Eric Gamble Paradigm

Last changed 19 April 2021 7:56 AM CDT

This year is weird. I am grateful that we get the chance to see each other virtually instead of having our activity sidelined for the entire year. Let's make the best out of the 20/21 season!

Experience:

I was a policy debater in West Texas in the late 90's. Competing and doing well in both UIL and TFA. Afterwards, I spent four years competing in two forms of limited prep debate at the collegiate level (IPDA and Parliamentary)

ONE DIAMOND COACH:

In 14 years of coaching, we have competed and won in Policy, Public Forum, Worlds School and Big Question. We are the only small-school ,from Arkansas, that has been consistent at qualifying for Nationals.

In the past 16 years, we have attended TOC 4 times and NSDA Nats 6 times. We have made it to nationals in everything from Oratory, World Schools Debate, Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, Big Questions and World Schools debate.

I have judged; 2020 NSDA PF FINALS, NSDA finals rounds of Individual events, NSDA Nats World Schools Debate, Big Questions, Lincoln-Douglas.

TOC PF and everything that you can think of on our local circuit.

This activity and its associated community give me life. It has led me from a life of poverty into a prosperous one that allows for a completely different world than I was raised in. I am honored to be judging debaters of your caliber and degree.

My View on debate:

It is my hope that my view on debate is nuanced and takes into account as many viewpoints as possible. Debate is a 'game'. However, this game has the ability to examine, indict and change the status quo. The words we say, the thoughts we use, and the policy that we propose is not only a reflection of real life but often has real-world implications outside of the round. My responsibility as an adjudicator extends past the time we share together. My ballot will carry the ramification of perpetuating or helping to stop the things that are espoused in that round.

I ,therefore, take my job extremely seriously when it comes to the type of argumentation , words used and attitude presented in the rounds that I will sit in front of. It is also a game in the sense that the competitors are present in order to compete. The fact that we are engaged in an intellectual battle doesn't change the fact that every person in the round is trying to win. I have never seen a debater forfeit a round in order to further their social or political commentary.

If the topics calls for an in-depth discussion of any type of argument that might be considered a "K" that is entirely fine. In fact, there is definitely ample ground for this argumentation in the April 2018 topic. I caution that these types of arguments should be realistic and genuine. It is a travesty and a mockery of the platform to shoehorn serious social commentary with the sole intent of winning a game.

In terms of the words you choose and the arguments that you make. Please follow this advice that I found on another judge's Paradigm "A non-threatening atmosphere of mutual respect for all participants is a prerequisite to any debating."

If you make arguments that are racist, sexist, homophobic, or otherwise blatantly discriminatory you will lose the round. Debate should be a free marketplace of ideas but it should also be a marketplace that is open to all humans on this earth. That can't happen with aggressive language that dehumanizes others. Make your point without tearing people down. Getting a W isn't worth losing your moral compass.

This activity is a game of persuasion that is rooted in evidenced based argumentation. I prefer a well warranted argument instead of a squabble over dates/qualification of evidence. [this is not to say qualification don't matter. But you have to prove that the evidence is biased] Don't waste your time arguing specifics when it doesn't matter.

Paradigms:

  • Speed is fine. "Spreading" is not. Your breathing shouldn't become markedly different and noticeable because of your rate increase. The pitch of your voice shouldn't also change dramatically because of your delivery. If you are clean, clear and articulate then you are free to go as fast as you wish.
  • Don't just extend cards with Author name. "Extend Samson '09". You need to explain why that argument is a good answer to whatever you are extending. For me, debate is more than just lines on a page. Your words matter. Your arguments matter.
  • I feel that the first two speeches are solely for setting up the case in favor or opposition to the resolution. If an answer happens to cross-apply as a good answer to their case that is fine. But, I don't expect PF teams to divide their time in the first speeches to offer counter-arguments.
  • No new in the 2. Core arguments should be flowing out of the first two constructive speeches. If it isn't covered by your partner in the second constructive or by you in the summary speech then it is dropped. Too little, too late. This isn't football and a Hail Mary will not occur.
  • While I view debate as a game....it is more like Quidditch and less like muggle games. (*just because you win the most points doesn't make you the winner. If you catch that golden snitch....you can pull out the win! Don't be afraid to argue impacts as opposed to number of points)
  • The affirmative has the burden of proof. It is their job to prove the resolution true. If the debate is a wash this means the default win will go to the negative. (low speak wins included)
  • Framework: I will assume CBA unless otherwise stated. You can win framework and then lose the debate under that framework. That should be obvious. Make sure that you explain how and why you win under the framework of the debate.
  • PF Plans/ CPs: Simply put. These are against the rule. You are allowed to give a general recommendation but this often delves right into plan territory.
  • ATTITUDE: Humor is welcome. Sarcasm and rudeness are not.
  • Evidence: Don't miscut evidence. I will call for evidence if (A) a team tells me to do so or (B) I suspect it is miscut.
  • Round Evaluation: I am a flow judge. I will judge based on what happens in-round. It is your job to impact out your arguments. Don't just say 'this leads to racism'...TELL ME WHY RACISM IS BAD and what the actual impact is. Don't make me do the work for you. Make sure to weigh the arguments out under the frameworks.
  • Shoo fly, you bug me:
    • Don't tell me that something is dropped when it isn't. If they simply repeat their assertion in response, that is a different story. But if they have a clear answer and you tell me that they dropped that isn't going to end well for you. Don't extend through ink.
    • Rudeness: This isn't a street fight. This is an intellectual exchange and thus should not be a showcase of rude behavior such as: Ad Hominem attacks on your competition, derision of your opponents argument or strategy, Domination of Cross by shouting/ cutting off / talking over your opponents.
    • Arguing with me after disclosure. It wont change the ballot.
    • Packing your things while I am giving you a critique.

Overall, do your best and have a fantastic time. That is why we are all here. If you have any questions about a ballot feel free to e-mail me at mrgambledhs@gmail.com

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R7 BL QW Quarry Lane JK Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R6 NSDA China HL Spence DS Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R4 Bronx Science KM Taipei American CK Pro
Tournament of Champions HS 2021-04-17 PFS R1 McDowell BH Westlake LR Con
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 BQ Finals 3 Sarah Havdala 1 William Fry Aff Aff 3-0
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 VIPDA Partia 1 Ava Ramos 11 Savannah Barrentine Aff Aff 2-1
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 NPF R3 3 Storer & Sammons 5 Behar & Hartwig Con
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 VIPDA R2 11 Christian Woods 10 Madison Young Neg
Arkansas Forensics and Debate State Championship HS 2021-03-30 NIPDA R1 10 Darlenne Chacon 11 Jason Beason Neg
ACTAA High School March Regional HS 2021-03-07 BQ Finals 4 William Fry 9 Sarah Havdala Neg Neg 3-0
ACTAA High School March Regional HS 2021-03-07 VPF R3 2 Bacon & Arrington 6 Brandon & Southern Con
ACTAA High School March Regional HS 2021-03-07 VIPDA R2 14 Mace Fergusen 15 Savannah Barrentine Neg
Arkansas World Schools Invitational HS 2021-02-24 WSD Qual R GotFlowLetsGo Los Hombres Neg Aff 2-1
Arkansas World Schools Invitational HS 2021-02-24 WSD R1 Tower Le Pineapple Los Hombres Neg
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2021-02-16 PF Finals 1510 1517 Con Con 3-0
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2021-02-16 PF 4 1513 1512 Pro
Har Ber High School Speaker Series MS 2021-02-16 PF R2 1508 1503 Con
Arkansas District Tournament HS 2021-02-11 PF R3 3 Massery & Robbins 6 Bagga & Buchholz Neg
Arkansas District Tournament HS 2021-02-11 PF R1 10 Behar & Hartwig 14 Pineda & Rackley Neg
ACTAA High School February Regional HS 2021-01-31 NPF R1 7 ChamBon & Sabatini 11 Storer & Sammons Con
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 VLD Octos 3 Dylan Sexton 1 Ashwin Marathe Neg
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 NLD R3 3 Chloe Howard 7 Samuel Carrero Aff
ACTAA High School October Regional HS 2020-10-17 BQ R2 19 Kirsten Milam 7 Ryken Emberson Neg
Willard Online Invitational HS 2020-10-14 NLD R4 25 Joseph Baker 26 Aryan Arora Neg
Willard Online Invitational HS 2020-10-14 NLD R4 18 Danielle Pinkston 13 Rylee Richardson Aff
Willard Online Invitational HS 2020-10-14 LD R3 37 Megan Trice 14 Kaydie Demster Aff
Willard Online Invitational HS 2020-10-14 LD R3 02 Jeana Compton 52 Mariah Gomez Aff
Willard Online Invitational HS 2020-10-14 PUF R1 40 Hesemann & Peters 18 Bailey & Rustemeyer Neg
Willard Online Invitational HS 2020-10-14 PUF R1 31 Metcalf & Parham 29 Miller & Pollack Aff
Grapevine Classic HS 2020-09-11 VPFD R2 Leland MT Gunn JC Con
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 PF Final N265 N244 Pro Pro 9-4
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R5 L234 L314 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R5 L229 L109 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R3 L276 L142 Neg Neg 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R2 L194 L315 Aff Aff 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2020-06-12 LD R2 L101 L275 Aff Aff 2-0
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2020-02-07 LD R4 1900 1910 Aff
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2020-02-07 PF R3 1803 1807 Con
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2020-02-07 LD R2 1903 1902 Neg
Mills Speak No Evil Halloween Tournament HS 2019-10-25 NIPDA R3 17 Ryan Baugh 14 Nayeli Garcia Aff
Mills Speak No Evil Halloween Tournament HS 2019-10-25 NIPDA R3 17 Nicholas Purifoy 14 Ashley Garcia Neg
Mills Speak No Evil Halloween Tournament HS 2019-10-25 NIPDA R2 1 Aidan King 17 Savannah Barrentine Aff
Mills Speak No Evil Halloween Tournament HS 2019-10-25 NIPDA R1 17 Conner Smith 14 Jacob Hodges Neg
Mills Speak No Evil Halloween Tournament HS 2019-10-25 BQ R1 17 Jeffrey Murphy Aff
Mills Speak No Evil Halloween Tournament HS 2019-10-25 NIPDA R1 14 Kang Zhang 1 Aidan King Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 BQ Semis Q155 Q153 Neg Aff 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 BQ R12 Q104 Q121 Aff Aff 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2018-06-17 BQ R3 Q115 Q162 Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 SPF R7 Ravenwood GJ NSU ML Pro
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 SPF R6 Carroll HS - Southlake MK Mountain House SP Pro
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 SPF R3 William P Clements CH Potomac SK Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2018-04-28 SPF R1 College Prep BG Bentonville BV Con
Har Ber High School Speaker Series HS 2018-02-16 BQ Debate AL 107 AJ 103 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS R6 Eastern Ohio Blue Big Valley White Prop
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS R5 New England Red Montana Blue Prop
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS R4 Tall Cotton White Heart Of America White Opp
National Speech and Debate Tournament 2017-06-19 WS R1 Space City Blue Rocky Mountain-North Blue Opp
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 SPF R6 Lamp GB Bronx HS Of Science IQ Pro
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 SPF R5 Saratoga AR Lamp PK Con
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 SPF R3 Nueva SS Asian Debate League CY Pro
Tournament of Champions HS 2017-04-29 SPF R1 St. Michael's BF Durham DO Pro