Matt Witman

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 17 October 2020 1:41 PM EDT

Hey y’all, I’m Matt.

He/Him/His pronouns

(Please add me to the email chain: madwitman@gmail.com)

Few notes about me - I debated for four years at Edmond Santa Fe in Oklahoma where I competed in policy, public forum, and speech for a while but ended up having a successful career in LD. I participated at the national tournament for all four years in various events. I was a policy debater for a few years in college at the University of Oklahoma as well. Graduated in 2019 and ended up in Tulsa where I am a management and data ecosystem consultant for organizations devoted to social good.

**TOP-LEVEL NOTE**: I recognize debate can be tough on people in different ways and it’s not a fully-equitable sport. If there is something I can do to make the debate safer or more comfortable for you (calling you by a name not on your ballot, using a different pronoun that is listed, accommodating for a disability, etc.), I will absolutely do everything in my power to make the space more accessible and/or safe for you. If you don’t feel comfortable telling me in the debate, feel free to email me at madwitman@gmail.com.

I used to have a very long, drawn out paradigm that went through my preferences for each off-case position, debate style, etc. but I have since simplified it. I think debaters tend to overthink it and I would rather you debate how you want. Ultimately, debate gave me the space I needed to find myself and I hope it does the same for you. That said, read whatever you want to in front of me (pending it isn’t racist, sexist, transphobic, etc.). Debate how you are comfortable. I was a “critical” debater throughout high school and college but will absolutely vote on well-executed policy arguments. Please don’t feel the need to pull out your school’s old Time Cube backfile just because you read that I’m a K debater - although it would be hilarious.

Couple things:

  • I’m fine with speed in any debate format, just be clear.

  • Prep stops when the flash drive leaves the computer or the email is sent.

  • “Extend X argument” requires a warrant, not just those words

  • I value line-by-line analysis and technical debate but I think a great debater knows the art of combining ‘tech things’ with the big picture

  • If you do read some critical argument or K, don’t assume I know all of the literature base/what you are talking about. I love a well-executed K with a good explanation of the base.

  • Theory and framework are fine - just slow down a little on the blips. I flow on paper - it benefits you if my flow is as clear as possible.

I’m sure I’m missing something so if you have any additional questions, feel free to ask. Have fun and take care.

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
West Oklahoma District Tournament HS 2021-02-13 CX R3 180 142 Neg
West Oklahoma District Tournament HS 2021-02-13 LD R2 120 156 Neg
West Oklahoma District Tournament HS 2021-02-13 LD R2 115 284 Aff
West Oklahoma District Tournament HS 2021-02-13 LD R1 290 276 Aff
West Oklahoma District Tournament HS 2021-02-13 LD R1 248 118 Aff
Monty Python Invitational Virtual HS 2021-02-04 6ALD RD 2 Charles Page JA Deer Creek EC Neg
Monty Python Invitational Virtual HS 2021-02-04 6ALD RD 2 Bartlesville IH Owasso AD Neg
The Santa Fe Fall Invitational HS 2020-11-12 6A LD Consos Edmond North AB Norman SJ Aff Aff 2-1
The Santa Fe Fall Invitational HS 2020-11-12 6A LD SEMIS Norman SJ EdMemHS DP Neg Neg 3-0
The Santa Fe Fall Invitational HS 2020-11-12 N LD R3 EdMemHS SP Enid MK Aff
The Santa Fe Fall Invitational HS 2020-11-12 N CX R2 Guymon MM Heritage Hall MS Aff
The Santa Fe Fall Invitational HS 2020-11-12 6A CX R1 Heritage Hall NP Guymon GH Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-N R6 Iowa City West RS Montgomery Bell TJ Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-N R5 Carmel Valley Independent BD Glenbrook South JR Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-JV R4 Edina MV ADL TK Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-N R3 ADL CH Minneapolis South NR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament HS 2020-11-05 CX-JV R2 Oakland Independent RM Berkeley Prep WW Neg
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VLD Finals Evergreen Valley SS Harvard-Westlake JZ Neg Neg 2-1
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VLD Semis Coppell VS Harvard-Westlake JZ Neg Neg 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VLD Quarte BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Independent SK Harvard-Westlake JZ Neg Neg 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VLD R6 Norman North AZ Harvard-Westlake JZ Neg
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VLD R6 San Mateo YR Northern Valley HS Independent JL Aff
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VLD R5 Harvard-Westlake AL Little Rock Central AA Neg
JW Patterson Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VLD R5 Coppell ZL Norman North LS Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 XDB R7 K1268 K1307 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 XDB R7 K216 K1144 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R6 N100 N272 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R6 N367 N296 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R5 N282 N316 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R5 N182 N123 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R4 N318 N147 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R4 N328 N116 Pro
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R3 N274 N109 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R3 N357 N349 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R2 N293 N178 Con
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R2 N139 N223 Pro Pro 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R1 N117 N256 Con Con 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2019-06-17 PF R1 N266 N218 Pro Pro 2-0
Lions Classic Extemp Invitational HS 2017-02-17 CX-RR R3 Cherok HH Derby SW Neg
Lions Classic Extemp Invitational HS 2017-02-17 CX-RR R1 Derby GH Casady KR Aff
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Quarte Norman AW Tulsa Washington MC Neg Neg 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Octas Moore WB Norman AW Neg Neg 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 6 Broken Arrow RC Edmond North AP Neg
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 6 Metro Christian LM Edmond North NC Neg
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 4 Norman AW Moore WB Aff
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 4 Crossings Christian MI Bentonville RM Neg
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 3 Crossings Christian GF Cabot CJ Neg
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 3 Edmond North JA Crossings Christian TM Aff
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 2 Edmond North PY Moore JC Aff
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 2 Metro Christian CM Cabot ZA Neg
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 1 Norman DZ Edmond North PL Neg
JW Patterson Invitational at Heritage Hall HS 2016-01-16 VLD Rd 1 Cabot BG Norman KH Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 LD R4 Tompki AG StrJes GN Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 LD R4 Dulles KS StrJes KF Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 LD R3 JamBow WG RobVel CG Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 LD R3 Westwo SD Dulles JM Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 LD R2 CedPar MT Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin HS 2015-12-04 LD R2 CedPar MG GeoRan ASh Aff