How to set up next year’s team for success

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How to set up next year’s team for success

Post by JBSours » Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:31 pm

My school’s entire varsity team is graduating this year. Now that our season is over, I want to focus on passing on the knowledge base that I’ve accrued to the sophomores (we’ve never had juniors ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). What are the best ways to do that?

If this has already been discussed elsewhere, I’d appreciate a link to that thread.
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Re: How to set up next year’s team for success

Post by jesposito » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:13 pm

This happened last year with our team, and imo the best thing you can do is pass on good studying techniques and a good work ethic. Try to make sure that the sophomores are studying, not just studying but studying correctly, and talk to them about how they can be their best. If you want to, you can try to make study guides or flashcard sets that might help them, but at the end of the day they're gonna have to learn that by themselves like everyone else. The best way to make sure this happens is by giving them the advice and resources to do that!

Side note, our team seems to skip every other grade as we had almost no juniors or freshman last year. I wonder if there's an explanation or if it's just a coincidence?
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Re: How to set up next year’s team for success

Post by Aaron's Rod » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:04 pm

JBSours wrote:My school’s entire varsity team is graduating this year. Now that our season is over, I want to focus on passing on the knowledge base that I’ve accrued to the sophomores (we’ve never had juniors ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). What are the best ways to do that?

If this has already been discussed elsewhere, I’d appreciate a link to that thread.
Do you mean logistic knowledge base, or quizbowl knowledge base? If the former, this thread may interest you.
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Re: How to set up next year’s team for success

Post by JBSours » Thu Mar 08, 2018 9:40 pm

Most of the logistical part is out of my hands as a highschooler, so I’m more looking for that quiz bowl knowledge. I think Joe has the right of it, to pass on the strategies more than the facts, though if I hear something particularly stock that they don’t know I’ll pass that on. Hopefully they’ll be motivated to study.
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Re: How to set up next year’s team for success

Post by tiwonge » Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:47 pm

jesposito wrote:studying, not just studying but studying correctly,
What does this mean?
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Re: How to set up next year’s team for success

Post by jesposito » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:58 pm

tiwonge wrote:
jesposito wrote:studying, not just studying but studying correctly,
What does this mean?
Well it might not be as much of an issue with teams that are well established and such, but a lot of kids on my team seemed to think you could just learn the names of books and the authors, and that would do it, or that they could just learn a few stock facts about the book and that'd be it. I tried to instill the fact that although that type of studying might work well against bad teams and for bonuses, to beat the best teams you need to get an in depth understanding of the material, not just a vague idea. Also, for new kids, directing them on what to study. Rather than dates of births of presidents (?) or an extremely thorough examination of moon missions, both of which kids wanted to study, just directing them towards frequency lists and core works. Overall just any obvious mistakes I learned when I was a young player that can help the team grow.
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