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by cchiego
Sat Jun 25, 2011 10:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's the matter with Kansas?
Replies: 65
Views: 38131

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: 30322

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: 1160

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: 30322

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: 1189

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...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 10, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ac Dec vs. Quizbowl
Replies: 4
Views: 1189

Ac Dec vs. Quizbowl

California, especially the LA area and a surprising number of the rural areas, seems to be dominated by Academic Decathalon. In our attempts to reach more potential quizbowl teams, it seems that Ac Dec team sponsors would be a natural starting point for correspondence, but I'm not sure exactly how t...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8298

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

Teams that are planning to host tournaments in the fall should get in touch with either me or Dwight as we're putting together a preliminary schedule that we hope to send out to all the West Coast contacts that we have. It will also be up on SoCalQuizbowl.org. We're also planning to send out a surve...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 10, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's up with Utah?
Replies: 11
Views: 4338

Re: What's up with Utah?

It sounds like there might also be some kind of team at Southern Utah University based on this article . Might want to make some inquiries to those folks. If you're up for an 11 hour drive, we in San Diego would certainly be glad to have y'all at any tournament. I suspect most California programs wo...
by cchiego
Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC 2011
Replies: 149
Views: 30322

Re: NAC 2011

I can't see why any rational team would choose the NAC's ethically questionable antics over good quizbowl if they preferred a tournament that fairly measured academic knowledge and recall. I can, however, see why a self-interested team that prefers winning and a chance at a shiny plastic trophy woul...
by cchiego
Sun May 22, 2011 5:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012
Replies: 45
Views: 8298

Re: Southern California Date Claim 2011-2012

We'll be updating the schedule at www.socalquizbowl.org , so feel free to use that as sort of an omnibus site to direct potential teams towards if they're looking for a complete calender. I also started a Twitter feed that will post results and updates throughout the year, starting with nationals th...
by cchiego
Tue May 17, 2011 11:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 14510

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Speaking of It's Academic... check this story out . To believe in “It’s Academic” is to believe in good things, in solid things like right answers, certainty, sportsmanship and loyalty. Special appearances by Chris Manners and Raynell Cooper. You can email the reporter via this form to express your ...
by cchiego
Wed May 11, 2011 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29: Congratulations State College!
Replies: 112
Views: 35055

Re: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29, Atlanta

however, the person who operated the LiveBlog the last two years will not be attending the HSNCT this year. I would've loved to have done it again, but I finish up the last stage of my comprehensive exams the next week. I've got the password and such to the hsnct.wordpress.com address if anyone wan...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 101675

Re: On-going season rankings

ICT DII is, if I'm not mistaken, just one step up on the NAQT question difficulty ranking scale from HSNCT (I think HSNCT is a "6" and ICT DII is a "7"). I think it's generally a fine measure to use, particularly for predicting performance at HSNCT. On that note, I've looked through the results thus...
by cchiego
Wed Apr 27, 2011 11:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)
Replies: 132
Views: 38383

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Guerilla History Doubles (July 29 @ CO Weeknd)

Send packets to my first initial + lastname at Gmail. I'll be mostly out of touch with the world until at least May 13th and probably until the end of May, but then I'll embrace my redacting and editors packet-writing duties with glee. Look for a vanity history packet entitled "Southern Fried Quizbo...
by cchiego
Sat Apr 23, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring - 4/23
Replies: 14
Views: 4761

Re: Triton Spring - 4/23

Congrats to Torrey Pines A, which ran the table to finish with a 10-0 record and win the competitive division of Triton Spring against a very talented group of competitors. Also, in our regular/JVish division, Westview (which just started playing quizbowl this year) emerged triumphant with a 9-1 rec...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Spring - 4/23
Replies: 14
Views: 4761

Re: Triton Spring - 4/23

We've gotten a sudden rush of late registrations (and no drops...yet) so we're in the market for a few good readers if any team wants to provide 'em. $20 discount + lunch money for them.
by cchiego
Sat Apr 16, 2011 7:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia Tech HSNCT Warm-up: April 16, 2011
Replies: 66
Views: 23366

Re: Georgia Tech HSNCT Warm-up: April 16, 2011

For future rankings/seedings purposes, I take it that was a hybrid Dorman A/B team and that the other half will be going to the Midwest Championship next month to hear the same set? I'm assuming that was Chatt at full strength and Alpharetta had their #2 player playing solo (most of these GA results...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 101675

Re: On-going season rankings

To turn away from rather crazy (perhaps sarcastic?) allegations of bias: Is there any way to try to "correct" for the SOS of teams playing the same set at different sites around the country? Could something like generating an NAQT D-value for each set, then perhaps averaging out a team's performance...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 07, 2011 3:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Regionals at UALR
Replies: 6
Views: 1503

Re: ACF Regionals at UALR

This is pretty awesome that it happened. Although MUT, ECNT, or even an IS set probably would've been more appropriate, frankly. Have you tried to get Rhodes from Memphis to come to some of your Arkansas events? They used to be fairly active in CBI and even went to some SCTs. There's also some facul...
by cchiego
Sun Apr 03, 2011 2:53 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT Mirror 4/2 @ NGCSU
Replies: 165
Views: 56868

Re: MUT Mirror 4/2 @ NGCSU

As the Tournament Director in question, I made the call to respect NCSU's commitment to attend. Because of this, I assumed that they might show up a round late. Or two rounds late. Or even at lunch time, if they had some serious issues. While this ended up not being the case, it was a decision made...
by cchiego
Mon Mar 28, 2011 9:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29: Congratulations State College!
Replies: 112
Views: 35055

Re: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29, Atlanta

The same can be said for attractions, with Turner Field , the Georgia Aquarium, the CNN Center, Coca Cola World, and Centennial Olympic Park all being within walking distance. Is Atlanta a very walkable city? The field is two miles from the hotel according to Mapquest. but some cities are either ve...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 27, 2011 3:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal 2010-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4893

Re: SoCal 2010-2011

I'm working on getting a chance to speak at all the Academic League "league" meetings (i.e. North County, City, etc.) at the end of the year. We'll see what kind of reception I get while spreading the gospel of good quizbowl and what the coaches have to say. What would seem to make the most sense if...
by cchiego
Fri Mar 25, 2011 2:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal 2010-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4893

Re: SoCal 2010-2011

If this happens, would UCSD guys be interested in helping to set up some sort of HSAPQ-VHSL-like league? That would super-awesome; probably the only good thing about the recession. I will have much more time next year once I finish the onslaught of comps right now. It would certainly require a good...
by cchiego
Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal 2010-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4893

Re: SoCal 2010-2011

Quick takes after Rocket Surgery: Arcadia's A team is very solid, but does its exceptionally high Power-to-Neg ratio mean they're waiting a tad too long in those close matches? University seems to have found the ideal aggressiveness ratio that helps them slightly overperform and win against those to...
by cchiego
Wed Mar 23, 2011 2:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Team/Recent Success—Advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 2444

Re: New Team/Recent Success—Advice?

Video clips from various HSNCTs.
by cchiego
Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southeastern Quizbowl
Replies: 98
Views: 20397

Re: Southeastern Quizbowl

There's a danger too if you try to institutionalize too much in an effort to keep things going after the most active players leave. We worked very hard at UGA to try to build up a strong quizbowl organization to help make up for the fact the best players would all soon be graduating. We had 3-5 team...
by cchiego
Wed Mar 09, 2011 2:08 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Most Surprising Teams?
Replies: 23
Views: 11500

Most Surprising Teams?

Anyone recall the most surprising out-of-nowhere teams that suddenly surged onto the quizbowl scene? Or at least teams that drastically improved from one year to another? The obvious example is Lakeside 2005, but to an admittedly lesser extent I can think of Bellarmine or maybe Adair County last yea...
by cchiego
Tue Mar 08, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Social Science
Replies: 1
Views: 735

Re: Social Science

Ah that's a good catch- should've had the part on information asymmetry come first or at least prompted on that (though it did say "example" in the lead-in). I thought Akerloff would be too difficult for a separate part entirely and I'd definitely heard of the "Market for Lemons" outside of that spe...
by cchiego
Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Southeastern Quizbowl
Replies: 98
Views: 20397

Re: Southeastern Quizbowl

One year does not a trend make, but you're touching on the right idea- high-quality quizbowl in the Southeast is fragile, despite the large number of teams. My gut feeling from the past is that the lack of top graduate programs hurts the most. What does that mean, you ask? Well dedicated grad studen...
by cchiego
Sat Feb 26, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Free Tournament at Wofford College 2/26/2011
Replies: 22
Views: 8165

Re: Free Tournament at Wofford College 2/26/2011

Dorman A and B weren't the top 2 seeds? I know single elimination is still popular at many tournaments in the South, but it seems just a bit unfair to force clearly the top 2 teams in the tournament to play enough other before the finals. And while I know it's difficult to plan beforehand, the preli...
by cchiego
Sat Feb 19, 2011 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 5887

Re: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)

[I'm confused as to why prelim rounds did not factor at all into deciding who wins the tournament. Sure, Torrey and University might have had the same record in the playoffs but Torrey was undefeated in prelims, one of those wins coming against University. It just seems odd that a team with two mor...
by cchiego
Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 5887

Re: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)

Congratulations to Torrey Pines for winning Triton Winter in impressive fashion over travel-problem-plagued University High. Torrey was dominant all day, but dropped their last match after a spectacular individual performance by Lucas of Rancho Bernardo to set up a winner-take-all final with Univers...
by cchiego
Sat Feb 19, 2011 4:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 5887

Re: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)

Prelim stats.

If anyone knew that Arcadia C would have the 3rd highest bonus conversion, they should've told me before I seeded them as a C team. Note to teams in the future: rank your teams according to ability or inform the TD of such.
by cchiego
Fri Feb 18, 2011 3:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 5887

Re: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)

Everyone's now confirmed except for Rancho Bernardo. If anyone from RB is reading and can tell me that you're coming, with what teams/players/buzzers, that would be awesome. EDIT: We've reached 14 teams. I declare the field closed, though if RB can still get in touch with me to confirm that'd be gre...
by cchiego
Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:26 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: CONFIRMED: MUT mirror at ASU-Tempe, 3/19/11
Replies: 19
Views: 3326

Re: CONFIRMED: MUT mirror at ASU-Tempe, 3/19/11

Look for some number of UCSD teams, ranging from 1+. We have some players who'd be interested in playing on doubles teams to make the tournament more competitive if you didn't charge us any extra.
by cchiego
Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 5887

Re: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)

Balboa wrote:We will be sending 4-5 teams.
Still hoping for a larger field though.
:party:

Will start additional follow-ups to lure more people out of hiding now.
by cchiego
Tue Feb 08, 2011 1:33 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: talk about individual questions here
Replies: 124
Views: 18188

Re: talk about individual questions here

-Ludendorf: I don't know enough about this one, but Chris negged with Hindenberg. Maybe there's an issue? The lead-in started with the Siege of Liege, which was on the Western Front, which only Ludendorf was at while Hindenburg was on the Eastern Front the whole time. Ludendrof then went east and b...
by cchiego
Mon Feb 07, 2011 1:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 5887

Re: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)

Bumping this now that we're starting to get more replies.

We're also considering dividing into a JV division if there's sufficient interest for 10th graders or below; let us know if that would affect the likelihood of your team's attendance.
by cchiego
Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Difficulty
Replies: 30
Views: 4055

Re: Difficulty

I'll agree with the pop culture critique that Mike offered and also note that it often extends to Geography. I say this as possibly one of the most pro-geog people out there, but the difficulty level varies way too much on geog bonuses- if you're not familiar with the area (often a very small area) ...
by cchiego
Sun Feb 06, 2011 6:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Grad Student policy
Replies: 32
Views: 3693

Re: NAQT's Grad Student policy

That sounds fair enough. I've talked to a number of grad students who seemed interested, but they have a hard enough time on ACF Fall or sometimes even IS questions. The selection bias of good quizbowl players who continue to play in grad school probably contributes to the impression that grad stude...
by cchiego
Sun Feb 06, 2011 1:31 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Region 15 SCT: Caltech 2/5/11
Replies: 17
Views: 3372

Re: Region 15 SCT: Caltech 2/5/11

Heck of a tournament overall. Between Irvine, LA, and SD, the University of California (Southern Branch) has some of the most intense quizbowl tournament to tournament that I've ever seen. Fortunately, this includes a great group of gifted players that are always fun to see and play against. And pro...
by cchiego
Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to ensure new SCT teams become new circuit teams
Replies: 33
Views: 7259

Re: How to ensure new SCT teams become new circuit teams

I took the email contacts as an obvious given, but I noticed the teams that consistently keep coming back to our high school tournaments at least are those who we made an effort to actually talk to in person at the tournaments and strike up a personal relationship with the coach. Sending out officia...
by cchiego
Mon Jan 31, 2011 5:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to ensure new SCT teams become new circuit teams
Replies: 33
Views: 7259

Re: How to ensure new SCT teams become new circuit teams

New-to-quizbowl teams get to play Regionals without having to write a packet and with a significant discount, right? Is there any compelling reason not to try at least - say, by announcing the nearest site of ACF Regionals (EDIT: yeah, with the necessary disclaimer that it will be at least as hard ...
by cchiego
Mon Jan 31, 2011 4:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: How to ensure new SCT teams become new circuit teams
Replies: 33
Views: 7259

How to ensure new SCT teams become new circuit teams

At the moment, it appears that the SCT-ACUI partnership is actually starting the reap results. George Berry counts 191+ teams and I see plenty of new ones, including some I've never before seen on the circuit before and a number of other rare teams. This is exceptionally cool and represents the best...
by cchiego
Mon Jan 31, 2011 6:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SoCal 2010-2011
Replies: 33
Views: 4893

Re: SoCal 2010-2011

North Hollywood has come out of (relative) nowhere to become a heck of a team this year. Yet I don't think they've yet faced a full-strength SD-area team. Arcadia likes showing up in force when they do show up, but again hard to see how they compare. And will the mysterious Santa Monica team show th...
by cchiego
Fri Jan 21, 2011 3:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs
Replies: 15
Views: 2626

Re: Revisiting the 2010 HSNCT Playoffs

So to be clear, this is all data from the Saturday portion, correct? What elements went into your model exactly? I'd be cautious about things that varied based on SOS, but I know just PPB is not very useful. Is there any way to modify your model so that instead of predicting the RR outcomes by itsel...
by cchiego
Sun Jan 16, 2011 3:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 1/15/11 Carnal Embrace V @ Arcadia High School, CA
Replies: 21
Views: 6296

Re: 1/15/11 Carnal Embrace V @ Arcadia High School, CA

So who ended up winning? Looks like a 3-way circle of death.

Also, for any quizbowl rankers who come along, it looks like once again RB and La Jolla split up their best players amongst their A and B teams.
by cchiego
Fri Jan 07, 2011 5:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Guy to a "New" Team
Replies: 7
Views: 1906

Re: New Guy to a "New" Team

10 tips: 1. Prepare for every contingency. This is probably the hardest and most important job of a Tournament Director. What if 1 team doesn't show? What if 2 teams don't show? What if 3 don't show (this can happen if a school is sending 3 teams and decides not to come the night before)? What if a ...
by cchiego
Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)
Replies: 22
Views: 5887

Re: Triton Winter @ UCSD (2/19/11)

Updating with the fee schedule: $70 for first team, 60 for each subsequent team (i.e. bringing two teams would be $70+$60, three would be $70+60+60). -$5 per working buzzer brought -$20 per competent moderator Long-Distance Discount: -$5 for teams driving 150 miles (one-way), with -$5 for each addit...
by cchiego
Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:12 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 3 (May 27th, Atlanta)
Replies: 36
Views: 17119

Re: Geography Monstrosity 3 (May 27th, Atlanta)

I'm there. Will be writing a packet. Let me know if you want to collaborate.