Damien Winter Middle School and Novice Invitational
2022 — La Verne, CA/US
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*Speaks Sometimes, ya’ll are too serious. Boost in speaker points when you compliment your partner in-speech - the more fun or earnest, the higher the speaks boost :)
*In person but why are we preparing email chains and then proceeding to walk over with our laptops to exchange evidence? Did pandemic debate teach us nothing? Unbelievable. It’s funny but also I am begging for better standards.
*Online: I am almost always 5-10 minutes early, unless I'm judging flights, in which case I'll do my best.
Please go slower online. I'll let you know if you cut out. I'll try on my end to be as fair as possible within the limits of keeping the round reasonably on time. If the tournament has a forfeit policy, I'll go by those.
Background: 3 yrs of college super trad policy (stock issues/basic T & CPs) & some parli. I coach PF, primarily middle school/novice and 1-2 varsity teams the last couple years. She/her.
Firm on paraphrasing bad. I used to reward teams for the bare minimum of reading cut cards but then debaters would bold-faced lie and I would become the clown emoji in real time. I'm still making my mind up on how much I'm willing to penalize a team for paraphrasing, and you're welcome to make in-round arguments about it.
Disclosure is good because evidence ethics in PF are ):, but I probably won't vote for disclosure theory. I'm more likely to reward you in speaks for doing it (ex. sharing speech docs) than punish a team for not.
“Defense is sticky.” No it isn’t.
As a result, frontline whatever you want to go for in summary in second rebuttal - first summaries, call it out if not. It is conceded in my eyes and my thoughts and prayers go to your opponent who doesn't frontline anything in second rebuttal because they didn't read this.
However you decide to share evidence, make it fast. If your opponents are taking too long (1 minute+), you're welcome to make an argument about how it should be dropped from the round at that point.
If it's in final focus, it better be in summary.
Collapsing, grouping, and implicating = good, underrated, easy path to my ballot! Dumping as many blippy, unwarranted responses as you can = overrated, not fun, will probably annoy me.
Messy debates make me sad. I think cleaner debates collapse earlier rather than later.
I'm super into strategic concessions. "It's okay that they win this, because we win here instead and that matters more bc..."
I have a soft spot for framing. I'm most interested when the opposing team links in (ex. team A runs "prioritize mitigating structural violence," team B replies, "yes, and that's us,"), but I'll definitely listen to "prioritize x instead" args, too. Just warrant, compare, etc.
I'll accept new weighing in final focus but I don't think it's strategic - you should probably start in summary to increase my chances of voting off of it.
All else fails, I will 1) look at the weighing, then 2), evaluate the line-by-line to see if I give you reasonable access to those impacts to begin with. Your opponents would have to really slip up somewhere to win the weighing but lose the round, but it's not impossible. I get really sad if the line-by-line is so convoluted that I only vote on the weighing - give me a clean place to vote. I'll be happy if you do the extra work to tell me why your weighing mechanism is better than theirs (I should prefer scope over mag because x, etc).
I’m a better judge for you if you're more trad/LARP. The more "progressive," the more you should either A) strike me if possible, or B) explain it to me slowly and simply - I’m open to hearing it if you’re willing to adjust how you argue it. Send a speech doc and assume I'm not as well-read as you on the topic literature.
If it's before 9am, assume I learned what debate was 10 minutes ago.
Open/varsity - time yourselves. Keep each other honest, but don't be the prep police.
Varsity will start at 28 speaks unless you're mean or bad with evidence ethics.
On speed generally - I can do "fast" PF just fine, but if it's anything that resembles spreading in another event, I'm not your best bet.
Content warnings should be read for graphic content. Have an anonymous opt-out.
Have warrants. Compare warrants. Tell me why your args matter/what to do with them.
Don't post-round. Debaters should especially think about who you choose to post-round on a panel when decisions echo one another.
Having a sense of humor and being friendly/accommodating toward your opponents is the easiest way to get good speaks from me. Be kind, have fun, laugh a little (but not at anyone's expense!!), and I'll have no problem giving you top speaks.
If I smile, you did something right. If I nod, I'm following what you say. I will absolutely tilt my head and make a face if you lost me or you're treading on thin ice on believability of whatever you're saying. If I just look generally unhappy - that's just my default face. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I have about a year and a half of collegiate debate experience and about two years of judging debate at the collegiate, high school, and middle school level. I am a senior Kinesiology major who is planning on attending law school in the Fall. I am familiar with medical terms and certain legal jargon if debaters would like to incorporate that in.
I am pretty flexible when it comes to what type of debate the debaters would like to have, but I like clear & creative arguments. I am familiar with Kritiks, but I am not the biggest fan of them. Just like K's, spreading is okay if needed, but I am not a fan. I am big on flowing everything.If I don't understand it, I won't vote on it. I will say "clear" or "speed" if I cannot understand what you're saying.
I very much prefer that the debaters tell me what paradigm/ lens to judge the debate from and why, but it is not necessary. If. you tell me how to vote and why, I am more likely to be convinced by that rather than you leaving it up to me. I also appreciate any logical arguments made. I am very open with whatever the debaters want to run, as long as it is respectful and they keep everyone in the loop. I will vote on anything if you explain why your impacts outweigh. Contextualize interpt of the round; I do not want to have to guess for you.
Hi I'm Sam (she/her) and I’m a freshman in college. I have 3 years of experience in PF and 1 in Parli.
Add me to the email chain: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read content warnings for anything that might need it and have an extra case if someone opts out.
To save time, please try and set up ev exchange before the round starts. (I think email chains are best but its your call)
On that note, I don't have a set time limit for how long it should take to exchange evidence, but it shouldn't take long. I've seen teams struggle to find a card they just read in their speech like ????. You either got the card or you don't so let's just not make this into an issue.
If you just send a link and tell someone to "control f" I am gonna cry. Send cards, its not hard.
Time yourselves please I'm lazy. If it's novice I'll try and time too but you should still try and time yourselves in case I forget and so you don't have to solely rely on me.
Keep each other accountable but don't be the prep police or the speech sheriff. I'd say give each other like a 10-15 second grace period for things.
Speed is fine but don't full on spread.
SIGNPOST!!!! or I will have no clue what is going on.
Terminalized impacts please, I don't care that the GDP was raised by 1% what does that even mean. I should also not be hearing your impact once in constructive then never again or you just referring to it as "our impact" without restating what it is. EXTEND IMPACTS.
Weighing is cool, you should probably do it. I enjoy a good prereq, linking into your opponents' contentions is one of the best things you can do.
I'm cool with a rowdy cross those are fun just don't get too carried away.
I'll evaluate theory but I am not the best with it so make sure you REALLY explain it well to me.
PF has the worst evidence ethics so go ahead and reread the evidence points I put earlier just in case.
I'm good with paraphrasing cards and whatnot but you better have a cut card version if someone calls for it.
Frontlining is very important and should be done as soon as possible. I am more comfortable evaluating frontlines done in 2nd rebuttal than if you skip that and only frontline in 2nd summary. Its just kinda odd and it makes the round messy.
If it is not extended into summary, I'm not evaluating it in ff. If you end up not extending your case properly, oh well your loss. Literally your loss.
For LD, Policy, Parli, etc. just treat me trad or like an experienced lay.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask me before the round :)