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: International History Bee and Bowl, National History Bee and Bowl (High School Division), International History Olympiad, United States Geography Olympiad, National Sports and Entertainment History Bee, US History Bee, US Academic Bee and Bowl, National Humanities Bee, National Science Bee, International Academic Bowl.
Adviser and former head coach for Team USA at the International Geography Olympiad