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by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

Coaches/Players: Right now, the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association is discussing our current policies regarding players competing in our state tournaments. As of now, our rules specifically state Players must be enrolled at the represented school or, if their school has no program for their ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon May 27, 2019 12:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 2834

Re: Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019

Congratulations to all the great teams at HSNCT this year. The competition was tough! Did your team finish where you hoped? Was your performance where you wanted it to be? Qwiz Camp can help you get take the next step in your QB career! With four locations and a week of classes, practices, and tourn...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon May 27, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 2188

Re: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Congratulations to all of our Qwiz Camp winners so far! We still have one drawing left, so get your entries in!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon May 13, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: MSNCT predictions
Replies: 32
Views: 4002

Re: MSNCT predictions

I guess we're doing the prediction thing so I'll take Aptakisic, Churchill, Challenger-Almaden, Daniel Wright, Hunter, Odle for top six. My biggest prediction is that at least one of the top six teams will be someone nobody in this thread picked for top six. There's always at least one surprise. We...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon May 13, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

It is unquestionably the case. It was a remarkable performance, but what really makes it important is what it says about the nature of this game--that a group of students who are willing to put in the time and effort and work together can achieve at the highest levels, and anyone who dares to dismis...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun May 05, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Congratulations to West Point on their top 20 finish at SSNCT! Congratulations to Altamont (50th) and East Lawrence (57th) for their performances as well.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu May 02, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Getting Other Schools to Join Quiz Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 760

Re: Getting Other Schools to Join Quiz Bowl

If you do some poking around here on this site, you'll find that this is a question many of us have tried to grapple with over the years. Alas, there is no simple answer. Your basic problem is that you have motivation, but you don't have contacts at other schools or other teams to work with. The que...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Apr 25, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Dealing with Toxicity in QB
Replies: 5
Views: 1516

Re: Dealing with Toxicity in QB

There is really nothing more important to a team than team chemistry. Toxic team stuff will destroy your chances of success. While it is certainly part of the coach's job to prevent this from happening, what bothers me more is that you have other teammates who apparently are not responding to this. ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Added this week: Qwiz5 entries on Robert Browning and the Boer War.

Find them at http://www.qwizbowl.com/qwiz5!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Recently added to Qwiz5:

Robert Browning
Modest Mussorgsky
The Mughal Dynasty
Things Fall Apart

Find out more at the Qwiz5 page. Also, don't forget that there's still time to enter the April drawing for a free camp session! Details are at the Qwiz site!
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

This was an outstanding tournament. I didn't get to watch Div II, but I know TR Miller had a great day, and Good Hope repeated as 4A State Champions as well. Elkmont continues to impress me with their top four finish every year. They have a good program! In Div I, the big surprise was absolutely Alm...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: #GrowTheGame - an initiative for QB you can help with!
Replies: 0
Views: 890

#GrowTheGame - an initiative for QB you can help with!

We at Qwiz owe a great deal to quizbowl. Each of us counts our time playing and coaching among the best of our lives, and each of us are grateful to those who have shared that experience with us. The coaches we have worked with, players we have coached, and the organizations that have made this poss...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Apr 07, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

For the record, Eleanor, I cannot answer you without noting that I am no longer affiliated with ACE camps. I worked with ACE for many years, and during that time I staffed camps in several places, and I helped to bring them to Alabama, but as of last year I decided that I wanted to pursue a differen...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:57 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

That does look like something I wrote, even if I can't find it. How would I rank things going into State? What, you want me to provide bulletin board material for everyone? :) I think that at the moment, anyone who looks at the state field dispassionately and at the results from this year sees that ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: "Shawrisheets": A New Way of Scorekeeping
Replies: 2
Views: 1627

Re: "Shawrisheets": A New Way of Scorekeeping

Does this system accommodate lightning rounds or other regional oddities?
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 2188

Re: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Another big congratulations to KEVIN LYVERS of Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, IL! He's the March winner of our free registration to attend Qwiz Camp!

We're not done yet! Head to www.qwizbowl.com to enter for April and a chance to win free camp!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Apr 01, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Qwiz5 has added the following Qwiz5 guides to the website:

The Glass Menagerie
Shays's Rebellion
Johannes Kepler
Loki
Stanford Prison Experiment

This brings us to over 20 Qwiz5 guides you can browse at www.qwizbowl.com/qwiz5!
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Welcome to the forums! To echo what Brett said, making it to State is a big deal in and of itself. That’s a place to start and to take pride in. That said, when you go to state, you are always going to have to play the best teams, but why can’t Enterprise be one of the best teams? There are three th...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Help Me Justify a Quizbowl Class?
Replies: 4
Views: 1241

Re: Help Me Justify a Quizbowl Class?

You might have more luck by looking at your competitive math team, if you have one; such teams often have their own class period to practice and study more advanced material. I found that starting small was a good way to get a foot in the door until the opportunity for a full period presented itself...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

This week, you can learn more about Max Planck and Carl Jung from our Qwiz5 resources.

Is there something you'd like us to create a Qwiz5 on? Let us know!
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

New this week at Qwiz5:

Boston Tea Party
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Learn more at http://www.qwizbowl.com/qwiz5!
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Qwiz Camps are hiring for Summer 2019!
Replies: 0
Views: 1566

Qwiz Camps are hiring for Summer 2019!

Moderators: I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this, but we want to reach out to the college/grad community, and this seems like the best forum match for the College level. Apologies if it belongs elsewhere. [ Collegiate Discussion seems like a better fit. --mgmt ] Qwiz is now accepting ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps are now hiring!
Replies: 0
Views: 1064

Qwiz Camps are now hiring!

Qwiz is now accepting applications to work at our 2019 summer camps! Because we are committed to offering the best possible camp experience for our campers, we are looking for applicants who share our love of quizbowl, have a variety of skill sets, and want to be part of something special. Duties of...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 2188

Re: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Congratulations to JOYCE LI of Eastside High School in Covington, GA, the February winner of a free registration for Qwiz Camp!

We still have free camp registrations to give, so visit the Qwiz website to enter for the March drawing!
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Added to Qwiz5 this week:

George Seurat
Brown v. Board of Education
Their Eyes Were Watching G-d

Check them out at Qwiz5 at our site, and happy Qwizzing!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Question 1: Virtually no chance of splitting the dates for Div 1 and Div 2.

Question 2: Changes of that sort are all discussed and handled over the summer.

Here's some stats for you:

ASCA Districts - Jeff State

MS State

JV State

ES State is being entered and should be up in a day or so.
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Congrats to Hoover! I heard that Kapil was excellent. I’ll just take a moment to plug Altamont for improving from 6th to 2nd from 2018 to 2019. I’m looking forward to a Varsity Hoover rematch (with the A-squad present). Hoover and Altamont should be quite a matchup, and the matches between those tw...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

At Hoover High, Mr. Caine will be taking over the head coaching duties, with help from Mr. Hamley. As far as the state MS/JV/ES tourney goes, I think that given the size of the ES field now and the quality JV players out there, ASCA will be looking closely at breaking these events up somewhat. We kn...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Congratulations to the winners from yesterday’s state events: Middle School champions Liberty Middle School Elementary School champions Opelika Middle School JV Champions Hoover High School Varsity championships will be this April. As for Division II, I think that the top four are Miller, Good Hope,...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 2188

Re: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Just a reminder- our first drawing deadline for entry is this Thursday, so show us how you Qwiz before then for your chance at free camp this year! Visit our website for details.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Qwiz now has the following Qwiz5 entries available as free resources: Zoroastrianism A Doll's House Ramses the Great Prime Numbers Cupid James K. Polk You can check these out here ! We hope they are useful to you as you study! If there's a topic you'd like to see us do a Qwiz5 on, please let us know...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

ASCA District Results - State Qualifiers from each district: Athens: Sparkman, Grissom (Div 1), Elkmont (Div. 2) Bevil: Demopolis (Div 1), Lamar County (Div 2) Central: Sylacauga (Div 1), Leeds (Div 2) Coastal: Alma Bryant (Div 1) Enterprise: Enterprise (Div 1), T. R. Miller (Div 2) Gadsden: Gadsden...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 2188

Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Hey, folks! Do you love quizbowl? Do you want to check out Qwiz Camp? Here's your chance! Qwiz is giving away five free camp registrations for this summer! Want a chance to claim one? It's easy! Just "Show us how you Qwiz!" Snap a selfie with your friends having fun with quizbowl, get out on social ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 7
Views: 2410

Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Ready to power more tossups? Tired of thinking “How did they get that?” after your opponent buzzes? Qwiz is ready to help! Today we are launching our Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials, a free resource to help you boost your game! In each Qwiz5 installment, we’ll explore an answer line and its five most freq...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Congratulations to Liberty Middle School, who defeated Discovery Middle School in the Hoover MS Melee this past Saturday. Liberty averaged over 600 points per game in this tournament, and won handily in each match, even against other strong teams. They are a very strong team that ought to be plannin...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Results are in, but individual scores are not. Those are awaiting processing by one of the board members, who has to enter all the matches into SQBS when he gets a couple free hours. Expect them shortly, but not immediately.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 163
Views: 76197

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Joshua, this is an odd error. I got the same results, and even tried doing a little fiddling to get something back that was more usable. When I went to the stats to see what I could learn, it appears to me that what happened with these matches is that your scorekeeper or your data person who did the...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 163
Views: 76197

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

If you could be a bit more specific, I might be able to help. Alternatively, if you give full rights to my account (jrutsky), I will look at the event from here and see if I can figure out what is happening.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Currently , Liberty is definitely the best middle school team in AL. At today's Decatur Middle School tournament, Liberty finished prelims with ~550 ppg, and the closest competitor was Baldwin with ~440 ppg. Liberty continued to sweep the playoffs and got 1st, even without Ethan Xu, one of their co...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Probably, yes. Field update: Monrovia Middle : 3 teams, no buzzers Gadsden Middle : 4 teams, 1 buzzer Highlands School: 2 teams, 1 buzzer Thompson Middle: 1 team, 1 buzzer West Point Middle: 3 teams, 2 buzzers Haleyville Middle: 4 teams, no buzzers Opelika Middle: 2 teams, no buzzers Columbiana Midd...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Here is an update on the Hoover Middle School Melee , which is near capacity at this time. As we are currently almost full, we are asking coaches to please double-check your reservation on the list below, and update it if necessary. We understand that there are times when you are planning far in adv...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

According to the ASCA MS Rules , The moderator shall not read the correct answers. At the LAMP Fun Tournament last month, there was a particular worksheet where the question was looking for Black Thursday, as in the beginning of the Great Depression. However, the answer was listed as Black Friday. ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Would it be plausable for ASCA to write good, letter categorized worksheets and distribute them to tournaments that use worksheets? I feel like that this would be a good way to make sure that at least we have good quality worksheets (for however long we still have to have them). Short answer: No, f...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg5 to SQBS Parser
Replies: 10
Views: 3967

Re: Neg5 to SQBS Parser

All of the errors I get are syntax errors.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 2834

Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019

We are excited to announce the launch of Qwiz Camps! Our mission is to provide a place where people who love quizbowl can learn, compete, and make friends, all with the help of experienced staff members who care about teaching as well as winning. Quizbowl season runs from September to June, but what...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg5 to SQBS Parser
Replies: 10
Views: 3967

Re: Neg5 to SQBS Parser

I have tried to do this multiple times, and I keep getting syntax errors when entering the command to launch the parser. My QBJ file is titled HIT, and my json file is HITSET; would you please post the syntax as it should be entered into the python prompt using these names to see if I'm making a big...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Constitutes Good Moderating
Replies: 10
Views: 3866

Re: What Constitutes Good Moderating

Just off the top of my head, I like three things in a moderator: consistency, confidence, and clarity. When we hold events, I try to remind moderators to count anything involving timing with generous hand gestures to make sure everyone sees that they are doing so in a consistent manner from toss-up ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Last update from Sylacuaga on field - Arab High School- 1 team, 1 buzzer set Hoover High School- 4 teams, 3 buzzer sets Shelby County High School- 1 team, 0 buzzers Smiths Station High School- 2 teams, 2 buzzers sets Southside High School- 1 team, 0 buzzers Spain Park High School- 2 teams, 0 buzzers...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 17419

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

What about LAMP? LAMP has two strong sophomores, Ani Harishankar and Jenny Baek, specializing in History and literature respectively. Both really good players, especially Jenny, who could be neck and neck with Claire Tumlin as 2nd best lit player in state. Still, I haven't seen them play this year,...