cvdwightw wrote:Short answer to your question: throughout most of the 1950's and 1960's, the most visible academic competition for colleges was "College Bowl," a radio/television show from which most of the parameters of the modern game emerged. Many of the longstanding high school academic competitions in the same vein started around that time, some directly citing College Bowl's influence, and used the term "bowl" to describe their event
I researched up to College Bowl and couldn't find anything before that, so thanks for letting me know that's where it started. Great, so the guy who founded Academic Decathlon decided to use the name of a prominent sport whose Olympic champion is known as the "Greatest Athlete in the World", while our founder decided on tableware.
cvdwightw wrote:When you say you're competing at quizbowl, administrators get to say, "Didn't you just do that three weeks ago?". They don't seem to understand that the schedule is far more analogous to something like track and field than it is to a typical academic competition.
Hmm, this seems like something useful to tell our coach, who is also the school track coach, to relay to the administration.
cvdwightw wrote:We don't have a prayer of getting on anything other than public-access television. The College Bowl Company is on record as saying that they'll come after any organization that puts tossup-bonus format(TM) games on television. No one wants to find out what would happen if, say, LASA's path to the HSNCT finals was chronicled on The Longhorn Network.
Well, perhaps that company will cease to exist in a couple years and we'll see what happens then.
cvdwightw wrote:We can't even agree on a name. Is it "quizbowl" or "quiz bowl"? Are those things the same as "Academic League," or "Scholastic Bowl," or "Knowledge Bowl"? What about all the "[insert specialty here] quiz bowl" competitions that have nothing to do with the activity but show up in search engine results? Academic Decathlon means the same thing to everyone, and all Academic Decathlon-like competitions are called Academic Decathlon. We can't say either of those things about quizbowl.
Exactly the problem I'm talking about. This was especially apparent to me when competing at HSNCT where I saw team T-shirts and sweatshirts with literally a dozen variations of Scholastic Bowl, Scholastic League, Quiz Bowl, Quiz Team, Academic Team, etc. on them. I wondered, we're all competing at the same thing? Something about this whole game seems really disorganized on a national level.
In my mind, I always thought of "quizbowl" as the name of the game, and the name of the team was something like Scholastic Team or Academic Team(which is what we called it at my high school). To me this was akin to being on Crew Team where your sport was "rowing."
cvdwightw wrote:[*]We don't have a single unified organization or national championship. Even if NAQT, PACE, and NAC were to miraculously merge into a single championship, we'd still have to contend with the hundreds of local and state formats run by "official" organizations like departments of education and state athletics associations. Quizbowl means one thing to Missouri administrators, a different thing to those in Illinois, and a third thing entirely in Virginia.
I dont think this is a huge problem. Marching band, cheerleading, and as silly as it may sound, beauty pageants, all have a similiar set up and theyre just fine. Miss America and Miss USA both value different aspects of the competition differently, but theyre still largely the same thing. Same with NAQT and PACE.
Yeah, my school's team is just called "Quiz Bowl" which we are seriously considering changing.
Marching bands pretty much just have field shows and parades as the main form of competition, and most of the judging criteria is more consistent than the various formats of local quizbowl. I and sure hope we can aspire higher than cheerleading and beauty pageants.