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Sat November 12, 2022 at 6:32 AM CST
Hi! I'm Neha and I primarily do World Schools Debate.
Here are a few things I look for in a round:
SIGNPOST: I need to follow where you are in your speech and organization is key.
organization! it is really important that i'm able to follow you where you are in your speech.
talking at a normal pace -- i can only note what you are saying in my flow if i can understand what you are saying.
making your arguments explicit and clear. please don't assume i know the links to each of your arguments, and make sure to impact out your arguments in a realistic manner.
both teams are going to have arguments that they are going to almost certainly win. the point of the debate, then, is to explain to me why your argument is so important and impactful that it will win you the round. try to explain why your argument is better than your opponents' best argument.
extend, don't just repeat! there is a difference between extending your point and restating it. extending your point is what will make your path to the ballot clear for me.
explaining why 1) you are winning and 2) why the other team is losing. both offensive and defensive arguments are important to have, and i cannot vote for you just because you say your opponents are worse.
staying respectful and polite at all times. i will not tolerate any hate speech or ignorant comments.
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Fri November 10, 2023 at 12:58 PM CST
Hi guys, my name is Aarnah, and I am a Senior at Hockaday! I have about a year and a half of policy experience and half a year of public forum. My main focus for the past three and a half years was in world schools debate, but I am so excited to be your judge!!
Here are a couple of things I look for when judging Public Forum:
I understand that sometimes spreading is inherent to PF, but if possible, please try to slow down to an understandable pace so that I can fully give you credit for the arguments you present!
Evidence is very important, but I would like to see more logical links, impact analysis, and clear connections about why that argument would put you ahead in the round.
I only judge what I hear in the round, so if you think your opponent's arguments might be obviously wrong, make sure to explicitly tell me why.
When your argument has been refuted, please not only address their refutation but also extend your argument and tell me why even if they are correct, you still win.
Please make sure to interact with your opponents' arguments explicitly, point out areas where your arguments directly clash, and then tell me why you're winning in the debate!
Also, please give me weighing mechanisms and give me clear voters in the later speeches about why you should win the round. In other words, give me a clear path to the ballot!
I do not tolerate any form of hate speech, so make sure you are being respectful in not only the arguments that you are making but also in how you address your teammates, opponents, and me.
Lastly, at the end of the day, this is a debate round, so please take a deep breath and enjoy the round. Good luck!!!
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Wed November 8, 2023 at 7:44 AM CST
Hey everyone!! I'm Evita, and I'm a senior and Worlds Schools debater at Hockaday. This is my second year judging PF and LD debate, so I am really excited to be a judge again at this tournament!
A few things I'm looking for:
SIGNPOSTING!! I need to follow where you are in your speech and organization is key.
Talk at a normal pace -- I need to understand what you're saying so I can note it in my flow.
Don't assume I know your links to each arg. Explicitly state your arg and your evidence, followed by why I should weigh your arg more heavily. Realistic impacts are really important!!!
Both teams are going to have arguments that they are going to almost certainly win. The point of the debate then is to tell me why your argument is so important and impactful that it will win you the round. Explain why your argument is better than your opponents' best argument.
Do not repeat examples or args. There is a difference between extending your point and restating it.
Tell me why YOU'RE winning and why the other team is losing. I cannot vote for you just because you say your opponents are worse.
Be respectful and polite at all times, especially during crossfire rounds.
Best of luck!!
Christopher Ray Smith
Garland High School
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My judging philosophy is to get out of the way in the round as much as possible to let the competitors argue what I should be voting for.
If you say it, and prove it, and apply it, I'll buy it.