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by btressler
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ICT format and seeding discussion
Replies: 71
Views: 6763

Re: The ICT format is awful and unfair (or: why I now play for the "Ann Arbor Campus, University of Michigan")

Considering the inherent variability with NAQT format Because teams don't split rounds when they play in other formats and see the result swing 330 points in their favor the second time around. If the results are supposed to exactly follow the seedings, then why bother to play the matches? This dis...
by btressler
Mon Jan 07, 2019 8:59 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Alexa can now read bonuses to you
Replies: 0
Views: 856

Alexa can now read bonuses to you

I would like to thank Fred Morlan and IQBT for giving me permission to do this. I have published an Alexa skill capable of reading bonus questions. This skill currently includes the first 5 rounds of the 2018 NASAT. I will add rounds as I get time. It is free to enable. Keep in mind the voice recogn...
by btressler
Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Mirror at Valencia College: August 18
Replies: 17
Views: 4159

Re: NASAT Mirror at Valencia College: August 18

You have forgotten a team from the top post.

The team name for "Delaware People" is "Casa di Pellegrini South"

The players are Andrew Goldstein, Mark Pellegrini, Nate Pochomis, and Bill Tressler
by btressler
Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 37877

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

robmms wrote:What can I do
I don't have an official PSACA title, but I am sure the Pennsylvania organization would be glad to help if your school or someone around you could hold a tournament on questions similar to this set.

I also recommend the SCOP set as an introduction to pyramidal quizbowl.
by btressler
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: PSACA 2: Groundhog Day
Replies: 2
Views: 2523

Re: PSACA 2: Groundhog Day

Mirror list: 10/06/18 Nittany Lion Novice IV in State College, Pennsylvania 10/20/18 Philly Fall Invitational in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 10/20/18 Falcon Kickoff Frosh-Soph at Wheaton North in Wheaton, Illinois 10/20/18 Chicago Christian Novice in Palos Heights, Illinois 10/27/18 Mellon Bowl XVI i...
by btressler
Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:25 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: PSACA 2: Groundhog Day
Replies: 2
Views: 2523

PSACA 2: Groundhog Day

I am pleased to announce this year’s Pennsylvania State Academic Coaches Association's event, titled Groundhog Day. The majority of this tournament is written. We will probably playtest these questions at Great Valley in September, so my tentative availability date is September 29th, 2018. The tourn...
by btressler
Wed Apr 18, 2018 4:38 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak
Replies: 8
Views: 5279

Re: PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak

These questions are now available on the database.

You may also access them directly on Google drive.
by btressler
Thu Mar 29, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak
Replies: 8
Views: 5279

PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak

Last call for this set.

On behalf of PSACA, I would like to thank the dozen sites that have used these questions. If there are no more requests, I will release the set after the Berwick, PA mirror on 4/14.
by btressler
Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:54 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: An Alexa quizbowl skill is now available
Replies: 2
Views: 2285

An Alexa quizbowl skill is now available

Using a nom de logiciel, Will Reede Quizbowl, I have published my first Alexa skill . The skill is free. (*) You can use this on any Alexa device, including Android phones with the Alexa app. This skill gives you a title, and you respond with the author of the work. The categories are American, Brit...
by btressler
Mon Nov 13, 2017 12:19 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak
Replies: 8
Views: 5279

Re: PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak

The statistics from the Falcon Kickoff and the Philly Fall Novice have been posted. The Philadelphia field converted an average of 17.6 tossups a round, and remarkably converted close to 15 points a bonus every prelim round. This set is appropriate for novice fields, and is also usable if you wanted...
by btressler
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:29 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Yet another round robin scheduler
Replies: 0
Views: 1885

Yet another round robin scheduler

A few years ago I made this round robin scheduler to teach myself some angularJS. The idea is that you would copy the table off the page and put it into a word document or excel spreadsheet and update the room numbers. Let me know if it produces any bugs, like double scheduling a team in a round or ...
by btressler
Wed Sep 13, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak
Replies: 8
Views: 5279

Re: PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak

On behalf of PSACA, I would like to thank the following tournaments for asking to use these questions: Northeast Ohio Quizbowl Conference (starts October) Wheaton North Novice, Illinois (10/21) Moline Fresh-Soph, Illinois (11/4) Carver Novice , Pennsylvania (11/11) Doral Red Rock, Nevada (2/10) The ...
by btressler
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:27 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak
Replies: 8
Views: 5279

PSACA presents: The Philly Cheesesteak

I am pleased to announce the Pennsylvania State Academic Coaches Association's inaugural event, titled The Philly Cheesesteak. The set will be available for mirrors this year. This tournament is 90% written, and I'm willing to accommodate tournaments as early as September 16th, 2017 if someone asks ...
by btressler
Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been announce
Replies: 22
Views: 9798

Re: Approximately 20 high school house writes have been anno

To this list you may add a Pennsylvania set written by me. It is intended to be similar to an A-level and playable by a field appropriate to that kind of set. It could be used by novice tournaments, but I've included some challenging material at the beginning of tossups and the hardest bonus parts s...
by btressler
Sat Jan 28, 2017 6:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MTHS Academic Challenge 1/28/17 Lancaster, PA
Replies: 6
Views: 3209

Re: MTHS Academic Challenge 1/28/17 Lancaster, PA

I believe the top of varsity was

1. Lehigh Valley Academy A
2. Camp Hill A
3. Dowingtown East A
4. Henderson A

Thanks to the Manheim team for running an enjoyable event.
by btressler
Tue Dec 09, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: “New” tournament format: “paired prelim brackets”
Replies: 5
Views: 3708

Re: “New” tournament format: “paired prelim brackets”

Swarthmore tried a variation on this many years ago at a QOTC. I think there were 18 teams and you played all the teams in the other two groups of 6. Do you put teams from the same school in the same bracket or different ones? As I recall, Swarthmore put them all in the same bracket. That meant that...
by btressler
Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Henderson High School Invitational (West Chester, PA) Nov 22
Replies: 9
Views: 3973

Re: Henderson High School Invitational (West Chester, PA) No

Quick results: Emmaus beat Manheim Township A with a 380-250ish score to win the tournament. The 3rd place match saw the 1-person Lehigh Valley Charter team defeat West Chester East A. I think the 3-2 playoff teams (and thus 5th place) were PALCS B and Unionville A, but that could be incorrect. The ...
by btressler
Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 59582

Re: 2014 HSNCT discussion

That's not really how NAQT works. If NAQT editors determined that the question was too difficult, they could have used it at an SCT or ICT, or they could have just rejected it. Writers propose a difficulty when they submit a question, but that difficulty is often changed by the editors. Historical ...
by btressler
Tue May 13, 2014 8:40 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!
Replies: 86
Views: 32812

Re: 2014 NAQT MSNCT: Congratulations Harmony-Excellence!

While I don't think MS needs sets of too much variance in difficulty right now, I do think at some point NAQT could go down the same path as NHBB and create an A,B,C set sort of system with packets of different difficulty. I had several good discussions with other NAQT editors over the weekend. One...
by btressler
Tue Apr 08, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Beginner-level competition in DC/MD/VA area
Replies: 4
Views: 3609

Re: Beginner-level competition in DC/MD/VA area

If you're willing to do a 2 hour drive up I-95, Wilmington Charter hosts a tournament each November which includes a novice division run on an NAQT A level set. Teams such as Richard Montgomery, GDS, and Walter Johnson have made the trip in past years.
by btressler
Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Challenge - NEW DATE- 3/8/14 - Wilmington, DE
Replies: 18
Views: 6371

Re: Charter Challenge - NEW DATE- 3/8/14 - Wilmington, DE

All teams played 7 prelims and then were placed into single elimination playoffs Varsity order of finish: Top bracket 1st Independence A (7-0, 3-0) 2nd Middlesex A (7-0, 2-1) 3rd Longfellow A (7-0, 1-1, 1-0) 4th Independence B (7-0, 1-1, 0-1) 5th Saint Augustine A (6-1, 0-1) 5th Independence C (6-1,...
by btressler
Tue Mar 04, 2014 3:46 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Growing a Middle School Program?
Replies: 3
Views: 1723

Re: Growing a Middle School Program?

I would suggest holding a tournament before next year's TV tournament and advertise it as a warm-up or practice event. You can use the opportunity to expose the teams to quizbowl, and could mention tournaments in other states and nationals. Point out that students can continue the activity in high s...
by btressler
Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Challenge - NEW DATE- 3/8/14 - Wilmington, DE
Replies: 18
Views: 6371

Re: Charter Challenge - 2/15/14 - Wilmington, DE

Is this date correct?

NAQT currently has "tentatively 2/22" on their website, so that might need an update.
by btressler
Mon Dec 23, 2013 8:42 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT SCT: February 8-9
Replies: 35
Views: 9411

Re: 2014 NAQT SCT: February 8-9

The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi wrote:Any update on when registration would open?
If you try to register for one of the SCT sites, the website states that registration will open on January 1st.
by btressler
Mon Dec 16, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GVQBT @ Great Valley (Malvern, PA) on 03/29/2014
Replies: 10
Views: 4392

Re: GVQBT @ Great Valley (Malvern, PA) on 03/29/2014

This is really awesome that multiple NAQT tournaments are being held in SE Pennsylvania this year, and if I'm available that day I would be glad to help moderate. Since these are only 30 miles apart, teams should note that this was the same set of questions used in the _JV_ division of Wilmington Ch...
by btressler
Wed Nov 20, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10-team league schedule
Replies: 5
Views: 1599

Re: 10-team league schedule

I think we need a list of things you can / can not do. For example, would your league allow four teams to come together and play 3 matches in one night? Do you want every team playing every other team exactly once, or would a "playoff phase" be OK?
by btressler
Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CSWIFT - November 2, 2013 - IS-130
Replies: 45
Views: 17315

Re: CSWIFT - November 2, 2013 - IS-130

Actually, Jeff figured it out for me. Deep Green had its "exhibition team" box checked. I now have almost all matches . What is missing is the information from room 305A in the crossover phase. (Perhaps the scorekeeper forgot to hit save?) Does anyone have information on these matches? If no one has...
by btressler
Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CSWIFT - November 2, 2013 - IS-130
Replies: 45
Views: 17315

Re: CSWIFT - November 2, 2013 - IS-130

Round report? I turned it on, but I'm not sure it provides useful information because the varsity and JV brackets had different question sets. I updated JV -- post any discrepancies here and I'll look into them. Unfortunately when I got "all" the computer scoresheets, I only grabbed the JV files. W...
by btressler
Sat Nov 02, 2013 4:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CSWIFT - November 2, 2013 - IS-130
Replies: 45
Views: 17315

Re: CSWIFT - November 2, 2013 - IS-130

I can give you an update: JV is finished. 1. Richard Montgomery C 2. Richard Montgomery D 3. Independence A 4. Longfellow A In varsity, Walter Johnson is 9-0 and Richard Montgomery A is 8-1. If they both win in round 10, they play a final. The statistician got a little behind, so a final version of ...
by btressler
Fri Oct 04, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 68
Views: 33967

Re: 2014 NAQT HSNCT: May 31-June 1, Chicago

Is there a page which has all the teams that have qualified for the HSNCT and SSNCT thus far? In the past, no grand list of qualified teams was maintained, but you can get the information from each local tournament. Go to this page and click on a tournament which has submitted its results. For exam...
by btressler
Thu May 30, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 50023

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

I don't know if there's a way to make it clearer for similar future questions, but it was hard to realize when spoken aloud that the lower-left corner bit applied to all three parts. I want to add my vote to this. I wrote about half the computation bonuses, including this one. The question's lead-i...
by btressler
Wed May 22, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 55855

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: May 25-26, Atlanta

Fixed the above two.
by btressler
Wed May 22, 2013 9:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations LASA!
Replies: 109
Views: 55855

Re: 2013 NAQT HSNCT: May 25-26, Atlanta

A map of the HSNCT attendees.

Sorry if anyone is mistagged.
by btressler
Sat Mar 23, 2013 9:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Blue Hen XV - 3/23, Newark DE [IS-124]
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Blue Hen XV - 3/23, Newark DE [IS-124]

Going into Round 10, Manheim Township A and Charter A were both 9-0, having cleared the rest of the field by 3 games. The teams split the next 2 packets, and Manheim won the third game to take the title.

Prelims

Playoffs

Combined

Post any stat corrections here and I'll look into them.
by btressler
Sun Mar 03, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Challenge 3/2/13
Replies: 7
Views: 2515

Re: Charter Challenge 3/2/13

Complete Stats

JV Standings:
1. Independence E
2. Stillman Elementary
3. Independence F
4. Odyssey A
by btressler
Sat Mar 02, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Challenge 3/2/13
Replies: 7
Views: 2515

Re: Charter Challenge 3/2/13

Final Standings Varsity 1. Independence B 2. Independence A 3. Longfellow 4. Saint Augustine A Quarters: Independence D Quarters: Newark Charter A Quarters: Newark Charter B Quarters: Newark Charter C Playoff: Saint Augustine B Playoff: Brandywine B Playoff: Brandywine C Standing through prelim matc...
by btressler
Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:46 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Charter Challenge 3/2/13
Replies: 7
Views: 2515

Re: Charter Challenge 3/2/13

Ravi can verify this for sure, but at past events registration was 8:30-9:00 and the opening meeting started shortly after.
by btressler
Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)
Replies: 69
Views: 20738

Re: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)

So there apparently is a major snowstorm hitting the northeast Friday night/Saturday morning. The forecast could obviously change but this could potentially screw around with the Delaware site (and possibly the MIT and Cornell sites as well). What I'm seeing at this present second is a "winter mix"...
by btressler
Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)
Replies: 69
Views: 20738

Re: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)

18 rounds of UVA vs Penn vs Maryland on the Knot go go go I volunteer to read for this. Did somebody drop? I'm only seeing 10 D1 teams today, which would simplify matters. Both Alex and I think we can do extra rounds. What exactly that will look like can get finalized after the field size settles.
by btressler
Tue Feb 05, 2013 6:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)
Replies: 69
Views: 20738

Re: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)

Is it possible to make a schedule with more than 10 games even without a 12th team? Rounds are capped at 20 minutes, and some teams are travelling from pretty far away to play just a little over three hours of quizbowl. I might be able to suggest something, but I need a reminder on a few points: - ...
by btressler
Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)
Replies: 69
Views: 20738

Re: NAQT Region 3 SCT - University of Delaware (2/9/13)

In terms of parking, the best option would be the Visitor's Center lot on S. College Avenue, which can be found on the map. Parking is supposedly $12 for the day, but in past experience the lot has been unattended on weekends. Another option is the Trabant Garage, which assuredly costs $12 for the ...
by btressler
Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: VCU Closed: Penn Mirror (February 2, 2013)
Replies: 24
Views: 8056

Re: VCU Closed: Penn Mirror (February 2, 2013)

The Quest for the Historical Mukherjesus wrote:A scab team.
Isn't this one of the crimes that incurs the zillion dollar penalty for quizbowl shenanigans during this event?
by btressler
Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)
Replies: 24
Views: 7403

Re: 1/19 Trash after Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL)

Is Loyola planning on doing one of these at HSNCT this year?
by btressler
Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT state championships 2013
Replies: 23
Views: 10938

Re: NAQT state championships 2013

The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi wrote:The NAQT website shows the Missouri Qualifier as using IS 124.
Take a look here. I think there's a typo at the top, but I believe Jeff is saying that 126 questions will be used in MSHSAA states.
by btressler
Sun Dec 23, 2012 2:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: DAWES - NYU hosted@Columbia (summer 2013)
Replies: 13
Views: 4115

Re: Announcement: Spring Trash Tournament in NYC

I agree with everything Mike said. If this is what you need to do and 4/6 is an open date on the calednar, I say go for it.

Providing whatever date you choose works for us, I imagine at least one team of Delaware and its alums would show.
by btressler
Mon Dec 17, 2012 1:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Tie Break Question
Replies: 11
Views: 2730

Re: Tournament Tie Break Question

I guess I'll vote for total points scored in all cases.

Scenario (A) is the only place where head-to-head might apply, and I personally have never liked using head-to-head because it essentially double counts a match.
by btressler
Tue Dec 04, 2012 11:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn-ance Question Specific Discussion
Replies: 63
Views: 7661

Re: Penn-ance Question Specific Discussion

Could somebody mail this set to stat74@yahoo.com? Thanks. I was thinking Oort Cloud question at Gliese 710 and then talked myself out of that and negged with Kuiper Belt. I was kind of disappointed I can only remember one astronomy question in the eight packets I heard, but maybe there was a bonus t...
by btressler
Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:57 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Penn-ance Mirror at U of Washington & Online - 12/1/12
Replies: 28
Views: 6050

Re: Penn-ance Mirror at U of Washington & Online - 12/1/12

I'd also like to thank Mike and Washington for organizing this. Except for a small number of times where a transmission would get mangled, this really worked out well. And I think that 8 teams is exactly the number to have.
by btressler
Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Specific question discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 4669

Re: Specific question discussion

I disagree with that logic. This is a nationwide set and I see nothing wrong with there being a question that inherently favors teams from one area. That just happens sometimes and we shouldn't have to fret about it. I will shockingly have to agree with Charlie. If we start down that path, then sud...
by btressler
Mon Nov 05, 2012 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CSWIFT at Wilmington Charter (11/3/12)
Replies: 41
Views: 6624

Re: CSWIFT at Wilmington Charter (11/3/12)

All of the above concerns have been addressed.