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by David Riley
Thu May 24, 2012 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NAC
Replies: 189
Views: 51215

Re: 2012 NAC

Unfortunately, I think most of Indiana is :chip: country, despite the efforts of Phil Blessman and others.
by David Riley
Sat May 12, 2012 4:04 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Newsletter
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

Re: Newsletter

FYI: Panasonic (more recently the National Tournament for Academic Excellence) is pretty much defunct. Once long-time director Peggy Harrod retired and Panasonic withdrew its sponsorship, it went into decline and hasn't happened for several years. They had a policy of one team per state or territory...
by David Riley
Sat May 12, 2012 1:33 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Newsletter
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

Re: Newsletter

How about writers? Who writes for you? Do you solicit articles from people, or is there a group that is responsible for putting them out? Both; articles are solicited and members of the association write them as well. Check out the recent issues that are posted and you'll get an idea, contributors'...
by David Riley
Sat May 12, 2012 9:18 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Newsletter
Replies: 10
Views: 2992

Re: Newsletter

If you can maintain it, go for it. Our coaches' association in Illinois publishes a quarterly newsletter ( Scholastic Visions; back issues may be found at http://www.ihssbca.org. Good luck!

EDIT: Fixed. Sorry about that.
by David Riley
Tue May 08, 2012 4:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl
Replies: 55
Views: 14050

Re: Metro areas without enough good high school quizbowl

Just curious...given their stature in college quizbowl, has Brown tried any outreach with the Providence area?
by David Riley
Wed May 02, 2012 9:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Competition Parents
Replies: 6
Views: 1622

Re: Competition Parents

Another thing: Daniel in another thread mentioned a problem with "entourages". If the rooms are of a size that cannot handle a crowd, then the TD needs to announce well ahead of time something along the lines of "maximum six players per team" or some such. I think the problem with entourages goes ha...
by David Riley
Thu Apr 05, 2012 12:26 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How do you keep newer players involved?
Replies: 37
Views: 13508

Re: How do you keep newer players involved?

Coach Rutsky:

1) I concur. 35? How DO you do it?

2) Re your wife: sounds like we need to start an Alabama chapter of "Spouses who think I spend way too much time with this". We've had one in Illinois for years :grin:
by David Riley
Thu Mar 29, 2012 4:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 NASAT: June 16-17 at Ohio State
Replies: 112
Views: 34805

Re: 2012 NASAT: June 16-17 at Ohio State

Any updates?
by David Riley
Fri Mar 23, 2012 8:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '11-'12
Replies: 211
Views: 40725

Re: IHSA

Thanks for posting, Ned, but All-State is independent of IHSA. Just saying.
by David Riley
Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Art of the Cold Call: Contacting High School Teams
Replies: 15
Views: 3521

Re: The Art of the Cold Call: Contacting High School Teams

If you do blind invites via snail mail, be sure to address them to the "Quiz Bowl Coach" or "Academic Team Coach". if you send it c/o the school only then it will probably get buried on someone's desk. I'm assuming that you're hosting high school level tournaments.
by David Riley
Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA
Replies: 125
Views: 27433

Re: IHSA

Good luck to everyone tomorrow!
by David Riley
Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fond Farewell IV
Replies: 4
Views: 2152

Fond Farewell IV

With the advent of the IHSA State Series, we come to the end of our regular season. Thus, it’s time to bid a formal farewell to our graduating seniors who have contributed so much to our activity. Feel free to add anyone I missed (my apologies). Obviously, the better I know them, the longer my testi...
by David Riley
Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:36 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Jr. Wildcat III at Northwestern (3/3/12)
Replies: 35
Views: 14435

Re: Jr. Wildcat III at Northwestern (3/3/12)

To piggyback on what Mike and Jeff said, this was a very enjoyable tournament to moderate and I wasn't the least bit tired when I went home for the day. I will also add that in my rooms, I didn't hear any griping/whining/complaining about no bouncebacks or no timeouts all day, which was very refresh...
by David Riley
Thu Mar 01, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA
Replies: 125
Views: 27433

Re: IHSA

I was just kidding :smile:
by David Riley
Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA
Replies: 125
Views: 27433

Re: IHSA

Krusty the Clown: (sobbing) Is it a crime to bet on sporting events?
Judge: YES IT IS!
Krusty the Clown: Oh . . .
by David Riley
Thu Mar 01, 2012 2:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship at Northwestern (5/19/12)
Replies: 52
Views: 22139

Re: Midwest Championship at Northwestern (5/19/12)

Make that statement to your family and other relations and gauge their reaction :grin:
by David Riley
Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Northern New Jersey
Replies: 11
Views: 2224

Re: Northern New Jersey

In Illinois, we used to take 6 to Panasonic, then we started to take just the minimum number, 4 when we went to NASAT's first tournament. Someone always asks "What if someone gets sick?" but like the runner-up becoming Miss America, that rarely happens (and hasn't, thus far with Illinois' teams at N...
by David Riley
Sun Feb 26, 2012 4:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT State
Replies: 11
Views: 1736

Re: NAQT State

Good point. We probably need to choose the date early and then heavily publicize it, making it something to look forward to. It should probably be before the IHSA State Tournament, since most teams in the state look at that as their last hurrah for the season.
by David Riley
Sun Feb 26, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT State
Replies: 11
Views: 1736

Re: NAQT State

Yes, but will they be available on the date we choose?
by David Riley
Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT State
Replies: 11
Views: 1736

Re: NAQT State

I agree with much that has been said here. To add: I agree we might want to think of a small school trophy in addition to any small school label we might use to attract teams [and the IHSSBCA should foot the bill for a big honkin' trophy!]. As far as expanding the number of teams, are we going to be...
by David Riley
Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics
Replies: 61
Views: 9517

Re: Masonics

Welcome to the boards, Shreyas! Don't worry too much about pronunciations, though.....I was once conversing with a friend of mine who is otherwise very intelligent (reads about 60 books a year and regularly attends symphony and opera even though he has a wife and three young children) yet he pronoun...
by David Riley
Sun Feb 19, 2012 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics
Replies: 61
Views: 9517

Re: Masonics

Welcome to the boards, Tim!
by David Riley
Sun Feb 19, 2012 12:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masonics
Replies: 61
Views: 9517

Re: Masonics

This bonus format is similar to what was used at the old Richards tournament, but I think Reinstein can explain it better than I can (though I'll try). I think it was done to give low scoring teams a chance.
by David Riley
Tue Feb 14, 2012 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League - Round 6
Replies: 47
Views: 12952

Re: Online Skype Practice League - Round 6

Welcome to the boards, Ian!
by David Riley
Mon Feb 13, 2012 8:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '11-'12
Replies: 211
Views: 40725

Re: Illinois '11-'12

Congrats to all of you! :party: :party: :party:
by David Riley
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: International Update
Replies: 4
Views: 1253

Re: International Update

Congratulations! :party:
by David Riley
Sat Feb 11, 2012 8:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: International Update
Replies: 4
Views: 1253

Re: International Update

Congratulations!
by David Riley
Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA
Replies: 125
Views: 27433

Re: IHSA

As I said upthread, playing well is the best revenge, but Jeff does have a point re comp math. :sad:
by David Riley
Thu Feb 09, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA
Replies: 125
Views: 27433

Re: IHSA

it's unfortunate, but under the circumstances, playing well (at Regionals and Sectionals) is the best revenge.
by David Riley
Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSA
Replies: 125
Views: 27433

Re: IHSA

Aaron beat me to it . . .
by David Riley
Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Highest PP20TUH in a high school game
Replies: 11
Views: 3073

Re: Highest PP20TUH in a high school game

Dicta = Da Coach? :grin:
by David Riley
Fri Feb 03, 2012 11:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Overload
Replies: 33
Views: 5269

Re: Tournament Overload

As I responded to David Reinstein (since I will unfortunately be unable to attend the meeting), we have always been told by downstate teams that they can't play tournaments prior to December because of either basketball or deer-hunting season (I'm not joking!). Downstaters, is this true, or is it a ...
by David Riley
Sun Jan 29, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sunday tournaments
Replies: 16
Views: 4122

Re: Sunday tournaments

But Charlie, Anglicans and Lutherans aren't Protestants, they're alternative Catholics :grin:
by David Riley
Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Overload
Replies: 33
Views: 5269

Re: Tournament Overload

*LONG POST* Okay, since I opened up this can of worms, I'll continue the discussion. Note that there is a similar discussion going on in the DC area thread, so we're not alone! 1. Fun vs. competition -- I agree that we need to make quiz bowl more fun for freshmen/newcomers. I don't think that the wa...
by David Riley
Fri Jan 27, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournament Overload
Replies: 33
Views: 5269

Tournament Overload

Several of us have been on Facebook recently, discussing: do we have too many tournaments in Illinois (I am referring to tournaments on good questions, defined as NAQT, HSAPQ, and mirrors of acknowledged housewrites)? Are people getting burned out? Are experienced moderators at a premium? Discuss he...
by David Riley
Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship
Replies: 30
Views: 5043

Re: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship

Mark, I disagree with your statement that "top teams are self-ordained". Teams that work toward becoming one of the top teams are eventually recognized by the community at large (few people had heard of Lisle a few years ago, and Keith Country Day established themselves pretty quickly). I'll admit t...
by David Riley
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sunday tournaments
Replies: 16
Views: 4122

Re: Sunday tournaments

I raised this issue in Illinois about ten years ago and got a resounding "NO!" but it could certainly be revisited. I think those that would prefer it might prefer a two-day tournament rather than a separate Sunday tournament. In Illinois, our schedule is pretty full already and many people already ...
by David Riley
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:25 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Motivating Teammates
Replies: 6
Views: 3380

Re: Motivating Teammates

Patrick and David offer some good advice. What state are you in? Let us know and we can point you to some key people who might be able to help. I would also like to address Patrick's point #2. Finding a sponsor can be difficult in terms of one who will work closely with the team. Many teachers do no...
by David Riley
Sun Jan 22, 2012 6:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL) - 1/21/12
Replies: 71
Views: 23979

Re: Loyola Ultima (Wilmette, IL) - 1/21/12

Bobby, as always it was fun to read for you guys and so many other competitive teams. I'd also like to thank Matt for running a great tournament. Congrats to IMSA for their well-deserved win!
by David Riley
Thu Jan 19, 2012 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship
Replies: 30
Views: 5043

Re: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship

Now hey, in all fairness, I always put the Mason-Dixon line at I-72, not I-80 like most of us northern folk. :grin:
by David Riley
Wed Jan 18, 2012 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship
Replies: 30
Views: 5043

Re: A Hypothetical Illinois State Championship

Donald has a point. When I used to host NAQT State, the only teams remotely interested in NAQT questions for the most part were north of the Illinois Mason-Dixon line ( :grin: ). But we have come a long way; as Donald points out, more and more teams from central and southern Illinois have embraced g...
by David Riley
Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here
Replies: 31
Views: 6119

Re: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here

Yes, Greg, that was me....and with two Christian schools as the opposing teams! :oops:
by David Riley
Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Outreach Tactic: Phone Calls
Replies: 6
Views: 1756

Re: Outreach Tactic: Phone Calls

When contacting principals, I would definitely recommend phone calls rather than emails, and certainly rather than formal snail mail, which has a tendency to get buried on the principal's desk. Another idea is to find the name of and contact the activities director, if there is one.
by David Riley
Fri Jan 13, 2012 8:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here
Replies: 31
Views: 6119

Re: What do you do about bad readers at tournaments?

About twenty=odd years ago, a question in art history had the clues shells, curlicues, etc. The student answered "rococo", to which the moderator replied "Well I'll accept that, but down here we say "baroque".
by David Riley
Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here
Replies: 31
Views: 6119

Re: What do you do about bad readers at tournaments?

My favorite (the Illinois people have all heard this story) was about 15 years ago at a state qualifier: The untrained moderator first pronounces the word "matrices" as "mattresses". Both teams howled and the moderator got very defensive. I called a time out and asked my team to cut her some slack a...
by David Riley
Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Jr. Wildcat III at Northwestern (3/3/12)
Replies: 35
Views: 14435

Re: Jr. Wildcat III at Northwestern (3/3/12)

Not sure if I told you in our email exchange, but I can probably staff this tournament as well.
by David Riley
Mon Jan 09, 2012 1:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving SoCal's Circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 2131

Re: Improving SoCal's Circuit

I don't have a contact there, but at one time the state of Washington would have reps from academic competitions meet and work out a calendar together....perhaps Southern California could try something similar?
by David Riley
Sun Jan 08, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '11-'12
Replies: 211
Views: 40725

Re: Illinois '11-'12

That's good to hear....seems like things are looking up! :smile: