Chris Thomas Paradigm

Last changed 1 October 2021 1:11 AM CDT

(LD Paradigm below Policy paradigm)

I'm a pretty traditional judge.

I am willing to be persuaded based upon quality of argument/evidence. I do not give wins to quantity of evidence over quality of evidence.

There are no arguments to which I am automatically opposed---save for 2 caveats

1-I don't like fiat carried to Harry Potter/"magical" levels. There has to be some solid grounding in reality for me. Taken too far it gets into "how many angels can dance in the head of a pin?" territory. Most of the topics deal with serious issues that have serious real-world ramifications and they deserve being treated with due seriousness.

2-Having personally spent years arguing that literally nearly everything leads to nuclear war/global death/genocide/extinction etc. etc. , I will not flow said augments. I will NOT-I Repeat WILL NOT punish anyone for making them, as I said, I have done so myself. I simply will not flow such arguments.

Again, quality of argument matters more to me than quantity.

I'm ok with whatever speed debaters want to use. But if you really can out-speed my flow---well, if I can't flow it, then it makes it hard for you to win.

I am not a "blank slate" judge, I will not pretend that I don't know things.

I prefer clash on substantive points. I prefer dealing directly with the topic at hand. I often find highly technical "small ball" debates about debate itself to be unpersuasive.

I also greatly dislike it when debaters miss frame, take out of context or otherwise distort/spin/ etc. their evidence.

Any other question debaters might have, please ask.

LD Paradigm

I am "Old School" when it comes to LD Debate.

Pretty straightforward when it comes to LD--and other styles of debate

The only thing of note would be a deep disappointment with people that attempt to make LD into something like Policy Debates "little brother" or Policy Debates "mini-me."

LD is its own style of debate--it has it own rules, structure, methodology, delivery etc. etc

It is no more appropriate to try and crush Policy Debate methods/arguments/terms/delivery into an LD round than it would be to try and pass off ones Poetry selection as an Extemp speech. You CAN force round pegs into square holes---if you pound hard enough----but it tends to mangle things pretty thoroughly, an unappealing result.

Spreading and cranking up the speed (in general) despite being currently in-fashion, in places, is not really appropriate in LD where Delivery counts. Nor consistent with its historical context and purpose.

Plus if everything is essentially/effectively Policy Debate then there is really no reason at all for any other formats/styles etc. of debate.

Different events require different approaches, methodologies, styles and delivery. Inability or refusal to adapt ones case and methodology to fit the event or the paradigm IMO leads to poor quality debate.

I am not a "blank slate" Judge and as such I will not pretend that I don't know things. Attempts to get things "past" ones opponent that are not factually or logically correct will be noted.

Sincerely sorry if that sounds harsh but being able to adapt ones case/methods to fit the event and judging paradigms is a crucial skill for any competitor--esp. a debater.

Full Judging Record

Tournament Lv Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
KSHSAA 6A State SpeechDrama Championship HS 2021-04-30 LD Sem Alex Marvine Kaelyn Wellman Neg Neg 3-0
KSHSAA 6A State SpeechDrama Championship HS 2021-04-30 LD R4 Thomas Lushington Jacob Wilkus Neg
KSHSAA 6A State SpeechDrama Championship HS 2021-04-30 LD R3 Hever Arjon Jacob Bailes Neg
KSHSAA 6A State SpeechDrama Championship HS 2021-04-30 LD R2 Jack Shaw Aneesh Vasamreddy Aff
Mill Valley High School Jaguar Jamboree Invitational HS 2021-03-11 PFD R4 46 AH 11 AR Pro
Mill Valley High School Jaguar Jamboree Invitational HS 2021-03-11 LD R1 46 JR 45 HM Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational MS 2021-02-05 VLD R5 Sartartia EN Southlake Carroll CP Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VLD R4 South Eugene KS Prosper CB Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VLD R3 THEO Christian EC Southlake Carroll TA Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VLD R2 Coppell 9th EH Strake Jesuit EP Neg
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational HS 2021-02-05 VLD R1 Waxahachie Prep CB John H Guyer PR Neg
KSHSAA 2 Speaker State HS 2021-01-14 6A DO 23 Campbell & Qiang 6 Hossler & Persinger Aff Neg 2-1
KSHSAA 2 Speaker State HS 2021-01-14 6A R6 6 Stammeyer & Chun 5 Place & Ren Aff
KSHSAA 2 Speaker State HS 2021-01-14 6A R5 63 Carter & Johnson 31 Mihal & Mohammed Neg
KSHSAA 2 Speaker State HS 2021-01-14 6A R3 32 Huntley & Sufi 35 Brewer & Perdue Neg
KSHSAA 4 Speaker Regionals HS 2020-12-18 5A-M R3 5A 2N Aff Aff 3-0
KSHSAA 4 Speaker Regionals HS 2020-12-18 5A-M R2 7A 5N Aff Aff 3-0
KSHSAA 4 Speaker Regionals HS 2020-12-18 5A-M R1 2A 1N Neg Neg 3-0
Three Trails District Tournament HS 2020-12-11 CX Finals 103 112 Aff Aff 3-0
Three Trails District Tournament HS 2020-12-11 CX R2 111 114 Aff
East Kansas District Tournament HS 2020-12-11 LD R3 Q Kaelyn Wellman C Helen Viloria Neg
East Kansas District Tournament HS 2020-12-11 PF R1 K Racy & Mosier M Clark & Farrier Pro
Maize High Tournament of Champions Classic Rock Star Wars HS 2020-12-04 DCI V2 Washburn Rural BK Blue Valley Northwest MM Neg
Maize High Tournament of Champions Classic Rock Star Wars HS 2020-12-04 OP RD 1 Hutchinson BP Tonganoxie West HH Neg
Derby Panther DCI Invitational HS 2020-10-23 Open R4 Andover Nora Davis & Alexis Brown Blue Valley North Matthew Akridge & Joe Thummel Neg
Derby Panther DCI Invitational HS 2020-10-23 Open R3 Lawrence Free State Jake Chun & Rita Joseph Maize Chris Fulton & Ethan Maples Aff
Derby Panther DCI Invitational HS 2020-10-23 Open R2 Campus Antonio Roman & Alexis Pruett Blue Valley Northwest Kristy Ingles-Nguyen & Stella Schiffman Neg
Derby Panther DCI Invitational HS 2020-10-23 Open R1 Shawnee Mission South Andrew Price & Oscar Flassig Andover Surabhi Rao & Nabaa Al-Amood Neg
Derby Panther DCI Invitational HS 2020-10-23 DCI R1 Shawnee Mission South Mary Bradley & Brooklynn Hato Lawrence Perrin Goulter & Thomas Lushington Neg