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Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:19 pm
by njsbling
Hello All-I am working to get an NAQT State Championship tournament held in Maine on April 20. Does anyone have any contacts in Maine? Thanks

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:50 am
by High Dependency Unit
I wish you luck, though I have never heard of any quiz bowl in Maine. However, I popped a quick search on the NAQT website under schools, and found a list of Maine high schools registered with NAQT: http://www.naqt.com/stats/school-search ... =&STATE=ME

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Sat Mar 02, 2013 8:31 pm
by kcommo
Oak Hill in Sebattus used to represent Maine at Panasonic every year, but I've never had any luck contacting them to send invitations to my tournaments in Vermont.

Bill Murphy, the coach at Hanover, would be the only person I know who might have some contacts there -- though even in his case they'd probably be years old. I'll PM you his email address.

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 12:10 am
by Adventure Temple Trail
Yeah, I can't think of anyone who has had any luck getting in contact with any team from Maine for any buzzer-based activity in recent years. Perhaps you can look at the list of participants in the final KMO and see if there's anything to work from there.

May I just ask what your connection is to Maine, and how you plan to organize state championships in so many states where you don't seem to live or know much about the circuit?

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:32 am
by njsbling
I have no connections to Maine (that is why I am asking around). I've started contacting some schools and some have expressed interest in competing in Quiz Bowl this Spring. I'm sure that if I can get enough schools we can get some staff from Boston to run the tournament.

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Sun Mar 03, 2013 2:57 pm
by Adventure Temple Trail
That's not what I meant. To be more direct: How do you plan to run a state championship in Maine (and apparently in Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska, AND Wyoming) when you're in Berkeley and don't know literally anyone in any of these places? What is your past experience with quizbowl and why do you feel as though you're equipped to get seven state championships running?

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:07 am
by njsbling
I've been involved this year with expanding the circuit in the SF Bay Area (my main local contact is Jeff Hoppes). I enjoy doing outreach for Quiz Bowl; Jeff and I figured that if we could find interested teams in these places then we can probably get staff nearby to run the tournaments (Jeff and I started at program this year in Sacramento and we are hoping to run an event in Reno in late March and in Fresno in late April). Even if we can't get events scheduled in the other places for this year at least we'll have some more contacts/interested people for next year.

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 11:51 am
by biggiebird89
If someone EVER were able to get more contacts from Maine, that would be great particularly for the New England circuit. When I ran my alma mater's QB tournament in 2011 and '12, we had an average of 10-12 teams total from VT and NH - one of my main goals from 2013 was to expand to Maine to increase participation (unfortunately my control over the 2013 tournament was revoked, and a tournament never ended up taking place), but it would be great to see some kind of "revival" or "injection" of QB spirit to those states with active schools but no "league" or such way to have increased play.

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 12:10 pm
by AKKOLADE
njsbling wrote:I've been involved this year with expanding the circuit in the SF Bay Area (my main local contact is Jeff Hoppes). I enjoy doing outreach for Quiz Bowl; Jeff and I figured that if we could find interested teams in these places then we can probably get staff nearby to run the tournaments (Jeff and I started at program this year in Sacramento and we are hoping to run an event in Reno in late March and in Fresno in late April). Even if we can't get events scheduled in the other places for this year at least we'll have some more contacts/interested people for next year.
I think this is a very admirable goal that I hope you're successful at; do you think it'd be better to focus on one region a year to get things going there first, before you target another?

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:40 am
by njsbling
That is probably best. Some places will be harder than others so I will probably work on those next year (e.g. Hawaii, Nebraska, Wyoming).

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:11 am
by Great Bustard
http://www.historybowl.com/regionalsite/maine/
Well, NHBB will give it a shot on Feb. 8 at Greely High School in Cumberland. Every school listed as "expressing interest" is a school Nolwenn visited in person two weeks ago. At at minimum, this should definitely happen. At a maximum, this can be good quizbowl's foot in the door in probably the state with the absolute least going on quizbowlwise in the entire country.

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Wed Dec 04, 2013 2:18 pm
by kcommo
That's great to hear, David. Congrats on breaking through up there.

Re: Quiz Bowl in Maine

Posted: Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:44 am
by rpirrie
Now we gotta get RI on board...