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by cchiego
Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 12-13
Replies: 18
Views: 5118

Re: Mississippi 12-13

A good number of programs don't appear to really distinguish between good or bad tournaments; they attend all of 'em regardless. If you hosted a tournament, you could probably get a pretty decent field if you could draw all the Jackson-area teams plus others. Unfortunately, the college-sponsored tou...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 05, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26273

Re: Tennessee 12-13

Considering far-east TN is closer to Canada than to Memphis, there are a number of logistical difficulties with getting a state circuit set up in TN. But there seem to still be a decent number of tournaments scheduled on good questions next year. From what I see on the NAQT website, it looks like: S...
by cchiego
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 12-13
Replies: 18
Views: 5118

Re: Mississippi 12-13

I've met the kids from Madison Central a few times and they and their coach are really nice and enthusiastic--I invited them to our handful of HS tournaments, but they weren't able to come for various scheduling reasons (homecoming, I think, and then something else). Seems like they set their sched...
by cchiego
Thu Aug 02, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 12-13
Replies: 18
Views: 5118

Mississippi 12-13

Mississippi has an extremely active, yet relatively unknown quizbowl (or Academic Competition as some of the schools down there call it) circuit. There's plenty of teams; the Ole Miss tournaments get fields of 64 (!) teams and 32 teams. Didn't we once have some Ole Miss people from the college team ...
by cchiego
Wed Aug 01, 2012 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hey it's time to talk about tone! (LIVE CHAT AUGUST 13)
Replies: 116
Views: 33709

Re: Hey it's time to talk about tone!

It's true that other formats, when compared to pyramidal quizbowl, tend to skew away from the measurement of knowledge and toward the measurement of other things such as the ability to think and reason quickly. See, this is the problem here. Bad quizbowl tournaments don't just also measure the abil...
by cchiego
Fri Jul 06, 2012 1:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving SoCal's Circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 2157

Re: Improving SoCal's Circuit

Frankly, I don't see the need to worry about blackout dates too much. We have enough interest in hosting to allow for tournaments pretty much every other weekend at this point I think. If every team can't bring all their A teamers every week, then that's fine--it'll give other players a chance to pl...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I propose a quizbowl video project
Replies: 24
Views: 6573

Re: I propose a quizbowl video project

The HSNCT final in good quality would be nice to have, but it would be even better if there were a series of instructional videos online. Especially ones that compared and contrasted pyramidal questions with speedchecks. Ideally, there would be text on the screen too explaining what was going on and...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2012-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 8555

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2012-2013

There will also likely be an HSAPQ set available. Keep an eye on this forum for updates on housewrites. Some leftover from the Spring look to be available as well.
by cchiego
Fri Jun 15, 2012 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26273

Tennessee 12-13

I am going to spend several weeks this summer visiting as many schools as possible in the Mid-South area and trying to get them plugged into the nationwide quizbowl circuit. Curiously, the Memphis area doesn't lack for tournaments or teams; indeed, I count as many as 20 schools fairly active in the ...
by cchiego
Thu Jun 14, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2012-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 8555

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2012-2013

Nobody's claimed the Dec. dates yet; if CC wanted to host, y'all would be more than welcome to then. UCSD has tentatively confirmed for both of our reserved dates. Arcadia looks like they're going for Sept. 29th and I heard from Dwight that NoHo is gunning for Nov. 17th. Still waiting to hear back f...
by cchiego
Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's the matter with Kansas?
Replies: 65
Views: 37686

Re: What's the matter with Kansas?

It takes time, and you have to do it as a friend. Telling people they're wrong has a strong tendency to make people not like you. It may not make them like you, but for some people like the inestimable Mr. Cherry it might be more productive than trying to make friends with them. Didn't the change i...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 06, 2012 10:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment
Replies: 75
Views: 38621

Re: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment

I'm happy to put them in touch with schools, and there's been hints of interest in spots, but I haven't gotten too many concrete requests. Wait, so nobody from the other main orgs has asked for NHBB contact lists yet? And you're willing to share it with these organizations (or any other local/state...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 05, 2012 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 42088

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

I don't think every 3rd game is a good idea; I think it would lead to worse data to the effect of "who was that reader we had three games ago?", never mind the complexity of accounting for byes. I was proposing that you don't do it after every match but rather every 3rd round (Rounds 3, 6, 9, 12, 1...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 42088

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

The data from those cards is going to be pretty bad though thanks to many teams not noticing the weird order of 1 = best and 5 = worst and exhaustion after 10 rounds of filling them out; by the end of the tournament, teams were circling a big oval rather than going through each area because they'd s...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:20 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to Explain Pyramidality
Replies: 6
Views: 3304

Re: How to Explain Pyramidality

The best thing you can do is to try to walk them through sample questions of each from the perspective of a player. When can a player buzz? What effect does each part of the question have on what each player is thinking? How does the different structure of the questions reward knowledge (or not)? Tr...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 04, 2012 3:21 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment
Replies: 75
Views: 38621

Re: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment

Dave, there's a couple of issues here that may be getting in the way of people embracing NHBB and some of your advice as outreach strategies. First, it's unclear whether or not these new 'teams' that are playing NHBB are new teams that will also play good quizbowl. How many teams that came to NHBB a...
by cchiego
Thu May 31, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2012-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 8555

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2012-2013

Finally, I suggest that Triton Spring be run with NAQT rules regarding timers in order for teams to prepare for nationals, the extra practice can really help a team become more accustomed and comfortable with the system. This is, of course, a super-labor intensive process that requires a scorekeepe...
by cchiego
Thu May 31, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 42088

Re: 2012 HSNCT discussion

I was surprised about the interrupts - I thought more negs would cause fewer questions to be read each match, but that line slopes upward more steeply than any of the others. This is because once a team has negged the other team, if they're not trying to power vulch, will wait until the full questi...
by cchiego
Wed May 30, 2012 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2012-2013
Replies: 30
Views: 8555

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

UCSD is reserving our usual dates of October 13th for Triton Novice and November 10th for Triton Fall. At least three new schools have contacted me indicating their interest in hosting tournaments next year, so we need to get a tournament date wrangling email thread going. If anyone outside of the t...
by cchiego
Mon May 28, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment
Replies: 75
Views: 38621

Re: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment

Even organizers of the tournament seemed tight-lipped. (I realize they are busy the day of, but I asked questions leading up to and after the tournament and never really felt like someone was willing or able to help me access the quiz bowl world.) This is frustrating to hear on many levels. Even if...
by cchiego
Mon May 28, 2012 3:48 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment
Replies: 75
Views: 38621

Re: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment

Sounds like an interesting and promising idea, but I'm curious about this comment: I think many administrators don't like the idea of quiz bowl, but accept it as part of a comprehensive scholastic program. That suggests a long-term issue that might come back down the line if the admins don't fully b...
by cchiego
Sun May 20, 2012 8:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAC
Replies: 189
Views: 51733

Re: 2012 NAC

So is there any way we can try to figure out which teams here are in which one of the following categories? I made a Google Doc for outreach purposes here . - Don't know any better (outreach failure) - Misconceptions about Good Questions or Good Nationals (information failure) - Fossilized Admin/Coa...
by cchiego
Sun May 20, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion
Replies: 35
Views: 12752

Re: BHSAT General Thoughts and Discussion

2. The writing was confusing and hard to understand. Several times, the last sentence of a bonus part would lead you in completely the wrong direction. This may be attributed to the clue-denseness and length of the some of the bonuses. At the time I was reading, the bonus parts got really tiresome ...
by cchiego
Sat May 19, 2012 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Re: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)

Prelim and Playoff stats up here. I'll work on the combined ones later--they were't entered in a way that makes overall stats easy to get from a merge.
by cchiego
Fri May 18, 2012 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Re: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)

Arcadia C is now in the field.

The last team I need to hear from to confirm is Rancho Bernardo. If anyone from RB reads this, please confirm that you'll be bringing two teams tomorrow.
by cchiego
Thu May 17, 2012 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Re: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)

We just had a drop and might have another soon, so we have an opening for at least one more team. C teams are now allowed. First schools to email get the spot.
by cchiego
Mon May 14, 2012 5:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Re: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)

Due to exciting room reservations issues, this tournament will now take place at the Francis Parker school. All teams should've received a logistics email with full instructions and directions. At this point, the main limiting factor for our size is moderators. If teams have any available moderators...
by cchiego
Sat May 12, 2012 10:27 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Newsletter
Replies: 10
Views: 3057

Re: Newsletter

The newsletter sounds like a good idea. At the very least, you'd have something you could refer new teams to see. It looks like the Boise area might actually be better connected to the Salt Lake City Area. Teams in SLC definitely play some kind of academic competition (I keep finding search results ...
by cchiego
Sat May 12, 2012 1:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14152

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

So what do we want to tell these teams or areas once we identify them? Let's put together some of the best ideas here and I'll try to condense and draw up the best advice into fliers that we can hand out at nationals or send to hosts from these regions. Sort of "how-to" guides for fledgling circuits...
by cchiego
Thu May 10, 2012 8:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14152

thread split anarchy

There are teams that travel to HSNCT, demonstrating that they are willing to go to significant lengths to play good tournaments, but they only play 1 or 2 decent tournaments a year because they do not have access to tournaments in their region. It would be nice if we as a community found a way to a...
by cchiego
Tue May 08, 2012 10:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14152

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

Sometimes you don't have to ask. It's probably a good idea to ask if they have a policy about getting contact info off their website, but there are a few areas out there with the information posted on the internet, including this one. Right, although it depends on the area--in San Diego, there's of...
by cchiego
Tue May 08, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14152

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

The problem for us has been communication with schools outside of New Orleans, in terms of our simply not having enough contact information, teams elsewhere in the state unaware of our existence, and, most importantly, different parts of the state operating on wildly different schedules This can ea...
by cchiego
Mon May 07, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14152

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

Alright so I've had this question for awhile but haven't really gotten to express it before so here goes: What are NAQT, HSAPQ, and PACE doing in the way of outreach? PACE in particular seems like an ideal organization for doing this kind of concerted outreach, but I haven't heard of much, if anythi...
by cchiego
Mon May 07, 2012 9:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14152

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

I like this idea Charlie, but I'm not sure what you mean by "quizbowl-deficient." A number of the places you mentioned have several good teams and a number of less-active teams. They may be more disconnected from the quizbowl mainstream, but there are certainly tournaments in the area for interested...
by cchiego
Thu May 03, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Article in Slate about ACF Nationals
Replies: 32
Views: 10275

Re: Article in Slate about ACF Nationals

Pretty good overall. The Danticat digression was useful in illustrating the conflict over triviality though I think the author got a bit too critical towards the end in claiming that "testing for 'real knowledge' is impossible." The brief history of College Bowl's demise was pretty funny. I'm also b...
by cchiego
Thu May 03, 2012 4:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Re: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)

Bellarmine hasn't been able to confirm yet because we need to work out travel with our school. How many teams would need to join the waitlist before you would expand the field? Field expansion is a matter of resources, not desire; I'd like nothing more than to run a 42-team tournament. Unfortunatel...
by cchiego
Wed May 02, 2012 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Re: Triton Spring II @ UCSD (5/19/2012)

Effective immediately: -For all teams who have not yet emailed us of their intentions, we will be limiting each school to 1 team each. We will start a "B team waitlist" for these schools' B teams. -The number of players on each team has been raised to 6 rather than 5. Up to four players will play at...
by cchiego
Mon Apr 30, 2012 11:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Re: Triton Spring II @ UCSD (5/19/2012)

We're now halfway full with our field. We've got lots of new teams, but a number of the usual suspects have yet to sign up. We only have 24 spots unless we miraculously get more rooms or mods, so I'd encourage any interested teams in the area to get your registrations in sooner rather than later.
by cchiego
Wed Apr 25, 2012 11:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1843

Re: Southern California Discussion 2011-2012

I'll necro this thread here with an update seeing as there's been little other discussion here. I just had a very informative meeting with the East County (Grossmont) Academic League this week. Although the meeting went well, there were no guarantees of changes other than another promise for a gradu...
by cchiego
Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Westview Novice Tournament - San Diego, CA (22 Apr 2012)
Replies: 8
Views: 4264

Re: Westview Novice Tournament - San Diego, CA (22 Apr 2012)

Del Norte (2) <- Newish Team San Dieguito (3) <-Newish Team Mt. Carmel (3) <- Totally New Team Nice job getting a number of newish/new teams to come. Hopefully some of the other usual suspects will sign up too... and have their non-novice members come read instead of play. I'll be there to read.
by cchiego
Sun Apr 08, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals prediction thread
Replies: 48
Views: 9723

Re: ACF Nationals prediction thread

That loser Auroni, beating Harvard and barely losing a tiebreaker to UVA for the top bracket! And getting the last 3 TUs to make up a 100 point deficit in the last 2 minutes to beat Penn. Such a choker. Due to a series of unfortunate events for myself and other obligations for others, we likely won...
by cchiego
Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Re: Triton Spring II @ UCSD (5/19/2012)

Bumping this with a field update. We've gotten some interest from out-of-area teams, but haven't yet heard from the usual suspects. We'll send out a reminder in late April. Field Update (5/17): FIELD CLOSED Advanced Tech (1) Torrey Pines (2) Scripps Ranch (1) Chadwick (1) San Dieguito (1) North Holl...
by cchiego
Tue Apr 03, 2012 1:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICT Seeding
Replies: 11
Views: 3821

Re: ICT Seeding

There are a number of issues with the current tiebreak and seeding procedures that could stand to be improved. First the tiebreaks: The NAQT distribution is already skewed from being a tournament-wide distribution rather than a by-packet distribution. Playing only 12 and 12 increases the chances of ...
by cchiego
Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Art of the Cold Call: Contacting High School Teams
Replies: 15
Views: 3559

Re: The Art of the Cold Call: Contacting High School Teams

Try this: Call up school's office. "Hello, do you happen to know who the Academic Team Coach or Sponsor is? If not, can you look it up?" If Yes: "Great! Can you get me his/her email? Thanks! And can you give me his/her extension? Thank you." If No: "Ah okay, do you happen to have someone in charge o...
by cchiego
Wed Mar 14, 2012 2:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8152

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

There are still a few available dates if any schools are thinking about hosting. If schools need help with hosting, please let us know sooner rather than later so we can help out with tournament organization and ensure a good experience for all teams. Also, I've updated my rankings for SoCal just in...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8152

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

With Irvine giving up their claim for May 19th, we've moved in to claim that for Triton Spring. This opens up the 12th for any teams considering.
by cchiego
Fri Mar 02, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Re: Triton Spring II @ UCSD (5/12/2012)

Since mere hours after this was posted Irvine informed us that they were moving their date to April, we'll now look into trying to do it on the 19th.
by cchiego
Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)
Replies: 24
Views: 9223

Triton Spring II (5/19/2012)

EDITED: Updated date to 19th instead of 12th. The quizbowl team of UCSD is pleased to announce our second edition of Triton Spring, to be held on May 19th. Questions : We will be mirroring Yale's BHSAT set, which has received good reviews in past iterations and is noted for its "often-entertaining" ...
by cchiego
Tue Feb 28, 2012 7:26 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Learning Geography
Replies: 16
Views: 8475

Re: Learning Geography

I've had success with the map approach and the physical extremities approach, but what you need to do is start asking "why" to everything you see and read. Why does this mountain range exist? That peninsula looks funny- I wonder who lives on it? This border is weird, I wonder if there's a history be...
by cchiego
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8152

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

After some discussion, UCSD will stick with our May 12th date claim. We understand that it's in the middle of APs, but it also seems to be devoid of other events and we'll try to accommodate teams getting more sleep by moving back the start time. At this point, we will try to use BHSAT but may add a...