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