Austin Thoma Paradigm

Last changed Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 1:15 AM UTC

Refer to arguments/cards by their ideas/tags, not exclusively the author names. 

I've noticed that as a judge I tend to close my eyes while I'm thinking. Some debaters have assumed that I was sleeping during their speeches. I assure you that this is not the case.

Fourth year judging college debate. Debated for Concordia College. Coaching now for Wyoming. Previously coached for Cornell. Judged and coached high school in the past.

Philosophy:

I do not reject any argument on its face. Everything I say here is preliminary - these ideas can be changed by arguments in-round. However, in the interest of full disclosure, I do have predispositions that will influence my decisions - as we all do. I will try to highlight critical points here, but will clarify anything at tournaments or via email - contact me at thoma.austin@gmail.com. This is not an exhaustive list, nor is it in any particular order.

 

It takes an awful lot for me to call for cards. If you aren't explaining it, it doesn't really matter. The arguments you make about the cards are more important than the evidence itself.

 

One good argument is better than lots of bad arguments. I have noticed that my theory threshold is not as low as it once was, but I believe that it is still lower than average. Theory debates are my favorite, but only if teams engage instead of just reading blocks.

 

My presumption is neg - aff should propose a change from the status quo.

 

Aff should be in the direction of the topic. This is a fairly ambiguous concept, but I feel like you'll know it when it happens. Does your aff want less healthcare? If so, I probably won't be predisposed to vote for it, but I can be convinced otherwise. 

 

Engaging "the system" (political, social, whatever power structure you want to talk about) is productive (perhaps with negative consequences).

 

Rhetoric choices matter - and come before evaluation of plan action.

 

Aff severence of 1AC rhetoric / assumptions is illegitimate.

 

Condo is good for debate.

 

Condo/dispo does not let you no link rhetoric/reps arguments.

 

2NR condo is illegitimate.

 

Fiat is good for debate.

 

Performative argumentation is good for debate.

 

Fairness is of at least as much importance as education in the context of debate.

 

Narratives - personal or otherwise - need to be applied to broader, more generalized arguments to make sense in the context of the round.

 

"100% no link" is real and possible.

 

Politics DAs are pretty silly.

 

Debate rounds are not particularly good forums for starting social change.

 

"Traditional policy" framework is a legitimate strategy better served with fewer arguments that are better developed than a multitude of arguments that are less developed.

 

Preferences:

 

Try to refer to arguments/cards by their ideas/tags, not exclusively the author names. I rarely write all of these down. This is obviously less true when attacking cites or comparing evidence, but it is certainly true in extensions. "Extend the Johnson evidence" doesn't do much for me.

 

Prep stops when you tell me it stops. Prep starts when speeches end. Don't prep during evidence flashing/emailing. I will punish it.

 

 

 

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Event Rd Aff Neg Decision
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound 3/15/2018 Open 2 Wake Forest HV Monmouth MV AFF
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound 3/15/2018 Open 3 Southwestern AA Cal State Fullerton RR NEG
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound 3/15/2018 Open 6 Kansas State FL NewSchool WP AFF
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR 1 Weber State GM Washington AH NEG
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 NOV 2 Washington BL Washington GL AFF
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR 3 Washington EP Gonzaga BM NEG
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR 4 Weber State MM Minnesota DL AFF
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 NOV 5 Washington MW Weber State BS NEG
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR 6 Weber State BR Southwestern CL AFF
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR 8 Gonzaga BM Weber State GM NEG
Weber Stat on a 3-0
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV 1 Southwestern ST NewSchool SS AFF
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV 2 CSU Long Beach RB UT San Antonio DW NEG
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 Nov 3 Southern Methodist LW CSU - Northridge SC AFF
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV 4 CSU Long Beach KB UT San Antonio CO NEG
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV 5 Nevada Las Vegas BQ Emporia State JW NEG
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 Open 6 Houston JW Weber State BR AFF
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV Semis Emporia State JW UT San Antonio DW NEG
UT San Ant on a 3-0
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Open 1 Gonzaga JB Texas AH NEG
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Nov 2 Washington SP UT San Antonio GH AFF
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 JV 3 Puget Sound PT Arizona State GS NEG
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Nov 4 Arizona State FM UT San Antonio DF AFF
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Open 7 Wisconsin- Madison DC Gonzaga BM NEG
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Open 8 West Georgia CJ Gonzaga SW NEG
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN 1 Wake Forest MR Emory CJ AFF
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN 2 Wake Forest NV Gonzaga SW AFF
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN 4 Wake Forest HF UC Berkeley FM NEG
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN 6 UC Berkeley OP Trinity FS AFF
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN 7 Dartmouth CM Northwestern JK AFF
Georgia State 9/17/2017 JV Qtrs Liberty GK Florida AM NEG
Florida AM on a 2-1
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round 4 Wake Forest DM Emory DP AFF
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 1 Wake Forest SV Emory DP NEG
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 5 Gonzaga EB Emporia State RW NEG
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 6 Gonzaga SJ Wake Forest CR NEG
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 7 Boston College MP Michigan State PW NEG
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/21/2017 JV 1 Missouri State SS Emporia State MW NEG
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/21/2017 JV 2 Missouri - Kansas City OS Wichita State DW NEG
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/21/2017 JV 3 UT San Antonio AO Concordia College RS NEG
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/21/2017 JV Novice Finals UT San Antonio AF Concordia College RS NEG
Concordia on a 3-0
William DeMougeot Debates 1/6/2017 JV 3 Illinois SH UT Dallas BS NEG
William DeMougeot Debates 1/6/2017 JV 4 Illinois HP Emporia State MW NEG
William DeMougeot Debates 1/6/2017 JV 5 Illinois CC UT San Antonio CM AFF
William DeMougeot Debates 1/6/2017 JV Quarters Illinois SH Texas DS NEG
Texas DS on a 2-1
Fear and Loathing in Dallas 1/3/2017 JV 1 Illinois HH UT San Antonio CM AFF
Fear and Loathing in Dallas 1/3/2017 JV 3 Emporia State MW Houston HS AFF
Fear and Loathing in Dallas 1/3/2017 JV 4 UT San Antonio AO Illinois HP NEG
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED 1 Gonzaga SW Southwestern DC AFF
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED 2 Gonzaga BE Washington UM AFF
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED 3 Washington TT Gonzaga SW NEG
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED 4 Washington ME Gonzaga JS NEG
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED 5 Gonzaga JM Washington ME AFF
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 Nov 1 City College of San Francisco CB CSU Northridge PG AFF
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 JV 2 Johnson County Community VG Southwestern SC NEG
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 Open 3 Weber State GT Texas KM AFF
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 Nov 4 Southwestern TB CSU Northridge BL NEG
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 Nov 6 San Francisco State GB CSU Northridge CO AFF
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Jnr 1 Washington BU San Francisco State BG AFF
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Open 2 Washington EM Texas CM AFF
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Jnr 3 UT San Antonio RW Texas DS NEG
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Nov 4 CSU Northridge AM Weber State KV NEG
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Open 6 Texas SH San Francisco State GG AFF
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Open 8 UT San Antonio WF Weber State RW NEG
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 1 Liberty OR Emory DP NEG
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 2 Wake Forest CR Indiana AS AFF
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 4 Georgia AR Nevada Las Vegas KA AFF
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 5 James Madison CD Gonzaga JS NEG
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 JV 6 Michigan RM Liberty HR AFF
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 7 James Madison CT Georgia YM AFF
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN 8 Emory QT Georgia HM AFF
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 1 Gonzaga SW George Mason BO AFF
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 2 UC Berkeley SM Georgia AR NEG
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 3 Kansas State PR Harvard AM NEG
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round 7 Gonzaga BJ Indiana AF NEG
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 4 United States Military CZ Kansas FH NEG
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 5 Illinois/Nevada Las Vegas HV James Madison BS AFF
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 7 Puget Sound BQ UNLV BK AFF
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 8 United States Military MD George Mason ML NEG
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/5/2016 JV 5 JamMad GM Rutger FM NEG
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/5/2016 JV 6 NewYor XZ GeoMas HM NEG
D8 NDT Qualifier Binghamton 2/27/2016 Open 2 NYU CK Harvard BK NEG
D8 NDT Qualifier Binghamton 2/27/2016 Open 3 NYU DZ Harvard BD NEG
D8 NDT Qualifier Binghamton 2/27/2016 Open 5 Rochester AB NYU DZ NEG
D8 NDT Qualifier Binghamton 2/27/2016 Open 6 Dartmouth AP NYU CK AFF
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 V 1 Binghamton FL NYU CK NEG
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 N 2 Binghamton MV Wilkes KM AFF
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 V 3 NYU SX Binghamton SX NEG
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 N 4 NYU IS Rochester KK NEG
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 V 6 NYU PS Rochester AB NEG
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 V Q NYU CK Binghamton SX AFF
NYU CK on a 3-0
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 Open 1 Kansas City Kansas CC UW Oklahoma ZS NEG
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 JV 2 Arkansas NC North Texas AM NEG
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 Open 3 Texas HB Kansas FH NEG
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 Open 4 Northern Iowa HS Wichita State LR AFF
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 JV 7 Emporia State RW Central Oklahoma HS AFF
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/16/2016 Open Octs Pittsburgh BC Wake Forest CL NEG
Wake Fores on a 3-0
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 1 Monmouth DD NYU LR NEG
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 3 NYU HW Monmouth LR AFF
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 4 USMA MH Binghamton MT AFF
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 5 NYU KX Binghamton HS NEG
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 Semis NYU CX Binghamton HM AFF
Binghamton on a 2-1
Harvard 10/31/2015 Open 6 Michigan State MW Capital CL AFF
Harvard 10/31/2015 Open 7 Liberty CS Texas CB NEG
Harvard 10/31/2015 Open 8 Gonzaga SW Oklahoma SP AFF
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round 1 Roches KL WesVir BT AFF
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Round 2 Libert Cr JamMad PD AFF
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Round 3 JamMad LW Rutger QH NEG
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round 4 GeoMas SS Bingha MV AFF
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round 5 WesVir/Wilkes AS GeoMas AD NEG
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round 6 GeoMas CB WesVir GL NEG
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Quarters NewYor DZ Rutger QH AFF
NewYor DZ on a 2-1
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Open 3 Binghamton FA James Madison MC NEG
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 JV 4 Mary Washington DH James Madison CM AFF
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Open 5 Mary Washington CW George Mason DM AFF
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 JV 7 George Mason CL Liberty RS AFF
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Open 8 James Madison DW Wake Forest NR AFF
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Open Quart Wake Forest DV James Madison MC NEG
James Madi on a 2-1
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Nov Semis George Mason CC Binghamton HM NEG
Binghamton on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 JV 1 United States Military HR George Mason LM NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 JV 2 Navy PP United States Military CW NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 open Opn 3 George Mason MT James Madison PM NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 4 United States Military MF Liberty ED AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 open Opn 5 Navy RM United States Military BG AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 nov N 6 United States Military LS West Virginia AT AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 open Opn Octos Florida CM Liberty BC AFF
Liberty BC on a 2-1
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 1 Kansas FK Wake Forest DV AFF
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 JV 3 Florida AS George Mason HL NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 4 Wake Forest NR Harvard AM NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 JV 5 Vanderbilt KG James Madison CM AFF
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 6 Wake Forest DR Michigan MK NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 7 James Madison PM Liberty CB NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN 8 Liberty JW James Madison MY NEG
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 NOV Sems Florida SA Liberty GT AFF
Florida SA on a 3-0
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 1 West Georgia GR West Virginia/CUNY FY AFF
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 3 Kansas KR CUNY AM NEG
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 7 James Madison PM Weber State MS AFF
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 8 Nevada Las Vegas BJ Wyoming FF AFF
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV 2 JMU CT GMU HM NEG
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 Nov 3 JMU MW Liberty SW NEG
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV 4 Wayne State DK Liberty RS NEG
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV 5 GMU CK Rutgers CJ AFF
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV Octos NYU AZ Liberty BJ AFF
NYU AZ on a 3-0
D8 NDT Qualifier at WCSU 2/21/2015 D8 1 Dartmouth College KM NYU IZ NEG
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov 2 West Virginia WG Liberty OW AFF
D8 NDT Qualifier at WCSU 2/21/2015 D8 3 Western Connecticut State AE Dartmouth College AY NEG
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 JV 4 United States Military RS West Virginia MO AFF
D8 NDT Qualifier at WCSU 2/21/2015 D8 5 RochesterWCSU AF CUNY AM NEG
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 JV Quarters United States Military RS Binghamton SS NEG
Binghamton on a 2-1
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov Quarters West Virginia MW Liberty ER NEG
Liberty ER on a 2-1
Sydney Landon Invitational 2/7/2015 Open 1 Binghamton SH Rochester CH AFF
Sydney Landon Invitational 2/7/2015 Open 2 Rochester GP Binghamton MT NEG
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov 2 United States Military GM James Madison JT AFF
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Open Round 2 George Mason CM United States Military CR AFF
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Open Round 3 George Mason HM Rutgers-Newark/Rochester WF AFF
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov Finals George Mason KY Liberty ER NEG
Liberty ER on a 2-1
2015 Kathryn Klassic Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2015 JV 3 Binghamton CS Western Connecticut State MM NEG
2015 Kathryn Klassic Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2015 Nov 5 Cal State Fullerton HL Rochester AK AFF
2015 Kathryn Klassic Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2015 Open 6 Harvard HK Whitman College BA AFF
2015 Kathryn Klassic Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2015 Open Octos Southern California BL Michigan KM NEG
Michigan K on a 4-1
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var 1 Michigan KM George Mason MC AFF
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 JV 5 Cal State Fullerton WV Whitman College RW NEG
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var 6 Nevada Las Vegas JB Arizona State BR AFF
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 NOV 2 Oklahoma HT Vermont RS NEG
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 NOV 3 RutgersNewark GS Rochester GK AFF
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 NOV 5 Oklahoma SP Vermont RR NEG
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 NOV Qrts RutgersNewark GS Rochester LP AFF
RutgersNew on a 3-0
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 OPEN Semis Rutgers-Newark WM CUNY AM AFF
Rutgers-Ne on a 2-1
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 OPEN Final Rutgers-Newark WM Vermont LB AFF
Vermont LB on a 2-1
Harvard Debate Costume Contest and Tournament 10/25/2014 Open Round 1 Oklahoma WL Michigan KM NEG
Harvard Debate Costume Contest and Tournament 10/25/2014 Open Round 3 Binghamton SF Indiana SH NEG
Harvard Debate Costume Contest and Tournament 10/25/2014 Open Round 4 Vermont BL Wake Forest MS NEG
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round 1 GeoMas KC Bingha KW NEG
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Round 2 NewYor ZI Capita GH AFF
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Round 5 WesCon MM Rutger JC NEG
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Round 6 JamMad MP GeoMas CM AFF
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Partial Bingha BL GeoMas KC NEG
on a 2-1
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Quarters Bingha CH NewYor ZI AFF
Bingha CH on a 2-1
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 JV Semis GeoMas HM Libert JB AFF
GeoMas HM on a 3-0
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 JV Finals Rutger/CUNY JY GeoMas HM NEG
GeoMas HM on a 3-0
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Open 1 Liberty CW Binghamton HS NEG
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 JV Rd2 CUNY YW Liberty KP NEG
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Nov Rd3 Binghamton LM United States Military GH NEG
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Nov Rd4 United States Military HP James Madison SG AFF
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Open 5 United States Military MS James Madison DW NEG
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 JV Rd 6 United States Military OR James Madison PC AFF
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 JV Qrt Rutgers-Newark WG Liberty JB NEG
Liberty JB on a 3-0
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Nov Quarters James Madison HK West Virginia WW NEG
James Madi on a 2-1
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV 1 NYU CK Liberty KP AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 2 George Mason RC Vermont ML NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 3 NYU HE George Mason CL NEG
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 5 Binghamton KC Vermont SY AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV 6 George Mason WN West Virginia FO AFF
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov Nov Octos George Mason CK West Virginia MW NEG
West Virgi on a 3-0