Curtis Shephard ParadigmLast changed 10/1 8:40A CDT
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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