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by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz is hiring writers!
Replies: 0
Views: 546

Qwiz is hiring writers!

Join the Qwiz Team! Qwiz is hiring writers for both content writing and question writing assignments. Question writers should have experience writing for tournaments at the high school level and be able to meet deadlines consistently. Content writers should be able to write in multiple subject areas...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu May 21, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Re: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!

Qwiz is dedicated to helping players improve their quizbowl game and to promoting the growth of the quizbowl community. We are also passionate about education, and believe that players benefit most when they don’t just memorize, but rather learn. Our camp program, designed by experienced teachers an...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun May 17, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Announcing the 2020 Qwiz eCamps!
Replies: 0
Views: 686

Announcing the 2020 Qwiz eCamps!

INTRODUCING eCamp! Qwiz is excited to announce that we will be holding two sessions of eCamp in the summer of 2020! eCamp is a live, online version of our popular Qwiz Quizbowl Camp. June Session (June 15-26) July Session (July 13-24) In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Qwiz has been carefull...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: This week's Free Qwiz Virtual C.A.M.P. classes posted!
Replies: 1
Views: 574

Re: Week 4 of the Free Qwiz Virtual C.A.M.P. - classes posted!

New classes for week for are open for registration!
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: This week's Free Qwiz Virtual C.A.M.P. classes posted!
Replies: 1
Views: 574

This week's Free Qwiz Virtual C.A.M.P. classes posted!

Hello Qwizzers! A few weeks ago, we decided to put together some online classes that we called Virtual Qwiz C.A.M.P. We've enjoyed these sessions of Virtual Qwiz C.A.M.P., and your response has been awesome! You guys are so enthusiastic and so eager to learn; this is what quizbowl is all about! Virt...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 54
Views: 12577

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

Cancelled, I'm afraid.
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 54
Views: 12577

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

ASCA regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Varsity State Championship. We debated what to do in this situation, and tried to postpone as long as possible, but the board no longer feels it is reasonable to proceed this year. We will be sending notifications to all teams today. Obviously, w...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz is offering FREE live Quizbowl Classes!
Replies: 0
Views: 732

Qwiz is offering FREE live Quizbowl Classes!

Bored? Frustrated? Feeling the no-quizbowl blues? Qwiz is teaching FREE Live Quizbowl Classes to help ease the pain! It’s been a rough year for the quizbowl world. What started out as another promising season has been derailed completely by the outbreak of the coronavirus and the need for people to ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 54
Views: 12577

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

No official decisions have been made regarding this at this time. However, ASCA is monitoring the situation closely, and we encourage any teams that receive word that they cannot attend due to school policy to notify us immediately so we can assess the situation with all information. We (and you, I'...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Re: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for Summer 2020!

Just an update on our hiring status: Qwiz Camps are still hiring instructors and staffers for our summer 2020 camps! We will be making our first set of hires on or before March 14th, and we want to encourage all interested parties to apply NOW to be considered. If you love coaching or playing quizbo...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 53
Views: 12805

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

the interface is much easier than SQBS with one exception - in SQBS, you can tab into the field for team selection and begin typing the name of the team that is playing; in YellowFruit I was forced to click each time and select the field with my mouse before I could enter the team name. I don't kno...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 53
Views: 12805

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

I'd just like to say that we used YellowFruit yesterday for the Alabama State MS and ES championships, and it ran beautifully. The update to make worksheet/lightning rounds function was a godsend, and the interface is much easier than SQBS with one exception - in SQBS, you can tab into the field for...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 54
Views: 12577

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

Congratulations to Liberty Middle School, repeat ASCA MS Champions! They defeated Discovery Middle 2-0 in the final to win their back to back title. Third place went to Liberty Park Middle School, and fourth place to Monrovia Middle School. Full team and individual results can be found at https://hs...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Notable Buzzers
Replies: 20
Views: 3283

Re: Notable Buzzers

I have had a couple of students in the Engineering Academy at Hoover build buzzer systems as a senior project. One was wireless and mounted inside a hollowed-out hardcover classic edition from a Barnes and Noble.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Re: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for Summer 2020!

Qwiz is still actively hiring for summer of 2020! We are particularly interested in hearing from interested teachers with backgrounds in any of the sciences, but we have openings in many teaching areas. Spend a week (or more!) of this summer with students who are passionate about quizbowl and staff ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 53
Views: 12805

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

Alabama’s Elementary and Middle School format is 20/20 with a 100 point worksheet round at the halfway point. Both teams participate, and there is no bounceback, so all that would be needed is a field for entering a score for each team on that segment, and an option to enable it. Your considering th...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 165
Views: 98724

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

This is just a bump regarding this program, requesting that anyone who has the desire to make a contribution to the QB community and the ability to work with this programming language PLEASE consider adding lightning round functionality to the program. I have been searching for someone willing to ma...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 53
Views: 12805

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

Seconded. I understand that both this and Neg5 were written with the common 20/20 format in mind, but it would be a HUGE difference-maker for many of us in states where worksheet rounds or lightning rounds still exist to add this functionality to the programs. Something as basic as one extra field p...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: FREE Qwiz CoachCamp @ Copley, OH Feb. 29, 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 516

FREE Qwiz CoachCamp @ Copley, OH Feb. 29, 2020

Qwiz is happy to announce that we will be bringing our one-day CoachCamp to the Copley Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020! This event will run concurrently with the tournament there, and coaches are welcome to drop in and out of sessions during the course of the day. The FREE event includes pre...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7344

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Just an update: The Qwiz5 library is now nearing 50 entries! These are all free study guides intended to make your life a little easier and to give you an edge as you go into the heart of competition season. Our latest entries cover Brancusi, Jainism, and Handel, and we have our first Qwiz5 by reque...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz is looking for a content writer!
Replies: 1
Views: 639

Re: Qwiz is looking for a content writer!

We have filled this position. If new openings arise, we will post again!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 54
Views: 12577

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

After seeing this come up several times recently, I wanted to issue a polite reminder to all eager Alabama players out there-- Stats are not always automatic or easy. Coaches who are running tournaments right around the holidays may not be able to get lots of sheets entered into SQBS in a timely man...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments
Replies: 7
Views: 2067

Re: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments

I can (and will) only speak from my own experience with this, but when we started up the Hoover Invitational, we pulled local teams exclusively. By the fourth or fifth year, however, two things were clear - one, that we had a tournament where one or two local teams would be dominant, and everyone el...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7344

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Thank you for this feedback, Ankit. We will make the necessary edits, and will try to be more precise in the future. If you notice an error in a Qwiz5, please let us know at [email protected].com or by messaging me here; we try to proof our work carefully, but we occasionally miss things that the colle...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Did ACE shut down?
Replies: 5
Views: 1369

Re: Did ACE shut down?

Per what was said above, ACE and Qwiz are not the same company rebranded. Qwiz was founded last year with the intent of producing a different type of camp with a different philosophy, and we will continue to provide that experience this year in our five camps. We look forward to serving the quiz bow...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7344

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

We're glad you're liking them! We'll keep producing them. If you have something you'd like us to cover in a Qwiz5, drop us a line!
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz is looking for a content writer!
Replies: 1
Views: 639

Qwiz is looking for a content writer!

Are you experienced in quizbowl? Are you able to work to a deadline? Qwiz is looking for a content writer to assist us with a few small projects. We offer competitive pay, as well as the possibility of additional work in the future. If you’d like to be considered, visit https://www.qwizbowl.com/cont...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!
Replies: 3
Views: 1121

Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!

Qwiz is starting its hiring cycle for the 2020 Summer Camp season. We will be holding five camps this summer: June 13-19, University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL) June 21-27, Washington College (Chestertown, MD) July 12-18, Ohio Dominican University (Columbus, OH) July 19-25, Bradley University (Pe...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Schedule Generator
Replies: 10
Views: 4723

Re: Quizbowl Schedule Generator

This is a really nice project for the community, and will be extremely helpful for new tournament directors.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7344

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

There are now nearly 40 Qwiz5 guides available to help you at https://www.qwizbowl.com/qwiz5/ . Check out the most recent Qwiz5 guides on William Blake, Margaret Mead, Bose-Einstein Condensate, and "The Waste Land", where you'll find top clues plus resources for further study. We hope you find them ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Qwiz CoachCamp - Free event hosted by IQBL!
Replies: 0
Views: 4924

Qwiz CoachCamp - Free event hosted by IQBL!

Coaches are invited to join us on November 16th, 2019 at Waukee High School in Waukee, IA for our first Qwiz CoachCamp, which will run concurrently with the Waukee Open, hosted by Jay Winter of IQBL. Sessions will be held throughout the day, and coaches are free to come to any and all of them as the...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps 2020 Locations
Replies: 0
Views: 5512

Qwiz Camps 2020 Locations

Qwiz is excited to announce the locations of our Summer 2020 Qwiz Camps! Alabama June 13-19 University of Montevallo Maryland June 21-27 Washington College Ohio July 12-18 Ohio Dominican University Illinois July 19-25 Bradley University and our newest location, Iowa July 26-August 1 Grand View Unive...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 54
Views: 12577

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

Just a reminder to teams that participated in ASB this past weekend - please do not post results here or elsewhere. The shows will begin airing November 2nd on APT.
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 5164

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

Admittedly, I’m not in the reading loop at the same level I was once, but I was unaware of the boldface/underline/no format conventions. It might be a good thing for those of us who are once a year hosts or infrequent readers to add a note at the front of the set to this effect.
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 54
Views: 12577

Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

Important dates for 2019-20: August 30-31, 2019, Division I TV Tournament Filming (APT, Montgomery, AL) September 21, 2019 West Point Fall Invitational December 6-7, 2019, Division II TV Tournament Filming (APT, Montgomery, AL) December 14, 2019 West Point Winter Tourney January 16, 2020, Junior Var...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System
Replies: 9
Views: 9497

Re: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System

Just a note regarding the Quik Pro- These were redesigned a couple of years ago and now use much sturdier Cat5 cable as their connectors; the quality of the set is now significantly better in this regard.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 14
Views: 7125

Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

Coaches/Players: Right now, the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association is discussing our current policies regarding players competing in our state tournaments. As of now, our rules specifically state Players must be enrolled at the represented school or, if their school has no program for their ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon May 27, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 6556

Re: Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019

Congratulations to all the great teams at HSNCT this year. The competition was tough! Did your team finish where you hoped? Was your performance where you wanted it to be? Qwiz Camp can help you get take the next step in your QB career! With four locations and a week of classes, practices, and tourn...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon May 27, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 5874

Re: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Congratulations to all of our Qwiz Camp winners so far! We still have one drawing left, so get your entries in!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon May 13, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: MSNCT predictions
Replies: 32
Views: 12367

Re: MSNCT predictions

I guess we're doing the prediction thing so I'll take Aptakisic, Churchill, Challenger-Almaden, Daniel Wright, Hunter, Odle for top six. My biggest prediction is that at least one of the top six teams will be someone nobody in this thread picked for top six. There's always at least one surprise. We...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon May 13, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32985

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

It is unquestionably the case. It was a remarkable performance, but what really makes it important is what it says about the nature of this game--that a group of students who are willing to put in the time and effort and work together can achieve at the highest levels, and anyone who dares to dismis...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun May 05, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32985

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Congratulations to West Point on their top 20 finish at SSNCT! Congratulations to Altamont (50th) and East Lawrence (57th) for their performances as well.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu May 02, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Getting Other Schools to Join Quiz Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 4174

Re: Getting Other Schools to Join Quiz Bowl

If you do some poking around here on this site, you'll find that this is a question many of us have tried to grapple with over the years. Alas, there is no simple answer. Your basic problem is that you have motivation, but you don't have contacts at other schools or other teams to work with. The que...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Dealing with Toxicity in QB
Replies: 5
Views: 4971

Re: Dealing with Toxicity in QB

There is really nothing more important to a team than team chemistry. Toxic team stuff will destroy your chances of success. While it is certainly part of the coach's job to prevent this from happening, what bothers me more is that you have other teammates who apparently are not responding to this. ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7344

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Added this week: Qwiz5 entries on Robert Browning and the Boer War.

Find them at http://www.qwizbowl.com/qwiz5!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7344

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Recently added to Qwiz5:

Robert Browning
Modest Mussorgsky
The Mughal Dynasty
Things Fall Apart

Find out more at the Qwiz5 page. Also, don't forget that there's still time to enter the April drawing for a free camp session! Details are at the Qwiz site!
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32985

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

This was an outstanding tournament. I didn't get to watch Div II, but I know TR Miller had a great day, and Good Hope repeated as 4A State Champions as well. Elkmont continues to impress me with their top four finish every year. They have a good program! In Div I, the big surprise was absolutely Alm...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: #GrowTheGame - an initiative for QB you can help with!
Replies: 0
Views: 4020

#GrowTheGame - an initiative for QB you can help with!

We at Qwiz owe a great deal to quizbowl. Each of us counts our time playing and coaching among the best of our lives, and each of us are grateful to those who have shared that experience with us. The coaches we have worked with, players we have coached, and the organizations that have made this poss...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32985

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

For the record, Eleanor, I cannot answer you without noting that I am no longer affiliated with ACE camps. I worked with ACE for many years, and during that time I staffed camps in several places, and I helped to bring them to Alabama, but as of last year I decided that I wanted to pursue a differen...