Colton Gilbert Paradigm

Last changed 9/4 11:16A CDT

Background

I competed in policy for three years in high school at Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School; I did an additional year at the University of Kentucky. I am now on the coaching staff at Little Rock Central High School. I have a bachelor's and a master's in Communication Studies and a master's in Secondary Education. I said that not to sound pompous but so that you will understand that my lack of exposure to an argument will not preclude me from evaluating it; I know how to analyze argumentation. I have represented Arkansas at the Debate Topic Selection for the past few years (I authored the Middle East paper in 2018 and the Criminal Justice paper in 2019) and that has altered how I view both the topic process and debates, in a good way. I think this makes me a more informed, balanced judge.

Include me on all email chains, please cgilbert1906@gmail.com

Randoms

I find that many teams are rude and obnoxious in round and don’t see the need to treat their opponents with dignity. I find this mode of thinking offensive and disrespectful to the activity as a whole

I consider myself an open slate person but that doesn’t mean that you can pull the most obscure argument from your backfiles and run it in front of me. Debate is an intellectual game. Because of this I find it offensive when debaters run arguments just to be running them, do not run your arguments if you don’t think they can win you the round!

I don’t mind speed and consider myself an exceptional flower. That being said, I think that it helps us judges when debaters slow down on important things like plan/CP texts, perms, theory arguments, and anything else that will require me to get what you said verbatim.

Saying anything remotely racist, ableist, transphobic, etc will get you an auto loss in front of me. If that means you need to strike me then do us both a favor and strike me.

Short Version

My previous paradigm had a thorough explanation of how I evaluate most arguments. For the sake of prefs and pre round prep I have decided to amend it. When I debated I was mostly a T/CP/DA debater. That being said, I am open to just about any form of argumentation you want to make. If it is a high theory argument don’t take for granted that I understand most of the terminology your author’s use.

I will prioritize my ballot around what the 2NR/2AR highlights as the key issues in the debate. I try to start with the last two speeches and work my way back through the debate evaluating the arguments that the debaters are making. I don’t have to personally agree with an argument to vote for it.

Framework

I see framework as slightly different from T so I evaluate it differently as well. Too often debaters read a lot of blocks and don’t do enough engaging in these kinds of debates. The “Role of the Ballot” needs to be explicit and there needs to be a discussion of how your ROB is accessible by both teams. If you want to skirt the issue of accessibility then you need to articulate why the impact(s) of the aff outweigh whatever arguments the neg is going for.

These debates, for me, generally come down to an issue of fairness. K affs should be able to articulate what the role of the negative is under their model. If the aff is in the direction of the topic, I tend to give them some leeway in responding to a lot of the neg claims. Central to convincing me to vote for a non-resolutionally based affirmative is their ability to describe to me what the role of the negative would be under their model of debate. The aff should spend time on impact turning framework while simultaneously using their aff to short circuit some of the impact claims advanced by the neg.

Parting Thoughts

Don’t manipulate what you are best at to fit into my paradigm of viewing debate. Do what you do best and I will do what I do best in evaluating the debate.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R13 X225 X103 Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R11 X236 X111 Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R6 X185 X281 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R5 X222 X183 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R3 X267 X276 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R2 X201 X191 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/12/2020 CX R1 X261 X249 Neg Neg on a 2-0
A State Throwdown in J Town 4 3/6/2020 LD Semis 6 Maysen Brokaw 5 Lexie Burns Neg
A State Throwdown in J Town 4 3/6/2020 PARLI R1 6 Merrick & Saddler 6 Esau & Farris Aff
Arkansas District Tournament 2/28/2020 LD R1 Cabot MB Bentonville MC Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX Double Polytechnic OO Cypress Bay BG Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX Triple Lowell YR St Francis SV Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX R6 Downtown Magnets AJ Kinkaid PP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX R5 Casady WN Fort Collins SY Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX R4 Casady AR Downtown Magnets MP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX R3 St Francis ShVi Kinkaid FZ Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX R2 Winston Churchill BM Branham GW Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/15/2020 VCX R1 Garfield LT Davidson Academy Of Nevada HL Aff
California Round Round Robin 2/13/2020 CX RR R6 Homestead MW McQueen LR Aff Aff on a 2-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VCX O Greenhill RG Hebron PK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VCX R5 Hebron DS Liberal Arts and Science GP Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VCX R4 Hebron DR Ronald Reagan LV Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VCX R3 Eisenhower HS Coppell CR Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VCX R2 Coppell DR Liberal Arts and Science MR Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VCX R1 Coppell 9th YP Washburn Rural KP Neg
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/10/2020 Pol Octos LibArt MR Hebron LH Neg Neg on a 2-1
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/10/2020 Pol R4 Heights JP Kink ZF Neg
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/10/2020 Pol R3 Westwo BS Hebron KP Aff
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/10/2020 Pol R2 LibArt GP Lovejo CL Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R7 Chesterton DD Okemos NK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R6 West Des Moines Valley DS Berkeley Prep SL Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R5 Heritage Hall NS Barstow LW Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R3 Northside ChSu Lexington LL Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R2 Rowland Hall DG Juan Diego Catholic MB Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R1 Edina AB Denver East BE Aff
Heart of Texas 10/18/2019 PD R5 Casady WN Will Rogers Senior PK Aff
Heart of Texas 10/18/2019 PD R3 Crossings Christian CS Mill Valley BuBo Aff
Heart of Texas 10/18/2019 PD R1 McQueen LR Heritage Hall NS Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX Quarte Maize ML Shawnee Mission East RC Neg Neg on a 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX Octas Crossings Christian CS Lansing Sr AD Aff Neg on a 2-1
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX Partia Maize ML Lawrence Free State BH Aff Aff on a 2-1
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R6 Lansing Sr ZW Wichita East YN Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R5 Washburn Rural PR Crossings Christian QR Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R4 Topeka BJ Reagan EL Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R3 Shawnee Mission East WS Lansing Sr KS Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R2 Blue Valley Northwest RA Bentonville TM Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R1 Shawnee Mission East RC Blue Valley Northwest BS Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 OFs Wichita East RG Lansing DA Aff Neg on a 2-1
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R5 Lawrence Free State GR Andover Central QH Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R4 Blue Valley West Jaguars AW Wichita East SG Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R3 Lansing Sr KS Bentonville West DR Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R2 Blue Valley Southwest WZ Blue Valley West Jaguars VB Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R1 Lansing Sr SS Mill Valley BS Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX Semifi Whitney Young MM Georgetown Day RP Neg Aff on a 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R6 Casady BH Alief Taylor GB Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/12/2019 CX R5 Niles North VU Niles West TP Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD Semis North Broward Prep AR Westminster SB Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD Quarte Westminster SB Lexington AA Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R6 Head Royce WR Riverwood JP Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R5 ADL WC Georgetown Day BS Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R4 Chesterton VJ Hawken RM Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R3 Westminster YL Lexington AA Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2019 VPD R2 Cambridge MS Chesterton HH Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R10 X100 X276 Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R7 X192 X138 Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R6 X280 X259 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R5 X218 X241 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R4 X199 X230 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R3 X170 X233 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R1 X176 X102 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/13/2019 POL R3 Heritage Hall SH Northside CC Neg
National Debate Coaches Association National Championship 4/13/2019 POL R1 Woodward RG Berkeley Prep SaSh Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 Quarte Greenhill Siva & Feinstein SLC West Galian & Rice Neg Neg on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 Octafi Greenhill Siva & Feinstein Niles West Patel & Shah Neg Aff on a 2-1
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 4 Greenhill Siva & Feinstein Head Royce Ramaswamy & Wogan Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/15/2019 CX2 1 Chattahoochee Adam & Manne Pine Crest Prep El Sharif & Tuli Aff
Fayetteville March Madness Invitational 3/8/2019 VPF Semis 13 Collins & Lisk 1 Brumbelow & Cruz Neg Neg on a 3-0
Fayetteville March Madness Invitational 3/8/2019 VLD Semis 1 Malia Camacho 5 Cesar Castillo Neg Neg on a 3-0
Fayetteville March Madness Invitational 3/8/2019 VLD R3 19 Tanner McChristian 1 Kiana Radcliffe Neg
Fayetteville March Madness Invitational 3/8/2019 VLD R1 1 Ryan Brown 19 Juan Olivarez Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX Quarte Davis Senior MK Casady BB Aff Aff on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX Octa BASIS Chandler MS Casady BB Neg Neg on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX R6 Leland ZW Nevada Union GU Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX R5 Lowell TL Isidore Newman PE Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX R4 Isidore Newman FK Leland LC Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX R3 St Francis LC Hamilton JP Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX R2 Asian Debate League KK ADLT HY Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 JVCX R1 Kamiak ZC Asian Debate League WL Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 NCX Q Casady NW Jesuit JM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 NCX R5 Coppell EK Greenhill WS Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 NCX R4 Coppell 9th SS St. Mark's School of Texas NP Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 NCX R3 Liberal Arts and Science BH Trinity RA Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 NCX R2 Coppell 9th SR Dallas Highland Park AW Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 NCX R1 Airline RD Crossings Christian WH Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PEL R6 Notre Dame SD Stratford MP Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PEL R5 Grapevine CW North Star Academy CPHS DT Aff
Barkley Forum for High Schools 1/25/2019 PEL R1 Brooklyn Technical NW Caddo Magnet MR Aff
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VCX Quar Hendri SK Woodla RM Neg Aff on a 2-1
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VCX Oct LibArt IJ Hendri SK Neg Neg on a 3-0
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VCX R4 Hendri DY CadMag MR Neg
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VCX R3 Casady RA Hebron KL Neg
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VCX R2 Westwo LD LibArt CU Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 CCX Octs Alief Kerr EN Grapevine WC Aff Aff on a 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 CCX Double Alief Kerr EN Jenks BM Aff Aff on a 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 CCX R6 Westwood BS Coppell DR Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 CCX R5 Winston Churchill DA Casady BB Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 CCX R4 Moore SN Jesuit GN Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 CCX R3 Kinkaid HK Heights PW Aff
North Little Rock Wildcat Classic 11/30/2018 VLD Semis 3 Christian Huggins 10 Noelle Wright Aff Aff on a 2-1
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R7 Lane Tech JT Fort Atkinson HB Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R6 Greenhill GR West Des Moines Valley KD Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R5 Fort Atkinson PK Pine Crest Prep KR Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R4 New Trier LR Northside College Prep CC Neg Neg on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R3 Niles West PS Niles North PV Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R2 Northside College Prep KW Washington SG Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R1 Notre Dame AK Heritage Hall LP Aff Aff on a 2-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Rd5 Downtown Magnets AM San Marino TW Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/1/2018 VCX Rd4 Bakersfield AD Rowland Hall FL Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R7 Grand Rapids City GH Detroit Country Day NM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R6 Detroit Country Day LH Northside ST Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R5 Walter Payton HP Northside HW Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R4 Maine East MR Traverse City Central FO Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R3 Niles West CM Whitney Young GL Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R2 Detroit Country Day FB Whitney Young OM Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/24/2018 VCX R1 Chattahoochee AA Detroit Country Day SA Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 NCX R5 Bentonville SM Union CG Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 NCX R4 Union MG Washburn Rural PW Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 NCX R3 Crossings Christian YC Union TT Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 NCX R2 Andover Central GW Barstow CT Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 HD R6 St Francis PK Casady BB Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 HD R4 Liberal Arts and Science GS Niles West PS Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 HD R2 Montgomery Bell PP New Trier LR Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye 10/5/2018 NLD Semis 5 Grace Ruzicka 13 Ethan Jones Neg Neg on a 3-0
Bentonville Tigers Eye 10/5/2018 NCX R3 18 Bracely & Patel 15 Wagoner & Stephens Neg
Bentonville Tigers Eye 10/5/2018 NCX R2 15 Padala & Mandala 15 Kanchanapally & Patel Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye 10/5/2018 VCX R1 15 Meredith & Molden 15 Adicherla & Kombathula Neg
Vanguard Forensics Debate Tournament 9/21/2018 NCX R3 5 Horton & Patel 1 Parker & Ronnel Neg
Vanguard Forensics Debate Tournament 9/21/2018 NCX R2 5 Bracely & Reyes 1 Rhee & Moorjani Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX R6 Westminster KB Univ Of Chicago Lab SW Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX R4 Crossings Christian CB Heritage Hall SS Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 CX R1 Dowling Catholic TP Niles West BB Aff
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD Octas Montgomery Bell GB Strath Haven LZ Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD JV Sem Westminster MS North Broward Prep GG Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD R6 Hawken MT Head Royce NK Neg
National Speech and Debate Season Opener hosted by UK 9/7/2018 VPD R5 Marist FO Montgomery Bell KS Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX1 Octas Blue Valley Southwest Wu & Stanfield Niles West Bennett & Patel Aff Aff on a 3-0
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX2 R5 Georgetown Day Partman & McAfee Pine Crest Prep Paharia & Khakhria Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX2 R4 Northview Rao & James McDonogh Zuga & Wang Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/23/2018 CX2 R2 Montgomery Bell Meacham & Smith Mamaroneck Suben & Lieber Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R7 St. Vincent De Paul BC Lindblom Math and Science SD Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R6 McDowell FK St. Andrew's Episcopal DY Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R5 Maine East BL Little Rock Central PC Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R3 St. Andrew's Episcopal JL St. Vincent De Paul BP Neg
Bentonville Tigers Eye 10/6/2017 VCX R4 Little Rock Central Perrin & Walton Cabot McAllister & Riddle Neg
Bentonville Tigers Eye 10/6/2017 VCX R3 Little Rock Central Rayburn & Cogbill Cabot Buckner & Smith Neg
Bentonville Tigers Eye 10/6/2017 VCX R2 Little Rock Central Garg & Lam Moore Seabourn & Duong Aff
Bentonville Tigers Eye 10/6/2017 VCX R1 Cabot McAllister & Riddle Little Rock Central Garg & Lam Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/9/2016 NovCX R4 Airline BM Little Rock Central GL Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/9/2016 NovCX R2 Caddo Magnet PS Little Rock Central CR Neg
Isidore Newman School Invitational 12/9/2016 NovCX R1 Bentonville AC Ruston MP Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/18/2016 CX1 Round USN Dasari & Stack Niles North Feroz & Ivackovic Neg
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/18/2016 CX2 Round Niles West Beutelspacher & Chan Rowland Hall-St. Mark's Brague & Stone Aff
1st and 2nd Year National Championships at Woodward Academy 3/18/2016 CX2 Round Cambridge Emdad & Yagnik Pine Crest Preparatory Rubenstein & Vlessing Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX Quarte Mount Vernon Presbyterian JS C.K. McClatchy BF Aff Aff on a 3-0
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX Octas Harker HL College Prep HX Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX Double Mount Vernon Presbyterian JS Head Royce HC Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX R7 Dougherty Valley Mo SF Austin KO Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX R6 St Francis SS Milpitas PS Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX R5 Clovis North KH Johns Creek OW Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX R4 Palo Verde DR Milpitas NK Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX R3 Bingham BW Clovis North SP Aff
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX R2 Irvine GS Johns Creek LB Neg
The Cal Invitational at UC Berkeley 2/15/2014 JVCX R1 Wayzata AD Pine Crest BC Neg