Brandon Stewart Paradigm

Last changed 21 September 2019 8:05 AM PDT

Full disclosure - I am a coach. As this is first and foremost an educational activity, I have a few simple rules regarding conduct and content of the debate.

1) This is a debate, not a sound bite contest. Proper debate cannot exist without clash. If you bring up a point in C1 and it's never mentioned again, I'm dropping it from my decision. Obviously none of you thought it important enough to bring up again, so it must not be important enough for me to judge on.

2) Respect your opponent. Use your CX time wiseley to clarify the opponent's argument and find holes to exploit later in argumentation, or to perhaps plug up a hole you didn't realized you'd missed, not show off how much you can talk over the other person. And if you feel a need to resort to ad hominem attacks, you've lost me and we're done.

3) Deeply engage the topic, don't just recite a case. Yes, you absolutely must back up your claims with evidence, but don't make the sources do all the work. You've got to do your own analysis. Pro tip — creative arguments will get your judge's attention, since they've probably heard all the standard ones before. You're only going to make that happen if you take the time to really think hard about it on your own. And on a related note, I'd much rather see a few well-developed points with thoughtful analysis and solid foundational evidence than a "shotgun" approach where you throw out as many loosely-articulated arguments as possible and see what sticks.

4) I judge what happens in the debate. I will judge the outcome based on the merit of your arguments, regardless of how charismatically they were delivered. If both sides agree on a framework for deciding the winner, than that's what I'll vote on. If you don't agree on framework, then I'm left to determine my own, which will probably be based on what I judge to accomplish the Greater Good within the scope of the majority of the arguments. If aff defines a term or the motion in some way and neg doesn't contest it, than in the course of this debate that's what it means. If Neg runs a counter (non-negation) case or a counter-plan (assuming it's allowed), I'm going to judge it on balance with the aff case/plan, meaning I will decide which case better solves for all the harms. You should also know that while my ballot comments will probably bring in outside information, that information is intended to help you refine your arguments and did not influence my decision.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VPF Octafi Fairmont Prep AA Leland KX Con Con 2-1
34th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2020-02-08 VPF Octafi Lake Highland Prep KS Lynbrook FM Pro Pro 3-0
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF OF Valencia PN Coronado KW Pro Pro 3-0
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF 2x Acton-Boxborough LM Dougherty Valley KP Con Pro 2-1
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF 2x Valencia PN Fairmont Prep AA Pro Pro 2-1
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF 3x Valley International Prep LB Rowland Hall SC Con Pro 2-1
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF 3x Flintridge Prep CS Clark SA Con Con 3-0
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 NPF R5 Gresham-Barlow HC Brophy SB Con
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 NPF R5 Hamilton SZ Coronado SW Pro
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF R3 Layton PG Park City OG Con
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF R3 Gresham-Barlow EW Cranbrook SR Con
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF R2 Salpointe Catholic MB La Salle CC Pro
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF R2 Riverside STEM JJ Coronado BP Con
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF R1 Acton-Boxborough SV Valley International Prep GT Con
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2020-01-10 VPF R1 Foothill PY Fairmont Prep GB Con
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate HS 2019-11-08 VPF Triple Richard Montgomery HZ SPA BD Pro Pro 3-0
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate HS 2019-11-08 VPF R6 SF Roosevelt LL Eagan LS Con
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate HS 2019-11-08 VPF R5 Blake EX Saratoga RS Con
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate HS 2019-11-08 VPF R4 Eagan AN Westborough SK Con
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate HS 2019-11-08 VPF R3 Fairmont Prep GS Lakeville GN Pro
Apple Valley MinneApple Debate HS 2019-11-08 VPF R1 Blake FM Valencia PN Con
Presentation Voices Invitational HS 2019-10-11 VLD R6 Dougherty Valley AM Harker AL Neg
Presentation Voices Invitational HS 2019-10-11 VLD R6 Dougherty Valley JL Harker AD Aff
Calif. Coast District Tournament HS 2019-03-15 CX R5 191 274 Aff Aff 3-0
SCU Spring Philalethic Invitational HS 2017-03-31 POLV Quar Leland RL Harker ML Aff Aff 3-0