Robbie Pluta

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Paradigm Statement
Last changed 5 March 2021 9:34 AM EST

Email - robbpluta@gmail.com - please include me on the email chain!

As an FYI, I don't coach for any teams currently, and last debated as a senior in high school, so I probably have a little less experience with the intricate details of a lot of arguments than other judges, especially as the season is starting. Explaining everything out to me, no matter how obvious it might seem, is a great way to earn my ballot.

Judging Philosophy - My default position is that debate is an educational competition, and that by exchanging arguments in this space we gain knowledge on the topic, the world, political mechanisms, activism, etc. I can be convinced out of this reasoning but sans framework it's where I default.

I am adamant that I vote only on the arguments presented to me in the round. If an argument is clearly abusive, doesn't link, makes no sense, has no supporting warrants - I am counting on YOU to be the one to point it out. This is a test of your skills, not mine. I've voted for DAs that clearly don't link simply because the Aff let's Neg get away with it - always call out the other team and don't count on me to do it.

A dropped argument is a conceded argument - but you need to point out why this wins you the round.

Slurs or abusive language/arguments designed to hurt others (racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic, etc), is an auto-ballot against the violating team. "Fascism good" arguments fall under this category as well.

Sans above, I will be willing to vote for any argument, but historically, I've noted what I find more persuasive below.

Topicality - I'll be honest that I have rarely voted on T's that were not dropped in whole/in part. The neg needs to make the argument that T is a priori (as I will not assume this). The Neg should attempt to prove what education/ground has been lost by the aff with actual examples, otherwise I tend to be unconvinced. If you're going for T, make it the whole 2NR.

DAs - always cool (Unless you're going for "climate change good / isn't happening" in which case I will laugh you out of the room)

CPs - always cool - Neg run what you want, aff run theory it's abusive. Arguments that tell me "this is what debate will look like if we allow ______" are a must if you're arguing abuse.

Ks - cool if explained well. A layperson's explanation is a must, especially on psychoanalytic Ks. It's not necessary for K's critiquing Aff's specific plan epistemology to have an alt, but is never a bad idea. Ks that critique the resolution/general format of policy (IE 'state bad') should absolutely have one. Aff - always question the link.

FW - super cool - needs to be in every round.

Theory - cool - I'm probably in the minority of judges who think so. But debate is a competition, and debating best practices that allow everyone to play the competition are intriguing to me. Statements like "Debate becomes _______" or "Debate will look like ________" are essential.

Performance Affs - cool, but should still be "topical". At minimum, a "plan text" that states "We [do the resolution] by ________".

Impact Calc - absolutely necessary. Probability / questioning the link always seems neglected in favor of magnitude, which would be a mistake for me.

General Things I like:

- SLOW DOWN on your Tags! and tell me NEXT when moving on!

- Explicitly contrasting FW/Role of the Ballot.

- Explaining the benefits or drawbacks of the world of the alt

- Questioning the warrants of cards

- Reading more than just the T or Theory shells.

- Theory debates where we are having honest discussions on game theory/what is best for debate, and moving beyond shell arguments.

Things I'm not the biggest fan of:

- Running Condo with less than 4 off case

- 5 or more off case

- Elections DAs more than 6 months before an election

- Sticking ONLY with T or Theory Shells

- Reading off standards/voters in T/Theory without explaining what they mean (What the heck is "reasonable"? Or "education"?)

- Not explaining the warrants/alt of the K to me.

- Heck, reading any K and not being able to explain it with current / relevant examples outside the space of the round

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
West Bloomfield Invitational Debate Tournament 2021 HS 2021-09-25 PFO FINAL Cranbrook BL Dexter CK Pro Pro 2-1
West Bloomfield Invitational Debate Tournament 2021 HS 2021-09-25 PFO R4 Saline BG Dexter KP Con
West Bloomfield Invitational Debate Tournament 2021 HS 2021-09-25 PFO R2 Saline LS Dexter IM Pro
DUDL Championship Tournament NAUDL Qualifier HS 2021-03-05 PolNR R4 CassTech JM CassTech HV Neg
DUDL Championship Tournament NAUDL Qualifier HS 2021-03-05 PolNR R1 CassTech MW CassTech HL Aff
Detroit UDL 3 HS 2020-11-11 DPolOp R2 Cody ZB UnivHSA BE Aff
Detroit UDL 3 HS 2020-11-11 DPolNR R1 CassTech HL Loyola CB Neg
Pappas Invitational DUDL 2 HS 2020-10-09 PolOp Finals DSoA FH Groves GF Neg Neg 2-1
Pappas Invitational DUDL 2 HS 2020-10-09 PolNR Semis Okemos MS CassTech MW Neg Neg 3-0
Pappas Invitational DUDL 2 HS 2020-10-09 PolNR R4 Okemos MS CassTech ST Aff
Pappas Invitational DUDL 2 HS 2020-10-09 PolOp R3 DCDS CL Loyola CS Aff
Pappas Invitational DUDL 2 HS 2020-10-09 PolNU R2 DCDS KK Loyola HB Neg
Pappas Invitational DUDL 2 HS 2020-10-09 PolOp R1 DCDS AP CassTech CM Aff
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament HS 2020-10-03 PolO R4 Detroit Country Day LP East Kentwood BB Aff
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament HS 2020-10-03 PolO R3 Melissa SH Okemos NS Neg
Detroit Country Day School Online Invitational MS 2020-09-25 DPolNR R2 Padre Pio FordKimbrell Cass Technical LC Neg
DUDL Championship NAUDL Qualifier HS 2020-02-28 PolN Final University AE Loyola HS of Detroit HM Aff Aff 2-1
DUDL Championship NAUDL Qualifier MS 2020-02-28 PF Final Al Furqan Quran SM Al Furqan Quran AM Pro
DUDL Championship NAUDL Qualifier HS 2020-02-28 PF R4 Al Furqan Quran AM Charlotte Mason TM Pro
DUDL Championship NAUDL Qualifier HS 2020-02-28 PolN R2 Cass Technical JM University AE Neg
DUDL Championship NAUDL Qualifier MS 2020-02-28 PF R2 Al Furqan Quran SM Al Furqan Quran ME Pro
DUDL Championship NAUDL Qualifier HS 2020-02-28 PolJV R1 Detroit Cristo Rey AP Loyola HS of Detroit BL Neg
DUDL Tournament 5 HS 2020-02-07 PolJV R4 Cass Technical MU Wylie E. Groves LS Neg
DUDL Tournament 5 HS 2020-02-07 PolN R3 University AE Loyola HS of Detroit MH Aff
MIFA Debate State Finals HS 2019-12-13 DPolJV R2 CristoRey EWS PadPio FK Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational HS 2019-11-15 VP R6 H.H. Dow BM Okemos NR Neg Neg 2-1
Groves Falcon Invitational MS 2019-11-15 NVP R5 Padre Pio KF Okemos KY Neg
Groves Falcon Invitational HS 2019-11-15 NVP R4 Oakland MR Okemos KC Neg
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State HS 2019-10-11 PolJV Semis H.H. Dow BT Padre Pio FK Aff Neg 2-1
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State HS 2019-10-11 PolOp R5 Detroit Country Day LM H.H. Dow VM Aff
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State HS 2019-10-11 PolJV R4 Mumford SH Detroit Country Day CW Neg
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State HS 2019-10-11 PolNU R3 Wylie E. Groves MS Oakland MR Neg
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament HS 2019-09-28 PolO R4 Okemos BL Detroit Country Day LM Neg
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament HS 2019-09-28 PolO R3 Loyola HS of Detroit MS Okemos VN Aff
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament HS 2019-09-28 PolO R2 Wylie E. Groves GR Okemos SN Aff
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament HS 2019-09-28 PolO R1 Okemos YL Wylie E. Groves GL Neg
DUDL Tournament 1 MS 2019-09-20 PolJV Finals Padre Pio FK University CB Neg Neg 2-1
DUDL 4 HS 2018-12-07 PolN Quarte Mumford MS Detroit Cristo Rey LWE Neg
DUDL 4 HS 2018-12-07 PolN R4 Detroit Cristo Rey HP Mumford BM Neg
DUDL 4 HS 2018-12-07 PolN R3 Mumford WM Detroit School of Arts CMM Neg
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State HS 2018-10-12 PolNR R2 Detroit Cristo Rey HHM Mumford JS Neg
Pappas Debate Invitational Wayne State HS 2018-10-12 PolNR R1 Mumford SC University Prep CA Neg
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament HS 2018-09-29 PolOp PR4 Wylie E. Groves BR Detroit Country Day RN Neg
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament HS 2018-09-29 PolOp PR3 H.H. Dow SV Okemos MT Neg
West Bloomfield HS Invitational Tournament HS 2018-09-29 PolOp PR1 H.H. Dow RW Detroit Country Day SH Aff
West Bloomfield Debate Invitational HS 2017-09-29 PolOp R5 Wylie E. GrovesSR H.H. DowWW Neg
West Bloomfield Debate Invitational HS 2017-09-29 PolOp R4 H.H. DowDM Wylie E. Groves BM Neg
West Bloomfield Debate Invitational HS 2017-09-29 PolOp R2 H.H. DowSP Detroit Country DayNN Aff