Curtis Shephard Paradigm

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Curtis Shephard

Email Chain - cns917@gmail.com

Experience: 4 years of college debate (Emporia State and Kansas State). Assistant coach at Manhattan High School, and Washburn Rural High School. Head coach at Maize for 12 years.

An ideal round - Teams are quick but make flowing easy on me, I’m old now. The Aff reads a topical plan text and the neg goes for a disad and a counterplan. I think I’ll be comfortable making a sound decision. Further you go from that, the less confident I’m gonna be.

Framework or K Aff: If I'm your judge in a clash debate, both teams are going to be unhappy. I'll try my best to evaluate both args as fairly as possible. Rounds that I have seen on the question put me at 50/50.

I think debate is a game, but, I am not a fan of judge adaptation, I think you should run what you want, and I will do my best to follow. I don't feel as though I am as 'tech' as I used to be. Big theory debates are going to be frustrating for me to work out, and I will be less confident in my decision.

I will probably make a decision rather quickly. It doesn't mean that I am not paying attention or evaluating your arguments, I usually just don't need a long time to sort things out. I'm probably going to give you a pretty short and sweet RFD.

I don't think I'm hard to read, if I think your argument is bad, you'll probably see that on my face.

Be nice to one another in the round. Being funny is good.

Will I listen to a K? Sure. I have voted here before.

"I am a K team - all I want to do is read the K, all of the K's, both sides, K-it-up, should I pref you?" Let's not get a head of ourselves

Disads and Counterplans? yes please

Do you need to shake my hand?" No thank you

Now, because it is the cool trendy thing to do, here are some rants I agree with:

Will Katz's Grumpy Man Rants

Don’t shrink the text of your cards to 2 pt font. 8 point font is plenty fine. If I ever judge someone who shrinks their text down that much, I’m going to shrink down the highlighted parts that much too and then just not read the card because its too small.

Death good just signals to me that I should kill your points and your chance of winning

If your argument is that debate is always bad, I'm likely to agree with you that your debating is always bad, and as such I'll likely vote for the other team.

If you think you can win with only offense and no defense, then you'll probably have a better time playing on the Cleveland Cavaliers than winning a debate in front of me.

If you sit down in cx, it makes it seem like you don't want me to listen attentively. Who am I to argue with you on that?

If you go top speed all the time, I'd recommend NASCAR over debate. In debate, there is definitely a time to go slow. Although even in NASCAR they don't start out at top speed

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/18/2020 Var R2 Lawrence KS Blue Valley Northwest AV Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/18/2020 Var R1 Manhattan DJ Blue Valley Southwest PP Aff
Blue Valley Southwest 9/27/2019 Var Octos Washburn Rural KP Blue Valley Northwest VK Aff Aff on a 3-0
Blue Valley Southwest 9/27/2019 Var R1 Lansing SS Washburn Rural KP Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 QFs Blue Valley West Jaguars MD Little Rock Central DF Neg Aff on a 2-1
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/20/2019 VADB8 OFs Wichita East HS Manhattan BD Aff Aff on a 3-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R2 X171 X263 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2019 CX R1 X261 X175 Neg
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High School 11/16/2018 JV R2 Hutchinson LT Sumner CB Aff
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R6 WaRu KS BVNW KV Neg
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R3 LawFre HW LanSr SS Aff
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R1 SME RC LawFre HE Aff
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R3 BV North BL SM East AW Neg
Washburn Rural Debate Invitational 9/14/2018 VADB8 R2 Blue Valley KS Hayden DR Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 DCI R4 Kapaun Mount Carmel ED Wichita East TM Aff
J Matt Hill Invitational at Topeka High 11/17/2017 JV R2 Derby HS Newton PS Aff