John Hines

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Last changed 19 September 2018 1:47 PM PST


John Hines
College Prep Policy Debate Coach
20+ Years Judging/Coaching

Addendum--10/15/17

Line by line debate is actually a thing. Its a skill not a referendum on you as a person or what I think about your arguments. Its a method of clash that allows judges to decide rounds with minimum intervention on their part. If your approach to debating line-by-line includes extensive overviews, "cloud clash," and requests for me to pull out new sheets of paper I am probably not a very good judge for you. I will do my best to evaluate the round in front of me, but if you chose to abandon the line by line please know that you have asked me to insert my subjective views of debate in to the round and you are not likely to be happy with the outcome.


Standard philosophy begins here:
Rather than list off a series of personal beliefs about arguments, an explanation of how I decide debates seems more productive. Three keys to debating well in front of me:

1. Make Arguments. I tend to decide debates within 20 minutes of the end of the round. I will call for VERY few cards after the debate as I prefer to make my decision based upon what you argued in the last rebuttals rather than what I think about the quality of your cards. I will not re-read every card read in the debate. I will not read portions of evidence not read in the round by debaters. I will not read cards handed to me that were not extended in the last two rebuttals. I will resolve arguments consisting of disputes over interpretation of warrants in evidence by reading those cards. I will make sure arguments extended in the last two rebuttals can be traced back across the flow to the point they originated. I will make sure cards handed to me were extended properly during the debate before reading them. I will keep a careful flow of the debate and will do my best to vote based upon warranted arguments extended throughout the debate. Your job is to speak clearly and coherently and to dispute the warrants within your opponents’ arguments with analysis and evidence.

2. Make Choices. Most debates come down to a couple of key issues which need to be resolved by me; awareness of these nexus issues and ability to clarify how they should be resolved is the key to your success. Does the perm on the CP avoid the links to the net-benefits? Does the solvency deficit to the counter-plan outweigh the net-benefits? Who controls the question of uniqueness (both at the link and impact level)? Can the alternative to the criticism function simultaneously with the plan? I prefer to intervene as little as humanly possible. Your ability to accurately frame the nexus issues of the debate for me will reduce the need for me to resolve these questions for you and make me a much happier judge.

3. Don’t be a Jerk. As Ed Lee of Emory says in his most recent Judge Philosophy--"Respect is non-negotiable for me". I work VERY HARD as a judge. I flow on paper, I generally keep my computer closed the entire debate and I try to pay very close attention to everything you say. I spend time constructing my post-round discussion to be clear, concise and educational. I do not take kindly to debaters or coaches who wish to interrupt and argue with me before I've reached the conclusion of my RFD. I promise to give you plenty of time to ask productive follow-up questions. Lately I've become even more concerned with in-round comity. Rudeness and snide remarks during cross-ex, insulting the intelligence and good will of the other team and other derisive and insulting behavior towards opponents will not be tolerated. To once again quote Ed - "If you are engaging your opponent in a way that you would not if you were in front of one of your professors [teachers] or the president of your university [principal/head of school] then you should not do it in front of me." I love seeing passionate engagement with argument, but quickly become physically uncomfortable when passion turns into hostility. If you are confused as to where this line resides watch my non-verbals...it will be very obvious.

Finally, on the question of "What kinds of arguments do you prefer" I'll answer by agreeing with Jarrod Atchison on the importance of FLEXIBILITY as a debater. To quote his ballot from a recent NDT final round "Debater flex is the past, present, and the future":

Jarrod ATCHISON, Director of Debate and Assistant Professor of Speech and Drama at Trinity University (Incoming DOF at Wake Forrest), 2008
[Judge Ballot from the Final Round of the 2008 National Debate Tournament, Available Online at http://groups.wfu.edu/NDT/Results/JudgesBallots2008final.htm, Accessed 03-16-2010]

7. Debater Flex is the wave of the future: I would have loved to have been a part of the Dartmouth coaching staff and squad when they were brainstorming a negative strategy for this debate. Although they had an extremely limited amount of time, they had two fantastic debaters in Josh and Kade that could execute a wide range of arguments leaving no option unavailable. In this debate, they had two case specific counterplans, a well developed kritik, two topicality arguments, etc…This debate reminded me that debaters who self identify as “policy” or “kritik” are missing out on a wide range of ways to win. Forget the labels, just think of everything as an argument. Some arguments require more understanding than others, but they are just arguments. If you want to be able to take on a new high tech aff with less than 45 minutes of prep before the final round of the NDT, the last thing that you want to tell your coach/partner is “I can’t argue __.” Debater flex is the past, present, and the future and I hope that students will see Josh and Kade’s 1NC as an example of how important it is to be versatile.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 CX R2 Minneapolis Washburn DK Camas LL Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2018-02-17 VCX Quarte Monta Vista PS Notre Dame MP Aff Aff 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2018-02-17 VCX Octos Montgomery Bell GH South Eugene LS Aff Aff 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2018-02-17 VCX Double Jesuit CP HM Camas LL Neg Neg 3-0
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2018-02-10 VCX Semifi Eagle EE Berklyn Prepnical Independent BM Neg Neg 2-1
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2018-02-10 VCX Quarte Berklyn Prepnical Independent BM Niles West BF Aff Aff 3-0
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2018-02-10 VCX Double Niles West CB CK McClatchy FS Neg Neg 2-1
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2018-02-10 VCX R5 Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) EK Davis Senior WN Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV HS 2018-02-03 VCX Semis Chicago Independent HM Wayzata SH Aff Aff 2-1
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV HS 2018-02-03 VCX Double Peninsula ST Nevada Union AM Neg Neg 2-1
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV HS 2018-02-03 VCX R6 Peninsula AL Rosemont JD Neg
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV HS 2018-02-03 VCX R4 Polytechnic LC Harker SB Aff
Golden Desert Debate Tournament at UNLV HS 2018-02-03 VCX R2 Chaminade CP AH Rosemont FP Aff
Copper Classic HS 2018-01-12 OCX R6 Juan Diego Catholic AB Cyprus GH Aff
Copper Classic HS 2018-01-12 OCX R5 SLC West NL Rowland Hall YB Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2018-01-05 NCX SF Polytechnic OH BASIS Chandler DW Aff Aff 3-0
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2018-01-05 VCX OF Polytechnic NM Salt Lake City West AB Aff Neg 2-1
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2018-01-05 VCX 2x McQueen CR Polytechnic HW Aff Aff 2-1
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2018-01-05 VCX R6 Polytechnic GM Kent Denver SK Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2018-01-05 NCX R3 Salt Lake City West LW Advanced Technologies Acad AC Aff
Arizona State HDSHC Invitational HS 2018-01-05 VCX R1 La Cueva EF Kent Denver RT Neg
Glenbrooks Round Robin HS 2017-11-21 CX RR R7 BluVal KL NilWes GS Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2017-11-02 VCX Double Peninsula AS St. Vincent De Paul BP Aff Aff 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2017-11-02 VCX Rd6 St. Vincent De Paul CB Nevada Union AM Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2017-11-02 VCX Rd5 Peninsula LS Rosemont JD Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2017-11-02 VCX Rd3 Interlake HS - Bellevue GP Harker BS Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2017-11-02 VCX Rd1 Camas LL St Francis NS Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 CX Semifi Brooklyn Technical BP Edgemont MS Neg Neg 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 CX Octofi Stuyvesant SD Pine Crest Prep CD Neg Neg 2-1
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 CX Sextod McQueen RR Cypress Bay KK Aff Neg 2-1
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 CX R3 Lexington AT Stuyvesant CH Neg
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2017-10-13 CX R2 Nevada Union AM Georgetown Day BB Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2017-09-30 O CX R6 Notre Dame CP Dougherty Valley SY Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2017-09-30 O CX R5 Northwood HG Peninsula LS Aff
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2017-09-30 O CX R1 Emery SB Presentation RB Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 CX R6 Reagan SS Niles North BL Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 CX R3 Blue Valley Southwest ZF Skyline (Oakland, CA) AH Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2017-04-08 POL R5 Westminster RM Pine Crest TJ Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championships HS 2017-04-08 POL R1 North Star Academy MO New Trier ES Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2017-02-18 VCX Quarte San Dieguito WW Montgomery Bell GJ Neg Neg 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2017-02-18 VCX Octos Montgomery Bell GJ Notre Dame HS - Sherman Oaks AR Aff Aff 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley HS 2017-02-18 VCX Double Peninsula TG San Dieguito WW Neg Neg 3-0
2017 California Round Robin HS 2017-02-16 CX RR R3 McDonogh NJ St. Vincent De Paul PH Neg Neg 2-0
2017 California Round Robin HS 2017-02-16 CX RR R2 Montgomery Bell GJ Peninsula WT Neg Neg 2-0
2017 California Round Robin HS 2017-02-16 CX RR R1 Kinkaid BR Montgomery Bell GJ Neg Neg 2-0
31st Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2017-02-11 VCX Semifi Niles West SS Polytechnic XW Neg Neg 2-1
31st Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2017-02-11 VCX Quarte Peninsula JK Niles West SS Neg Neg 2-1
Arizona St Hugh Downs School of Human Comm Invitational HS 2017-01-05 VCX Octas Rowland Hall BP Juan Diego Catholic MM Neg Aff 2-1
Arizona St Hugh Downs School of Human Comm Invitational HS 2017-01-05 VCX 2x Juan Diego Catholic MM Kent Denver MJ Aff Aff 2-1
Arizona St Hugh Downs School of Human Comm Invitational HS 2017-01-05 VCX Round Harker KH La Cueva KN Aff
Arizona St Hugh Downs School of Human Comm Invitational HS 2017-01-05 VCX Round Presentation SA Kent Denver RH Aff
Arizona St Hugh Downs School of Human Comm Invitational HS 2017-01-05 VCX Round Albuquerque AS North Hollywood SJ Neg
Alta Silver and Black HS 2016-12-01 CX R6 Polytechnic CG Rowland Hall-St. Mark's YS Neg
Alta Silver and Black HS 2016-12-01 CX R5 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's BM Notre Dame HS - Sherman Oaks MP Neg
Alta Silver and Black HS 2016-12-01 CX R4 Brophy CP GS Sonoma HS Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2016-11-03 VarCX Semis Peninsula TW St. Vincent De Paul HP Aff Aff 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2016-11-03 VarCX Quarte S. Eugene H. S. LS St. Vincent De Paul HP Neg Neg 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2016-11-03 VarCX Octs Niles West GB St. Vincent De Paul HP Neg Neg 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2016-11-03 VarCX Dbls Meadows BN Rowland Hall-St. Mark's BP Aff Aff 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2016-11-03 VarCX R5 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's MB Oakland Tech BK Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2016-11-03 VarCX R2 Niles North BL St. Vincent De Paul BC Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 CX Octos Lexington RZ Boston Latin Academy (HS) PB Aff Aff 3-0
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 CX R6 Cypress Bay BM Chicago Lab Schools UJ Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 CX R3 Stuyvesant HC Gulliver Prep BG Aff
New York City Invitational Debate and Speech Tournament HS 2016-10-14 CX R1 Boston Latin Academy (HS) PB Isidore Newman FQ Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2016-09-24 V CX Octo Notre Dame AR Peninsula TL Aff Aff 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2016-09-24 V CX R6 Sonoma VK Loyola TC Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2016-09-24 V CX R5 Loyola SC St. Francis NG Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R5 Boca Raton Community JA Hockaday YS Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R4 Westwood SC Greenhill MK Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R1 Albuquerque AS Union GR Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2016-04-30 CX R4 Hendrickson WW Clovis North HP Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX Double McDonogh JN La Costa Canyon YM Aff Aff 2-1
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX Triple Cypress Bay FM Polytechnic WX Aff Neg 2-1
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament HS 2016-02-13 VCX R6 New Trier HS Skyline HL Neg
30th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2016-01-16 VCX Quarte St. Vincent De Paul MH Loyola GT Aff Aff 3-0
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2016-01-07 VCX Octas Leland VV Chandler Preparatory FG Aff Aff 3-0
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2016-01-07 VCX Round Albuquerque AS Polytechnic FD Aff
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2016-01-07 VCX Round Brophy CP GS Kent Denver KK Aff
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2016-01-07 VCX Round Robert McQueen RR Layton NL Aff
Alta Silver and Black HS 2015-12-03 CX Octo Meadows BN Interlake DS Aff Aff 3-0
Alta Silver and Black HS 2015-12-03 CX Double Meadows BN Oregon Episcopal School (OES) LJ Aff Aff 3-0
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational HS 2015-10-16 O CX Semi Clovis North HP St. Vincent De Paul HM Aff Neg 2-1
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational HS 2015-10-16 O CX Octo Juan Diego SC San Dieguito WW Neg Neg 2-1
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational HS 2015-10-16 O CX R6 Torrey Pines NJ Santa Margarita CW Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational HS 2015-10-16 O CX R4 Loyola CC Sonoma VK Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational HS 2015-10-16 O CX R3 Torrey Pines LC Chaminade CP CR Neg
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2015-09-26 SR CX Semi Clovis North PH La Costa Canyon MY Neg Neg 2-1
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2015-09-26 SR CX Octo St. Vincent De Paul MH Santa Margarita CW Aff Aff 3-0
Jack Howe Memorial Tournament HS 2015-09-26 SR CX R6 Skyline HL Damien PM Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX Double St.Mar GW SFAus EO Neg Neg 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R6 Penins TW RowHal LG Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R5 BroCP SS St.Mar GW Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R1 WesSch KG MonBel JC Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX Octos Little Rock Central WW Guyer SS Neg Aff 2-1
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R4 Westwood CL Guyer SS Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R3 Law Magnet GT Midway KK Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship MS 2015-04-12 POL Octo Damien CS Blake SW Neg Neg 3-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2015-04-12 POL Double Harker SM Rowland Hall-St. Mark's KL Neg Neg 3-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2015-04-12 POL R5 Damien CS Harker SM Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2015-04-12 POL R3 Notre Dame DP Kapaun Mount Carmel HE Aff
California Round Robin HS 2015-02-12 CX RR R7 Polytechnic HM Niles West CH Neg Neg 2-0
California Round Robin HS 2015-02-12 CX RR R6 Katy Taylor AL St. Francis HS (Mountain View) RS Neg
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VCX Semis Loyola NG St. Vincent De Paul MD Neg Neg 2-1
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VCX Quarte St. Vincent De Paul MD Loyola AC Aff Aff 2-1
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VCX Octas St. Vincent De Paul CH Lowell ZB Neg Neg 2-1
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VCX Double Loyola AC Head Royce TS Aff Aff 3-0
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VCX R6 Lowell ZB University SC Aff
29th Annual Stanford Invitational HS 2015-02-08 VCX R5 St. Vincent De Paul CH Bakersfield BB Aff
2015 Golden Desert Debates HS 2015-01-31 VCX R5 Desert Vista BL Alpharetta HS Aff
2015 Golden Desert Debates HS 2015-01-31 VCX R4 Peninsula WT Harker HS Aff
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2015-01-08 VCX Semis Leucadia Independent GY Damien CS Aff Aff 2-1
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2015-01-08 VCX Qrtrs Leucadia Independent GY Lowell BZ Neg Aff 2-1
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2015-01-08 VCX Octas St Francis RS Damien MA Aff Aff 3-0
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2015-01-08 VCX 2x Bakersfield BC Damien MA Aff Neg 2-1
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2015-01-08 VCX Round POLYTECHNIC BW South Anchorage RH Neg
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2015-01-08 VCX Round Lowell CC Los Alamos TC Aff
Southwest Championship at Arizona State HS 2015-01-08 VCX Round Los Alamos DS Desert Vista EG Neg
Alta Silver and Black HS 2014-12-03 CX Octos Meadows NC Notre Dame AP Neg Neg 3-0
Alta Silver and Black HS 2014-12-03 CX Double Notre Dame CC Desert Vista BL Neg Neg 3-0
Alta Silver and Black HS 2014-12-03 CX R6 El Cerrito Independent GC Lone Peak TS Aff
Alta Silver and Black HS 2014-12-03 CX R5 Denver East MB Meadows NC Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2014-11-06 VarCX R6 Bellarmine CP AP Heritage Hall PD Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin HS 2014-11-06 VarCX R5 Bishop Guertin SV Niles West DG Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational HS 2014-10-17 O CX OPD Oc Loyola Gray & Nelson Bakersfield Brust & Coon Aff Aff 2-1
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational HS 2014-10-17 O CX OPD 5 Torrey Pines HS Speech and Debate Nute & Jung Claremont Gutierrez & Sabety Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational HS 2014-10-17 O CX OPD 2 Damien Aurioles & Jeong El Cerrito Independent Mills & Sugarman Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley HS 2014-02-15 VCX Quarte Whitney Young DS University Prep DK Neg Neg 2-1
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley HS 2014-02-15 VCX Octo Taylor AL St. Mark's School of Texas MJ Neg Neg 3-0
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley HS 2014-02-15 VCX Double St. Paul Central BN C.E. Byrd GN Aff Aff 2-1
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley HS 2014-02-15 VCX Triple Barstow DN St. Vincent de Paul MY Neg Neg 3-0
Tournament of Champions HS 2013-04-27 CX Round Head Royce MP Bishop Guertin DI Aff
Tournament of Champions HS 2013-04-27 CX Round St. Vincent de Paul KY Bingham GH Aff