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by bsmith
Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: THE OFFICIAL 2014 HSQBRANK ALL NAME TEAM
Replies: 23
Views: 13023

Re: THE OFFICIAL 2014 HSQBRANK ALL NAME TEAM

There is a player in the Ottawa circuit this year with the name "Flash Thompson". At first I thought it was a pseudonym, but no, his mother was on hand to confirm that it was his given name.

I don't think there's a Peter Parker at his school...
by bsmith
Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOCO)
Replies: 5
Views: 2619

Re: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOC

Thank you to all the teams that came and all the staff that helped bail out this tournament. 11 teams competed in the Lisgar December Tournament, played on the BELLOCO set. As mentioned earlier, Colonel By split their talent across two teams and were both in the final, with Colonel By A winning 465-...
by bsmith
Sat Dec 06, 2014 7:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOCO)
Replies: 5
Views: 2619

Re: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOC

Colonel By A beat Colonel By B 465-140 in the first game of an advantaged final. Lisgar A was third.

I have some things to do tonight, but stats should be up tomorrow morning.
by bsmith
Fri Dec 05, 2014 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOCO)
Replies: 5
Views: 2619

Re: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOC

It appears we will have an 11-team round robin tomorrow.
by bsmith
Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:41 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Midwestern Spring Trash
Replies: 12
Views: 5582

Re: Midwestern Spring Trash

The discussion of the distribution says the questions are roughly half from the 1990s and half from the 2000s. Is this trash timeline people want to play (leaving out topics pre-1990)? Having played COTTAGE Bowl, I can assure you that there is stuff before 1990. The 50-50 split is more half 20th ce...
by bsmith
Mon Nov 24, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 ONQBA Provincial Championship (Lisgar CI, 7 Mar 2015)
Replies: 9
Views: 4421

Re: 2015 ONQBA Provincial Championship (Lisgar CI, 7 Mar 201

This tournament will be the NAQT Ontario provincial championship, and will use IS #146. Approximately 1/1 of Canadian content will be added to the rounds.
by bsmith
Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOCO)
Replies: 5
Views: 2619

Re: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOC

In addition to the 3 teams per school limit, we will have a total field cap of 14 teams (done with the OQT 6-room arrangement) until I can secure enough staff.
by bsmith
Wed Nov 19, 2014 11:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT at Carleton University (February 7, 2015)
Replies: 17
Views: 8818

Re: NAQT SCT at Carleton University (February 7, 2015)

I may get "claimed" by Ottawa in an attempt by them to reach the minimum fee, but I come with reading services, a buzzer set, and lots of clocks.
by bsmith
Tue Nov 18, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOCO)
Replies: 5
Views: 2619

Re: Lisgar December Tournament-6/12/2014, Ottawa, ON (BELLOC

Yes, I will be the director. Please remember to actually register by email with me, rather than just depend on a post here or on Facebook or elsewhere. We will temporarily place a limit of three teams per school until we can confirm enough readers. Field: Registered Colonel By (3 teams) Glebe (3 tea...
by bsmith
Sat Nov 15, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

14 teams attended the tenth Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament. Colonel By A put on a convincing display, winning the first game of the advantaged final against Lisgar B 590-185. Congratulations to the finalists, as well as third place Lisgar A. Brendan's link above is correct for the final stats. The preli...
by bsmith
Sat Nov 15, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

Colonel By A won the first game of an advantaged final over Lisgar B 590-185.

Stats will be posted this evening after I get home.
by bsmith
Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

The top 6 bracket is CB A&B, Lisgar A&B, Glebe A, and Merivale A.

Top 5 individuals are Cameron (CB A, 102 ppg), Aidan (Lisgar A, 94 ppg), Anubhav (CB B, 92 ppg), Nick (Lisgar B, 83 ppg), and Vinh (Merivale B, 71 ppg).
by bsmith
Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

After 3 rounds, CB A&B, Lisgar A&B, and Merivale A are undefeated with >19 PPB.
by bsmith
Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University
Replies: 14
Views: 7302

Re: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University

Thank you to everyone involved in the running and writing of the tournament. I haven't played in a while, and it was an enjoyable experience. Without referring to specifics at this time, I felt that outside of sports, there was a low amount of "mainstream" or "demonstrably popular" pop culture. I kn...
by bsmith
Fri Nov 07, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University
Replies: 14
Views: 7302

Re: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University

FYI local players: the O-Train is not running this weekend. The 107 bus will go to all the train stops, but it is slower. Plan accordingly (from Bayview: leaves 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 & takes 15 minutes; from South Keys: leaves 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 & takes 12 minutes).
by bsmith
Fri Nov 07, 2014 3:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

The 14th and last spot went to Merivale B. The field is in the second post.
by bsmith
Tue Nov 04, 2014 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

Teams were notified that the 14th spot will be decided Friday morning. It will be offered, in order, to: a) a currently unregistered school that signs up by that time (e.g. Almonte or Bell); b) Merivale's 2nd team (requested Oct 30); c) Lisgar's 3rd team (requested Nov 2) If any drops occur in the f...
by bsmith
Sun Nov 02, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

I guess we'll do Joe's proposal for 14 teams (rather than mine). 8 teams would have two byes, but at least the whole day's record will count (avoiding inevitable 2-1 2-1 2-1 0-3 circles of death in playoff groups of four). In the case of both Bell signing up and Merivale bringing a 2nd team, would C...
by bsmith
Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

The field is essentially full. We only have six rooms available; between ACF Fall and OQT, the Ottawa club has used up their quota of reservations for the semester. If Bell (or another school) registers during this week, Colonel By has volunteered to drop a team. Merivale is also deciding between 1 ...
by bsmith
Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University
Replies: 14
Views: 7302

Re: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University

I know the field (and the Ottawa team) is pretty much full, but I'm still available for playing on a shorthanded team and come bearing a buzzer discount. I selfishly don't want to do double-duty reading that weekend.
by bsmith
Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:10 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 18377

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

After some gentle nudging, U of T is offering to host Toronto History Bowl. That's a start; I'll be rebooting some publicity to the area once the details get sorted out. Obviously, the most evident example is that a vibrant high school circuit leads to stronger high school players attend local unive...
by bsmith
Sat Oct 25, 2014 10:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

Based on inquiries from today's first local tournament, I've updated the field in the second post. We do have a limit of 12 teams. If this limit is reached, we will try to make sure that every school that wants to register can have at least one team. This may mean a restriction of 3 teams per school...
by bsmith
Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 5 Mirror @ Ottawa, ON, Canada
Replies: 4
Views: 3998

Re: SCOP Novice 5 Mirror @ Ottawa, ON, Canada

The final standings in the top bracket was: Bell (8-0), Merivale A & B (both 6-2), and Glebe (5-3). I'm uncertain about the rest, but bracket 2 was Earl, the new LDHSS team, and 2 Colonel Bys; third bracket was Lisgar and Colonel Bys, then 2 other LDHSS teams.
by bsmith
Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 18377

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

There have been quizbowl tournaments at U of T in the past, from 2009 to 2012. 2009, the biggest one, had 18 teams, but only three schools (UTS, Woburn, Bishop Allen) from Toronto itself. UTS and Woburn’s teams were there without a coach; all the other teams had a teacher. Attendance at U of T decre...
by bsmith
Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:03 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 18377

Re: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

Some quick replies for now, I can give more substance tomorrow: Re: why Waterloo canceled. The decision was made the Tuesday before the tournament with one team interested. I know who that team was- they are a returning team and are still being “kept in the loop” for a GTA tournament I would like to...
by bsmith
Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: International Comparisons and Discussions
Topic: Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)
Replies: 27
Views: 18377

Solving Toronto (and SW Ontario)

There are no scheduled high school tournaments in southwest Ontario this year. Waterloo had to cancel the novice tournament when only one school was willing to go and another had a conflict. Provincials probably would have been selected to be in southwest Ontario, but no one outside of eastern Ontar...
by bsmith
Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice at Waterloo (Oct. 25th)
Replies: 2
Views: 1081

Re: SCOP Novice at Waterloo (Oct. 25th)

I thank the Waterloo team for trying. It's unfortunate that you have been stuck with this.

I will be addressing the southwest Ontario dilemma tomorrow.
by bsmith
Thu Oct 16, 2014 3:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules
Replies: 43
Views: 11519

Re: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules

it eliminates the possibility of someone continually taking an undergrad or CC course purely to retain eligibility (if they already have a degree). Don't the current rules already exclude students taking "not-for-degree" courses? ACF rule C.2 says "players must be taking classes for credit (or doin...
by bsmith
Wed Oct 15, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules
Replies: 43
Views: 11519

Re: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules

From my interpretation of Ben's post, I'm not sure why he wouldn't have been eligible--he was gaining credits, no matter if he was in the classroom or not. Internships and work placement programs (or dual enrolled classes for that matter) are part of a degree program. I've done internships and year...
by bsmith
Wed Oct 15, 2014 11:08 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules
Replies: 43
Views: 11519

Re: A proposal to simplify eligibility rules

Using “classes” or “courses” to define a “real student” dismisses a lot of students in different programs who are away from the classroom for several months to complete work placements, internships, apprenticeships, or volunteer programs. Those alternative programs are part of the scheduled educatio...
by bsmith
Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHBB Eastern Canada Outreach Trip Report
Replies: 1
Views: 1238

Re: IHBB Eastern Canada Outreach Trip Report

Thank you for doing this. I'm filling in as the Ottawa SchoolReach league coordinator this year (I seem to get my hands stuck in every pie), so more teams in the area will be notified through me once the Reach registrations are done. I am also quite pleased to see so much interest from Montreal scho...
by bsmith
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 ONQBA Provincial Championship (Lisgar CI, 7 Mar 2015)
Replies: 9
Views: 4421

Re: 2015 ONQBA Provincial Championship (Lisgar CI, 7 Mar 201

Database entry: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2534/

The field will also be updated here.

Bell: 1 team
Colonel By: 3 teams
Glebe: 2 teams
Lisgar: approx 3 depending on staffing commitments
Merivale: 2 teams
by bsmith
Wed Oct 08, 2014 2:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 ONQBA Provincial Championship (Lisgar CI, 7 Mar 2015)
Replies: 9
Views: 4421

2015 ONQBA Provincial Championship (Lisgar CI, 7 Mar 2015)

The Ontario Quizbowl Association, in collaboration with Lisgar's quizbowl team, is pleased to host the 2015 ONQBA Provincial Championship. It will be held at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa on March 7, 2015. This tournament will be the premier high school quizbowl event in Ontario, serving as ...
by bsmith
Sun Oct 05, 2014 9:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 5093

Re: Ontario 2014-15

Lisgar Collegiate Institute will host the 2015 ONQBA provincial championship on March 7, 2015.

An announcement will be prepared after some final details are arranged.
by bsmith
Sat Oct 04, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) at Carleton U (Oct. 4 2014)
Replies: 6
Views: 2684

Re: ICCS (Collegiate Novice) at Carleton U (Oct. 4 2014)

minusfive wrote:Was there a tie for first? Two teams have the same record in what appears to be the final standings.
Round 8 is not in the standings yet. There was still a tie for first, but McGill A won the tiebreaking final with a pretty lopsided score.
by bsmith
Wed Oct 01, 2014 7:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 5093

Re: Ontario 2014-15

The host of the 2015 ONQBA provincial championship will be decided between bids from Lisgar Collegiate Institute and Queen's University. The ONQBA executive should make a selection before the end of this weekend.
by bsmith
Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 29440

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

Speaking of names, does anyone think the game might sound more "official" to certain interested parties if we had actual team names like in intermural sports? Weird idea, I know, but people already have lots of fun coming up with names for open tournaments. I don't see that expanding the practice w...
by bsmith
Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 22638

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

Speaking of names, does anyone think the game might sound more "official" to certain interested parties if we had actual team names like in intermural sports? Weird idea, I know, but people already have lots of fun coming up with names for open tournaments. I don't see that expanding the practice w...
by bsmith
Thu Sep 25, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Re: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

The OQT will use NAQT IS-139A, which has been modified to include Canadian content. Games will be in Lamoureux Hall, and the opening meeting will be in Lamoureux 221 (turn right out of the elevators, follow the main hallway as it bridges over the street, 221 is near the end of the hallway). The fiel...
by bsmith
Tue Sep 16, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 5998

Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament X (U of Ottawa, 15 Nov 2014)

The tenth edition of the Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament will be held at the University of Ottawa on Saturday, November 15, 2014. The OQT is the first and longest-running high school quizbowl tournament in Canada, and is open to teams of all experience levels. The tournament is expected to use the NAQT I...
by bsmith
Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 5093

Re: Ontario 2014-15

A separate concern, but related to comments upthread:

A teacher strike in Ontario is unlikely. A portion of the OSSTF strike fund was transferred to the BC union over the summer to help sustain the BC teacher strike (which itself is probably ending today).
by bsmith
Tue Sep 16, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 5093

Re: Ontario 2014-15

This will be confirmed in time for the week of September 22 mail-outs, but proposed ONQBA participation discounts for the provincial championships in March could be (school selects ONE of the following that apply): -$40 for hosting an ONQBA event --> previously $50 -$15 for participating in two (pri...
by bsmith
Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University
Replies: 14
Views: 7302

Re: COTTAGE Bowl at Carleton University

I should be there in some capacity. If I'm playing, I can remain "affiliated" with the same school and find some Ottawa teammates, otherwise I can join a shorthanded non-super team.
by bsmith
Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 5093

Re: Ontario 2014-15

On January 31st, we're going to do something, most likely a Reach style event again. However this time we're going to get questions from NAQT in some form, and will modify them ourselves. I think this will be another good step into making Reach for the Top style A Somewhat Reputable Thing. I know w...
by bsmith
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income
Replies: 18
Views: 7700

Re: Quiz Bowl Skill and Income

FYI, median household income is available for Canadian census tracts. It is based on the census of May 16, 2006, so inflation and the difference between the CAD and USD would need to be taken into account. The raw numbers for some Canadian teams: Almonte (K0A1A0*): 67114 Assumption (L7N3P1): 47386 B...
by bsmith
Fri Jun 20, 2014 4:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 21293

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

The problem here is that local media won't cover the fact that Colonel By is the highest ever ranked Canadian team ever and has an outside but fair chance at top 25 next year but will go nuts about a championship. When Lisgar won Reach for the Top Nationals in 2008, there was an article about it it...
by bsmith
Sat Jun 14, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 5093

Re: Ontario 2014-15

How likely is a teacher labour dispute now, given the Liberal majority victory? The same. Last year, OSSTF had one of the largest strike funds in Canada- enough for about 20 days for every teacher, longer if they rotate. This past month, they voted to increase the levy for the strike fund. The Libe...
by bsmith
Mon Jun 09, 2014 4:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ontario 2014-15
Replies: 14
Views: 5093

Ontario 2014-15

All Ontario competitions are over and I sent out next year's provincials host call, so I may as well start the 2014-15 news thread. Firstly, the host call for the ONQBA provincial championship was sent to the universities and a few active high schools. Because of conflicts with March break, Easter, ...
by bsmith
Tue May 06, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An unofficial history of “Reach for the Top”
Replies: 28
Views: 17873

Re: An unofficial history of “Reach for the Top”

So ends my history of Reach for the Top and “SchoolReach”. Some information was speculation, but a lot came from my university access to old newspapers, which I then transferred to the QB Wiki. Lots of old games are on YouTube, and Google searches turn up biographies and school histories. There are ...
by bsmith
Tue May 06, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An unofficial history of “Reach for the Top”
Replies: 28
Views: 17873

Re: An unofficial history of “Reach for the Top”

2009-present: SchoolReach today After transitioning off of television from 2008 to 2010, “Reach for the Top” entered its current state. The regional/provincial/national qualification system (since 1989) and “SchoolReach” game format (since 2002) have been unchanged for a while; some people gripe, b...