Sequoyahs Autumn Argument
2022 — Canton, GA/US
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I used to compete in Congressional debate, HI, DI, Informative, Extemp, Impromptu, and BQD back in high school for four years. I have been judging PF for 3 years now. keep up with prep time
PF - I side on the traditional side of PF. Don't throw a lot of jargon at me or simply read cards... this isn't Policy Jr., compete in PF for the debate animal it is. Remember debate, especially PF, is meant to persuade - use all the tools in your rhetorical toolbox: Logos, Ethos, and Pathos.
Speed - I like speed but not spreading. Speak as fast as is necessary but keep it intelligible. There aren't a lot of jobs for speed readers after high school (auctioneers and pharmaceutical disclaimer commercials) so make sure you are using speed for a purpose. If you spread I will just stop listening. If the only way I can understand your case is to read it, you have already lost. If I have to read your case then what do I need you in the room for? Email it to me and I can judge the round at home in my jammies - if you are PRESENTING and ARGUING and PERSUADING then I need to understand the words coming out of your mouth!
Know your case, like you actually did the research and wrote the case and researched the arguments from the other side. If you present it, I expect you to know it from every angle - I want you to know the research behind the statistic and the whole article, not just the blurb on the card.
Debating is a performance in the art of persuasion and your job is to convince me, your judge (not your opponent!!) - use the art of persuasion to win the round: eye contact, vocal variations, appropriate gestures, and know your case well enough that you don't have to read every single word hunched over a computer screen. Keep your logical fallacies for your next round. Rhetoric is an art.
Ethics - Debate is a great game when everyone plays by the rules.
Enjoy yourself. Debate is the best sport in the world - win or lose - learn something from each round, don't gloat, don't disparage other teams, judges, or coaches, and don't try to convince me after the round is over. Leave it in the round and realize you may have just made a friend that you will compete against and talk to for the rest of your life. Don't be so caught up in winning that you forget to have some fun - in the round, between rounds, on the bus, and in practice.
Immediate losers for me - be disparaging to the other team or make racist, homophobic, sexist arguments or comments. Essentially, be kind.
Questions? - if you have a question ask me.
- I don’t judge based on the cross
Below is my paradigm framework.
1. Demonstrate respect for your colleagues – this is a debate, not an argument.
2. Questions must be relevant, not superfluous. If you ask a question, give the opposing team member(s) time to reply and complete the response before asking another question or continuing with a statement.
3. Speak in a tone and at a rate that are clearly understandable to the judge.
4. Deliver evidence in a logical, cohesive, and distinguishable manner.
5. Crossfire and cross-analysis of the opposing team member(s) need to uphold, strengthen, and/or advance your position.
I've been the Speech & Debate Coach at Starr's Mill H.S since the 18-19 school year. I debated LD between 04-06. Our team primarily debates in Public Forum and that is where I have the most experience judging and coaching.
For high speaker points, I look for good sportsmanship, confidence, politeness, clear rhetoric, signposting, and timeliness. I rarely vote up a team with lower speaks.
Do not give me an off-time roadmap. You may check if your partner, opponents, and I are ready... but anything else said should be done during your speech. I will take a point off speaks if you fail to follow this instruction.
- Do not spread. Enunciate clearly and speak loudly.
- I'm not receptive to most counterplans and prefer standard LD cases.
- Value/Value Criterion will absolutely weigh in my decision.
- Do not spread. Enunciate clearly and speak loudly.
- Please frontline.
- I am not going to extend whatever you tell me to just because. Include your argument, turn, etc.
- I vote on the flow. Keep your contentions extended to the end and make sure you weigh impacts vs. the other team.
- Signpost as much as possible. I try and flow author names but I don't always get them all so please state the argument you want me to extend on the flow rather than just the author name.
- I am not a judge for off-the-wall stuff (topicality, kritiks, etc.). I prefer cleaner debates with clash on the topic.
- Actually summarize in your summaries! No new arguments in final focus. Create the narrative and convince me to vote for you.
- I do not flow cross, but I have decided rounds on crucial admissions and will take notes "on the side" as need be. If you want me to flow those "on the side" notes though, you need to bring it up in your speeches. I stay out of the debate as much as possible.
- Do not spend egregious amounts of time searching for called cards. Have your evidence ready. Everyone needs to stop between card checks. Please don't use the search time as extra prep time.
- If you misrepresent evidence, I will drop you.
I am a 4th year varsity PF debater from Sequoyah, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org for an evidence chain.
- If you are going to spread make sure it's okay with your opponents first
- Tech>Truth but make sure your arguments are clearly warranted and make sense
- I'll keep your prep and time if you want but it makes things easier if you do as well
- Don't be rude - crossfires can get heated, but there's no reason to be screaming at your opponents or unnecessarily condescending
- Please be organized - I don't care too much about order, but if it's all over the place I'm going to struggle to follow along
- I won't pay much attention to crossfires, if something significant happens please acknowledge it in the following speech
- Please don't take forever to send cards if someone calls for them
- Don't lie about evidence - I will probably notice and vote you down
- Speaks do not determine a round, but be clear and organized with good warranting and I will give you high speaks
- I'm fine with post-rounding, but it will never change my decision
Give me well explained and warranted arguments with clearly implicated impacts. I don't care if you disclose or not, but you need to use carded evidence and not paraphrased. I will probably not vote you up on any theory or kritiks.
My preference is carded, well explained blocks; don't just spew evidence at me, tell me why the evidence blocks their arguments. Logical analysis is okay, but if you don't have at least some evidence backing it up I'm unlikely to buy it. Don't just cross apply your case, I want to hear real responses to their argument. Please go line by line, tell me what specifically you are responding to, and go in the order of their case. Second speaking team must give frontlines (ideally in the beginning of their rebuttal), and first speaking team should weigh if they have extra time.
Make sure to extend everything you want me to weigh on very clearly; if I don't hear it in summary I won't factor it into my decision. Second speaking team cannot bring up new evidence or arguments, but new frontlines are okay. Make sure to extend clear impacts and do lots of comparative weighing - tell me specifically why your arguments are more important than your opponents.
Same idea as summary here; make sure to clearly extend arguments and responses, but I won't flow anything that wasn't also brought up in summary. Try to save lots of time for weighing - don't spend all your time extending, weighing is the most important part of FF. Make it very clear what I should vote on, and please extend your impacts, I can't vote for you if you don't have impacts.
I'm a 4th-year varsity debater at Sequoyah High School
*Please show up to your round on time*
How I will evaluate the debate/general thoughts:
You can go as fast as you want, but please don't spread. And one tip I will give: don't sacrifice clarity for speed (I can't flow what I can't understand)
Please extend all of your arguments
Weigh arguments and use ballot directing language - you can do this with an overview in the last speech that tells me how you win or with voters; I don't care.
Both carded evidence and logic rebuttals are good.
If you can, please number your responses to arguments so I know if I missed anything
You can be aggressive; please don't be rude (Rudeness = lower speaks)
Overall I will not flow cross, so if you make a good point that you believe should be on the flow, make sure to bring it up in your following speech.
Speaker points and RDF:
As for speaker points, as long as you speak clearly and know your evidence, you should be fine; adding any puns or references from marvel or star wars will boost your speaker points. Or you can follow me at Mg_haggerty on Instagram and send me your favorite meme!
I will try to disclose and give you a detailed RDF
If you have any questions at all, you can ask me in round or email me at email@example.com
Have a good time and good luck debating
Hi, I'm Allen. This is my second year debating pf on the Georgia and National circuits.
(Borrowed from Edward Bohannon):
I will flow the round, so please sign post. This will greatly benefit me in my ability to follow your arguments, and ensure that I catch everything. If you are going to provide an observation or framework, do not simply tell me to weigh in that manner, explain why I should. Extensions through all speeches are a must if you are going to pick up my ballot. Do not turn a crossfire into a speech. I do not flow crossfire, but it is still a valuable time for the debater to find holes in their opponent's cases. Ensure that you are telling me why you are winning the round, simply reading a card does nothing for the judge, nor for the educational purposes of the round.
Speed becomes an issue when you are not clearly articulating your arguments. Clarity in round is key, and I would prefer to hear a single clear and well explained response over several poorly articulated ones. If I can't understand you, it will not go on the flow. When making my final decision, I take into account; first if an argument was extended throughout the round, then I examine the responses to each argument.
It is most important to consider that debate is intended to be an educational experience. With that being said, I will not tolerate any facetious or degrading remarks in round, as they are counter intuitive to the purpose of the event. As a result, such behavior will be reflected in the speaker points given.
I will expect you to ask questions prior to the round about anything that seems unclear in this paradigm.
I am a 4rd-year debater at Midtown High School and I have only judged and competed in Public Forum.
my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions after the round.....
I don't have any set rules but I do have some preferences:
1) Do not bring up any new arguments from summary onwards (new evidence, responses do not apply)
2) Although I do not flow crossfire I appreciate having lively discussions take place during it
I'm a parent judge. I have a moderate experience judging. I like it when at the end, you tell me why I should vote for your framework and your impacts.
Hey, I'm Taryn
I'm a varsity PF member at Sequoyah High School
Some key notes:
Tech>Truth (call out your opponent on a false fact, or I will take it as if it is real in this round).
DO NOT falsify evidence. Speaks will be massively dropped, and if the fake card was key to your victory, then you will automatically lose.
Be as aggressive as you want in cross, but no petty name-calling.
During cross, I am listening but not flowing. If you want me to flow something that was said in crossfire, bring it up in the VERY NEXT speech.
I will award the win to someone who knows the intricacies of their argument, and can explain it to me as if I didn't know what they were talking about beforehand.
I am a flow judge, be consistent and bring up all the points you want me to remember when I go to cast my ballot.
MAKE SURE TO COLLAPSE!!
If you have to go too fast in Summary or Final Focus, it's because you are trying to carry too much.
Here's my email to add to the card exchange:
Current Coach -- Marist School (2020-present)
Former Debater -- Marist School (2016-2020)
Current Student -- University of Georgia (2020-2024)
Please add email@example.com to the email chain
TL;DR: I am a tech judge and I will vote off my flow. Please do what you do best and enjoy the round
General important stuff:
1) Extend every part of the argument... uniqueness, link, internal link, and impact. A claim without a warrant is not an argument. If you do not extend your argument then I can not vote on it.
2) I cannot stress enough that fewer well developed arguments will always be better than blips with no argument development or good warrants. I've noticed teams that collapse and more thoroughly explain their arguments tend to win my ballot more often than not against a team that goes for too much.
3) Please weigh your arguments
4) My only real pet peeve is wasting time during or before a debate. Please be ready to start the debate on time and don't cause unnecessary delays during it. Preflowing should be done before the debate. When prep time ends you should be ready to start your speech right away. "Pulling up a doc" or something like that for 30 seconds is stealing prep and should be done before you end your prep time.
5) Second rebuttal must answer first rebuttal
More specific stuff:
I don’t care what type of argument you read as long as it is well explained, has warrants, and is weighed (case, k’s, theory... whatever are all fine). You do what you're best at!
You can go as fast or slow as you want. I won't have any issue flowing any speed you decide to go.
I believe paraphrasing is bad and disclosure is good. At this point in the activity reading cuts cards and disclosing has become a norm that most teams adhere to which I think makes my threshold for responses to the shell even higher than it has been in the past.
Any other theory arguments just need to be real violations that have real impacts. Frivolous theory is unpleasant to judge and will be tough to impossible to win in front of me.
I'd really prefer you read cut cards. Debate is an activity about high quality research not just writing a persuasive english paper. If you do paraphrase then you really need to have the cut cards ready at a minimum. A card is not cut if it does not have a complete and correct cite as well as the important/ cited parts of the card being emphasized. Evidence should be able to be sent when asked for in a timely manner. If it is not sent quickly it may be dropped from the debate.
Other important note:
Debate is first and foremost a safe and educational activity so we should do our best to keep it that way
Debate should be about dialog and not confrontation. I realize people get excited when stating and reinforcing a point of view, but please let’s keep it civilized.
Be mindful of your allotted time and articulate your points clearly and concisely.
I like to see eye contact, knowledge of your topic, and interchange between debaters when proving/disproving points.
I am not impressed by debaters repeating the same data points constantly until the allotted time is exhausted or reading a computer screen at 200 miles an hour; rapid speaking is acceptable if it is understandable.