KEVIN KINSELLA Paradigm

Last changed 11/18 8:24P CDT

AFFILIATIONS:
Current Director of Debate and Forensics (JC Harmon High School - Kansas City, Kansas)

(DEBATE - Kansas City)

(NSDA - East Kansas)

Yes, email chain - kevinjaykinsella@gmail.com

Yes, you may shake my hand. Shaking hands and introducing oneself is a cultural norm that I value.

PHILOSOPHY:

I do not get "lost in the sauce" in regard to technicalities in debate. However, if I comment "lost in the sauce" on your ballot, then you probably lost. Debate is a game of chess, in which teammates are setting up his/her/their partner for the next move. I was raised in a stock issue style debate mentality. Through the years and moving from and participating in more traditional, suburban debate to more progressive, urban debate, I am more flexible to all styles. I often find that I make my decision during Cross-Examination (CX). Anyone can read files that someone from the University of Michigan wrote and put in DropBox. Trust me. I have read all the files that you will run unless you wrote them yourself. You have to bob and weave with the flow of the debate. I ultimately reward whichever team convinces me that they have the better argument (sound simple, eh?).

AGRESSIVENESS:

I love when teams are aggressive, not rude, but aggressive. I often find that whichever team is able to control the narrative of the debate, is often crowned the victor.

SPEED:

I love a high rate of speed. However, if you are not comfortable or confident in your ability to spread, then don't.

EVIDENCE:

I value reputable and recent evidence. If you use some trash source, I will judge you (that's my job). I also believe that it is highly important that you promote your evidence and chastise your opponents. I am a voracious reader of the news. Impress me with your knowledge of how the current topic applies to today, not whenever someone from Northwestern cut this card a year ago from a source that is several years old.

KRITIKAL DEBATE:

I am a fan of K debate. I am an urban debate coach, so K and performance debate is what we are all about. However, K arguments are a double-edged sword. They offer high risk, yet high reward for debate teams. If you run a "K" because your argument is weak or you are unprepared, it is painfully obvious. The "K" that you run must have some reason that it is being run for this particular debate. If it is not relevant to the debate at hand, then do not run it. Many teams try to run a "K' (especially one that they deem as controversial and outside mainstream thought) in an effort to shock a judge and hide a weak and unprepared argument.

COUNTER PLAN:

I am a big fan of Counter Plans. However, CPs are a double-edged sword. They offer high risk, yet high reward for debate teams.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
ONW Forensics Invitational NIETOC 3/6/2020 PF R2 38 Stewart-Jones & Trout 17 Kodwani & Schifman Aff
Shawnee Mission East Forensics Tournament 2/21/2020 PFD R3 15 Hall & Rosenbohm 10 Faulkner & Gibson Aff
Shawnee Mission East Forensics Tournament 2/21/2020 LD R2 14 Tyler Boutte 10 Chance Tacia Aff
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Mill Valley 11/15/2019 JV R4 Shawnee Mission South Haines & Mayabb Blue Valley Northwest Yang & Mihal Neg
Blue Valley West Invitational 10/11/2019 DCI Semis Shawnee Mission South Henderson & Tuohey SMNW Fairchild & Marvine Neg Neg on a 3-0
Blue Valley West Invitational 10/11/2019 DCI R5 Shawnee Mission East Henry & Lahovary Shawnee Mission South Larsen & Ridge Neg
Blue Valley West Invitational 10/11/2019 DCI R4 Mill Valley Lehan & McLeod Shawnee Mission East Huntley & Yi Aff
ONW Forensics Invitational NIETOC 3/1/2019 LD R4 19 VN 32 TS Neg
ONW Forensics Invitational NIETOC 3/1/2019 PF R2 31 EP 23 PW Aff
ONW Forensics Invitational NIETOC 3/1/2019 PF R1 23 MN 11 FM Neg
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R5 L Jenna Riggins M Noah Gruman Aff Neg on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R4 L Jameson Shew L Jenna Riggins Aff Neg on a 2-1
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R3 H Evan Porter J Megan Dorantes Neg
East Kansas District Tournament 12/7/2018 BQ R1 A Hunter Neal M Sophia Fairchild Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R15 X246 X127 Aff Aff on a 5-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R10 X221 X141 Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R6 X100 X231 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R5 X225 X151 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R4 X111 X212 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R3 X167 X289 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R2 X290 X213 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R1 X177 X154 Aff Aff on a 2-0