William Soper

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Hi, I’m Will Soper. He/him/his. Wsoper03@gmail.com

I debate for the University of Kansas. I led a lab at JDI this past summer. I've judged 60+ debates this year and I'm currently coaching for Blue Valley North.

I'll flow the debate on paper.

I have an aversion to bad arguments. I think most debaters understand what these are: hidden aspec in the 1NC, reading paradoxes as solvency arguments, turning random things into voting issues, etc. If your ideal negative strategy involves more nonsense than specific discussions of the affirmative, the way we think about debate may not align. Here are some arguments I will certainly never vote for:

1. Schopenhauer-style death good. These are arguments like "life is suffering so we should all die."

2. Floating piks which are not clearly flagged before the 2NR.

3. Arguments which you phrase or explain in a way to intentionally make your opponent misunderstand them.

4. "Racism/sexism good" and other clearly offensive arguments.

Evidence matters a lot to me. Debaters should strive to connect the claims and warrants they make to pieces of qualified evidence. A complete argument is claim, warrant, data. If one team is reading qualified evidence on an issue and the other team is not, I'll almost certainly conclude the team reading evidence is correct. I read a lot of evidence after debates.

I care about author qualifications/funding/bias more than most judges. I'm willing to disregard evidence if a team raises valid criticisms of it.

Kritiks. Specific negative kritiks are some of my favorite arguments to judge. When teams don't read a plan and answer framework, I am much more persuaded by a clear counter-vision of what educational debates look like and offensive justifications for that vision, rather than arguments that say topicality as an argument is bad (t = policing/exclusion is not very persuasive to me).

The more I think about offense/defense, the more I think presumption is a thing. If you point out that your opponent doesn't have evidence to support an essential part of their argument (not having a "PC key" warrant in a political capital disad, for instance), I'm willing to grant that argument zero risk.

I think a lot about conditionality a lot but I wouldn't say I'm a condo bad hack. I think the best aff offense is strategy skew and the best neg offense is neg flex. Just defend what you do and be intentional.

Things which will make your speaker points higher: exceptional clarity, numbering your arguments, good cross-x moments which make it into a speech, specific and well-researched strategies, developing arguments as the debate goes on, developing and improving arguments over the course of a season (if I judge you multiple times), not being a jerk to a team with much less skill/experience than you. I decide speaker points.

I default to not judge kicking the CP absent an argument why I should. You need to give a reason why judge kick is good, not just say "squo is a logical option" in 1NC CX.

I default to presumption flipping aff if the neg goes for a non-squo world absent an argument about how presumption should flip.

You're welcome to post-round or email me if you have questions or concerns about my decision.

"I like teams who are clear, teams who flow, and teams who aren't block reliant." -Brian Box

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Tournament of Champions HS 2022-04-23 CX R5 Ram Gorthi Mamaroneck MR Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2022-04-23 CX R3 Taipei American LW Head-Royce AC Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2022-04-23 CX R2 Jeremy Wang Westwood OS Neg
Tournament of Champions HS 2022-04-23 CX R1 Glenbrook South KK Mamaroneck GM Aff
BVN Speech Invitational HS 2022-03-25 PF R4 Washburn Rural Bath & Allen Olathe North Brake & Williams Neg
BVN Speech Invitational HS 2022-03-25 LD R3 St Thomas Aquinas Haynes Gardner Edgerton Nokes Aff
BVN Speech Invitational HS 2022-03-25 PF R2 Olathe North Pore & Setter Washburn Rural Raines & Browne Aff
BVN Speech Invitational HS 2022-03-25 LD R1 Olathe East Crouch Washburn Rural Hall Aff
Crestian Policy Classic HS 2022-02-19 VAR Quarte Alpharetta MJ Glenbrook North BG Aff Aff 2-1
Crestian Policy Classic HS 2022-02-19 VAR R6 St Mark's Schoo ZK Westminster AF Aff
Crestian Policy Classic MS 2022-02-19 VAR R5 Pace YC Notre Dame GU Aff
Crestian Policy Classic HS 2022-02-19 VAR R3 Mamaroneck MR Niles North BG Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2022-02-04 VCX Qrtrs Niles North BG Greenhill MS Neg Neg 3-0
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2022-02-04 VCX Octos Lovejoy ZR Greenhill MS Aff Neg 2-1
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2022-02-04 VCX RD5 Jesuit CJ Houston Academy for International Studies CR Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2022-02-04 VCX RD4 Greenhill MS Jesuit CM Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2022-02-04 VCX RD1 Dodge City CW Greenhill MR Neg
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker State Championship HS 2022-01-14 6A Qtr 9 Johnson & Island 5 Kromminga & Reed Neg Neg 2-1
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker State Championship HS 2022-01-14 6A Oct 12 Halabi & Liu 21 Gonzales & Pruett Aff Aff 3-0
KSHSAA 5A 2 Speaker State Championship HS 2022-01-14 5A Sem 12 DiLeonardo & Nguyen 5 Miller & Rodriquez Neg Neg 3-0
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker State Championship HS 2022-01-14 6A Doub 13 Delong & Long 3 Riggins & Parker Aff Aff 2-1
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker State Championship HS 2022-01-14 6A R6 4 Bradley & Hato 22 Koudele & Kirby Aff
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker State Championship HS 2022-01-14 6A R4 4 Smith & Shaw 11 Grover & Kode Aff
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker State Championship HS 2022-01-14 6A R2 13 Dougherty & Xin 23 Logback & Lawson Neg
KSHSAA 6A 2 Speaker State Championship HS 2022-01-14 6A R1 7 Thomas & Fewins 23 Troup & Warriner Neg
2022 Debate Coaches Invitational HS 2022-01-07 DCI R5 Blue Valley Southwest HL Shawnee Mission South HR Aff
2022 Debate Coaches Invitational HS 2022-01-07 DCI R4 Olathe Northwest WM Shawnee Mission South BH Aff
2022 Debate Coaches Invitational HS 2022-01-07 DCI R2 Lawrence DL Lansing CC Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2021-12-17 CX Octafi Lexington VH Liberal Arts and Science KW Neg Neg 2-1
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2021-12-17 CX R5 Maze Peters CK McClatchy AM Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2021-12-17 CX R4 St Mark's School of Texas TM CK McClatchy BB Aff
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2021-12-17 CX R2 Peninsula QS Mamaroneck GS Neg
John Edie Holiday Debates Hosted by The Blake School HS 2021-12-17 CX R1 Peninsula GL Farmington TL Aff
Three Trails District Tournament HS 2021-12-10 CX R4 116 112 Aff
Three Trails District Tournament HS 2021-12-10 CX R3 104 quinn Largent Aff
Lawrence High Debate Invitational HS 2021-12-03 Vrsty Semifi Pittsburg LM Manhattan LD Neg Neg 2-1
Lawrence High Debate Invitational HS 2021-12-03 Vrsty Quarte Hayden HM Pittsburg LM Neg Neg 3-0
Lawrence High Debate Invitational HS 2021-12-03 Vrsty R5 Olathe Northwest MC Manhattan LD Neg
Lawrence High Debate Invitational HS 2021-12-03 Vrsty R3 Pittsburg EL Olathe North DL Neg
Lawrence High Debate Invitational HS 2021-12-03 Vrsty R1 Pittsburg AM Washburn Rural KM Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX Sextos Mamaroneck RM Lawrence Free State RP Neg Neg 3-0
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R5 Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart AM St Mark's School of Texas PH Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R3 St Mark's School of Texas TS Lawrence DL Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R2 Edina MH Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart FP Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament HS 2021-11-19 VCX R1 Montgomery Bell MH Garfield PS Aff
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2021-11-05 Nov Quarte Wichita East Erin Liu & Lakshmishree Sivakumar Lansing Lucien Edward Alexander Rader & November Bullard Aff Aff 2-1
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2021-11-05 TOC Octos Lawrence Caitlin Sand & Jake Shew Washburn Rural Sonya Doubledee & Kavinayashri Chidambaranathan Neg Neg 3-0
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2021-11-05 TOC R6 Blue Valley Southwest Vriti Patel & Parker Toman Shawnee Mission South Annemarie Smith & Jack Shaw Neg
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2021-11-05 TOC R4 Shawnee Mission South Caroline Hiebl & Jeremiah Rimpson Donna Jalosjos Aff
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2021-11-05 TOC R3 Pembroke Hill Armaan Yarlagadda & Truman Connor Lawrence Caitlin Sand & Jake Shew Neg
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2021-11-05 TOC R2 Washburn Rural Jiyoon Park & Zach Willingham Blue Valley Southwest Maggie Howerton & Amy Lloyd Aff
KCKCC Policy Debate TOC Qualifier HS 2021-11-05 TOC R1 Washburn Rural Sonya Doubledee & Kavinayashri Chidambaranathan Blue Valley Southwest Vinny Sandhu & Brett Cranor Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX Semis Washburn Rural KP Kickapoo MK Aff Aff 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX Quar Washburn Rural KP Iowa City West SC Aff Aff 3-0
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R5 Washburn Rural KP Truman SW Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R4 Iowa City West SC Kickapoo MK Aff
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R3 Univ Of Chicago Lab KS Lawrence Free State RP Neg
The Iowa Caucus Debates HS 2021-10-29 VCX R1 North Broward Prep GN Truman BL Aff
Lansing Debate Invitational HS 2021-10-22 DCI QF Blue Valley West XB Blue Valley Southwest LH Neg Neg 2-1
Lansing Debate Invitational HS 2021-10-22 DCI R3 De Soto FH Shawnee Mission West QR Neg
Lansing Debate Invitational HS 2021-10-22 DCI R1 De Soto PW Olathe North DL Neg
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2021-10-15 VAR Finals Lawrence Dunn & Lushington Lawrence Free State Persinger & Racy Neg Neg 3-0
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2021-10-15 VAR Semis Lawrence Sand & Shew Lawrence Free State Persinger & Racy Neg Neg 3-0
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2021-10-15 VAR Quarte Lawrence Dunn & Lushington Olathe North Dai & Li Neg Aff 2-1
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2021-10-15 VAR R5 Olathe Northwest Wellman & McKeever Shawnee Mission South Hiebl & Augustine Aff
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2021-10-15 VAR R3 Lawrence Free State Persinger & Racy Lawrence Dunn & Lushington Aff
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2021-10-15 VAR R2 Olathe North Dai & Li Olathe East Logback & Lawson Neg
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2021-10-15 VAR R1 Lawrence Sand & Shew Lansing Corrigan & Parker Aff
JW Patterson HS Invitational HS 2021-10-08 VCX Quarte Coppell PC Greenhill MS Aff Aff 2-1
JW Patterson HS Invitational HS 2021-10-08 VCX Octas Coppell SC Greenhill MS Neg Neg 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 CX R4 Gilman GM Westwood GS Neg Neg 2-1
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 CX R3 Ladue Horton Watkins LZ Solorio LB Neg Neg 3-0
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 BT BT CX Ballot Test SF Ballot Test TO Neg Aff 149-58
NCFL Grand National Tournament HS 2021-05-26 CX R1 Solorio RR Baltimore City DS Aff Aff 2-1
Michigan District Tournament HS 2021-02-27 CX R1 Okemos NV Loyola HS of Detroit MB Aff
KSHSAA 4 Speaker State HS 2021-01-15 5A R7 4 Aff 5 Neg Neg Neg 3-0
KSHSAA 4 Speaker State HS 2021-01-15 5A R6 5 Aff 7 Neg Aff Neg 2-1
KSHSAA 4 Speaker State HS 2021-01-15 5A R3 1 Aff 6 Neg Aff Aff 3-0
Three Trails District Tournament HS 2020-12-11 CX R4 104 119 Neg
Three Trails District Tournament HS 2020-12-11 CX R1 118 116 Neg
Maize High Tournament of Champions Classic Rock Star Wars HS 2020-12-04 DCI VS Lawrence KS Salina South MD Neg Aff 2-1
Maize High Tournament of Champions Classic Rock Star Wars HS 2020-12-04 DCI VQ Salina South MD Newton MS Aff Aff 2-1
Maize High Tournament of Champions Classic Rock Star Wars HS 2020-12-04 DCI V4 Lawrence GL Jenks PC Aff
Maize High Tournament of Champions Classic Rock Star Wars HS 2020-12-04 DCI V2 Salina South MD Shawnee Mission South TK Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2020-11-20 DCI Finals Manhattan DJ Blue Valley Southwest ZK Neg Neg 3-0
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2020-11-20 DCI Semis Topeka CB Manhattan DJ Aff Neg 2-1
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2020-11-20 DCI Quarte Blue Valley Southwest ZK Wichita East HW Aff Aff 3-0
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2020-11-20 DCI R6 Lawrence SV Blue Valley Southwest ZK Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2020-11-20 DCI R5 Topeka CB Lawrence KS Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2020-11-20 DCI R3 Manhattan DJ Olathe Northwest WM Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School HS 2020-11-20 DCI R1 Derby IM Lawrence DZ Neg
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VAR Finals Derby JS Lawren GL Aff Aff 2-1
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VAR Semis Washto KT Lawren GL Aff Neg 2-1
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VAR Quarte ShaMis TK OlaEas BT Neg Neg 3-0
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VAR R4 Lawren KS Derby JS Neg
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VAR R3 WicEas OA BluVal PP Neg
Blue Valley North Invitational HS 2020-10-16 VAR R1 WasRur CN OlaEas BT Neg
Trevian Invitational HS 2020-10-10 TOCPD R6 Donna Jalosjos Shawnee Mission South KT Aff
Trevian Invitational HS 2020-10-10 OPEN R4 Oak Park and River Forest MH Woodward HY Neg
Trevian Invitational HS 2020-10-10 OPEN R1 Walter Payton SK Barstow LM Neg
Speech and Debate ALL Event Tournament HS 2020-04-10 POL Finals Rawlz DE Tonnesson BT Neg Neg 5-3
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