Eric Skoglund Paradigm

Last changed 11/18 6:26P CDT

Updated November 2019. Yes email chain - eskoglund AT gmail.com

POLICY DEBATE

What's Bothering Me Lately (aka "old man yells at cloud")

People steal way too much prep time. We just gave y'all 3 more minutes (in Kansas) and it doesn't seem to matter. I will be keeping the official prep time for both teams. If we are flashing/email chaining before speeches (and please, we should be doing that), prep runs until the document is saved to the flash drive or the email is sent. I will ignore other requests to "stop prep time." Every instance of "oh wait, start prep again" will cost you a considerable deduction in quality points. Prepping while prep is not running will at a minimum earn you cranky sounds from the back of the room. If your prep expires and you are not ready to speak, then I will (with warning) start your speech time.

Background/Intro

I debated in high school at Olathe South, briefly in college at the University of Kansas, and am currently the Director of Debate at Olathe Northwest High School in Kansas where I am in my 14th year of coaching high school debate, primarily on a local circuit.

The first rule of paradigms is that we, no matter how much we judge and coach, do not know ourselves as fully as we would like to. I am always learning more about this game, as I hope you are. Because of this, everything you read here is a default position, and I can be argued out of nearly anything you see below. Like many of my peers, as I get older, I find I have become more concerned with the truth value of the claims you're making. Your evidence and spin are obviously major components of shaping my understanding of the truth in the round.

Affirmative Burdens
I think the aff has a burden to relate to the resolution. The easiest way to achieve that is to propose a plan for policy action. Whatever your advocacy, all affirmatives obviously need to be prepared to defend why their approach is best for debate. Even absent specific negative argumentation, if I end the debate unclear about the meaning of an affirmative ballot, I am likely to negate on presumption.

Negative Burdens
By default my negative ballot will stand for supporting whatever is advocated in the 2NR. I will not judge kick without a bit of theoretical reasoning as to why that's appropriate for me to do. I tend to think of K alts in much the same way I think of counterplans. If your strategy relies on your alt being viewed in a different way, you will need to do a lot of work to help me get there.

Speaking
Don't clip cards. If you can't read at the speed you want without clipping, then read slower. I will probably ask for your speech docs and will only be using those to monitor clipping and to evaluate evidence quality when it's in question, NOT to fill in my flow.

I won't say "clear" but will give you obvious nonverbal communication if I'm not with you.

Theory, overviews, and other things where you want me to listen to every word you are saying should be presented more slowly than reading evidence. Failure to do this will probably result in you asking me questions after the RFD such as "how did you evaluate this argument" and my answer being "I didn't because I didn't hear you make it". That's a frustrating time. Try to avoid it. I'm a pretty good flow but I can't transcribe full text at 350 wpm.

Argumentative Choices
I like kritiks better than my reputation would probably tell you. I'm not very well read in the literature base as most of my teams tend towards the policy side of the Great Divide. I am more likely to comprehend your alternative if it literally functions within the debate space (as in a reps type situation) or if it can be imagined as some kind of a policy choice. If your A strat is to read a high theory K that relies upon me knowing Baudrillard as well as or better than you, then well I hope you have a B strat because that will be really hard for you.

I will vote on topicality and tend to prefer a competing interpretations framework. I will generally evaluate "reasonability" as the idea that there can be multiple acceptable interpretations. If you don't meet any interp in the round, you probably aren't "reasonably topical". I am extremely unlikely to be persuaded that topicality ought not be a prior question to my decision, but you're certainly welcome to try.

In order to be a viable argument, theory needs to be contextualized to the round in front of you. If you're just reading robot blocks back and forth, I'm not likely to do a whole lot of work to try to help you.

I don't think that you need to necessarily spend all 5 minutes of your final rebuttal on T or theory in order to win my ballot, but this is definitely dependent on how the argumentation has developed throughout the round.

Fundamentally, too many teams assume they're winning every argument and so they don't frame arguments in the "even if" layers that are so important to accessing your judge's understanding of what's happened in the round. The more you can break free of this, the better you will be.

Current Events in Debate
I will not lie to your coach about the argumentation that is presented in the round. I will not tolerate the debate space being used to bully, insult, or harass fellow competitors. I will not evaluate personal disputes between debaters.

I think disclosure probably ought to be reciprocal. If you mined the aff's case from the wiki then I certainly hope you are disclosing negative positions. However, I am generally unconvinced by disclosure theory as an argument in the round, especially if you rely on first establishing that X level of disclosure is the correct level.

Flowing
A lot of you aren't flowing. Or you flow from the speech doc. That's a bad idea. Your speaker points will suffer mightily if you respond to arguments that were not presented - and even worse if you answer an argument the other team explicitly conceded.

The current trend of massive pre-written overviews doesn't work well for persuading me. Overviews are good but I would prefer they simply be a summary of the arguments you're extending in the context of the current round, then more line by line as you move down the flow. I think you usually shouldn't be reading a bunch of cards in an overview. I know this is a dinosaur thing to say but it's how I understand the round so there it is.

I very strongly prefer line-by-line argumentation to "whole sheet of paper" approaches to a debate. Through the choices you make, I want to see interaction with THIS round and THIS debate. A pre-written 1AR/2NR/2AR overview will usually nuke your speaker points, doubly so if I identify the same text between the 1AR and 2AR.

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE

I can handle speed and policy-style argumentation, but I may be a bit cranky about them. I do believe that LD is a distinct event from policy debate and should be treated as such. In this limited time frame, you will do best to focus on a clear thesis that you can demonstrate to me that you understand.

My default way of evaluating an LD round is to compare the impacts presented by both sides through the lens of each side's value and criterion, if presented. If you want me to do something different please run a clear role of the ballot or framework argument and proactively defend why your approach is predictable enough to create fair debate.

Your last 1-2 minutes, at least, should be spent on the big picture writing my reason for decision. Typically the debater who does this more clearly and effectively will win my ballot.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Shawnee Mission East Forensics Tournament 2/21/2020 PFD R4 10 shriver & Trickey 08 Hossler & Gutierrez Neg
Shawnee Mission East Forensics Tournament 2/21/2020 LD R2 12 Aryana Booth 09 Thomas Lushington Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational 11/22/2019 KDCOP R3 Fort Scott AT Cherokee Trail DW Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational 11/22/2019 JV R2 Sumner CL Derby VE Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational 11/22/2019 KDCOP R1 Washburn Rural RT Blue Valley SR Neg
Shawnee Mission East 11/8/2019 DCI R5 Topeka Jacques & Blenden SMS Tran & Flassig Aff
Shawnee Mission East 11/8/2019 DCI R4 BVW Wang & Ahmed Sumner Folsom & Al-Shaikhli Aff
Shawnee Mission East 11/8/2019 DCI R1 MV Reynolds & Sherman BVW Verma & Bagga Neg
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/27/2019 Var R7 AM Daily & Bonilla AW Anderson & Irom Aff Aff on a 3-0
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/27/2019 Var R6 AZ Auletti & Woods AN Williams & Wenger Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/27/2019 Var R4 AB Dillon & Skelton AN Thomas & Owens Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 OPDB8 QFs Shawnee Heights TK Bishop Seabury OG Aff Aff on a 2-1
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 OPDB8 R6 Shawnee Mission East BB Lansing TW Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 OPDB8 R5 Topeka Seaman PM Parkview Magnet BS Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 OPDB8 R4 Piper HS Bishop Seabury MN Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 OPDB8 R2 Shawnee Mission East BA Olathe South HB Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R12 X251 X192 Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R9 X276 X199 Aff Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R6 X157 X172 Neg Neg on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R4 X184 X162 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R3 X214 X245 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R2 X195 X248 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R1 X167 X194 Neg
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX Dbl Oc 167 131 Neg Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R5 168 205 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R4 136 154 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R3 142 118 Neg Neg on a 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament 5/25/2019 CX R1 111 191 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 KDC SFS Lawrence AP Olathe North EM Neg Neg on a 3-0
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 KDC R4 Manhattan BB Topeka Seaman BP Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 KDC R3 Olathe North EM Pittsburg AP Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 KDC R1 Fort Scott TW Blue Valley West GW Aff
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R7 M Sophia Fairchild M Noah Gruman Neg Neg on a 3-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R6 M Noah Gruman L Jenna Riggins Aff Aff on a 3-0
Salina South Cougar Classic 10/26/2018 DCI R8 Lawrence DR Kapaun Mount Carmel RM Neg Neg on a 2-1
SMNW 10/20/2018 Open R1 Shawnee Mission East NW Gardner Edgerton CK Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI Qtrs Empori Mose & Rosa Lawren Davidson & Rose Aff Aff on a 3-0
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R6 BluVal Das & Verma Eisenh Jarmer & Dover Neg
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R4 KapMou Bijoy & Le Andove Lonc & Ashraf Aff
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R3 Lawren Balcazar & Belt Maize Nelson & Wolgast Neg
Wichita East Blue Ace Invitational 9/28/2018 DCI R2 Lawren Vasquez & Redmond SalSou Marion & Daily Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R6 Lansing CA SM West WM Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R4 Blue Valley KS SM East HB Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R2 Manhattan BZ Wichita East RG Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 LD R7 L143 L292 Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 LD R7 L188 L332 Aff Neg on a 2-1
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX R4 135 171 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX R3 176 161 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX R2 107 132 Aff Aff on a 3-0
NCFL Grand Nationals 5/26/2018 CX R1 113 149 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Olathe West Friday Forensics 2/9/2018 LD R4 SMNW EO LHS JF Aff
Olathe West Friday Forensics 2/9/2018 N LD R3 ON CL SMNW AM Neg
Olathe West Friday Forensics 2/9/2018 PFD R2 SMW MW SME AW Aff
Olathe West Friday Forensics 2/9/2018 LD R1 SME NR LibNor HL Aff
Union Forensic Society Invitational 2/2/2018 6LD Quarte Jenks GM Tulsa Washington SF Neg Aff on a 2-1
Union Forensic Society Invitational 2/2/2018 6LD Quarte Tulsa Washington MT Jenks RM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Union Forensic Society Invitational 2/2/2018 NCX Semis Kickapoo DG Union JH Neg Neg on a 2-1
Union Forensic Society Invitational 2/2/2018 CPF R5 Kickapoo AB Owasso WH Aff
Union Forensic Society Invitational 2/2/2018 CPF R5 Kickapoo BP Har-Ber AW Aff
Union Forensic Society Invitational 2/2/2018 6LD R4 Tulsa Washington ZO Jenks GM Aff
Union Forensic Society Invitational 2/2/2018 6LD R4 Jenks RM Tulsa Washington AB Aff
Union Forensic Society Invitational 2/2/2018 543LD R1 Metro Christian CC TSAS SO Neg
Union Forensic Society Invitational 2/2/2018 543LD R1 Oologah KB Haskell MV Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI R3 Lawrence Free State BH Blue Valley North KP Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI R1 Wichita East YK Blue Valley Southwest SK Aff
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 KDC Semifi Indepe RS BluVal CM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Panther Debate Tournament 10/27/2017 DCI R1 Blue Valley Northwest Garimella & Venkatachalan Wichita East Nguyen & Krummel Aff
Wichita East Invitational 10/6/2017 Var Semi Maize MW Eisenh GS Aff Neg on a 2-1
Wichita East Invitational 10/6/2017 Var R6 KapMou PL Derby NS Aff
Wichita East Invitational 10/6/2017 Var R5 Derby NS ShaMis BH Aff
Wichita East Invitational 10/6/2017 Var R2 Andove AE LawFre LG Neg
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 5 Derby GH Blue Valley North CM Neg
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 4 Blue Valley North IL Kapaun Mount Carmel MR Aff
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 2 Wichita East GH Blue Valley Southwest BW Neg
Washburn Rural Invitational 9/15/2017 VDB8 Var 1 Lawrence Free State LG Kapaun Mount Carmel RN Aff
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R5 3026 3209 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R5 3069 3113 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R4 3011 3102 Aff Neg on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R4 3140 3053 Neg Neg on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R3 3144 3162 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R3 3046 3177 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R2 3091 3042 Neg Neg on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R2 3131 3200 Aff Aff on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R1 3076 3117 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 LD R1 3065 3139 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Maize High Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VP RD 5 Washburn Rural AG Manhattan CH Aff
Maize High Debate Invitational 12/2/2016 VP RD 3 Topeka HW Emporia MV Aff
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 DCI R3 Derby Sherrow & Wedel Shawnee Mission Northwest Gruman & Kantner Aff
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 Nov R2 Kapaun Mount Carmel Magana & Moore Blue Valley Southwest Auvray & Shi Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Qualifier 11/4/2016 DCI R1 Shawnee Mission Northwest Kuffour & Ottinger Buhler Kilpatrick & Stowers Aff
Kapaun Crusader Classic 10/28/2016 DCI R5 131 MB 103 AC Neg
Kapaun Crusader Classic 10/28/2016 DCI R4 124 GR 105 KS Aff
Kapaun Crusader Classic 10/28/2016 DCI R3 132 CU 121 MR Neg
Tom Kelly Invitational Debate Touranment 9/23/2016 DCI R3 Shawnee Mission West HV Shawnee Heights HS Aff
Tom Kelly Invitational Debate Touranment 9/23/2016 DCI R1 Wichita East GL Shawnee Heights HM Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/20/2015 DCI Round Topeka Seaman BH Blue Valley North SV Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/20/2015 DCI Round Kapaun Mount Carmel CS Washburn Rural RL Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/20/2015 DCI Round Sumner TF Washburn Rural CC Aff