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UIL Speech Judges

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Hernan Ballard

Current high school:

Currently coaching?: No


Number of years coached:

Number of tournaments judged: 0

High school attended:
Leander High School

Graduated high school: 2014

Participated in high school: Yes

Participated in college: No

Judging qualifications:
I competed in C/X debate during my sophomore year, and L/D debate from junior year onwards. During my senior year, I served as Lincoln-Douglas debate captain for the Leander High School team, as well as overall captain. Having competed in nearly every tournament in my 3-years with the team, and having consistently been its highest scoring member, I believe I have the experience necessary to adequately judge in an accurate and impartial manner. My experience as captain of my team has also lent me the necessary skills to effectively communicate and deliver meaningful feedback to competitors.

Judging Philosophy


Rounds judged: 0
Judging approach: Stock Issues
Policy priority: Communication skills are more important than resolution of substantive issues
Evidence philosophy: Quantity of evidence and quality of evidence are of equal importance
Paradigm: A C/X team should provide the most persuasive and coherent argument in order to win the round. The judge should value the strength and consistency of a case, not its correctness. Both sides should defend and attack each other's cases in an orderly flow. In valuing communication, I do not believe that a winning team should practice spreading; clear and succinct language is preferable. Evidence presented should be judged based on its quality, quantity, and whether a team uses it effectively to convey an argument. I do not accept FIAT as a valid construct in an argument.


Rounds judged: 0
Approach: Communication skills are more important than resolution of substantive issues
I judge an L/D debate based on the consistency, clarity, and coherence of the debater. The effective delivery of an argument is more important than the evidence presented, however, the basis of a case in the reality of a topic is crucial. Debaters should roadmap, flow in an organized fashion, and should not leave unattended gaps in their arguments. A debater should never concede an argument.

Contact Information


Availability Information

Meet types:
Invitational District Regional CX State State Meet

Qualified for:


Region of residence:

I will travel to: 1