Austin Thoma Paradigm

Last changed 8/29 7:31P MDT

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

Add me to the chain: thoma.austin@gmail.com

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.

Fifth year judging college debate. Director of Debate at 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 more executive control? 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.

Conditionality on neg is good for debate.

Condo 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, but difficult.

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. To get my ballot here, I suggest focusing on skills development.

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 Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O 0F WakeF AC KState EL Neg Aff on a 2-1
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 J R5 ASU EP UNLV LP Aff
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O R3 WakeF HV KState EL Aff
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O R2 CSUF BR Texas ML Neg
6th Mukai College Classic 9/28/2018 O R1 Texas CL Weber BT Neg
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound 3/15/2018 Open R6 Kansas State FL NewSchool WP Aff
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound 3/15/2018 Open R3 Southwestern AA Cal State Fullerton RR Neg
CEDA Nationals Puget Sound 3/15/2018 Open R2 Wake Forest HV Monmouth MV Aff
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR R8 Gonzaga BM Weber State GM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR R6 Weber State BR Southwestern CL Aff
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 NOV R5 Washington MW Weber State BS Neg
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR R4 Weber State MM Minnesota DL Aff
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR R3 Washington EP Gonzaga BM Neg
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 NOV R2 Washington BL Washington GL Aff
Northwest Fall Championship UW 11/10/2017 VAR R1 Weber State GM Washington AH Neg
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV Semis Emporia State JW UT San Antonio DW Neg Neg on a 3-0
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 Open R6 Houston JW Weber State BR Aff
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV R5 Nevada Las Vegas BQ Emporia State JW Neg
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV R4 CSU Long Beach KB UT San Antonio CO Neg
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 Nov R3 Southern Methodist LW CSU - Northridge SC Aff
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV R2 CSU Long Beach RB UT San Antonio DW Neg
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament at UNLV 10/21/2017 JV R1 Southwestern ST NewSchool SS Aff
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Open R8 West Georgia CJ Gonzaga SW Neg
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Open R7 Wisconsin- Madison DC Gonzaga BM Neg
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Nov R4 Arizona State FM UT San Antonio DF Aff
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 JV R3 Puget Sound PT Arizona State GS Neg
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Nov R2 Washington SP UT San Antonio GH Aff
5th Mukai College Classic Weber State 9/30/2017 Open R1 Gonzaga JB Texas AH Neg
Georgia State 9/17/2017 JV Qtrs Liberty GK Florida AM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN R7 Dartmouth CM Northwestern JK Aff
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN R6 UC Berkeley OP Trinity FS Aff
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN R4 Wake Forest HF UC Berkeley FM Neg
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN R2 Wake Forest NV Gonzaga SW Aff
Georgia State 9/17/2017 OPEN R1 Wake Forest MR Emory CJ Aff
71st National Debate Tournament at Kansas 3/23/2017 Open Round Wake Forest DM Emory DP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 7 Boston College MP Michigan State PW 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 5 Gonzaga EB Emporia State RW Neg
Owen L Coon Memorial Debates at Northwestern 2/4/2017 Open RD 1 Wake Forest SV Emory DP Neg
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/21/2017 JV Novice UT San Antonio AF Concordia College RS Neg Neg on a 3-0
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/21/2017 JV R3 UT San Antonio AO Concordia College RS Neg
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/21/2017 JV R2 Missouri - Kansas City OS Wichita State DW Neg
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/21/2017 JV R1 Missouri State SS Emporia State MW Neg
William DeMougeot Debates 1/6/2017 JV Quarte Illinois SH Texas DS Neg Neg on a 2-1
William DeMougeot Debates 1/6/2017 JV R5 Illinois CC UT San Antonio CM Aff
William DeMougeot Debates 1/6/2017 JV R4 Illinois HP Emporia State MW Neg
William DeMougeot Debates 1/6/2017 JV R3 Illinois SH UT Dallas BS Neg
Fear and Loathing in Dallas 1/3/2017 JV R4 UT San Antonio AO Illinois HP Neg
Fear and Loathing in Dallas 1/3/2017 JV R3 Emporia State MW Houston HS Aff
Fear and Loathing in Dallas 1/3/2017 JV R1 Illinois HH UT San Antonio CM Aff
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED R5 Gonzaga JM Washington ME Aff
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED R4 Washington ME Gonzaga JS Neg
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED R3 Washington TT Gonzaga SW Neg
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED R2 Gonzaga BE Washington UM Aff
Northwest Fall Championships UW 11/12/2016 NWCED R1 Gonzaga SW Southwestern DC Aff
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 Nov R6 San Francisco State GB CSU Northridge CO Aff
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 Nov R4 Southwestern TB CSU Northridge BL Neg
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 Open R3 Weber State GT Texas KM Aff
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 JV R2 Johnson County Community VG Southwestern SC Neg
Sun Devil Invitational 10/14/2016 Nov R1 City College of San Francisco CB CSU Northridge PG Aff
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Open R8 UT San Antonio WF Weber State RW Neg
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Open R6 Texas SH San Francisco State GG Aff
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Nov R4 CSU Northridge AM Weber State KV Neg
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Jnr R3 UT San Antonio RW Texas DS Neg
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Open R2 Washington EM Texas CM Aff
4th annual Mukai College Classic at Weber State 10/1/2016 Jnr R1 Washington BU San Francisco State BG Aff
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN R8 Emory QT Georgia HM Aff
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN R7 James Madison CT Georgia YM Aff
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 JV R6 Michigan RM Liberty HR Aff
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN R5 James Madison CD Gonzaga JS Neg
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN R4 Georgia AR Nevada Las Vegas KA Aff
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN R2 Wake Forest CR Indiana AS Aff
Georgia State University 9/17/2016 OPEN R1 Liberty OR Emory DP Neg
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round Gonzaga BJ Indiana AF Neg Neg on a 2-1
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round Kansas State PR Harvard AM Neg Aff on a 2-1
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round UC Berkeley SM Georgia AR Neg Aff on a 2-1
70th National Debate Tournament at Binghamton 3/31/2016 Open Round Gonzaga SW George Mason BO Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 8 United States Military MD George Mason ML Neg
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 5 Illinois/Nevada Las Vegas HV James Madison BS Aff
Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament 3/25/2016 Open RD 4 United States Military CZ Kansas FH Neg
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/5/2016 JV R6 NewYor XZ GeoMas HM Neg
JV Novice Nationals at West Virginia University 3/5/2016 JV R5 JamMad GM Rutger FM Neg
D8 NDT Qualifier Binghamton 2/27/2016 Open R6 Dartmouth AP NYU CK Aff Aff on a 2-0
D8 NDT Qualifier Binghamton 2/27/2016 Open R5 Rochester AB NYU DZ Neg
D8 NDT Qualifier Binghamton 2/27/2016 Open R3 NYU DZ Harvard BD Neg Neg on a 2-0
D8 NDT Qualifier Binghamton 2/27/2016 Open R2 NYU CK Harvard BK Neg
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 V Q NYU CK Binghamton SX Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 V R6 NYU PS Rochester AB Neg
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 N R4 NYU IS Rochester KK Neg
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 V R3 NYU SX Binghamton SX Neg
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 N R2 Binghamton MV Wilkes KM Aff
Cornell University The Tournament of Love 2/13/2016 V R1 Binghamton FL NYU CK Neg
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 JV R7 Emporia State RW Central Oklahoma HS Aff
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 Open R4 Northern Iowa HS Wichita State LR Aff
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 Open R3 Texas HB Kansas FH Neg
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 JV R2 Arkansas NC North Texas AM Neg
Bear Shock Wichita State 1/23/2016 Open R1 Kansas City Kansas CC UW Oklahoma ZS Neg
Crowe Warken Debates at Navy 1/16/2016 Open Octs Pittsburgh BC Wake Forest CL Neg Neg on a 3-0
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 Semis NYU CX Binghamton HM Aff Neg on a 2-1
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 R5 NYU KX Binghamton HS Neg
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 R4 USMA MH Binghamton MT Aff
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 R3 NYU HW Monmouth LR Aff
Rochesters Brad Smith Debate Tournament 11/21/2015 R1 Monmouth DD NYU LR Neg
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R8 Gonzaga SW Oklahoma SP Aff
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R7 Liberty CS Texas CB Neg
Harvard 10/30/2015 Open R6 Michigan State MW Capital CL Aff
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Quarte NewYor DZ Rutger QH Aff Aff on a 2-1
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round GeoMas CB WesVir GL Neg
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round WesVir/Wilkes AS GeoMas AD Neg
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round GeoMas SS Bingha MV Aff
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Round JamMad LW Rutger QH Neg
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Open Round Libert Cr JamMad PD Aff
West Point Debate Tournament 10/23/2015 Novice Round Roches KL WesVir BT Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Nov Semis George Mason CC Binghamton HM Neg Neg on a 2-1
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Open Quart Wake Forest DV James Madison MC Neg Neg on a 2-1
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Open R8 James Madison DW Wake Forest NR Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 JV R7 George Mason CL Liberty RS Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Open R5 Mary Washington CW George Mason DM Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 JV R4 Mary Washington DH James Madison CM Aff
UMW Debate Tournament 10/10/2015 Open R3 Binghamton FA James Madison MC Neg
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 open Opn Oc Florida CM Liberty BC Aff Neg on a 2-1
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 5 Navy RM United States Military BG Aff
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 3 George Mason MT James Madison PM Neg
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 JV R2 Navy PP United States Military CW Neg
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/25/2015 JV R1 United States Military HR George Mason LM Neg
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 NOV Sems Florida SA Liberty GT Aff Aff on a 3-0
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN R8 Liberty JW James Madison MY Neg
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN R7 James Madison PM Liberty CB Neg
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN R6 Wake Forest DR Michigan MK Neg
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 JV R5 Vanderbilt KG James Madison CM Aff
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN R4 Wake Forest NR Harvard AM Neg
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 JV R3 Florida AS George Mason HL Neg
GSU National College Debate Tournament 9/19/2015 OPEN R1 Kansas FK Wake Forest DV Aff
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 8 Nevada Las Vegas BJ Wyoming FF Aff
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 3 Kansas KR CUNY AM Neg
CEDA Nationals Wichita State 3/20/2015 Open Rd 1 West Georgia GR West Virginia/CUNY FY Aff
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV Octos NYU AZ Liberty BJ Aff Aff on a 3-0
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV R5 GMU CK Rutgers CJ Aff
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV R4 Wayne State DK Liberty RS Neg
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 Nov R3 JMU MW Liberty SW Neg
JVNovice Nationals at Binghamton University 3/6/2015 JV R2 JMU CT GMU HM Neg
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov Quarte West Virginia MW Liberty ER Neg Neg on a 2-1
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 JV Quarte United States Military RS Binghamton SS Neg Neg on a 2-1
D8 NDT Qualifier at WCSU 2/21/2015 D8 R5 RochesterWCSU AF CUNY AM Neg Neg on a 2-0
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 JV R4 United States Military RS West Virginia MO Aff
D8 NDT Qualifier at WCSU 2/21/2015 D8 R3 Western Connecticut State AE Dartmouth College AY Neg Neg on a 2-0
CEDA East Regionals at WCSU 2/21/2015 Nov R2 West Virginia WG Liberty OW Aff
D8 NDT Qualifier at WCSU 2/21/2015 D8 R1 Dartmouth College KM NYU IZ Neg Neg on a 2-0
Sydney Landon Invitational 2/7/2015 Open R2 Rochester GP Binghamton MT Neg
Sydney Landon Invitational 2/7/2015 Open R1 Binghamton SH Rochester CH Aff
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov Finals George Mason KY Liberty ER Neg Neg on a 2-1
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Open Round George Mason HM Rutgers-Newark/Rochester WF Aff
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Nov R2 United States Military GM James Madison JT Aff
5th Annual Jersey Shore Invitational at Monmouth University 1/30/2015 Open Round George Mason CM United States Military CR Aff
2015 Kathryn Klassic Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2015 Open Octos Southern California BL Michigan KM Neg Neg on a 4-1
2015 Kathryn Klassic Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2015 Open R6 Harvard HK Whitman College BA Aff
2015 Kathryn Klassic Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2015 Nov R5 Cal State Fullerton HL Rochester AK Aff
2015 Kathryn Klassic Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2015 JV R3 Binghamton CS Western Connecticut State MM Neg
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var R6 Nevada Las Vegas JB Arizona State BR Aff
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 JV R5 Cal State Fullerton WV Whitman College RW Neg
2015 USC Alan Nichols Debate Tournament 1/3/2015 Var R1 Michigan KM George Mason MC Aff
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 OPEN Final Rutgers-Newark WM Vermont LB Aff Neg on a 2-1
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 OPEN Semis Rutgers-Newark WM CUNY AM Aff Aff on a 2-1
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 NOV Qrts RutgersNewark GS Rochester LP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 NOV R5 Oklahoma SP Vermont RR Neg
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 NOV R3 RutgersNewark GS Rochester GK Aff
Huber Debates at Vermont 11/1/2014 NOV R2 Oklahoma HT Vermont RS Neg
Harvard Debate Costume Contest and Tournament 10/25/2014 Open Round Vermont BL Wake Forest MS Neg
Harvard Debate Costume Contest and Tournament 10/25/2014 Open Round Binghamton SF Indiana SH Neg
Harvard Debate Costume Contest and Tournament 10/25/2014 Open Round Oklahoma WL Michigan KM Neg
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 JV Finals Rutger/CUNY JY GeoMas HM Neg Neg on a 3-0
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 JV Semis GeoMas HM Libert JB Aff Aff on a 3-0
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Quarte Bingha CH NewYor ZI Aff Aff on a 2-1
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Partia Bingha BL GeoMas KC Neg Aff on a 2-1
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Round JamMad MP GeoMas CM Aff
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Round WesCon MM Rutger JC Neg
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Open Round NewYor ZI Capita GH Aff
West Point Tournament 10/17/2014 Novice Round GeoMas KC Bingha KW Neg
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Nov Quarte James Madison HK West Virginia WW Neg Aff on a 2-1
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 JV Qrt Rutgers-Newark WG Liberty JB Neg Neg on a 3-0
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 JV Rd 6 United States Military OR James Madison PC Aff
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Open R5 United States Military MS James Madison DW Neg
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Nov Rd4 United States Military HP James Madison SG Aff
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Nov Rd3 Binghamton LM United States Military GH Neg
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 JV Rd2 CUNY YW Liberty KP Neg
James MadisonLBS Invitational 10/4/2014 Open R1 Liberty CW Binghamton HS Neg
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov Nov Oc George Mason CK West Virginia MW Neg Neg on a 3-0
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV R6 George Mason WN West Virginia FO Aff
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 nov N 5 Binghamton KC Vermont SY Aff
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 2 George Mason RC Vermont ML Neg
Rutgers NE Regional Opener 9/26/2014 JV R1 NYU CK Liberty KP Aff