John Burris Paradigm

Last changed 9/23 1:34P CDT

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I debated for four years at Field Kindley High School (Coffeyville, KS). I chose not to debate in college, and was hired as an Assistant Coach at Lawrence Free State High School (Lawrence, KS) for the 2019-20 school year. I am in graduate school currently and not coaching for the 2020-21 school year.

You are welcome to present your arguments in whatever framework/paradigm you prefer, and I'll evaluate the round accordingly. Otherwise, I default to being a policymaker. Do what you feel you're best at, be confident, and have fun.

Speed: Slow down a little for anything procedural, and plan/counterplan text in particular. Otherwise, I'm fine with speed. If I am not flowing, that is a bad sign.

Disadvantages: Generics are fine but you're going to have to do the work on impact calculus later in the game (magnitude/timeframe/probability).

Counterplans: Fine. I don't lean either way on theory, with the exception that on Aff., I tend to default to permutations should include the entire Aff. plan and all or part of the counterplan. I'm willing to listen to reasons otherwise.

Theory: I try to evaluate on a technical level and reward/penalize soundness and unforced errors accordingly. If the debate is just reading frontlines and blocks I have a very hard time tuning in.

Kritiks: There needs to be a clear link to the case and the alternative must be well-explained. If the debate becomes kritik vs. kritik then please make your points of competition clear.

CX: I flow questions and answers. 18.75% of any complete debate round will be spent in CX. I think that's non-trivial. Each speaker and team stands to gain/lose by how well or poorly a CX goes. Be civil to the other team and your teammate.

Other: If you are performing outside of the realm of the above, please identify the role of the ballot. I will not vote on disclosure theory. Tech over truth, though there is definitely a floor/ceiling to that.

Personal other: The two people that have influenced my debate thinking the most are Darrel Harbaugh (retired FKHS coach and NSDA Hall-of-Famer) and Ross Smith (the late coach of Wake Forest University's debate team, where I chose to attend camp), if that helps illuminate where I'm from. I have competed and judged in elim rounds at NSDA Nationals.

If it's not covered above, ask.

Good luck,
John

9.23.2020

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Field Kindley Virtual Debate Invitational 10/17/2020 OPEN R2 Chanute Furrow & Rodriquez Fort Scott Collins & Davis Aff
Field Kindley Virtual Debate Invitational 10/17/2020 OPEN R1 El Dorado Doughty & Taylor Olathe South Mindrup & Maheshwari Neg
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament 1/17/2020 6A Octa 13A WS 01D SW Aff Aff on a 2-1
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament 1/17/2020 6A Doub 01B DE 02A BS Neg Neg on a 3-0
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament 1/17/2020 6A R5 17C SV 02D MX Neg
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament 1/17/2020 6A R4 15A CS 13B HY Neg
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament 1/17/2020 6A R3 18C BK 03C CR Aff
KSHSAA 2020 6A 2 Speaker Tournament 1/17/2020 6A R1 22A WM 03B FV Neg
East Kansas District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R4 J Zimmerman & Woodcock E Shew & Viloria Aff Aff on a 3-0
East Kansas District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R2 S Ridge & Larsen T Revare & Winden Neg Neg on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R1 C Hartwell & Boutte G Doyle & Emerson Aff Aff on a 3-0
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Mill Valley 11/15/2019 DCI R3 Shawnee Mission East Huntley & Yi Blue Valley Southwest Sathish & Shi Aff
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Mill Valley 11/15/2019 JV R2 Truman Reeves & Aquino Shawnee Mission East Boyle & Brown Neg
Shawnee Mission East 11/8/2019 DCI DCI Q SMS Ridge & Larsen Lawrence Krambeer & Rose Aff Neg on a 2-1
Shawnee Mission East 11/8/2019 DCI R5 BVN Mao & Batrash BVW Wang & Ahmed Neg
Shawnee Mission East 11/8/2019 DCI R4 SMS Tuohey & Henderson Topeka Caracioni & Caracioni Aff
Shawnee Mission East 11/8/2019 DCI R3 WaRu Pandya & Willingham BSprings Miller & Evans Neg
Shawnee Mission East 11/8/2019 DCI R2 BVW Verma & Bagga BVN Ulusarac & Toniappa Aff
Shawnee Mission East 11/8/2019 DCI R1 Maize Dover & Gayden Lawrence Krambeer & Rose Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R4 Mill Valley BS Wichita East WF Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R2 Shawnee Mission West CV Lansing DA Neg
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 LD R4 M Noah Gruman R Salem Clemens Neg Neg on a 3-0