Modesto Junior College
- Debated NPDA for 2.5 years at Humboldt State.
- Coached Parli, NFA-LD, and a little bit of BP and CEDA since 2008.
- I teach argumentation, debate, public speaking and a variety of other COMM studies courses
- Debate is a game. Play it well.
- I’m fine with the average levels of speed in NFA-LD and Parli.
- Procedurals are fine and can make for good debate.
- I prefer policy but I am okay with the K. That said, run it well or I might be grumpy.
- I default to net-benefits unless you tell me otherwise
- Tell me why you win.
General Approach to Judging:
I really enjoy good clash in the round. I want you to directly tear into each other’s arguments (with politeness and respect). From there you need to make your case to me. What arguments stand and what am I really voting on. If at the end of the round I’m looking at a mess of untouched abandoned arguments you all have epic failed.
Organization is very important to me. Please road map and tell me where you are going. I can deal with you bouncing around—if necessary—but please let me know where we are headed and where we are at. Clever tag-lines help too. As a rule I do not time road maps.
I like to see humor and wit in rounds. This does not mean you can/should be nasty or mean to each other. Avoid personal attacks unless there is clearly a spirit of joking goodwill surrounding them. If someone gets nasty with you, stay classy and trust me to punish them for it.
If the tournament prefers that we not give oral critiques before the ballot has been turned in I won’t. If that is not the case I will as long as we are running on schedule. I’m always happy to discuss the round at some other time during the tournament.
Speaker Points: Other than a couple off the wall occurrences my range tends to fall in the 26-30 range. If you do the things in my “General Approach to Judging” section, your speaks will be higher.
Topicality: Hey Aff…be topical. T and other proceedural debates are awesome if you can break free of the boring generic T debates we seem to hear in every round. I’m cool with the “test of the aff” approach but please be smart. I’ll vote on T, just make sure you have all the components. I prefer articulated abuse, but will vote on potential abuse if you don’t answer it well. I’m unlikely to vote on an RVI. In general I enjoy a good procedural debate but also love rounds were we get to talk about the issues. That said if you are going for a procedural argument…you should probably really go for it in the end or move on to your other arguments.
Kritiques: I tend to be more of a fan of policy rounds. That said I do enjoy critical theory and will vote on the K. Please keep in mind that I have not read every author out there and you should not assume anyone in the round has. Make sure you thoroughly explain your argument. Educate us as you debate. Make sure your alternative solves for the impacts of K.
I’m not a fan of this memorizing evidence / cards trend in parli. If you don’t understand a critical / philosophical standpoint enough to explain it in your own words, then you might not want to run it in front of me.
Weighing: Please tell me why you are winning. Point to the impact level of the debate. Tell me where to look on my flow. I like clear voters in the rebuttals. The ink on my flow (or pixels if I’m in a laptop mood) is your evidence. Why did you debate better in this round? Do some impact calc and show me why you won.
Speed: I think in general speed can be good for debate. That being said; make sure you are clear, organized and are still making good persuasive arguments. If you can’t do that and go fast, slow down. If someone calls clear…please do so. Badly done speed can lead to me missing something on the flow. I’m pretty good if I’m on my laptop, but it is your bad if i miss it because you were going faster than you were effectively able to. Side Note on NFA-LD: I get that there is the speed is “antithetical” to nfa-ld debate line in the bylaws. I also know that almost everyone ignores it. If you are speaking at a rate a trained debater and judge can comprehend I think you meet the spirit of the rule. If speed becomes a problem in the round just call “clear.” That said if you use “clear” to be abusive and then go fast I might punish you in speaks.
NFA-LD SPECIFIC THINGS:
Disclosure: I’m a fan of the case list I think it makes for good debate. If you are not breaking a brand new aff it better be up there. If it is not I am more likely to vote on “accessibility” and “predictably” standards in T. Here is the case list as of 2016. Get your stuff on it: https://nfaldfilesharing.wikispaces.com
LD with no cards: It might not be a rule, but I think it is abusive and bad for LD debate. I might even vote on a procedural that articulates that.
I’m a NPDA and NFA-LD judge for the most part. Even in IPDA I prefer that you signpost your arguments and follow the typical structure for advantages, disadvantages, contentions, etc. You get 30 minutes prep, you should cite sources and provide me with evidence. Arguments supported with cited evidence and empirics are more likely to get my ballot. In general I am okay with anything in IPDA that I am okay with in LD and NPDA. Meaning I will vote on procedurals, Kritiques, and other debate theory if it is run well. I’m also generally okay with speed under the guidelines I provided above. In general I follow arguments on my flow. Make sure to respond to each other because a debate without clash is boring.