Stephen Colbert wrote:Will the 2011 NAQT MSNCT use timed rounds? Am I the only person who views this as possibly problematic? Have any of the qualifying tournaments been on the clock? If so, I would love to hear about those experiences.
cvdwightw wrote:I'm going to make the possibly-radical suggestion, and I guess this is as good a place to do it, that NAQT strongly consider using ten-minute halves at all levels of competition. Yes, the middle school questions are shorter, but middle schoolers also have a tendency to do things that slow down the game, and especially at the local level, there's not a whole lot the moderator can do about it. At the high school level, NAQT questions have, on average, gotten both longer and more accessible, meaning that 20 tossups takes longer to read in 2011 than it did in 2001. This is especially a problem noted at HSNCT, where even competent moderators had difficulty getting through 20 questions last year and I shudder to think about the less-competent ones. Unifying the timing rules across levels also removes the timing dilemma inherent in high school tournaments using a D2 SCT/ICT set. Again, this is something I strongly encourage NAQT to explore.
bt_green_warbler wrote:(I am entirely ambivalent about timed rounds at tournaments with high-quality staff pools- ICT
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