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by cchiego
Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12969

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

Can I see round 11 bonus 3? It went Laurens/Lee/South Carolina, and if I remember correctly it mentioned South Carolina in one of the first two parts of the bonus. Round 11 tossup 15 should include Groundwork FOR the Metaphysics of Morals as an acceptable answerline. Round 7 bonus 5 had The Pilgrim...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Future of High School Quizbowl Round Table: Big Vision Redux
Replies: 7
Views: 4614

Re: Future of High School Quizbowl Round Table: Big Vision R

To talk about the episode itself, I'm particularly interested in following up on talk about making better alumni databases. Does something like that exist already, and if not, is there any reason why we don't? An alumni database would indeed be a good thing. The big question is who would have acces...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 30986

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

But how were teams seeded initially? I'm asking specifically about high school teams. In my opinion, the brackets were not really fair, especially before Delaware was moved following complaints. You averaged 13 PPB and finished 3rd in your bracket. That was exactly in line with the seeding. I'm not...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12969

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

2. The pneumatic behavior of these things can create so-called blowholes, such as the one in Lion's Den of Cornwall, England. The height of these things is multiplied by lambda squared and divided by h cubed to calculate the Ursell Number, which is used to classify their complex behavior in nonline...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 30986

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

Also, I would like to ask again: what metrics were used to seed teams for this event? This is worth an explanation. I had gone through and carefully seeded a 30-team schedule the night before the tournament. We printed out those schedules because everyone had confirmed by then and there were just a...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!
Replies: 9
Views: 4300

Re: Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!

Just plan on lunch to be during rebracketing and communicate this to teams in advance so that they can stock up on food/snacks beforehand if need be. I always recommend snacks for quizbowl tournaments anyways after seeing the dramatic effect eating an apple had on Eric's playing ability a few years ...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 12969

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

In the tossup on absinthe in literature, the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" is clued. While the story's characters do, in fact, drink Anis del Toro (identifiable as absinthe based on the fact that it's drunk with water and tastes like licorice, and further by the fact that the word "absin...
by cchiego
Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Thoughts on Quizbowl Employment
Replies: 9
Views: 3838

Re: Thoughts on Quizbowl Employment

I think Noah's right that quizbowl is being "undervalued" in some ways because most of us would rather, say volunteer for free to help make a tournament happen rather than demand higher wages. Perhaps we could get more people over time with payment, but then you get into the problem of many schools ...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Novice 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 5957

Re: Pennsylvania Novice 2016

The set ran for the first time on Saturday, and I think overall it went quite well. We've corrected a number of grammar issues and clarified/added alternative answers to a few answerlines based on how they played at the mirror here in Philadelphia. If teams who played at the Illinois site want to pr...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Looking to start playing "Good Quizbowl"
Replies: 7
Views: 8290

Re: Looking to start playing "Good Quizbowl"

This is exactly the right attitude to have and it's great to hear that you took the right things out of your tournament experience yesterday! Many former NAC schools have joined the regular quizbowl circuit in recent years including past NAC powerhouses like Manheim Township, High Tech, and others. ...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3749

Re: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)

We are more than halfway to our goal of 42 teams with 2 months to go. I'm going to soft cap at 36 total teams since I want to be sure of our moderator situation and I'd like to reserve a few spaces for new teams that I've been in touch with that are in the process of forming right now. On that note,...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: L&N Train Bowl—Knoxville TN (10/08/2016)
Replies: 19
Views: 6315

Re: L&N Train Bowl—Knoxville TN (10/08/2016)

Just casually looking at other schools...neither Bearden nor Central has attended an event in the NAQT database since 2010...Webb or Grace Christian hasn't since 2011...West hasn't since 2012 Data is similar for other area schools...Powell, Dobbyns Bennet, Lenoir City, Gibbs, Halls, Maryville, etc....
by cchiego
Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 165
Views: 96122

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Given that Neg5 is a giant leap forward for quizbowl in every way except for the stats output at this point, can some kind of collaboration between Mostafa and NAQT be accomplished here? If I have to deal with any more poorly-entered Google Sheets at tournaments, I'm going to go insane. Quizbowl in ...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17
Replies: 45
Views: 25882

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17

Just wanted to remind NY and Jersey teams that Philly is like an hour's drive and there are tournaments coming up on October 8th ( novice-only at Carver HS on the PA Novice set) and October 22nd ( varsity and novice at Friends Select on IS-159A). Make your own Crossing of the Delaware and come visit...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Questions Galore Bought by Avery
Replies: 5
Views: 3309

Questions Galore Bought by Avery

Everyone's least-favorite bad quizbowl question "writer" just sold out to Avery Enterprises. Let's hope that might be an improvement for IESA since Avery, at least, seems somewhat aware of pyramidality and the importance of avoiding hoses.

Also, apparently Albania has quizbowl? Who knew.
by cchiego
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3749

Re: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)

Running Field Update (as of 12/1) Total: (36/36) Field Cap Reached Open (12): Great Valley (2) Lehigh Valley Downingtown East Manheim Township Carver E & S Central Bucks East Friends Select Wissahickon (2) Delaware Valley Lakeland Novice (24): Great Valley (2) Downingtown East Manheim Township (3) P...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3749

Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)

The quizbowl team at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce our second-annual Quaker Fall Open, to be held on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, December 3rd. Divisions and Questions : This tournament will have two divisions: Open and Novice . The Open division will use ...
by cchiego
Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: (Re)Building (and sustaining) a team
Replies: 4
Views: 6131

Re: (Re)Building (and sustaining) a team

I still run high school tournaments on principle, and maybe if it expands to more schools, we might get a few people to come here (or possibly to nearby schools). I think this is really the key to the rest of the problem. If high school quizbowl in Idaho is limited only to a few top high schools an...
by cchiego
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: (Re)Building (and sustaining) a team
Replies: 4
Views: 6131

Re: (Re)Building (and sustaining) a team

Trying to start and keep a team going without an active circuit in the area is going to be very difficult. I think in addition to trying to get a team going at BSU, you're going to need to work to get at least 3-4 other colleges within reasonable driving distance to start teams. I know it's a huge p...
by cchiego
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Saying Farewell
Replies: 13
Views: 6234

Re: Saying Farewell

I have no intention of saying goodbye from the community for a while longer, but I wonder if, as my generation moves on, this might not be a time to assess the state of the game. Are we on a sustainable course? Are we developing enough new writers to pick up the slack as older editors move on? Are ...
by cchiego
Fri Jul 22, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What to do to improve for history
Replies: 8
Views: 8943

Re: What to do to improve for history

Last week I asked a couple of top quizbowl players this very question. Here's the podcast of the three of us talking about various strategies for improving at history.
by cchiego
Thu Jul 21, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Tournaments 2016-2017
Replies: 0
Views: 1846

Pennsylvania Tournaments 2016-2017

Please click this link for the full list of scheduled quizbowl tournaments in Pennsylvania in the 2016-2017 school year. We will happily update with any date claims or work with teams interested in hosting (we have a few additional first-time hosts that we're working with around the state not announ...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 21, 2016 2:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Hampshire Quizbowl?
Replies: 6
Views: 3319

Re: New Hampshire Quizbowl?

It is a tricky transition to play on both circuits, mainly because there are no negs on the NH Circuit. Players used to buzzing without penalty in NH find that to be a very poor strategy in pyramid-structured questions. You don't have to use negs in pyramidal tournaments; it's totally fine to make ...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 18, 2016 2:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 9819

Re: San Diego Academic League

Thanks to the tireless efforts of coaches and players who stood up for good quizbowl, the City League (where La Jolla plays) has now switched to NAQT questions. This is a good reminder to people around the country that positive change can come to even the seemingly most entrenched leagues with enoug...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 04, 2016 3:01 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Tournament Invitation Templates
Replies: 0
Views: 1775

Tournament Invitation Templates

I just made a post on GPQB about the best way to invite teams to quizbowl tournaments. In drawing up the post, I provided some sample templates that I've used in the past to send to new-to-quizbowl schools and schools that have a team of some kind that's not quite pyramidal quizbowl. You can find th...
by cchiego
Sat Jun 25, 2016 12:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17
Replies: 45
Views: 25882

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17

We're keeping track of PA tournaments here on GPQB and will cross-list nearby NJ tournaments. Eastern PA tournaments are definitely within driving distance (if not public transit) for many NJ/NY teams. Keep in mind too that there are likely going to be a lot of new teams this year in the area and th...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 29798

Re: 2016 nAC

Really though, our comparatively low participation at pyramidal events has less to do with what Ben said and more to do with a lack of funds and school administration red tape. You can be the change you wish to see in the world by 1. hosting tournaments on good pyramidal questions to raise $$ and 2...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/DE/surrounding area discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 23032

Re: NY/NJ/DE/surrounding area discussion

After a two-year hiatus, Seton Hall Prep will be returning to the circuit next year. Please include us on any and all announcements as they arise. This is great to hear! Hopefully the NJ circuit will be even more vibrant next year too with the Seton Hall Prep teams back on the circuit. Speaking of ...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 06, 2016 12:56 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Studying Geography
Replies: 8
Views: 9868

Re: Studying Geography

Alex and Jaya have great points above. Here's another perspective. When I write geography (and when I studied geography when I played), I start from maps. All kinds of maps. Maps showing physical geography and topography, maps of cities with historic sites and neighborhoods on them, maps with racial...
by cchiego
Tue May 31, 2016 12:56 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: GPQB Podcast Discussions
Replies: 5
Views: 5547

Re: GPQB Podcast Discussions

Since someone in another thread indicated a desire for more quizbowl podcasts, I figure I'd update this by pointing out that we've recorded several other episodes that ought to be of interest to general quizbowl audiences. Keep following us over the summer too--we have a number of other interviews p...
by cchiego
Tue May 17, 2016 12:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Odds of NAQT producing more sets per year
Replies: 16
Views: 6531

Re: Odds of NAQT producing more sets per year

Two suggestions that might be relevant to the AL situation and other states with lots of NAQT tournaments taken up already: It looks like a number of tournaments in AL on NAQT sets don't go that many rounds (Buckhorn for instance on IS-148 only has 8 rounds and Covenant Christian on IS-152 only had ...
by cchiego
Thu May 05, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Bringing Mercer Quizbowl Back
Replies: 5
Views: 6744

Re: Bringing Mercer Quizbowl Back

All of the above are great points. A few others: One administrative thing you can start working on right now is ensuring that you get your club re-registered for next year in time to reserve space for practices. This sounds simple, but there are often deadlines and a few hoops to jump through that c...
by cchiego
Sat Apr 30, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Map of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 21
Views: 15245

Re: Map of Quiz Bowl

The larger question is how do we help smaller colleges like Furman who may have few, if any former high school players as recruits, maintain their teams. Philadelphia's a good example of this: there have been teams at Swarthmore, Haverford, Villanova, and Bryn Mawr at various points in the past deca...
by cchiego
Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2015-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 12549

Re: Tennessee 2015-2016

So I guess my question is, how do tournaments usually get enough good moderators? We have a few teachers here with a quizbowl past, but I don't think there are enough. Would I just hold a training session for volunteers beforehand or something else? Thanks for any replies. You might want to start r...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Answering With Multiple Answers
Replies: 3
Views: 2802

Answering With Multiple Answers

I first noticed this happening at ACE Camp a few summers ago and now it's fairly regular (i.e. once or twice a tournament in matches that I've been reading) at college-level tournaments, plus I've seen it happen at HS nationals as well. Here's how it works: a player rings in on a tossup and then sta...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2015-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 12549

Re: Tennessee 2015-2016

I'm not sure if a league would be the best format necessarily for East TN. Leagues are often time and travel-intensive and seem to work better in a single large urban area where the travel time is relatively low. Something small that's centered in Knoxville might work, but it seems like just getting...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to deal with a failed HS QB career?
Replies: 11
Views: 5543

Re: How to deal with a failed HS QB career?

it just really feels bad to consistently come up short and to fail at having success in Quizbowl. There's an issue in thinking that you have to "win something big" to have a successful quizbowl career, which can lead to somewhat insane studying schedules and burnout along the lines of this post. Do...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6613

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

. If your fields are always full to capacity, then..yes, there's no financial reason to recruit more teams, but I don't see how that changes with a negative mirror fee. Sure, so recruiting a new team without a negative mirror fee and with a discount is more like a $70 (entry fee) -10 (mirror fee) -...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6613

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

I had a much longer post get eaten, but I'll just address the major points raised and correct a few misperceptions: "high entry fees" are not the primary reason that schools that are aware of quizbowl don't play; "lack of coach interest" is way, WAY higher up the list. So this proposal is trying to ...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6613

Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

Outreach is expensive both in terms of time and, too often, finances for TDs. It's expensive to give big discounts to new teams (though these discounts are key, in my opinion, to reducing the financial barrier for new teams) and such teams often require more hand-holding from the TD in explaining th...
by cchiego
Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: White Station High School Winter Tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 1267

Re: White Station High School Winter Tournament

Loath as I am to critique a rare pyramidal tournament in the Memphis area (at my alma mater, no less), there seem to be some issues with what happened here. Is there a reason most teams seemed to only play 2 or 3 matches in the stats? I hope everyone played at least 5--otherwise you can't seriously ...
by cchiego
Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5075

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

Congratulations to High Tech A and Friends Select A for winning the open and novice divisions, respectively, of the 2015 Quaker Fall Open. The final standings for each division were as follows: Open Division: 1. High Tech A 2. Wilmington Charter A 3. Great Valley A 4. East Brunswick A Novice Divisio...
by cchiego
Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams
Replies: 13
Views: 6762

Re: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams

Ryan is exactly right about New Jersey's system, which as far as I can tell works very well. If your goal is to make sure that the most schools who want to attend can attend -- including teams that aren't on the boards all the time! -- then the best way to do it is to implement a quota system, not ...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams
Replies: 13
Views: 6762

Re: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams

So I'm not sure what the demand for tournaments and supply of moderators is like in Virginia, but I've seen an excess of demand and an lack of supply for tournaments here on the border of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. This means that there are lots of teams interested, and so every team that "regi...
by cchiego
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams
Replies: 13
Views: 6762

Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams

Registering for a tournament means: "We have gotten clear commitments from all our players that they are free that weekend, and are willing and able to attend the tournament. Confirming for a tournament in response to an email from the TD after registering means: "We have talked about this multiple...
by cchiego
Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Is it too late now?
Replies: 6
Views: 5592

Re: Is it too late now?

If you don't try to start a team, there's basically a 0 percent chance there will be a lasting quizbowl team at your school. If you do try, there's at least a decent chance that something gets started and lasts. Plus, you get to play quizbowl along the way. Follow Reinstein's advice and just do it, ...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5075

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

Middlesex county academy would like to register 2 teams. This is a bit late to sign up, but there's a chance we could fit y'all if teams drop or we get a few more moderators to commit. Email us at [email protected].com and we can discuss more. Right now we have confirmed a 34-team field with 17 te...
by cchiego
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5075

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

All the C and D teams on the waitlist are now into the field. Right now, we have 17-18 staffers and 28 teams confirmed (with 5 teams from the waitlist pending), but we could always use another staffer or two if there are people out there. If any additional teams are interested in registering, you mu...
by cchiego
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Finding Staffers for High School Tournaments
Replies: 3
Views: 2564

Re: Finding Staffers for High School Tournaments

Part of this is a good thing; quizbowl has recognized that you need experienced, capable readers to make a tournament run well and you can't just throw in a random coach/parent/roommate if you want to finish a round in under 35 minutes. While it may be harder to get readers now, the readers we do ge...
by cchiego
Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5075

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

After a succession of drops (after reminding teams about the SATs), the waitlist is now emptied and I'm waiting to hear back on confirmation from a few more teams to confirm their spots in the field. While I'm not ready to re-open registration, I am more confident in our moderator numbers so we will...