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by rchschem
Thu May 18, 2006 7:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Richard Montgomery Rumble on the Pike III
Replies: 49
Views: 20465

And being powered upon is an incredible demoralizer. Witness RM A's unholy disemboweling of my team at the fall 2005 TJ finals. They powered on 13 of 20, I think, and 8 of the first 13 or something ridiculous like that.

Eric
by rchschem
Wed May 10, 2006 1:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 PACE NSC info thread
Replies: 93
Views: 40289

Re: Tentative schedule of events

E.T. Chuck wrote:5:15 PM (ETC Auditorium) Benjamin Cooper Award presentation and announcements for Sunday.
They named an auditorium after you. What an honor!

Eric
by rchschem
Wed May 10, 2006 7:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Qualification for HSNCT or other large nationals
Replies: 16
Views: 7198

Speaking as a perp in all this, Raleigh Charter is taking a B team to PACE for the sole purpose of having them beat up and trying to prepare them to assume the A mantle for next year. Why do this when they've already run with the big dogs several times this year? A. The PACE field is small, so I did...
by rchschem
Tue May 09, 2006 8:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 27975

Maybe it's time for the NAQT NIT?

"We're number 129!" :razz:

Eric
by rchschem
Thu May 04, 2006 9:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NCATA 2006-07
Replies: 47
Views: 18971

We have a lot of good teams with potential: Greensboro Day, Walter Williams, NCSSM, the mysterious Charlotte schools, anyone out east... If we could pay some of these teams to come to tournaments... Speaking of that, how much of this lack of participation is likely due to cost, transportation, and ...
by rchschem
Thu May 04, 2006 7:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NCATA 2006-07
Replies: 47
Views: 18971

Will the real Chapel Hill please stand up? Ouch. I make no predictions. Our uberstarters have to learn some Henry James titles before they can properly compete. That being said, we have at least 5 going to ACE camp. Many Lit majors... I would like to offer that 40% of the all state team was female....
by rchschem
Thu Apr 27, 2006 7:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KMO Spring
Replies: 17
Views: 7346

Raleigh Charter scored 1711. Don't see ties very often. KMO settles these by # correct or first chance, right?

Eric
by rchschem
Fri Apr 14, 2006 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and PACE-Who's going to which?
Replies: 50
Views: 23783

If we have Canadian teams, does that mean that any tossups they answer are only really worth 8 points? We don't have exams on the weekend per se, but there is a Friday conflict with 2 and the remaining 4 are Monday and Tuesday, and these pesky kids like studying and being prepared. All that prep and...
by rchschem
Mon Apr 10, 2006 7:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 PACE NSC info thread
Replies: 93
Views: 40289

That sounds disturbingly like a search for excellence. Where did you get the idea that we needed...

Oh.

Eric
by rchschem
Mon Apr 10, 2006 1:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT and PACE-Who's going to which?
Replies: 50
Views: 23783

So long as organizers continue scheduling tournaments during final exams, Raleigh Charter will only honor those that don't. Which means PACE. :) Of course, our stupid legislators could stop passing stupid laws mandating a late start date for the year so that we have to be in school after Memorial Da...
by rchschem
Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Personal Announcement
Replies: 16
Views: 6346

Hmmm...I noticed David Addison is Outstanding Young Public Servant. I suppose that's for all the crimes he solved with Maddie Hayes? I'd be a little suspicious of any organization that gives awards to "Moonlighting" characters. Congratulations on the job and thanks for helping midwife NC quiz bowl. ...
by rchschem
Thu Mar 30, 2006 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Influencing players' school schedules
Replies: 5
Views: 2731

No shame here. We push people into classes (to a degree--if they refuse, what can we do?) But, for example, we have no one in AP Euro next year, so we are "suggesting" ("Nice schedule. It would be shame if anything happened to it...") that some people take it. This is really more of a case of helpin...
by rchschem
Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation/Spelling
Replies: 19
Views: 8369

Phonetically similar sounds should be acceptable substitutes, in my opinion. However, "phonetically similar" becomes had to define. Should unsounded/sounded pairs be acceptable? (eg d and t) Or should we require that only a sounded be acceptable for a sounded and vice versa? Again, each case is dif...
by rchschem
Tue Mar 28, 2006 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation/Spelling
Replies: 19
Views: 8369

Well, NAQT couldn't even come up with a cool acronym, so they would hardly be the gould standard for spelling issues.

Eric
by rchschem
Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Solo
Replies: 25
Views: 9918

If we keep the rounds short, we could call it the Napoleon Solo tournament.

Say UNCLE!

Eric
by rchschem
Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation/Spelling
Replies: 19
Views: 8369

I always prompt for spelling if I'm not sure about someone's pronunciation. And I don't need correct spelling, just phonetically accurate enough to highlight the thing I'm looking for.

Eric
by rchschem
Tue Mar 28, 2006 12:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournaments With Good Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 5702

Raleigh Charter's questions are mostly student written; coaches write some and edit all. We also play test all of them to cull the ones we think are great but clank when read.

Eric
by rchschem
Mon Mar 27, 2006 8:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournaments With Good Questions
Replies: 14
Views: 5702

Not counting the ball-busting semis and finals from the spring 2005 set. :)

TJ's and Maggie Walker's sets are regular parts of our practice files. They are always excellent.

Eric
by rchschem
Sat Mar 25, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Red & White Bowl results
Replies: 15
Views: 5903

SQBS is coldly logical and knows nothing about A and B teams, team strengths, and so on. Should "random" mean "We didn't deliberately screw/reward any team in the pairings" or "We don't care who plays who from round to round?" I personally like the former. When I set up the pairings for the RTO, I u...
by rchschem
Thu Mar 23, 2006 7:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 North Carolina Open Academic State Tournament
Replies: 8
Views: 3357

Raleigh Charter will bring a JV, too.
by rchschem
Wed Mar 22, 2006 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26581

Trust but verify. In the rare occasions I read for my own team, I expect to be challenged by the gallery (not that I try to create cases where I should). It's my job to remain so transparently impartial that there's no chance of impropriety. I'd like to think I do so. If I were coaching I would subj...
by rchschem
Tue Mar 21, 2006 7:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Solo
Replies: 25
Views: 9918

I've got 9 or 10 interested. That's more than enough for me to put forth some effort. And they'll be itching for a match now that Duke is dead.

Eric
by rchschem
Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Solo
Replies: 25
Views: 9918

May is a great idea. I'll hit up the RCHS players to see what the interest is.

Eric
by rchschem
Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Solo
Replies: 25
Views: 9918

I'll help however I can--read, write, whaddevah.

Eric
by rchschem
Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Solo
Replies: 25
Views: 9918

It would be a gas. The problem is where? Travel is tough for a lot of teams. There is a big void between April 8 (state Science Olympiad) and April 29 (NCOAST), so there's time to do it.

Send out something on the NCATA listserv and see if anyone bites.

Eric
by rchschem
Sun Mar 19, 2006 12:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Red & White Bowl results
Replies: 15
Views: 5903

This was a well-run tournament with good readers all around who knew the rules. The facility was nice and quiet, and I think the question set was an appropriate level for the field of teams. The scores by and large, I think, reflected a nice balance between letting teams show some knowledge and offe...
by rchschem
Sat Mar 18, 2006 10:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Red & White Bowl results
Replies: 15
Views: 5903

by rchschem
Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Red & White Bowl results
Replies: 15
Views: 5903

My thinking exactly.

Though it did lead to a RCHS/Cary Academy double fantasy semifinal. The final was RCHS A 525, Cary B 40.

Eric
by rchschem
Wed Mar 15, 2006 3:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cell phone rules/policy
Replies: 16
Views: 6119

To clarify: I didn't mean to single out a student, but to use him as an example for a case that I had not seen addressed but is likely to show up again. This should obviously be addressed by TDs and coaches alike. There is backstory here which softens the case a bit, but I'm sure there is still dumb...
by rchschem
Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cell phone rules/policy
Replies: 16
Views: 6119

Illegal conferring seems to be the fair thing to do. Penalizing an entire team for one person's gross dumbassity is, as you have all said, too Draconian.
by rchschem
Wed Mar 15, 2006 11:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cell phone rules/policy
Replies: 16
Views: 6119

Cell phone rules/policy

Some tournaments specify no cell phones/pagers in a match. What's the penalty for this? Specifically, what would be an appropriate penatly for a player who answers his phone during a match and takes the call while playing? Is an automatic match forfeit too strong? This would be my feeling as TD and ...
by rchschem
Tue Mar 14, 2006 8:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RTO Results
Replies: 10
Views: 4116

Definitely. I'm happy to see more and more teams coming to more than one event (especially that we have so many events to offer now), even those teams which are not yet at that competitive level. I know when I was in Georgia never making .500 at a tournament, we kept going anyway. Eventually we went...
by rchschem
Mon Mar 13, 2006 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RTO Results
Replies: 10
Views: 4116

This is a different Cary Academy team than we have seen before. They are solid on QB fundamentals and have the moxie to come to tournaments even when they have no coach (available). This was (on paper--I never actually saw a match) one of the best all-around NC fields I have seen. Nobody limped in a...
by rchschem
Sun Mar 12, 2006 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RTO Results
Replies: 10
Views: 4116

RTO Results

1. Cary Academy (NC) 2. Cave Springs A (VA) 3/4. Chapel Hill/Terry Sanford A Cary Academy came from seemingly nowhere (they had not competed at any other NC events this year to my knowledge; last I heard of them they were eliminated in the first round of the state finals of PLQB last year) to domina...
by rchschem
Tue Feb 28, 2006 5:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Setting up matches - the better way?
Replies: 3
Views: 1868

Setting up matches - the better way?

Two possibilities: 1. Break into arbitrary divisions, play round robin within the division, then take the X best teams in both divisions to a playoff bracket, or... 2. Pseudo-random pairings from one big pool, starting with truly random pairings and then taking care not to matchup Certain High Schoo...
by rchschem
Mon Feb 27, 2006 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Belles Bowl--February 25, 2006 in Raleigh
Replies: 33
Views: 13311

It's still the same, to quote Bob Seger. Though there are apartments next to it again...curious.

Eric
by rchschem
Mon Feb 27, 2006 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Belles Bowl--February 25, 2006 in Raleigh
Replies: 33
Views: 13311

IHOP was packed. We split between Jade Garden and the Char-Grill. It's just as well--I wouldn't want them all falling asleep after carbo-loading. The IHOP's become a tradition on those long rides back from Virginia. I don't know about UNC plans for anyone. I know there are some Duke apps in that bun...
by rchschem
Sun Feb 26, 2006 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Belles Bowl--February 25, 2006 in Raleigh
Replies: 33
Views: 13311

The team that played the prelims consisted of one senior, typically our 4th "real" A member, another senior who is a typical B player, a junior who will be an A regular next year and a sophomore who will probably captain B next year with an eye toward two years hence. The player who came by in the a...
by rchschem
Fri Feb 17, 2006 7:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 320064

Heard at a recent tournament:

Q: This treaty ended the Spanish-American war.

A: The Camp David Accords. (given after carefully considering, and rejecting, the Treaty of Paris)

Eric
by rchschem
Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ridiculously hilarious protests/protest arguments
Replies: 56
Views: 22695

I was a local quiz show two years ago and buzzed in early on "This French author living in Algeria." During the commercial break I had to protest that Camus does not rhyme with Caboose, and yes my answer was correct... Picking on the "local NC quiz show" host's pronunciation...That's the low-hangin...
by rchschem
Sun Feb 05, 2006 9:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Robinson (NC) Invitational - February 4
Replies: 13
Views: 4923

Two sophomores, one freshman, and a junior who's only been with us for about 2 months. Raleigh Charter of the future. Something like 75% of our players were at the Science Olympiad regionals Saturday. I really felt it was important to send a team out west since so many teams from that way come to th...
by rchschem
Mon Jan 16, 2006 8:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 Jefferson Invitational Academic Tournament - January 14
Replies: 21
Views: 12255

Nice tournament. We'll study our English counties and Indian capitals next time. :roll:

Congrats to State College--I watched them play twice (didn't see the finals) and was duly impressed.

Eric
by rchschem
Fri Jan 13, 2006 8:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bringing In Girls....
Replies: 66
Views: 34126

When our top girl was a freshman and competing on the local TV quiz show for high schoolers, she punched the team captain in the chest to keep him from giving a wrong answer after he and the other male player ignored her correct one. On camera. We've had girls who ran the gamut from aggressive to ti...
by rchschem
Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Science League?
Replies: 0
Views: 1711

National Science League?

Anyone have any dealings with this thing? There are related contests sponsored by some outfit called the Continental Math League (I imagine a bunch of mathematicians in tights and capes). Their website and literature provides virtually no information. It sounds like spam.

Eric
by rchschem
Sat Dec 31, 2005 10:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hosed or not hosed...
Replies: 51
Views: 23300

Further, as I've said, whether someone waits until a question uniquely specifies its answer to buzz or not depends on the strategy they pursue. If a player knows that a certain clue will dictate a certain answer 90% of the time (pick whichever you like: "Danish astronomer," "Dutch-Jewish lensgrinde...
by rchschem
Fri Dec 30, 2005 9:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hosed or not hosed...
Replies: 51
Views: 23300

But the player here buzzed after the end of reading of two song titles. He may be knowledgeable about a lot with respect to those song titles. My point is that in this case, even if you happen to be Ira Gershwin's biographer, that there are a lot of directions in which the rest of the question can g...
by rchschem
Thu Dec 29, 2005 1:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hosed or not hosed...
Replies: 51
Views: 23300

Isn't it also true that buzzing early does require the buzzer to take some risk? If you're sure of the answer, then there's no problem unless the question is deliberately misleading. I don't think this question is. I think it asks a legitimate question and doesn't give a listener a nudge either way ...
by rchschem
Mon Dec 26, 2005 3:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Home school teams
Replies: 32
Views: 16021

Charter schools in NC have no such selectivity, except in that the population of applicants tends to be self-selective. Admission is by blind lottery. The NC School of Science and Math, a selective school, does take regular part in NC quiz bowl events. I wouldn't have a problem with competing agains...
by rchschem
Sun Dec 11, 2005 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Right Triangle Open - March 11, 2006
Replies: 1
Views: 1265

On-line registration is working now even though it might not seem so. You will get a confirmation screen and you will receive a confirmation email from the TD though it might not be right away.
by rchschem
Fri Dec 09, 2005 10:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 PACE NSC info thread
Replies: 93
Views: 40289

NCSSM has a very nice distance learning/teleconference facility...

Eric