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UIL Speech Judges

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Chris Meszaros

Current high school:
University of Houston Clear Lake

Currently coaching?: no

Conference: Not Coaching

Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 11 or more

High school attended:
Barbers Hill High School

Graduated high school: 2007

Participated in high school: yes

Participated in college: yes

Judging qualifications:
I competed in CX debate for three full years in high school at Barbers Hill High School. I qualified for the CX state tournament in my sophomore year and qualified for the TFA state tournament (CX) in my senior year. I competed in extemporaneous speaking at both the high school and college levels. In addition to my competition days, I have been actively judging both events for roughly 5 years. I have judged numerous tournaments at all levels, including the 2010 NCFL National Speech and Debate tournament. As of this writing I have judged at 14 tournaments, including several district meets. I have also done some volunteer assistant coaching at my former high school.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 40+
Judging approach: tabula rosa
Policy priority: Issues
Evidence philosophy: quality
Paradigm: 1. T is a voter. However, you still need to win the flow to get the ballot. 2. Offense beats defense every time (i.e. DA beats a solvency dump every time). You NEED to put offense on the flow to get my ballot. 3. I judge based on what is given to me in the round. If you want me to vote based on the K and some ethical obligation, then make sure you do the work and tell me to do so. Likewise, if you want me to vote on who blows up the world less times tell me that as well. Otherwise, I will vote on what the round comes down to. Many of my ballots have been decided by a dropped link turn by the 1ar and the like. It is the debater's responsibility to tell me what to vote on (impact calculus is always appreciated). 4. I am ok with speed that produces better debate WITHOUT interfering with communication. Remember that this is primarily a communication activity. 5. If kritiks are your bread and butter, make sure to thoroughly explain it to me. Don't expect me to know the collected works of Agamben or Zizek or whatever author/philosophy you are running. Same goes for critical affs. You have to do the work to get my ballot. There aren't any off limits arguments that I just won't ever vote on, just make sure that you do the work and win the positions you advocate. 6. Theory: high threshold. You need to show actual abuse.


Rounds judged: 15

Contact Information

cell: 281 9179980

Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional CX State

Qualified for:


Region of residence:
Area 3 Houston/Beaumont

I will travel to: 1 3 5