Ankit - we know, and we'll be doing what we can to make it closer to standard quiz bowl, but as you mention, we're up against some very concrete limits, at least for now. That said, we'll be reevaluating all aspects of our Middle School Bee over the summer, and the points you made will all be subject for discussion between us, History, their lawyers, the compliance company, and the production company. This requires balancing many competing opinions and prerogatives, but in principle, I agree with everything you said, minus the violence at Al, whom I think did a great job.
Ridgewood (NJ) '99, Princeton '03
Founder and Director: National History Bee and Bowl, United States Geography Olympiad, Jersey Shore Open, National Sports History Bee, National Entertainment History Bee.
Associate Quiz Bowl Coach, Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood, NJ; NY State Masterminds Reader; Lecturer in Ancient and European Military History, ACE Quiz Bowl Camps