Toni Nielson Paradigm

Last changed 10/17 10:10P PDT

Toni Nielson
Debate Coach at Fullerton College
Executive Director - Bay Area Urban Debate League (2013-2017)
Co-Director of Debate at CSU, Fullerton for 7 years (2005-2012)
Debated in College for 5 years
Debated in High School for 3 years
Rounds on the Topic: less than 5

Email Chain: commftownnielson@gmail.com

I just want to see you do what you are good at. I like any debater who convinces me the know what they are talking about.

Here’s what I think helps make a debater successful –

1. Details: evidence and analytics, aff and neg – the threshold for being as specific as humanly possible about your arg and opponent's arg remains the same; details demonstrate knowledge
2. Direct organized refutation: Answer the other team and don’t make me guess about it – I hate guessing because it feels like intervention. I'm trying to let the debaters have the debate.
3. Debating at a reasonable pace: I ain’t the quickest flow in the west, even when I was at my best which was a while ago. I intend on voting for arguments which draw considerable debates and not on voting for arguments that were a 15 seconds of a speech. If one team concedes an argument, it still has to be an important and relevant argument to be a round winner.
4. Framing: tell me how you want me to see the round and why I shouldn’t see it your opponents way
5. Comparison: you aren’t debating in a vacuum – see your weakness & strengths in the debate and compare those to your opponent. I love when debaters know what they are losing and deal with it in a sophisticated way.

Some style notes - I like to hear the internals of evidence so either slow down a little or be clear. I flow CX, but I do this for my own edification so if you want an arg you still have to make it in a speech. I often don't get the authors name the first time you read the ev. I figure if the card is an important extension you will say the name again (in the block or rebuttals) so I know what ev you are talking about. I rarely read a bunch of cards at the end of the debate.

Now you are asking,
Can I read an aff without a plan? I lean rather in the direction of a topical plan, instrumentally implemented these days. This is a big change in my previous thoughts and the result of years of working with young, beginning debate. I appreciate policy discussion and believe the ground it provides is a preferable locus for debate. So I am somewhat prone to vote neg on framework must implement a plan.

Can I go for politics/CP or is this a K judge? Yes to both; I don't care for this distinction ideologically anymore. As far as literature, I lean slightly more in the K direction. My history of politics and CP debate are more basic than my history of K debate.

Theory - lean negative in most instances. Topicality - lean affirmative (if they have a plan) in most instances. I lean neg on K framework which strikes me as fair negative ground of a topical plan of action.

Truth v Tech - lean in the direction of tech. Debate, the skill, requires refuting arguments. So my lean in the direction of the tech is not a declaration to abandon reality. I will and do vote on unanswered arguments, particularly ones that are at the core of the debate. Gigantic caveat, I will struggle to vote on an argument just because it is dropped. The concession must be relevant and compelling to the debate. I will also be hesitant to vote on arguments that fly in the face of reality.

Here's what I like: I like what you know things about. And if you don't know anything, but get through rounds cause you say a bunch and then the other team drops stuff - then I don't think you have a great strategy. Upside for you, I truly believe you do know something after working and prepping the debate on the topic. Do us both a favor: If what you know applies in this round, then debate that.

Good luck!.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
District I Pacific Champs 2/21/2020 Qual R2 Arizona State Ferdowsian & Chowdhury UNLV RR Aff
District I Pacific Champs 2/21/2020 Open R1 Fresno State Saelee & Salvador-Leon CSU - Northridge Adornato & Cardenas Neg
Fall at the Beach 11/1/2019 O Par Quart St Mary's Sofia Almanzan & Isabel Jeronimo Rice Krithika Shamanna & Jacob Tate Neg Neg on a 3-0
Fall at the Beach 11/1/2019 N Par R6 CSU Long Beach James Monroe & Samra Tekle California San Diego/Speech Hao Wei & Fiona Liu Aff
Fall at the Beach 11/1/2019 O Par R5 El Camino Nikhil Emde & Shayan Saadat St Mary's Barbra Altawil & Joshua Moore Aff
The Aztec Invitational at San Diego State University 10/5/2019 JVCX Semi Southwestern Berry & Navarro Fresno State Salvador-Leon & Chapman Aff Aff on a 2-1
The Aztec Invitational at San Diego State University 10/5/2019 JVCX R5 Fresno State/CSU Long Beach Saelee & Vazquez Cal State Fullerton Delgado & Pelayo Neg
Western JV and Novice Policy Debate Championship 3/8/2019 JV Semi Fresno State LM Cal State Fullerton HP Aff Aff on a 3-0
Western JV and Novice Policy Debate Championship 3/8/2019 NOV R4 Fresno State CH CSU Long Beach BL Aff
Western JV and Novice Policy Debate Championship 3/8/2019 JV R3 Southwestern MN Weber State SS Neg
D1 Pacific Championship 2/23/2019 JVPol Semis Southern California Allison & Yoshida Fresno State Mirza & Lowe Neg Aff on a 2-1
D1 Pacific Championship 2/23/2019 OPol Quar Cal State Fullerton Salgado & White Southern California Kuffour & Wang Neg Neg on a 3-0
D1 Pacific Championship 2/23/2019 OPol R6 Cal State Fullerton Salgado & White Southern California Dille & Khan Aff
D1 Pacific Championship 2/23/2019 OPol R5 Arizona State Brisson & Carter Southern California Kuffour & Wang Neg
D1 Pacific Championship 2/23/2019 OPol R4 Cal State Fullerton Burke & Rosas Arizona State Barney & Green Aff
Winter at the Beach 1/25/2019 JCX Fin Weber State Sellouk & Stephens Fresno State Lowe & Mirza Aff Aff on a 3-0
Winter at the Beach 1/25/2019 OCX R6 Arizona State Ferdowsian & Guthrie UC Berkeley Neelakandan & Ramesh Neg
Winter at the Beach 1/25/2019 OCX R4 UNLV Quintana & Swett Southern California Kuang & Rosenthal Neg
Winter at the Beach 1/25/2019 OCX R2 Arizona State Brisson & Carter CSU Long Beach Alomar & Green Neg
Winter at the Beach 1/25/2019 OCX R1 Weber State Morales & Phelps UC Berkeley Wimsatt & Duncan Aff
The 2019 Kathryn Klassic at Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2019 OPEN Semis Wake Forest EF Iowa GL Aff Aff on a 2-1
The 2019 Kathryn Klassic at Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2019 OPEN R6 Weber State MP UNLV SQ Neg
The 2019 Kathryn Klassic at Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2019 OPEN R4 Wake Forest AC Wichita State WL Aff
The 2019 Kathryn Klassic at Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2019 NOV R2 Fresno State AZ CSU Long Beach NV Neg
The 2019 Kathryn Klassic at Cal State Fullerton 1/7/2019 OPEN R1 Kansas State EL UC Berkeley NR Neg
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 Nov QF Houston KD Cal State Fullerton RS Aff Aff on a 3-0
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 Open R6 Binghamton BM Houston GW Neg
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 JV R5 Southern California CP Houston AN Aff
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 JV R4 Southern California BF Houston LW Aff
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 Open R3 Kansas State EL St Mary's PM Aff
Las Vegas Classic Debate Tournament 10/20/2018 Nov R1 Houston BS Southwestern BN Neg
Aztec Invitational 10/6/2018 OCX R4 Fresno State LM CSU - Northridge AC Aff
Western JV and Novice Policy Debate Championship 3/2/2018 NOV SF Weber State FS Fresno State LM Aff Aff on a 2-1
Western JV and Novice Policy Debate Championship 3/2/2018 NOV R6 Cal State Fullerton LG Arizona State CW Aff
Western JV and Novice Policy Debate Championship 3/2/2018 NOV R5 Cal State Fullerton LS Fresno State LM Neg
Western JV and Novice Policy Debate Championship 3/2/2018 NOV R2 Fresno State EB Cal State Fullerton LS Neg
Western JV and Novice Policy Debate Championship 3/2/2018 NOV R1 Fresno State LM San Francisco HB Aff
Pacific Champs 2/24/2018 Open F Arizona State CR UNLV AK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Pacific Champs 2/24/2018 Open SF UC Berkeley DW Arizona State CR Neg Neg on a 3-0
Pacific Champs 2/24/2018 Nov QF CSU - Northridge GT Southern California PT Aff Aff on a 2-1
Pacific Champs 2/24/2018 Open R6 UC Berkeley MZ Fresno State MS Neg
Pacific Champs 2/24/2018 Open R5 Southern California DR UC Berkeley GF Neg
Pacific Champs 2/24/2018 Open R2 Cal State Fullerton BS UC Berkeley DW Neg
Pacific Champs 2/24/2018 Open R1 UC Berkeley NR Cal State Fullerton RR Aff
Tournament of Champions 4/29/2017 CX R6 College Prep KM Cypress Bay KK Aff
BAUDL League Championship 4/14/2017 NCX R1 Richmond RISU Skyline AN Aff
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/23/2016 JV/N R2 City College of San Francisco BC Southwestern BC Neg
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/23/2016 JV/N R1 City College of San Francisco MP CSU Northridge BL Neg
Tournament of Champions 4/30/2016 CX R4 Denver East RW College Prep JM Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VCX Triple Centennial LP Denver East MM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VCX R6 St. Vincent De Paul HM Denver East MM Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VCX R5 CK McClatchy HN Head Royce DL Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VCX R4 Cypress Bay KK Sonoma GK Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VCX R3 Damien JR Lynbrook MK Aff
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VCX R2 College Prep NP Asian Debate League CS Neg
Cal Invitational at Berkeley HS Tournament 2/13/2016 VCX R1 Cypress Bay HK Head Royce SH Aff
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational 11/20/2015 POL Semi Milpitas DT CK McClatchy HP Neg Neg on a 2-1
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational 11/20/2015 POL Octo Rosemont JD CK McClatchy MN Neg Neg on a 3-0
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational 11/20/2015 POL R4 Leland LJ Archbishop Mitty DV Aff
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational 11/20/2015 POL R2 CK McClatchy MN Nevada Union SF Neg
SCU Dempsey Cronin Invitational 11/20/2015 POL R1 Milpitas DT CK McClatchy VD Aff
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/25/2015 Open R6 San Francisco State SM Weber StateFresno State LS Neg
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 NCX Finals College Prep LM Notre Dame HS (CA) PM Neg Neg on a 2-1
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 NCX Semis Notre Dame HS (CA) PM College Prep CH Aff Aff on a 3-0
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 JCX Quarte Harker GB Notre Dame HS (CA) RK Neg Neg on a 3-0
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 NCX Octas College Prep JM Harker ZM Aff Aff on a 3-0
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 JCX R6 Nevada Union SM Damien MY Aff
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 JCX R5 Milpitas JB Damien PH Neg
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 JCX R4 Meadows BN Milpitas TT Aff
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 NCX R3 College Prep DG St. Vincent De Paul SB Neg
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 NCX R2 Harker BH Notre Dame HS (CA) AC Neg
Western JV Novice National Championship 3/14/2015 NCX R1 Monterey Trail HT HJH-Brooks MK Aff
California Round Robin 2/12/2015 CX RR R7 Harker MS St. Francis HS (Mountain View) RS Neg Neg on a 2-0
California Round Robin 2/12/2015 CX RR R5 Rowland Hall-St. Mark's KL Niles West SG Aff Aff on a 2-0
California Round Robin 2/12/2015 CX RR R4 Polytechnic HM Katy Taylor AL Neg
California Round Robin 2/12/2015 CX RR R1 College Prep PY Barstow SR Aff Aff on a 2-0
29th Annual Stanford National Invitational 2/8/2015 VCX Quarte Bellarmine CP AP CK McClatchy HP Aff Aff on a 2-1
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/6/2014 VarCX Dbls Juan Diego Catholic AZ San Dieguito ZD Aff Aff on a 3-0
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/6/2014 VarCX R5 St. Vincent de Paul HM CK McClatchy BF Neg
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/6/2014 VarCX R3 CK McClatchy HP St. Vincent de Paul CP Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/6/2014 VarCX R2 Juan Diego Catholic LB Interlake LL Aff
Damus Hollywood Invitational and USC Round Robin 11/6/2014 VarCX R1 University SL Head Royce FP Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 O CX OPD 5 Encinitas Independent Wimsatt & Wimsatt Downtown Magnets Godinez & Skladman Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 O CX OPD 4 St. Vincent de Paul Doble & Martin University Smet Chen Aff
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 O CX OPD 3 Downtown Magnets Lemus & Silva College Prep Raees & Xiao Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 O CX OPD 2 La Quinta Thieu & Le College Prep Klein & Sessions Neg
CSU Fullerton High School Invitational 10/17/2014 O CX OPD 1 Sage Ridge Ramazan & Kaul College Prep Harper & Dhaliwal Neg
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/26/2014 Open R2 SacSta GH FreSta PS Neg
Golden Gate Season Opener 9/26/2014 Open R1 FreSta HJ SanFra/SanFra CS Neg
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VCX Octafi Pine Crest Preparatory LM Bingham NW Aff Aff on a 3-0
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VCX Double Pine Crest Preparatory LM Nevada Union HC Aff Aff on a 3-0
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VCX R6 College Prep AF Leland VV Aff
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VCX R5 St. Vincent De Paul GL College Prep HJ Neg
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VCX R4 Leland SF West Des Moines Valley SD Neg
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VCX R3 Pine Crest Preparatory GJ Dougherty Valley CZ Aff
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VCX R2 Oakwood Secondary GW Pine Crest Preparatory BF Neg
Stanford Invitational 2/8/2014 VCX R1 West Des Moines Valley HP College Prep BY Neg
Kathryn Klassic Winter Tournament at California State Universit 1/7/2013 O 6 CSUN IL Fresno BT Neg
Kathryn Klassic Winter Tournament at California State Universit 1/7/2013 O 5 ASU\ISU CD UCF JV Neg