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Neg Prizes

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 9:55 pm
by apurvak
Hello everyone!

Sorry if this is on another thread somewhere else, but I'm new to this whole format. As a high school sophomore who is running her first ever tournament, I was wanting help on the issue of neg prizes. Neg prizes look like they would be fun, but I am not sure what would make a good prize. Any cheap ideas? (emphasis on cheap)

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:05 pm
by Banana Stand
Relevant thread can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=117&t=12994&p=240240&hi ... es#p240240

General consensus? Probably not the best idea.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:57 pm
by samus149
Eh, I've always thought neg prizes were fun, a way to keep the games from getting too serious. It's true that top scorers usually win them, but the people who are in contention for a neg prize are usually as excited for them as they are for a PPG award. If you want to avoid someone negging out their team just for the prize, don't announce that there will be one until prelims are over.

If you do want to go that route: the three neg prizes I remember being awarded in the last two years were a Halloween mask, a used doormat, and a partially colored coloring book. You could literally take something lying around your house and give it away; neg prize winners aren't picky.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:32 am
by Corry
Neg prizes have been a thing in the SoCal circuit for as long as I can remember, and everybody has always been pretty cool with them. (I actually can't recall a single time in my last 3 years of high school quiz bowl when the neg prize wasn't won by a tier-1 player.) But it would certainly depend on the circuit.

My favorite neg prize: a copy of Twilight.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 12:35 am
by Banned Tiny Toon Adventures Episode
Corry wrote: My favorite neg prize: a copy of Twilight.
I believe a Loyola tournament a few years ago gave a Twilight calendar as a neg prize

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 2:56 am
by 1992 in spaceflight
I gave away a copy of The Notebook as a neg prize this year.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:18 am
by something random!
I just saw someone get a "Take 5" candy bar as a neg prize this weekend

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:38 am
by The Stately Rhododendron
I was very proud of giving away "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Being Psychic" to Daniel Galitsky. I think, in general, neg prizes are only good if you have something actually funny to give away, and you're not giving it to a middle-schooler with a negative P/N (which happened last year)

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:46 am
by Sniper, No Sniping!
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Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 8:40 pm
by nascarkid397
I'd go with something funny, or my personal favorite, a gigantic eraser.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:48 pm
by tiwonge
I have, in the past, bought children's computer games at the library book sale for $1 or so to use as neg prizes.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:50 pm
by The Bold Ideas of Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
I once got a novel by Jimmy Buffett.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:57 pm
by AKKOLADE
Banana Stand wrote:Relevant thread can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=117&t=12994&p=240240&hi ... es#p240240

General consensus? Probably not the best idea.
Just wanted to follow up with this to say that neg prizes aren't a great idea.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 7:58 pm
by The Bold Ideas of Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:
Banana Stand wrote:Relevant thread can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=117&t=12994&p=240240&hi ... es#p240240

General consensus? Probably not the best idea.
Just wanted to follow up with this to say that neg prizes aren't a great idea.
Didn't realize this was in the High School subforum at first. I agree with Fred.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 8:58 pm
by Golran
I did enjoy giving out neg prizes when I directed tournaments. One of my favorites to give out was a book called Gut Feelings. In retrospect, a book like that probably would have been more appropriate as a power prize. What is the community's opinion on giving out a gag prize for most powers like a light bulb or pack of batteries (since they provided the most power).

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:22 pm
by Ndg
Golran wrote:I did enjoy giving out neg prizes when I directed tournaments. One of my favorites to give out was a book called Gut Feelings.
This reminds me of a recent tournament at PItt where the neg prize was a book of "Atrocities".
Golran wrote:In retrospect, a book like that probably would have been more appropriate as a power prize. What is the community's opinion on giving out a gag prize for most powers like a light bulb or pack of batteries (since they provided the most power).
I think this is a great idea -- more constructive than a neg prize, but just as amusing.

Re: Neg Prizes

Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:10 am
by 1992 in spaceflight
merv1618 wrote:
Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:
Banana Stand wrote:Relevant thread can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=117&t=12994&p=240240&hi ... es#p240240

General consensus? Probably not the best idea.
Just wanted to follow up with this to say that neg prizes aren't a great idea.
Didn't realize this was in the High School subforum at first. I agree with Fred.
I should note that all of the neg prizes I've given away have been in college tournaments I've directed (and I've never announced that there will be a neg prize beforehand).