Congratulations to Loyola and Litchfield for their impressive performances, and thanks to the Masons, SHS, and Mr. Reinstein and Mr. Taylor. The tournament was a very positive and enjoyable experience for me.
A few technical questions I had:
-Are the questions supposed to get harder in the afternoon? I was definitely going a bit deeper in the later rounds. For example, that Thoth question was really challenging, probably the hardest myth question in the set. Bonuses also seemed to step up a grade, but that was largely in the math and science, which I have little business in critiquing.
-Are parallel bonuses supposed to be the same difficulty? There were a couple of times when a rather 'gimme' sort of bonus was paired with something that really was off of the beaten path. The clearest example was in our Round 1 match versus Fremd. Two FA bonuses, both thirty'd by each team. The difference was, their bonus ran Swan Lake/Tschaikovsky/Manfred Symphony, while ours ran Bach/fugues/passacaglias. That may have been the hardest thirty I've ever gotten.
Also, a format question. One of our moderators said something akin to 'rebounding team may not converse between the start of the controlling team's answer and/or the calling of time and the submission of the rebounding team's answer'. Is this true? I was convinced that under the current rules, rebounding teams can converse at any point during the reading of the part, during the controlling team's answer time, and for three (or five, forget the exact number) additional seconds after the controlling team misses it, during which time any answer you have must be submitted.
Overall, this tournament, in my opinion, couldn't have gone better.
Carbondale Community High School '15
SIU Carbondale '19 or thereabouts
Keep your expectations low.