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by First Chairman
Fri Feb 05, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Sectionals Region 4 2/20/10 at Maryland
Replies: 91
Views: 10809

Re: NAQT Sectionals Region 4 2/6/10 at George Mason

Certainly will do a room request for whichever date works better for most of the teams affected... as soon as campus room reservations folks are back in the office as well. We have all weekend to hash it out. :)

Zach: change the subject of the thread to include "Postponed".
by First Chairman
Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:44 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Sectionals Region 4 2/20/10 at Maryland
Replies: 91
Views: 10809

Re: NAQT Sectionals Region 4 2/6/10 at George Mason

Just wanting to be sure... there are tournaments running next weekend at VCU, right?
by First Chairman
Wed Feb 03, 2010 12:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Sectionals Region 4 2/20/10 at Maryland
Replies: 91
Views: 10809

Re: NAQT Sectionals Region 4 2/6/10 at George Mason

Thanks. We are monitoring the weather situation, but as we are borderline Southern... :) We'll try to send information out in a timely manner, but the current weather models suggest a winter storm (even more than the current storm that is laying down a fresh 3 to 6 inches) that will begin in the DC ...
by First Chairman
Mon Nov 02, 2009 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: List places you'd like to see the 2011 HSNCT
Replies: 127
Views: 15679

Re: List places you'd like to see the 2011 HSNCT

Just to be different: Las Vegas... nah. Memphis maybe?

Otherwise, I really do like Chicago as a venue.
by First Chairman
Sun Jul 26, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sub Distro within Painting
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

Re: Sub Distro within Painting

Inquiry, it's probably a stretch to have more than 1 total question on painting technique (like "gouache"), but would one include such an answer in your pre-1700 paintings repertoire in such a packet?
by First Chairman
Mon Jul 13, 2009 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational bonuses
Replies: 45
Views: 4053

Re: Computational bonuses

How do people feel about prompting on unsimplified fractions? (Current NAQT policy is that they are flat-out wrong.) I think unless the answer is being given with the intent of delaying the game (a consideration which, if I recall correctly, is already part of several NAQT rules), any mathematicall...
by First Chairman
Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Packet Exchange?
Replies: 9
Views: 2108

Re: Packet Exchange?

I think there have always been attempts at packet exchanges for practice or competition purposes that have pretty much flamed out since not everyone puts in questions that meet a collectively-approved standard. I think things may be different now, and if so, I hope it works.
by First Chairman
Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computation questions and the 2010 HSNCT
Replies: 31
Views: 3921

Re: Computation questions and the 2010 HSNCT

Good to know... I am interested in how one "chooses" a set with computational math for the regular purchase-able sets. In my 2-second brainstorming, is NAQT considering the creating of IS-#C sets that would include math calculation tossups? Would IS-A sets have optional with-or-without-math-calc-tos...
by First Chairman
Sat Jun 20, 2009 1:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Equal represenation in Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 4363

Re: Equal represenation in Quizbowl

@Dr. Chuck: That's why I believe the maintenance of a separate "championship" for historically black colleges and universities, with the paternalistic pretense that they "can't" compete with other colleges and universities or play real quizbowl tournaments, cannot be supported, "conceptually" or ot...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Equal represenation in Quizbowl
Replies: 28
Views: 4363

Re: Equal represenation in Quizbowl

I agree with most everyone's posts. You need an appropriately welcoming and respectful environment for any club to be inclusive of any minority (girls/women, Hispanics, African Americans, etc.). I think anyone who is appropriately motivated and encouraged to build confidence in their skills as a pla...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 19, 2009 4:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 23567

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

$2,000 Muller Foundation check ... . For winning, John Cooper's team members are receiving letterman jackets, from something called the John and Adaline Simon Trust. I presume we're talking about the George Muller Foundation because the Maurice Muller Foundation makes no sense. Not that the George ...
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 19, 2009 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 94596

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

ColJade wrote:Out of curiosity, has a site been decided yet? If not, is it likely to change?
In all likelihood, we are trying to keep it in the DC area.
by First Chairman
Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Math Computation, Round 23748234
Replies: 125
Views: 18213

Re: Math Computation, Round 23748234

I understand the reasons why math computation is desired in quiz bowl, though I have made it clear over the years, I do not like math computation as a tossup style. So that said, here are some thoughts I have had on this current discussion. No, I don't see how math computation questions encourage mo...
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Junior NAC 2009 Results
Replies: 28
Views: 2683

Re: Junior NAC 2009 Results

DumbJaques wrote:This is a middle school tournament with driver's ed questions.
I hope it's limited to questions on "seatbelts" or "speed limit"??? :shock:
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 15, 2009 8:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl and the curriculum
Replies: 17
Views: 1644

Re: Quizbowl and the curriculum

My opinions: I'll agree that the shift is drastic in that previous to the 2000's, I think we were of the mindset (and to an extent I like to still think I align with the opinion) that you did have to limit yourself to the AP curricular topics as a ceiling, knowing that many high schoolers do NOT hav...
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets
Replies: 60
Views: 38887

Re: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets

I've updated the scoresheets to version 2.6, which now supports the new 2010 PACE format. In addition, I've added highlighting for stolen bonus points, and correct calculation of % bonus/steals for the PACE format. From now on, the spreadsheet for the old PACE format will no longer be maintained. I...
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 15, 2009 7:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bloggin' about you-know-what
Replies: 110
Views: 6714

Re: Bloggin' about you-know-what

JackGlerum wrote:there's some body of people called "The Supreme Court" of the NAC . I wanna see these people.
What... Chief Justice Beall, and his dial-an-Associate-Judge?
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 12, 2009 5:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 23567

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

With all due respect... some of the pictures are pretty scary of some of these kids. Yes, let's make fun of how middle schoolers look. I didn't make fun of them. Just commenting about some of the pictures. In a generation where pictures of just about every youngster less than 10 can likely be found...
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 23567

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

With all due respect... some of the pictures are pretty scary of some of these kids.

I also want to know how the irony of having a question be centered on the airport abbreviation of Sioux Falls. I can't help but thinking "this tournament SUX."
by First Chairman
Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Entering Freshman Contact List
Replies: 14
Views: 1830

Re: Entering Freshman Contact List

I have that data that was going to be distributed as part of the list of rosters, but I don't think it ever got out. Can send or post to PACE website if webmaster desires. Give me a bit of time to get the final program ready for posting.
by First Chairman
Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of using power matching at NSC
Replies: 42
Views: 7408

Re: Discussion of using power matching at NSC

NAQT did not do that, because they only use data from matches on NAQT questions to seed teams and do not set up the pairings in an optimal manner. There is no need for PACE (or even NAQT) to repeat those mistakes. This is not true. The initial seeding of teams for Saturday play at HSNCT takes into ...
by First Chairman
Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 4 Rounds of Questions - Free no longer
Replies: 16
Views: 2854

Re: 4 Rounds of Questions - Free no longer

Andrew Hart is right. Personally I think you need to keep at least one or two sets to be designated example packets to attract teams to your tournament.
by First Chairman
Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of using power matching at NSC
Replies: 42
Views: 7408

Re: Discussion of using power matching at NSC

Of course, it should also be noted that qualification process into playoffs for PACE involves actually playing minimatches between teams with a tie in record. We do not take head-to-head into account, but we will seed matchups based on PPG to that point and arrange matches in a manner that reflects ...
by First Chairman
Sat Jun 06, 2009 8:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 23567

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

rmgeokid wrote:Alright, here it goes: (try to read the first line before looking at the second)
In 1721, Peter the Great moved the Russian capital from Moscow to (I buzzed here)
St. Petersburg. In 1868, Emperor Meiji moved his capital from where to where?
(Kyoto to Tokyo)
Stupid stupid question.
Classic hose.
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 05, 2009 2:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of using power matching at NSC
Replies: 42
Views: 7408

Re: Discussion of using power matching at NSC

I did want to point out that aside from the practical issues of having divisions instead of power matching through the tournament, back in the day when we started PACE, the other national competitions that existed had very nebulous procedures in determining schedules. ASCN had power-matched schedule...
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 04, 2009 1:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 94596

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

I am not a fan to experiment with the the nuances of a budget year or the people who are in charge of enforcement. For example, while my budget year ends June 30, my last day to spend money in the previous year occurs before then. Entry fees and travel costs are going to be messy.
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 04, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 94596

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Also, practically speaking, college undergraduate exams for many parts of the country start in early May, and reserving rooms on college campuses would thus be extremely impractical.
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC Format in the Regular Season
Replies: 5
Views: 689

Re: NSC Format in the Regular Season

As it has also been discussed, the change in game format will also allow more teams to modify game rules to implement reboundable bonuses without significantly recreating new packets.
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowler on "Millionaire"
Replies: 7
Views: 1354

Re: Quizbowler on "Millionaire"

Yes, I think it was Alex Drake who called Eric Grunden.
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 03, 2009 8:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 10524

Re: 2009 NTAE

I'm not sure that pyramidal questions alone could save the NTAE. The game format is significantly out of the mainstream way of thinking about playing quizbowl as one-on-one team matches (or at the maximum three teams playing against each other). There are probably other issues that will not make a t...
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 03, 2009 9:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The John Adams Rule
Replies: 41
Views: 4946

Re: The John Adams Rule

Since I'm no longer moderator, may I suggest moving this discussion to theory?
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 01, 2009 2:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: All-State/All-Star Selections
Replies: 13
Views: 1419

Re: All-State/All-Star Selections

I can't speak entirely for NC, but in short, we vote based on performance at designated tournaments within the state (regardless of what out-of-state competitors come in). We are pretty flexible who else we consider, but I think it just boils down to a vote similar to Illinois except we don't have d...
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 01, 2009 12:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 HSNCT question discussion
Replies: 262
Views: 25894

Re: 2009 HSNCT question discussion

Just my thoughts: I think it was Jim Valvano who emphasized that the value of a free throw at the end of a game is the same as the value of a free throw at the beginning. If one is to truly randomize packets and the distribution includes trash, one must accept the possibility a game would end on a t...
by First Chairman
Sat May 30, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 09-10
Replies: 83
Views: 11251

Re: DC/MD/VA Date Claim 09-10

I don't speak for my own group at Mason, but we would like to host an event eventually. Haven't made plans or intentions on target audience or difficulty, but will let you know (through them).
by First Chairman
Sat May 30, 2009 9:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 65195

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Cover it live link here.
by First Chairman
Sat May 30, 2009 9:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Aegis Questions no more
Replies: 30
Views: 3274

Re: Aegis Questions no more

Matt, I just speak for me here, but I'm glad you got a chance to go to NSC last weekend, and I'm sorry I didn't have a chance to talk to you and other coaches longer. I will state that the divergence in the level of play for elite quizbowl (aka good quiz bowl here) and the regular group of teams who...
by First Chairman
Sat May 30, 2009 9:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Letter to Questions Galore
Replies: 22
Views: 4583

Re: Letter to Questions Galore

How public will this letter be distributed? Or do you want this letter to be distributed publicly, say to other coaches in Illinois who have an issue with pyramidal-style questions? In other words, I like the document.
by First Chairman
Sat May 30, 2009 7:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NSC 09 question discussion
Replies: 132
Views: 13697

Re: NSC 09 question discussion

Sort of related to the "stock" complaints alluded to by Chris... not every player gets it off the early clues. We have a wonderful field where some of the best players in the country are participating. If you read these questions out at a typical undergraduate practice at your mid-level college prog...
by First Chairman
Sat May 30, 2009 7:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 65195

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

I just worry about dividing teams up too much. Should we also split private and public schools? Parochial and secular schools? Schools between 500-2000 and schools over 2000? By region? But yes, i can see why you might feel slighted by the afterthought that this usually ends up being, from what i'v...
by First Chairman
Wed May 27, 2009 11:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 23567

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

Tegan wrote:
Cheynem wrote:pain
Would PACE ever consider awarding something akin to the purple heart for quizbowl players permanently scarred by stuff like this?
Players perhaps. There are also the coaches who have all gotten screwed somehow by Chip.
by First Chairman
Wed May 27, 2009 2:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?
Replies: 58
Views: 7675

Re: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?

Age limit? I mean... high school players too?
by First Chairman
Wed May 27, 2009 2:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 65195

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

In the ideal world, small schools would play each other, but that would involve actually scheduling matches ahead of time rather than using a card system. And you'd only count games where you play other small schools. Maybe there is a nice way in theory to do it.
by First Chairman
Tue May 26, 2009 1:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?
Replies: 58
Views: 7675

Re: New National Trash Tournament in 2010?

Odd question: would this be a college-student-only event?
by First Chairman
Tue May 26, 2009 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 23567

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

cvdwightw wrote:... it seems that :chip: arbitrarily decides when proper protest resolution procedures (and, it seems, his own tournament rules) are ignorable.
I know we don't like to do "QFT's"... but then again, this is more for me a "duh, what else is new".
by First Chairman
Tue May 26, 2009 12:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: All videos of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 203
Views: 95627

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

If there's any way to obviously edit out the early fluff, that'd be great. Definitely nothing of import there. :) Reminds me... I hope I have everyone's media release forms... EDIT: Lily Chen also added the all-star game's match game (?) question onto Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvTSiH...
by First Chairman
Tue May 26, 2009 12:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NSC Live Blog - front page of hsquizbowl.org
Replies: 15
Views: 1557

Re: 2009 NSC Live Blog - front page of hsquizbowl.org

Thank you to the concurrent International Marine Conservationist Conference for helping me raise some serious heck.
by First Chairman
Tue May 26, 2009 12:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Something from last year's NAC
Replies: 5
Views: 1196

Re: Something from last year's NAC

Jeopardy! would care if there were a substantial proportion of plagiarized questions from J! that are in QU sets of questions. How to define substantial would dictate damages for copyright infringement, and thus the motivation to pursue a suit. The fact that he pilfers from other question sources me...
by First Chairman
Fri May 22, 2009 10:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 PACE NSC
Replies: 59
Views: 31508

Re: 2009 PACE NSC

Tweeting during the NSC should not include any suggestion of answers (right, wrong, or funny). Scores however are encouraged for tweeting. Please use the #NSC2009 tag in your messages (someone else took #NSC09). Followers can search twitter for #NSC2009 posts easily which should hopefully appear at ...
by First Chairman
Mon May 18, 2009 12:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: To all the biology players/editors out there...
Replies: 2
Views: 778

Re: To all the biology players/editors out there...

First, I'll caveat by saying I haven't written biology tossups for the current college circuit in a long time, and there are times when my own immersion in research is now so long ago it's hard to know what should be in the answer space. So take this for what you will. I think if you have a specific...