National Speech and Debate Tournament

2018 — Fort Lauderdale, FL/US

Tomy Abraham Paradigm

Lincoln Douglas

Your experience with LD Debate (check all that apply)

Experienced LD 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 is a major factor in my evaluation

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 person who persuaded me more of his/her position/91 = Not necessary
9 = Always necessary

Please describe your personal note-taking during the round


Additional remarks:

I only outline the important arguments of each debater's case

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I am a parent judge and have judged for the past 3 years in Lincoln-Douglas Debate but have never debated myself. I'm a traditional judge. Speed of the debate is extremely important for me. I need to clearly understand the arguments. Spreading is not my favorite. Theory debate is not my strong suit but can give a fair shot. Be respectful during your Cross-ex. Be hard on data but soft on people. I give points in a range of 27 to 29. I generally do not disclose unless specifically directed by the tournament.