Gabe Cook Paradigm

Last changed 10/1 2:12P CDT

Debated at Missouri State and graduated in 2004

Executive Director of DEBATE-Kansas City until 2017

Assistant Coach and then Head Coach at Barstow starting in 2018

Yes, I want to be on the chain, and please be as efficient as possible with the emailing. Email: gabe.cook@barstowschool.org.

I am open to almost any argument, but I defer policy. I like a compelling narrative, especially in the link debate. I value both technical skills and argumentative truth, but I defer to what I consider the truer argument when the debate is very close. Clarity and flowability will increase speaker points and chances of winning.

T - I defer to reasonability on T and I do not mind larger topics. That doesn’t mean I won’t vote on T if you win the argument. I find ground loss to be an intuitively important standard. I want both sides to explain the model of debate your interp creates and impact why it’s comparatively better.

Non-T AFF - I don’t mind framework debates and I will vote for who made the best arguments. I have generally preferred for the AFF to find a way to be topical, but I increasingly see reasons why teams choose the non-topical path. I think the best standard for non-T AFFs is that they need to prove it is not possible to ethically support the resolution. I believe you need a topic link and a clear method for the negative engage. I also lean towards believing you do not get a perm in a method vs. method debate.

Case - Here is where I copy and paste from every judge paradigm and say I want more case debate. I dislike AFFs with lousy internal links, and I will reward NEGs that take the time to point out flaws in AFF ev.

K - I find myself voting for the K a fair amount, and against a good number of AFFs, it is the best strategy. You need a specific link, and I appreciate it when debaters use lines from the 1AC to get a link. I am open to voting on presumption/turns case. But you need to explain how the K actually eliminates solvency and/or turns the case, and contextual examples help. I am most familiar with core kritiks like neolib or security. High theory Ks like Baudrillard are my least favorite and I am the least familiar with them. This means you should define key terms from your literature.

By default, I evaluate ontology, epistemology, discourse, and AFF consequences through the lens of link and impact rather than as something resolved or excluded by debate theory.

I generally believe the negative should have the flexibility to run a K and disads. However, a blatant contradiction may provide grounds for a performative contradiction that gives credence to AFF permutations and diminishes the solvency for certain alternatives. You can frame DAs as consequences within the system you are critiquing to help avoid a meaningful performative contradiction.

DA - The starting place is to be on the right side uniqueness. Then I need a compelling link story contextualized to the AFF. Impact comparison is obviously essential. I will vote on effective AFF criticism and/or takeouts of low probability disads.

When I debated I went for politics often, and I still cut a lot of politics cards. For me, the uniqueness research determines the viability of any politics DA. I don’t like forcing a story because of the links or impacts. I also don’t like shady politics DAs. The story should be clear in the 1NC and you shouldn’t win because the 2AC was confused about your argument. If teams run intentionally confusing stories, I will allow the 1AR new answers. I do appreciate nuanced and clever link stories, and I will reward NEG teams that have a compelling link story.

CP - I like core of the topic CPs and smart PICs. I dislike mechanism CPs with little topic literature that really only compete at a textual level. I also dislike consultation CPs. This doesn't mean I refuse to vote for them, but that I am receptive to theoretical objections and solvency arguments.

Condo/Advocacy Theory - I believe that the NEG should get one conditional CP and one conditional K. If the K alt is rejection, then I don’t think it counts as an advocacy. Or I think you can have unlimited dispositional advocacies. I dislike giving the NEG multiple CPs because I think it’s unfair to the 2AC, reduces depth, and gives the NEG too many high reward - no risk arguments. However, the community seems fine with multiple conditional CPs/Ks, and debate theory is a challenging 2NR. When teams run three or more conditional advocacies, by default, I will give the AFF more argumentative leeway in the 1AR and 2AR.

Points

29.6 – 30 – Approaching perfection to perfect.

29.1-29.5 – Excellent

28.5 – 29 – Above average to very good.

28.4 – Average

28.3– 27.7 – Slightly below average to below average

27.6 – 27 – Below average to well below average.

26.9 and below – Bad to potentially offensive.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Omaha Westside Warrior Invitational 1/3/2020 VCX R4 SF Roosevelt MW Juan Diego Catholic MB Aff
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm 12/13/2019 NCX Quarte Glenbrook North LM Niles West KS Neg Neg on a 3-0
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm 12/13/2019 NCX R5 Glenbrook North LM Washington LT Aff
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm 12/13/2019 NCX R4 Blue Valley Northwest BC Glenbrook North DW Neg
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm 12/13/2019 NCX R3 Blue Valley Northwest AS Washington CG Neg
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm 12/13/2019 NCX R2 Glenbrook South DT Glenbrook North HM Aff
The Dowling Catholic Paradigm 12/13/2019 NCX R1 Glenbrook North NP La Crosse Central SC Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX Sextos Montgomery Bell BM Lexington AA Aff Aff on a 3-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R6 Little Rock Central FR Notre Dame DN Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R5 West Des Moines Valley LD Shawnee Mission East LH Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VCX R3 Gulliver Prep VC St Francis KN Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier 11/1/2019 DCI Octos Blue Valley Northwest Mayan Bhagavan & Zaki Mansoor Lawrence Free State Aiden Basore & Timothy Huffman Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier 11/1/2019 DCI Double Blue Valley Northwest Emma Kingston & Shruthi Venkatachalam Maize Jason Liang-Lin & Connor Mitchell Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier 11/1/2019 DCI R4 Shawnee Mission West Alex McCarthy & Zachary Wallenburg Blue Valley Northwest Lex Barrett & Will Soper Neg
KCKCC DCI TOC Policy Qualifier 11/1/2019 Nov R1 Blue Valley North Katherine Koplik & Lizzie Place Mill Valley Garrett Cumbie & Andrew Spellman Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 NCX R5 Crossings Christian LA Lansing Sr SI Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 NCX R4 Bentonville KB Crossings Christian WS Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 NCX R3 Bentonville HR Bentonville West MJ Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 NCX R1 Wichita East HL Crossings Christian WH Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R7 Chattahoochee AA Green Valley SL Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R4 Liberal Arts and Science CU Green Valley WK Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/27/2019 CX R3 Bellarmine VR Minneapolis South SC Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX Octos Bellarmine College Prep VR Greenhill AE Aff Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX Triple Bellarmine College Prep VR Fullerton Union GK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R6 College Prep BT Kamiak LK Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R4 Nevada Union FF Leland ZS Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R3 Elizabeth Learning Center MP Green Valley SL Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R2 Sonoma HE Homestead KW Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VCX R1 Green Valley WK Garfield FT Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX O Ronald Reagan PG Eisenhower HJ Neg Neg on a 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R5 Wichita East HN Hebron HP Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R4 Airline LC Hendrickson DY Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R3 Caddo Magnet WL Crossings Christian HH Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R2 Greenhill WZ Hebron DL Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VCX R1 Wichita East YT Liberal Arts and Science GR Aff
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/4/2019 VCX R4 Washington MW Lincoln East SP Neg
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/4/2019 VCX R3 Raymore-Peculiar LL Millard West NE Aff
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/4/2019 VCX R2 Millard West WF Jenks MB Neg
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/4/2019 VCX R1 Washington NR SF Roosevelt MW Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R4 Greenhill KM Pine Crest Prep KR Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R2 Derby CS Cypress Bay AK Aff Aff on a 2-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 JCXRR R1 Walter Payton CP HP Fort Atkinson PK Aff Aff on a 2-0
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI Octos Kapaun Mount Carmel Loic Rocheleau & Jacob Doolittle Blue Valley Southwest Niko Helixon & Maddie Pieropan Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI Double Blue Valley North Kelsie Fisher & Anushka Valsan Blue Valley West Seena Saiedian & Vineet Tallavajhala Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R6 Raymore-Peculiar Brenden Lucas & Jaden Lanza Blue Valley Southwest Karthik Sathish & Alex Swanson Aff
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R5 Derby Brianna Hassell & Kya Nethercot Lansing Sr Brett Zimmerman & Marcus Woodcock Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R4 Lansing Sr Dalton Buchholz & Amber Dawson Eisenhower Mathew Grossman & Austin Stiffler Aff
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R2 Newton Chase Cassil & Fletcher Hummingbird SF Roosevelt David Wells & Peter Moriarty Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R1 Eisenhower Carl Jacobson & Seth Hartter Kapaun Mount Carmel Catherine Magana & Vanessa Nguyen Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 NCX R4 Bentonville West HS Little Rock Central TR Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 NCX R3 Emporia ME Union MG Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2018 NCX R2 Wichita East HS Little Rock Central MG Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 HD R5 Niles West PS Little Rock Central AK Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 HD R4 Liberal Arts and Science JM OES NW Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 HD R2 Niles West BB Harker PB Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/12/2018 HD R1 Coppell AK Harker SM Aff
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX Quarte Glenbrook South GS Blue Valley North MM Aff Aff on a 2-1
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX Octos Blue Valley Southwest HH Millard North KC Neg Neg on a 2-1
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX R6 Washburn Rural AB Glenbrook South AK Aff
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX R5 Blue Valley Southwest HH Oak Park and River Forest GJ Aff
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX R4 Glenbrook South GS Wichita East RN Aff
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX R3 Oak Park and River Forest MM Blue Valley Southwest SH Neg
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX R2 Blue Valley North MM Glenbrook South KB Aff
Kanellis Invitational 2/23/2018 VCX R1 Glenbrook South SV Millard North PF Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VCX Double Oakland Tech BP Head Royce DH Neg Neg on a 2-1
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VCX R5 Lowell YW CK McClatchy MM Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VCX R4 Emery BS Gig Harbor JS Neg
32nd Annual Stanford Invitational 2/10/2018 VCX R1 CK McClatchy FS Archbishop Mitty GR Aff
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/5/2018 VCX Quarte Millard North PF Union GR Neg Neg on a 2-1
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/5/2018 VCX Octafi Blue Valley Southwest HS Millard West KG Aff Aff on a 2-1
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/5/2018 VCX R6 Millard West BP Jefferson City BM Neg
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/5/2018 VCX R5 SF Roosevelt KM Lincoln East LG Neg
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/5/2018 VCX R4 Jenks MB Blue Valley Southwest SW Aff
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/5/2018 VCX R3 Sioux Falls Lincoln FM Lincoln East CS Neg
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/5/2018 VCX R2 Union GR Blue Valley Southwest WB Aff
Westside Warrior Debate Invitational Tournament 1/5/2018 VCX R1 Millard North KC Blue Valley Southwest BK Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R7 St. Andrew's Episcopal DY St Francis VP Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R6 Lane Tech GP Union TW Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R3 Westwood GN Solorio UG Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R2 St. Vincent De Paul BC Lane Tech MC Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Semis Jenks Rylee Buchert & Sanjeev Musuvathy Cabot Kyler Buckner & Collin Smith Aff Neg on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 Nov Semis Little Rock Central Madison Moulden & Laila Meredith Blue Valley Southwest Kristina Wu & Owen Li Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Double Olathe East Avneet Sidhu & William Macfarland Blue Valley North Eleanor Mendelson & Mickey McMahon Aff Neg on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 6 Union Eve Gerbrandt & Tyler Rossow Shawnee Mission Northwest Noah Gruman & Ashley Ellis Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 Nov R5 Blue Valley North Alexandria Hines & Laysa Kambhampati Lansing Sr Maddie Souser & Nicholas Strickland Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R4 Kapaun Mount Carmel Jacob Doolittle & Ben Engle Shawnee Mission East Jacob Roberts & Grant Colvin Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R3 Cabot Kyler Buckner & Collin Smith Blue Valley Southwest Maverick Edwards & Nick Castle Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R2 Little Rock Central Sakshi Garg & Valorie Lam Lansing Sr Aaron Young & Dalton Buchholz Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R1 Lansing Sr Thomas Atkins & Noah Kincaid Millard North Shashank Potineni & Ben Finnestad Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX Partia Blue Valley Southwest MP Union GR Neg Neg on a 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R5 Crossings Christian DS Edmond North SW Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R4 Moore SD Dowling Catholic WH Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R3 Wichita East DN Dowling Catholic MT Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R2 Blue Valley North AC Shawnee Mission East RH Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R1 Blue Valley Southwest MP Crossings Christian RW Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 HD R4 Heritage Hall HN Westminster FV Neg
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 HD R3 Montgomery Bell ZK Harker LH Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 HD R2 Harker BL New Trier CP Aff
Heart of Texas Invitational 10/13/2017 HD R1 Montgomery Bell KG Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AP Aff