My name is Bren Hamaguchi and I am the assistant Speech and Debate coach of Overlake HS.
I want to be clear: I have no prior experience participating in or judging Speech or Debate (this was my first season). But, as a history teacher, I am familiar with how to construct an argument, thesis, use of evidence, some philosophy, and persuasive speaking techniques.
I have no overt biases that will affect the decisions that I render.
Speed - I have a difficult time following along when people talk fast, I'll do my best, but if I don't write it down there is a good chance I'll forget and I can't judge you on information I don't have. You can send me your case if you think you speak too fast.
LD - Philosophy and Theory - if you're going to run theory or use a philosophical argument make it clear. If you reference something you think a Lay judge might not understand, either thoroughly explain it during your time or don't bother.
K’s: I just recently learned about what K’s are and I’m still on the fence. Make sure you are clear if you run a K. Be clear with your links.
LD/PF - ESPECIALLY PF - Be courteous! I really dislike when competitors are rude to each other.
Congress - I have my B.A. in Political Science so I am very aware of congressional procedure and how to construct arguments for and against bills. It is still up to you to follow proper procedure and to structure your speeches in accordance with the rules and regulations.
TLDR: Do whatever you want just don't be a jerk in rounds thanks :))
1. everything must be responded to in the speech after with the exception of constructive (2nd rebuttal must engage with 1st rebuttal, 1st summary must engage with second rebuttal) + everything that you want me to vote off of has to be in summary
2. Collapse, i.e. don't tell me 5 arguments at once go for probably your two strongest ones
3. Be nice in cross I'm not paying attention so don't be rude for pErcEpTuaL domInance
4. I flip a coin to presume if there is no offense, no weighing, or I'm just really really confused
1. everything in PF applies to LD 2. You don't have to win your value criterion for me to vote you up. If you lose the value criterion debate but you prove that you solve for your opponent's value criterion better, I'll still vote for you.
3. I have little experience in LD treat me as a debate judge that understands how debate arguments work but knows less about the philosophical side of LD (framing and stuff is fine just don't use too much jargon)
good speaks = smart strategic decisions, good organizations, be a nice person = auto 29 or higher :))
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My name is Robin Monteith and i am the coach for The Overlake School in Remond, Wa. I am a parent coach and was introduced to speech and debate through being a parent judge. This is my second year judging at speech and debate competitions. Both years, I judged PF, LD, Congress, and many speech categories. I have no policy experience. I became a coach this year, and coach students in many speech categories, PF, LD, and Congress. My educational background is in psychology and social work.
I am looking for students to convince me that the side they are arguing on is right. I like statistics, but am also looking for the big picture. It will help if you give a clear and highly organized case. Make sure that you don't talk so fast that you lose your enunciation. Also, remember that I am trying to write and process what you are saying so if you are talking really fast some of your arguments may be missed. While the point of debate is to take apart your opponents case, I do not like it when teams get too aggressive or cross the line into being rude. I value both argument and style in that I think your style can help get your argument across or not get it across well. Don't do theory or Kritiks. I am not a flow judge, but do take extensive notes. You need to extend arguments in your summary and final focus and I will disregard any new arguments presented in final focus as this is unfair to your opponents. In summary I like for you to summarize the debate for me. Both your side and your opponents. In final focus I want to hear voters. Why do you think you won the debate. What evidence did you present that outweighs your opponents evidence, etc.