John Burris ParadigmLast 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.