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by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg5 to SQBS Parser
Replies: 10
Views: 1144

Re: Neg5 to SQBS Parser

All of the errors I get are syntax errors.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 540

Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019

We are excited to announce the launch of Qwiz Camps! Our mission is to provide a place where people who love quizbowl can learn, compete, and make friends, all with the help of experienced staff members who care about teaching as well as winning. Quizbowl season runs from September to June, but what...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg5 to SQBS Parser
Replies: 10
Views: 1144

Re: Neg5 to SQBS Parser

I have tried to do this multiple times, and I keep getting syntax errors when entering the command to launch the parser. My QBJ file is titled HIT, and my json file is HITSET; would you please post the syntax as it should be entered into the python prompt using these names to see if I'm making a big...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Constitutes Good Moderating
Replies: 10
Views: 900

Re: What Constitutes Good Moderating

Just off the top of my head, I like three things in a moderator: consistency, confidence, and clarity. When we hold events, I try to remind moderators to count anything involving timing with generous hand gestures to make sure everyone sees that they are doing so in a consistent manner from toss-up ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 3477

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Last update from Sylacuaga on field - Arab High School- 1 team, 1 buzzer set Hoover High School- 4 teams, 3 buzzer sets Shelby County High School- 1 team, 0 buzzers Smiths Station High School- 2 teams, 2 buzzers sets Southside High School- 1 team, 0 buzzers Spain Park High School- 2 teams, 0 buzzers...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 3477

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

What about LAMP? LAMP has two strong sophomores, Ani Harishankar and Jenny Baek, specializing in History and literature respectively. Both really good players, especially Jenny, who could be neck and neck with Claire Tumlin as 2nd best lit player in state. Still, I haven't seen them play this year,...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1475

Re: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018

Sorry about the lack of field updates. The field was in flux all the way to the night before the event. Quick results: Novice - Spain Park d. Woodford County for the championship. JV - Altamont and Oak Mountain finished tied for first by agreement due to the late hour; James Clemens and Smiths Stati...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 3477

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Sure. Basically, Kuleen Sasse, Lewis Fuller, Kapil Nathan, Mackenzie Ensley, Andy Schwebel, and Joseph Katz are extremely strong players. We didn't get to see what would likely have been the best match of the day at HIT JV, the Altamont/Oak Mountain match, because of the late hour stoppage, but Alta...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 3055

Re: Player tossup etiquette

I'd also point out that under PACE's NSC rules, it is considered unsportsmanlike and persons doing it can be ejected from a match by the moderator.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Iowa 2018-19
Replies: 1
Views: 424

Re: Iowa 2018-19

Coach:

What set was the IQBL event on the 6th played on? Are there any stats or results available?

Thanks!
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 3639

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

Please count me among those who are confused as to the reason this change was needed. Is NAQT concerned that someone who is taking night school or GED classes, and is technically enrolled at a high school, would be able to play under existing rules? Is the theoretical number of people who might abus...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 147
Views: 55217

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

OK, so I don't know if this is going to motivate anyone anywhere to do anything with this project, but I'm still hopeful that there is a person out there willing to take it on, so I'll give it a shot. ASCA, the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association, has undergone a number of changes in the past...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Setting up team for success & dealing with internal issues
Replies: 5
Views: 1677

Re: Setting up team for success & dealing with internal issues

Francesca, not to take away from your solution or to bring more problems in, but your situation (the only female player on a team of male players, with issues with a male player who feels like he should be captain), is an all-too-common one faced by women in quizbowl. In addition to the good advice ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 3477

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Ethan, I think it is also important for you to note that there is a difference between an ASCA event and an invitational. Invitational tournaments that use worksheets write them on their own or contract with someone; ASCA only writes the worksheets for the ASCA district and state tournaments. I beli...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 3477

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Short answer: Worksheets are the remnants of the old format ASCA used years ago. We voted to eliminate them from the JV/HS level last year, but left them in place in Middle at the request of a plurality of polled coaches. Although they are not good quizbowl as defined within the context of the quizb...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1475

Re: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018

Field Update: Altamont 1/2 Indian Springs 2/2 Oxford 0/1 Whitesburg Christian 1/0 Oak Mountain 1/2 Vestavia Hills 1/1 Spain Park 1/1 St. Bernard 1/0 American Christian Academy 1/1 Mountain Brook 2/0 Smiths Station 1/1 Grissom 1/0 Sylacauga 1/1 Woodford, KY 3/2 Evangel Classical 0/1 LAMP 1/0 Helena 1...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: List of Essential Resources (alpha)
Replies: 19
Views: 18880

Re: List of Essential Resources (alpha)

I assume you are talking about the "You Gotta Know" guides, not the frequency or Power Up materials they produce, as those are a commercial product. If that's the case, you can go directly to NAQT's web site and use your right click to download the pages in question.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 3055

Re: Player tossup etiquette

No. In this case, you are using the clock as part of your game, but your taking the full allotted time to answer and "running clock" in doing so is something you are doing that is neither a fraud on your part nor an attempt to unfairly or misleadingly affect the other team. It is a strategy that bot...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 3055

Re: Player tossup etiquette

If you are tempted to use "buzzer fakes", loud whispering of incorrect answers with your teammates, deliberate overacting or showiness, or any other type of psychological or so-called "gamesmanship" practices, DON'T. I have actually had people tell me that they were coached to answer quietly and to ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Hoover Middle School Melee 1/19/2019 (NMMS2)
Replies: 0
Views: 338

Hoover Middle School Melee 1/19/2019 (NMMS2)

Coaches: We would like to officially invite you to register your team(s) for the Hoover Middle School Melee 2019! This tournament will be held on JANUARY 19th, 2019. MSM will be played on NMMS 2, a set provided by David Jones and the Northmont, Ohio Quiz Bowl team. David is an experienced writer/edi...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT
Replies: 7
Views: 1119

Re: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT & Pop Culture National

Fred, it might be really helpful here to provide some data from previous NASATs - specifically, what was the rough attendance last year, how many rooms did the tourney itself use, and what was the staffer count?
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 3477

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

A tweet from the NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament sparked discussion this summer about the role of girls in quiz bowl (#girlsinquizbowl). The ASCA board members who met this summer felt strongly that, while girls are well represented on many of our teams, we could do more to encou...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Expa
Replies: 10
Views: 2339

Re: Expa

I'm going to add one more thing to this that I haven't heard yet - know WHY you want to expand and study more. Whatever you do in quizbowl, as in life, you should do for the right reasons if you want it to be meaningful. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be able to produce more for your team. A...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Aug 09, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018
Replies: 9
Views: 1475

14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018

We will hold the 14th Annual Hoover Invitational this year on Saturday, November 10th, 2018, on NAQT's IS-177, with a JV division run on SCOP 9. We will likely not offer a novice bracket this year due to space issues, but teams that are interested in fielding a novice squad (any grade, but with two ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: HIT is set; thank you for the help!
Replies: 0
Views: 645

HIT is set; thank you for the help!

HIT will be held using IS-177 this year. We appreciate the help of many people, particularly Chandler West, in making this possible.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Aug 07, 2018 2:49 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: 2018 SCOP Novice 9
Replies: 7
Views: 3279

Re: 2018 SCOP Novice 9

Hoover High School would like to mirror SCOP on November 10th.
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Aug 05, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 3477

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

A couple of things to mention here: 1) ASCA coaches should be aware that our Fall Conference will be at the Alabama Power Conference Center in Clanton, AL on Wednesday, October 3. We will offer breakout sessions, open the floor for discussion of rules and changes needed, and talk about our upcoming ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Aug 05, 2018 6:47 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 39
Views: 3477

Alabama 2018-2019

Calendar for Alabama Scholars Bowl, 2018-2019: August 25: West Point Kickoff Invitational (SCOTTIE mirror) October 6: Auburn (WHAQ) October 20: ASCA MS/HS Fun Tournament @ LAMP (Montgomery) October 27: ASCA Fun Tourney @ Liberty Middle School NOTE TENTATIVE DATE CHANGE: November 10: 14th Hoover Invi...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:02 am
Forum: Trash
Topic: Old trash packets?
Replies: 2
Views: 851

Old trash packets?

Does anyone happen to have a copy of ACRONYM from 2014 or previous? Not currently archived on the trash site.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue May 08, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2017-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 10053

Re: Alabama 2017-2018

Congratulations to West Point for another great finish at SSNCT. Some way too early thoughts about next year in Alabama, looking at teams that finished well this year: #1 Hoover will lose three of its four starters, but keeps Anna Muthalaly to anchor what should be a solid team next year. Much will ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:15 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2x Check the HSQBRank Tourney List - '18 edition - Updatedx2
Replies: 30
Views: 6191

Re: 2x Check the HSQBRank Tournament List - '18 edition

Texas Invitational: Stevenson set: http://texasquizbowl.org/d/@180414SMT/ D2 ICT: http://texasquizbowl.org/d/@180415NAQTD2ICT/ ASCA State Championships (Alabama), Division 1 https://stats.neg5.org/t/SkgTZb4sz/2018-asca-state-hs-div-1-championship/team-standings ASCA State Championships, Division 2 h...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2019 SCOP MS 9
Replies: 5
Views: 4101

Re: 2019 SCOP MS 9

Hoover would very much like to mirror this again next season.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2017-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 10053

Re: Alabama 2017-2018

I believe that we decided that ASCA would offer the NASAT coach position to the winner of the state event, but I know that I will be unable to coach a NASAT squad this year. I also am pretty sure that the bulk of my team is unable to attend, but if there was interest, I am sure someone would be will...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Apr 19, 2018 10:43 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2017-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 10053

Re: Alabama 2017-2018

Please note that the West Point Spring event this weekend is the last one currently on the schedule in Alabama. If you know of any other tourneys in-state prior to Nationals, please let me know.

Thanks!
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Apr 18, 2018 10:04 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accommodating for player needs
Replies: 12
Views: 3547

Re: Accommodating for player needs

I've seen Orthodox Jews simply say "buzz" instead of pressing a buzzer. It's then up to the moderator to figure out if the verbal "buzz" came before or after another player rang in with a buzzer. NAQT rules explicitly allow a player to "signal in an appropriate manner" if they cannot use a buzzer (...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Specialty Design Corp Buzzers
Replies: 3
Views: 1716

Re: Specialty Design Corp Buzzers

Specialty Design may have been purchased by the outfit out of Georgia for sales purposes, but they are still located in the same place in Bessemer, AL (about 15 minutes from my school, in the back of a TV repair shop.) I personally have never had a problem with their costs; they will generally overh...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 18402

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Reston

I went to the Reston web site to try to reserve hotel rooms, and have gotten a "nothing available" response. Does PACE have a block of rooms reserved, and if so, what is the procedure for getting them? Should I be looking for another hotel in the immediate area (which there does not appear to be on ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2017-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 10053

Re: Alabama 2017-2018

I don't think you're out of line, Jordan. The thing about literature as a category is that it is pretty huge; there's no promise that anything you have studied is going to come up in any given tourney, even if it seems that some things appear EVERY tourney. For a while, there was a lock on a Harry P...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:09 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2017-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 10053

Re: Alabama 2017-2018

For those of you who are waiting, ASCA is just awaiting the report from our Coastal District to announce the State bids. We can't jump ahead because of wildcards, so we are on hold until we get that final report. Christopher Arthur is hard at work getting stats assembled for each site, and we hope t...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2017-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 10053

Re: Alabama 2017-2018

I would suggest your mother email the coaches attending and ask if they have former students who might be able to read or if a parent might be available. If you are at a high school, you might be able to convince your school's ambassador staff or students who are in need of community service hours t...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 3593

Re: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)

Stats for this event: http://bit.ly/2017HITV Varsity http://bit.ly/2017HITJV JV http://bit.ly/2017HITN Novice Official Final Standings: Varsity: Bold = Pace NSC Qualifier 1. Battle Ground Academy 2. Chattahoochee 3. Dorman 4. Woodford County A 5. North Gwinnett 6. Northview 7. West Point A 8. Indian...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 147
Views: 55217

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Mostafa--

We ran Neg5 successfully at the HIT today with no glitches. It handled our 70 teams without a problem, so whatever you did seems to have helped a great deal.

Josh
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Dec 03, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 3593

Re: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)

Quick Results: Varsity 1st - Battle Ground Academy 2nd - Chattahoochee 3rd - Dorman 4th - Woodford County Stats to follow soon! FTR, we ran this tourney on Neg 5 with roughly 70 teams playing simultaneously, and we did not have any issues with the server load or response, so whatever Mustafa did, it...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 30, 2017 10:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 3593

Re: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)

Field Update: VARSITY: Alma Bryant A Alma Bryant B Alma Bryant C Altamont Arab A Arab B Battle Ground Academy Bob Jones Chattahoochee Covenant Christian Dorman Gadsden City A Gadsden City B Helena Hewitt Trussville Indian Springs Itawamba A Southside James Clemens LAMP Mountain Brook Muscle Shoals N...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 29, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accommodating for player needs
Replies: 12
Views: 3547

Re: Accommodating for player needs

This is very interesting to me. I just started a small QB club at my son's elementary/middle school, which is a Jewish Day School. Since basically every event in MS quizbowl in our state is held on Saturday, and since we have several Chabad and Orthodox Jews in the school, we are basically prohibite...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:44 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: A, B, C teams
Replies: 13
Views: 4420

Re: A, B, C teams

I'm in agreement with all of the above, but particularly so if you are a team that is new to an event or location. It is already difficult enough to seed a large event without adding this to the mix, and it really serves no purpose--indeed, it can give the appearance that you are deliberately trying...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Plano West!
Replies: 47
Views: 15396

Re: 2018 NAQT HSNCT: May 26-27, Atlanta

When I read about these changes, I read about them with some concern, particularly the part about the divided pool at the start of the tournament and the ability for the first 100 teams to select which grouping they will play in. First, we already know that there is such a thing as a tough draw. Som...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Nov 04, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Hoover Middle School Melee (11/4/2017)
Replies: 2
Views: 1640

Re: Hoover Middle School Melee (11/4/2017)

Today's Middle School Melee featured 23 teams. Congratulations are in order for: - Midtown Classical A, who won the 7th/8th grade division and went a perfect 10-0 for the day - Robert Muniz of Midtown Classical A, who put up 165 PPG and had 110 (!) powers on the day, winning the Tourney MVP award. Y...