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by First Chairman
Wed Jun 08, 2005 8:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The format/rebound debate
Replies: 15
Views: 7900

I think we've derailed this train in the matter of hours... impressive.

But back to point... that's why people have to study the game and understand strategy, especially in the last minute of a timed match (or maybe 3). Same thing with reboundable bonuses.
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The format/rebound debate
Replies: 15
Views: 7900

Well, it's no different from being up 10 with 10 seconds to go on the clock when a tossup is read. You can neg at 3 seconds left and still win.
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 08, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The format/rebound debate
Replies: 15
Views: 7900

Heck, the concept of bonuses being worth 3x as much as a tossup could be subject to a lot of debate. If we really wanted to reward both speed and "teamwork" equally, one would think we would place equal or nearer equal value for both. If anything, that alone is the basis for the blowouts in quiz bow...
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 08, 2005 9:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Decency Requirement in Quizbowl Questions
Replies: 22
Views: 10962

That's an interesting question. In college, we like to include a bit of a "shock" factor :shock: to lighten up the game at times. In trash, heck yeah, we probably are much more risque (honest, that's a direct quote from the movie!). Among those of us who deal with HS-level ACADEMIC information, I do...
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 08, 2005 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thomas Jefferson wins third straight HSNCT
Replies: 65
Views: 34014

I'd be interested in seeing empirical data on how bounceback bonuses affect margin of victory, since my personal intuition (like Chris Romero's and apparently unlike conventional wisdom) is that bouncebacks would increase that margin. I can comment that PACE has been using reboundable/bounceback bo...
by First Chairman
Tue Jun 07, 2005 6:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

Washington results are up!

Chip has posted his review of last weekend's DC phase on his website.

http://www.qunlimited.com/national.htm#DC
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

Yes, we're hijacking this post.

If Poquoson is AA in Scholastic Bowl, they are AA in sports as well. A, AA, and AAA classifications are based on student population and teams don't move up or down based on the activity. Actually, the Appomattox Regional Governor's School [ARGS] is A for athletic activities and AAA for non-athletic...
by First Chairman
Mon Jun 06, 2005 8:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thomas Jefferson wins third straight HSNCT
Replies: 65
Views: 34014

The tournament ran pretty well, and I believe NAQT is planning on trying to get into the triple digits for their nationals tournament next year. I also suspect NAQT wants to hold it in the DC area, but a lot of variables have to work out right for that so yeah. Like not scheduling against :chip: 's...
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 05, 2005 8:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Thomas Jefferson wins third straight HSNCT
Replies: 65
Views: 34014

I'm following up with Dan's remarks: Please note on the PACE record books that TJ-A was the first team to break 600 ppg in prelim matches and 500 ppg in playoff matches last year. That was already a very impressive statistical performance. I don't have last year's NAQT data on-hand either, but they ...
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 05, 2005 11:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

We were 7-3, but just as easily could have been 9-1 To be fair...if we had won either of our two heartbreakers, we likely would have played more difficult teams against which we would not win. I think around 7-3 is where we belong. - This may be true. But, when you look at the stats for the top tie...
by First Chairman
Sun Jun 05, 2005 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

Matt Weiner wrote:
jbarnes112358 wrote:Matt, even you would probably need some help to defeat them.
I'm up for the challenge if they are. Perhaps some sort of benefit match could be arranged for the NSC.
Sheesh... now you tell me to write another packet.

In 10 prelim games, TJ-A is getting 23.7 bonus points per tossup earned.
by First Chairman
Fri Jun 03, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Information
Replies: 75
Views: 45723

One correction to note: Hardee Senior is from Florida. I think the hurricanes probably did us in, but I am not sure why some other teams didn't attend. We have had a good showing from Florida in the past, and we have told people about Valencia being a host site for 2 years. I suppose it is just bett...
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 02, 2005 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why go to Nationals?
Replies: 7
Views: 4534

I guess having done this for a few years (and I still consider myself generally young :) ), there are definitely different views of what "nationals" is all about. This happens with all major competitions that I've organized or taken part in. There is the elite group of teams that want to prove thems...
by First Chairman
Thu Jun 02, 2005 2:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

Again, I'm giving due credit to :chip: for increasing the number of prelim games up to 6. It may have taken us a long time to see this happen, but it is a positive step. I can understand the ability to go to one of a number of weekends. That's the advantage of being able to do a competition over tha...
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

Commentary

http://www.qunlimited.com/national.htm finally has the New Orleans report. You may begin your commentary to the commentary now.
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 01, 2005 11:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic
Replies: 96
Views: 48543

DB: How many teams did you need to make it worthwhile, and how many teams did you wind up getting? Again, I have to talk this out with the rest of the NC coaches to figure out how exactly to do this. NCATA does have its own state championship, but it would be nice to see how to keep the costs low on...
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 01, 2005 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

Oh wow, I inadvertedly started another round of format wars :grin:. Another factor you should include in your discussion is NAQT's date. Every year it falls on our school's graduation. Years in which my "A" team is senior-heavy, we have to look for alterantives, even though we consider ourselves an...
by First Chairman
Wed Jun 01, 2005 9:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic
Replies: 96
Views: 48543

For what it is worth, Carol has put my name in as the contact for North Carolina for next year. Obviously the coaches in NC should probably all meet to discuss what we want to do. But the expense to go is going to be the overriding factor.
by First Chairman
Tue May 31, 2005 9:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

"We should not be shocked that other people have different tastes than we do, and we should not worry about the fact that there are alternatives to NAQT and PACE." Well put. Agrees. That said, coaches should also not be afraid to participate in all the formats either. Of course, we are all limited ...
by First Chairman
Tue May 31, 2005 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

To add to DB's comments... it's interesting for me to note that a lot of the states in which there is very little to no quiz bowl activity are hotbeds for Academic Decathlon. Arizona has a very active AD organization, as does most of the West Coast and Rockies area. In these states (Texas included)...
by First Chairman
Tue May 31, 2005 1:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Information
Replies: 75
Views: 45723

solonqb wrote:Dr. Chuck, which team dropped yesterday?
Walt Whitman. Finals.
by First Chairman
Tue May 31, 2005 12:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

To add to DB's comments... it's interesting for me to note that a lot of the states in which there is very little to no quiz bowl activity are hotbeds for Academic Decathlon. Arizona has a very active AD organization, as does most of the West Coast and Rockies area. In these states (Texas included),...
by First Chairman
Tue May 31, 2005 10:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Volunteers for online journal project
Replies: 5
Views: 3018

Volunteers for online journal project

I don't know whether anyone is interested in this, but ... I am wondering if any of you (high school, college, whatnot) is interested in participating in a group blog/journal documenting you and your team's preparations for the upcoming year with your academic competitions. I'm willing to be the ove...
by First Chairman
Tue May 31, 2005 9:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

As I said, I agree with David; the most common reason that teams play the NAC is because they don't know any better. There are also a few teams that can only get funding for it for inertial reasons or who do indeed consciously choose the worst tournament in order to increase their chances of winnin...
by First Chairman
Tue May 31, 2005 9:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Battle of the Brains Qualifier Tests
Replies: 18
Views: 9613

Well, they should know about it. After all, NAQT is their source for the questions they use on Battle of the Brains. Well, just because they buy questions doesn't mean they necessarily know. Heck, if they had :chip: 's questions, they'd conflict with his DC regional. Wait... they're already conflic...
by First Chairman
Mon May 30, 2005 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

I'm going to agree with Matt's point. Presumably many of these teams have played each other at a common competition, so the results from those events (which should equalize for game format and be "easier" in difficulty) should be a better measuring stick.
by First Chairman
Mon May 30, 2005 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC - New Orleans
Replies: 50
Views: 23414

On a completely different note...

I think we have to include a Brad Rutter icon... considering...

well... you take a look at :chip: 's page on this.

http://www.qunlimited.com/ .
by First Chairman
Sat May 28, 2005 11:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ASCN Info
Replies: 33
Views: 15123

Just got a live report from ASCN. Seems there are 24 teams in this year's tournament. That's the smallest since year one back in 1987. Just my opinion, but I predict this is the last ASCN national tournament. GA/SC teams at ASCN include Walton, Dorman, and James Island. The website lists 28 total t...
by First Chairman
Fri May 27, 2005 2:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Battle of the Brains Qualifier Tests
Replies: 18
Views: 9613

I assume that the producers who scheduled these qualifiers didn't even know about the NAQT tournament. There's no reason for them to defer to that. Besides, it goes up against :chip: 's tournament...
by First Chairman
Fri May 27, 2005 10:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Battle of the Brains Qualifier Tests
Replies: 18
Views: 9613

Just my opinion, but that's pretty inconvenient. You do qualifier tests before people go on to the summer? Wow. I guess you're limited by your taping schedule. I admit it's much MUCH better than a questionnaire to coaches on how good you think your team is. But still... is there any way to do an hon...
by First Chairman
Tue May 24, 2005 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

That list looks pretty solid, but the one team it's missing for a perfect field is Raleigh Charter. They've hung with top teams all year and they won TJ's house-written tournament last winter. You know, the HS tourney with very difficult nationals-caliber questions where Charter outplayed virtually...
by First Chairman
Sun May 22, 2005 8:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Information
Replies: 75
Views: 45723

oh yea one more thing, although we probably won't bring buzzers, mlwgs gaurantees that none of its players shall carry whizzinators to avoid positive drug tests (nor do we have any relationship with mr. onterrio smith), so can we get a $25 or so discount for that? :wink:
:shock: :cool:
by First Chairman
Sat May 21, 2005 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Information
Replies: 75
Views: 45723

Adding to Dan's comments, we'll do our best to accommodate everyone for Sunday's events. We do have "hardware" that if you have to leave early we will try to get it to you when you check out. But Saturday evening is protected time to be sure that everything is properly planned for Sunday. And we do ...
by First Chairman
Sat May 21, 2005 11:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Information
Replies: 75
Views: 45723

OK - I've asked this a few times, but it always seems to get buried before I get a reply. So - here goes again: Is there anywhere I can download/buy/trade/otherwise GET questions from PACE tournaments of years past? -Lee If you are subscribed to the mailing list for registered teams, you can go to ...
by First Chairman
Thu May 19, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

Hmm... I'm sure JRB will pipe in and slap my accuracy if the 200's isn't true. I thought he told me he had a field that big once upon a time. It would explain the one year that he had a 96-team single-elimination bracket.

Then again, I'm getting pretty damn old. :wink:
by First Chairman
Thu May 19, 2005 9:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

One that is touted as a national in one day, yes. Brookwood has had in the 200's before.
by First Chairman
Wed May 18, 2005 11:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moe's Southwest Grill Burrito Contest (May 21)
Replies: 4
Views: 2736

I wonder who would be more likely to make a guest appearance?
:kenj: or :chip:

:cool:
by First Chairman
Tue May 17, 2005 11:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

If you mean colleges/universities, those on semester system (like that in the Southeast) will be done by the end of the month. Those on a trimester system (like the Northeast and some Northern schools, those that usually start in September) are done by mid to late June. High schools also vary widely...
by First Chairman
Tue May 17, 2005 11:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Information
Replies: 75
Views: 45723

If you get in a jam and dont have enough, just let me know and I can probably get 3-5 buzzers and a few college readers from UF. -Doug We probably don't "need" you guys at UF to bring more buzzers and readers, but if you have a group that would like to help out (and bring buzzers with you), I'm sur...
by First Chairman
Mon May 16, 2005 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Information
Replies: 75
Views: 45723

I've updating the website. We're at 31 teams. We need more buzzers. :)
by First Chairman
Mon May 16, 2005 1:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

Do you think they would ever return to a college campus? I will admit it's nice to have the convenience of convention-style hotels that can accommodate so many teams and rooms under one roof. Sorta like the NCAA Final Four round; they'll never return to small venues because of the demand for tickets.
by First Chairman
Sat May 14, 2005 11:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

quiz4life wrote:PS Thank goodness for the direct flight but still 14 1/2 hours is a long flight!
Hi Michael, and glad to have you here. Best of luck to you and your kids.

I'm just impressed there is a direct flight from Shanghai to Chicago. When did this happen?!
by First Chairman
Thu May 12, 2005 4:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

Matt Weiner wrote:Chip Beall once had an all-girls school from Toronto at his tournament, which he played up on his webpage in traditionally creepy fashion.
Don't you be knockin' the QuizNet team from St. Clement's School, Matt. :smile: :cool:

Also... it's now officially "SchoolReach". :razz:
by First Chairman
Thu May 12, 2005 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT HSNCT field discussion
Replies: 154
Views: 81353

On a related note, has anybody ever tried to extend the high school quiz bowl circuit into Canada in the way that college quiz bowl has done? Does anybody know about the state of academic competition to our north? Chicago is a pretty Canada-friendly location for a tournament. If memory serves me co...
by First Chairman
Sun May 08, 2005 2:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ASCN Info
Replies: 33
Views: 15123

Anyone else going?
by First Chairman
Fri May 06, 2005 9:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Desk Number Relevance
Replies: 5
Views: 2846

I remember once when they were picking the desk positions a team (probably quince orchard) was complaining about how they had a disadvantage at that position, and the It's Academic people said that they had done an analysis of winners over the years and every position had roughly the same number of...
by First Chairman
Fri May 06, 2005 9:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Information
Replies: 75
Views: 45723

Tentative daily schedule

This is similar to the schedules we have used in the past, but they can be altered depending on logistical constraints). Saturday 8am to 9:30 am registration (Building 5, Room 111) 10 am team meeting 11:00 am Preliminary Matches (1-3, assume 45 min between matches) 1:00 pm Lunch break 2:30 pm Prelim...
by First Chairman
Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2005 Benjamin Cooper Memorial Awards announcement
Replies: 0
Views: 1313

2005 Benjamin Cooper Memorial Awards announcement

The Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence announces the 2005 recipients of the Benjamin Cooper Memorial Academic Ambassador Award and Young Ambassador Award. The 2005 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award goes to Sue Korosa , who has built a championship-caliber academic competition pr...
by First Chairman
Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida CAC Results
Replies: 12
Views: 6294

I think at Texas Decathlon state championship you get $1000 per gold medal.
by First Chairman
Mon Apr 25, 2005 12:15 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A blast from the past ...
Replies: 46
Views: 36747

Okay... I'm sorry I really missed out on monitoring this thread. It's officially locked.