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by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 19, 2007 6:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16080

Oh, it's not a depth thing at all; it is entirely a format thing. There's a variety in the four-quarter format (straight tossups, tossups with bonuses, sixty-second rounds) that NAQT does not have (all tossups with bonuses). My team feels the same way, and yet I think they're better at the NAQT form...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 19, 2007 1:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The annual summer format discussion
Replies: 48
Views: 16080

I'll throw in my congratulations to Harrison and company as well. I've seen them on NAQT format, and they're darn good at that too. But I've rarely ever seen them beaten in NAC format, and never this year. After the close of NAC-Orlando, Harrison's coach said they might branch out next year to do PA...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Jul 02, 2006 4:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 06-07
Replies: 4
Views: 2345

Since I've got little better to do, here goes... :) From White River... Lafayette Harrison: Still the team to beat at the state level. Two of their four top players return, and they were the more dangerous of the two anyway. Plus, they always field an excellent B team. Brebeuf Jesuit: Hard to say ho...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 27, 2006 9:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Number of Tournaments per year
Replies: 27
Views: 10852

In 2003, our diocese wouldn't let us go to nationals in DC. I finally got them to agree by having each family sign a special permission form that said they understood the risk and that the school would not be liable if an incident occurred. In other words, a CYA-because-we're-afraid-of-lawsuits thin...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 19, 2006 9:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer malfunctions
Replies: 29
Views: 12175

Enlighten me as to the decision made here. If the last time the player's buzzer was working was Tossup #3, why was the game score reset to zeroes? Wouldn't it have made more sense to reset it to the score after #3 and continue play from there? After all, I assume the same decision would not have bee...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU NAC in DC
Replies: 62
Views: 32574

I'm still wondering why no MVP for DC was named. Yeah, we reward "teams" rather than outstanding individuals... but even mentioning the team roster would be a nice gesture. Maybe that's for the rewrite when the pics of the kids come out after the national championship has been completed. Chip's usu...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 06, 2006 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU NAC in DC
Replies: 62
Views: 32574

Some closing thoughts from DC, where my team finished second to an excellent and deserving Chaska team (congrats again, Andrew!)... (1) We had an excellent run through the prelims, going 6-0 and beating three playoff-bound teams. (Chaska had to beat five playoff teams.) In the playoffs, we beat two ...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU NAC in DC
Replies: 62
Views: 32574

Playoff update:

Brebeuf Jesuit 430, Delaware Valley 185
Knoxville West 305, Glens Falls 260
St. Joseph's 330, Madison Central 250
Penn Manor over Housatonic (don't have score right now)
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 05, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU NAC in DC
Replies: 62
Views: 32574

Pingry didn't show up for their playoff match last night. It was announced right after dinner, and they likely didn't know that there was a possibility that the low-scoring 4-2 teams might have to play then. Having not talked to anyone on the Pingry team, I don't know what the mixup was. They have c...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Jun 04, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU NAC in DC
Replies: 62
Views: 32574

The preliminaries are all finished... here are skeleton results: #1. Brebeuf Jesuit (IN), 6-0 #2. Lafayette Harrison (IN), 6-0 #3. Chaska (MN), 6-0 #4. St. Joseph's (IN), 6-0 #5. Housatonic (CT), 5-1 #6. Klein (TX), 5-1 #7. Manheim Township (PA), 5-1 #8. Glens Falls (NY), 5-1 #9. Knoxville West (TN)...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Jun 03, 2006 10:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU NAC in DC
Replies: 62
Views: 32574

QU NAC in DC

After two days of prelims, only three teams have finished their six-game schedule: Housatonic Valley (CT): 5-1, 1625 Chapel Hill (NC): 1-5 Rye Country Day (NY): 0-6 Of the teams with incomplete records, three have already qualified for the playoffs: Brebeuf Jesuit (IN): 4-0 Harrison A (IN): 4-0 Shep...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 59876

Wildcat wrote: Ben, your saying you like Chip because you prefer the 4 corners format is a complete cop out. Based upon the stats provided for your team on the inqblots website, your team is not even a true nationals caliber team on NAQT format (you may of qualified, but I think the stats speak to t...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU-The field in Chicago
Replies: 144
Views: 59876

DumbJaques wrote: I propose we end the discussion of regions/teams that may or may not be selling out/people who act like jerks, and return to discussing what the thread was originally supposed to be about. We all hate Chip, can't we all just bask in the uniting embrace of common hatred? Because not...
by Ben Dillon
Thu May 25, 2006 8:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: QU San Antonio boast thread here
Replies: 26
Views: 11951

From the QU website: 1. Each team competing in the tournament shall be guaranteed six qualifying round matches. For the convenience of the participants, qualifying round pairings shall be made at random according to the teams' estimated time of arrival at the competition venue, as noted on the regis...
by Ben Dillon
Tue May 23, 2006 10:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ASCN NATIONALS CANCELLED!
Replies: 28
Views: 14342

Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Just because ASCN got cancelled this year doesn't mean it is dead for all time. If in fact it is dead, it's likely because of two reasons: the afore-mentioned insistence on room and board, even for local teams; and the convergence of two other nationals on Chicago (...
by Ben Dillon
Tue May 09, 2006 8:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Qualification for HSNCT or other large nationals
Replies: 16
Views: 7190

How about this as an idea to chew on? Right now, finishing in the top 15% of any NAQT tournament is the standard for any team to qualify. How about changing this to the following... 1. Finishing in the top 15% qualifies any A team. 2. Finishing in the top 10% qualifies any B team, provided that (a) ...
by Ben Dillon
Mon May 08, 2006 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Restricting NAQT HSNCT in 2007 and beyond
Replies: 70
Views: 27957

jbarnes112358 said... First of all, the objective of a national championship should be to bring together the top N teams in the nation to see which team can climb to the top. Undoubtably, the top N teams will include situations where more than one of these teams happen to be from the same school. To...
by Ben Dillon
Mon May 08, 2006 8:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HS NCT qualifiers from the May 13 tournaments?
Replies: 12
Views: 5176

The Midwest Championships will have Culver Academies, Lafayette Harrison, and St. Joseph's (my team). Those three have played in each of the three Indiana NAQT tourneys this year. All three are excellent teams (though I'm obviously biased in favor of SJ). Both SJ and Harrison are attending NAC in DC...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Mar 19, 2006 7:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2006 NAQT Indiana Qualifier
Replies: 0
Views: 1357

2006 NAQT Indiana Qualifier

Results: 1. South Bend St. Joseph's A (8-0) 2. Culver Academies A (6.5-2) 3. Lafayette Harrison A (6-2) 4. South Bend St. Joseph's B (5-3.5) Fourteen teams participated from 7 high schools. The top three teams were very close in skill; the game of the tournament was the semifinal between Culver A an...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Mar 06, 2006 7:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Toward a True National Organization...
Replies: 159
Views: 63576

Natusroma: This is why I'm advocating a patient approach. You and I have an honest disagreement about which style of play is more enjoyable, and, even, better. I hope that someone more skilled at argument than I will eventually persuade you that NAQT, or something like it, is better than QU. StPickr...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Mar 06, 2006 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Toward a True National Organization...
Replies: 159
Views: 63576

Since it seems as if I indirectly started this thread about Chip Beall -- note that at the time I didn't evaluate the quality of his tournaments or questions or anything like that; I merely mentioned that my team would be attending NAC-DC instead of NAQT-Chicago -- I feel it necessary to weigh in on...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Feb 27, 2006 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Toward a True National Organization...
Replies: 159
Views: 63576

I would very likely attend the Chicago meeting, because I am on the Indiana State Quiz Bowl Board, have coached a successful team for ten years, and would love to exchange ideas with fellow coaches. Unfortunately, my team and I will be attending NAC in DC that weekend, so hopefully someone will post...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jan 11, 2006 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bringing In Girls....
Replies: 66
Views: 34060

Perhaps the poll should have been rephrased using percentages, since 3/4 girls on a team is rather different from 3/40 girls. My varsity is 3 girls out of 8 players; JV is 6 girls out of 20 players. Since the top JV players are boys, I wouldn't be surprised if next year is completely male-dominated ...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Dec 31, 2005 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hosed or not hosed...
Replies: 51
Views: 23286

Quick note: not all "give the common year" questions uniquely identify off the first clue, just the vast majority.

Example first clue: "The Treaty of Paris is signed"

Or would this be a classic hose? :twisted:
by Ben Dillon
Wed Dec 14, 2005 8:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26554

Here's an entertaining one from the moderator in today's match: What West Point graduate said during his final speech, "When I cross the river, my last conscious thoughts will be of the corpse, and the corpse, and the corpse"? My players immediately realized the mistake, but they were trying so hard...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Nov 21, 2005 8:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Culver Academies (IN) Frosh/Soph Tourney Nov. 19
Replies: 4
Views: 2460

As is rapidly becoming the case, Phil Blessman deserves kudos for a well-run tournament. It was nice to have a local tournament in which I could pit my freshmen and sophomores against their own. (Plus my freshman team almost won the whole tourney!) I hope more teams from surrounding states consider ...
by Ben Dillon
Fri Nov 11, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier (IL) Varsity Tournament 12/17
Replies: 25
Views: 11273

Done. Let me know whenever y'all in Illinois want listings on the Indiana site :)
by Ben Dillon
Thu Nov 10, 2005 9:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier (IL) Varsity Tournament 12/17
Replies: 25
Views: 11273

Nick, would you like me to list your tournament/post a flyer or registration at the Indiana quiz bowl website (http://www.inqblots.org)? It wouldn't surprise me if Culver Academies does sign up, and you might get a taker or two from the NW Indiana league. My own captain nixed going when he heard the...
by Ben Dillon
Fri Sep 09, 2005 5:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer Systems
Replies: 24
Views: 15557

I've always been fond of Specialty Design Corporation (http://www.specialtydesigncorp.com). More on the expensive side, I think, but I prefer the omnidirectional lights and handheld buttons to the unidirectional (is that a word?) lights and buttons-built-into-boxes.
by Ben Dillon
Sat Aug 20, 2005 4:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Organizational theory...
Replies: 11
Views: 5010

Here's Indiana's situation, if anyone cares :) Five leagues/conferences sprung up independently of each other around the state, not really aware of the existence of the others until about ten years ago. Then the coordinator of the Indianapolis league decided to start a state championship, and he cas...
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Great Nationals Debate.....
Replies: 25
Views: 14569

There's another potential use for individual stats. If we had a national poll (to pick up an entirely different thread), it strikes me as inherently unfair to allow teams to keep their ratings from year to year given that players graduate, but as perfectly logical to scale those ratings back based o...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 23, 2005 7:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mathematics and calculators
Replies: 33
Views: 20050

Allowing programmable calculators would be IMHO dangerous. Teams would start obtaining/writing programs that would speed up calculations for specific problems. For example, we've all heard this nugget asked: "Suzy Q gets 60%, 50%, and 90% on her first three tests. What score does she need to get on ...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jun 22, 2005 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Stars 2000 Championship
Replies: 4
Views: 3039

Stars 2000 Championship

Does anyone remember/have records/know a website about the Stars 2000 National Championship?

The last mention I can find of it is in 1989, when Irmo won it. As I recall, there was some computer competition leading up to it (KMO?), and the top teams met live in Louisville for knockout matches.
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jun 22, 2005 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32173

Indiana: The three teams that return the most good players are Harrison (state champ) and St. Joseph's (yes, I'm biased), who both did well at NAC, and Culver Academy, who competed at PACE. Indianapolis Brebeuf Jesuit has one excellent player who is returning, but they did not compete in the state t...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Format unification
Replies: 20
Views: 10380

Re: Format unification

Even in the unlikely event that only one national was left standing, I don't see why all the state and local events would follow suit. Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if a fair number would follow suit. Indiana has used the QU format for eight years now, but, hypothetically, if NAC didn't exist, ...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Jun 18, 2005 5:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC Chicago
Replies: 71
Views: 39068

I've been to about 5 NAQT events in the past 5 years, so I'm no stranger to the format. And I seem to recall a Led Zeppelin bonus at one of those tournaments, so NAQT isn't entirely academic, either, although they are more so than QU. I'm not saying I want a lot of pop culture, but neither do I want...
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jun 17, 2005 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC Chicago
Replies: 71
Views: 39068

Yes, Chip lists me as responsible for the "massive" rules rewrite. I've pestered him on and off over the years that the rules were too jumbled because he intermixed the four-quarter QU format too much with the rules for the NAC, so I sat down and tried to separate them so that a tournament director ...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 14, 2005 6:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC Chicago
Replies: 71
Views: 39068

Oops... perhaps I didn't hear the question well... he probably just asked which school Brad played for, and my brain incorrectly filled in the blank with "won the NAC title".
by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 14, 2005 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC Chicago
Replies: 71
Views: 39068

We finished our 17th year at NAC and made the playoffs for only the 4th time ever there. [I coach at St. Joseph's HS in South Bend, IN.] When we left at noon yesterday, there were six teams remaining: the four teams who participated at Chicago (Chaska, El Paso, Booker T. Washington, and the team tha...