Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational
2019 — Colleyville, TX/US
Bob Beideck Paradigm
I have high school LD and PF experience, as well as some coaching and judging experience.
Things about my style:
- I need to be able to follow your case (i.e. Roadmaps are important, signposting with spreading)
- Don’t just pick a case for the sake of confusing your opponent, it needs to be pretty much topical
- Speed is fine, but I need to be able to understand you
- Viewing your opponent’s case doesn’t substitute for flowing
- Don’t take your cards out of context, if the idea behind the card doesn’t support your case, then it’s probably not a good idea to use it, even if you can make a sentence work for you (while I won’t necessarily pick this out myself, if you opponent points it out, I will know and remember)
- Extending arguments require you to give a reason with evidence/warrants (i.e. "non-unique" by itself isn't good enough)
- Be polite (i.e. if you know that you are winning don't destroy your opponent, offensive language should add value if used)
- I weigh arguments against each other, so keep track of important points that your opponent has presented a valid argument that counters it
- I don't take CX into account (other than to give you pointers for next time) unless you bring it up in your speeches
- I would rather see a few well-covered points than a bunch of poorly covered points
- I'm big picture (key points matter more than defending and defeating every point/contention)
- I like voters, they weigh heavily on my decision, and they should be your major arguments (you should pick your still standing, strong points)
- I’m not a big fan of theoretical debates, I prefer debates with substantiated arguments.
I like a good debate and am generally very nice with speaker points to both sides when I see one.
- Ask questions during questioning.
- At least look like you're paying attention.
- Be prepared to give a speech. (In some states, you only count for numbers if you give a speech and it's beneficial for you. After all, you're in the event for a reason.)
- The longer the breaks are that you take the less time you have to speak. (5 minutes is enough time for the judges to do what they need to do and you can always ask for a "point of personal privilege" to use the restroom or come back late.)
Speech Events (IEs & Extemp):
- The grace period (available in some states) is there for a reason, so that you don't automatically get last place for going over. You really shouldn't be using the majority of it.
- You should know your prepared speech's time and not need time signals. (Non-prepared events, such as Extemp and Impromptu, are exempt.)
- I'd rather see 1 or 2 well covered points than 3 points that lack coverage.
Tamara Brooks Paradigm
No preferences except for speed, speakers must be clear and concise.
Manoj Chhabra Paradigm
Brandon Fisher Paradigm
I will rarely ever vote for a lazy debater. If you want to win a debate, you have to play the role of a debater. Here's how I break that down:
1. Debate has time limits for a reason. Your goal is to practice the art of knowing and preparing arguments within a specific timeframe. If you have 4-8 minutes of prep time, you don't need 3 extra minutes to flash evidence. Flashing is prep time.
2. Cross examination is not a time to ask random questions while you sit down and prep for your next speech. Every part of the debate counts. I give low speaker points to a debater who sits during cross ex (other than grand cross in PF).
3. Debate is a presentational activity. In my opinion, speed reading cards is not debating. Cards don't beat cards, you have to explain the links and warrants. Also, I literally hate spreading. I have ADHD and zone out very quickly if you aren't slowing down and explaining things. I hope you have a shorter case to read.
4. I will almost never vote for theory. If you signed up for LD debate, you agreed to the rules of LD debate. I don't consider making up your own rules as strategy.
5. While I understand and accept progressive LD and Policy, you'll have a better ballot if you run traditional because I understand it and have done it a lot more. I come from Colorado where traditional is all you ever see. That being said, I strongly believe you should stick to what you're good at. I'd much rather see a good Progressive debate than a slightly ok traditional debate. Stick to your strengths.
Brijan Kana Paradigm
Kritiks - I’m unlikely to buy alts that rely on the way I sign the ballot.
Theory/T- Basic understanding.
DAs - I prefer a traditionally structured neg case over DA’s.PF Debaters should try and stick to an "ask-answer" format during grand cross. I know that grand crosses get messy, and debaters begin to argue and explain their case after someone responds to a question. If you begin to explain your case rather than asking questions, I will deduct speaks. Overall, I decide winners by whichever debaters appear more synced in terms of teamwork. That means debaters who extend their partner's arguments as opposed to only creating new ones will win over those who have their separate debates with the corresponding speaker on the other team. (I want 1st speakers to clash with 2nd speakers instead of speakers having 2 debates). World Schools Debate I was on the NSDA Lone Star WSD team for 2 years. I understand that this event can be hard to fully grasp due to the focus on presentation over just argumentation. 1st speakers: Present your case. Do not read off the paper, especially if it's a prepared motion. I will be more lenient on impromptu motions. 2nd speakers: Pace yourself. Don't rush through offense or constructive, or else I'll deduct speaks. 3rd speakers: Set up the 4th speech's voters. Give me a hint at what I will have to be looking at in terms of clash points in the round. If you can do this better than your opponent, then you have a better chance at winning my vote. 4th speakers: Summarize the voters as best you can. If you cannot give me decent voters, then I have no reason to vote for you.
Roja Kasarla Paradigm
Clarissa Moreno Paradigm
Darla Predtechenskis Paradigm
Do not spread. Speak at a reasonable pace. I cannot judge when I cannot understand what is being said.
Define your terms and explain specialized vocabulary to allow understanding for the audience/judge/opponent.
Clearly indicate credibility for sources/experts.