Thomas Ford Paradigm

Last changed 1/4 6:16P CDT

I’ll vote for whatever you want to read. I like creative arguments and find rounds to be more enjoyable when teams directly clash with one another instead of card dumping and shadowing extending into the 2nd rebutalls. The difference between a good team and a great team is the ability to think critically during rounds and make strategic choices. Don’t go for the buffet 2nr because you think you are winning everything. This is an easy way to lose a round and I’ve seen it a lot this year. If you read any kind of theory argument you should put some thought into your interp and understand that if you are responding to any theory argument you need to actually debate and not read your 13 point block at hyper speed and hope that they drop a standard. In my eyes a good debate happens when teams understand their evidence, their arguments, and strategically prioritize arguments that they think will win the round.

Go go as fast as you want. Read what you want. I want to see a debate where teams show they put the time and effort in outside of round and use that effort to be persuasive and technically proficient.

I think debate is a game. I think the way you win a game is to leverage your advantages while removing your opponents opportunities. Do not be afraid to go for 5 minutes of theory if they didn’t respond well. Don’t be afraid to go for the K, I went for it a lot.

Have fun and put your hard work to bear.

Email: thomasdb8@gmail.com

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R7 Blue Valley West DV Shawnee Mission South LR Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R5 Lawrence Free State BW Olathe West DU Neg
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R4 Olathe East MS Wichita East AG Aff
Kansas Championship Series 1/4/2019 DCI R2 Washburn Rural DS Maize NW Aff
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R5 Shawnee Mission East Colvin & Revare Blue Valley Southwest Shi & Wu Neg Neg on a 2-1
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R4 Shawnee Mission East Bledsoe & Semrick Blue Valley North Mao & Valsan Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R3 Shawnee Mission West Zumalt & Wright Shawnee Mission North Lueker & Oni Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R2 Blue Valley North Chavali & Indiveri Mill Valley White & Weiland Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKSNCFL Qualifier 11/30/2018 Var R1 Blue Valley Southwest Stanfield & Wu Mill Valley Smith & Botkin Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI Octos Kapaun Mount Carmel Catherine Magana & Vanessa Nguyen Barstow Robbie Putney & Shaunak Lokre Aff Aff on a 2-1
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI Double Blue Valley Southwest Ted Shi & Anna Lee SF Roosevelt David Wells & Peter Moriarty Aff Aff on a 3-0
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R4 Shawnee Mission East Lucy Brock & Olivia Henry Blue Valley Southwest Niko Helixon & Maddie Pieropan Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R3 Wichita East Allen Dong & Adam Foster Eisenhower Jaret Jarmer & Avery Dover Neg
KCKCC TOC DCI Qualifier 11/2/2018 DCI R1 Blue Valley Southwest Rory Stanfield & Kristina Wu Andover Central Camille Carpenter & Aditi Kiragi Aff
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R6 KapMou NM Maize MP Aff
Blue Valley Southwest Invitational 9/28/2018 R1 BVN FV SMNW GM Aff