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by cchiego
Sun Nov 17, 2013 5:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 2013-14
Replies: 20
Views: 4270

Re: Mississippi 2013-14

I found links to the stats and playoff brackets from Murrah's tournament along with this nice write-up by the Murrah coach. It looks like they tried timed rounds, which explains the relatively low scores and variance in bonuses and such heard. Note that Germantown (MS) is separate from my team Germa...
by cchiego
Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Germantown Fall Invitational (Germantown, TN) 12/7/13
Replies: 5
Views: 1936

Re: Germantown Fall Invitational (Germantown, TN) 12/7/13

We are closing in on our field cap. If there are any teams from further afield who are interested in attending, please let us know ASAP since we've gotten enough interest to fill up our field if these teams all commit to coming. Also, on the very outside chance that there are other teams around with...
by cchiego
Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SWAG III in Bell Buckle, Tennessee
Replies: 6
Views: 2048

Re: SWAG III in Bell Buckle, Tennessee

Since last year it took forever to get results from this, I'll pass along that I heard the following results:

1. Ezell A
2. USN A
3. Ezell B
4. White Station A

Quarterfinalists: BGA A, Columbia Central A, USN B, Daviess County
by cchiego
Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Germantown Fall Invitational (Germantown, TN) 12/7/13
Replies: 5
Views: 1936

Germantown Fall Invitational (Germantown, TN) 12/7/13

Germantown High School will be hosting the Germantown Fall Invitational (GFI) on December 7th, 2013 and would like to invite your team to attend. GFI will serve as a qualifier for the 2014 NSC national championship tournament and will use the JAMES question set (pyramidal questions with powers), whi...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 2013-14
Replies: 20
Views: 4270

Re: Mississippi 2013-14

Itawamba A and B finished 1st and 2nd, respectively, at the Ole Miss tournament last weekend. Semifinalists were Collierville and MUS, Quarterfinalists were Madison Central A and B, Bolton, and FACS. Itawamba is definitely a program on the rise and they appear to be one of the few teams in MS that v...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:20 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Non-pyramidal question sources?
Replies: 19
Views: 10751

Re: Non-pyramidal question sources?

I agree that the direct bull-in-a-china-shop approach likely won't work, but I definitely think that you can come at it indirectly and be quite successful. For instance, note that pretty much all varsity-level tournaments on NAQT questions qualify for both NAQT and PACE nationals. You can simply hol...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 31, 2013 6:42 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Non-pyramidal question sources?
Replies: 19
Views: 10751

Re: Non-pyramidal question sources?

The truth is there simply aren't any large, free online troves of bad quizbowl questions. Most of the large speedcheck companies that used to exist are defunct and even Questions Unlimited now is starting to tack towards the general realm of pyramidality (albeit with plenty of funn along the way sti...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 31, 2013 5:09 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Non-pyramidal question sources?
Replies: 19
Views: 10751

Re: Non-pyramidal question sources?

The students do like pyramidal questions, but if every other team in the area is training on buzzer-beaters, then we're at a natural disadvantage. Also, the questions contain lots of grammar and math that you don't see in NAQT tournaments, so we're at a disadvantage when it comes to the fast math a...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 31, 2013 1:12 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Non-pyramidal question sources?
Replies: 19
Views: 10751

Re: Non-pyramidal question sources?

You are likely playing under the auspices of the AUK, aka "Academic Hallmarks." The guy who writes them has the entire state of Colorado under his thrall along with parts of the rest of the West like Nebraska (and other enclaves). The best thing you can do is to start running tournaments on good que...
by cchiego
Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '13-'14
Replies: 120
Views: 64667

Re: Tennessee '13-'14

Top total scores from the prelim rounds of the MUS tournament (very much AUK questions) with each round power-matched by points: 1430 Houston (Won Tournament) 1150 Collierville (Runner Up) 900 Collierville B 880 White Station A 860 Cordova 830 St Mary's 830 Briarcrest A 830 Briarcrest B 820 Bolton A...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 20, 2013 1:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GATT (Germantown TN, 1/25/14)
Replies: 5
Views: 2786

GATT (Germantown TN, 1/25/14)

The Germantown High School Knowledge Bowl team is pleased to announce the first Germantown Academic Team Tournament (GATT), to be held at Germantown High School in Germantown, TN on January 25th 2014. We look forward to welcoming a wide-ranging field from across the Mid-South area to Germantown this...
by cchiego
Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '13-'14
Replies: 120
Views: 64667

Re: Tennessee '13-'14

Alright, so what's the process then for joining TACA? The website doesn't give many details. There's a tournament using AUK questions, the wait-to-be-recognized rules, single-part bounceback bonuses, round pairing by scores, and other interesting elements at MUS tomorrow. Not many teams in the area ...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 10, 2013 6:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '13-'14
Replies: 120
Views: 64667

Re: Tennessee '13-'14

Rather than require an arbitrary number of in-state tournaments, why not have regional "qualifying" tournaments, then one smaller but very competitive (perhaps double RR?) state tournament featuring the best teams? This would make the travel burden easier for teams from West TN since we only have a ...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 09, 2013 12:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19699

Re: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism

It only takes the keywords on Google search "2013 NAC quiz bowl" and that very thread is the second result when the search turns up. You say this like it's a problem. [...] that those who moderate this site condone those statements. I certainly hope those who moderate the site condone the ability t...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: State of the board discussion thread
Replies: 39
Views: 17552

Re: State of the board discussion thread

Nothing huge, but I feel that potshots like this are unprofessional and nonconstructive and I think that senior members of the board should try to avoid them, especially in tournament announcements. I don't want to start a huge argument by calling out Matt but I could imagine that coaches and admin...
by cchiego
Fri Oct 04, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '13-'14
Replies: 120
Views: 64667

Re: Tennessee '13-'14

I'm still unsure what West TN teams have to gain out of joining TACA other than to fulfill a requirement to attend the state championship. It would be much easier to recruit West TN teams to the state championships (and hopefully good quizbowl) without having them go through these hurdles of joining...
by cchiego
Sun Sep 29, 2013 5:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '13-'14
Replies: 120
Views: 64667

Re: Tennessee '13-'14

Germantown High School (West TN) would like to claim either Jan. 11th or Feb. 8th for a tournament. If any potential attendees have a preference for one date or the other, let us know before we get final clearance for one of those days. Look for a full tournament announcement out soon.
by cchiego
Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: LOL Chip Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 3020

Re: LOL Chip Bowl

There's always been a bit of an unholy alliance between Chip and the Dude in Durango who runs AUKademic AUKmarks. Colorado and Nebraska teams enraptured in the AUK often attended ChipBowl nationals and it seems like Chip didn't try to make inroads in those states. What's the future of Academic Hallm...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving as a geography player?
Replies: 25
Views: 6027

Re: Improving as a geography player?

Use the highest points not as an end in themselves, but rather as a gateway to a country's geography. The highest point in a country is often in a mountain range, and often in the highest mountain range in that country. Start looking around from there and you'll start to see some interesting sights....
by cchiego
Sat Aug 03, 2013 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Moderator don'ts
Replies: 12
Views: 5553

Re: Moderator don'ts

Like everything in life, there are plenty of exceptions to some of the rules here. Prompting for an answer at the end of a tossup. It's not in the rules, so don't do it. If I'm reading to a newbie team, you can bet I'm going to tell them to buzz after the toss-up ends. Many times they're really scar...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 21261

The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

It's frustrating to see many stories like this and this and this and this and this and this and this and this and more all praising Chipbowl nationals and holding the NAC up as a big accomplishment. In contrast, I saw a small smattering of news coverage of HSNCT teams and even less for PACE. I found...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26317

Re: Tennessee 12-13

Why don't most tournaments in TN report stats? Same reason too many TN tournaments still use single elimination playoffs, non-seeded prelim pools, no powers, and, worst of all, worksheets (my favorite from a Munford tournament many years ago: give the average land speed of these animals within 5 MP...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 04, 2013 4:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26317

Re: Tennessee 12-13

Hey, I was thinking of hosting a middle school tournament this year in memphis, although I am wondering if there are enough middle school teams in the area to make it worthwhile. Welcome to the boards! Good to see another Spartan posting here. There is a team for sure at Schilling Farms Middle and ...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 39163

Re: 2013 NAC

Thanks for all the corrections people have emailed or PMed me. I'll keep updating them as I get them. I found a couple of other Cross schools, but none of them indicated that they had a quiz bowl team of any kind. It could just be a Holy Cross shorthand too. There are actually a ton of other quiz te...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 39163

Re: 2013 NAC

So in case anyone wants to get involved in outreach towards these Chip Teams, here's a map I compiled using all the middle, jv, and varsity level teams from the Qunlimited website. There are of course some cases where I couldn't tell ("East" High for instance) and had to guess what school was what, ...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 03, 2013 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 39163

Re: 2013 NAC

There's a good argument for changing the phrase "awful people" in that sentence to "awful person". Having worked with them and gotten to know them over the last couple years (and Brooks for longer than that), there is nothing whatsoever bad to be said, as people or as moderators and staffers, about...
by cchiego
Tue May 28, 2013 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 39163

Re: 2013 NAC

Has anyone ever considered inviting some of these teams to pyramidal tournaments? Many of these teams DO know about good quizbowl now and do attend pyramidal tournaments during the year; in fact, I'm increasing convinced most of them know exactly what they're doing. As Pingry showed this year, you ...
by cchiego
Mon May 27, 2013 2:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26317

Re: Tennessee 12-13

So this was a pretty good showing by the TN teams, easily one of the best in years since the golden age of TN quizbowl back around the turn of the millennium. Also note that McCallie went a respectable 5-5 (0-4 start, then 5 wins in a row) and that St. Benedict at 4-6 was the first Memphis team at H...
by cchiego
Wed May 22, 2013 2:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 Benjamin Cooper Award Recipients
Replies: 3
Views: 1666

Re: 2013 Benjamin Cooper Award Recipients

Since I will unfortunately not be able to be at the NSC this year, I will make my appreciatory acceptance remarks here online. First, all credit to Dwight for setting up a successful framework for the outreach effort. Before he got sidetracked with 'real world' work (as I am now), Dwight's quizbowl ...
by cchiego
Mon Apr 15, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26317

Re: Tennessee 12-13

There was another quizbowl(ish?) tournament yesterday at UT-Martin that attracted 25 teams from elementary (!) through high school. I had never heard of any other NW Tennessee quiz bowl competition before, but they mentioned that they were using NAQT rules though apparently not NAQT questions. That'...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 11, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ABC 2013 @ Vanderbilt University (3/30) [IS 124]
Replies: 15
Views: 4818

Re: ABC 2013 @ Vanderbilt University (3/30) [IS 124]

The SQBS stats link on the HSQB Database page for this tournament appears to be broken.
by cchiego
Sat Apr 06, 2013 4:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26317

Re: Tennessee 12-13

Today, Houston High School (next to Memphis) ran a tournament on some kind of bad question set. This, of course, is exact same day that the TACA State Championship was taking place at TN Tech. This is a massive coordination failure, especially since several good, competitive teams weren't at the sta...
by cchiego
Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT security review: three more cases
Replies: 61
Views: 19648

Re: NAQT security review: three more cases

I don't really care about the whole Harvard cheating argument, beyond as a general call for people on the Harvard team and at every other school to keep a much stronger out for people who seem like they could be cheaters. The people who aren't Daichi on last year's Chicago team that stuck to their ...
by cchiego
Tue Mar 19, 2013 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26317

Re: Tennessee 12-13

There used to be tournaments at UMemphis sponsored by the Engineering Dept. (they had awesome massive wooden trophies, which were pretty cool, plus an annual spontaneous piano play-off competition during the lunch break), but I believe the person who organized those went off to MUS or Lausanne where...
by cchiego
Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: HELP US. 3 DAYS LEFT
Replies: 11
Views: 5847

Re: HELP US. 3 DAYS LEFT

Also, if you're finding Set C questions too easy, I highly encourage you to come play some regular quizbowl competitions here in Southern California on good questions and against the best competition West of Texas. There's an upcoming tournament at Arcadia on March 23rd (<4 hours drive from Vegas) a...
by cchiego
Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: HELP US. 3 DAYS LEFT
Replies: 11
Views: 5847

Re: HELP US. 3 DAYS LEFT

Your best bet under the time constraints that you have is to use either the Quizbowl DB or Protobowl (in a private room), set the questions to all history, and practice on those like crazy, taking notes of clues you don't know. I would also note that just being a charter school ( even a top charter ...
by cchiego
Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:40 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Merits of the KMO?
Replies: 16
Views: 7452

Re: Merits of the KMO?

This is the perfect time to go to the publicly available Fall 2012 KMO results and soon-to-come Spring 2013 KMO results and get in touch with every single school that does KMO but doesn't do good quizbowl. If a school already gets a bunch of kids together to answer questions for a couple of hours tw...
by cchiego
Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Fall Tournament at UCSD (11/10/12)
Replies: 15
Views: 5594

Re: Triton Fall Tournament at UCSD (11/10/12)

Congrats to North Hollywood and Irvine for finishing as co-champions of the 3rd annual Triton Fall Tournament (both teams agreed to split in the interest of NoHo having a long drive back). Canyon Crest A was alone in 3rd. Full stats available here . Thanks to all the teams for coming to one of the m...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 05, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Hosting Guide?
Replies: 5
Views: 4399

Re: Hosting Guide?

I am 75% done with a Tournament Hosting Guide that's designed to be exhaustively comprehensive. It's targeted towards HS competitions, but with a few modifications it should work for college too. If I get the time, I may go back and add some more college-specific stuff too. Please, feel free to add ...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 7042

Re: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013

Yeah, if people want to competitively take tests they should self-study AP and SAT IIs. At least those don't discriminate on the basis of GPAs like AcDec does! Quizbowl is really, really bad about media exposure. The last two big media stories on quizbowl--the Slate article on ACF and the AJC articl...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 28, 2012 4:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 7042

Re: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013

Yeah Irvine is quite a good team, but they're just a bit below the level of Arcadia and TP I think. That can certainly change very quickly. You were talking about having SoCal State at the PetCo stadium in SD earlier. Doing so would be a great step in that direction. How's that going, by the way? Th...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 28, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013
Replies: 34
Views: 7042

Re: Southern California Discussion 2012-2013

Now that University is actually coming to tournaments (on time) Coming to one tournament on time after completely not showing up to the previous tournament you committed to isn't exactly a "trend" towards something positive. The real question is why SoCal hasn't produced a team that can challenge f...
by cchiego
Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 12-13
Replies: 18
Views: 5143

Re: Mississippi 12-13

Good to hear from someone from the Free State of Jones! So long as the students on the team (espeically the underclassmen who will take over in the years to come) know about good quizbowl and the coach is willing to go to tournaments, it shouldn't be too hard to keep going to good tournaments. Murra...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Novice Tournament (TNT) at UCSD 10/13/12
Replies: 9
Views: 4563

Re: Triton Novice Tournament (TNT) at UCSD 10/13/12

Is there any chance you could repost the stats with round report enabled? No (it took 2 hours of reworking the stats to make them manageable and I don't want to go through them again to add rounds to the half that are missing or inaccurate), but I have saved the scoresheets and can mail them, just ...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 14, 2012 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Novice Tournament (TNT) at UCSD 10/13/12
Replies: 9
Views: 4563

Re: Triton Novice Tournament (TNT) at UCSD 10/13/12

Congratulations to the "Clint Eastwood Institute for Advanced Geriatric Dramaturgical Studies" (yes, there's a need for the pseudonym) for winning the 3rd annual Triton Novice Tournament over Del Norte A. Stats: Prelims . Overall . I'll have more to say over at SoCalQuizbowl in a bit about the tourn...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26317

Re: Tennessee 12-13

In case people from TN are still around this board, a few updates: Vandy has cancelled their Nov. 3rd HS tournament and replaced it with ACF Fall. Harding U in Arkansas is hosting a HS tournament on Nov. 10th. (Sawney Webb makes more sense for teams East of the TN River) White Station High in Memphi...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 12, 2012 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's the matter with Kansas?
Replies: 65
Views: 37814

Re: What's the matter with Kansas?

Ben-- Good to hear your story. It's definitely true that affiliation with state athletic associations provides the very real benefit of ensuring that many schools that wouldn't otherwise have teams at least provide the opportunity for their students to play some kind of competition. I've seen this i...
by cchiego
Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATLAS @ Arcadia HS (9/29/12) [IS-118]
Replies: 26
Views: 8077

Re: ATLAS @ Arcadia HS (9/29/12) [IS-118]

I've had several schools in the region that I've contacted and communicated with express interest in attending, but not much else- that interest stops just short of wanting to put together a team and pay $60 to play some competition in a weird format they've never heard of before Treat it as a loss...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 01, 2012 3:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATLAS @ Arcadia HS (9/29/12) [IS-118]
Replies: 26
Views: 8077

Re: ATLAS @ Arcadia HS (9/29/12) [IS-118]

Objection! Irvine High is 43 miles away from Arcadia. According to Google Maps, Irvine High is 46 miles away from Arcadia High. But the larger point still stands--I know it's hard to contact these schools, but y'all have to if we want to get anything happening in the LA area. Has anyone tried Cresc...
by cchiego
Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ATLAS @ Arcadia HS (9/29/12) [IS-118]
Replies: 26
Views: 8077

Re: ATLAS @ Arcadia HS (9/29/12) [IS-118]

Any luck getting LA-area teams to show up? Made any phone calls? Called in some Science Bowl contacts? This may be the only quizbowl tournament I've ever seen with 0 teams from within 45 miles signed up.