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by alexdz
Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:50 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 33
Views: 5756

Re: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community

I would be willing to take a lead role in developing a free online training module (or more than one) and helping to manage a database of those who completed it. While I agree that it isn't the be-all-end-all of this situation, it is a concrete place to start and building it can help us as a communi...
by alexdz
Tue Jun 30, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: How do I study for quizbowl in a fun way?
Replies: 8
Views: 669

Re: How do I study for quizbowl in a fun way?

Something you can consider, that would also help your teammates, is to do little mini-research adventures on topics you discover. So say, for example, you find out about a mythological figure you want to learn more about. Instead of just reading an article about them on your own, put together a slid...
by alexdz
Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:46 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]
Replies: 12
Views: 1670

Re: On the Abundance of High School Sets During the Pandemic [And Its Problems]

I do agree with mostly everything in this post. However looking back at my middle school years I think it would be nice if some schools and experienced writers could team up to write an mACF style MS set to bring more middle schools that cannot afford hosting a tournament based on MS series into th...
by alexdz
Sun Jun 07, 2020 11:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Trash Questions in College Sets
Replies: 19
Views: 1997

Re: Trash Questions in College Sets

What about taking the "current events" space and creating subcategories just like we have elsewhere. You could have "government/politics/economy" and "popular culture" subdistributions within current events.
by alexdz
Wed Jun 03, 2020 12:37 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Retroactive name changes in tournament results
Replies: 9
Views: 1366

Re: Retroactive name changes in tournament results

This community often does great things. This is one. <3 I don't know if this is relevant in your particular case, Sasha, but you may also want to check with webmasters of any quizbowl organizations (state alliances or sponsoring organizations) to make similar requests for any data they may have host...
by alexdz
Mon Jun 01, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9560

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

Just thought of this... what about designating bonuses by half? So not necessarily matching TU 1 - B1, etc., but saying "These are the first half bonuses, 1-10, and these are the second half bonuses, 11-20." In other words, you read bonuses in order as they come, but once the second half starts, you...
by alexdz
Thu Apr 09, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Judges (Quizmasters) for High School Academic Competitions in Pennsylvania
Replies: 4
Views: 986

Re: Judges (Quizmasters) for High School Academic Competitions in Pennsylvania

Hi! I'm a person in Pennsylvania who sometimes works in this capacity. Most people in this community usually call this position a "moderator." One thing you should know is that there are different types of competition in Pennsylvania. The most common you'll encounter from people on this message boar...
by alexdz
Wed Apr 08, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's Remember Some Mentors
Replies: 2
Views: 1442

Re: Let's Remember Some Mentors

Tyler, I think this is a fantastic idea, and I'd like to reflect on and honor a few of my quizbowl mentors. Earl Williamson \ I started playing quizbowl in middle school, but things really took off for me when I joined my high school team, coached at the time by Earl Williamson. Mr. Williamson was t...
by alexdz
Mon Mar 30, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Vanity Insanity: A Guerrilla Secret Santa Event for Charity
Replies: 15
Views: 3659

Re: Vanity Insanity: A Guerrilla Secret Santa Event for Charity

For the record, the $130 donation to the Trevor Project has been made! I'm sending confirmation to Emily now for her records as well.
by alexdz
Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2448

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

Alex Dzurick is going to list team national appearances from various states. I wasn't able to work as long as I thought I could on this project today, but I did create some basic tables for a few states. Prior to my work on this project, Missouri and Illinois had pages created for this. My new addi...
by alexdz
Thu Mar 26, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 8953

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

knitting or fishing Knitting could be "other visual art" and fishing could be sports, wherever that might fit. But the point is that nearly anything GK you could think of would be able to fit in any of these categories, particularly if you widen "literature" to mean more like "language arts." I did...
by alexdz
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 8953

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

I've often used lists of things like Newberry and Caldecott award winners, ALA "best of" lists, etc., to get a handle on what "kid lit" books are popular and widely known. I do believe there is room for more than 1/1, but I'd rather see something like 2/2, as there seems to be a consensus that 3/3 m...
by alexdz
Wed Mar 25, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 8953

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

As someone who writes MS questions a lot, this overall feels like a pretty accessible distribution and one i'd feel good about as an introduction to the game. If anything, I feel like there might be room to expand basic literature just a little bit more. Most myth questions will feel literature-y, s...
by alexdz
Fri Mar 13, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed
Replies: 11
Views: 1568

Re: Your nationals stories—no title teams allowed

I don't have any memories of specific questions or opponents from either of my nationals experiences (ACF 2009, ICT 2010). But what I do remember is that these were some of my first experiences to the wider quizbowl community outside of my own region. I was meeting "legends" that I'd only heard stor...
by alexdz
Sun Mar 01, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Vanity Insanity: A Guerrilla Secret Santa Event for Charity
Replies: 15
Views: 3659

Re: Vanity Insanity: A Guerrilla Secret Santa Event for Charity

Let's just make it a nice even $5 per writer and call it $130. :grin:

I'm very pleased to be able to make this contribution on behalf of all the writers who signed up for this!
by alexdz
Tue Feb 25, 2020 12:19 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Vanity Insanity: A Guerrilla Secret Santa Event for Charity
Replies: 15
Views: 3659

Re: Vanity Insanity: A Guerrilla Secret Santa Event for Charity

OK, this is a really great idea and a cause near and dear to my heart. I want to encourage folks to participate in writing for this, so I would like to contribute $5 per writer of this set , up to a total of $125. I'm looking at the list right now (~11:15 pm ET, 2/24) and there are 14 writers, plus ...
by alexdz
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event
Replies: 10
Views: 1703

Re: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event

Another consideration to be accounted for, although not impacting a large number of the options, is that some states restrict quizbowl activities in a way that national tournaments cannot be held in that state on certain dates, or at all. There was some mild disgruntlement among the powers-that-be i...
by alexdz
Tue Jan 28, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Losing Steam and Motivation in College
Replies: 4
Views: 1421

Re: Losing Steam and Motivation in College

I played nearly everything I could get my hands on in high school and was very active in studying and playing. When I got to college, I found that my motivation to practice specifically for quizbowl had dwindled quite a bit. Even though I enjoyed attending practices and helping the team administrati...
by alexdz
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 15
Views: 1693

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

Like Reinstein, I've also found that the best way to get footholds into new circuits is to first concern one's self with question quality rather than format nuances. Coaches and admins primarily want to know that they're getting usable, well-written questions in the format they're used to. Big chang...
by alexdz
Sat Nov 09, 2019 12:17 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Looking for Mirror Set for January
Replies: 2
Views: 399

Re: Looking for Mirror Set for January

Hi Coach Wilson! I've got several Alabama-format middle school sets I'd be happy to provide for your tournament, assuming there's no overlap with the other conferences using them already. Shoot me an email at sagesquizbowl [at] //gmail// dotcom and we can discuss details.
by alexdz
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 5270

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

Building on several of the suggestions made in this thread, I would repeat a suggestion I've made before that existing and future quizbowl alliances could be good organizations to facilitate some of this work at the state level. I would not suggest adding extra unwanted work on the volunteers alread...
by alexdz
Mon Oct 21, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 5236

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

It would be great to see more teams/players/alumni band together to help share the burdens of outreach and supporting new teams. I hope that people in these regions like yourself won't ever lack for assistance if you need it from the community on these efforts at both the HS and College levels. Thi...
by alexdz
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:10 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: A Plea for No More Excuses
Replies: 11
Views: 5562

Re: A Plea for No More Excuses

I think some of the nuance in this issue is that not only are people reluctant to admit to their editor they can't finish questions on time, they're reluctant to admit it to themselves, too ("It's fine, I'll just sit down this weekend, crack open a beer, and write them all," which we know won't hap...
by alexdz
Sat Sep 21, 2019 8:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 8953

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

This is a goal I've been trying to achieve somewhat with the SAGES sets I've written. The whole company was inspired by a need for good quality, pyramidal questions for *elementary school* players, and they have been successfully used for middle school tournaments targeting largely newer players or ...
by alexdz
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: Call for writers: Before-and-Afters
Replies: 1
Views: 2633

Re: Call for writers: Before-and-Afters

I'd love to contribute again, and in fact I've already got a half-packet started and this will be impetus to finish it.
by alexdz
Thu Aug 01, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: NAQT rules and policy changes for 2019-2020
Replies: 3
Views: 4116

Re: NAQT rules and policy changes for 2019-2020

FYI, there appears to be a typo/mistake on the college page where "National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics" is repeated twice rather than including USCAA.
by alexdz
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:02 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Climate change and quizbowl
Replies: 29
Views: 19254

Re: Climate change and quizbowl

As someone who formerly worked in sustainability, and in particular energy efficiency, I've also thought about a couple of other ways we as a community can be more environmentally friendly and cut down on our impacts on the climate. Building energy use: As much as is possible, we should do a better ...
by alexdz
Fri Jun 28, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)
Replies: 37
Views: 21030

Re: Where are you going next year? (Collegiate 2019)

I'll still be in the Philly area (though I'm moving to the suburbs) and will try to make myself as available as possible to staff events in the area. I also anticipate continuing to teach courses at Harcum College in the fall and will renew my efforts to found some sort of quizbowl team there in add...
by alexdz
Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:48 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 14
Views: 7079

Re: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

IIRC, Missouri explicitly prohibits such a thing for any MSHSAA member school, with some minor exceptions for overage students at the 8th grade level. (All multi-subject team-based quizbowl events are subject to MSHSAA's jurisdiction, even beyond the state series.)
by alexdz
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Set Collaboration Thread-2019-2020 Season
Replies: 8
Views: 5098

Re: Set Collaboration Thread-2019-2020 Season

SAGES has been asked to bid for a JV/novice set to be used for a Missouri conference, but the set would then also be available for many other events (as Missouri format is pretty close to national format now, with a few relatively easy tweaks to the distribution). Supposing this bid is accepted, I'd...
by alexdz
Wed May 15, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 3339

Re: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

My apologies for the lack of official update on the forum post here, but this tournament was canceled due to lack of registrations. Turns out April 27 is not an ideal weekend for an event when most of the eligible schools in the area end their semesters about a week or two later. I'm going to see wh...
by alexdz
Wed Apr 17, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Why don't we have 1/1 math?
Replies: 10
Views: 7162

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

I think some decrease in physics and a corresponding increase in math would be a good idea in the "standard distribution" for that housewrites & companies use for the high school level. (The problem is only more pronounced in middle school.) As a middle school (and elementary!) writer, I've definit...
by alexdz
Wed Apr 03, 2019 10:20 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: How We Treat Each Other: 2019
Replies: 32
Views: 18285

Re: How We Treat Each Other: 2019

We should also work on lionizing people more for their contributions to creating a healthy community than their performance as players. The Missouri Quizbowl Alliance has established a Values Award to do exactly this job. We're honored to give this award each year to a player or players who have be...
by alexdz
Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 3339

Re: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

I just recently sent out another batch of emails and follow-ups to try and recruit more schools to participate in this event. I have a goal in mind of having 6 teams signed up, and while there's another month to go, I'd love to be making more progress toward this goal. If there are any leads you thi...
by alexdz
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 8081

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

As I've been planning my community college tournament in Philly, someone asked me once if I'd be open to inviting small 4-year schools to join us as well. I pondered the idea, and while I don't think it would be a great idea for this first event, I wonder if being more intentional about having event...
by alexdz
Fri Feb 01, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Trash
Topic: CW Rock and roll Hall of Shame IV Set for Mirroring
Replies: 2
Views: 4378

Re: CW Rock and roll Hall of Shame IV Set for Mirroring

When do you expect this set would be complete and available for mirrors?
by alexdz
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 3339

Re: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

Registration for this event is now live on the NAQT website.

Teams without an active NAQT account can contact either myself or NAQT for more information on how to register.
by alexdz
Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals @ Swarthmore (1/26)
Replies: 12
Views: 6360

Re: ACF Regionals @ Swarthmore (1/26)

...if only we could get SEPTA to run more than once an hour in the evening! Hear, hear! I want to echo what Charlie said from the staffing side. Rebecca is a fantastic TD and extremely good at communicating. I always knew exactly where I should be and when, and always had quick answers to any quest...
by alexdz
Sun Jan 27, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion
Replies: 43
Views: 14901

Re: 2019 ACF Regionals Thanks and General Discussion

What was your protest on? As the person who moderated that game, I remember that Maryland answered "justified true belief" after I read the phrase "truth-tracking theory" about midway through the question on "belief" (Packet F, tossup 14). Seeing no directions to anti-prompt, I trusted the answer l...
by alexdz
Sun Jan 20, 2019 7:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania
Replies: 105
Views: 55749

Re: ACF Nationals 2019 - 4/13-14/2019 - University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia is pretty reasonably well-connected with public transit, so in addition to the Airport Line train for those teams flying in, there are also dozens of trolley lines and bus routes that will pass within reasonable walking distance of Penn's campus. Teams who drive to Philly and are hoping...
by alexdz
Mon Jan 14, 2019 7:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 3339

Re: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

I'm happy to announce that there has been some movement from nearby community colleges who are interested in learning more about forming teams for this event. However, I am still looking for any leads that you think may be fruitful, especially if you know someone personally who attends or works for ...
by alexdz
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Quizbowl Epistemology?
Replies: 5
Views: 4114

Re: Quizbowl Epistemology?

I've been doing a lot of pondering how to sell this game to a new community college setting myself. And while what Bruce says is true, it's also true that quizbowl is a better test of real academic/classroom knowledge than the "factoid"/bar trivia that Chris's colleagues seem to have in mind. Here a...
by alexdz
Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:20 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out
Replies: 15
Views: 7707

Re: Generalist/Geography Specialist Desiring to Branch Out

The above advice all holds true - there should be nothing wrong with you also specializing in history. To provide a more direct answer to your original question, based on your interests, it seems like other aspects of fine arts might be an easy access point for you (art and history are interwoven in...
by alexdz
Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19
Replies: 4
Views: 3339

Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament - Harcum College (PA) - 4/27/19

I am pleased to announce the Philly Invitational Quizbowl Tournament, an invitational for two-year schools (community colleges). This event is possible thanks to an outreach grant from NAQT to help develop more opportunities for two-year schools in the mid-Atlantic region, where (to my knowledge) th...
by alexdz
Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Feedback about Feedback
Replies: 7
Views: 4878

Re: Feedback about Feedback

What Bruce said is absolutely correct. I will add/clarify that you should absolutely address any *factual* errors at the individual question level so that the editors have a chance to correct them for any future mirrors (and for the sake of improving their knowledge). But Bruce is right that beyond ...
by alexdz
Thu Dec 06, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 5561

Re: Useful Podcasts for Quiz Bowl

A friend of mine has been running a religion podcast for a while now, the Classical Ideas Podcast . He's a teacher with a background in religious studies, so the material is presented in a really accessible way. Not very episode would be super useful for quizbowl, but it might be a great way to expl...
by alexdz
Tue Nov 20, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch
Replies: 11
Views: 7635

Re: Staying Alert/Focused after Lunch

What you eat for lunch can impact how you feel after. If you can find something relatively light and somewhat healthy, along the lines of a turkey sandwich or a salad, you won't have the tiredness that comes along with digesting a big hearty meal. So unfortunately, a go-to like Chipotle isn't always...
by alexdz
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Constitutes Good Moderating
Replies: 10
Views: 7893

Re: What Constitutes Good Moderating

TDs, for the love of all that's good, if you're using paper packets, stop printing on both sides. Or at the very least, do not ever allow the last page of tossups and the first page of bonuses to be on the same sheet of paper. THIS. It makes reading so much easier when I don't have to figure out wh...
by alexdz
Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:26 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 8081

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

Just looking at 2018 ICT stats, I'm seeing only 11/36 teams in DI being Undergraduate eligible. That leads me to wonder how much of this is the impact of graduate students, who would be much more likely to be at larger institutions with substantial graduate programs, which would be tiny or nonexiste...
by alexdz
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 11328

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

I have a question about this rule: Individuals wishing to compete at high school tournaments must not turn 19 until after the current competition year—in other words, if they will still be 18 or younger as of next July 31. At what point does this rule disqualify someone based on age? For example, if...