Neill Normand Paradigm

Last changed 30 October 2019 1:29 PM CDT

From the beginning, I think debaters need to understand that I was never a policy debater myself. I took over a successful team at Caddo when they needed faculty support, and the debaters and alums taught me the activity. Over the next fifteen years I learned enough to teach it to novices and intermediates. I judged actively for about fifteen years, but since bringing a new coach to our school two years ago, I have not been in many rounds. If you want someone who is going to understand clipped references to acronyms or core camp affs that you think everyone already knows on this arms control topic, I am not that guy. You are going to have to break things down and explain. I am a flow judge, but kind of rusty.

Now, Caddo has been known as a fairly critical team over the last decade, and I have learned to appreciate those arguments a good bit. As someone who teaches sociology, psychology, and philosophy at my high school, I am sympathetic to many identity arguments, critiques of epistemology, etc. However, I am not going to be down with a lot of jargon-filled blocks on framework—you must explain why I should weigh your project or method against fairness arguments of the policy world. I like the kind of literature discussed in critical rounds, but I have voted for policy affs outweighing a critique in different debates, especially where the aff won the framework and the neg did not.

That being said, I am very comfortable listening to case, disad, counterplan rounds. I think topicality sets important rules of the game & so if you plan to flout those rules, you better have a compelling reason. I certainly value the kind of knowledge and skills that policy debaters learn through the activity.

Ethos matters. We all know how important cross-ex is to establishing a confident position, but don’t be rude. If you can have a really competitive round and still treat your opponent—and your partner!—with respect, then that goes a long way with me on speaker points.

Email chain—yes. nnormand.cmhs@gmail.com

I am not a proficient enough typist to flow on the laptop, but if you signpost your arguments well enough, I should be able to flow a debate at speed. Being able to read the evidence during the speech certainly helps me though.

Do what you do best in front of me, give full explanations of why I should vote for you, and you will be ok. Make blippy arguments that claim you won because of something that was barely in the debate and dropped by the other team—then no matter how pissed you act when “post-rounding” me at the end, you will still have lost.

This is a great activity. Have fun with it & don’t take yourself too seriously, then we all win.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
LHSSL December Classic HS 2020-12-03 NLD Semis Teurlings Catholic DW Baton Rouge BW Aff Aff 2-1
LHSSL December Classic HS 2020-12-03 ACX Round Isidore Newman CP Baton Rouge JW Neg
LHSSL December Classic HS 2020-12-03 NLD R4 JPG EW Airline MJ Neg
LHSSL December Classic HS 2020-12-03 NLD R4 JPG GL JPG PF Neg
LHSSL December Classic HS 2020-12-03 NCX R3 Baton Rouge NW Airline BO Aff
LHSSL November Classic HS 2020-11-05 ALD R4 Holy Cross TJ Teurlings Catholic CS Aff
LHSSL November Classic HS 2020-11-05 NLD R3 Southside MA Isidore Newman AG Neg
University of Houston Cougar Classic HS 2020-01-10 Pol R4 LibArt MM Melissa MH Aff
University of Houston Cougar Classic HS 2020-01-10 Pol R3 WestSide RL LibArt MR Neg
University of Houston Cougar Classic HS 2020-01-10 Pol R1 Copp KA Heights WP Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-30 VCX R7 Glenbrook North GK Edina SA Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-30 VCX R6 Grand Rapids City HG Glenbrook North JR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-30 NCX R3 Univ Of Chicago Lab DL Glenbrook North FK Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2019-10-30 NCX R1 New Trier DG Niles West SK Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 VCX R5 Greenhill TZ Barstow PW Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 VCX R4 Greenhill GM Hebron HP Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 VCX R2 Casady HW Ronald Reagan EM Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2019-02-01 VCX R1 Little Rock Central TK Winston Churchill MB Neg
Airline Annual Clash of the Vikings HS 2019-01-19 NCX R6 Parkway RW Airline RD Neg Neg 3-0
University of Houston Cougar Classic HS 2018-01-12 VCX Oct WBRay SS Moore NC Aff Aff 3-0
University of Houston Cougar Classic HS 2018-01-12 VCX R5 Woodla RM WinChu BB Aff
University of Houston Cougar Classic HS 2018-01-12 VCX R3 Moore DS Westsi NP Neg
University of Houston Cougar Classic HS 2018-01-12 VCX R1 WBRay SS Lindal DW Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2017-12-08 VarCX R4 Little Rock Central GL Jenks BM Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational HS 2017-12-08 VarCX R3 Woodlands Independent RM Katy Taylor BK Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX R5 Airline TT Woodlands KB Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 CCX R4 Westwood CS Winston Churchill CR Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2017-12-01 NCX Rd 1 Hebron RS Berkner RK Aff
John Gossett Memorial Tournament University of North Texas HS 2017-10-27 VCX R5 Hebron HH St. Mark's School of Texas RW Neg
John Gossett Memorial Tournament University of North Texas HS 2017-10-27 NCX R4 Hebron KJ Riverfied Day AP Neg
John Gossett Memorial Tournament University of North Texas HS 2017-10-27 VCX R3 Casady RL St. Mark's School of Texas GT Neg
John Gossett Memorial Tournament University of North Texas HS 2017-10-27 NCX R2 Hebron AV Guyer MM Aff
John Gossett Memorial Tournament University of North Texas HS 2017-10-27 NCX R1 Guyer SM Hebron LC Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic HS 2017-10-21 Var R6 Riverwood CP Chattahoochee HV Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic HS 2017-10-21 Var R5 Berkeley Prep KK New Trier HW Neg
Wake Forest Fall Classic HS 2017-10-21 Var R3 Wheeler SC WB Ray SS Neg
Ruston High School Bearcat Classic HS 2017-10-07 NCX Finals 402 400 Aff Aff 2-1
Ruston High School Bearcat Classic HS 2017-10-07 ALD R1 111 104 Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 VCX R5 Prospe SG Greenh KR Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 VCX R2 BluVal LK Andrew FS Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2017-02-03 VCX R1 LitRoc JJ Westwo NG Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition HS 2016-09-30 VPOL R5 Isidore Newman AL Notre Dame MP Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition HS 2016-09-30 NPOL R4 Madison Central WO Benton PW Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition MS 2016-09-30 NPOL R3 Caddo Middle Magnet LU Caddo Magnet IP Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition HS 2016-09-30 NPOL R2 Benton FO Pope John Paul II GT Aff
Holy Cross Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition HS 2016-09-30 NPOL R1 Benton TW St. Andrew's Episcopal JL Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2016-09-18 CX R6 Loyola CT Crossings Christian DS Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2016-09-18 CX R3 Kapaun Mount Carmel EH USN BW Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2016-09-18 CX R2 Kapaun Mount Carmel PW St. Vincent De Paul BH Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R5 St. Mark's School of Texas VR Little Rock Central CC Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2016-09-09 CX R4 South Eugene LS Prosper DJ Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R6 Peninsula JK Westminster Schools GD Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R5 Calhoun BF Unionville YD Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2016-01-29 PEL R3 Cathedral Preparatory LS Fayetteville HS Debate MS Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 CCX R6 EdmNor WG Berkne OG Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 CCX R2 CroChr SC Midway CH Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 CCX R1 LosAla RW CleLak WA Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic HS 2015-09-19 CX R4 Loyola CC RowHal MB Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R5 Coronado AR Midway KK Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R4 Law Magnet BV Colleyville Heritage LW Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R3 Lake Travis NC Airline WW Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R2 Crossings Christian DK Southlake Carroll PC Neg
Grapevine Classic HS 2015-09-11 CX R1 Crossings Christian BK Southlake Carroll HJ Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2015-04-12 POL R6 Berkner OR Berkeley Prep SS Aff
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship HS 2015-04-12 POL R5 Georgetown Day CT Casady CP Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools HS 2015-01-23 CX R1 St. Andrew's Episcopal AR Henry W. Grady CR Neg
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 HD Round Notre Dame RP Westminster Schools BB Neg Neg 2-0
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 HD Round Woodward AS Peninsula WT Neg Neg 2-0
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 HD Round Highland Park (Dallas) CK Calhoun BF Aff Aff 2-0
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 HD Round Niles West SY Liberal Arts and Science Academy - LBJ MS Neg Neg 2-0
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 HD Round Glenbrook South BS Trinity Valley LL Neg Neg 2-0
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 HD Round Montgomery Bell CK Glenbrook North JM Neg Neg 2-0
The Heart of Texas Invitational at St Marks HS 2014-10-18 HD Round Hendrickson SL Pine Crest Preparatory CJ Neg Neg 2-0