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by tiwonge
Sat Jul 25, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Middle School Novice Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 1023

Re: Middle School Novice Tournament

This set is almost completely written. (I'm waiting for one tossup.) Looking for people (especially middle school students or teachers) interested in playtesting it or looking it over. (This is strictly an introductory set, and will not be released as a tournament, so there's no need to worry about ...
by tiwonge
Fri May 29, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: The Carolina Cup (MVS RAMS 2)
Replies: 8
Views: 2009

Re: The Carolina Cup (MVS RAMS 2)

I don't see anything about the date in the post. Maybe I missed it, but can you clarify when it is?

Edit: Nevermind, it was in the first sentence. June 14.
by tiwonge
Thu Apr 16, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: SCOP Novice Online [NEW FIELD EXPANSION]
Replies: 19
Views: 3110

Re: SCOP Novice Online [NEW FIELD EXPANSION]

Today, or Friday? Today is just Thursday.

Edit: oh, I guess "until Friday" means not on Friday?
by tiwonge
Mon Mar 30, 2020 8:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Problem of the West
Replies: 9
Views: 1655

Re: The Problem of the West

I'll add more later, but regarding transportation, the Pacific Northwest has the additional challenge of the winter being a dangerous time to travel by car. The Cascade mountain passes often require chains during winter due to snow. People are often not comfortable driving in these conditions. In t...
by tiwonge
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Problem of the West
Replies: 9
Views: 1655

Re: The Problem of the West

Re: travel - I think more can be done to help newer clubs find sources of funding. Travel is a pain because funding is relatively hard to come by (in the case of UW, our school's student organization travel fund literally ran out in December, so we couldn't use it to fund trips to Regs and ICT (rip...
by tiwonge
Mon Mar 30, 2020 7:42 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Problem of the West
Replies: 9
Views: 1655

Re: The Problem of the West

Distance: This is the most obvious one. Colleges are just further apart out west, so a student needs to be more committed before they're willing to attend a tournament. This makes it significantly harder to retain people and grow clubs. Transportation: Similar to, but distinct from the distance iss...
by tiwonge
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:46 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: SCOP Novice Online [NEW FIELD EXPANSION]
Replies: 19
Views: 3110

Re: SCOP Novice Online [NEW ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES]

SCOP Novice Online will take place on SUNDAY, April 19, 2020, from 9 AM to 4 or 5 PM. Online registration opens at 8:15 AM. All players and coaches should be logged onto the server by 8:45 AM. Eastern time? 6 AM for California teams? Log in by 5:45 AM PDT? (Just asking for clarification. I realize ...
by tiwonge
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Middle School Novice Tournament
Replies: 1
Views: 1023

Middle School Novice Tournament

I'll be overseeing the Middle School Novice Tournament. If you'd like to be a part of it, please let me know, either by forum PM or e-mail. (I have some people who said they'd be interested, and I'll probably be sending them an e-mail soon.) This is just meant to be an intro to quiz bowl, so it diff...
by tiwonge
Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:12 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Science Discord
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: Quizbowl Science Discord

Can you re-post this, but with a link that doesn't expire?
by tiwonge
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 9069

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gift of the Magi I'm trying to avoid answers like these. It's true that some 6th graders can get those, but that's not who this set is for. Those answers will go dead too often if they are asked to novice middle schoolers. I wouldn't even toss up Orwell. I still ...
by tiwonge
Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 9069

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Animal Farm, To Kill a Mockingbird, Gift of the Magi I'm trying to avoid answers like these. It's true that some 6th graders can get those, but that's not who this set is for. Those answers will go dead too often if they are asked to novice middle schoolers. I wouldn't even toss up Orwell. I still ...
by tiwonge
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 9069

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

The other thing I'm thinking right now, is that if I come up with 4/4 (the median of the number of packets suggested) answerlines for each tossup, are there any categories where I'm scraping to get appropriate questions, or any categories where I feel like I'm leaving out a lot of good questions?
by tiwonge
Wed Mar 25, 2020 6:04 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 9069

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Some work is going to go into this project this weekend. Please critique the following distribution: Literature 1/1 (include children's and young adult fiction) US History 1/1 Non-US History 1/1 Biology 1/1 Physics & Chem 1/1 Math 1/1 Other Science 1/1 Music 1/1 (focus on instruments and scales) Ot...
by tiwonge
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

Response from Jeremy McNinch I am the coach of our high school Knowledge Bowl team, and one of the league coordinators for the Pierce County (WA) Knowledge Bowl league. We have regular competitions weekly from December through February. It really is a lot of fun. I was not aware that Academic Hallma...
by tiwonge
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

Because the format of Knowledge Bowl includes written questions, quiz bowl questions aren't going to be a perfect substitute, unless somebody wants to write written questions, too. But that's not too say that they might not be interested in a substitute product.
by tiwonge
Mon Jan 20, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

Some people to contact, maybe. I don't know if all of these organizations used Academic Hallmarks, so I don't know if they're looking for a new question provider. I don't know where else Academic Hallmarks produces questions for. Washington: Nancy Menard, Administrative Assistant [email protected].org (...
by tiwonge
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

So, I'm going for something that might suggest quiz bowl questions as well-written, well-produced alternatives. One of the most important parts of running Knowledge Bowl or other scholastic or academic competitions is finding a source for good, high quality questions. In the quiz bowl community, the...
by tiwonge
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

I see your point. I'll write a different pitch emphasizing stability and professionalism of question providers when I get to a computer later today.
by tiwonge
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

My quiz bowl pitch. Feel free to comment, add, or edit this. This is just a first draft, based on what I often describe to new schools. Pyramidal quiz bowl may be a little different than what you're used to. The tossup questions are longer--a few sentences long. They questions start with hard clues,...
by tiwonge
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 15
Views: 1834

Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

I was talking to Chris Chiego recently, and he said that Academic Hallmarks, which has supplied questions for Knowledge Bowl competitions, is getting out of the business. This means that current Knowledge Bowl circuits will be looking for new question providers, or possibly will be open to new forma...
by tiwonge
Sat Jan 18, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

Re: Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)

UW finished 7-1 to win the tournament. BSU A was 2nd at 5-3. Kaden from UW was top overall scorer. Final stats: https://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/6302/stats/prelims/ Thanks to everybody who came. I think that it was a great experience for all the teams. This was Montana State's first-ever tourna...
by tiwonge
Tue Jan 07, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

Re: Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)

Six teams have signed up. I'll end the signup period on Friday, so if you're still interested, please go ahead and sign up by then.
by tiwonge
Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Notable Buzzers
Replies: 20
Views: 3283

Re: Notable Buzzers

QuizCo was a local buzzer system company that went out of business several years ago. A lot of local high schools have their buzzers, although I don't know how many are still around. When the INL sponsored science bowl, I think one of their electrical engineers built a custom buzzer system for them ...
by tiwonge
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

Re: Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)

No. The intent is to give novice college players experience, especially in areas where there aren't many tournaments. For that reason, I want to restrict it to new college teams and players.

High school teams should have plenty of local tournaments to play in.
by tiwonge
Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 22
Views: 7314

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

At a middle school tournament we just ran, the book prizes we gave away were gifted me by a previous player who had graduated and passed on her book collection. There were a lot of graphic novel versions of classics, and the players (even the high school players who were staffing) seemed to really l...
by tiwonge
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:45 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: QuizCo Equipment
Replies: 4
Views: 1239

Re: QuizCo Equipment

QuizCo was located in Boise (and is, as best as I can tell, out of business), and there are a few schools that have those buzzer systems. I can check and see if any of them aren't using them or have spare parts, but I think your best bet is just to get a new system.
by tiwonge
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

Delta Burke mirror 1/18/20 on Discord (not open)

In the Northwest, we have a lot of distance between our schools, so Idaho Quiz and Academic Teams is hosting an online mirror of Delta Burke on January 18 (MLK weekend) to give newer and less experienced teams a chance to play each other without having to travel long distances. We're opening up the ...
by tiwonge
Mon Dec 02, 2019 1:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Archving the old Yahoo! group
Replies: 7
Views: 1716

Re: Archving the old Yahoo! group

I am a member of the group. I'd be fine with loaning my Yahoo password if somebody who wants to archive it needs access. (I don't really use it for anything.)
by tiwonge
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:22 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: No prizes is better than insulting prizes
Replies: 22
Views: 7314

Re: No prizes is better than insulting prizes

One thing I used to do is buy slightly more prizes than there were top scorers (so if I wanted to give out prizes to the top 8 scorers, common in my day, I would get like 10-11 books). This way if some book was truly of no interest to anyone, nobody would get stuck with it. I was often surprised at...
by tiwonge
Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should I quit quizbowl?
Replies: 8
Views: 2995

Re: Should I quit quizbowl?

As far as that last point goes, if you enjoy quiz bowl, there are multiple roles for you, even if you don't feel that you're a good player and don't enjoy playing. Staffing tournaments can still provide a solid connection to an activity you enjoy, and if your school hosts tournaments (especially col...
by tiwonge
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:13 pm
Forum: Western Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl in Nevada/Utah/New Mexico/Colorado/Nebraska/Wyoming
Replies: 18
Views: 12521

Re: Quizbowl in Nevada/Utah/New Mexico/Colorado/Nebraska/Wyoming

BYU will be hosting a tournament on Saturday, Nov. 23.

We hope that this can be the start of a decent circuit in the SLC metro area.

We sent out letters and are e-mailing schools now. One school has already registered, and we're getting some interest from a few other schools.
by tiwonge
Mon Oct 21, 2019 8:51 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 5259

Re: What's the State of the College Game?

First, more established members of the quizbowl community should reach out to new teams' leadership and strike up a relationship so that you can check in and help them overcome obstacles like organizational or funding issues. This would also be useful in planning for leadership transitions and for ...
by tiwonge
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 5259

Re: What's the State of the College Game?

As one of the mentioned circuits, I don't think we'd have had a better turnout for EFT had it been something easier like ACF Fall. There's not really any other teams out there who might come for an easier tournament. (If we had more stronger high school teams, that might be a possibility, but it's a...
by tiwonge
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19
Replies: 7
Views: 3364

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19

UW and Colorado clubs both have more than one member. They just didn't have more than one person willing to make the trip. Matt and Vikshar (and Daniel) all flew to Boise on their own dime. I don't know to what extent these clubs get support from their university to help fund such trips, but it's no...
by tiwonge
Sun Oct 20, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19
Replies: 7
Views: 3364

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19

Matt (Colorado) and Daniel (Oregon) split their games. Since Daniel had to leave to catch a flight and couldn't play a tie-breaker, they agreed to just call it a draw.

Daniel was top scorer overall.
by tiwonge
Tue Oct 01, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 8365

Re: New community college team

That's what I did at the campus fair. I brought the plunger-style Zeecraft buzzers because they're more fun to use and had some novice high school questions. Most of the people who came by tried them out, and most of them put their name down. (Now, whether they come to meetings or practices is anoth...
by tiwonge
Tue Oct 01, 2019 9:19 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 8365

Re: New community college team

One of the people who signed up yesterday is married to a teacher. (I don't know if he's full-time or not; TVCC requires that the sponsor be full-time.) That might be an option. (The BSU club president's father teaches there, too, but he is not full-time, so we can't use him.) It certainly would be ...
by tiwonge
Mon Sep 30, 2019 10:54 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 8365

Re: New community college team

So I set up a table at TVCC's Campus Fair today, and got 17 names on my sign-up sheet. Of these names, I estimate maybe 4-5 of them are really interested. Which is enough. There was definitely a wide skill level. Lots couldn't answer the novice high school questions I was reading, but there were a f...
by tiwonge
Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 9069

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Even if there is an easier MS distribution (something I've kind of toyed around with, too), I don't think this precludes using it as an intro to harder questions. Even if the questions are short, as long as they're pyramidal, you can still use early clues or hard bonus parts to introduce harder answ...
by tiwonge
Wed Sep 25, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Thoughts on Coaching: Basic Advice for New Coaches
Replies: 2
Views: 3147

Re: Thoughts on Coaching: Basic Advice for New Coaches

Thank you for this. From somebody who is not a high school coach, and who hasn't coached, I found it really insightful. I'd love to use an abbreviated version of this on our blog, if you don't mind. For this area, there are some things here that don't really apply, or have to be modified. For exampl...
by tiwonge
Thu Sep 05, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19
Replies: 7
Views: 3364

Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19

Boise State/Idaho Quiz & Academic Teams will be hosting EFT on October 19. High school teams are eligible to play. The main announcement for the EFT can be found here: https://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=22625 . It should be regular minus, I guess? We have not reserved rooms yet, but i...
by tiwonge
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:15 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 8365

Re: New community college team

The Student Activities people at TVCC said that (at least as far as travel goes, which is all I mentioned), clubs are self-financed. If they're traveling, they'll have to raise their own money. I don't know how easy it is to try to get some funding from the administration for things like tournament ...
by tiwonge
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 8365

Re: New community college team

Hey, Colin! I'm glad you're getting a CC team going in the Northwest. There are plenty of big differences between the university circuit and the CC circuit. To wit: I imagine that the fact that students are usually present for just two years presents a challenge (less time to develop them). --Hahah...
by tiwonge
Thu Aug 29, 2019 9:06 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 8365

Re: New community college team

Ah, thanks. It looks like the nearest CC SCT to this area is Stanford.
by tiwonge
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:54 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: New community college team
Replies: 11
Views: 8365

New community college team

How different is quiz bowl at a community college than at a 4 year college, especially when there is no local community college circuit? I imagine that the fact that students are usually present for just two years presents a challenge (less time to develop them). How do community colleges qualify fo...
by tiwonge
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)
Replies: 34
Views: 17223

Re: 2019 Early Fall Tournament (EFT)

ArnavS wrote:
Sun May 26, 2019 7:57 pm
Has the PNW site for this been decided?

(edit: sorry, saw the edits on OP... do you have a sense of where/when it usually is?)
We expect to mirror this at Boise State. That may not be Pacific enough in the northwest for you, but I hope you'll come!
by tiwonge
Sun Jul 14, 2019 4:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 14
Views: 7124

Re: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

In Idaho, several high schools are 10-12 with feeder junior high schools that are 7-9. Other high schools are 9-12 with feeder middle schools that serve 6-8. I believe that the Idaho athletic association allows 9th graders in a jr. high to play for their feeder high school, to parallel what happens ...
by tiwonge
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quiz Bowl in Germany
Replies: 3
Views: 4034

Re: Quiz Bowl in Germany

Is there quiz bowl in Germany? I know one or two people who might be interested.
by tiwonge
Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 59
Views: 21401

Re: Why don't we have 1/1 math?

Include 0.5/0.5 science-adjacent math in the Science distribution and 0.5/0.5 pure, or non science-adjacent math in the Thought distribution, along with Philosophy and Social Sciences. :)