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by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 1
Views: 608

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

Field updates (based on who's filled out the ACF registration form) are visible here. We've still got room for more teams, are still looking for moderators, and still excited for a great tournament!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 1
Views: 608

ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

I am pleased to announce a High School site of ACF Fall 2018, to be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. UIUC is also hosting a college site of ACF Fall on this date; these tournaments are separate. Registration Registration for this event has two s...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament XIII Available for Mirrors (2018-19)
Replies: 9
Views: 2451

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament XIII Available for Mirrors (2018

Speaking to Christy's note about prelims/playoffs/finals potentially having 3 separate difficulty levels as not being practical for differently formatted tournaments; tournament head editors should actively avoid creating a prelims/playoffs difficulty separation, because some tournament structures c...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: NHBB Reassuming MS & Elementary Divisions in 2018-19
Replies: 1
Views: 982

NHBB Reassuming MS & Elementary Divisions in 2018-19

http://www.historybowl.com/nhbb-to-reassume-full-control-of-middle-school-and-elementary-divisions-for-2018-2019/ We are excited to announce that NHBB (i.e. National History Bee and Bowl LLC) will be back in charge of administering the Elementary and Middle School Divisions of the National History ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 2710

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

I've got a few applications so far, and a few promises to get applications in in the coming days; I'd like a few more before I start responding. If you were thinking about applying but worried you'd missed the opportunity, it's not too late.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: Call for Writers - Women's History
Replies: 1
Views: 939

Re: Call for Writers - Women's History

I've gotten a few e-mails of interest, and will be responding to all at once sometime tomorrow; there's still time to reach out if you're interested.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: Call for Writers - Women's History
Replies: 1
Views: 939

Call for Writers - Women's History

2018 IHO's "You Pick, We Write" event, where the players vote on a topic, is Women's History! I'm looking for writers to contribute question(s) for this project; we need 108 tossups total, and my strong preference is to have ~a dozen writers contribute 8-10 questions. My goal for the set is to break...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 2710

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

A reminder that applications to write IHSA can now be sent to brad.a.fischer@gmail.com, and that I'll start consideration on the 20th.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror
Replies: 27
Views: 3425

Re: NASAT Online Mirror

I'd like to either play this or play the WUSTL mirror; probably 90-10 split in favor of an online option right now, and automatically the online mirror if it's in August.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IHSA writing
Replies: 0
Views: 623

IHSA writing

me, in the Illinois forum wrote:I'd like to get the ball ready to roll for 2018-19 IHSA writing. It is my honor to be head editing the set again this year.

I am looking for writers to cover individual categories of the distribution.
(Here's the link; cross-posting for people who don't read the Illinois forums.)
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 2710

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

A reminder that I'll start taking applications next Sunday, and start responding to them on the 20th.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun May 20, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 2710

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

I'd like to get the ball ready to roll for 2018-19 IHSA writing. It is my honor to be head editing the set again this year. The set is, as usual, 11 and three-halves rounds of 24/24. Regionals is four rounds, Sectionals is three rounds at a slightly higher difficulty level, and State is three rounds...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Looking for question writing help
Replies: 0
Views: 961

Looking for question writing help

We're looking for experienced writers interested in helping write the National Science Bee and National Humanities Bee events for USABB Nationals weekend in early June. Each event is 173 middle school-level tossups (103 prelims and 70 playoffs, with playoffs a bit harder). Writing should be done by ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

It is my honor, on behalf of the IHSSBCA and its award committee, to announce the Association's new Coach of the Year award and its first annual recipients. The Coach of the Year award program has its roots in a gift from the estate of David Riley, a coach whose own efforts to grow his team and to a...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:06 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

It's my honor to kick off page 4 of this year's Illinois thread with the IHSSBCA All-State teams.

Class A and Class AA teams are available at the IHSSBCA page.

Congratulations to all honorees in what, according to every voter, was the most difficult selection process we've ever had!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:24 am
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Out of sheer curiosity, would stats from this year's sectionals and state be posted anywhere? I don't have all the sectional stats in (and there's a chance I won't ever get some of them) but various stats will eventually be collected and posted. It will be a while before it's done; I'm busy with NH...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 17, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 2377

Re: IHSA 17-18

Thank you and congratulations to all the players and coaches for a fantastic state series! Williamsville and Stevenson put on incredibly impressive performances during their championship runs, and were absolutely forced to do so by their outstanding opponents. It has been the honor of my career to w...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Hello. In our Game 3, the moderator couldn't even read one of the social studies questions and had to throw it out. Do you know why this may have been a problem (were there typos or something) or what the actual answer was? I talked with Arjun via PM about this, and we figured out it was the Round ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:06 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

It seemed to me that some of the questions had unclear wording as to what the question was asking for. I remember several toss-ups where the wording was confusing, especially regarding the words "the/this/those". Other than that, I thought the set was fairly well-written and the difficulty level wa...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:04 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I thought that the sectional set was well-written for the most part. One problem that I noticed was that the questions seemed inconsistent in difficulty--some answerlines were far too specific for this level, such as the Checkers speech and the Calvin cycle tossups, while others were too easy, like...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:43 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 2377

Re: IHSA 17-18

IHSA Sectionals results are all posted; congratulations to the winners, and good luck at State!

Discussion of IHSA Sectionals questions is now clear.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Mar 09, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 2377

Re: IHSA 17-18

A reminder - IHSA Sectionals questions are not cleared for discussion until all scores are posted on the IHSA ScoreZone, or until I post here saying that I've got all the missing scoresheets. Sectionals is particularly important for this; Round 3 scores have been posted before some Sectionals have f...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I will note - hearing "zero-one law" and buzzing with Kolmogorov is a significantly different quizbowl experience than hearing "Kolomgorov" + a description of tail probabilities and thinking that "zero and one" might be the answer. I noticed that there was very little RMP on the regionals sets--was ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

I have O'Fallon's scoresheets; you can now talk openly about question content from Regionals.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Taking the philosophy described in the previous post to its natural conclusion, you can expect harder questions at Sectionals and State. In particular, Setional rounds 4/5/6 are all meant to be of a certain level, then the State rounds 7/8/9 of a certain level harder than that, then the Championship...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:55 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois '17-'18
Replies: 154
Views: 27880

Re: Illinois '17-'18

Apologies. I misspoke. I meant that my theory was that the difficulty of regionals approximated the difficulty of an A set. I didn't mean to imply the writing team modeled their product on NAQT's, rather, I was using a commonly understood metric. No worries! :) Using NAQT's sets as a metric makes a...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Mar 04, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 2377

Re: IHSA 17-18

IHSA Regionals are Monday. I hope everyone has a good experience with the set, and I encourage you to give me as much feedback as possible. A few notes: *Regional questions are not clear until all scores are posted. You never know if a site has to get postponed, due to weather or other circumstances...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Masonics 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2181

Re: Masonics 2018

And your full top 4s:

1A: Athens, Elgin Academy, Toledo Cumberland, Warrensburg-Latham
2A: Uni, Latin, Williamsville, Piasa Southwestern
3A: Auburn, Stevenson, IMSA, Fremd
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:50 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Test a new question management system?
Replies: 1
Views: 999

Re: Test a new question management system?

I'd like to publicly express my undying happiness with Packetizor; it's by far the biggest reason I've been able to keep my sanity while putting together three regular season NHBB sets + NHBB Nationals at the same time. It's a magnificent system, and it's fantastic even if you have only one tourname...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:11 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Masonics 2018
Replies: 15
Views: 2181

Re: Masonics 2018

Marengo:
Latin, Chicago Christian, Byron, Timothy Christian
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: IHSA 17-18
Replies: 13
Views: 2377

Re: IHSA 17-18

I can confirm that the same 1/2/3/4 order of Regionals is true for Pearl City (Byron/Keith/Newman/Winnebago) as it is in Southwestern's sectional; time will tell if it's true the whole way through. My guess is seeds'll go up once the brackets are set.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Where To Start Writing Questions
Replies: 5
Views: 1985

Re: Where To Start Writing Questions

I run a Provisional Writer training program every other summer to train new writers for NHBB; that'll run next in summer 2019, and you're more than welcome to apply for that when it draws closer. Other than that, I unfortunately don't have a good opportunity to train novice writers. SCOP's probably ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Dec 21, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to Improve as a Question Writer?
Replies: 7
Views: 1654

Re: How to Improve as a Question Writer?

I'll second Jerry's guide. I've also got some essays of varying use here, with more beginner essays on the way "soon."
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Oct 27, 2017 11:00 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Bracketing question
Replies: 7
Views: 2072

Re: Bracketing question

I agree with Donald on championship tier = 12 teams, with parallel pools up top to feed into a final match. To determine all your prelim-into-playoff seeds -- both the "which 5 pool runners up get the wild cards?" and the "how do I seed the 12 teams into the two parallel pools," PPB has an advantag...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Oct 27, 2017 10:51 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Bracketing question
Replies: 7
Views: 2072

Re: Bracketing question

I agree with Donald on championship tier = 12 teams, with parallel pools up top to feed into a final match. To determine all your prelim-into-playoff seeds -- both the "which 5 pool runners up get the wild cards?" and the "how do I seed the 12 teams into the two parallel pools," [EDIT: as well as th...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Oct 17, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: 2017-18 NHBB Season: Opening Announcements
Replies: 3
Views: 1364

Re: 2017-18 NHBB Season: Opening Announcements

I guess the idea is more informal than you're describing - the different competitions within IAC share some staff & other resources, and some of the competitions are directly related (NHBB players can qualify for IHO but that's not the only way, etc.). Mostly, though - it's been sufficiently confusi...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Oct 17, 2017 3:39 pm
Forum: History Bee & Bowl events
Topic: 2017-18 NHBB Season: Opening Announcements
Replies: 3
Views: 1364

2017-18 NHBB Season: Opening Announcements

The 2017-18 NHBB competition season began in Honolulu this Saturday, and we're looking forward to a fantastic year! We have a few announcements as the year begins. First, NHBB events are part of the new International Academic Competitions network. This doesn't really change how anything operates - i...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Oct 08, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Starting to Write Questions
Replies: 8
Views: 2782

Re: Starting to Write Questions

I've got a few essays posted here , mostly focusing on technical aspects of writing questions. The beginning essays are primarily good for people who have played just a tournament or two, as a means of explaining the structure of a question. The intermediate essays are primarily good for people who ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:28 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NHBB in Illinois 2017-18
Replies: 0
Views: 909

NHBB in Illinois 2017-18

NHBB's running several regional events in Illinois this year. A school can compete once on each question set, and competitors finishing in the top half of the field at each event qualify for NHBB Nationals in DC on the last weekend of April. C Set: November 11th at Stevenson High School in Lincolnsh...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New Advisor
Replies: 3
Views: 1388

Re: New Advisor

On the practice material side of things - and this may something your previous advisor/current team members have mentioned - there are tons of questions from previous years' tournaments available for free download at http://quizbowlpackets.com/ and http://www.historybowl.com/resources/study-guides-r...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Sep 18, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18
Replies: 38
Views: 13409

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '17-'18

monty wrote:hbowl tournaments (so far):

10/28 Northern New Jersey
12/09 Southern New Jersey
01/13 NJ State Championships
And Princeton University is requesting rooms for March 10th for the Mid-Atlantic Championships on A Set, so that date's worth saving as well.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 11646

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

My question is "what can we do to make that not the response?" Go into areas that don't have pyramidal MS quizbowl right now. Work to change IESA's question source (I know, this could be a decades-long project, but see if you can get into local leagues and such at first). Go into Northern Indiana, ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 11646

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Chris - I hear you (and you're very right that NAQT doesn't get enough public credit for their circuit building and other outreach work), but I don't think you've addressed my question. It explains why there's a question at all, yes, and you're listing things like "14/14 matches*" and "there weren't...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 11646

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

Madden's initial pitching of USABB to me was a direct analogy of HSNCT:NSC::MSNCT:USABB - that both would coexist nicely and boost the overall MS circuit, rather than try to cannibalize each other for market share. The fact that the MS circuit essentially only had a few NAQT MS sets, the then-annou...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 11646

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

More importantly, I have been a fly on the wall when Brad tried everything he could to get Madden/NHBB to use different dates for championships for the sole purpose of not conflicting with NAQT events . Those attempts were unsuccessful, mostly because the number of national quizbowl championships h...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jul 03, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 4428

Re: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

IHO Side Events have been handed out; thank you to everyone who applied, and to Sameer Rai, Jakob Myers, Bruce Arthur, Andrew Leung, Eric Mukherjee, Noah Prince, Rebecca Rosenthal, Kristin Strey, Tyler Vaughan, Chris White, and Joe Su for their help editing the side events! There was a flurry of las...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 11646

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

A blacklist seems somewhat presumptuous unless there are other people who have been similarly turned down. After several years of moderating for NAQT national events, Kristin and I haven't received an invitation to staff an NAQT xCT since 2014 HSNCT. Summer/Fall 2014 was the approximate timing of t...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 29, 2017 3:27 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards
Replies: 5
Views: 5881

Re: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards

I'm pleased to announce the winners of this year's National Quizbowl Awards! Please see the original post for results.

Winners can private message/e-mail me your mailing address so we can send you your award. Congratulations!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 4428

Re: NHBB Call for Writers 2017-18

E-mails appear to be good again, and (while it's obviously impossible to know for sure) it appears we got all e-mails sent during the downtime after a delay. (If you e-mailed anybody with an @historybowl.com e-mail address on Fri/Sat/Sun and haven't gotten a reply back, send it again.) I'll take app...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards
Replies: 5
Views: 5881

Re: 2017 National Quizbowl Awards

E-mails appear to be good again, and (while it's obviously impossible to know for sure) it appears we got all e-mails sent during the downtime after a delay. (If you e-mailed anybody with an @historybowl.com e-mail address on Fri/Sat/Sun and haven't gotten a reply back, send it again.) Voting for th...