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by rchschem
Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KMO Results Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 14274

Raleigh Charter had 1728. It's so painful to watch the kids talk themselves out of right answers. You do learn a lot about your team by watching those kids who swear up and down they KNOW they are right and then aren't. I know of at least 3 questions we tanked on because of that. Oh--but the "EULA" ...
by rchschem
Wed Nov 30, 2005 8:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Best Powers
Replies: 161
Views: 69904

From Brookwood:

"It originated in Massillon..."

Coxey's Army

(player afterward: "It's the only thing that ever happened in Massillon!" note--He has never been there, AFAIK. Massillon may be a perfectly nice town with lots to offer.)

Eric
by rchschem
Mon Nov 14, 2005 2:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches' Corner
Replies: 90
Views: 43942

We follow the same eligibility rules, regarding grades, as all of our other sports teams. I consider QB a "sport" in terms of practice time and competition time. Of course, we don't have to enforce this often but I did have to kick somebody off the team 2 years ago.

Eric
by rchschem
Sun Nov 13, 2005 8:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Right Triangle Open - March 11, 2006
Replies: 1
Views: 1257

Right Triangle Open - March 11, 2006

Raleigh Charter High School will be hosting the 3rd Right Triangle Open (motto: "Be There or C^2-A-^2"). You may begin reserving your spots as soon as you like. On-line registration will be available beginning December 3 at http://www.raleighcharterhs.org/RTO Tournament information will also be avai...
by rchschem
Sun Nov 13, 2005 2:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319741

Something about "this naval battle" and the quote "You may fire when ready, Gridley"...

<buzz>Waterloo.

Eric
by rchschem
Sun Nov 13, 2005 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Preliminary Announcement: Trefoil Tournament (18 Feb. 2006)
Replies: 4
Views: 1748

But, man, those Samoas are a surly bunch.

Eric
by rchschem
Fri Nov 04, 2005 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Duke Academic Festival (tentative date)
Replies: 11
Views: 3523

What a problem to have. Did we ever think we would have too many events going on in NC at the same time?
by rchschem
Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32169

The amazing thing about it is that it runs like a German train. Mr. Barry has quite an infrastructure in place.
by rchschem
Wed Nov 02, 2005 7:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32169

Raleigh Charter will be at Brookwood; I think we are in the position of being one of the few teams to put a toe in both the DC and SE pools. It will be interesting to compare the competition.

Eric
by rchschem
Sun Oct 30, 2005 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 5th Annual Tar Heel Cup
Replies: 13
Views: 5852

If you bought the questions, wait until you read the semifinal round before you say the rest of the tournament was hard. Final score: RCHS B beat Walter Williams 55-40. This set was one of the most obscure I have EVER heard. Totally inappropriate for a high school match--those Marylanders should be ...
by rchschem
Fri Sep 30, 2005 9:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT JIAT 2005 Official Announcement--Live updates!
Replies: 20
Views: 10170

That's very kind. We do hope to improve on our 3rd place finish last year.

Eric Grunden
Raleigh Charter Coach
by rchschem
Thu Sep 15, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches' Corner
Replies: 90
Views: 43942

At Raleigh Charter we do most of those things in one way or another: 1. Practices are usually round play. We split teams up by age/ability so as not to scare off the young un's, then rearrange as people demonstrate skill. 2. Sometimes we have teachers come in to do presentations on subjects, sometim...
by rchschem
Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Do you like Grammar?
Replies: 30
Views: 15963

No.
by rchschem
Fri Jul 29, 2005 10:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32169

Mr. E. T. Chuck, The problem for the Shanghai school and attending PACE is that the team nd its former coach (me!) is that your web site is blocked by the Chinese government! I, for one, am looking forward to attending the world's most subversive quiz bowl tournament next June. Raleigh Charter love...
by rchschem
Thu Jun 02, 2005 9:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319741

cvdwightw wrote:Wrong: Jennifer Garner
Right: Henrietta Leavitt
Boy, would I like to know how that question started...

Eric
by rchschem
Wed Jun 01, 2005 7:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic
Replies: 96
Views: 48084

That's what's always happened, regardless of what the rest of the state might think. A few coaches have talked about an all-star team the past couple of years, but NCSSM appears to be able to want to go enough to raise the money. Perhaps we'll get enough interest to try an all-star group next year. ...
by rchschem
Tue May 31, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic
Replies: 96
Views: 48084

No one from Raleigh Charter is on the North Carolina team, if that means anything to anyone.

Eric
by rchschem
Mon Apr 11, 2005 8:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to pry results out of tournament directors?
Replies: 10
Views: 4620

Well, speaking as one of those TDs, you might ask. As far as I know I'm the only person who's asked for results on NCATA thus far this year. That being said, RTO results should be in your hands by now. As for the rest of NC, I don't think that most coaches are at a point with their teams when real d...
by rchschem
Sat Apr 02, 2005 9:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Switching A and B Teams
Replies: 27
Views: 14150

The order of the day is good faith. My B team has occasionally beaten my A team in tournament finals, but both teams know who the better group is on balance. As a TD myself I would only raise an eyebrow if there was a deliberate attempt to deceive, as evidenced by a ridiculuous outperforming of the ...
by rchschem
Sun Feb 20, 2005 10:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Duke Academic Festival 2005
Replies: 24
Views: 13112

Certainly it's possible for us to consider moving the tournament into January. I'd personally want to avoid March since apparently basketball tournament time makes students very crazy (or maybe that's just midterms). I've been trying for 3 years to get the Wake County Public Library to move their r...
by rchschem
Sun Feb 20, 2005 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Duke Academic Festival 2005
Replies: 24
Views: 13112

Raleigh Charter was at 75%; our russian lit expert was out. They still shouldn't have missed that Master and Margarita question, especially when we've missed it in competition a number of times before and one of our coaches has a degree in Russian Lit. No excuses, though--a beatin's a beatin'. It's ...
by rchschem
Sun Jan 16, 2005 2:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: TJIAT 2005 Results
Replies: 7
Views: 5840

Considering our final two round wins required last question saves, I would, were I a neutral observer, find it hard to discriminate who the better team was in that final match. (does that make sense?) No matter how you look at it, the final round was bloodbath. We didn't convert a bonus between ques...
by rchschem
Fri Dec 17, 2004 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XII
Replies: 8
Views: 4983

Stats soon? (Drool) Or at least, the brackets? I'd like to know how the matches went on TJ A's side.

Eric
by rchschem
Thu Dec 16, 2004 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 319741

(some stuff about the oldest mail server on the internet), followed by the line, "but the constellation..."

<buzz> "Netscape?"

(correct: Pegasus)

I suppose Netscape could have been a constellation; it did have that little comet up in the right hand corner a while back...
by rchschem
Mon Dec 13, 2004 1:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: another bounceback debate
Replies: 32
Views: 17871

We play BBs in our tournament, both on pyramids and directed category questions, and both times we've run the thing it has finished early. I haven't noticed in the other tournaments I've been to that it really added a lot of time to the tournament. I would think that if bouncebacks add 10 minutes pe...
by rchschem
Sun Dec 12, 2004 1:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GSAC XII
Replies: 8
Views: 4983

I consider hanging 100 points on TJ A to be a moral victory. Nice job!
by rchschem
Thu Dec 09, 2004 9:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Knowledge Masters Open
Replies: 19
Views: 10961

Raleigh Charter: 1747
by rchschem
Sun Dec 05, 2004 10:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Seeding Procedures
Replies: 7
Views: 4134

I'm not sure it would even be possible to do a national ranking.
I wrote that as I was thinking about 12-0 Auburn getting hosed out of a shot at the BCS title.

Eric
by rchschem
Sun Dec 05, 2004 12:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Seeding Procedures
Replies: 7
Views: 4134

As a player and coach I love the Swiss pair format, and someday I hope to run a tournament large enough to implement it. The Right Triangle Open has only drawn round robin audiences thus far. I understand the "fairness" of the blind draw system, but randomness always introduces random problems, and ...
by rchschem
Sun Dec 05, 2004 11:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Latest news article in NC
Replies: 12
Views: 6081

Hey man I wasn't slamming your school or anything. Noted. Thank you. I know nothing really about the state of Alabama quiz bowl, but I think your point applies to a more general audience, too. It's up to us as coaches and players demonstrating leadership to promote quiz bowl as an introduction to d...
by rchschem
Sat Dec 04, 2004 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Latest news article in NC
Replies: 12
Views: 6081

That, to me at least, represents the evils of quiz bowl. The whole "let me run lists on everything without having any knowledge of the work whatsoever." Unfortunately, this article also represents the evils of print journalism. What we do and how we do it was misrepresented, as was the fabricated K...
by rchschem
Thu Nov 18, 2004 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl Economics
Replies: 8
Views: 4962

I wonder about this too, when I see poorly run tournaments using error-ridden questions read by bad readers charging (on the order of) $75 per team. Some of these prices have become ridiculous. I know it's whatever the market will bear, and I still pay these exorbitant fees because I want my players...
by rchschem
Tue Nov 16, 2004 9:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sandbagging
Replies: 22
Views: 13183

If you see a team play at enough matches and get to know them a bit, you get to know who their aces are. When one week they show up as the A team and one week as B, it's obvious. How would a tournament official know? Probably the same way, although it would admittedly be less likely that he or she w...
by rchschem
Mon Nov 15, 2004 12:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sandbagging
Replies: 22
Views: 13183

TA (tournament administrator), although team advisor would work. Sandbagging is when you intentionally put your better players on your B team so that they have a better chance of making the tournament in those formats where TAs (ibid) try to match A's against A's and B's against B's for fairness' sa...
by rchschem
Mon Nov 15, 2004 9:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sandbagging
Replies: 22
Views: 13183

Sandbagging

How many TAs actively punish sandbagging? The only time I have ever heard this actively threatened is at Brookwood. I am aware of some teams who currently practice this and was just wondering what the general population felt, or how this is handled in different parts of the country. Eric Raleigh Cha...
by rchschem
Sat Nov 13, 2004 9:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tar Heel Cup results
Replies: 1
Views: 1951

Tar Heel Cup results

Raleigh Charter A defeated Raleigh Charter B in the finals of the Tar Heel Cup. Walter Williams A played Chapel Hill A in an unofficial consolation round but I don't know who won that.
by rchschem
Fri Nov 12, 2004 2:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Brookwood Invitational Scholars Bowl
Replies: 9
Views: 5800

Who from NC is registered?
by rchschem
Tue Nov 02, 2004 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Duke High School Celebrity Shootout - Brief Results
Replies: 3
Views: 2654

Isn't the grade level average higher for the CWRU set? Just wondering. I know we brought a lot of freshmen and sophomores.

Eric
by rchschem
Wed Oct 13, 2004 10:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Contact Information
Replies: 4
Views: 3302

Contact info

Raleigh Charter contact info:

1111 Haynes Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

[email protected]
by rchschem
Mon Oct 11, 2004 12:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pernicious NAQT Nationals Site Rumors Thread!
Replies: 17
Views: 9639

The rumor was 57% right.
by rchschem
Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tar Heel Cup - UNC Chapel Hill 11/13
Replies: 0
Views: 1591

Tar Heel Cup - UNC Chapel Hill 11/13

The 4th annual Tar Heel Cup will be held at UNC-Chapel Hill on November 13. This is a straight toss-up/bonus nonaffiliated tournament hosted by the UNC College Bowl club.

contact TD Ben Dodson at [email protected] For more info.
by rchschem
Sun Oct 03, 2004 9:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Walton Worksheet - Rappers?!
Replies: 43
Views: 26680

Wait:

Chuck D is the coach and you have difficulty with the rap category?

:D
by rchschem
Tue Sep 14, 2004 8:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improbable but Correct Answers
Replies: 5
Views: 4839

So maybe it's no so improbable, but think of the degrees of freedom: The question was about the 12 Imams, and included the words "12" "original" and "imams". My team buzzes in for the trash pickup at the end: <buzz> The Imams? <mod> Can you be more specific? <player>The 12 Imams? <mod>More specific?...
by rchschem
Thu Aug 19, 2004 7:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Right Triangle Open - information
Replies: 0
Views: 1671

Right Triangle Open - information

A number of people have asked me about the tournament since I announced the rescheduling. It is listed in the tournament calendar, but here's a brief: 4-part matches: Part I - a category round with directed questions, consultation allowed (one q to each team, then one tossup) Part II - Lightning - +...
by rchschem
Thu Aug 12, 2004 7:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Knowledge v. guessing
Replies: 18
Views: 10128

Axioms

While it is often better to be lucky than good, one thing we do not see in our pantheon of nationally respected teams is players whose knowledge stops at Tycho Brahe (for example). Having been beaten by some really good teams in my life, I know that I would rather have players who know more but are ...
by rchschem
Mon Aug 09, 2004 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Knowledge v. guessing
Replies: 18
Views: 10128

And obscurity somehow negates their contributions? If I were writing questions (which I do), I would ask about Hertzsprung by himself just to keep from hearing another damn Tycho Brahe question. Roemer would be a great way to start a pyramid about c. I only meant to comment on the arrogance of a sta...
by rchschem
Sat Aug 07, 2004 9:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Knowledge v. guessing
Replies: 18
Views: 10128

I know this one! I know this one!

While there was "only one" Danish astronomer
Ejnar Hertzsprung, right?

Oh.
by rchschem
Fri Aug 06, 2004 9:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Right Triangle Open - rescheduled
Replies: 0
Views: 1867

Right Triangle Open - rescheduled

That 10/2 weekend is gettin' busy, so the RTO has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 23.

I can just smell the mole questions now...
by rchschem
Mon Jun 14, 2004 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pace Nationals Results
Replies: 62
Views: 44663

But, I don't think we ever asked a question whose sole factual information was statistical mechanics. Lead-ins, definitely (I've written a few of them myself), but the give-aways are always based in classical thermodynamics. You didn't. And I thought the questions were well-written--no matter how o...
by rchschem
Mon Jun 14, 2004 10:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pace Nationals Results
Replies: 62
Views: 44663

Raleigh Charter thanks the PACE staff and players for showing us a good time. We look forward to coming back next year. My players learned a lot by seeing truly great teams and great people play some good quiz bowl. Maybe next year there will be a little less statistical thermodynamics in the scienc...