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Judging Philosophy Statement
(You must include a typed philosophy statement for every judge to have a
Please use a copy of the form on the reverse side of this page for each of
your judges to send a judging philosophy statement for the booklet. The
statement MUST be confined to one page using standard size type and margins,
not reduced. After supplying the demographic information at the top of the
page, these questions might be helpful to you in preparing your statement.
1. What is your role as a judge? Does any paradigm or combination of
paradigms reflect your judging philosophy?
2. Affirmative Approaches: What are the argumentative burdens of an
Affirmative team in a debate? Are there Affirmative arguments or strategies
that you particularly like or dislike?
3. Negative Approaches: What are the argumentative burdens of the Negative
team in a debate? Are there Negative arguments or strategies that you
particularly like or dislike?
4. Presumption: What role, if any, does presumption play in debates on this
5. Topicality: Is this an absolute issue? What factors help you decide
topicality arguments? Do such arguments belong in particular speeches?
6. Evidence: How do you evaluate evidence? What form should source citations
take? Do you read evidence after a round? How do you decide challenges to the
accuracy or authenticity of evidence?
7. Cross-Examination: What is the role of cross-examination in a debate? Are
answers binding? Do you flow cross-examination? Do you object to tag-team
8. Style and Delivery: How important are delivery and persuasive speaking
skills in a debate? How do you react to rapid rates of delivery? How fast is
too fast? What characteristics of a speaker will result in high speaker
9. Other: Do you like theory arguments? Critiques? Do you have other likes or
dislikes not addressed above?
A TYPED PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT FORM FOR EACH JUDGE MUST BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR
TOURNAMENT ENTRY BY CERTIFIED MAIL POSTMARKED BY FEBRUARY 25, 2000.