Judge Philosophies

Aaron Aubuchon -- Tournament Judges

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Abigail Gray -- Arkansas State University

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Amethyst Lehman -- Webster University

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Ashley Bernaugh -- Tournament Judges

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Brock Ingmire -- Tournament Judges

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Caden Owens -- McKendree University

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Christopher Thomas -- Park University

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Darren Kootz-Eades -- The University of Central Missouri

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David Bailey -- Southwest Baptist University

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Elizabeth Snow -- Arkansas State University

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Emma Webster -- McKendree University

 

Greg Moser -- Butler University

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Jack Rogers -- The University of Central Missouri

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Janis Crawford -- Butler University

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Jeff Kratz -- Tournament Judges

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Jordan Compton -- Southwest Baptist University

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Karen Hoffman -- Tournament Judges

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Kirby Weber -- Tournament Judges

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Kirsten Richey -- Arkansas State University

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Kyle Garrett -- McKendree University

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Laurel Kratz -- Webster University

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Lora Cohn -- Park University

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Maggie Crawford -- Butler University

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Marisa Mayo -- The University of Central Missouri

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Melissa Benton -- Tournament Judges

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Michael Gray -- Arkansas State University

This pertains mostly to Parli.

 

Debated for A-State from 2007-2011; mostly Parli, but some IPDA and Worlds. Assistant coach for A-State from 2011-2013 and Director of Debate for A-State from 2016-present. 

 

I'll listen to anything, but I do not evaluate blippy claims that lack warrants or logical impact scenarios. I don't need them to tell me not to evaluate an argument if you didn't make an argument. Debate jargon is useful, but it is not some magic trick that replaces argumentation. Don't try to teleport from links to terminal impacts and expect me to fill in the blanks for you. That's called intervention.

 

Speaker Points: These exist to reward good speakers. What is a good speaker? For me, a good speaker has little to do with who won the round. I have been known to give out more than a few low-point wins – but that may be a regional nuance or because I sometimes vote on presumption. Just speed doesn't make you good. Just knowing lots of stuff doesn't make you good. Just winning an argument doesn't make you good. It's that other thing that makes you good. Do that. Make sense?

 

Case: The Aff has the burden of proof & the burden of rejoinder. It is your job to fairly limit the round and present a clear case that upholds the resolution. If you can convince me otherwise, do it.

 

I'll gladly vote on an aff K if it makes sense and wins. But listen... it’s better when your opponent can engage. So, make your aff K clear and accessible. Save the ninja stuff for neg.

 

T: I love a well-run topicality argument. Or 2. Or 3. I’m completely okay with collapsing to T. I actually think teams should do it more often. It’s a lost art.

 

Spec/Vagueness: Yes.

 

K: Yes, please. Avoid any blatant mis-readings and misapplications (please listen to this... please). You will have a difficult time winning my ballot if you're (intentionally or not) misrepresenting the nature of another person's rhetoric or using well-established theory in a way that it was not intended.

 

DA/CP/Condi: structure, structure, structure.

My default stance is that all Neg arguments are conditional. If, however, the debate turns to theory, Aff can win condi-bad. I'll listen. I need clear articulation of theory arguments, not just blippy responses that require me to intervene to fill in the blanks.

 

Speed and Speed K: I prefer upbeat debate and a good pace. If you've clocked yourself, I am totally comfortable with a clear rate of speech around 275-325wmp. I’ve rarely seen a need for anyone to argue that fast. In all honesty, parli is at its best when highly-trained, charismatic debaters engage in argumentation at about 225-250wpm. Anything faster and you're probably repeating yourself, skipping syllables, and missing good arguments for the sake saying more words. That said, if you’re one of those super-clear talkers (you know who you are), I might be willing to tolerate your top speed for part of the debate.

 

If I or your opponent calls clear and you do not respond appropriately, you will receive the lowest speaker points you've ever gotten. I promise. You may well win the round, but you will have done so unethically and I cannot award high speaks to unethical debaters who intentionally ignore a legit request like "clear." I will vote on a speed K... IF it is run correctly, makes sense, and defended appropriately. I will not vote on "they talk fast and it's not fair."

 

If you holler clear or slow when it is honestly not necessary, I will… look, just don’t do it. Only use that when you must.

 

Rebuttals: By the time we get to the rebuttals, I've heard enough line-by-line. I'd appreciate a bit more here, but if your rebuttal sounds exactly like your previous speech (pay attention, Neg), I'm already bored. Come on, this is your chance to really secure those speaker points. Show me that you can tend to the line-by-line and cover the flow and still give me a clear summarization of advocacy and impact analysis at the bottom. 

 

Time, Timers, & Beeps: Thanks and stuff off time – quickly. I prefer you time one another. If you are unable, I'll start my timer when you start debating. When my timer beeps, you get maybe 10 words before I stop flowing. I've had more sentence fragments at the bottom of a flow than I can count. Look... just time your arguments. It's not difficult to just be done talking 1 second before the timer goes... it's impressive and judges notice it. Be impressive.

 

At the end of the day, I believe that debate is an educational game and that education does not have to be at odds with gameplay. It's both, so do both. Make it interesting and competitive and you'll receive what you earn.


 


Mitch Deleel -- McKendree University

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Nikki Freeman -- The University of Central Missouri

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Patrick Stack -- Tournament Judges

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Robert Scherr -- Tournament Judges

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Ryan Louis -- Ottawa University

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Scott Jensen -- Webster University

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Stacy Bernaugh -- Tournament Judges

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Stephanie Kratz -- Tournament Judges

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Timothy Bill -- University of Illinois Springfield

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Tom Serfass -- Webster University

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Will Wheeler -- Southwest Baptist University

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