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    Ruth Schlenker
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  1. Thanks everyone. These tips are very helpful. I hope all goes well at the tournament.
  2. tl;dr Ohhhh. I'm guessing you don't know how the Texas Forensic Association does points. Sorry to bother you, should've been more specific. It's a really weird system where (at least at this specific tournament) you get two points just for debating in the octo final round, two more for debating in the quarter final, two for debating in semis, and two more for finals. And then when you have twelve points you qualify for the Texas state tournament. I was hoping to get someone's help that has experience debating on the TFA circuit.
  3. @TheSnowball I am going this tournament because I really need points. The ideal situation would be to get points from the first elimination round while still keeping it as short as possible.
  4. I am in a hard place. I am going to a TFA tournament but I need to be somewhere else shortly after elims start. I have never purposely thrown a round. If I do break, I need to make my first elim round as short as possible. I know I technically need to have a round to get TFA points. Will the judge deny me points if all my speeches are 1 minute long? Should I explain to my opponent what I'm doing so that they'll shorten their speeches as well? Should I explain to the judge what I'm doing? What should I even read to allow my opponent to easily win while still making sure the judge takes me seriously enough to let me have points for a round? Am I overthinking this? HELP PLEASE!
  5. I am in a hard place. I am going to a TFA tournament but I need to be somewhere else shortly after elims start. I have never purposely thrown a round. If I do break, I need to make my first elim round as short as possible. I know I technically need to have a round to get TFA points. Will the judge deny me points if all my speeches are 1 minute long? Should I explain to my opponent what I'm doing so that they'll shorten their speeches as well? Should I explain to the judge what I'm doing? What should I even read to allow my opponent to easily win while still making sure the judge takes me seriously enough to let me have points for a round? Am I overthinking this? HELP PLEASE!
  6. I'm writing an affirmative for this topic: Resolved: The US ought to guarantee the right to housing. I was thinking of running something that said we need to provide housing for the poor to promote equality (egalitarianism). I need a viable criterion. Any suggestions?
  7. Somebody help me! I have been reading counter-plans and disadvantages for every tournament on this topic, but now I'm going to a tournament with super-traditional judges who don't like policy arguments. Any suggestions on a neg concept that is both effective to run and appeals to traditional judges?
  8. Recommendations: Black-market disad or civil war disad? Which is easier to prove? Which has better impacts? Which is easier to run with traditional judges/ parent judges? Also, what is the best way to run each?
  9. Does anyone know which philosophers I can reference to give merit to my value of human life? I need a reason why human life should outweigh any other value in the round. My opponent ran a racism neg and said oppression was worse than death, I then argued that (other than the fact that her offense was non-unique) death was the greatest form of oppression and should outweigh her value, but she had cards with well known philosophers making the case that oppression was the worst impact. I had nothing on why human life was the supreme value. How can I make this case?
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