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by cchiego
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 3850

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

One of the best things to do would be to create an advisorship position for quizbowl and make that part of a professor's service to the college. This is not just having an advisor for the club like any random club, but rather a position that the college/university makes it a point to fill with a pro...
by cchiego
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Students as tournament directors?
Replies: 5
Views: 1242

Re: Students as tournament directors?

Another thing that I’m going to add is that if you do decide to run the tournament (which I commend you for), you may have to prevent yourself from being pushed over by the complaints of coaches and parents, adults to whom high schoolers would normally be deferential. Give them a fair hearing, but ...
by cchiego
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Students as tournament directors?
Replies: 5
Views: 1242

Re: Students as tournament directors?

How acceptable would it be for me, the captain of a high school team, to direct an NAQT tournament? As there are relatively few tournaments in my area of the country, and my school, which has historically been relatively strong, has had some recent difficulty recruiting new players, I would like fo...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: TDs: Manage Your Fields Appropriately
Replies: 1
Views: 1891

TDs: Manage Your Fields Appropriately

Please pay attention to which schools are signing up for your tournaments and make sure that the field is appropriate to their abilities. Be honest with teams beforehand to avoid huge mismatches that drive away newer teams and players. If a new school or an infrequent attendee wants to come to a tou...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 11153

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

I think there should be a 2018 edition, especially for Washington. There are more tournaments sprouting up, as well as commited teams in the form of Lakeside, Odle and Interlake. I would be very cautious about upgrading Washington State at this point unless there's a sudden explosion of not just ne...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 2162

Re: Collegiate outreach ideas

In the short term, your next best bet is honors colleges, honors programs, or any kind of interdisciplinary program. Quizbowl unfortunately doesn't have a real "home" department in a university, so it would be hard to make anything happen at a departmental level unless you can find some former quizb...
by cchiego
Tue May 29, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 2519

Re: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2

This happened, but had to be held outside the planned room in the lobby instead so there wasn't an opportunity for video. Some excellent discussion and detailed historical examples of what not to do when hosting ensued. I'm attaching a copy of the handout that we went over to this thread for anyone ...
by cchiego
Wed May 09, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 2519

Re: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2

I will bring my 1080p webcam and record it from at least one angle; if people who are more experienced with audiovisual stuff would like to bring a device to record (I have been told we will not have access to the room's AV equipment for understandable reasons), I'm happy to outsource it to them. If...
by cchiego
Wed May 09, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 2519

"How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2018

I am pleased to announce a "How to Host a Successful Tournament" workshop at HSNCT. The event is tentatively scheduled to take place in Imperial Ballroom A of the Marriott at 8:30 PM on Saturday, May 26th . The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in hosting a successful quizbowl tournamen...
by cchiego
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 NAQT SSNCT: April 28-29, Chicago
Replies: 21
Views: 10025

Re: 2018 NAQT SSNCT: April 28-29, Chicago

The livestreaming was a great idea and improved a good bit on last year's Periscoping, but I do have a few suggestions to make it look more professional. There are a not-inconsiderable number of people interested in watching matches, but when the livestream is jumping from match to match and platfor...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: DC Metro Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: MABL, It's Ac, and the DC circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 3063

Re: MABL, It's Ac, and the DC circuit

I want to emphasize that I'm not advocating any school to not compete in MABL or It's Ac because of pyramidal. Rather, I think many schools that only compete in the former don't realize how similar the latter is, both in terms of academic competition ethos and, like I said, question content. There ...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: DC Metro Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: MABL, It's Ac, and the DC circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 3063

Re: MABL, It's Ac, and the DC circuit

Firstly, I think that It's Academic questions in recent years have become more and more quizbowl-ish in that their canon seems to intersect more and more with the pyramidal canon, especially in playoff rounds and later (this seems to be borne out by the fact that we won last year instead of a team ...
by cchiego
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."
Replies: 12
Views: 6498

Re: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."

Likely because you'll get players or coaches who go "WHAAAAT" and yell and disrupt the match if you neg them without some kind of explanation or seeming sympathy that their answer was close. This has happened to me several times, including at nationals before. Players may think that moderators just ...
by cchiego
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 16253

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

But beyond that, there are many coaches that prefer to leave the actual running of the club to the students- in Darien for instance, our coach is very busy and as such students are responsible for registering for tourneys, running housewrites, organizing tourney logistics, etc. Many programs in my ...
by cchiego
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 16253

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

Maybe it is worth looking at what the difference between how a Chicago or UC Berkeley manages it compared to an average school that may flounder a bit? It's really hard to compare two universities that tend to get massive bumper crops of high school players each year to other schools that don't. Bu...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 16253

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

This is obviously something that helps, but as it is college quizbowl isn't maximizing the value of the existing pool of college players. Consider last year's rising freshmen contact list . Look at the number of colleges that are represented, and consider that the vast majority of them don't have q...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 16253

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

College quizbowl is really bloated with grad students, old open players, and players who are undergrads but are already quizbowl veterans. Most of these people are great volunteers and are really nice people, but I worry that they take up a lot of oxygen at every event and club meeting. I would lov...
by cchiego
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers
Replies: 20
Views: 4973

Re: ACF and Powers

Powers are great. Conor's post summed up the advantages nicely. It's a way to demonstrably reward players for depth of knowledge. For specialists in particular, a 2-0-1 statline looks and feels much better than a 2-1 statline with identical buzzes. I'd even say this is more important on harder sets ...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Tennessee 2017-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 5759

Re: Tennessee 2017-2018

It might be worth reconsidering why there was a "state championship" tournament that included 0 teams from outside of Middle Tennessee held on the exact same day as 30+ TN teams competed at a tournament in Memphis and a few weeks after a dozen teams played in East TN. FWIW, West TN currently has mor...
by cchiego
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Beaver Fever [02/10/2018 @ Caltech]
Replies: 2
Views: 2239

Re: Beaver Fever [02/10/2018 @ Caltech]

Major props to Caltech for hosting a high school tournament for the first time in awhile and getting so many new schools from the LA area to come. Hope that these schools had a good time and got linked into the larger SoCal network.
by cchiego
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Basketball + QB Tournament in the Southeast?
Replies: 3
Views: 2212

Re: Basketball + QB Tournament in the Southeast?

My high school (White Station) attended the Beach Ball Classic several times in the period that it ran a quizbowl-style competition from 1998 to 2003 when they unfortunately stopped the quiz bowl component. The quizbowl/Jeopardy-ish component was called "Academic Olympics"; it may have been run by t...
by cchiego
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl
Replies: 8
Views: 2860

Re: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl

Chris Chiego sent me a list of NJ schools that do bad quizbowl back in the summer of 2016, but I've sadly never gotten around to contacting them because our tournament fields have always filled up relatively quickly on their own. A fairly easy solution to this problem is to email all the new school...
by cchiego
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl
Replies: 8
Views: 2860

Re: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl

A few questions I have: 1. To what degree do central organizations help, like the PA Coaches one, and should that be part of our aims? (even if its simple stuff like a staffer database) 2. How do we coordinate most effectively with each other and with new schools? 3. Since many NJ schools' institut...
by cchiego
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (01/27/18)
Replies: 13
Views: 4619

Re: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (01/27/18)

It's pretty incredible that I don't think there's been an event in NJ with a novice bracket or a novice-only tournament in the past few years. Princeton did split standard-competitive this year, but that's it. not to take away from Rutgers and this tournament, but there are plenty of smaller novice...
by cchiego
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (01/27/18)
Replies: 13
Views: 4619

Re: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (01/27/18)

In the interest of trying to actually get schools to like pyramidal quizbowl and not go back to the massive modified Jeopardy shadow circuit in NJ, perhaps it would make sense to encourage a school that is making its quizbowl debut (Lyndhurst) to attend a more difficulty and field-appropriate event....
by cchiego
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Alternatives to the phrase "good quizbowl"
Replies: 8
Views: 3102

Re: Alternatives to the phrase "good quizbowl"

I'd avoid "true quizbowl" or "national format quizbowl" or even "NAQT quizbowl," all of which I've seen used in derogatory fashion by people who think all these good quizbowl traits are the work of Meddlesome Outsider Troublemakers (tm). If you're trying to reach more teams, just invite teams to tou...
by cchiego
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Quaker Fall Open III @ Penn [EFT/WHAQ]
Replies: 5
Views: 3034

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Quaker Fall Open III @ Penn [EFT/WHAQ]

Our full wrap-up of Quaker Fall Open on GPQB is available here. This is our first attempt to add some post-tournament interviews into our coverage, so let us know what y'all think.
by cchiego
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 11153

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

and it's important for people to do the digging into the finances and see who might have an interest in preventing good quizbowl in an area. I missed this comment from Chris in one of the responses above. This is absolutely a major part of what is going on in upstate New York with regards to Master...
by cchiego
Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 11153

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

I'm curious about why you think St. Joe "seems to be in a state of hibernation", though. We've attended either HSNCT or NSC every year since 2008, and we have won Rotary State (NAQT) for the past five years. This is because I mixed y'all up with the 3 other St. Joe's from around the country when lo...
by cchiego
Sun Sep 24, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT and ICT policies for 2018
Replies: 43
Views: 15201

Re: SCT and ICT policies for 2018

No clear way to ensure that teams who attended (and the host) can keep copies of the questions, but can't pass them on to others. (This is the sort of problem that no DRM I am aware of really does a good job with, and it's generally believed that perfect DRM is impossible.) Can it then be the offic...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 11153

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

I'll leave it at that, since the politics of Oklahoma quizbowl don't matter to many people outside this state. No, I'm glad that y'all brought this up and shined some more light on it. There's definitely a profit motive in a number of cases for keeping bad quizbowl that goes beyond just cheap quest...
by cchiego
Thu Sep 21, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: The Current State of New York City Quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 3621

Re: The Current State of New York City Quizbowl

First of all, I would like to make one thing clear: quizbowl doesn’t necessarily have a cities problem. 10% of Americans live in our 20 most populous cities. Keeping this statistic in mind and using the PACE NSC as an example, it follows that a field of 96 teams should have around 9-10 teams from t...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 09, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 11153

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

Just adding that George Washington was definitely at HSNCT last year, they went 4-6. It was their first time there since 2014 though. Its also worth noting that while basically only GW regularly attends HSNCT, several high schools in West Virginia send teams to NHBB nationals annually, which while ...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 09, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 11153

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

I feel like the ratings value state organizations perhaps too highly. This may be the political scientist in me, but one thing I've seen over the years is that institutions matter. You can go into a bad quizbowl area and run a bunch of good pyramidal tournaments in one year, but if you don't get so...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 24
Views: 11153

The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

I was pleased with the responses to the first thread on this topic in 2015 and I hope that this updated list as of summer 2017 will prove useful in pointing out areas where good quizbowl has proven successful and where good quizbowl still has a ways to go. Again, I define "good quizbowl" as tourname...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Recruiting Members
Replies: 5
Views: 2987

Re: Recruiting Members

There will likely be people who played all kinds of similar competitions in high school (it looks like Bowdoin draws mostly from Massachusetts, New York, Maine, California, and Connecticut), so you may want to include not just Quiz Bowl but also MasterMinds, High School Quiz Show, and perhaps just "...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Women in quizbowl discussion
Topic: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition
Replies: 28
Views: 8470

Re: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition

It is also possible for a coach to find themselves in a situation where they don't have female players at tryouts. I've always wondered if try-outs themselves might in themselves dissuade or cut many people who would make great players. During the year that I coached a high school team, we had a si...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 14013

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

My question is "what can we do to make that not the response?" Go into areas that don't have pyramidal MS quizbowl right now. Work to change IESA's question source (I know, this could be a decades-long project, but see if you can get into local leagues and such at first). Go into Northern Indiana, ...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 14013

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

What can we do to repair this relationship? Well, let's see, USABB is: -Copying the NAC strategy of bribing the top teams to play worse competition and claim to be "national champions." -Running 14 TU matches (!!) and claiming it's just as legit as regular quizbowl (and charging basically the same)...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 10398

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

The Southeast Education Service Center's quiz bowl page does not appear to resemble anything like pyramidal quiz bowl. The rules say questions are worth between 5 and 25 points, there is no mention of bonuses, and the practice questions they link to (which, unfortunately, do not seem to exist) incl...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 10398

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

A few comments on some of the biggest MSAs missing QB to help nudge any outreach efforts in the right direction: #13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA -- This is AcaDec land. I once contacted a coach of a "trivia team" at a school in Riverside who expressed some interest at first but quickly died...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 10398

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

Also, they'd probably be a good host if we ever want to do a tournament for both CO and UT teams, as they're about halfway from Denver to Salt Lake. There are plenty of local Knowledge Bowl-playing schools near Grand Junction like Fruita Monument and several other former NAC attendees who would be ...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NAC going pyramidal?
Replies: 27
Views: 12474

Re: NAC going pyramidal?

After going to PACE and getting thwomped, I can confirm that losing at PACE is more fun than winning at NAC. Any coach that subjects their student to :chip: is not teaching their students anything about actual learning and is rather giving their team a false sense of security in their abilities. Es...
by cchiego
Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Levels of Recognition in Quizbowl
Replies: 3
Views: 3199

Re: Levels of Recognition in Quizbowl

IHSSBCA has All-Sectional and All-State Teams, and qualifying to play at NASAT is also treated as an honor. We also have a Coaches Hall of Fame and a Friend of Scholastic Bowl that goes to adults who are not coaches. Starting next year, we are likely to have a Coach of the Year. All of these awards...
by cchiego
Mon May 29, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Levels of Recognition in Quizbowl
Replies: 3
Views: 3199

Levels of Recognition in Quizbowl

With the increased number of teams coming to nationals and the limiting factor of only one team being able to win, I wanted to throw out some ways to help increase the number of recognition opportunities in quizbowl to encourage teams of all levels to keep coming and competing. The ideal here is to ...
by cchiego
Wed May 17, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2016-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 6294

Re: Tennessee 2016-2017

Knowledge Bowl ended with a posthumously cancelled final after they realized that multiple questions read in the final had been read verbatim earlier in previous matches. Who on earth could have forseen this happening??? Of course, this happened after White Station lost in the semis despite getting ...
by cchiego
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats
Replies: 10
Views: 2999

Re: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats

Thanks so much, Chris. We've been trying to do this without telling schools that they're doing it wrong (I only use the term "bad quizbowl" within the established community). You make a great point about big-name schools being perceived as elitist; I didn't even consider this. We'll try to play up ...
by cchiego
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats
Replies: 10
Views: 2999

Re: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats

Does anyone have any advice on convincing schools to try pyramidal/"good" qb? That's awesome that y'all are going to try to do this! CO is definitely ripe for hosting more pyramidal tournaments given the many teams who play KB. Definitely search through this forum (especially in the theory section ...
by cchiego
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 34738

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

a tournament my team plays in October can't be publicly discussed until July (and then only if we ask nicely). It seems that this could easily be avoided, independent of all the other concerns, by setting up private discussion forums for various NAQT sets (for example, an IS-166 Private Discussion ...
by cchiego
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 34738

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

The best solution here would really be just charging more up front in terms of entry fees (with of course considerable first-time team discounts) while posting more questions from previous years. SCT and ICT are both well-established, well-attended events. The service and product that NAQT provides ...