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Charles Martel wrote:Did you actually have 40 kids coming to all of the practices? Was there enough interest to bring 20 of them to a tournament?
Orangutan Surfing Civilization wrote:I suppose this is largely contingent upon which sorts of tournaments your students would be attending and whether or not all of the students would be attending, but splitting 21 students over 3 teams seems like it'd be a bit difficult for various reasons. I'm guessing there are varying opinions on this, but I feel like most people are in favor of having zero or maybe one sub who sits out during matches (assuming you're talking about quizbowl tournaments with four to a team). It also makes things easier for people doing stats, I believe, and theoretically benefits your players as well.
I'm also amazed that you'd potentially be able to get 21 kids to go to a single tournament, all at once. Does this seem likely?
Bad Boy Bill wrote:Congratulations on generating such interest.
When I was Wilmington Charter's coach we got to the point where we had to have tryouts. Here's my thoughts:
I grandfathered any member in good standing. I was not going to spend years teaching someone answers and then cut them. At my discretion, I could decide that someone hadn't participated enough the previous year and had to tryout again after having a discussion with me why they would actually participate this coming year.
I tried various combinations of written and buzzer components. What I found I liked the best was both. One year, about 40 took a 100-question written test, and then around 20 came back for questions read on the buzzers.
I also reserved around 5 spots for the youngest students (in my case 9th grade).
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