Kenny Delph Paradigm

Last changed 9/26 9:55P EDT

he/him delphdebate@gmail.com

I have 7 years of experience in policy debate: I debated 3 years at Little Rock Central (2013-2016) and 4 years at the University of Kansas (2016-2020). I currently am a GTA at Wake Forest and Coach for Bronx Science.

TLDR:

When it comes to evaluating debates, two things are the most important for me:

1. clear judge instructions in the rebuttals of how I should filter offense and arguments made in the round. Impact and Link framing are a must. if I cant explain the argument myself, I probably can't vote on it.

2. Impact comparison and clear reason why i should prioritize impacts in the round between the neg and aff. Each argument should have a claim - warrant - impact for me to evaluate it as such.

Use these to filter the rest of my paradigm and general in round perception.

Most of my debate experience was in critical debates on both the aff and neg (I was a 1A/2N), but i’m not unfamiliar with the technical aspects of policy debates.

I’m probably not the best for Topicality debates in general when it comes to plan policy debates and less likely to vote on Framework vs plan-less affs if going for impacts such as fairness/competitive equity or predictability. I generally lean more into truth over tech in most debates, but tech is important for impact comparison.

Its my first year as a college debate judge, so making sure i clearly understand what i should evaluate without intervention from me comes down to how you go for your arguments. The less judge intervention i feel like i have to do, the happier we are all in the post-round RFD.

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Truth over tech/Tech over truth? - Depends, i view myself evaluating truth before tech concessions but that isn’t always the case. I think technical concession are important for evaluating impact debates, so utilize both these to your advantage.

Framework on the Neg? - I’ll evaluate any negative arguments about the meta of debate. If you win your model of debate is good and the aff in question doesn’t access it then generally I’m pretty neutral on Framework arguments. Same for K’s with framing questions, the way you want me to evaluate a prior question should be framed as such.

10 off? I’d prefer if you didn’t, gish galloping is a fascist tactic.

Theory arguments? I believe theory arguments are heavily under utilized in high school debates. I evaluate conditionality and presumption debates as much as I evaluate K vs Framework.

General

I consider myself to be pretty flex when it comes to arguments that teams want to read. I debate more critical but you should read whatever arguments that you are comfortable with. Any racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, etc will be met wth speaker points that reflect, so don't be an asshole.

"Truth over tech?" depends, most debates if you are winning a structuring claims about things i tend to lean more truth over tech, but tech concession of impact/link turns etc. i also find persuasive

Theory

I have a certain threshold for certain arguments that I will vote on in theory debates, I think condo is a definite aff/neg ballot if it gets dropped in the neg block or rebuttals. I tend to vote neg on presumption, in those debates I think a lot of the perm debate and solvency portions of both sides are important to those rounds. CP contextual theory, perm text theory, textual severance, etc etc im all game for theory. i think theory debates get underutilized a lot

Case

I think this portion of the debate is always underutilized and a lot of affirmatives get away with weighing impacts of badly constructed advantages with bad internal links to their impacts - impact turns are cool yo.

K aff

I read them, I think that you should read whatever you read on the aff. I will vote for them, but I at least think they should be in the direction of the topic and a reason why the topical version doesn't solve.

Performance

If performance is your thing - go ahead go for it.

FW on the neg

I will vote on a neg FW but I think that there are certain arguments that I'm gonna have a harder time pulling the trigger on, i.e. fairness. I don't think fairness is something I would absolutely vote on but of course that all depends on the round. I also think the neg should be doing a lot of work why the state/usfg is worth it, why the aff isnt good for a model of debate, or why the judge should care. Generic args on framework aren't gonna cut it for me tbh, i need a concise way of why i should view the debate through the neg and why the aff doesnt solve etc etc.

K

Read them is HS, still read them in college. Pretty versed in most of the lit but you shouldn't use a lot of buzzwords in front of me. I think you should say why the aff is uniquely bad and how the alternative can resolve its impacts and the squo. Why perms don't solve, links are disads, etc etc. I find alternative debates to be the most shallow, I think even if you are winning reason the links are disads you still need a reason the alt isn't the squo. Role of the ballot arguments are self-serving but it makes is a lot easier to evaluate them when they are dropped or not contested by the aff. Aff teams: FW on Ks is underutilized, I think you should make arguments about why you should get to weigh your impacts vs the K.

Any other questions just ask before the round, "If you can't dazzle me with excellence, baffle me with bullshit."

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Trevian Invitational 10/10/2020 TOCPD R5 Blue Valley Southwest ZK Glenbrook South AZ Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/10/2020 OPEN R4 Evanston Twp BE Homestead TA Neg
Trevian Invitational 10/10/2020 TOCPD R1 Minneapolis South NR Northview AI Neg
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 10/3/2020 WILD Quarte Wyoming GK George Mason LP Aff Neg on a 2-1
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 10/3/2020 WILD Octa Wyoming GK Texas PM Aff Aff on a 3-0
JW Patterson Debates at Kentucky 10/3/2020 WILD R5 Texas CN Houston HL Neg
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational 9/25/2020 JV Semis George Mason RP Liberty GJ Neg Neg on a 3-0
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational 9/25/2020 Open Quarte Libert CR Housto KF Neg Neg on a 2-1
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational 9/25/2020 Open O6 Baylor NW Wyomin PP Aff
3rd Annual Phyllis Schatz Invitational 9/25/2020 JV R2 Purdue AS United States Military SH Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/17/2020 CX Double Georgetown Day BS Lexington BY Aff Neg on a 2-1
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/17/2020 CX R6 SF Roosevelt TL Westwood NY Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/17/2020 CX R5 Oak Hall GV Coppell CK Neg
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/17/2020 CX R3 Westside KS Presentation DaRa Aff
Greenhill Fall Classic 9/17/2020 CX R1 Nevada Union GW Minneapolis South CC Neg
East Kansas District Tournament 12/13/2019 CX R5 T Revare & Winden F McCarthy & Wallenburg Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Policy 12/6/2019 Var R6 Shawnee Mission East Lahovary & Henry Lansing Strickland & Strickland Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Policy 12/6/2019 Var R5 Lansing Dawson & Atkins Blue Valley Northwest Barrett & Soper Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Policy 12/6/2019 Var R4 Shawnee Mission West Cathey & McCarthy Mill Valley Burke & Reed Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Policy 12/6/2019 Var R2 Shawnee Mission West Neal & Wright Lansing Zimmerman & Woodcock Neg Neg on a 3-0
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Mill Valley 11/15/2019 JV Sems Shawnee Mission East Wood & Kloster Blue Valley North Place & Ren Neg Neg on a 3-0
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Mill Valley 11/15/2019 JV Qtrs Lawrence Dunn & Zimney SMNW Fewins & Ramsey Aff Aff on a 3-0
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Mill Valley 11/15/2019 DCI R5 Lawrence Free State Ruland & Gutierrez Shawnee Mission East Huntley & Yi Neg
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Mill Valley 11/15/2019 DCI R4 Lansing Sr Atkins & Dawson Blue Valley West Jaguars Wang & Ahmed Aff
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Mill Valley 11/15/2019 DCI R3 Casady Wolfe & Naidu Truman Burton & Smith Neg
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Mill Valley 11/15/2019 DCI R2 Hutchinson Unruh & Owens Blue Valley Southwest Syed & Khan Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX Quarte Blue Valley Northwest BM Blue Valley Southwest HP Aff Aff on a 2-1
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX Octas Wichita East GR Shawnee Mission East RC Neg Neg on a 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R6 Crossings Christian CY Lansing Sr KS Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R5 Shawnee Mission East RC Notre Dame AK Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R4 Bentonville TM Shawnee Mission East WS Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R3 Union WM Blue Valley Southwest HP Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R2 Blue Valley Northwest BM Lawrence Free State BW Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/12/2019 VCX R1 Barstow EC Lawrence Free State RM Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 DOFs Lansing ZW Blue Valley Southwest WZ Aff Neg on a 2-1
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R6 Lansing DA Wichita East HS Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R5 Lawrence Free State HW Blue Valley Southwest WZ Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 R3 Wichita East SG Lawrence Free State BB Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk Quarte SWH Khan & Ziegelman WMM Mansoor & Barrett Aff Aff on a 2-1
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk R6 SWH Saxena & Nelson WMM Rosenberg & Nold Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk R3 WMM Janisch & Percival SWH Fritton & Bhakta Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 3 Week 7/10/2019 3Wk R2 SWH Bryant & Annem WMM Hartwell & Brant Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 2Week 7/3/2019 2Wk R6 Duff/Henry MW Duff/Henry RZ Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R12 X103 X276 Neg Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R11 X248 X221 Aff Neg on a 2-1
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R6 X115 X216 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R4 X188 X274 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R3 X144 X271 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R2 X194 X154 Aff Aff on a 2-0
KCKSNCFL Spring Qualifier 3/5/2019 LD L4 3 Haylee Rose 6 Lena Mose Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Spring Qualifier 3/5/2019 LD L3 16 Marcus Woodcock 15 Tyler Ruzich Aff Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Spring Qualifier 3/5/2019 LD L2 12 Nicholas Wallenberg 3 Amelia Vasquez Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R5 Olathe North Shirley & Atallah Shawnee Mission North Ruzich & Trout Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R3 Emporia Mose & Rosa Mill Valley White & Weiland Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R2 Shawnee Mission West McCarthy & Wallenberg Shawnee Mission East Colvin & Revare Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI Octos Kapaun Mount Carmel Loic Rocheleau & Jacob Doolittle Blue Valley Southwest Niko Helixon & Maddie Pieropan Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI Double Barstow Amanda Munsell & John Lubianetsky Raymore-Peculiar Brenden Lucas & Jaden Lanza Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R6 Newton Chase Cassil & Fletcher Hummingbird Kapaun Mount Carmel Madeline Rowley & Margaret Moore Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R5 Lansing Sr Salem Clemens & Madelyn Atkins Shawnee Mission East Graham Revare & Grant Colvin Aff
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R3 Blue Valley West Zakariya Ahmed & Puneet Bagga Goddard Steven Kurtzweil & Makenna Moreno Aff
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R2 Barstow Meghana Lakkireddy & Mark Lopatofsky Shawnee Mission West Maleah Zumalt & Rebecca Cathey Aff
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX O Lindblom Math and Science DS Univ Of Chicago Lab LP Aff Neg on a 2-1
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R4 Mill Valley BB West Des Moines Valley DS Aff
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R3 Shawnee Mission East BH Mill Valley WW Aff
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R2 Lindblom Math and Science DS Shawnee Mission East BS Aff
The Iowa Caucus 10/19/2018 VCX R1 Shawnee Mission East RU West Des Moines Valley KB Aff
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Andover Central 10/5/2018 Vars Semis Maize Amanda Branom & Jeannine Lopez Trinity David Koster & Noah Greene Neg Neg on a 2-1
Aaron Thomas Memorial Invitational at Andover Central 10/5/2018 Vars R6 Wichita Heights A.j. Millas & Will Tilson Hutchinson Kian Williams & Jacob Unruh Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/4/2018 3Wk Rd6 Duff/Hartman/Martin HB Bosch/Eisenstadt/Singleton AD Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/4/2018 3Wk Rd3 Bosch/Eisenstadt/Singleton VR Bosch/Eisenstadt/Singleton BS Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 7/4/2018 3Wk Rd1 Duff/Hartman/Martin AK Bosch/Eisenstadt/Singleton AV Neg
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R7 Lane Tech GP Desert Vista LH Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R6 Niles West BR West Des Moines Valley GC Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R5 Cabot BS Lindblom Math and Science SD Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R4 Charlestown FL Garfield RR Aff
Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/18/2017 VCX R3 Moore CN Head Royce NL Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI Octos Union Eve Gerbrandt & Tyler Rossow Lansing Sr Azja Butler & Jerry Wong Neg Neg on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 6 Lawrence Free State Spencer Yost-Wolff & James Vereen Lansing Sr Olivia Bishop & Salem Clemens Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI 5 Wichita East Noah Yust & Ian Krummel Shawnee Mission East Sarah Bledsoe & Jet Semrick Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R4 Lansing Sr Marcus Woodcock & Brett Zimmerman Eisenhower Austin Stiffler & Seth Hartter Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R3 Eisenhower Jaden Brown & Carl Jacobson Lansing Sr Azja Butler & Jerry Wong Neg
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R2 Cabot Kyler Buckner & Collin Smith Shawnee Mission East Nicolas Rodriguez-Hanley & Luke Bledsoe Aff
KCKCC TOC Qualifier 11/3/2017 DCI R1 Moore Paige Clark & Charlie Norbury Barstow Shaunak Lokre & Robbie Putney Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 NCX Finals Barstow TB Crossings Christian NC Neg Neg on a 3-0
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R6 Liberal Arts and Science BW Crossings Christian BK Aff
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R3 Barstow PL Edmond North LC Neg
JW Patterson Invitational 10/20/2017 VCX R1 Fayetteville BG Union TW Aff
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX Qtrs Professors HM UMICH 7wk K Lab Sp Aff Aff on a 2-1
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R6 FouCULT MG FouCULT LC Neg
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R4 FouCULT AB Sauce Ontology FR Neg
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R2 Sauce Ontology LS AP Test Lab BW Aff
UTNIF Showdown 2 8/1/2017 CX R1 Rhombus of K Db8 TM Professors MP Neg
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R5 BigBallerBrand MW Rhombus of K Db8 AT Aff
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R4 Sauce Ontology RT FouCULT CM Neg
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R2 Sauce Ontology CJ NPR AA Neg
UTNIF Skills 2 7/21/2017 CX R1 NPR FM Sauce Ontology FP Neg
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX Qtrs Summer Survivors SS Summer Survivors AN Neg Neg on a 3-0
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX R5 AKA BEST LAB KM Magic School Bus BW Neg
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX R4 AKA BEST LAB HR AKA BEST LAB TT Neg
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX R3 AKA BEST LAB WM Baby Got Vaxx ME Aff
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX R2 Baby Got Vaxx HM Tbh no GP Neg
UTNIF Showdown 1 7/9/2017 CX R1 Baby Got Vaxx YR Magic School Bus HM Neg
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R4 AKA BEST LAB CD AKA BEST LAB TT Neg
UTNIF Skills 1 6/29/2017 CX R3 Cool Sports BM Cool Sports PJ Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX Sextos Montgomery Bell GJ St. Vincent De Paul HP Neg Neg on a 2-1
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R6 Bronx HS Of Science KZ Newark Science MM Neg
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R5 Heritage Hall DV Evanston Township FM Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R4 Chicago Lab Schools BH Marquette Univ PL Aff
2016 Glenbrooks Speech and Debate Tournament 11/19/2016 VCX R1 Coppell CD West Des Moines Valley GC Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 NCX Octos Okemos SZ Niles North BS Aff Aff on a 2-1
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R7 Calhoun FF Whitney Young FS Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R6 Glenbrook South AS Glenbrook North JJ Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R5 Lane Tech SL St Ignatius Cleveland NC Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 NCX R4 Homewood-Flossmoor PB Carrollton AP Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 NCX R3 Berkeley Prep SW Glenbrook South BR Neg
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R2 West Des Moines Valley GC Lane Tech GC Aff
University of Michigan HS Debate Tournament 10/26/2016 VCX R1 Northside RV East Kentwood RS Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 6/29/2016 3Wk Quarte Tiny Tims Top Gun Aff Neg on a 2-1
Jayhawk Debate Institute 6/29/2016 3Wk Round Chase-Eisenstadt-Bell BP Chase-Eisenstadt-Bell TE Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 6/29/2016 2Wk Round Duff-Ellis-Wefald Ro Khatri-Zuckerman/Schauer-Welch MW Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 6/29/2016 3Wk Round Chase-Eisenstadt-Bell TE Slow and Slower Neg
Jayhawk Debate Institute 6/29/2016 2Wk Round Schauer-Welch AeyeeyeB Duff-Ellis-Wefald RZ Aff
Jayhawk Debate Institute 6/29/2016 3Wk Round Beier-Bosch-Bhatla HM Munday-Slaw-Cook MN Aff