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by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)
Replies: 30
Views: 14742

Re: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)

One more tiny note on PHSAT: I was a shame that no book awards were given out. I think that book awards are a great tradition that should be upheld. I'm guessing that if anyone had stopped by the Princeton U library and asked for some used books, they would have gladly provided...... If you did, and...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Sep 28, 2014 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)
Replies: 30
Views: 14742

Re: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)

For some reason, I doubt that Yale hosting a tournament 150 miles away is a major reason why Princeton had 14 less teams at their tournament than in 1997. For Bethlehem it would seem a toss up on which to go to. However, They used an "A" set which is what our local Master Minds League uses, so we c...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 29835

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I was talking to my brother a few weeks ago about this topic. He is a scientist who has nothing at all to do with Quiz Bowl. The first thing he said was that the Name " Quiz Bowl" is bad. It makes it seem like Trivia, and not academic at all. He felt that the name could not be worse. Quiz is bad on ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 23254

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I was talking to my brother a few weeks ago about this topic. He is a scientist who has nothing at all to do with Quiz Bowl. The first thing he said was that the Name " Quiz Bowl" is bad. It makes it seem like Trivia, and not academic at all. He felt that the name could not be worse. Quiz is bad on ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 38112

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

So,

After PHSAT, Its safe to say that Bethlehem caught a few of you by surprise.....
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Sep 02, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)
Replies: 30
Views: 14742

Re: PHSAT XXII-Princeton, NJ (9/27/2014)

Bethlehem Central High School would like to attend. I have signed us up in the Google form. Thanks!
by Mark Wolfsberg
Thu May 01, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 11068

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread

Dave asked for legitimate feedback.

I think we've pretty much killed the sports thing. If I concede that you have won, can we just table it so people can give valuable feedback on the questions used at NHBB & USGO

thanks
by Mark Wolfsberg
Thu May 01, 2014 9:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbowl?
Replies: 18
Views: 6630

Re: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbo

Scott,

Thank you for all of the info. I will be working with the schools to see if we can get facilities and a date.
And, I will be working with parents to make sure they are on-board with supporting an effort.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Thu May 01, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 11068

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread

Addendum, because it's the second time I've seen you mention this: there are no "scholarships" (athletic, academic, or otherwise) at Ivy League schools. There is only need-based financial aid. That's one of the defining characteristics of the league. I did misspeak. There are no athletic or merit s...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 11068

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread

Well, I mean they have to be in the packet somewhere--if you win by 10 points, any question in the game is significant. This was a sudden death situation. But, it's whatever question comes next. Perhaps it would be best if the Sports stuff came earlier. Also regards the question. The answer is not ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 8:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 11068

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread

In my opinion, Pop culture and Sports are as much parts of history than Henry of Navarre is. Obviously sports etc. are not the main focus of the competition but rewarding people with current cultural literacy I feel is necessary, especially when a good amount of the tournament's questions are not r...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread
Replies: 33
Views: 11068

Re: NHBB & USGO Nationals Set Thread

I really enjoyed the tournament and I thought the questions were very good. My single complaint, and I am not sure anything can be done about it is that the JV semis came down to three people each with 5 points. Eric, Chandler & Dan. The Idea was the first two to get one correct advance. All good. D...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Apr 29, 2014 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbowl?
Replies: 18
Views: 6630

Re: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbo

Note the change in my signature. Just for clarification
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbowl?
Replies: 18
Views: 6630

Re: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbo

Bethlehem (NY) participates in History Bowl because Dave Madden came to the region and actively promoted the game. They also actively promote a MS game. The costs for playing in a NHBB regional are a fraction of the cost of playing in quiz bowls. The fact that Masterminds charges a $698 entry fee f...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Apr 28, 2014 8:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbowl?
Replies: 18
Views: 6630

Re: How successful has NHBB been at promoting regular quizbo

Some places where there is now History Bowl events and no good HS QB events (to my knowledge) include: eastern Washigton, Wyoming, Nebraska, Central Florida, western Tennessee, Hawaii, and northern Idaho (until this year Portland, OR was in this list and I'm very optimistic that some of these areas...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masterminds NY
Replies: 10
Views: 6346

Re: Masterminds NY

Bethlehem A and Ithaca A are the class of upstate New York this year -.................................. Bethlehem-Ithaca is going to be a great upstate rivalry over the next couple of years, as Bethlehem's top 2 players and Ithaca's top player are underclassmen (2 sophomores - Eric Wolfsberg and B...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masterminds NY
Replies: 10
Views: 6346

Masterminds NY

I thought I throw up a topic about Masterminds in Upstate NY. There are 20 Varsity Leagues containing 119 schools spread across Albany, Rochester, Buffalo & Syracuse. Along with JV counterparts. Across Upstate, they just started the multipart Regional Playoffs with a state tournament for the winners...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Apr 22, 2014 5:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 88614

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

urnament that goes beyond 5 vs 5 isn't really able to have a difficulty adjustment determined for it, since an adjustment depends on comparing it vs an IS performance (with 4 or 5 players per team). Fred, I am not asking you to rank them based on this. I agree that you would have no integrity if yo...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Apr 21, 2014 9:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 88614

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

Fred, I get that, but I am more interested in what you think the adjustment( for the hardness of the question sets they use ) would be. Also in the playoffs they seem to go with the core players, so that may be more interesting to you. If you'd like I can send you the results or point you at them af...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 88614

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

I was looking at the Morlan ranking system and noticed that he makes adjustments for different question sets. What would the adjustment be for the ,NAQT produced, questions read for NYS Master Mind Leagues ? I was curious to see if it really works out. My Kid's team actually got ranked based on 19.8...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Thu Apr 17, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Role of a Moderator
Replies: 41
Views: 10291

Re: The Role of a Moderator

This discussion makes me wonder; Since Pseudonyms seem to be for people playing outside the confines of their school's administration, Do the rules require all members of a team to be from the same school? Could, for instance, a player from Bethlehem team up with a player from Ithaca and play in a N...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Thu Apr 17, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Field Set for 2014 National History Bowl / Updated Seeds
Replies: 19
Views: 6019

Re: Field Set for 2014 National History Bowl / Updated Seeds

I discussed this with my son who is going to his 3rd NHBB in 8 days and will have 2 more NHBBs before he graduates. Speaking as a coach, it seems that the best way to make sure you can crown a champion in a fair manner is to not run 4+ competitions in one weekend so you can spend the time you need t...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Role of a Moderator
Replies: 41
Views: 10291

Re: The Role of a Moderator

Also I am left wondering what happened to the losing team. Why do they get a pass that #Cash-Crew did not. I don't think anyone got a pass. The last time I looked at the stats, both teams showed forfeit. If you're asking about the discussion here, no one from the other school has bothered to enter ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Apr 14, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Role of a Moderator
Replies: 41
Views: 10291

Re: The Role of a Moderator

I pulled into reading this entire discussion. Entertaining.... What a soap opera :) While I agree that pseudonyms are not relevant to the situation, I will say that I don't like them for the following reasons: 1. Unless they are accompanied by a description of who the team actually is, they prevent ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 39106

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

It might be worth mentioning that the field for HSNCT is "full" when you count reservations for state championship qualifiers, and the waitlist already has 26 teams. Well that sort of fixes my problem. Eric told me he did not want to go to it anyway, and I doubt the others would want to go if he di...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sat Mar 29, 2014 11:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 39106

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

I feel fairly good about the HS's chances of winning the NYS Masterminds tournament. I am not sure if that qualifies them for anything else.... Masterminds is a qualifier for NAQT HSNCT (and I suspect that Bethlehem's Prison Bowl performance would have a good case for a wildcard). Interestingly, it...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 39106

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

there are always a decent amount of tournaments held in the tri-state area, and an unfortunately low amount of tournaments held in upstate NY. . I feel like we should host a tournament. I could probably do a decent job of marketing it in the Capital District and surrounding areas, but I have only e...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 39106

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

This sounds very cool ! I've sent out a note to all the Bethlehem folks to see what level of interest we have. I hope I can bring a van load of players.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Solo Tournament - Victor, NY (5/17/2014)
Replies: 4
Views: 2787

Re: BrainBusters Solo Tournament - Victor, NY (5/17/2014)

I've sent out a note to all the Bethlehem folks about this solo Brain Busters. I'll let you know what interest I get. I will probably bring Eric to it if I have to drag him .
by Mark Wolfsberg
Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 39106

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

Casee, I'm sorry to here you won't be at NHBB. I really love the Format and Dave Madden is a guy who is really shaking things up. If you personally want a ride down to be a one person team or do the Bowl, we can take you from Albany, or any point sout you want to meet us at. It's possible we can get...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NJ/NY 2013-2014
Replies: 94
Views: 39106

Re: NJ/NY 2013-2014

Hi, I am brand new on the board - I came looking to see if Hunter College HS had ever posted the final stats for Prison Bowl. I'm looking because this was the first actual Quiz Bowl Tournament the Bethlehem entered. I was sorry to see that there is a NYS championship in Ithaca coming up, for which w...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Mar 25, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 International History Olympiad Preliminary Announcement
Replies: 1
Views: 1892

Re: 2015 International History Olympiad Preliminary Announce

No Specific Ideas from me , but, It all sounds wonderful: when you know dates, let us know so we can keep our calendars clear.

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by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Mar 06, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online/Realtime Team Tracker
Replies: 5
Views: 2562

Re: Online/Realtime Team Tracker

I think this is awsome - 3 thoughts. 1. Post something on the national page about it so people know to have their devices with them. I suspect you'll see more tablets, as they might be easier to deal with than phones... Also you might want to warn people to be prepared to charge... 2. What will this...