Final list of teams - Update August 6
1. Robert Pond, Ian Drayer, Will Schneider and Naib Mobassir
2. James Lasker, Marisol Brady, Hunter Book, maybe a fourth
3. Aaron Cohen, Gabe Johnson, Brian Smiley
4. Raynell Cooper, Joe Brosch, Drew Scheeler
5. NHBB team 1 (David Madden, Rohit Prakash, Alan Blayne, Nolwenn Leon)
6. NHBB team 2 (Greg Bossick, Brian McGuinness, Milt Hathaway, Will Mantell)
7. DCC crew (Connor Teevens, Chris Wolfe, David Ciccarelli)
Readers/Scorekeepers: Alec Johnsson, Bob Borders, Barbara Hathaway
Update 6/7: With two months out, here's the final distribution. Sign up people! It's quiz bowl at a house on the beach for crying out loud. So far, it's not looking like the house will be rented out for early August, which is a very good thing, though let me know if people would be cool with moving it back a day - that would work slightly better for me (meaning 8/9-8/10). As for the novelty tournaments, I'm commissioning four separate 75 tossup sets - these may or may not be used at the ACE camps - they will certainly be used at JSO: The Western Cannon (Euro military history 1500-1900), Vercingetorix's Revenge (Ancient History), Eastern Bloc Party (Eastern Europe and CIS geography) and Country Club Bowl (what it sounds like). I may see if we can mirror Chicago History Doubles and/or Hats Off too.
22 questions per packet
4 science (1 chem, 1 physics, 1 bio, 1 whatever)
4 lit (1 Brit, 1 American, 1 European, 1 world)
4 history (1 American, 1 Ancient, 1 Modern Euro, 1 your choice)
2 fine arts
2 religion, myth, philosophy,
1 Social sciences (i.e. econ, soc, anthro)
1 geography or linguistics
1 current events
2 your choice (don't have these be from the same category)
Notes: Don't write fewer than 475 or more than 625 characters a tossup! And keep the difficulty within the bounds of a standard undergrad-only college tournament! HSNCT difficulty works well. Is this a little social studies heavy? Probably, but, well, I run the National History Bowl and have a graduate degree in international relations so what did you expect?
The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to sponsor the first annual Jersey Shore Open on Monday, August 8 and Tuesday August 9 in Mantoloking, NJ. Anyone who has graduated from high school is welcome to attend, though space for now will be limited to the first forty people (including NHBB staff) who sign up (this may be expanded, but if so, then only to about 50, max). Coaches are especially welcome to attend. The inaugural JSO will feature the following unusual features:
-It will be held in a private home directly on the beach. Swim at your own risk.
-There are 6 single and 3 double beds available and two couches on which people can crash.
-There is enough space for up to about six tents to be pitched. Otherwise, I recommend you stay at one of the many nearby motels.
-There is enough parking for about eight cars. As the tournament is being held within two miles of New Jersey Transit’s Bay Head terminus on the North Jersey Coast Line, people are strongly encouraged to take public transport (note: some trains stopping at Newark Airport continue on to Bay Head, though a transfer at Long Branch is necessary)
-There are enough spaces we can use to have at least 5, likely 6 or 7 competition rooms.
-If you can only make it for either Monday or Tuesday, that’s fine of course. Just let me know. Also, please indicate to me if you’re interested in staying over on Monday night.
-For all who are coming or are thinking of it, the address for the tournament is:
1115 Ocean Avenue
You can also take NJ Transit rail to Bay Head on the North Jersey Coast Line, and we'd be happy to come pick you up.
The schedule is as follows:
10am-2pm – NHBB staff meeting and lunch. NHBB staff and Board of Advisors only.
2pm-4pm Other competitors arrive, enjoy the beach, etc.
4pm-midnight – Team tournament (general focus, see below)
12am-3am – Late night tournament of some sort for diehards
3am – 10am Sleep
10:30am – 1pm Singles tournament with a history theme
1pm – 2pm Lunch, beach, barbecue
2pm – 5pm Fun/novelty tournaments for anyone interested
The team tournament will be the main event. Packet submission required. Standard 20/20, distribution forthcoming, but not history only in any case. As for difficulty, I’m thinking of something along the lines of a standard college undergrad tournament. Hence if you are the sort of person who is bored/frustrated by that level of difficulty, this may not be for you. The idea here is not for a summer tournament along the lines of Chicago Open difficulty, but one that talented high school seniors, high school coaches, and people who haven’t played competitively that much of late would still enjoy. If a bunch of people accustomed to playing Div I are indeed interested, let me know though too, and we can put something together with a higher difficulty level I’m sure.
I will see how many people are interested, and then devise some sort of coherent tournament format at that point. Likewise, given that this tournament is meant to be inclusive, I’m going to take a wait and see approach regarding any sort of rules on how teams are composed. Should we have a Div I and a Div II, a la ICT/ACF? Should we just allow people to register teams and go with whomever people want to play with? Have mixed teams (i.e. a limit to how many graduating high school seniors/undergrads/open players per team)? How should we coordinate this vis a vis packet submission? I can and will eventually lay down some groundrules, but I’d rather get some feedback before doing so, so as to make this tournament maximally appealing from a competition standpoint.
Anyways, this is a ways off, and there’s a ton that needs to be sifted through at this point, but I’m throwing this out there for discussion. Also, this tournament will have an entry fee of some sort, but the fee will be pretty minimal and will simply be there to cover costs of food, prizes, etc. – any extra $ from entry fees will be given out as prize $ to winners.
Anyone interested, please let me know, and I’ll keep a running tally of people planning on coming here. Track me down at HSNCT or NSC for more info/questions too. Hope you can make it!
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