Shivam Daftari

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 13 November 2021 8:47 AM EDT

I used to debate public forum for the Lovett School in Atlanta, GA. Did the whole state and national circuit thing blah blah blah. I'm in law school at Georgia State now. Please don't ask as I hate talking about work. Let's begin...

Crossfire is the most important part of a PF round. For some reason, PF culture has evolved to where debaters and judges don’t need to pay attention to the crossfire. The point is to allow impromptu questioning to gain concessions and provoke logical holes. It’s one of the many skills you should learn from participating in this activity. It's my favorite part and I love a feisty crossfire. It's what makes debate, well debate. I find concessions in crossfire binding to the rest of the round even if it is not referenced by any side. Imagine debating on a public stage where someone makes a big oopsy. Do you think people listening will forget about a major concession? This means that should there be any uncertainty in my mind about an argument from a crossfire Q&A, you better believe you should address it ASAP. Therefore, be on your toes. I do time you but I'll let you go over about 10 seconds before I cut you off. Please do not time each other. It comes off as standoff and rude every time.

I do not run prep time for evidence exchange and reading. The reason is because I have seen way too many kids ask for a card, become afraid of using valuable prep to scan evidence that has way too much information on it, then not use it because they really did not get to read it. I would rather we all stop, understand and appreciate the evidence, and have valuable discourse on it than stick with antiquated rules. This is a privilege which means that while the opponent is reading the evidence, no one can do any work during that time. If I see you writing something down during an evidence exchange, I will penalize the offending team. I also have no reservations on calling for a piece of evidence that I think is being used for "nefarious" purposes.

I debated and judge public forum (most of the time). PF to me is a persuasive debate meaning how can I use certain pieces of evidence to convince the general public that my side is the correct side. It’s also a way to create public discourse in an open atmosphere. That means I’m not gonna flow a 4-minute speech past 800 words because, in all likelihood, you’re speaking faster than what an average person can understand to retain your argument. Remember, the skills PF teaches is primarily public speaking to the average public. This is not Lincoln Douglas and it certainly is not policy.

Buzz Words that annoy me: weighing, dropped, flow, extend, card, impact, etc.

Don't parrot what you hear on the national circuit. It is not realistic. Be creative.

DO NOT ASK IF EVERYONE IS READY THEN GIVE AN OFF TIME ROADMAP

DO NOT START CROSS AND THEN WASTE TIME BY ASKING IF YOU HAVE THE FIRST QUESTION. IF YOU GO FIRST, YOU GET FIRST QUESTION. THOSE ARE THE RULES.

EASY TIP. IF YOU ARE GOING SECOND, USE PREP TIME AFTER THE FIRST TEAM OPENING SPEECH. THEY CAN'T DO ANYTHING WHILE YOU STRATEGICALLY USE THE PREP

SECOND SPEAKERS DO NOT GET A PASS FROM GRAND CROSS JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE ANOTHER SPEECH. I DEDUCT HEAVILY IF A TEAMMATE STAYS SILENT DURING GCF

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Georgia Northern Mountain District Tournament HS 2022-02-18 LD R4 145 148 Aff
Georgia Northern Mountain District Tournament HS 2022-02-18 LD R3 167 143 Neg
Georgia Northern Mountain District Tournament HS 2022-02-18 PF R1 165 153 Aff
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2022-02-04 PF2 Semi-f Sequoyah Cook & Barber Marist Haileyesus & Horne Aff Neg 2-1
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2022-02-04 PF1 Partia Carrollton Houser & Hawkins Sequoyah Ndaye & Gutierrez Aff Aff 3-0
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2022-02-04 PF1 R3 Midtown Keenan & Pape St Pius X Catholic Devassy & Cheatham Aff
GFCA 1st 2nd Year State Championships HS 2022-02-04 PF1 R2 Sequoyah Ndaye & Gutierrez McIntosh Shah & Gramani Neg
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt HS 2022-01-15 NPF R4 Carrollton Tollerson & Johnson Sequoyah Abdullahi & Ndaye Aff
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt HS 2022-01-15 VPF R3 St Pius X Catholic Wright & Devine Carrollton Herndon & DeMartino Neg
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt HS 2022-01-15 NPF R2 Carrollton Houser & Hawkins Sequoyah Li & Harper Aff
Alpharetta Treasure Hunt HS 2022-01-15 VPF R1 Carrollton Zimmer & Heggie Peachtree Ridge Bangura & Jasseh Aff
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 VPF Semi Sequoyah HM Northview GP Con Pro 2-1
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 VPF R5 Dardanelle SR St Pius X Catholic LL Pro
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 JVPF R2 McInto KT Carrol JL Con
Midtown HS Carter King Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-12-03 NPF R1 Starr's Mill GG Midtown PK Con
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VPF R6 Marist KF Sequoyah GH Aff
Peach State Classic HS 2021-11-12 VPF R5 Carrollton HD Vestavia Hills FW Aff
Sequoyah Autumn Argument HS 2021-10-23 PF-V Finals Carrollton HZ Riverwood QB Aff Aff 3-0
Sequoyah Autumn Argument HS 2021-10-23 PF-MS R4 Burden of Proof WT Marist BS Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument HS 2021-10-23 PF-V R3 Carrollton HR St Pius X Catholic ND Neg
Sequoyah Autumn Argument HS 2021-10-23 PF-V R2 Carrollton DH Starr's Mill MG Aff
Sequoyah Autumn Argument HS 2021-10-23 PF-V R1 Sequoyah CB Carrollton ZC Aff
Marist Ivy Street Invitational MS 2021-09-24 PF-MS Semifi Creekland BR HS2 TM Aff Neg 2-1
Marist Ivy Street Invitational HS 2021-09-24 PF-MS R2 HS2 TM Marist CM Aff
Red Devil Rhetoric HS 2020-01-11 VPF R4 Henry W Grady RP Carrollton ZM Aff
Red Devil Rhetoric HS 2020-01-11 VPF R3 Columbus CC Westminster School - Augusta RI Neg
Red Devil Rhetoric HS 2020-01-11 VPF R2 Henry W Grady TR Tift County BA Neg
Red Devil Rhetoric HS 2020-01-11 VPF R1 Columbus HC St Pius X Catholic NP Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2019-02-22 PF R4 Sequoyah Nyla Crayton & John Forbes McIntosh Kate Cullen & Katie Austensen Neg
GFCA Varsity State Championships HS 2019-02-22 PF R2 McIntosh Afra Abdul & Libbie Larsen Henry W Grady Ethan Damiani & Jordan Thomas Neg
Ivy Street Round Robin HS 2019-01-23 RR R9 Unionville Ames Pro
Ivy Street Round Robin HS 2019-01-23 RR R8 Lake Mary Prep North Broward Prep Con Con 2-0
Ivy Street Round Robin HS 2019-01-23 RR R7 Campbell Hall Theodore Roosevelt Pro Pro 2-0
Ivy Street Round Robin HS 2019-01-23 RR R5 Poly Prep Country Day Plano West Sr Pro
Peach State Classic HS 2016-11-11 VPF Octos Milton IK Sequoyah DC Con Con 3-0
Peach State Classic HS 2016-11-11 NPF Semis Columbus RS Henry W. Grady PW Con Con 3-0
Peach State Classic HS 2016-11-11 VPF R6 Sequoyah FP Valdosta KM Pro
Peach State Classic HS 2016-11-11 VPF R5 Lambert JS Sequoyah DC Pro
Peach State Classic HS 2016-11-11 VPF R4 Walton AV Henry W. Grady SD Pro
Peach State Classic HS 2016-11-11 VPF R3 Vestavia Hills PC Starrs Mill OS Con