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by cchiego
Mon Feb 27, 2012 2:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8156

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...
by cchiego
Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prelim and Combined Stats on SQBS
Replies: 4
Views: 2106

Prelim and Combined Stats on SQBS

Now that many tournaments feature some kind of prelim rounds/afternoon rebracketing, I've noticed a number of posts about difficulties in trying to merge two SQBS files. Trying to merge two separate files is usually a pain due to inconsistent player or team names, so I've learned to do the following...
by cchiego
Sun Feb 26, 2012 11:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Carnal Embrace VI at Arcadia High School (2/20/12)
Replies: 29
Views: 7184

Re: Carnal Embrace VI at Arcadia High School (2/20/12)

I've heard NoHo A beat Canyon Crest A in the final (though Canyon Crest had beaten NoHo earlier in the day) and that University may have finished behind them. Torrey Pines was not there and La Jolla was missing its best players.

Stats would be wonderful to have though too.
by cchiego
Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8156

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

The will be no West Coast Invitational. I thought that had been made clear a number of times, but apparently it hasn't sunk in yet. I know both Canyon Crest and Westview are in the market for hosting tournaments in April or May. UCSD will likely host another too. It would be great if people would be...
by cchiego
Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RM+TP Housewrite available for Mirrors!
Replies: 42
Views: 14127

Re: RM+TP Housewrite available for Mirrors!

I just read this set today and this iteration wasn't horrible. In fact, the first few rounds were actually pretty good and kept the difficulty nicely under control. Later rounds suffered from a bit more variation in bonus difficulty (as well as length- some were 6 lines total while others were 12-13...
by cchiego
Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8156

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

La Jolla has won the bid for the SoCal state championships. They will be hosting it on March 10th at La Jolla High. More details to come at SoCalQB.
by cchiego
Mon Feb 20, 2012 11:06 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Quiz Bowl's Systemic Failure At Expansion and Recruitment
Replies: 75
Views: 38631

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

One a slightly happier note than the rest of this thread, I'm pleased to see that the Texas Invitational produced some of the best-quality picture I've yet seen of quizbowl. This group one is nicely situated and makes the players look both parts professional and entirely normal--these could be stude...
by cchiego
Sun Feb 12, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2012 NAQT ICT: March 31, Chicago
Replies: 24
Views: 9108

Re: 2012 NAQT ICT: March 31, Chicago

We'll have a female player at ICT who'd rather not room with men. Any other teams interested in going in on an all-female room, please let us know (ucsdqb at gmail).
by cchiego
Sat Feb 04, 2012 9:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Re: Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)

Congratulations to UCSD A(uroni) and Claremont B for winning the DI and DII divisions of the 2012 Region 15 SCT. Claremont B cleared the field by 3 games in DII and Auroni decisively won an advantaged final against Berkeley to claim the championship. Full stats for both divisions: Division I Divisio...
by cchiego
Tue Jan 31, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Re: Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)

NAQT has closed registration. If anyone from Arizona State or Caltech reads this, please let me know ASAP what your plans are.

At this point, it looks like 6 teams in each division. We'll see how it shakes out.
by cchiego
Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:11 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Re: Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)

Bumped because there's still a number of teams that have indicated interest but have not registered online. Please do so ASAP so we can plan for number of moderators, etc.
by cchiego
Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD
Replies: 8
Views: 2240

Re: Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD

Congratulations to Canyon Crest Academy for winning the third-annual Triton Winter Tournament today, breaking Torrey Pines' 5-tournament streak of winning UCSD tournaments. Canyon Crest triumphed by running the table in the prelim, playoffs, and cross-bracketed matches. Also congratulations to North...
by cchiego
Sat Jan 21, 2012 2:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2011-2012
Replies: 19
Views: 6652

Re: Georgia 2011-2012

Who is Whitefield Academy and what's the story of their rise to QB prominence? Neat to see a new team up there at the top of the brackets. Also nice to see Etowah doing quite well. What's the rest of the news from GA?
by cchiego
Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD
Replies: 8
Views: 2240

Re: Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD

We have capped the field at 28 teams to enable a workable schedule given our room situation. Teams should expect four groups of seven teams in the prelim rounds followed by a rebracket into groups of five (and one of 3) for the playoffs. There will be two championship brackets that will play crossov...
by cchiego
Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Outreach Tactic: Phone Calls
Replies: 6
Views: 1778

Re: Outreach Tactic: Phone Calls

E.g.: "By using pyramidal tossups and progressive-difficulty bonuses, we can write on topics that are important in the high school context and accessible to the lower teams, while still distinguishing in a meaningful way between the top teams. That way everyone can play an enjoyable game on one set...
by cchiego
Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Outreach Tactic: Phone Calls
Replies: 6
Views: 1778

Outreach Tactic: Phone Calls

Last week, I tried a different approach to getting in touch with coaches of teams who didn't normally come to our tournaments: phone calls. Though the sample size was small, I'm encouraged by the results thus far which yielded a few registrations and useful information on why some teams weren't atte...
by cchiego
Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD
Replies: 8
Views: 2240

Re: Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD

Unfortunately Arcadia will not be able to send teams to this tournament since our Science Bowl regional is the same day and we're not going to play devoid of all our science players. There are so few tournaments now (how did we end up hosting 2/3 of all the fall tournaments and almost half of all t...
by cchiego
Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving SoCal's Circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 2161

Re: Improving SoCal's Circuit

Three major suggestions: 1. More tournaments in more locations. There's a huge SD bent to the circuit right now and not surprisingly most of the new teams we've been able to get come from the SD area. Irvine, University, NoHo...y'all gotta step up and host. It also wouldn't hurt if Caltech and the C...
by cchiego
Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD
Replies: 8
Views: 2240

Re: Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD

Field Update: (as of 1/19) Rancho Alamitos (1) Tustin (2) Torrey Pines (2) Westview (2) La Jolla (3) Irvine (2) Francis Parker (2) Canyon Crest (2) North Hollywood (2) El Capitan (1) Rancho Bernardo (3) Eastlake (1) La Jolla Country Day (1) Southwest (1) Scripps Ranch (???) Newly off the waitlist: ...
by cchiego
Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Re: Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)

Interested:
ASU (1)
Caltech (1?)

Registered (via the NAQT website):
UCI (2)
Claremont (3)
Riverside (2)
Berkeley (1)
Stanford (1)
House (2-3)

Teams should let us know ASAP if you're planning on coming. We'll have house teams to round out the field as needed.
by cchiego
Thu Dec 29, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8156

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

Unfortunately, there are lots of conflicts all the time out here. Many San Diego area kids have youth orchestra most Saturdays, there's science bowl and ocean science bowl to consider, etc. What we need are schools to host more tournaments more weekends so that players and teams can pick and choose....
by cchiego
Mon Dec 19, 2011 5:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD
Replies: 8
Views: 2240

Triton Winter III Jan. 21st @ UCSD

(Posting on behalf of Nimish and Andrew) The third Triton Winter Tournament will be held on Saturday January 21st, 2012, most likely at our usual location in HSS. QUESTIONS: The questions will be written by National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC. The set identification number is IS-109. NATIONAL QU...
by cchiego
Sat Dec 17, 2011 1:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Distribution
Replies: 60
Views: 11332

Re: ACF Distribution

There's a lot of bad ideas here (though, to be fair, there are some good ones as well). Please don't start tossing up specific orogenies, things like sprites or elves and various other things in this post. Use common sense. The Laramide Orogeny is definitely important enough to be an ACF Nationals ...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 16, 2011 3:57 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Distribution
Replies: 60
Views: 11332

Re: ACF Distribution

A non-exhaustive list of ideas for Earth Science: - Catastrophic glacial floods (and their aftermaths, like coulees) - Flood basalts and other fun things related to volcanism - Various orogenies (Laramide, Grenvile, Sevier, etc.) and other aspects of historical geology besides the time periods - Var...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 14, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The High Price of Tournament Attendance
Replies: 3
Views: 1114

Re: The High Price of Tournament Attendance

One additional area I wish more hosts around the country consider is new team and novice tournament pricing. To help brand-new teams get over that initial barrier, you need to be willing to take a hit and have brand-new teams play at-cost (not just a $10 or $20 discount--make it as cheap as possible...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 14, 2011 4:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)
Replies: 164
Views: 57795

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament VI (11/12/11)

you really want to do an activity, you can find an extra $100 for it - and if the whole point of that price increase is to continue to develop the activity, then ultimately, it is for the good of the game. The problem is that every hour spent working for quizbowl funding is less time preparing for ...
by cchiego
Sat Nov 12, 2011 2:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)
Replies: 9
Views: 2578

Region 15 NAQT SCT at UCSD (2/4/12)

The quizbowl team of UCSD is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the NAQT-ACUI Region 15 Sectional Championship Tournament at UCSD on Feb. 4th. Base Fees: $120 for first team, $100 per subsequent team Discounts: -$10 for a competent scorekeeper -$30 for experienced, competent moderator -$5 p...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI Question Discussion
Replies: 138
Views: 26292

Re: Individual Question Requests and Discussion

Overall, I enjoyed the set, but I was wondering--is bandwagoning really all that well known? It seemed to be one of those questions where everyone knew what was going on but had no idea this concept had a name. Bandwagoning and Deterrence are both pretty basic concepts specifically named and descri...
by cchiego
Tue Oct 25, 2011 9:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI Question Discussion
Replies: 138
Views: 26292

Re: Individual Question Requests and Discussion

Packet 3: For "Deterrence", is it just me, or does this hose for "brinksmanship" pretty early? When discussing the “perfect” form of this concept, Zagare and Kilgour noted that most threats are incredible and credible threats actually might provoke conflict. Thomas Schelling distinguished this conc...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 23, 2011 8:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI Question Discussion
Replies: 138
Views: 26292

Re: Individual Question Requests and Discussion

I thought Operation Fast Five was a good idea but perhaps too hard (at least I could not remember the name of the operation and neither could many teams at our site). I admit it's not something I know a lot about, but I thought perhaps making an easier answerline might have been the better idea. Is...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:56 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MAGNI Question Discussion
Replies: 138
Views: 26292

Re: Individual Question Requests and Discussion

Some of the geography tossups were rather lacking. I admit I'm not an expert on this category, but I don't really know what the point of say tossing up Cape Verde satisfies. The tossup on Washington featured very easy lead-in clues--Mt. Olympus, the fact that there's salmon fisheries, and rain fore...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New QTQ High School Question Set is Available
Replies: 5
Views: 2018

Re: New QTQ High School Question Set is Available

These samples aren't encouraging. A novel with a SOCIALIST and a FACTORY OWNER you say? And the most important clue in basically any literature TU is the author, so why does that come well before the end of the question? And what's with that weird "Now for ten points" placement in the middle of the ...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 16, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1843

Re: Southern California Discussion 2011-2012

Update: We got the San Diego City League coaches to vote on whether or not to go with pyramidal questions this year and they voted to reject the idea. I'm not sure what exactly happened, but it sounded like they didn't like that the NAQT curricula was "national" while they wanted questions that refl...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1843

Re: Southern California Discussion 2011-2012

North County doesn't appear willing to change this year, but they're moving in the right direction. I'm meeting with the City League folks tomorrow and tracked down some contacts in the East County League, so we'll see how things progress with those. Another issue with Academic League is the geograp...
by cchiego
Tue Oct 11, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8
Replies: 12
Views: 4097

Re: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8

Wasn't so much moderator slowness (in that prelim bracket) as the fact one of the mods we had placed in that bracket decided to sleep in that morning, putting that one a good 45 minutes behind. We'd spent the last 2 weeks having the new mods read in practice, so we were pretty sure of their abilitie...
by cchiego
Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8
Replies: 12
Views: 4097

Re: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8

Thanks to all the teams who came and the many staffers who showed up to help, with particular thanks to Dwight and Matt who drove down from Irvine. When crises happened, it helped to have experienced people who leaped into action as well as enthusiastic freshmen willing to do a variety of tasks. We ...
by cchiego
Tue Oct 04, 2011 1:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8
Replies: 12
Views: 4097

Re: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8

EDIT: Field expanded and maxed out at 35 teams. All teams should let us know ASAP if anything changes.
by cchiego
Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8
Replies: 12
Views: 4097

Re: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8

We have reached our room and reader cap at 30 teams. While we would like to expand the field, we're limited to 15 rooms. We have added a waitlist, so if any team needs to drop please let us know ASAP so we can get to the first team on the waitlist. We should now be good on buzzers, but we can defini...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8
Replies: 12
Views: 4097

Re: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8

Field update as of 10/4 (capped at 35 teams): TP (2 teams, 2 buzzers) Castle Park (2 teams, 1 buzzer) Mater Dei (1 team, 1 buzzer) Eastlake (3 teams) San Dieguito (3 teams, 2 buzzers) Mission Vista (2 teams, 1 buzzer) Tustin (2 teams, 1 buzzer) Olympian (2 teams) Westview (1 team) El Capitan (2 team...
by cchiego
Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8
Replies: 12
Views: 4097

Re: 2011 UCSD Triton Novice Tournament - Oct 8

Just reminding some of the usual suspects to get their interest/registrations in as soon as possible. Any juniors/seniors who want to earn a discount for their school are encouraged to volunteer to read (we're set pretty well on scorekeepers).
by cchiego
Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 5
Views: 1843

Southern California Discussion 2011-2012

I figure since the school year's about to start here for everyone we might as well get this going. First of all, some good news on the Academic League front: Sweetwater's League chose NAQT questions as their providers for this year and several of the coaches that I spoke with today from that league ...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 07, 2011 2:04 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice Tournament at UCLA (Oct. 1)
Replies: 4
Views: 3067

Re: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice Tournament at UCLA (Oct. 2)

There will probably be 1 team of UCSD newbies coming to this, but it's really early for us since we'll have only one meeting before this. Either day would work.
by cchiego
Tue Aug 30, 2011 4:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Academic Competition Association
Replies: 19
Views: 5103

Re: National Academic Competition Association

How exactly will the donations side of things work? This seems like the right way to go about soliciting donations and opening that whole process up to big-time corporate/philanthropy. If this works, this is a big-deal innovation that could put quizbowl on a higher plane. But can this national organ...
by cchiego
Mon Aug 29, 2011 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Name "Quiz Bowl" and its Effects
Replies: 9
Views: 3436

Re: The Name "Quiz Bowl" and its Effects

Interesting points. I don't know if it's so much the term "quiz bowl" as the lack of a single, unified national organization. Academic Decathalon and things like the Spelling Bee/Geography Bee are national organizations intimately associated with their activities. There's no dissent; it's their way ...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 27, 2011 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's the matter with Kansas?
Replies: 65
Views: 37723

Re: What's the matter with Kansas?

The current edition of the KSHSAA bylaws says: KSHSAA wrote:KSHSAA member schools desiring to host or participate in a multiple-interscholastic event (three or more schools) involving an out-of-state school(s) shall be limited to those within 500 road miles of the border (perimeter) of the state of...
by cchiego
Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's the matter with Kansas?
Replies: 65
Views: 37723

What's the matter with Kansas?

Kansas seems to have an extremely active "Scholar's Bowl" system, with what they claim is 335 schools participating in NO MORE THAN 8 TOURNAMENTS A YEAR. Unfortunately, the quality of their questions seems suspect (their "guide to writing questions" is a hoot: "DO NOT RELY ON YOUR MEMORY" "DO NOT WR...
by cchiego
Sun Jun 19, 2011 2:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC 2011
Replies: 149
Views: 30000

Re: NAC 2011

Chip Beall runs a free enterprise. This is a non-sequiter. The point of a free market is to allow for choice based on who offers a superior product; what's going on here is the opposite of choice, especially if it's true the consumers have been convinced that the HSNCT is a superior product. By goi...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Colorado summer
Replies: 5
Views: 1152

Re: Colorado summer

I emailed this to Alex, but if anybody else out West is interested, I've compiled about 30-35 team with contacts in Colorado. There's a massive circuit there and lots of local leagues, but they all play AUK questions. Grand Junction is the only team that seems to even know about pyramidal questions;...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC 2011
Replies: 149
Views: 30000

Re: NAC 2011

Guess y'all didn't see both the blog post and article in the AJC. I sent this email out basically on a whim and it turned out to be quite productive. The reporter for the article was awesome and very interested in all the details of everything quizbowl, but I think the article got heavily edited to ...
by cchiego
Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ac Dec vs. Quizbowl
Replies: 4
Views: 1152

Re: Ac Dec vs. Quizbowl

More research has revealed that each school in Orange County, Calfornia pays $400 for the privilege of being in Ac Dec, plus all the expenses associated with ordering "professional" study guides. The basic package for study guides is approximately $600. Someone explain to me how on earth obsessive m...