It's still a few months away, but I'm looking ahead to the April 14 state championship and wondering if we could have some sort of a New Jersey coaches' meeting among such people as myself, Ed, Mike, David, Stephen F, Guy, Peter, etc. (as well as Brother Nigel, Stephen Y, and some others should NYC be without a state championship again) for two purposes:
First, electing the 2012 New Jersey all-star team or at least starting the process. By getting the ball rolling a little earlier, hopefully we'd be able to have a few more of the first team able to plan and commit to NASAT (which is in Ohio, June 15-17 this year). I think our best option might be to work out this year's voting rules and hash out a non-exclusive "ballot" which coaches can think over and send in through the end of April, with recognition of the team a few weeks later at Chatham. If that's a bit late, we could always just post the results around May 1 to start the "traveling team" selection process and award the medals at Chatham.
Second (and this is where our friends from across the Hudson would join in), planning out the 2012-13 calendar. This year's calendar started out crowded and got more so, with the end result being an empty November and a March featuring 7 (and possibly soon to be 8 depending on the rescheduled date for GSAC) tournaments within 100 miles of Hackensack in 5 weekends.
Below is a list of each month, with the number of Saturdays and any relevant holidays to be subtracted, and some potential tournaments to be "grandfathered" into the calendar. I've only grandfathered one tournament per site, though this is obviously just a starting point for discussion.
September (4 + pre-Labor Day): A-series or otherwise Novice (Seton Hall?)
October (4): IS (Princeton), IS (Kellenberg)
November (3 + post-Thanksgiving): Novice (???), A-series? (Millburn)
December (4 + post-Christmas): Independent (St. Joseph)
January (4): A-series (HHH)
February (4, includes break): History Bowl (Ridgewood), IS (Bloomfield)
March (4 + Easter): Independent (Hunter), IS (Livingston)
April (4, includes break): States, Independent (Bergen), National History Bowl?
May (3 + pre-Memorial Day): HSAPQ (Colonia), IS (Chatham), HSNCT (Memorial Day)
June (4): PACE (MD + 1 or 2 weeks), NASAT (MD + 3 weeks)
This accounts for all 6 IS (PHSAT, LIFT, BATE, LMM, CAT, States), and 3 of the 4 A-series (Pirate?, Millburn, HHH) released by NAQT. I think we as a region should consider having one or two tournaments on HSAPQ's questions, and we need to have some sort of arrangement to deal with History Bowl without losing too many potential weekends.
Basically, the reason I'd like this discussion to occur is that we've become a bit of an arms race. On the recent high school podcast, the problem of housewrite proliferation came up. The only team in the area that writes their own tournament is Hunter, and they do a fantastic job of it, but I don't know that anyone else would be well-served to do the same, except in collaboration with other teams from other regions. Right now that's not our problem, our problem is that there are too many tournaments and they're not well-spaced, and it spirals. In order to attend fifteen tournaments and then a nationals, each team figures they have to host their own event. However, right now there just isn't any room for a new tournament to go.
So I'd like to be able to sit down with some coaches, perhaps during the check-in or re-bracketing at States, and start to hash out a calendar for next year.
Coach, Bergen County Academies (NJ); former player for BCA (2000-03) and WUSTL (2003-07)
HSQB forum mod, PACE member
Stat director for: NHBB '13, '14; NSC '13, '14; ACF '14; NASAT '11