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by cchiego
Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:47 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: HELP US. 3 DAYS LEFT
Replies: 11
Views: 6142

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: 7704

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: 5712

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: 4479

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: 7208

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: 7208

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: 7208

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 c...
by cchiego
Fri Oct 19, 2012 1:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 12-13
Replies: 18
Views: 5294

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: 4673

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: 4673

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...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 10, 2012 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 12-13
Replies: 51
Views: 26554

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: 38637

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: 8201

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: 8201

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: 8201

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.
by cchiego
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Louisiana 12-13
Replies: 17
Views: 4153

Re: Louisiana 12-13

Sandlapper wrote:Are any of these events open to Mississippi schools?
I'm sure out of state teams are allowed to attend at least some of these tournaments; in fact, a Georgia school traveled all the way from Snellville to play in a ChipBowl tournament in Louisiana! Isn't that something?
by cchiego
Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 12-13
Replies: 18
Views: 5294

Re: Mississippi 12-13

Yeah here's an old record of that happening for proof: http://www.outreach.olemiss.edu/academic_competitions/fall_brain_brawl.html Not cool Ole Miss. I'm going to go through and gather a list of contact info for all the MS teams that I can find online (probably at least 20 or so, particularly the be...
by cchiego
Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 12-13
Replies: 18
Views: 5294

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: 26554

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: 5294

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: 5294

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: 34718

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: 2204

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: 6980

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: 8839

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: 26554

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: 8839

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: 38637

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: 39829

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: 43581

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...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 05, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 173
Views: 43581

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: 3413

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: 39829

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: 8839

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: 43581

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: 8839

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: 39829

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: 39829

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: 53413

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: 13109

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: 9516

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: 9516

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: 9516

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: 9516

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: 3216

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: 14640

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 fledglin...
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: 14640

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: 14640

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: 14640

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: 14640

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...