Seth Phillips Paradigm

Last changed 9/8 10:17A CDT

General CX/LD/PFD Preferences:

Professionalism and civility are required and weigh heavily in speakerpoints

Standing CX/Crossfire; seated Grand Crossfire; look at judge in CX/Crossfire

Don't use open CX/Crossfire as a crutch (I will dock speaks if it's clear one partner is doing all the heavy lifting)

I may critique after round, but only if both teams request. If I do critique, I will generally not disclose and I will keep it brief as I write a lot on the ballot for the benefit of your coach.

My view on speed (spreading) is that I will flow it, but a speaker should not sacrifice articulation for speed. If articulation is an issue, please slow down as I have some nerve deafness in my left ear, so you must be clear. However, PFD is an event where spreading is highly discouraged.

I'm a rule follower, so if there is a tournament prohibition on open CX, email chains, prompting, etc., don't do it!

CX Argument Preferences:

I most want to see in a debate round a few, well developed, substantive arguments

I will consider and vote on:

- Disadvantages almost always (i.e., if properly weighed against Aff advantages/turns)

- Counterplans almost always (however, must show solvency for Aff harms and not link to any DAs/other offense against Aff)

- Kritiks rarely (i.e., if properly weighed; compare worlds). Alt needs to compete. "Reject" isn't sufficient.

- Conditionality arguments sometimes (e.g., unless team offering argument argues otherwise, I will assume an unconditional status on all augments offered)

- Theory sometimes (particularly if there is clear evidence of in-round abuse such as over-limiting topic, denying fair ground, etc.)

- Topicality sometimes (e.g., if clear in-round abuse; over-limiting topic)

- Inherency sometimes (i.e., if plan is already in status quo, then no reason to vote for Aff)

- Solvency/Workability almost always (i.e., a plan that doesn't work, doesn't solve for status quo harms/claim advantages and thus doesn't provide a net benefit)

LD Argument Preferences:

If you run policy/critical arguments, I tend to vote as a policy-maker (see CX paradigm above). Traditional Value/Criterion arguments are also fine by me in LD.

I most want to see in a debate round a few, well developed, substantive arguments.

Empirical examples are as important, if not more important, than reading "unique", esoteric cards.

PFD Argument Preferences:

While I am a coach, this event was designed to be accessible for "lay" judges, so please adapt accordingly.

Empirical examples are very useful and don't necessarily require a source, if general knowledge.

While framework is not essential, it is often helpful in close rounds.

Congressional Debate Argument Preferences:

Speeches:

Structure and content are both essential. In each speech, there should be a clear intro with statement of position on resolution and preview of main points. Main points should be supported by the type of evidence you would expect a member of Congress to rely upon for a speech before the House/Senate. Responses to fellow members and a discussion of how the legislation would impact one's "constituents" are part of the "debate" aspect of this event. Walking transitions between points and when answering questions is expected.

Parliamentary Procedure and PO duties:

Efficiency, use of proper voting procedures and correct motions to move along debate are an obligation of ALL members of the chamber and should not have to be repeatedly prompted by the PO. The PO's primary duties are to keep speech time and recognize speakers/questioners based on a strict, impartial adherence to precedence/recency. Do not run for PO if you do not feel prepared to execute these duties. Serving as PO is never a guarantee of breaking; a PO's performance is weighed against the PO expectations outlined above.

About me:

Speech/Debate Coach at Prosper High School, Prosper, Texas

Licensed Texas Attorney

BA/MA in Communication Studies, Texas Tech University

Doctorate of Jurisprudence, Southern Methodist University

Member of LGBTQ community

Pronouns: Prefer he/him

Full Judging Record

Tournament Date Ev Rd Aff Neg Vote Result
Plano Clark Swing 8/30/2019 PWS Semi Greenhill Carroll Senior Neg Aff on a 2-1
Plano Clark Swing 8/30/2019 PWS R4 Hockaday Grapevine Neg
Plano Clark Swing 8/30/2019 PWS R2 Grapevine Northwest Aff
Plano Clark Swing 8/30/2019 PWS R1 Carroll Senior Greenhill Neg
LBJ District of the NSDA National Qualifier 2/15/2019 LD R4 105 131 Neg
LBJ District of the NSDA National Qualifier 2/15/2019 LD R3 162 133 Aff
LBJ District of the NSDA National Qualifier 2/15/2019 LD R2 246 273 Neg
LBJ District of the NSDA National Qualifier 2/15/2019 LD R2 160 202 Aff
LBJ District of the NSDA National Qualifier 2/15/2019 CX R1 129 243 Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 NLD R3 CMS Southlake Junior LF Trinity LN Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 NLD R2 Coppell LM Grapevine TB Aff
Colleyville Heritage Winter Invitational 2/1/2019 NLD R2 Marcus AR Grapevine NA Neg
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VPF Octa StrJes DS SevLak SM Aff Aff on a 3-0
University of Houston Cougar Classic 1/11/2019 VPF Octa StrJes CW StJoh TH Aff Neg on a 2-1
Hebron HS 11/2/2018 VLD R3 Newman Smith KJ Richardson EN Aff
John Gossett Memorial UNT 10/26/2018 NPF S Centennial HS - Frisco BS Marcus KS Aff Neg on a 2-1
John Gossett Memorial UNT 10/26/2018 VPF R5 Coppell MP Hebron KV Aff
John Gossett Memorial UNT 10/26/2018 VPF R5 Flower Mound VG Southlake Carroll HA Neg
John Gossett Memorial UNT 10/26/2018 VPF R4 Centennial HS - Frisco SM Southlake Carroll AA Aff
Melissa Cardinal Autumn Classic 10/13/2018 NLD R4 Independence Krishna McKinney Christian Grannemann Neg
Melissa Cardinal Autumn Classic 10/13/2018 NLD R4 Melissa Elliott Reedy Dadwal Neg
Melissa Cardinal Autumn Classic 10/13/2018 NLD R3 Mansfield Legacy Harris Reedy O'Hare Neg
Melissa Cardinal Autumn Classic 10/13/2018 VLD R2 McKinney Harper Lone Star Messer Neg
Melissa Cardinal Autumn Classic 10/13/2018 VLD R2 Liberty Syeda Lone Star Singh Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/7/2018 PFD R4 Trinity AB Strake Jesuit College Prep BG Neg
Grapevine Classic 9/7/2018 PFD R4 Hebron JV Jenks AY Aff
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CLD R2 Plano West Sr CK Greenhill BZ Neg
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 CLD R2 Episcopal School Of Dallas JI Hockaday AS Neg
Plano Senior Clark Swing 8/31/2018 PLD R1 Newman Smith YG Episcopal School Of Dallas JI Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R6 X154 X263 Neg
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R4 X134 X274 Aff Aff on a 2-0
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R3 X208 X204 Aff
National Speech and Debate Tournament 6/17/2018 CX R2 X251 X159 Aff Aff on a 2-0
Coppell Cowboy Classic 1/5/2018 VPF R4 Fossil Ridge MR Keller PB Neg
Coppell Cowboy Classic 1/5/2018 VPF R4 Plano Senior KL Shepton NB Aff
Coppell Cowboy Classic 1/5/2018 VPF RD 1 Hockaday KL Carroll HS - Southlake BK Neg
Coppell Cowboy Classic 1/5/2018 VPF RD 1 Colleyville Heritage LW Jasper BS Aff
Berkner Tournament 12/8/2017 NCX RD 3 Hebron WK Jesuit CP BZ Aff
Berkner Tournament 12/8/2017 NCX RD 1 Jesuit CP KW Berkner RV Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/1/2017 CCX R6 North Lamar HH Casady AP Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/1/2017 NCX Octos Crossings Christian NC Liberal Arts and Science FM Neg Aff on a 2-1
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/1/2017 CCX R4 Hendrickson DZ Crossings Christian HM Aff
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/1/2017 NCX Rd 1 Kinkaid MR Robert Vela MO Neg
Longhorn Classic at the University of Texas Austin 12/1/2017 CCX R1 Caddo Magnet BP Westwood KS Neg
Hebron HS 11/3/2017 NCX R6 Coppell SK Irma Rangel Young Womens Leadership HR Aff Neg on a 2-1
Hebron HS 11/3/2017 NCX R4 Caddo Magnet CM Highland Park (Dallas) TT Neg
Hebron HS 11/3/2017 NCX R3 Coppell MA Guyer MH Aff
Hebron HS 11/3/2017 NCX R2 Irma Rangel Young Womens Leadership HR Coppell SK Aff
Guyer MLK Invitational 1/13/2017 VCX Quarte Greenhill ZT Coppell KR Aff Aff on a 2-0
Guyer MLK Invitational 1/13/2017 VCX R4 Jesuit CP TC Coppell KR Aff
Guyer MLK Invitational 1/13/2017 NCX R3 Jesuit CP MB Colleyville Heritage CA Aff
Guyer MLK Invitational 1/13/2017 NCX R2 Grapevine GM Jesuit CP ZC Neg
Guyer MLK Invitational 1/13/2017 VCX R1 Hebron PD Jesuit CP AK Aff