
With that being said, I feel that a disadvantage with alot of explanation of how it accesses case, why I should prefer it, and why it comes first are persuasive, but I don't feel that its an automatic negative ballot if the 1AR just drops them because they sat on another argument on the flow. The status squo I feel has become a debate that is less willing to be had and I think that a good case/disad debate can be very strategic at times.

Kritiks:

Make the debate about the aff, and contextualize it, or I think it is easier for the aff to win a perm. Doing this doesn't necessarily mean reading new aff specific cards, but it does mean doing the work to contextualize your generic 1nc args to the specifics of the aff.

I am not entirely well versed in a very broad scope of the literature, but as long as you aren't too out there and can explain it I should be fine. You should be well versed enough in the literature to explain your argument to those not in the lit base, just like you should be able to explain a complex counter plan to someone who hasn't done the research on it.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/4/2020 SBF R5 Glenbrook South BF Harvard-Westlake NW Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/4/2020 SBF R4 Liberal Arts and Science GP Montgomery Bell GH Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/4/2020 SBF R3 USN CB Oak Park and River Forest GS Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/4/2020 SBF R2 Hillsboro SL Liberal Arts and Science IJ Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/4/2020 SBF R1 Caddo Magnet KL USN KF Aff
GSU Atlanta Season Opener 9/14/2019 OP R6 Emory GR Northwestern RW Neg
GSU Atlanta Season Opener 9/14/2019 NOV R3 George Mason HS Liberty PS Aff
GSU Atlanta Season Opener 9/14/2019 NOV R2 Central Florida LS Liberty GJ Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 7/24/2019 Breako 4 Week Gutierrez & Ramirez 4 Week Kinzy & Chintakunta Aff Aff on a 3-0
Northwestern Debate Institute 7/24/2019 R6 6-Week Martinez & Vazquez 4 Week Barrera & Nicado Yelmene Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute 7/24/2019 R5 4 Week Kinzy & Chintakunta 4 Week Wei & Zhang Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute 7/24/2019 R4 6-Week Aggarwal & Rajaram 4 Week Sammeta & Saxena Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute 7/24/2019 R3 4 Week Smith & Wolfe 4 Week Gutierrez & Ramirez Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 7/24/2019 R1 4 Week Qin & Yaory 4 Week Lyu & Pepin Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX Finals North Broward Prep MR Montgomery Bell BH Aff Aff on a 3-0
73rd National Debate Tournament 3/21/2019 Open Double Georgetown BP Harvard CM Neg Neg on a 5-0
73rd National Debate Tournament 3/21/2019 Open Round UC Berkeley FG Georgia AR Aff Aff on a 2-1
73rd National Debate Tournament 3/21/2019 Open Round Harvard CM Mary Washington CL Neg Neg on a 2-1
73rd National Debate Tournament 3/21/2019 Open Round Michigan State BP Harvard AS Neg Neg on a 3-0
73rd National Debate Tournament 3/21/2019 Open Round Harvard BG West Georgia CC Aff Aff on a 3-0
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 Open Semi Northwestern JW Georgia AR Aff Neg on a 2-1
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 Open Quarte Northwestern JW Kansas HE Aff Aff on a 2-1
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 Nov Quarte Emory LL Liberty LW Neg Neg on a 3-0
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 JV Quarte Central Florida FS Emory KL Neg Neg on a 2-1
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 Open R6 Missouri State DE Kansas FM Neg
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 Open R3 Emory GN Michigan State JP Neg
ADA Nationals at UGA 3/8/2019 Open R2 Missouri State HK Minnesota FJ Neg
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 VAR Semi Glenbrook North NR New Trier EK Neg Neg on a 2-1
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 VAR Octo Westminster SB Johns Creek SD Aff Aff on a 3-0
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 VAR R6 New Trier EK Westminster AM Neg
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 VAR R5 North Broward P GG St. Mark's Scho RW Neg
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 RR R5 Westminster MR Glenbrook North DF Aff
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 VAR R4 New Trier GL Drew Charter GF Aff
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 RR R4 Glenbrook South GS New Trier EK Neg
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 VAR R3 Westminster LI Jenks Independe BC Neg
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 VAR R2 Westminster FP New Trier RW Aff
Crestian Policy Classic 2/13/2019 VAR R1 Woodward MR Westminster SB Aff
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern 2/2/2019 Open SEMIS Harvard CM UC Berkeley FG Aff Aff on a 2-1
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern 2/2/2019 Open DBLS Wake Forest MT Harvard CM Neg Neg on a 4-1
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern 2/2/2019 Open RD 7 Georgetown BP Wichita State HP Neg
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern 2/2/2019 Open RD 6 West Georgia CC Trinity GG Aff
55th Owen L Coon Memorial at Northwestern 2/2/2019 Open RD 5 Michigan State BP Navy RB Aff
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 1/12/2019 Cutt OR 2 Michig Goldschlag & Walrath MicSta Serrins & Grossman Neg Aff on a 2-1
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 1/12/2019 Cutt OR 1 Purdue Joseph & Sidhu Michig Jacobs & Roche Neg Neg on a 3-0
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 1/12/2019 Cutt R6 MisSta Van Dyke & Waggoner Michig Love & Rogers Neg
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 1/12/2019 Cutt R5 Minnes Lamet & Rao MicSta Brown & Pepper Neg
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 1/12/2019 Cutt R3 MicSta Serrins & Grossman Minnes Ferguson & Granstrom Aff
Hoosier Invitational Tournament 2019 1/12/2019 Cutt R2 Georgi Gollner & Weintraub Michig Pujol & Pierry Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF Semis North Broward Prep MR Montgomery Bell GB Aff Aff on a 2-1
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF Quarte Peninsula ST Westminster BR Neg Aff on a 2-1
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF Octos Glenbrook North DF Bellarmine College Prep VR Aff Aff on a 2-1
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R6 Little Rock Central GL Bellarmine College Prep VR Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R5 Jesuit CP HM Montgomery Bell GB Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R4 Berkeley Prep KK Glenbrook South KS Aff
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R3 Whitney Young MO Glenbrook North DF Neg
Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/5/2019 SBF R2 Niles West BS Westminster BR Neg
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/17/2018 SHIR OCTS Georgia RS UC Berkeley GF Neg Neg on a 4-1
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/17/2018 SHIR DBLS Trinity DK Emory GS Neg Neg on a 5-0
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/17/2018 SHIR RD 6 Kansas HM Northwestern JW Aff
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/17/2018 SHIR RD 5 Wake Forest MT Dartmouth SS Aff
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/17/2018 SHIR RD 3 Northwestern GY Georgia RS Neg
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/17/2018 SHIR RD 2 Northwestern BU Neg
Franklin R Shirley Classic at Wake Forest 11/17/2018 SHIR RD 1 Emory CM Missouri State PE Aff
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/27/2018 Open SEMS Emory GS Georgia AR Neg Aff on a 2-1
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/27/2018 Open OCTAS Emory GS UC Berkeley FG Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/27/2018 Open DBLS Michigan State SJ Northwestern JW Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/27/2018 Open RD 6 Harvard RS Wake Forest MT Neg
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/27/2018 Open RD 3 Northwestern JW UC Berkeley WS Aff
The Jesuit Gonzaga University 10/27/2018 Open RD 2 Mary Washington CL Harvard CM Neg
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational 10/20/2018 JV Finals MicSta WB Indian OH Neg Aff on a 2-1
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational 10/20/2018 Open R6 Indiana LL Kansas BT Neg
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational 10/20/2018 Open R2 Indiana/Wayne KS Michigan LR Neg
Wayne State Ziegelmueller Invitational 10/20/2018 Open R1 Michigan FH Kansas SV Aff
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/29/2018 Open Qtr UNLV HS Dartmouth TE Aff Aff on a 3-0
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 9/29/2018 Open R6 Northwestern FL Iowa BR Aff
GSU National Opener 9/15/2018 OPEN Finals Harvard CM Georgia AR Aff Aff on a 2-1
GSU National Opener 9/15/2018 OPEN Double Harvard CM Emory CM Aff Aff on a 3-0
GSU National Opener 9/15/2018 OPEN R7 Harvard GS Navy GL Aff
GSU National Opener 9/15/2018 OPEN R3 Missouri State KR Michigan State BP Neg
GSU National Opener 9/15/2018 OPEN R1 Northwestern GY Missouri State HP Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD Finals Montgomery Bell GB Westminster RB Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD Semis North Broward Prep DF Montgomery Bell GB Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD Quarte North Broward Prep DF Lexington SB Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD Octas Lexington SB Thomas Jefferson HSST KV Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD R5 North Broward Prep AB Montgomery Bell PH Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/28/2018 CX Finals Blue Valley Southwest KL Monta Vista PS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF Finals Montgomery Bell BJ Woodward MR Aff Aff on a 3-0
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF Semis Woodward MR Cabot BS Neg Aff on a 2-1
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF Quarte Glenbrook North FF Cabot BS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF Octos Univ Of Chicago Lab UH Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG Neg Neg on a 3-0
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF R6 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart BG St. Mark's School of Texas WS Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF R5 Whitney Young GP Univ Of Chicago Lab BS Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF R4 Westminster DR Whitney Young JT Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF R3 Cabot BS Glenbrook South GS Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF R2 Niles North KS Wylie E. Groves BM Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum MBA 1/6/2018 SBF R1 USN BK Pine Crest Prep CD Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX Octafi Monta Vista PS New Trier EK Aff Aff on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX Double New Trier EK Greenhill LW Aff Aff on a 3-0
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R6 New Trier PM Peninsula LL Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R5 Westminster FP New Trier BW Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R3 Appleton East MR Highland Park Senior GK Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School 12/15/2017 CX R1 Westminster BR Wylie E. Groves BM Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD Quarte North Broward Prep MR Whitney Young JT Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD Octas Brophy CP GS Lexington LT Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R6 Westminster MP Montgomery Bell MS Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R5 Northview PY Lexington ZH Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R4 Westminster SB Montgomery Bell HK Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R3 Westminster DN Peninsula AS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R2 Montgomery Bell PS Alpharetta HS DS Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/8/2017 VPD R1 Montgomery Bell ZK Alpharetta HS BM Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/1/2017 BO Qtr BTWJ Cornes & Sonnier BTWJ Kucher & Mannem Aff Aff on a 3-0
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/1/2017 Octas AABGLW Candelario & Levin NTR Lawless & Littrice Aff Aff on a 3-0
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/1/2017 R5 AABGLW Eckert & Rascoe BTWJ Kupperman & Lin Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/1/2017 R4 BTWJ Heo & Khan NTR Abrams & McDonough Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/1/2017 R3 AABGLW Bhansali & Lim NTR Lawless & Littrice Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/1/2017 R1 NTR Chung & Ku BTWJ Cao & Xu Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2017 PF Finals Fairmont Prep SS Harker RP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2017 LD R6 Harker KM Academy of Higher Learning JZ Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2017 LD R5 NSU University SF Kudos AL Aff
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2017 LD R4 American Heritage School - Plantation AD NSU DG Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2017 LD R3 CSAS Independent ZD Meadows AW Neg
Middle School TOC hosted by UK 5/13/2017 LD R2 Harker RJ Elite Leadership Institute IC Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX Quarte Niles North BL Westminster RM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX Octos New Trier BW Westminster DG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX Double Westminster MB New Trier WB Aff Aff on a 3-0
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R6 Alpharetta US Westminster DG Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R5 Johns Creek LW Niles West SS Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R4 Niles North FL New Trier TG Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R3 New Trier JM Niles North MN Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/3/2016 VCX R2 Niles West CB New Trier NK Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/2/2016 CX Octos 6WAdv MR 6WAdv CJ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/2/2016 CX R6 6WInt CZ 4WCS AL Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/2/2016 CX R5 4WBeg CK 6WInt GM Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/2/2016 CX R4 6WAdv BE 4WBeg HK Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/2/2016 CX R2 6WAdv BH 6WAdv CJ Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/2/2016 CX R1 4WAdv PS 6WAdv MS Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/30/2016 CX Octo Law Magnet GJ Niles West GG Neg Neg on a 2-1
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Octos McDonogh JN Glenbrook North JT Neg Neg on a 3-0
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Round Marist AV Harker HS Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Round Berkeley Prep NY Maine East H.S. PS Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Round McDonogh JN Barstow MF Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Round Montgomery Bell GJ Westminster Schools DH Neg
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Round Walter Payton CP BC Montgomery Bell BH Aff
Billy Tate Southern Bell Forum 1/2/2016 SBF Round St. Mark's School of Texas GW Niles West GG Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX Quarte Milton FM Niles West GG Aff Aff on a 2-1
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX Octos Niles West GG Johns Creek BT Aff Aff on a 2-1
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX Double Seaholm EL Alpharetta KK Neg Neg on a 2-1
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R6 Niles West Sh Johns Creek LR Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R5 Milton HH Montgomery Bell BH Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R4 Woodward SM Alpharetta MV Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R3 Johns Creek LD Woodward KP Aff
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R2 Montgomery Bell ZY Milton FM Neg
Ohio Valley Invitational 12/5/2015 VCX R1 Johns Creek OW Woodward HP Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R6 Westminster Schools CB Eagan RW Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R5 Iowa City ZW Pace MT Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R4 Mukwonago MJ Washburn Rural DS Aff
The Glenbrooks 11/21/2015 VCX R3 Union JS Woodward AS Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/4/2015 CX Semis FLA HK FLA CC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/4/2015 CX Octos FLA JM FLA CP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/4/2015 CX R6 FLA CP ALGG GS Aff
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/4/2015 CX R4 4WSo/4WJr NM BRRC PS Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/4/2015 CX R3 4WJr MK 4WSo RS Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/4/2015 CX R2 BRRC BK FLA JV Neg
Northwestern Debate Institute 8/4/2015 CX R1 4WJr WM FLA BM Aff