Lexington Winter Invitational
2019 — Lexington, MA/US
Rayhan Ahmed Paradigm
Hello, my name is Rayhan, I am a junior at Lexington high school. These are my minimal beliefs about debate in an organized list fashion for your viewing pleasure:
Email: email@example.com, yes I want to be on the email chain.
before we get started here are my qualifications (these are jokes): I got to finals of the novice division of the prestigious Newark Invitational in 2017, I won the novice division of the Tim Averall invitational in 2016, I also went to semifinals of the novice division of the ridge debates. My proudest achievement is going 3-2 in the novice division of the lakeland invitational.
1. Framework -- I think fairness is an impact. I think that I lean aff in these debates but this bias is easily overcome by strong case debating by the negative. Kaffs get away with murder in the 2ar when the 2nr just doesn't contest the aff sufficiently.
2. Ks: I dont know alot about your lit, I sometimes read afropessimism/black care style arguments, but beyond that explanation is critical. Explanation is not just reading your long overview, explanation should permeate all aspects of k debate including the line by line. I like to evaluate these debates as technically as possible, so whoever wins off the flow should win the debate. I like aff specific links but i understand that its not always possible (in the event where you are stuck going for the fiat link or state bad winning framework and mitigating the case page is key).
3. Topicality [Vs. Affs with a plan]: I like adjudicating these debates, I think that there needs to be a coherent violation story otherwise it does not justify a neg ballot, so dont read it for no reason. I think that reasonability is usually not a viable option and judge intervention arguments are very persuasive, so in most cases I default to competing interpretations. Please, if you are a novice, make it about more than just the aff, explain how different models of debate should interact with each other.
4. CPs: I like cps, I think there needs to be a coherent net benefit that links to the aff. For process CPs I am in the middle, I think that most solve every aff imaginable but the net benefits are sorta incoherent. On CP competition I think these debates are neg biased so I will try to evaluate slightly new 1ar work on competition to make it equitable. If you can beat theory the world is your oyster. I will not kick the CP for you unless u ask nicely :) (i wont evaluate judge kick if its new in the 2nr -- make that arg in the block and have a debate about it).
5. DA: I will vote on 0 risk of a DA but obviously that's not preferable. I love politics especially small and innovative scenarios. Given that im debating on aff biased topic I like innovative agenda scenarios. Also, if you are a 1n extending politics please spend time on the link work, I see generic links all too often so I expect either carded link walls or good analytic links. If you are aff exploit that, the link stories are usually terrible.
6. Affs: I love on the fringe affs, I believe that if you can beat T the aff is topical. As long as you can smack a plan on it im all good. Note: Against the k, read your aff thats designed to beat the k but please make sure it makes sense. With these AT: K affs most of the time 1ac ev is actually garbage and that sucks.
7. Theory: I lean aff on: agent cps, int'l fiat, process CPs bad, and CP competition. I lean neg on: Condo, S advs, and disclosure related theory (i.e. disclosure of the aff is good but neg disclosure slightly less so). Keep in mind however that i contain no extremely strong position on theory so i can easily overcome these biases, this is just some guiding principles if I am left to my own devices.
8. Memes: I know that most people don't take this part of the paradigm very seriously but I actually do take this with extreme importance so please pay attention:
a) If you make a joke about anyone who I know, and I laugh you get 0.1 more points. This is a common phenomenon in debate today but unlike others I will follow through with this. Here is a list of possible targets who you can joke about:
i. Debayan Sen / Talia Blatt
ii. Ashlan Ahmed/ David Cai / Eric Tang / Alex Lu (by request)
iii. Any other Lexington person
b) Warning: If I don't laugh your speaks go down by 0.1 as to disincentive bad joke making.
c) This part isnt a joke: If you give me food speaks go up by .2 (Note: can't eat pork so keep that in mind)
d) probably not your baudrillard [not a meme]
Ash Ahmed Paradigm
JVLD (Yale 2019):
This is my fourth year debating policy at Lexington High School. I did however go to a few LD tournaments last year so you can assume I at least know the basic procedures of how LD works.
Topicality, theory, disads, counterplans, plans, and Ks are fine. Although I will try to adjust to LD norms as much as I can, I will probably evaluate most arguments the way I would in policy. This probably means I might view the framing debate differently from what you would expect from a normal LD judge but as long as you explain it well, it should be fine. Slow down on theory. K affs are fine. I have read and answered framework. I won't evaluate claims without warrants. I'm also not sure what an underview or it's strategic purpose is but if you read one I guess I'll evaluate it. Frame my ballot in the final rebuttals. You should always time yourself because I won't. Don't clip cards or steal prep.
Put me on the email chain firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edit: Speed is fine. I won't penalize you for choosing to spread or choosing not to spread. Flex prep is fine, but I won't expect you to answer any non-clarification questions during prep time i.e. anything more complex than "did you read condo bad".
I'm not sure what else is important to include in an LD paradigm but I'll probably try to expand/organize this in the coming days.
Femi Akindele Paradigm
I am formally a policy judge however I love all arguments I am well versed with K debate CP and all formalities of debate my paradigm is simple convince me why your argument is valid and makes sense and should be weighed above the other team and I will vote for you you be it policy, kritik, E.T.C. I mostly look at the rebuttals, this is where you should be able to sell your point, bring everything together and convince me that your arguments outweighed the other team's.
IF YOU ARE GOING TO SPREAD PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU GO SLOWLY ON YOUR TAG LINES AND YOUR PLAN OR ELSE I CANNOT FLOW THEM AND IT WILL END UP HURTING YOU!!! IF YOU DO NOT, AND I MISS KEY ARGUMENTS IT WILL BE ON YOU
More details, take head.
Flashing- not very picky with the flashing cards or whatever, but just try to not waste too much time flashing or I will start running prep.
Line by line - I do pay close attention to specific arguments being made on the flow, that being said I hate judge intervention and will not draw any lines for you. I advice that you specify which arguments you want me to weigh in particular and its importance in the round
Topicality - I think that topicality is a strategic argument and will look at it as a disad, and pay particular attention to the 'impact" of the affirmative to both the fairness and education of the round. If you plan to go for topicality I want to see you prove abuse in the round without purposely opting out of potential arguments. Highly doubt that anyone will ever persuade me that it is a reverse voter or it's not a voting issue. *Love a great T debate*
Kritiks -- I think the best teams tend to look for more specific links outside of the generics read in the 1NC, if you can extract really good links from the evidence the aff presents, or the words that they use, it makes the K more powerful and decreases the chance of the aff swindling their way out. Also, having a pretty SOLID alternative really helps proves that their is a different non problematic approach, and gives neg some credibility. I think affirmative should always have a framework asking to weigh their case impacts against the Kritik, makes your case "matter" when it comes decision making.
Theory - not a huge fan, but I am against using this as a strategy for whatever... using theory alone to get the ballot is ill advised. I mostly likely will vote down the argument, unless you can prove that somehow they skewed your education or ability to debate failrly.
Case - self explanatory. for the aff team - Take good care of your aff throughout the round. Weigh it against everything, its your best defense mechanism.
Counter Plan - try to make it topic specific, and have a counter plan text
Framework - totally open to new ways of thinking/voting in rounds, I think its important that we question how we debate. I will go with whatever framework is presented and warranted the best in the round. If no framework is established in the round I will traditionally go with aff having to meet the burden of proof, and neg defending the status quo or a competitive policy action. Tips for running Framework - prove why your framework is best not only for you, but for the opposing team and for any other potential debate. The more inclusive and fair your framework to higher the chance I go with it.
Any further questions, ask away when you see me.
Ria Bhandarkar Paradigm
Tl;dr: Tech > Truth
I went to the NSDA as a sophomore so I understand lay debate. I also live in the northeast and qualified to the TOC as a junior so I have a lot of experience with both policy and K arguments. I run affs with plans and go for framework but that doesn’t mean that I don’t love a good 2NR on afropess or performance 1AC.
If I’m judging you, you’re probably a novice. In that case, try your best and remember that debate is a learning activity!
Put me on the email chain: email@example.com
Don't worry about whether or not I'm flowing you. I always am.
- Make sure your aff's internal links and impacts make sense. I was a 2A for most of my career so I have high standards for case debate and knowledge of your aff.
- Good case debate is underrated. It boosts your speaks and gives you some credibility in the round. I’m currently a 2N and this is definitely something I look for.
- I love politics DAs but I think you need to prove a substantial risk of the DA when there are so many moving parts (which is honestly very possible so I run them a lot).
- Topic-specific DAs are also great but make sure you explain the story of the DA since they may be less intuitive than politics. If you have a good topic-specific DA on this topic, I'll be impressed.
- I don’t think any CPs are cheating unless the aff wins that they are on the flow. If you have a blippy one line arg on theory, it's an uphill battle to win it since you're kind of destroying the purpose of theory.
- I like generic CPs that are argued well with clear reasoning and aff specific CPs that are well thought out with good evidence. Judge kick isn't a default.
- I don’t care what the T violation is, as long as you win it. T is about what you justify and want for the best model of debate. It’s not an ethics violation.
- I am fine with most Ks, especially afropess, sett col and cap.
- I can live with high theory if you can explain it well.
- I think most alts are cheating anyways so I won’t vote on floating PIKs unless the aff drops it.
- I like FW but have also had enough experience with K affs to vote either way. Fairness is an impact.
I’ll start at 28.0 and move up and down.
Line by line and good overviews/framing are key to speaks, as well as speaking ability.
I will be mad and tank speaks if:
- You’re sexist or racist. Debate should be civil.
- You run a K without being intersectional or knowing the theory.
- You read an aff that has impacts related to trauma and don’t give a sufficient content warning.
- You say warming is good/doesn't exist. I'm so scared.
- You're unclear- that's really annoying, especially from novices.
I won’t be mad if:
- You ask questions/postround- it's important for learning.
- You use flex prep AKA asking CX questions during your prep.
You get an extra .1 speaks if you:
- Meme about anyone from Lex Debate especially Lexingtons LL, HQ, or PJ
- Play Janelle Monae, show tunes, or 70s rock
- Reference a Michael Schur show
- Can pronounce my last name correctly
- Read a card with the signature //rsb
Devanshi Bhangle Paradigm
tl;dr (read if you have less than 5 minutes before the round):
- my name is Devanshi (not "judge" lol)
- put me on the chain: firstname.lastname@example.org
- you do you unless it is racist, sexist, homophobic, etc.
- don't take recordings of me or your opponents without explicit consent
- draw comparisons between your opponents' arguments, evidence, impacts, etc. Write my ballot for me.
- please don't shake my hands before/after the round; I will be weirded out 10/10 times
- impact calc is your best friend
- entertain me and have fun!!
- DO LINE BY LINE
- give an order before every speech
- be respectful- if you do anything to actively undermine anybody's ability to participate in and gain a meaningful experience from this activity, i will dock your speaks, talk to your coach, and, if egregious enough, vote you down on hand. conversely, i'm open to you arguing your opponent should lose on hand for being offensive/problematic.
- speed is fine but being unclear is not
- tech over truth, but they're also not mutually exclusive so do both
- don't take too long to flash (if you're using computers). i'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt as long as you're under 2 minutes. if your computer breaks/word crashes/etc., let me know!! otherwise i'll just assume you're massively stealing prep and your speaks won't be happy.
- don't clip cards.
I think all affs should be grounded in the topic, but I also think it's possible to be grounded in the topic without defending the USfg. All affs should change something about the status quo in some way. As far as k affs go, I would much rather listen to identity affs as opposed to high theory affs-- especially ones that seek to destroy debate. That being said, I'm willing to vote on anything as long as it is well executed.
I went for T a lot my novice year, so it might be a bit hypocritical for me to say that I definitely prefer substantive debates. If you go for it, make sure to do sufficient impact calc and tell me what differentiates your model of debate from your opponents'. Competing interpretations unless you convince me otherwise.
The more specific the link to the aff, the better. I'm cool with politics disads/disads with dodgy internal links. I don't think it's possible for a disad to have 0- or 100% of a risk, so it really comes down to impact/risk calculus, especially if you're going for a DA/case strategy. Evidence recency and quality matters, but I won't look at a super recent or well-warranted card unless you tell me to, so flag anything you want me to notice. If reading politics or heg against K affs is your shit, do it and I'll have fun watching.
I love specific counterplans but I'm cool with the generics too. As far as counterplan theory goes, here are my general thoughts (note that if there is a solvency advocate specific to the mechanism of the aff, I will be much less likely to vote on counterplan theory): advantage cps, multiplank cps, substantive domestic agent cps, substantive pics, collective 50 state cps- neg leaning; word pics, uniform 50 state cps, process cps, conditions cps, international agent cps- aff leaning.
I know it seems like every judge says this but that's because it's so true-- case debate is underrated. It's impressive when you know your opponent's aff well enough to engage them in substantive clash over it, and it's also loads of fun to listen to.
It's hard to make a blanket statement about k debate when it's as nuanced as it is. I'm more familiar with identity lit than high theory, so if you're going for the latter, make sure you can explain it well. Actually, this is true for any k-- younger debaters tend to get too caught up in jargon instead of actually explaining what you're talking about. Don't do that. If you don't understand something, chances are I won't be able to understand your explanation of it. Have links specific to the aff--pull lines from their evidence, intricacies of the mechanism of the aff, things they said in cx, etc. If you can have the same round irrespective of the aff you're debating, you're doing something wrong. Alternatives are probably good; if you ask me to judge kick the alt, you'd better hope you're 100% winning framework. PLEASE do line by line-- I will be very grumpy if the 2NC is just the overview and the 1NR is the line by line.
Make sure there's clash and respond to the other team's arguments. A lot of the time novice framework rounds end up with both sides talking about their model of debate while ignoring their opponent's-- and at the end I'm not really sure how to evaluate the round. Think of framework like a disad-counterplan debate: What are the disadvantages to their model of debate (and what are the impacts to those disadvantages)? How does your model of debate resolve those disadvantages? I dig TVAs that have a specific solvency advocate that resolves some or most of the aff. The more I think about it, the more I think hold-the-wall exclusion is the way to go against high theory affs (although please don't let this discourage you!!). I will not weigh the aff's offense against framework because framework is a procedural and therefore a question of whether the round should have happened in the first place. On the line of "framework is a procedural"-- framework is not a double turn with cap or academia; you'll look silly and make me laugh if you run that argument. Fairness is probably the only real impact, but convince me otherwise :)
Make sure there actually is a violation. If the only world where you will go for theory is one in which the other team drops it, something else should be your A strat. Anything less than 4 condo is probably okay. Perf con is only a problem if there's in round abuse-- the argument that a team justifies performative contradictions if they don't actually perform said contradictions is incoherent.
Y'all are human beings and you're trying your best at this activity, and the speaker points I give reflect that. (In other words: I'll try my best to give high-ish speaks <3) If you get below a 26, chances are you've done something really problematic and I've already talked to you about it. If you get above a 29.5, you were absolutely stunning and did everything I thought you should to your best ability. Everything else is determined by the round (and to an extent the circumstances, my mood, etc. etc.-- speaker points are pretty subjective). Here are some (legitimate) "dos" and "don'ts" for getting good speaks from me:
- flow (including the 2ar)
- do line by line
- take notes / otherwise show your intent to learn and get better after the round during the rfd
- have confidence + be assertive
- make me laugh!! :) I love it when you have personality and energy and make judging entertaining!
- time yourself
- make arguments with claims, warrants, and impacts
- be condescending / rude / sarcastic
- make major concessions
- steal prep
- take over your partner's speech / cx time
- expect me to keep your time
INCREASE YOUR SPEAKS ~EVEN MORE~:
- show me my paradigm on your computer: +0.1
- i get cold so easily i think it's a serious medical condition and should probably get some help. if you bring me stuff to keep me warm (blankets/hot water/hot soup/jackets/etc.) i will give you up to +0.3 points
- recommend me a cool book: +0.1 if I have read it; +0.2 if I haven't read it; +0.3 if it's one of my favorites
- bring me vegan food: +0.2
- make a (successful) joke about any Lexington debater, esp Shweta Kondapi: +0.1
- debate is probably good
- death is probably bad
- avoiding gendered language/homophobia/racism is definitely good
- purposefully intimidating girls (or anyone, tbh) is definitely bad
If you have any questions, feel free to ask me before the round or email/message me. My email is email@example.com (-0.2 every time you roast me for having hotmail). And yes, I want to be on the email chain.
Good luck! :)
Talia Blatt Paradigm
To the northeast HS judges -- Bing AY, Roberto Montero, the Morbecks, Alex Lennon, and Ken Karas, to name a few -- you all taught me so much of what I know and how I feel about debate. I can't thank you all enough.
You have < 10 seconds before the round:
a.) Tech > “truth” or ideological predispositions – although some level of judge intervention is inevitable, I will do my best to ensure that if you win the flow, you win the debate
b.) I will vote for both framework and k affs (see subpoint a)
c.) Rebuttals should frame why you win the debate
d.) In terms of qualifications, I did the whole TOC/speaker awards/late elims thing and I debate for Harvard but I’m a first year out – make of all of that what you will
e.) I love subpoints
You have time:
As I debater, I am most frustrated by decisions in which I feel the judge voted in a way that doesn’t reflect the reality of the debate they judged. This could be because:
a.) The judge voted based on predetermined personal beliefs
b.) The judge heavily and somewhat arbitrarily intervened for one side
c.) The judge read all of the evidence at the end of the debate and reconstructed what could have happened, but didn’t
d.) The judge gave weight to new 1AR/2NR/2AR arguments
e.) The judge did other “work” for the debaters, making cross-applications or other analysis that the debaters themselves did not make in the debate
As a judge, I will attempt to NOT do these things, and to base my decision as much on the flow as I can.
Yes, I have biases. For example, I will generally assume that death and suffering are bad unless told otherwise. However, I will insist that debaters create clear metrics for evaluating impacts. My favorite thought experiment for this is the following:
If the 1AC presents all the ways their plan or advocacy CAUSES extinction, and the negative team makes purely “defensive” arguments about how the aff doesn’t cause extinction, and the aff wins in the 2AR that they do cause extinction, I will vote aff: Both teams implicitly agreed that extinction is a good we should try to reach. Obviously speaker points in this debate would be quite low, and I’d be frustrated with the decision, but I will do my best to work within the evaluative system the debaters have either explicitly or implicitly created.
Do I have thoughts about the way arguments should be deployed? Yes, and I will delineate them below, but they can almost always be reversed by good debating. What do I mean by good debating? Line-by-line, warranted analysis that clashes with the other team’s analysis, strategic use of evidence, organizational clarity, and impact and ballot framing are the most important things to me.
Framework and K Affs:
This is where all of the stuff I said about tech > truth and voting on the flow comes in – whoever does the best line-by-line and impact/ballot framing will win the debate. I debated and judge in the northeast. I would estimate that maybe 75% of my neg debates in high school were k aff v. framework rounds, so I like to think that I am familiar with how these debates go down, and I enjoy them.
If you are going for framework:
a.) Go for whatever impact you like going for – procedural fairness, clash, switch-side debate, et cetera. I disliked it when judges “liked T” but “didn’t believe” that fairness or clash was an impact. Tell me what I should think are impacts and why, and I’ll listen.
b.) Answer case or at the very least explain why you don’t have to answer case.
c.) Close doors in the 2NR. You know the 2AR will expand on case or a disad – try to cut that off.
d.) Line by line. Please. Messy and late-breaking clash rounds favor the aff.
e.) The TVA is your friend. The combination of the argument that deficits to the TVA are negative ground and the argument that reading stuff on the neg is good is very persuasive to me.
f.) Don’t be afraid to extend stuff on case in the 2NR, particularly presumption level claims that question their advocacy’s ability to solve stuff.
If you are going for a k aff:
a.) Please defend something. I love it when k affs defend some form of material action, but please advocate for something.
b.) A couple smart, powerful disads > laundry list of similar, poorly explained/differentiated disads to T
c.) Compare models of debate – what does your model of debate do? Why does it resolve the harms you say their model creates, and why does it limit their offense?
d.) Line by line, especially in the 1AR, is so important – don’t force your 2A to make new arguments
e.) Impact framing
f.) If you do cool non-traditional stuff, bring it back up after the 1AC. I am always a little disappointed when the 1AC includes some song or performance but it disappears immediately.
I LOVE the politics disad. As such if you extend it well, I will be happy, and if you extend it poorly, I will be sad. Extending a politics disad well means reading a ton of uniqueness cards and subpointing multiple answers to every 2AC argument. If this is done in the 1NR, and extended in the 2NR, speaks will be bueno.
Topic or process disads are also cool. Impact calc and turns case arguments are the move, especially link turns case arguments.
I don't have fixed ideological positions on the more nitty-gritty stuff -- it's up to the debaters to prove whether uniqueness controls the direction of the link, or vice versa, for instance.
EXPLAIN WHAT IT DOES! I don’t have a ton of experience judging on this topic; I won’t immediately know the agency or mechanism you are talking about.
Multi-actor fiat, delay, conditions, and some + process and consult = sketch; international fiat on an international topic I will probably be okay with if you have the evidence. Solvency advocates can basically make any counterplan legitimate to me, but I will listen to any theory debate, and the 2A in me may or may not pop out. Not to feed a fed horse, but all of these leanings can be reversed by good (read: clear) theory debating.
I probably won't judgekick unless I am explicitly instructed to.
EXPLAIN YOUR INTERP! I don’t have the topic knowledge to know if there is “consensus” about what certain terms in the resolution mean.
I may be more willing to listen to reasonability than other judges,
Most of my aff debates in high school were soft left aff versus the k. I like it when there are links to the plan, not to the status quo. I also like turns case analysis and when the alt does stuff.
Please don't assume that I am wholly unfamiliar with all k stuff because I ran mostly policy affs. I am pretty familiar with a lot of the anti-blackness and cap literature and I am very up for those throw-downs.
I have a medium level understanding of a lot of the other literature, but unless it's something super new or Frankensteined together, I will probably be able to follow you.
Do I have any judging quirks?
a.) I will care significantly less about evidence than a lot of judges you might have. If a piece of evidence is contested in a way that is irresolvable absent a post-round reading, I will call for that evidence. But unless evidence is contested or called attention to, I will not read it – I care far more about how it is used and the analysis that surrounds it. “The Jones card is better than their Adams card” matters far less to me than “They are misconstruing the Adams evidence – she concludes that China is a defensive realist for xyz reasons; we read red.” In general, a logical analytic matters just as much if not more to me than a card that is “fire.”
b.) I have some but not a lot of topic knowledge. Please err on the side of explanation.
c.) Most of my debates in high school were against k teams, but I went to Michigan and helped at the Dartmouth debate camp. I like to think that means I have some amount of both policy and critical experience.
d.) I was a 2A for most of high school but I 2Ned or double two-ed for a few years. That means I may lean aff on theory surrounding questionable counterplans but I lean negative when it comes to holding a high bar for the 2AR.
e.) I am passionate about climate change. If you like going for warming good, I am the wrong judge for you. I will look for any way to vote for the other team and your speaks will suffer. I honestly have no idea why the debate community continues to treat this as a legitimate argument. (If this seems at odds with my tech>truth beliefs, I agree that I am not being wholly consistent, but the notion of breeding apathy among youth about climate change is frankly abhorrent to me. Just as tech over truth does not extend to arguments like racism is good, climate change is something I feel obligated to hold the line on.)
f.) I care a lot about the participation of women, especially WOC, in debate. I will be extremely sensitive to the way non cis white men are treated in the debate space.
g.) I want to help debaters who don't receive a lot of formal coaching. I remember feeling intimidated and isolated in high school debate rounds when the other team had 3+ professional coaches in the room while my partner and I sat alone, desperately trying to figure out what we could do. A lot of my coaching in high school came from incredibly kind strangers in the debate community who were willing to help (take pity on) a panicked kid who didn't have the cards to answer a disad. If you ever have questions, whether they're about my decision or just arguments in general, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or find me in the hallway, and I will do my best to help you out.
i.) I love, love, love topic education arguments, whether they're on framework/T or when you are aff going against a K or when you are going for a k and making arguments about what topic education SHOULD look like. As a policy 2A I loved making arguments about the way grassroots organizing can amalgamate careful policy research with novel or radical forms of praxis and pedagogy. Teams that do this will make me happy.
j.) References to Magi Ortiz, Debayan Sen, Rayhan Ahmed = +0.2 speaks; references to any Lex debater / Lexington debate in general, including Sheryl Kaczmarek = +0.1 speaks.
-line by line
-splitting the block (if you don't know what this means, ask!)
-picking up on dropped arguments
-referencing Debayan Sen, Magi Ortiz, or Rayhan Ahmed (if you don't know who these scrubs are, no worries)
-frame my ballot (why do I vote for you? what impacts does voting for you ameliorate, and why do those impacts matter/matter more than the other team's impacts?)
-show me your flows after the round (+.1 speaks)
-asking questions!! email me ( email@example.com ) with any questions about my decision/debate in general
-extending claims without warrants + impacts
-bullying your partner or the other team
-block repetition (see above)
-switching flows without telling me when you are switching (signposting)
-reading arguments/blocks you don't understand
Daryl Burch Paradigm
currently the director of high school debate for the baltimore urban debate league (2007-present), also assist and aid in the development of argumentation for Towson University.
formerly coached at the University of Louisville, duPont Manual High School (3X TOC qualifiers; Octofinalist team 2002) have taught summer institutes at the University of Michigan, Michigan State, Emory, Iowa, Catholic University, and Towson University as a lab leader.
I debated three years in high school on the kentucky and national circuit and debated five years at the University of Louisville.
I gave that little tidbit to say that I have been around debate for a while and have debated and coached at the most competitive levels with ample success. I pride myself in being committed to the activity and feel that everyone should have a voice and choice in their argument selection so I am pretty much open to everything that is in good taste as long as YOU are committed and passionate about the argument. The worst thing you can do in the back of the room is assume that you know what I want to hear and switch up your argument selection and style for me and give a substandard debate. Debate you and do it well and you will be find.
True things to know about me:
Did not flow debates while coaching at the University of Louisville for two years but am flowing again
Was a HUGE Topicality HACK in college and still feel that i am up on the argument. I consider this more than a time suck but a legitimate issue in the activity to discuss the merit of the debate at hand and future debates. I have come to evolve my thoughts on topicality as seeing a difference between a discussion of the topic and a topical discussion (the later representing traditional views of debate- division of ground, limits, predictability etc.) A discussion of the topic can be metaphorical, can be interpretive through performance or narratives and while a topical discussion needs a plan text, a discussion of the topic does not. Both I think can be defended and can be persuasive if debated out well. Again stick to what you do best. Critiquing topicality is legitimate to me if a reverse voting issue is truly an ISSUE and not just stated with unwarranted little As through little Gs. i.e. framework best arguments about reduction of language choices or criticism of language limitations in academic discussion can become ISSUES, voting issues in fact. The negative's charge that the Affirmative is not topical can easily be developed into an argument of exclusion begat from predictable limitations that should be rejected in debate.
It is difficult to label me traditional or non traditional but safer to assume that i can go either way and am partial to traditional performative debate which is the permutation of both genres. Teams that run cases with well developed advantages backed by a few quality pieces of evidence are just as powerful as teams that speak from their social location and incorporate aesthetics such as poetry and music. in other words if you just want to read cards, read them poetically and know your argument not just debate simply line by line to win cheap shots on the flow. "They dropped our simon evidence" is not enough of an argument for me to win a debate in front of me. If i am reading your evidence at the end of the debate that is not necessairly a good thing for you. I should know what a good piece of evidence is because you have articulated how good it was to me (relied on it, repeated it, used it to answer all the other arguments, related to it, revealed the author to me) this is a good strategic ploy for me in the back of the room.
Technique is all about you. I must understand what you are saying and that is it. I have judged at some of the highest levels in debate (late elims at the NDT and CEDA) and feel pretty confident in keeping up if you are clear.
Not a big fan of Malthus and Racism Good so run them at your own risk. Malthus is a legitimate theory but not to say that we should allow systematic targeted genocide of Black people because it limits the global population. I think i would be more persuaded by the argument that that is not a NATURAL death check but an IMMORAL act of genocide and is argumentatively irresponsible within the context of competitive debate. Also i am not inclined to believe you that Nietzsche would say that we should target Black people and exterminate them because death is good. Could be wrong but even if i am, that is not a persuasive argument to run with me in the back of the room. In case you didn't know, I AM A BLACK PERSON.
Bottom line, I can stomach almost any argument as long as you are willing to defend the argument in a passionate but respectful way. I believe that debate is inherently and unavoidable SUBJECTIVE so i will not pretend to judge the round OBJECTIVELY but i will promise to be as honest and consistent as possible in my ajudication. Any questions you have specifically I am more than happy to answer.
Open Cross X, weird use of prep time (before cross x, as a prolonging of cross x) all that stuff that formal judges don't like, i am probably ok with.
Sachiv Chakrvarti Paradigm
Lexington High School 2020
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I have gone for hard right, soft left and high theory K affs (Baudrillard) - check below for specifics
disads - do impact calc in the rebuttals, don't double turn yourself, link probably determines uniqueness, make sure you contextualize the link to the aff - even if you don't have cards, you should be able to explain the da in the context of what the aff does - zero risk is a thing
counterplans - the cp should solve the entirety of the aff with a net benefit (assuming you're not going for pics or adv cps) - counterplan text matters so i'm persuaded by aff arguments that point out plan flaws in the cp text - solvency advocates are nice
theory - 2 condo is probably fine, 3+ is questionable - i'll probably lean aff on process/consult cp theory but that shouldn't stop you from reading one as long as you have a good defense of it - slow down on theory and t - if you go for theory in the 2ar you should spend all 5 minutes on it
topicality - i default to competing interpretations - prove that your model of debate is better and you will win - flesh out standards and weigh your own standards against your opponents - if youre going for t in the 2nr spend 5 min on it
kritiks - Go for it! You should be able to articulate your theory of power or thesis and how that interacts with the specifics of the 1ac - Make sure you frame the round through the links
k affs/fw - not a fan of k affs in the novice division given that your opponents are beginners who are still struggling to navigate the basics of debate - it won't affect win/loss but i will probably dock your speaks - if you think you've mastered the fundamentals of debate enough to transgress its norms, do yourself and your opponents a favor and challenge yourself in a more advanced division
case - case debate is underrated - I'll vote on presumption - try to debate the aff no matter what it may be
dropped arguments - an argument is a claim, warrant, and impact - if you don't have all three, then you haven't made an argument - a dropped claim is not the same as a dropped argument - your rebuttals should not consist of tagline extensions and you should explain your warrants and how it interacts with the rest of the flow
cross-ex - fine with open cx just don't be excessive - cx is binding but arguments made in cx should be extended in an actual speech or its unlikely to make it on my flow
speaker points - i start at 28.0 and move up and down depending on what happens in the round
tech determines truth
if you're unclear i'll say clear twice but after that i'm not flowing
time your own speeches and prep because i won't be doing it for you
don't steal prep
feel free to ask me anything before or after the round about this paradigm or about the round in general
have fun, be nice and respectful
Victor Chen Paradigm
Lexington High School 2020
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TLDR: tech over the truth but to a degree. (no sexist, racist, other offensive arguments) You do you, and I'll try to be as objective as possible. Aff should relate to the topic and debate is a game. Just make sure in the final rebuttal speech you impact out arguments, explain to me why those arguments you are winning implicate the whole round
The long paragraphs below are my general ideas about the debate
Top Level Stuff
1. Evidence -- I believe debate is a communicative activity, thus I put more emphasis on your analytical arguments than your cards. That being said, I do love good evidence and enjoy reading them. I think one good warranted card is better than three mediocre ones. I am cool with teams reading new cards in all the rebuttal speeches. A good 1AR should read more than 3 cards and don't be afraid to read cards in the 2NR. I believe that at least one speech in the block should be pretty card heavy, otherwise it makes the 1AR a lot easier. I will read the tags during rounds for the most part and read the text usually after rounds, but I won't do the extensive analysis for you because you should have already done that in the round.
2. Cross X is incredibly important for me and I flow them---I find it extremely frustrating when the 2N gets somewhere in 1ac cx, and then the 1N doesn't bring it up in the 1NC. Winning CX changes entire debate both from a perceptual level and substance level. Use the 3 minutes wisely, and don't ask too many clarification questions. You can do that during prep.
3. Be nice -- Obviously be assertive and control the narrative of the debate round, but there's no reason to make the other team hate the activity or you in the process. I am cool with open cross x but you should try to let your partner answer the questions unless they are going to mess up.
4. Tech over truth, but to a degree- If an argument is truly bad, then beat it. Otherwise, I have to intervene a ton, and I prefer to leave the debating to the debaters. However, I'm extremely lenient when one team reads a ton of blippy, unwarranted, and unclear args( quality over quantity). The only real intervention is when I draw the line on new args, but you should still make them and somehow convince they aren't new.
5. Pay attention to how I react in-round --I will make my opinion of an argument obvious
6. Make 1AR as difficult as possible. I know a lot of 2Ns want to win the round by the end of the block. However, that doesn't mean you should just extend a bunch offs terribly. In response, the 1AR should make the 2NR difficult- reading cards and turning arguments.
7. Please please have debates on case. I understand neg teams like to get invested in the offs, but case debate is precious. A lot of the aff i have seen are terribly put together, especially at the Internal Link level. Even if you don't have evidences, making some analytical arguments on why the plan doesn't solve goes a long way for you. I vote on zero probability of aff's ability to solve so even when you go for a CP, you should still go to case so I would have to vote you all down twice to vote aff.
8. Impact/Link Turns-- love them; i don't care how stupid the impact is(wipeout, malthus, bees etc), as long as you read ev and the other side doesn't argue it well, I will vote for you. As for link turn, I don't really need a carded ev for that, just nuanced analytic is sufficient for me to buy them.
9. Be funny-debate is stressful and try to light up the mood. Love a few jokes here and there, but since I am someone not invested in pop culture too much, some of the references I probably wouldn't get. If you do it well, your speaker point will reflect it.
10. Speaks- I am very lenient on speaks. I just ask you to slow down on the tags and author name and any analytical args but feel free to spread through the text of the card. I love any patho moments in the final rebuttal speeches on both sides. Here are how I give speaks
29.7-30: A debate worth getting recorded and be shared with my novices.
29.3-29.6: You are an excellent debater and executing everything right
28.7-29.2: You are giving pretty good speeches and smart analytics
28.5-28.6: You are an average debater and going through the process. I begin the round with that number and either go up or down.
28.0-28.4: You are making a few of the fundamental mistakes in your speeches or speaking unclearly.
27.0-27.9: You are making a lot of fundamental mistakes and you are speaking very unclearly
<27.0: You are rude ie being mean to your partner, opponents, or me (hope not).
Clipping card results in automatic 0 speaks and a loss, but I won't intervene the round for you, you have to call out your opponents yourself. If one team accuses the other team for clipping, I will stop the round and ask the team if they are willing to stake the round on that. If the team says yes I will walk out with the recording provided by that team and decide if the cheating has happened or not. A false accusation results in an automatic loss of the team that got it wrong. Spakes will be given accordingly.
Now on arguments
Yes, love them(Idk if there is anyone who doesn't like a good DA debate) -- go through their ev in the rebuttals; this is where i would like a team to read A LOT of evidence on the important stuff. You can blow off their dumb args, especially the links.
Zero Risk is very much a thing and I will vote on it.
If the 1ar or 2ar does a bad job answering turns case and the 2nr is great on it, it makes the DA way more persuasive -- and a good case debate would greatly benefit you as well.
Politics is OK -- fiat solves link, da non-intrinsic are arguments that I will evaluate only if the other team doesn't respond to them at all. However, I do want to see good ev on why the plan trades off with the DA. Since the topic is immigration, I do believe there are a lot of reasons to belive in them.
The immigration Topic should have some pretty good DAs overall.
I think it's best to have a CP and DAs together because there are just a lot more options at that point. If you really wanna just go for the DA, you need to have a heavy case debate up to that point for me to really evaluate the status quo since most of the aff are built to mitigate the status quo.
CPs and theory
I dislike process CPs-- I really don't like these debates -- I've been a 2n as well as a 2a, but I will side with the aff - this goes for domestic process like commissions as well as intermediary and conditional that lurk in your team's backfile. However, I have a soft spot for consult CP (my first neg argument). Just make sure you do a great job on the DA.
States, international, multi-plank, multi-actor, pics, CPs without solvency advocates are all good -- i'll be tech over my predispositions, but if left to my own devices, i would probably side with aff also
Condo -- all depends on the debating -- I think there could be as many condo as possible. but I also believe zero condo could be won. Still, my general opinion is that conditionality is good and aff teams should only go for them as a last resort.
I will read the solvency evidence on both sides. Solvency deficits should be well explained, why the solvency deficit impact outweighs the DA.
I don't like big multi-plank CPs, but run it as you like and kicking planks is fine
Judge kick unless the 2AR tells me otherwise.
I have some decent knowledge with a lot of the high theory Ks, but I am probably most well versed in psychoanalysis. That being said, I do want you to explain to me the story of the k and how it the contextualizes with the aff well in the block. Don't just spill out jargons and assume i will do the work for you. A good flow is important. What happens with alot of K debates is that at some point the negative team just give up on with ordering and it's harder for me to know where to put things. Any overview longer than 3 minutes is probably not a good idea but if that's your style, go for it, just make sure you organize them in an easy to flow manner. I probably will do the work for you when u said you have answered the args somewhere up top, but i would prefer the line by line and your speaker point will reflect how well you did on that.
FW should be a big investment of time and I think it's strategic to do so. That being said, you have to clearly explain why the aff's pedagogy is problematic and the impacts of that.
I am fine with generic links, just make sure you articulate them well. That being said, most of these links probably get shielded by the permutation.
Alt debate is not that important to me. I don't believe a K has to have an alt by the 2nr. I go for linear DA a lot, but make sure you do impact calc in the 2nr that explains why the K impact outweighs the aff. For the alt, I would like the aff to read more than just their cede the political block, make better-nuanced args.
I am probably not the best the judge for these kinds of aff but I will evaluate them as objectively as possible
The aff should defend hypothetical implementation of a topical plan. At the very least, the aff has to have some relationship to the topic(it should be easy to do since it's immigration) I want the offense to be articulated well because many times I get confused with the offenses of these affs. I think fairness is absolutely an impact as well as an I/L. I default to debate is a game and it's gonna be hard to convince me otherwise.
I think the ballot ultimately just decides a win and a loss, but I can be convinced that there are extra significances and values to it. That being said, I have seen a lot of k aff with impacts that the ballot clearly can not address.
Not a big fan of these debates and never was and is good at it.
From Seth Gannon's paradigm:
"Ironically, many of the arguments that promise a simpler route to victory — theory, T — pay lip service to “specific, substantive clash” and ask me to disqualify the other team for avoiding it. Yet when you go for theory or T, you have canceled this opportunity for an interesting substantive debate and are asking me to validate your decision. That carries a burden of proof unlike debating the merits. As Justice Jackson might put it, this is when my authority to intervene against you is at its maximum."
On this topic speficially, I dislike effect Ts
These debates are boring for me and I will side with the aff if they are anyway close to being T
Reasonability = yes
For Big Lex
I am a flow judge. Any speed is fine in the PF world. I have come to realize that PFers powertagged cards to an extreme, which means I will most likely ask for cards at the end of the round. Please provide me with the portion of the card you have read and the entire article. That being said, I don't believe every argument needs a card to absolutly support it-smart analystics and logics will earn you speaker points.
Jakhi Dean Paradigm
I am a student at Umass Amherst studying political science. I debated for 3 years at New Mission High School out of Boston. In a round, I look for confidence. Don't be disrespectful or arrogant and we'll be good. If you have a K AFF, just make sure there is a method to getting to your solution. I'm cool with any type of argument. I tend to vote on the flow. Please make sure your explanations are clear. I tend to give high speaker points unless you drop too many arguments or make any major errors. As a tabula rasa judge, I look for you to show me why I should vote on certain arguments. Again, any type of argument is fine with me. Topicality, kritiks, Da's, and theory are all fine with me and I understand them when ran. If you spread, make sure you at least go over your tag-lines slowly so that I can mark that down on the flow. That's all. Let's all have a good time.
Jinhee Heo Paradigm
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Tech > truth, policy-friendly, if you do line by line and impact calc you'll probably win and get high speaks.
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Make smart analytics and read good evidence. I'm pretty expressive; if I'm not flowing or making weird faces, it's probably best to move on. Don't be scared of losing—it's novice year, which is when you will inevitably make mistakes, and that's completely okay!
<27.0 - if you're saying something blatantly racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, etc. rip your speaks. Depending on the round, I could give the lowest speaks possible at a tournament/drop you.
27.0-27.9 - You're stealing prep, rude, etc.
28.0-28.4 - Probably not going to break.
28.5-28.9 - You're pretty good. Probably going to break.
29.0-29.9 - You're going to make it to late elims, possibly going to final/win.
30 - You're Q of Lex HQ
Things to help your speaks:
- be funny (but not cringey)
- line by line
- impact calc
- good cross ex (seriously)
- timing yourself
- being polite
- being time-efficient
- making a vine reference
- making fun of Emily Qiu
Things to deck your speaks:
- being rude (including towards your partner!!)
- not flowing
- stealing prep
- just reading blocks
- calling me judge. pls no.
- shaking my hand. pls no pt 2.
Reading down blocks < proper line by line. Having actual links and internal links to specific impacts need to be well articulated and impacts must be explained. This means that you can't get away with just saying "they cheated!" That said, sassy T debates are fun. Call the other team dirty cheaters and expect your speaks to go up.
DAs are super fun. Remember to explain the internal link chain thoroughly and do impact calc. If you're aff and have never seen a certain DA before, don't get psyched out: ask smart cx questions and call them out because all DAs are super sketchy.
Generics are fine, but you can always contextualize them to specific affs. Aff-specific CPs and advantage CPs are always fun to watch. Process CPs are probably bad, so I'll be more sympathetic to the aff on theory.
I evaluate them like any other argument—explain the impacts and alt, but the link is where you should do the most work. Find lines in the 1AC and ask specific cx questions—you can find them, even if you don't have a card. This is a little unconventional but I don't think that framework on the K is super important—chances are the neg has a specific epistemological orientation and the way the aff usually impact turns their epistemology or falls under their interp. Either way, the aff will likely use their impacts to do so, so the aff should get to access their impacts—your framework probably allows it. Obviously, K tricks are a little different but if you have no idea what they are, you don't need worry about it.
Seriously underrated. If you just go for 8 minutes of case in the block I'll be super impressed. Really good teams beat teams on their own aff. Aff—even if you don't have answers to a specific argument, you always have your aff to weigh it against. I will vote neg on presumption but only if the neg makes the argument.
If you're a novice, I would be cautious about reading a K aff. Chances are you don't really understand it which means that you won't be able to explain it well either. I'm admittedly not familiar with a lot of k lit, but as always, explain your arguments well. Especially since y'all are novices I am more sympathetic to the neg on framework, but will definitely vote up a k aff if you out tech the neg.
Debate is a game and fairness is an impact. That doesn't mean it can't be educational (although education is not my favorite impact) Going for framework is always fun. That being said, don't expect to just run it and win. I will definitely vote for a k aff if fw isn't run well.
Condo - For interps, I think you should just go for no conditional advocacies but am down for whatever. Remember to explain in round abuse but you can still win on a generic violation if you're on top of the line by line.
Other - reject the arg > reject the team. However, you can still use them in other ways—ie if they drop vague alts bad on the k, instead of rejecting the k you could use it to get new arguments on another flow. Get creative!
Misc - Process CPs are probably bad. Formal clothing,,,stop.
If you're down here then you've read my paradigm! Show me this and get some extra speaks.
Justin Hsu Paradigm
I'm currently a junior debating at Lexington High School.
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I'm a firm believer in the strategic aspect of debate. My favorite part of judging a debate is watching what kinds of unique strategies you can have come up with, the research you have done to support it, and how you execute it. I'm pretty open-minded and enjoy pretty much any type of debate, so run whatever you want. I would much rather you run what you're comfortable with, rather than trying to over-adapt to me.
I will not accept any discriminatory behavior (racism, sexism, homophobia, etc). I generally believe that you are good human beings and will be respectful to each other, so don't prove me wrong.
Tech over truth. How well something is debated determines how much truth I assign to it. While the truth level can lower or higher the threshold of tech required to persuade me, I will judge by the flow. A dropped argument is a true argument. That means it must have a claim, warrant, and impact.
Draw comparisons. Explain why your impacts are important outweigh those of your opponent. This also goes for every part of an argument, like uniqueness, the link, etc. Compare evidence and warrants. Draw a distinction between the alt and the perm. Explain how each argument implicates your opponent's arguments and the rest of the debate. The best rebuttals will break down the core issues of the debate and write my ballot for me. Debates that lack comparison make it difficult for me to write a decision, which will probably make one side unhappy every time.
Evidence quality. Evidence is incredibly important, but it can also be trumped by sound, logical arguments. I value good spin of your evidence. That being said, I strongly dislike when people highlight words out of context or jumble together random words to form an argument. So many teams get away with reading bad evidence, but if you don't mention it, it will continue.
I default to competing interpretations over reasonability, but this is totally up for debate. Reasonability can definitely be persuasive in the right circumstances. Lots of impact calc needs to be done on both sides, and the internal links to your offense should be clearly explained.
Have good turns case analysis at each level of the disad (link, internal link, impact). Make sure to have good, recent evidence because these debates often come down to evidence quality. I don't have any strong opposition to the politics disad – the internal links may be silly, but it's probably a necessity on this topic and I will evaluate it like a normal disad.
While it is very helpful to have them, CPs do not need carded solvency advocates, especially if they are based on some of the aff's internal links. All CPs need to have a clear net benefit and must be competitive. I would like an explanation of the perm and how it shields the link to the net benefit, and this explanation should be happening early on in the debate. PICs are awesome, especially ones that are specific to the aff.
I enjoy a good K debate, as long as there is good analysis and explanation. I will typically allow the aff to weigh their impacts. That being said, what does it really mean to weigh a fiated extinction impact against your epistemology? I believe affs should have a stronger framework push than just "weigh the aff" because most neg framework arguments will implicate this very process of impact calculus. Specificity to the aff is extremely important, but not necessary. However, generic link arguments without sufficient analysis will make me much more receptive to the perm. Don't read super long overviews - put the explanation of the K's thesis there, maybe an impact explanation, but the rest can go on the line-by-line.
I think fairness is an impact, and probably the most convincing one. However, you still need to explain to me why that matters. Impacts that rely on some spillover to institutions (i.e. Lundberg 10) are unconvincing to me. If you are going for T, you should answer relevant arguments on the case page. I think TVAs are strategic and don't have to be perfect.
The aff should have a mix of offense and defense to defeat framework. Most of the time, the impact turn approach is a lot more convincing than trying to win a counter-interpretation, but this depends on the aff. Leverage your aff against framework – impact turn the aff's model of debate or read disads to it based on the thesis of the aff. Defensive arguments can also mitigate a lot of the risk of the neg accessing their impacts.
If you're going for theory, in-round abuse is extremely important. I think the only the thing that can rise to the level of a voting issue is conditionality. 3 condo is fine with me; 4+ is pushing it. Counterplan theory objections are much less convincing if you have a good solvency advocate. I will lean neg on agent cps and 50 state fiat because of the lack of great neg ground on this topic. I lean aff on consult cps, word pics, and certain process cps. Unless there is a 2NR argument for it, I will not kick the CP for you.
Jonathan Hsu Paradigm
Amol Khanna Paradigm
I like policy affs and look forward to learning about current political events in each debate round.
I do not like kritikal arguments. I strongly believe they will be the downfall of policy debate.
I like DAs and look forward to hearing about any disadvantages to plans I hear in debate rounds.
I like CPs and am open to hearing alternative plans to what was proposed by the 1AC.
I do not like kritikal arguments. I strongly believe they will be the downfall of policy debate.
I strongly believe T is just a time-suck and unless an aff is clearly untopical, I will vote on reasonability for the affirmative in most debates.
I love to hear framework run against both kritiks and kritikal affs since I do believe that they are abusive to the opposing team.
I am not very well-versed in theory so ensure that you explain any theory vocab well during the round. I do not have any aversions to a well-run theory argument.
Caroline Li Paradigm
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I'm a current junior at Lexington High School, and I like policy but I will probably be able to handle novice-level K debating. I just want to watch debates that are polite and clash.
Top 4 things you need to do to win in front of me:
1. Do impact calc in your 2NR and 2ARs at the very least, because judges are lazy and want to know which argument on which flow to start on when evaluating the debate. This doesn't have to be magnitude, time frame, probability, but also whether case turns the DA and vice versa.
2. Have numbered warrants. If you extend disease causes extinction, I want at least two reasons why, same applies for every argument on the flow. Flow and respond to your opponent's warrants as well. Whoever does this best usually wins close rounds. Also, NUMBER your cards and arguments in the constructives at the very least, makes life much easier in later line by line.
3. Have an order. This means giving me a roadmap at the beginning of each speech, and doing line by line on the flow, from top to bottom unless you have a good reason for doing otherwise. For beginners, line by line is done "they said x, but we say y" and extend your cards from the 1AC 1NC, indict their evidence, compare the warrants of the evidence, read new evidence.
4. It's tech over truth in almost all cases. I reserve the right to not vote on a trolly argument.
Speaker point scale:
1. Needs improvement 27.5
2. Average novice 28.3
3. Impressed me: 28.7
4. One of the best novices I've ever seen: 29
I have no preference on hard right or softy lefty, as long as you can defend your aff.
200 IQ strats:
New 2AR arguments: don't do it. If you HAVE to, do a good job of tricking me into thinking it's connected to an argument in the 1AR.
Win it, use it to outweigh the neg.
There are 3 places you can take out the DA: at the link/internal link, or impact level, or with case turns/solves the DA. I will be happier if at the end of the debate you sit on 1-2 of these parts and explain to me why it means they can't access the rest of their offense ie "there's zero risk of the internal link so they shouldn't get to weigh their impact against us". However, I can vote aff if you're winning moderate amounts of defense on each part as well, just make sure arguments are extended through the 2AR.
Perms, Offense, Solvency Deficits, Theory, Links to the DA. If you think you can't win solvency deficits, offense, etc. on the DA, it probably means that it was designed to subvert the aff's role, and you should put theory on it. Theory is for the most part tech over truth, but go for it if you have to because I think the aff should win more debates on it. Explain the story of the perm to me, and explain why it avoids the links to the DA, solves, etc. Perm do the CP in almost all cases is not legit, but depends on the CP.
If you clearly meet their interp, I don't mind if you spend less time on T. That being said, if the 1AR is 15 seconds on T, you probably deserve to lose. Reasonability is persuasive given a good standards debate. DON'T drop it even if you think the violation isn't legit---it's tech over truth, and dropped arguments are true arguments.
Debate the K the way your aff is designed to. Explain the world of the perm and why it resolves the links. Remember that your best tool against the K is your case, and defend it accordingly.
1-2 conditional advocacies is probably okay unless they drop conditionality. I do believe the conditionality debate needs to take into account some amount of truth. 3 conditional advocacies is optimal for a condo throwdown, but make sure to contextualize your arguments to the round. 4 conditional advocacies is probably pushing it, and I don't mind if you make condo your A strat for more than 4 conditional advocacies because I'll be pissed off too.
Debate it. I love case debate, and smart analytics can beat a bad internal link chain, even if you don't have case specific prep.
You need to win all parts of the DA debate---the link, internal link, and impact. DA turns case is a really useful tool and a good tie breaker. New impact add ons in the neg block allow new 1AR answers.
All counterplans are legit until the aff says no. That being said, agent CPs are legit, condition and consult CPs less so, other process CPs even less so. if you want to run something not on this list, feel free to ask before the round. Advantage CPs have a special place in my heart, and CPs without solvency advocates on a really bad aff to prove that its advantages are not intrinsic to the mechanism of the aff are great.
Go for it! A couple no-nos: links must be either to the specific mechanism of the aff or specific rhetoric in the aff: prove that they're legit by recutting the aff's cards and reading them back into the round if you can. Generic links don't fly, and you need to talk about the specific aff during the link debate. Feel free to have your FW interpretation be anything as long as you think you can win it. The K is a big debate; K and case is already a pretty big 2NC. Remember to address the case debate; if they win 100% risk of the aff and you aren't destroying them on FW, the case probably outweighs. The alt needs to be extended, described, and redescribed throughout the round. If I don't know what it does, I go aff.
This argument is special to my novice career. I think it can win a lot of debates as long as people know how to compare their impacts on T, ie tell me why I should prefer fairness over education. Make sure you have a clear violation, or I may take truth over tech, and compare the worlds of the aff and the neg.
These are educational and interesting to listen to, but defend something. Presumption is a real argument against these affs.
Has a special place in my heart. Make sure you contest the case debate, because if they win 100% risk of solving their impacts, I go aff. Fairness is a terminal impact. Make sure you extend an impact throughout the round.
Beat FW. It's tech over truth, if they drop the x DA on the FW flow, blow it up and use it to implicate their impacts!
K v K debates
Slow it down, unless it's Cap, pretend I don't know anything about either side.
Jacon Mayer Paradigm
Experience: I debated two years of policy in high school on the national circuit but never made the TOC, went to DDI, and one year at UVM. That was ten years ago, so my experience is rusty at best. I now coach at Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA.
Important: I'm completely deaf in my left ear. This makes it hard to hear you, and it also makes it extra hard to distinguish background noises from voices. The clearer and louder team will often have a significant advantage debating in front of me.
Overview: I think debate is a game, so I mostly value technique over truth. Likewise, I am open to any compelling and well-articulated argument as to why the game should be played a certain way.
Novices: if you don't roadmap, I will flow straight down and then do my best / flip a coin at the end. Likewise, it is extremely important that you label your arguments. I find that novices often don't know if they're in the midst of a uniqueness debate, a link debate, etc. etc.
C-X: I don't flow it, but I will pay close attention for speaker-points purposes. Likewise, I think it can be binding if you articulate why it should be.
Davian McLeod Paradigm
I don’t have any expectations on what will happen in the round, so I tend to vote directly on the flow. Also, I recommend that you assume that I don't know anything about any of your case so explain it well or don't argue when I vote you down. I am fine with both policy and K's so it doesn't matter to me. I did debate for 6 years, varsity for three years.
Do you and you will be fine, as will I.
Don't go for Racism or Anti-blackness Good, FYI.
Email:email@example.com. Do put me on the email chain and email me any questions, concerns o complaints.
Yesha Patel Paradigm
Speed is fine but don't let it compromise your clarity, be clear on the tags and PLEASE signpost.
Feel free to run whatever you want, I would rather you debate what you’re good at and do it well, rather than adapting to what I want and giving me a poor debate.
That being said I debate policy affs, however I am open to K Affs, as long as the alt is clearly explained. Similarly, I am comfortable with K’s as long as the world of the alt is made clear and well extended. I will not vote for a K in which the world of the alt is unclear. I am not very well-versed in high theory so jargon needs to be explained throughout the round. If you go for a K, I expect you to interact with the case, it’s the best version of direct clash in a round. Framework is perfectly fine against both as long as it is reasonable, I won’t vote framework on something like neolib.
DA’s and CP’s are welcome, CPs need solvency advocates and should have a clearly articulated net benefit, and DA’s should link to the aff.
I enjoy a well crafted and strategic T argument, but I will vote on T for reasonability over competing interpretations in most debates. This doesn't mean every affirmative is reasonably topical, I will vote neg on T if it is extended thoroughly throughout the round.
Tech over truth, but within limit, I will judge by the flow. A dropped argument is a true argument.
Line by Line is very helpful, I like a clean flow.
I LOVE IMPACT CALC.
I will not count an argument as extended if you just read me the tag, I expect analytics to go along with it.
Overall, be polite to me and the other team, be confident, and just have fun
I am pretty easy on speaks, I welcome jokes so if you make me laugh or smile I will most definitely give you extra speaks.
Vy Phan Paradigm
Personal background: Tufts University Class of 2021 in Quantitative Economics and International Relations. I consider myself pretty informed on current international affairs and econ policies but don't assume that I know everything.
I debated LD in middle school, policy throughout high school and I am doing Parliamentary now. I am fine with speed as long as you are clear. Like any other judge, I prefer clear order because that makes flowing so much easier and prevents me from losing track of your arguments.
Have to admit that I am more comfortable with Policy Aff then K aff but I am down to hear/would vote on any argument as long as I believe that you won on it. I would not vote on personal preferences. Dropping arguments can be critical especially if the other team calls you out and decides to extend on dropped arguments. If you get called out by the other team for quoting evidence out of context, we would pull up the entire article to make sure it's fair.
Again, I am not limited to any specific arguments but here are some of my specific thoughts:
*The phrase "meaningless to life" does not really carry a lot of weight to me
*DAs: Love impact calculus that includes smart analytical arguments
*Ks: links are critical
*K Affs: Would really prefer to hear you explain the educational values of debating outside of the limited resolution besides just "Fuck the resolution"
*T: Would love to see a well put together T debate. The block could really take the 1AR down if well executed.
Emily Qiu Paradigm
Please add me to the email chain- firstname.lastname@example.org
Do these things and you'll probably win:
1. Line by line
2. Impact calc
3. Evidence comparison
It's hard to be a novice! Just experiment with different arguments, try your best, and have fun. :) Think about your arguments- a good analytic is as good as a card, but filter your arguments- if you think what you're saying is unnecessary, I probably do too. Look at me frequently during your speeches- if I'm not flowing, try to move on, because if I don't flow it, I'm not going to evaluate it. Be nice to each other!! I can't stand toxic debaters!
I'll probably give you all decent speaks (28s/29s) unless you were extremely rude/act like you don't care about the round that is going on.
Things that will raise your speaks:
1. Bringing me food (anything without nuts thanks)
2. Doing something funny
3. Being a partnership that reminds me of Lex HQ (aka partner goals)
4. Looking at me during crossex
5. Referencing/making a joke about someone I know
Things that will DECK your speaks:
1. Acting like you're better than your partner
2. Reading the same blocks in every speech and not engaging the other team
3. Not flowing
4. Being ableist/sexist/homophobic/racist -I will be very upset and depending on the rules of the tournament, will auto vote you down.
I like a good topicality debate. Make sure you impact out T on both sides and go in depth with it. A blippy "it's too hard to be neg" argument or "aff is topical enough" will not suffice. Make sure the aff actually violates the T violation you choose though! Aff- if you don't violate, don't spend too much time on it! I'm willing to vote on wild T violations if you give me a good reason to.
Love them- make sure to do impact calc and explain the internal link chain clearly. Try to do specific link analysis too- another thing that will raise your speaks. Aff should try to attack the internal link chains, don't just read impact defense.
Like them- with generic CPs, try to have a solvency advocate specific to the aff. Advantage CPs are cool too- make sure you explain them well. Cheaty CPs are fun, but be prepared for theory because I'll give a lower threshold for the aff on theory if I think the CP is really cheaty.
They're fine- make sure you explain the thesis of the K well, how the aff makes what you're kritiking worse, and what the world of the alt looks like. Your links should be to the aff and not the squo. Try to find lines in the aff's evidence that link to your K and point them out! Alts- I tend to prefer alts that take action rather than "say no" or "reject the 1AC", but I will still vote on them. Framework- make sure you interact with the other team's framework (if they read one), don't just read the same block in every speech.
Case debate!!!! Do it!! Aff- Explain your aff and how you solve! Don't forget about your aff- it is your CHILD! If you don't know what to do- weigh your aff against everything! I will vote neg on presumption, but only if the neg makes that argument.
Defend something. I don't mind listening to kaffs, but you need to explain what you do to actually solve for your impacts. I usually read policy affs and am more policy leaning, but I'm down for a good k debate and will vote on one if it's debated well. Be confident and have nuanced answers to framework and cap!
Debate is a game. Framework has a special place in my heart <3. Fairness is an impact. BUT that being said, you have to impact it out- don't disgrace framework PLEASE. I'm more than willing to vote on framework, but only if it's run well. Make sure you attack the case too.
Condo- 4+ conditional advocacies is probably abusive, but if you can convince me that it's justified, then it's fine. Aff should always try to have condo in the 2AC as a fallback if there's 2+ condo.
Other theory- I'm probably not going to vote on it, unless something seems extremely abusive or is dropped.
1. If you drop something, pretend/trick me into thinking you didn't.
2. Don't get scared of other teams, act like you can win until after the 2AR- don't give up!
3. Bring what you said in crossex into your speeches! Crossex is a strategic time to set up/make arguments.
4. Frame your speeches at the beginning of the 2NR/2AR! Tell my why you win and what I'm voting on. Make the judge do less work.
5. Do what you do best- don't let this/me be a reason to completely change your debating style!
Eric Ronning Paradigm
Parent/Lay judge for Brooklyn Tech
My experience is not extensive - I have very limited experience judging policy debate, I will do my best to ajudicate the round but assume I do not know your authors, acronyms, theories of the world, or much about the topic.
Slow down and make my ballot incredibly clear.
Have fun and enjoy debating!
Debayan Sen Paradigm
Lexington High School Class of 2019 – debated for four years
I am not debating in college, and have little to zero topic knowledge.
Updated for New Trier 2019
I want to be on the chain: email@example.com
- Tech>truth, but to a certain extent. For example, just because the 2AC says “vague alts are a voter” with no warrant or impact and the block drops it, this does not mean I immediately vote aff.
- I will not vote on suffering good, racism good, sexism good, and anything just egregious.
- My flow is decent, but it's far from the best. I am fine with speed, but signaling where you are on the flow and clarity is really key for me to follow on. I am also not really into “flowing straight down”.
- I tend to think about arguments in an “offensive-defensive” paradigm
- Yes, I will read evidence if needed, but how I read that evidence is dependent on how each teams explains their ev and do comparison. I will try to avoid intervening as much as I can, but that depends on you, more comparison and analysis means I will do less work.
- In the camp of “read rehighlightings”
- If the 1AR makes a new argument, it must be justified.
- I will NOT evaluate arguments about situations that have happened outside the round with other debaters or coaches. Anything that happens inside a debate round is fair game.
- Being aggressive is fine, but there is a line.
- I’m not the best at maintaining a poker face. If I am confused I will most likely show it, and if I think you are making smart arguments, I will show it.
I do not think any judge is purely “tabula-rasa” so below are my general thoughts about arguments. They are not absolute and can be changed through good debating, but are general biases.
Against kritikal affs I went for framework 65% of the time and the Cap K the other 35%.
Yes, I am open to voting for framework, and I am open to voting for kritikal affs. Personally I believe there should be some role for the negative, but what that role looks like is up for debate.
If debated 100% equally on both sides, I would most likely vote negative.
I really liked to think about these debates a lot in high school.
I am more in the “fairness/clash” camp when it comes to impacts on framework that persuade me. I think that there are benefits to debating well-prepared opponents and defending positions you do not agree with. Yes I think procedural fairness is an impact (and most likely the best one), but only if explained to be such, and I still think having some external impact about why debate is good. Like I am fine with the whole “debate is a game and we are all here for some reason, which means procedural fairness comes first” but it would be also nice to have a defense of benefits of the game as well.
I think topic education impacts are persuasive if they argued to implicate the aff in some fashion, and these can make for some interesting debates.
Even if TVA’s do not need to solve the aff, it would be cool if the negative attempts an explanation for why it does.
Switch side debate is severely under-rated.
“You should presume the aff is false because we could not test it” is a silly argument in my opinion, unless the aff really mishandles it.
I do not think affs need to have a relation to the topic, but the further the aff deviates from the topic, the more “justification” there has to be in my opinion.
I think counter defining words in the resolution and going for developed DA’s against framework is the best strategy, but if you just want impact turn everything and have no topic at all, I am fine with that too, just justify why that is good.
I think kritikal aff’s that defend something material rather than something completely abstract is more persuasive and is less susceptible to presumption type arguments. Aff’s that are eight minutes of straight-up pre-emption to framework will have a harder time beating presumption.
The best pieces of offense for me are ones that are interlaced with the affirmative thesis level claim about why the assumption around framework as “being mutually advantageous and agreed upon” are wrong. I think kritikal affs can have benefits and that the imposition of a more limiting topic can be violent and exclude important types of scholarship.
Just saying “rev v. rev solves” is not an argument to me, but descriptions of alternative models of debate that are not just policy centered can be persuasive.
“The wiki solves” is a cringe argument.
Terminal defense to framework is under-rated.
Questions such as “Is debate just a game?” or “Does debate shape our subjectivity, and in what way?” are important to me.
Go slower when explaining what your interpretation is and what the topic looks like because I do not have topic knowledge.
Usually a more precise interpretation of the topic is better than an arbitrary interpretation that limits the topic.
In order to win reasonability, you must win why your counter-interpretation is reasonable, not the aff.
Actually do impact calculus, why is aff ground more important than preserving limits and vice versa?
I was mostly on the policy side of this debate, but I am not totally unfamiliar with kritikal concepts given the prevalence in which I debated them. I will be more familiar with state bad and security type arguments than high theory arguments.
Going to explain your theory of power and WHY it is true will go a long way for me. Throwing around buzzwords assuming I know what they mean will only leave me confused.
Framework is important to me as it influences how I view arguments such as the links and especially the alternative. I do think the negative can win that I should not weigh the aff in the typical sense of just evaluating the plan in a vacuum. In these debates teams tend to use vacuous terms such as “scholarship” or “epistemology” without actually telling me what that means in the context of the affirmative. Final rebuttals should not tell me not just why they are winning framework but why that matters in the context of the debate. If the framework debate ends up being a “wash” I will most likely default to weighing the affirmative.
The best links to me are when teams use a thesis level claim of power to create links that show how the aff actually plays out with an impact.
The alternative doesn’t necessarily need to solve the aff, but it has to do something that is not just “reject the aff”.
Having an overview is not an excuse to not do line by line. If the overview is too long, I will be visibly frustrated. If you are going to jump from argument to argument, tell me where you are and instruct me as much as possible. For example, if the permutation is going to be completely covered in the 1NR, tell me that before you start the 2NC so I can organize my flow.
Aff’s should attempt to have some defense of their representations. For example, if the negative forwards a link about why extinction rhetoric is bad, the aff should ideally have evidence that says why extinction rhetoric is good. Just because you get to “weigh” your aff does not always mean you win the aff is a good idea.
I am open to creative advantage CP’s that do not have solvency advocates, but be prepared to answer theory.
Counterplan’s with specific evidence that is tailored to the affirmative are bueno.
I think there needs to be a solvency deficit in order for the permutation to make sense, or very strong links to the net benefit argument.
I default to kicking the counter plan unless told otherwise.
I really do not think process or consult counterplan’s are competitive. Stop being scared of a 2NC’s 8 blippy sub pointed answer to “permutation do the CP”.
I think impact calculus has fallen to the wayside, I am fine with short 2NR overviews, tell me whether to prefer magnitude, timeframe or probability and why your impact outweighs.
Link turns case>>>impact turns case
2AC analytics are good only if they are not blippy and actually point out logical flaws in the DA.
Contrary to most people, I actually love the politics DA.
Framing contentions are meant to supplement your answers to a DA, they should not be your only answers.
I usually default to rejecting the argument except on conditionality.
Process/agent/other CP’s that literally result in the aff – Aff leaning
Condo – neg leaning
2NC CP’s – neg leaning
substantive PIC’s – neg leaning
State CP’s – neg leaning
Object fiat – ridiculously aff leaning
Perf con – neg leaning
Speaks: Breaking is hard, and I understand that. For me, if you do line by line and have strategic argumentative vision, your speaks will be pretty decent.
I do care about giving detailed decisions and will try to type out most of my decisions (time-permitted).
I love bold strategies that are well executed.
My favorite judges to get during high school were Kevin Hirn, Shree Awsare, Kristen Lowe, James Allan, Roberto Montero, and Tyler Thur. They always gave decisions that were based on the flow, thoughtful, and helpful for argument development.
Good jokes about Talia Blatt, Rayhan Ahmed, or Matthew Berhe are always welcome.
Eric Tang Paradigm
Mohammad Umar Paradigm
Bill Wu Paradigm
lexington high school '19
- put me on the email chain
- i judge and debate so im familiar with the topic
- ok with speed
- i'm most familiar with policy arguments but i can understand k
- i try my best not to intervene
- speaks are based on delivery and strategic choices but also decency and competency in round
- be appropriate and respectful in round
Mennal Zafar Paradigm
Diana Zlotea Paradigm
Background: Debated in Eastern Europe for seven years, been judging PF and Policy in Boston for three.
- pretty standard flow judge
- can follow spreading/jargon/whatever as long as the round remains accessible for everyone else
- don't make me intervene
- please weigh i beg you
kristen tyszkowski Paradigm
Judge for Brooklyn Tech
My experience is not extensive - I have very limited experience judging policy debate, I will do my best to adjudicate the round but assume I do not know your authors, acronyms, theories of the world, or much about the topic.
Slow down on tags and make my ballot incredibly clear through framing and impact calc.
Racism/Sexism will not be tolerated.
Have fun and enjoy debating!