National Speech and Debate Tournament

2018 — Fort Lauderdale, FL/US

Bruce Alayof Paradigm

Lincoln Douglas

Your experience with LD Debate (check all that apply)

Current LD coach
Former Policy debater
Current Public Forum coach or judge

How many years have you judged LD debate?


How many LD rounds have you judged this year?


What is your preferred rate of delivery?

/91 = Slow conversational style
9 = Rapid conversation speed

Does the rate of delivery weigh heavily in your decision?


Will you vote against a student solely for exceeding your preferred speed?

How important is the criterion in making your decision?


Do you feel that a value and criterion are required elements of a case?


Rebuttals and Crystallization

It may be a factor depending on its use in the round

Voting issues should be given:


The use of jargon or technical language ("extend", "cross-apply", "turn", etc.) during rebuttals:


Final rebuttals should include:


Voting issues are:

How do you decide the winner of the round?

How necessary do you feel the use of evidence (both analytical and empirical) is in the round?

I decide who is the winner of the key argument in the round/91 = Not necessary
9 = Always necessary

Please describe your personal note-taking during the round


Additional remarks:

I keep a rigorous flow

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I was very involved with debate during high school and did some judging during college, but this was many years ago. I got back into debate last year. I have judged quite a few tournaments over last 2 years, and I am now the new coach for a high school team. I am open to all forms of arguments, but have limited ability to follow full spreading and the more complex national circuit type argumentation (favor sending me case/speech with more rapid speaking). I have experience judging a range of tournament types, from traditional to national circuit.