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    Taylor Johnson
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    I'm a second-year debater for Marshfield, I went to MSDI last summer, I'll probably go again this summer. I plan on going to MSU for college when I graduate and majoring in speech and theater education. Then I'll get a job teaching high school, go ba
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  1. I'm a Freshman at UCF this year, and I'd love to get involved with helping a high school team. I did policy at my high school in Missouri for three years and my senior year I stopped competing in policy in order to focus more on International Extemp and mentoring our novice teams. I have also competed some in LD and PFD and I can help with events such as Extemp and OO. While I didn't travel to many national circuit tournaments in policy during high school, I qualified to NFL nationals twice in IX and NCFL nationals once in extemp. I also was third in my state in IX my senior year. If any schools in Orlando or the Winter Park/Altamonte Springs area looking for a little extra help, let me know. Whether your school is looking to expand or you know of a school with no team looking to get involved in the activity, I would love to get involved! email me at tayj@knights.ucf.edu or tayjdebater@gmail.com.
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    flowing software

    http://www.mediafire.com/?w8ghv64hywf32p0 I use this template in excel, it works great for me.
  3. Since my freshmyn year (I'm a senior now), I've watched the squad I debate for go from one varsity team and six novices to four varsity teams and about fifteen novices. We're still small, but I've found there are several things that help. First off, see if there are any free camps in your area over the summer. Your kids may have to pay for their own lodging/food but it will be worth it and much less expensive than other camps. Also, if you are in a metropolitan area, see if there is an Urban debate league near you. Also, as thefrozenone said, working with another small squad from your area can be really helpful, especially if you aren't able to go to very many tournaments. When you have few teams, practice rounds can get repetitive fast, which makes them less useful. If you can get another team to do practice rounds against you, it will help you get a chance to see more arguments/styles than you can with your squad alone. We also share all of our evidence with each other. On thursdays we get together to cut our updates so that we don't have three or four teams cutting the exact same evidence. (This is also helpful if one team is helping another prep for out-rounds as we all know each other's evidence.) If you can make friends with a couple of college debaters in your area that can help a lot, too. They may be able to get access to resources like lexis nexis which you might otherwise not be able to use. Also, if you're hoping to grow your squad, I would suggest trying to visit the jr. high in your district near the end of the year to recruit more novices. If you have enough varsity debaters, it can be really useful to pair up a varsity team with a novice team. That way, the varsity team increases their own depth of knowledge when they teach the novices, and it allows you to spend more time focusing on coming up with possible arguments to cut and coaching the varsity kids. This also increases squad unity. Another great way to recruit future debaters is to look at taking a couple of jr. high students to the national junior forensics league national tournament. It's in Dallas just like NFL nationals this year, and if you're already taking some high schoolers, you might as well fill your hotel rooms if you can. It can also be useful to start all of your novices with the same affirmative and give them only a few off-case positions, so you don't have to cut different positions for each novice team, especially when they're just beginning to learn how to cut cards. Another good idea is to make sure that anyone who isn't still competing is watching rounds. We're almost never allowed to just hang out after we're out. We have to either be prepping out our other teams or scouting the other out rounds. This not only helps the teams still in to do better, but also helps the kids who didn't break to do better at the next tournament, because they are forced to see what types of arguments are doing better within that specific judging pool. You mention a lack of organization too. During my first year of high school, our debate coach wasn't a full-time teacher. He was a substitute and, second semester, the student teacher for the drama/speech coach. We didn't have our own classroom, and we never knew what days Chris would be at school until we found out if he was subbing. What helped was that whenever we found out he was at school, we found a way to have practice, and sometimes didn't leave until he told us he had to go home. We often had rounds that comprised of our one varsity team against Chris and whatever novice happened to be in the room at the time. They were mismatched, and not always great rounds, but the experience made us better debaters. It made us able/willing to think on our feet and to focus on debate at the drop of a hat. I would say the single most important thing to our squad has been commitment. Our coach is incredebly committed and, as a result, so are the students. We have some type of practice going on every day after school, and sometimes don't leave until 8 or 9 pm. I'm not saying you have to stay at school that long every night, but I can honestly say that the more committed students are, and the more work they put in, the better they will be. Even with a small team, you can experence success as long as you're willing to put in the work. And the more success you have, the more funding you are likely to get, and the more students you are likely to recruit. Good luck!
  4. framework is basically how each team says the judge should view the round. For example, one team might read framework that says the aff has to provide a topical plan and the neg has to provide a competitive policy option (meaning the squo or cp; in other words, no Ks). When a team says they provide the only framework in the round, it means that they read a framework argument and you didn't provide any alternate framework by which the judge should evaluate the round. If your advantage doesn't fit their framework, that means that your advantage does not fit within the way the judge should view the round. For example, you might have an advantage with dehumynization as the end impact and they might read framework saying the judge has to evaluate the round from a utilitarian standpoint (meaning doing the greatest good for the greatest number, instead of focusing on the moral aspect of an issue). Do you remember what their framework basically said? If so I may be able to explain why your advantage didn't fit within that framework. Does that answer your question?
  5. Leandra from Ozark also broke in USX
  6. lol so bad it didn't even make it to a tournament. :-) Best 1A- Thomas Andrews Best 2A- Myra Milliam Best 1N- Thomas Hodgman Best 2N- Jeff Bess Best Team-Brittany/Sieggy Best LDer- Waldo or Leandra Best Negative Position- Tix Worst Negative Postion- CP with no cards Case of the Year- STEM Worst Case of the Year-definitely state budgets. Ultimate Kritik- cap Counterplan of the Year-pipeline Best DA- tix Worst DA- "umm... they have to spend money... that raises taxes... I don't have any evidence, but... umm... yeah, it's bad." Best Card- mcnernan and ratcliffe '9 Worst Card- anything that is read directly from a brief book Fastest Debater- Thomas Hodgman Best Word Economy- Sam may Best Spreaders- Best Speakers- Kelsey and Sieggy Most improved team- Jeff and Sam Team that will likely become great- Anne/whoever she debates with next year Best adapters-Sieggy and Brittany Most likely to run Irony- Most likely to amaze you with a cool position- Sammy/Shawna Most likely to take off shirt- definitely Preston Judge of the Year - Joe Dorris Panel of the year - Ballot of the year (text) - My only good ballots were extemp ballots. this one came from joe... "peace talks with north Korea... yeah, those have always worked so well." Best Run Tourney- probably parkview Worst Run Tourney- Jeff City Most qualified Judging pool Tourney- Parkview... before the weather decided to crush my soul Worst qualified Judging pool Tourney - probably jeff city Most interesting tourny moment - "Umm... I don't think my dad can judge me..." yay republic IX finals Most Admired coach (NOT your own)- Spencer Squad of the Year (NOT your own)- Parkview Person who has contributed the most to the program- Tuckness
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    Ozark MSHSAA

    Sorry, that was my way of stating that Peyton and I are breaking new saturday.
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    Ozark MSHSAA

    Sammy wasn't at school at 6:30 tonight, so Chris decided to cut a new aff for Peyton and I instead of for Sammy and Shawna.
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    and of course there's always the chance that sammy will decide to come up with a new case at 9:30 Thursday night. :-)
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    I'm pretty sure marshfield teams will be A. Shawna/Sammy B. Chas/Madz C. Hailey/Shane (novice)
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    Lay judges

    My partner and I generally run politics (usually winners win) and/or a very simple trade-off disad in front of lays. We just explain that if you do the affirmative plan, it will cause XYZ bill to pass (or not to pass) in congress and that would be worse than the scenarios explained in the affirmative case because of ABC reason. It tends to work pretty well as long as you do lots of explaining and impact analysis. Never run more than one or two off with a lay judge. Your time is far better spent explaining and putting arguments on case. If you must run a counterplan, explain that it's "a way to fix the problems with the current system while avoiding problems caused by the affirmative plan" I've found that a good way to explain counterplans is to say "just like in congress, the house of representatives may pass a bill, then the senate may change things in the bill and pass a different version, we are presenting a better version of the affirmative plan" That seems to make sense to lays.
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    Marshfield 2010

    Here's the schedule: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH Registration in HS Auditorium Lobby from 2:30-3:15 p.m. (No students outside of the auditorium before 3:10!) Rd 1 debate- 3:30 p.m. Rd 2 debate- 5:00 p.m. Rd 3 debate- 7:00 p.m. Rd 4 debate- 8:30 p.m. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20th Rd 5 debate- 9:00 a.m. Rd 6 debate- 10:30 a.m. Rd 7 debate- 12:30 p.m. Rd 8 debate- 2:30 p.m. Awards – 4:30-4:45 p.m. Quarters- 5:00 p.m. Semifinals and finals will immediately follow quarters. If any college/former debaters are available to judge, that would be great. Please let me or one of the other marshfieldians know. Thanks!
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    Lay judges

    No problem. Good luck!
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    Lay judges

    coming from an area where about 95% of our judges are lay, I would suggest trying to avoid counterplans in front of them. If you do run them, make sure that you make it clear often and early why the counterplan solves the case. Even when it's in your text, lays don't really remember what the text said by the end of the debate unless you keep reminding them of what it said. Generally though, I would just stay away from CPs in front of lays. Go with one or two super-simple disads and lots of case cards. And as to BS 2ARs, my partner and I always make sure the last 10-20 seconds of the 2NR is devoted to saying something to the effect of, "protect me, judge. I don't get another speech after this, so don't let the affirmative come up here in their last speech and make any arguments that haven't already been discussed in the round." hope this helps. :-)
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