Bill Thompson

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In college, I competed in CEDA and NFA LD debate at Western Kentucky University. Since that time I have coached students in every form of HS debate and judged outrounds of all three at TOC and NSDA/NFL. I think all events have value and purpose and tend to reward debaters who think critically and provide analysis in addition to a litany of cards. As a general overview, I don't coach any more but that may be to your favor. I am not burnt out on any arguments I just want you to explain them clearly inside the round and that will be where my decision is made.

Policy - I typically default to Policy Maker paradigm. I will vote on theory but need to see unique abuse to vote on T. Please do impact calculus in final speeches. Tell me where you want me to vote and I will look there first. The faster you go the better you structure & signposting needs to be. I also appreciate debaters who slow down a little for tags. Be as aggressive as you like, don't be rude. Your chances of winning significantly increase when last speeches start with "Even if..." statements

- I typically prefer topical Affs but I will listen to anything if you justify your approach and stick to it. I do believe in one old school premise and that is that the Aff has THE burden of proof. To that end, it is possible (though not common) for the negative to win without offense. If the Aff doesn't fulfil their burden of proof then I have a hard time votin aff. That said they could win a DA turn, K Turn, etc... Just making sure you know I don't buy "Without offense on neg you must vote AFF"

- I don't want you to go for everything in last speeches. Pick your battles and pick them wisely. Depth is rewarded on my ballot

- DA's I like specific/unique link stories that also have brightines and clear impacts. Generic arguments are not something I like

- K's are fine and I am open to hearing your arguments but I want a clear idea of how I evaluate the K. I also prefer K's that have specific links to the aff and not merely the world at large. I am NOT saying you can't run those K's, I just find that rounds where you show specific links to the Aff's advocacy have better ground for debate than rounds that argue about the general state of the world.

- Counter Plans - I like them. It may seem obvious, but after 20 years, I only ask you CP doesn't have the same issues you point out with the Aff's advocacy. I am not a fan of conditional Counter Plans and I urge you to be perm proof because I buy perms if the CP isn't Mutually Exclusive.

- T I will vote on it if you show unique abuse but I give Aff resolutional interp rights.

- Speed - I can flow speed but appreciate debaters who slow down for tags the more complex and nuanced your argument the more you should consider taking a little time to explain the argument. Going fast to get out a lot of information is fine. Going fast to say the same thing over and over is a waste of time. speed is never a substitute for word economy

LD - I will vote on theory but please run it well. I like old school LD but I am also open to K arguments too. I don't go in to a round hoping to see anything in particular except clash. Please do impact calculus in final speeches. Tell me where you want me to vote and I will look there first. The faster you go the better you structure & signposting needs to be. I also appreciate debaters who slow down a little for tags. Be as aggressive as you like, don't be rude. Your chances of winning significantly increase when last speeches start with "Even if..." statements

- I typically prefer topical Affs but I will listen to anything if you justify your approach and stick to it. I do believe in one old school premise and that is that the Aff has THE burden of proof. To that end it is possible (though not common) for the negative to win without offense. If the Aff doesn't fulfil their burden of proof then I have a hard time voting aff. That said they could win a DA turn, K Turn, etc... Just making sure you know I don't buy "Without offense on neg you must vote AFF"

- In as much as LD doesn't have a standard structure I need some sort of Framework/Role of the Ballot in order to render my decision.

- Please collapse in the NR. If you go for everything your chances of losing increase exponentially.

- Not a fan of tricks

- Unlike Policy, you have a small amount of time. Word economy and decision making (what to go for) is mandatory to win my ballot. I don't like blippy arguments I like developed arguments.

- Speed - I can flow speed but appreciate debaters who slow down for tags the more complex and nuanced your argument the more you should consider taking a little time to explain the argument. Going fast to get out a lot of information is fine. Going fast to say the same thing over and over is a waste of time. speed is never a substitute for word economy

PFD - I am willing to let the debaters in the round determine how the debate is approached, but please explain your arguments clearly. Please do impact calculus in final speeches. Tell me where you want me to vote and I will look there first. Be as aggressive as you like, don't be rude. Your chances of winning significantly increase when last speeches start with "Even if..." statements

Full Judging Record
Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Wyatt Big Questions National Qualifier HS 2022-04-23 BQ R1 Jeffersontown AW Assumption LK Neg
Appalachian Speech and Debate Championship MS 2022-01-19 O-LD R4 AliDea 172 Elkins 125 Aff
Appalachian Speech and Debate Championship MS 2022-01-19 N-LD R3 AliDea 142 CRNor 247 Aff
Appalachian Speech and Debate Championship MS 2022-01-19 N-LD R1 Elkins 105 AliDea 130 Neg
Trinity High School Shamrock Invitational HS 2022-01-12 LDD R5 1501 1502 Neg Aff 2-1
Trinity High School Shamrock Invitational HS 2022-01-12 LDD R2 1504 1501 Neg
Trinity High School Shamrock Invitational HS 2022-01-12 LDD R1 1502 1504 Aff
Wyatt December HS 2021-12-11 VLD Finals Paul Laurence Dunbar LY Henry Clay MK Neg Neg 3-0
Wyatt December HS 2021-12-11 VPF Semis Meyzeek CB Paul Laurence Dunbar SL Con Con 3-0
Wyatt December HS 2021-12-11 NPF R3 Henry Clay CM Paul Laurence Dunbar WS Con
Wyatt December MS 2021-12-11 VLD R2 Meyzeek SA duPont Manual HS / Youth Performing Arts KM Neg
Wyatt December MS 2021-12-11 NPF R2 Meyzeek NS Bluegrass Debate Coalition (BDC) VT Con
Wyatt December MS 2021-12-11 VLD R1 Meyzeek SV Henry Clay MK Neg
Wyatt December HS 2021-12-11 VLD R1 Henry Clay CB Paul Laurence Dunbar LY Neg
Wyatt November HS 2021-11-20 NPF Finals Henry Clay AC Bluegrass Debate Coalition (BDC) GT Pro Pro 2-1
Wyatt November HS 2021-11-20 VLD Semi-F Henry Clay DG Larry A Ryle KH Neg Neg 3-0
Wyatt November MS 2021-11-20 VPF R5 Henry Clay WL Meyzeek JT Pro
Wyatt November HS 2021-11-20 VLD R4 duPont Manual HS / Youth Performing Arts SM Fairdale EB Neg
Pre Nationals Middle School Tournament MS 2021-05-11 LD Semis Katy Guo Marshall Padmanabhan Aff Aff 3-0
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship HS 2021-04-17 LD R4 Golden State SH Northland Christian CC Aff
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship MS 2021-04-17 LD R3 Honor NL Marshall KW Aff
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship MS 2021-04-17 LD R2 Redwood TS ModernBrain ES Neg
Southern States Middle School Speech and Debate Championship MS 2021-04-17 LD R1 Sartartia EN ModernBrain EY Aff
KHSSL State Debate Tournament HS 2021-03-12 VPF Finals 506 501 PRO PRO 2-1
KHSSL State Debate Tournament HS 2021-03-12 NPF Semis 207 201 PRO PRO 3-0
KHSSL State Debate Tournament HS 2021-03-12 NLD Runoff 106 103 Aff Aff 2-1
KHSSL State Debate Tournament HS 2021-03-12 CX R3 302 300 Aff
Marlborough Middle School and Novice Invitational MS 2021-03-06 MS LD R4 ModernBrain VC Honor NK Neg
Marlborough Middle School and Novice Invitational HS 2021-03-06 NLD R3 Marlborough TZ ModernBrain JC Neg
Marlborough Middle School and Novice Invitational MS 2021-03-06 NLD R2 Harvard-Westlake EJ ModernBrain CS Aff
Marlborough Middle School and Novice Invitational MS 2021-03-06 NLD R1 ModernBrain CZ Harvard-Westlake OK Aff
2021 KCFL State Debate Qualifier HS 2021-03-06 LD R1 1002 1000 Neg
Kentucky District Tournament HS 2021-02-27 LD rd 4 194 186 Neg
Kentucky District Tournament HS 2021-02-27 LD rd 3 184 103 Neg
Kentucky District Tournament HS 2021-02-27 PF rd 2 190 208 Pro
Wyatt February HS 2021-02-13 VLD Finals Henry Clay CS Henry Clay MK
Wyatt February HS 2021-02-13 NLD Semi-F Meyzeek NN Fairdale TR Neg Neg 2-1
Wyatt February MS 2021-02-13 NPF R5 Meyzeek KA Henry Clay BB Con
Wyatt February HS 2021-02-13 VPF R4 Meyzeek VS DuPont Manual RS Con
Wyatt February HS 2021-02-13 NLD R3 Fairdale EB Meyzeek MB Neg
Wyatt February HS 2021-02-13 VPF R2 Meyzeek GT DuPont Manual JG Con
Wyatt February MS 2021-02-13 VPF R1 Meyzeek RD Trinity EM Con
Middle School Debate Feb 7 MS 2021-02-07 LD R4 ModernBrain JS ModernBrain ZT Neg
Middle School Debate Feb 7 MS 2021-02-07 LD R3 ModernBrain ZX ModernBrain JO Aff
Middle School Debate Feb 7 MS 2021-02-07 LD R2 ModernBrain ES ModernBrain VC Aff
2021 Wyatt January HS 2021-01-30 VLD Finals Paul Laurence Dunbar WW Henry Clay CS Neg Aff 2-1
2021 Wyatt January HS 2021-01-30 JVPF Semi-F DuPont Manual MH Trinity EM Con Con 3-0
2021 Wyatt January HS 2021-01-30 VPF R5 Paul Laurence Dunbar HP Henry Clay HR Con
2021 Wyatt January HS 2021-01-30 JVLD R4 Paul Laurence Dunbar JV LaRue County NP Neg
2021 Wyatt January MS 2021-01-30 JVLD R3 League Pro KY VV Meyzeek AP Neg
2021 Wyatt January HS 2021-01-30 VPF R2 Paul Laurence Dunbar YK Henry Clay WZ Con
2021 Wyatt January MS 2021-01-30 NPF R1 Meyzeek GM Fern Creek GA Con
Trinity HS Shamrock Invitational HS 2021-01-19 VLD R4 D Kelly Helton D Jack Geruc Neg Neg 3-0
Trinity HS Shamrock Invitational HS 2021-01-19 NPF R3 M Syed & Saito A Elkinson & Deep Neg
Trinity HS Shamrock Invitational HS 2021-01-19 VPF R1 A Whitlock & Zhu J Jenkins & Musoni Neg
Cabot Classic Middle School and Junior High Invitational MS 2021-01-10 LD R2 17 Charlie Finger 20 Luke Hudgins Aff
Cabot Classic Middle School and Junior High Invitational MS 2021-01-10 LD R1 24 Kolade Feyisitan 2 Katie Le Neg
Wyatt November MS 2020-11-21 JVPF Finals Trinity SME League Pro KY KF Pro Pro 2-1
Wyatt November HS 2020-11-21 VLD Semi-F North Oldham IT Paul Laurence Dunbar LY Neg Neg 3-0
Wyatt November HS 2020-11-21 RSPF R5 Seneca TO Atherton YS Con
Wyatt November HS 2020-11-21 NLD R4 Henry Clay DG Henry Clay BG Neg
Wyatt November HS 2020-11-21 VPF R3 Henry Clay BZ DuPont Manual BJ Con
Wyatt November MS 2020-11-21 JVLD R2 Meyzeek AP League Pro KY VV Aff
Wyatt November HS 2020-11-21 NPF R1 DuPont Manual BJ Meyzeek NV Con
Wyatt October HS 2020-10-17 VLD Finals Henry Clay MK Larry A Ryle KH Aff Aff 3-0
Wyatt October MS 2020-10-17 VPF R5 Meyzeek BaRa Meyzeek NB Con
Wyatt October MS 2020-10-17 VPF R2 Henry Clay WZ Meyzeek VaSi Pro
Wyatt October HS 2020-10-17 NLD R1 Henry Clay DG Henry Clay BG Neg
KHSSL Senior State 2015 HS 2015-03-12 VLD R6 1404 1408 Neg Neg 2-1
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NSDA Nationals LD Paradigm Form

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