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by Howard
Thu Apr 27, 2006 9:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26757

As a moerator, I learned long ago that many teams looked at my mouth to start saying "time" to know when to buzz in. I have since started waiting until after the clock has just expired, so anyone ringing in when I say "time" is clearly over the limit. I know that time has expired, and no one has ev...
by Howard
Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Who's gonna win?
Replies: 38
Views: 17752

Notjustolddeadwhiteguys wrote:...forces to be reckoned with...
I don't think we'd ever win a national championship, but I have called my team a farce to be reckoned with.
by Howard
Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:56 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Underwhelmed
Replies: 141
Views: 136722

Furthermore, given that the survey is an online submission, the results should be available instantaneously and should not require tabulation. If some people have already responded to the survey, why haven't we been able to see any of the results? Remember the Carter-Reagan election where people on...
by Howard
Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation/Spelling
Replies: 19
Views: 8447

So, here's the rule. [quote="NAQT]Pronunciations do not have to be exact. A plausible or phonetic pronunciation is usually acceptable, unless it demonstrates a fundamental lack of understanding about the correct answer (e.g., Malcolm the Tenth is not acceptable for Malcolm X). As a general rule, whi...
by Howard
Tue Mar 28, 2006 6:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pronunciation/Spelling
Replies: 19
Views: 8447

In most cases, I'd be ready to jump in and say that an answer substituting the R sound for the L sound should not be accepted. But I'm not so ready on this one. This is a French-sounding (if not French) name where the L sound is barely pronounced. Then add the fact that the team spelled the name "c-...
by Howard
Mon Mar 20, 2006 6:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cell phone rules/policy
Replies: 16
Views: 6151

If the TD announced a rule at the beginning of the tournament that a ringing cell phone would result in a neg (or ejection. Or defenestration. Whatever), then I would call it a stupid rule, but you better believe I would turn off my cell phone. But let's be clear. You're not proposing this scenario...
by Howard
Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cell phone rules/policy
Replies: 16
Views: 6151

Actually, a coach's (or chaperone's) phone did ring in one of the matches at the WJ tournament Saturday. I don't recall who the offending party was, nor is it important. They were apologetic. In fact, I believe they did indeed forget to turn it off. And this is why I only recommended a small penalty...
by Howard
Fri Mar 17, 2006 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: newbie Question
Replies: 14
Views: 5505

I know a lot of people advocate hard work and taking this seriously (and if you really want to win, you wil likely have to go that direction....), but starting off too much like that may not attract everyone. Find a balance. This is an excellent point. I like to think that this activity is a means ...
by Howard
Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cell phone rules/policy
Replies: 16
Views: 6151

Some rules shouldn't need to be made, but apparently some people don't have any sense of common decency. First, cell phones should be OFF in the tournament room. I agree that a ringing cell phone should be grounds for a small penalty (team eliminated from tossup/bonus in progress for example). Actua...
by Howard
Sat Mar 11, 2006 4:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Walter Johnson Tournament (WJIAT) 3/18/06 Bethesda, Maryland
Replies: 46
Views: 20899

It's not looking good for us for being able to bring a team. There's still a remote possibility, but the odds aren't good.
by Howard
Wed Feb 15, 2006 1:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: QUESTION SPECIFIC Thread for NAQT SCT
Replies: 31
Views: 17445

Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't we be not discussing these questions until July? I believe NAQT has rights to use them in HS tournament packets as well (and plans to do just that).
by Howard
Fri Feb 10, 2006 6:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Gonzaga Tournament- Feb. 11th
Replies: 57
Views: 22772

That's an open date for us. I'll reinterview my students this coming week.
by Howard
Wed Feb 01, 2006 1:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Walter Johnson Tournament (WJIAT) 3/18/06 Bethesda, Maryland
Replies: 46
Views: 20899

As for why go to a local tournament that's perceived as inferior? Well, it's local. It's a much shorter day, transport is less grueling and easier to organize, and more people will likely be able to attend. My general policy is to attend a poor local tournament rather than a good nonlocal tournamen...
by Howard
Tue Jan 31, 2006 2:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Walter Johnson Tournament (WJIAT) 3/18/06 Bethesda, Maryland
Replies: 46
Views: 20899

I pretty certain even though we are the reigning champions at the Blue Hen we are probably gonna go to WJ. If at all possible maybe the Blue Hen should think about re-scheduling. I can say that a WJ tournament would likely steer us away from Blue Hen. I think it's rather cavalier, though, to sugges...
by Howard
Tue Jan 24, 2006 12:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Home school teams
Replies: 32
Views: 16138

Thanks for the anecdotes, Lee. They make me both sad and angry. I think rather than trying to prohibit homeschooled children from forming a collective and competing, I'd try to bring more attention to the issues of actual education. The standards for homeschooling should be rigorous enough that it's...
by Howard
Mon Jan 23, 2006 6:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Home school teams
Replies: 32
Views: 16138

I don't know of any high schools which have teachers which teach all subjects, but if you think back historically, it was that way once upon a time. In fact, some areas were slower to get rid of such schools than others, mostly due to geographic size and population density. I'd posit that such a thi...
by Howard
Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Correct to Incorrect Ratio?
Replies: 14
Views: 5905

I think this percentage can run even lower. If you have a very knowledgeable team, 3:2 should be enough to win as long as you get nearly all the initial buzzes. And I'm figuring at 3:2, you're being aggressive enough that you'll get the initial buzz in most cases.
by Howard
Mon Jan 23, 2006 2:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Home school teams
Replies: 32
Views: 16138

However, I do have a slight issue with them being eligible. First, their coach is their team captain's mother. And being schooled at home, he has his quiz bowl coach as his teacher in every single subject. That is a HUGE advantage that a regular-attendance school will never have. What if the studen...
by Howard
Mon Jan 16, 2006 1:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prompts
Replies: 14
Views: 6399

Technically, the answer given was correct, but not to the precision desired. It'd be for this reason that I'd prompt. What was answered was not incorrect. In general, I think this should be the practice. Answers that are correct but need to be more specific should be prompted. I think the fact that ...
by Howard
Mon Jan 16, 2006 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 321826

insaneindian wrote:has set 52 been heard by everyone yet?
No NAQT set is clear until the end of the school year. I believe NAQT has an official date.
by Howard
Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bringing In Girls....
Replies: 66
Views: 34369

I can't actually imagine someone (a committed someone, anyway) quitting quizbowl because they had an ex on the team. You misunderstand a little. It was two guys on the team who had their eye on the same girl not on the team. When she paired with one of the guys, the relationship between the guys wa...
by Howard
Wed Jan 11, 2006 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bringing In Girls....
Replies: 66
Views: 34369

Unfortunately I've had several experiences with girls that I have never had with boys: 1) Two females join the team (this helps the timid factor). Then, they get into a knock-down, drag-out (usually over a boy) and both of them quit the team because "I won't play if she's playing"! 2) You have seve...
by Howard
Mon Dec 19, 2005 7:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cheating?
Replies: 18
Views: 8621

Re: Cheating?

I've made it explicitly clear to my team that if I ever even THINK that one of them has done something remotely dishonest, then they will be removed from my team AND I will push hard to have them suspended from school. However, based on things that I have seen, I feel that may be the exception and ...
by Howard
Thu Dec 08, 2005 5:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KMO Results Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 14428

I keep the old disks. Depending on what else we have going on, and the relative importance of KMO at that time, I may spend some time with my students on an old disk or two.
by Howard
Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: KMO Results Discussion
Replies: 27
Views: 14428

The only team I know of that was caught cheating is, I believe, Seneca Valley from Montgomery County, Maryland in the early 1990s. Apparently one of their players pretended to be some random school and ordered a disk without his coach's knowledge. He then went through the disk and looked up all the...
by Howard
Thu Dec 08, 2005 1:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Champions Quiz Prep question
Replies: 3
Views: 2699

I also noticed that back when they wrote the ASCA state questions (1999-2002), they would often have word-for-word repeats in the sets that appeared in their practice material. Add to that that they were charging ASCA about $2,000 to write those questions, and you've got a serious problem. IE - any...
by Howard
Mon Dec 05, 2005 6:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad moderating
Replies: 60
Views: 26757

Re: Bad moderating

In two weeks, I am hosting a tournament, and I am thinking of laying down the law: if you know you have poor pronunciation....if you read too slow (20 questions with rebounding bonuses should be done, finito, in under 35 minutes unless every single question is going the duration), then you do not r...
by Howard
Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT
Replies: 16
Views: 6997

bigtrain wrote:We don't have a "state tournament series," but for our "state championship tournament" Maryland and the District of Columbia use NAQT.
That's because it's the NAQT Maryland State Championships.

DC (to my knowledge) and Maryland have no state championship organization.
by Howard
Wed Nov 23, 2005 1:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: The Business of TRASH
Replies: 21
Views: 10705

I can see from the post and the comments what TRASH really thinks about anyone who dissaproves of their questions. This whole post reminds me of talking to Republicans. "Why are you so angry" is just a way of sidestepping complaint by implying that there is something wrong with anyone who would com...
by Howard
Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Asking TD's for specific team matchups
Replies: 9
Views: 3959

2. I find it a tad dubious when a host actually officiates for his/her own team in a championship round, and does not permit the opponent a chance to split the job, or to ask for a third party. It's one thing to write the questions, but to be the referee as well sets up a bad, as you put it, percep...
by Howard
Mon Nov 21, 2005 7:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Asking TD's for specific team matchups
Replies: 9
Views: 3959

A TD once told me flat out that he arranged for his team and mine to meet in order to "avenge" an earlier loss in the season.... I don't like this for two reasons. First, it's the TD's team (if I read this correcly). It's already dubious if the TD's team does well in a tournament. Preselecting matc...
by Howard
Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Asking TD's for specific team matchups
Replies: 9
Views: 3959

Trevkeeper wrote:Not intending to hijack your thread or anything, but this would be mine and Carlo's decision, not Mr. Reinstein's. We are the Tournament Directors.
And you have the source for your answer. Ultimately the TD's in question will need to make the call. Maybe they'll consider it, maybe they won't.
by Howard
Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bad Negs
Replies: 826
Views: 321826

styxman wrote:On a random note, is it ethical to ask a tournament director for placing a certain team with you in the morning pool for a tournament?
I've put my reply here:

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/phpBB2/viewto ... ght=#27847

I figured it would preserve some thread coherence.
by Howard
Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Asking TD's for specific team matchups
Replies: 9
Views: 3959

Asking TD's for specific team matchups

Split from the legal practices thread since this is more of a distinct topic. -Moderator ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Crossposted from Bad Negs, since I figured this was the best place for it: On a random note, is it ethical to ask a tournament...
by Howard
Sun Nov 20, 2005 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a legal practice in Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 23
Views: 11377

Wow. I actually agree with Sorice on this one. I want to make it perfectly clear, however, that nothing may be written on the paper prior to the start of the first tossup. If it were, you'd have a reference material that was (at least partially) created prior to the match. I think the unit circle is...
by Howard
Fri Nov 18, 2005 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a legal practice in Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 23
Views: 11377

I think the larger reason making reference materials hasn't been used more is that it's just too hard to figure out what's going to be asked. In most cases, the advantage of the written material is outweighed by paying attention.
by Howard
Thu Nov 17, 2005 2:01 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: feedback idea
Replies: 3
Views: 2337

While I agree a survey at NAQT SCT is much better than any "general impression" a player or group of players has, a person analyzing such a survey must also recognize that selecting that particular tournament skews the data in some direction. The question as to whose opinion is important is still a ...
by Howard
Thu Nov 17, 2005 1:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2005-2006 "It's Academic"
Replies: 55
Views: 27469

Baltimore It's Academic shows are televised Saturdays at 10 A.M. The show was hosted by Paul Barry immediately on Mac's departure. He did a horrible job. My biggest question was how someone who couldn't read with some degree of competence was ever a success as a news anchor. Paul Barry hosted for tw...
by Howard
Wed Nov 16, 2005 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a legal practice in Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 23
Views: 11377

I'm presuming if making notes after the start of the round construed misconduct, we're talking about the "unethical behavior" phrase. I don't think I'd have the gonads to call this untehtical behavior. Although I agree the rules technically give me the authority, I just don't think it's reasonable t...
by Howard
Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic TRASH Regionals Update
Replies: 22
Views: 10704

I also want to thank everyone for treating the "high school" team with the respect they would extend to every other team (at least to our faces). To the best of my knowledge, this respect was present at all times in all places. I'm glad you had a good time and were able to visit the DC area again. ...
by Howard
Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Is this a legal practice in Quiz Bowl?
Replies: 23
Views: 11377

I actually encouraged a team member to do this once. He had trouble naming say, the 32nd president, but could write them in order easily. Having the idea that presidents would come up several times during the day, he thought this would help his ability to answer that type tossup easily. My only requ...
by Howard
Wed Nov 16, 2005 1:23 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: ACF Fall discussion
Replies: 107
Views: 95137

Sorice and Greenstein both have important points here. While it's important to realize that a player will never get better by tuning out, it's just as important to realize why such tuning out occurs in the first place. And this is more than just a quiz bowl problem. It's a societal problem. Every da...
by Howard
Mon Nov 14, 2005 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic TRASH Regionals Update
Replies: 22
Views: 10704

Another solution would have been to add a second house team, although it appeared the moderator situation--less than two staff per room and one or two inexperienced moderators--would have prevented that. I would have actually leaned in this direction. The sixteen team solution seemed like it just l...
by Howard
Tue Nov 01, 2005 1:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions for Next Year
Replies: 66
Views: 32502

When is Siesta Bowl gonna be? I think we'll be there, we have been the past two years. We haven't actually made plans yet. This will be something I'll be investigating over the next few weeks unless I'm led astray. Oh, and Charter has been to a number of DC area tournaments. I can't speak personall...
by Howard
Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderator speed?
Replies: 17
Views: 7078

There's a trade-off to be had here. Moderators need to read fast enough to keep the tournament to a reasonable schedule, but slow enough that the players can understand the words and aren't trying to figure out what was said ten words ago.
by Howard
Wed Oct 05, 2005 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Univ of Virginia Cavalier Classic X - Saturday 10/29
Replies: 25
Views: 11042

Best of luck Steve. Yet again, UVA has chosen a date we cannot attend, this time our own television taping. One year, we even scheduled our tournament opposite UVA's. Anyway, I hope all goes well and vow that we'll someday make a UVA tourney.
by Howard
Tue Sep 27, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buzzer types
Replies: 36
Views: 20678

I suppose you put the player on the DL so the next available player can be brought up from the minors.
by Howard
Thu Sep 22, 2005 12:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches' Corner
Replies: 90
Views: 44131

3. [...] If the other team misses the last tossup and we are ahead by less than ten points, give the wrong answer. Ok, I'm new, I'll bite. What is the point of this? Not, I feel confident, just to deny the other team the benefit of your knowledge.... In some formats, bonuses bounce back as well. I ...
by Howard
Wed Sep 21, 2005 12:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Right answers that are counted wrong...
Replies: 24
Views: 12462

"The answer on the paper was "Magellan", but I buzzed in early with "Magellan's voyage across the world". I got negged." The question was looking for the person, Magellan, and the answer specified the voyage, not the person. In many of the formats I've seen/played, this answer would have been accep...
by Howard
Tue Sep 06, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Spam protection tips
Replies: 2
Views: 1913

Moderator: please move this if you believe it is placed inappropriately. I've recently been receiving e-mails with spoofed return addresses of those in the quiz bowl community. Those e-mails have been sent to [email protected].yahoo.com but neither of my other addresses [email protected].gmail...