Todd Kessler Paradigm

Last changed 8/30 11:24A CDT

School Affiliation: Coach at The Episcopal School of Dallas

Coaching & Judging Experience: I have been coaching teams and judging tournaments since 2006. This includes LD, PF, Congress, CX and IEs at different schools in Virginia and Texas. I have had debaters qualify for NCFL and NSDA on multiple occasions which are both considered traditional tournaments.

Speed: Although I am personally not a fan of it, please make sure your spreading is clear and coherent. If I can't understand you, I probably will not flow it. If you see me stop flowing for an extended period of time then it would be in your best interest to slow down. I also heavily prefer if you go slow on your taglines, analytics and any theory arguments, especially during your rebuttals.

Types of Arguments: Although I prefer framework heavy debates, a lot of clash in the round, and good crystallization and overviews in your final rebuttal, I will still vote on topicality, counterplans, some theory arguments at times and kritiks if they are explained well by the debater. I am not a fan of non-topical Affs as I tend to favor whole resolution ACs. Make sure when you run T, that you are linking your violation to your standards/voting issues and that when you run a CP, you explain your net benefits and how it's competitive.

Theory Argument: If you run any disclosure theory or new affs bad arguments, make sure you thoroughly break down the reasons to prefer. Although I have never really been a fan of these types of arguments, I am willing to consider them if you can show the impacts of the abuse committed by your opponent and how this outweighs. Please make sure that whatever theory shells you plan on running are presented at a slower rate of speed.

Kritiks: Run at your own risk because I'm not really a fan of complicated philosophical arguments that have nothing to do with the actual resolution that should be debated upon. I'm not saying you can't win if you run them, but I might look at you funny and simply not flow the argument depending on the complexity of the K.

Speaks: Clarity over speed is prefered. If your spreading is incomprehensible, this will reflect on your speaker points. Any acts of rudeness or displays of an unprofessional demeanor towards your opponent will also be taken into account. If you go against an inexperienced debater or a traditional style opponent, it would be in your best interest to accommodate their format and invest some time clashing with or turning their value, criterion and contentions. Also, please do not ask me if I disclose speaker points. It's not going to happen. In addition, please do not use profanity at all during the round. It will impact your speaks and could also impact my decision so don't do it.

Tricks: Please don't.

Overview: Debate the resolution, clash with your opponent's arguments, provide framework, slow down during tags and analytics, throw in some voters at the end.

Email Chain: If and only if both debaters are sharing files, please include my email as well: tkessler@vt.edu

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VLD R3 Cypress Woods AZ Westwood PM Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VLD R3 Little Rock Central LM Dulles TY Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VLD R1 Coppell 9th HA Flower Mound AH Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 1/31/2020 VLD R1 Carroll Senior VY Crossings Christian JH Neg
Berkner HS TFA 12/13/2019 NLD Qrtr Coppell 9th ER Carroll Senior VY Neg
Berkner HS TFA 12/13/2019 VLD R4 Centennial NS Lovejoy KC Neg
Berkner HS TFA 12/13/2019 VLD R4 CMS Southlake Junior AA Plano West Sr SW Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/6/2019 LD NLD F Round Rock HA Strake Jesuit JS Aff Neg on a 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/6/2019 LD NLD Q Strake Jesuit KS River Oaks Baptist BW Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/6/2019 LD R6 Vista Ridge RN Strake Jesuit RC Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/6/2019 LD R3 Winston Churchill VP Princeton TE Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/6/2019 LD R2 Barbers Hill CR Westwood SK Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/6/2019 LD R2 Flower Mound IH PSJA Early IC Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/6/2019 LD R1 Westwood AR Westside SH Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/6/2019 LD R1 Legacy JE Garland IR Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R5 Fusion KS Nova VA Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R5 Fishers RB Cypress Bay IM Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R3 American Heritage Plantation PG Isidore Newman LB Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/23/2019 VLD R1 Minnetonka PB West Des Moines Valley KC Neg
Lovejoy Leopard Leap 10/12/2019 VLD R3 Garland IR Plano East SL Aff
Lovejoy Leopard Leap 10/12/2019 VLD R3 Lindale BU Wylie Sr DB Neg
Lovejoy Leopard Leap 10/12/2019 VLD R2 Lindale PP Hallsville DB Neg
Lovejoy Leopard Leap 10/12/2019 VLD R2 Hallsville TM Shepton JG Neg
Lovejoy Leopard Leap 10/12/2019 NLD R1 Flower Mound SG James Martin YN Aff
Lovejoy Leopard Leap 10/12/2019 NLD R1 Flower Mound AB Allen HS/Lowery Freshman Center EA Neg
Newman Smith Spontaneity 9/27/2019 VLD R4 Colleyville Heritage AB Carroll Senior PK Neg
Newman Smith Spontaneity 9/27/2019 VLD R4 Plano Senior AJ Glen Rose ISD NC Aff
Newman Smith Spontaneity 9/27/2019 NLD R3 Marcus MP Coppell 9th HA Aff
Newman Smith Spontaneity 9/27/2019 NLD R3 Grapevine JK Coppell 9th NSh Aff
Newman Smith Spontaneity 9/27/2019 VLD R1 Greenhill PM Carroll Senior SJ Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD Double Northwood KK Quarry Lane SK Aff Neg on a 2-1
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R6 Monta Vista RJ Hamilton SP Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R5 Harvard-Westlake AK Cypress Bay HL Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R5 Mira Loma SM Sprague LW Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R4 Bellarmine College Prep AP Brentwood JS Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R4 Monta Vista AAg Lincoln AW Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R3 Presentation IC Harker ALa Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R3 Marlborough JS Northland Christian ABr Neg
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R2 Harker AT Mission San Jose KG Aff
Cal Invitational UC Berkeley 2/16/2019 VLD R1 Lynbrook SCh Brentwood HG Neg
Jesuit Debate Invitational 2/8/2019 LD RD2 Colleyville Heritage IN Coppell 9th AA Aff
Jesuit Debate Invitational 2/8/2019 LD RD2 Guyer CM Greenhill AA Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD D Westwood TL Lovejoy KC Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD R5 UT IB Plano Senior AJ Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD R5 Hebron LC Guyer CM Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD R4 Westwood SM George Ranch MS Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD R4 Greenhill AA Westwood TL Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD R3 Southlake Carroll SM Northland Christian ABa Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD R3 Prosper AA CMS Southlake Junior SD Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD R2 All Saints Episcopal GL Trinity Valley RB Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD R2 Irma Rangel YWLS VG Southlake Carroll GI Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 VLD R1 Lovejoy KC Montgomery GC Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R4 Judson DV Trinity Valley JH Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R4 Plano West Senior AG Jack C. Hays HB Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R3 Strake Jesuit College Prep AMe Trinity Valley RB Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R2 Strake Jesuit College Prep JPo Plano East Senior HG Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas 12/7/2018 LD R1 Westside SH BASIS San Antonio Shavano PK Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R5 King AN Anderson KS Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/17/2018 VLD R5 Harrison GC Eagan AK Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD R6 Lincoln AW Chatfield Senior KM Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/13/2018 LD R6 Trinity Valley AB St. Andrew's Episcopal OE Neg
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CLD R3 Colleyville Heritage IN John Paul II AG Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CLD R3 All Saints Episcopal AF Plano East Senior AT Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CLD R2 John Paul II BP Grapevine MT Neg
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CLD R2 Lovejoy CM Colleyville Heritage CW Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PLD R1 Plano East Senior AT Coppell VS Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PLD R1 McMillen JN Colleyville Heritage IN Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 LD R10 L143 L260 Neg Aff on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 LD R10 L238 L294 Neg Neg on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 LD R8 L213 L134 Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 LD R8 L360 L303 Neg Aff on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF Finals 4050 4010 Aff Aff on a 4-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF Octos 4009 4116 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R5 4122 4043 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R5 4119 4060 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R4 4206 4156 Neg Neg on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R4 4041 4184 Neg Neg on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R3 4085 4190 Aff Neg on a 2-1
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R2 4002 4131 Aff Aff on a 3-0
Grand Nationals 5/27/2017 PF R2 4049 4069 Neg Aff on a 2-1