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by Great Bustard
Tue May 15, 2018 12:58 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together
Replies: 33
Views: 13965

Re: I Love You, QB, So Please Get It The F*** Together

I would like to echo David's post on behalf of NHBB / International Academic Competitions and all of our derivative events. If there is anything we can do, whether to rectify a specific situation, or more broadly speaking, to foster a respectful and safe environment for all competitors, staff, coach...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 3748

Re: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chi

Isn't USABB just for elementary and middle school? I don't see this as catastrophic, unless USABB is counting on siphoning large amounts of staff from HSNCT. Yes, USABB is just elementary and middle school. Also, keep in mind that we typically over a significant discount on registration fees for co...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 3748

Re: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chi

NHBB / USABB already has a sizeable pool of staffers who do not typically staff NAQT events; I will be working on increasing this pool over the coming year. We have almost ten months to accomplish this. Also, this can be augmented as needed, especially given that we heard of a number of reports of N...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jul 30, 2016 6:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 39530

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

The fact that several tournaments at IHO were being written immediately before they were happening is an absolute organizational failure. Futhermore, this kind of thing keeps happening with NHBB, and it cannot continue to happen if NHBB wants to be representative of good academic competition. This ...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jul 30, 2016 5:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 39530

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

Dave, has there been any discussion about NHBB setting up a board of directors? I can't help but think this might take some of the intense workload you have a week off of your hands. We've had a Board of Advisors since our inception, though honestly, that largely served its purpose in the first two...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jul 30, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 39530

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

For what it’s worth, after consulting with my lawyer, both he and I came to the conclusion that it’s not worth my time or energy to pursue any lawsuit against Bunnie (or anyone else) regarding non-disclosure agreements, unless it’s a matter of disclosing confidential business plans and financial inf...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:41 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 3748

Re: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chi

That weekend works out best mostly because of the third day that students are off from school, and as it was at least two weeks removed from MSNCT. Late April is not an option, due to NHBB HS Nationals, and in June we are running our IHBB championships. We're certainly aware of the overlap with HSNC...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:11 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: 2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chicago
Replies: 9
Views: 3748

2017 USABB Nationals: Memorial Day Weekend (5/26-29) Chicago

The US Academic Bee and Bowl is pleased to its announce that its second National Championships will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago/Rosemont, IL over Memorial Day weekend (May 26-29). A full program of events and list of costs will be forthcoming, but we've confirmed the dates and loc...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jul 27, 2016 7:17 am
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: CO "History Bee" (2018)
Replies: 15
Views: 5670

Re: CO "History Bee" (2018)

I am interested in this idea - possibly even lending the National History Bee name to this, though not interested in overseeing question production for it or having our usual writing team do so. For what it's worth, at HS Nationals, we have 6 prelim rounds. At regionals we have 3. At IHO and Asians,...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jul 26, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 International History Olympiad: Oahu - July 17-24
Replies: 11
Views: 5370

Re: 2016 International History Olympiad: Oahu - July 17-24

Longer post to follow later this week, but this event was a great success, and my thanks to all who attended and made it possible. On the matter of questions, some (but not all) questions will be available from this event on the Olympiad website but that won't happen until later in August. At the co...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jul 13, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Academic Studies of the Benefits of Quiz Bowl
Replies: 1
Views: 1516

Academic Studies of the Benefits of Quiz Bowl

Is anyone aware of any academic studies of the benefits of academic competition of any sort, or ideally, of quiz bowl, or even more ideally, of pyramidal quiz bowl? A journalist with whom I'm in touch is interested in writing an article and wanted to know of any sort of studies that could be cited. ...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jul 09, 2016 8:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted
Replies: 14
Views: 10047

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted

I don't know if this is the right thread to put this, but Mr. Madden: Have the High School NHBB questions sets for the 15-16 year (Both Regionals and Nationals) been posted somewhere like NHBB did for 14-15? I would like to be able to use them for practice. :smile: They'll be posted by mid-October ...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted
Replies: 14
Views: 10047

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

If anyone has email addresses for Robert Crawford or Cole Timmerwilke (or if they themselves are reading this) and could contact me with those so I can arrange for them to receive their awards, that would be great.
by Great Bustard
Tue Jul 05, 2016 3:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted
Replies: 14
Views: 10047

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

Winners have now been posted in the original post upthread in bold. Congratulations to the 2016 National Quiz Bowl Award winners and nominees, and thanks to all who voted!
by Great Bustard
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted
Replies: 14
Views: 10047

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

It's a policy not to release nomination votes or otherwise comment on individual nominations. That said, I'm open to a slightly larger nominating committee next year that encompasses more than NHBB staff members - if anyone (at least 2 years out of high school) is interested in serving on such a com...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:22 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Studying Geography
Replies: 8
Views: 6029

Re: Studying Geography

Just seeing this thread now, but there are lots of past geography questions (both standard quiz bowl questions and the Qualifying Exams and Nationals Exams) on the US Geography Olympiad homepage at http://www.geographyolympiad.com
by Great Bustard
Fri Jul 01, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 33812

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

The only thing the NHBB staff has agreed upon regarding public liaison is that Dave should not do it. [Edit: as of when I was there] But yeah, Dave is probably in charge of that. This was not true when you worked for NHBB either; I have always communicated on NHBB events/policies/messaging if neede...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted
Replies: 14
Views: 10047

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

As a reminder, voting closes today, so please vote if you haven't yet done so and are eligible to! Ballots should be submitted to niki@historybowl.com according to the process outlined in the initial post.
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 11106

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

I've proposed this in the staff forum, but maybe it's worth a proposal here. Please note that I am not speaking for the chief admin or any other board staffer. This should not be considered an official policy or even a proposed one at this time. With NHBB and its NHBB-affiliated crop of tournaments...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 11106

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

Given the growing organizational and conceptual separation between quizbowl* and History Bowl, and the continued disappointment on the part of many in quizbowl with various facets of History Bowl as currently put in practice, it doesn't strike me as odd that people are more frustrated now than they...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 30, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 11106

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

To be blunt on the geographic expansion principle, I don't see the value of IHBB and its work. At best, you've created islands in the metaphorical sea which might or might not grow a self-sustaining community (but limited by factors like extreme distance from the nearest quizbowl or NHBB region, a ...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jun 27, 2016 9:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) 2015-16
Replies: 37
Views: 18433

Re: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) 2015-16

2013 in amusement parks wrote:Conard HS is hosting Connecticut states on April 23.
This, again, is NHBB Nationals weekend, and I would strongly suggest an alternate date, especially this far out when there are other options available.
by Great Bustard
Sun Jun 26, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 11106

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

I will have more to say later once I've recovered from 14 hours of flying to India on top of not having slept the prior evening, but one quick point - this thread should have been split ages ago, as virtually nothing here seems germane to the National Quiz Bowl Awards and my trying, in this particul...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Clarifying what "NHBB" should be used to refer to
Replies: 2
Views: 2170

Clarifying what "NHBB" should be used to refer to

"NHBB" as a four letter acronym should be used to refer solely to the Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions of the National History Bee and the National History Bowl. You are welcome to use it to refer to the company that also oversees the US Academic Bee and Bowl, the International History Bee and B...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 33812

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

The only thing the NHBB staff has agreed upon regarding public liaison is that Dave should not do it. [Edit: as of when I was there] But yeah, Dave is probably in charge of that. This was not true when you worked for NHBB either; I have always communicated on NHBB events/policies/messaging if neede...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jun 25, 2016 1:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 11106

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

Regarding the radio silence vis a vis the middle school Nationals, from my end, that's largely because my operating agreement with ACE prevents me from commenting on things under their umbrella, namely the middle school and elementary school tournaments that ran entirely under ACE's auspices and whi...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jun 24, 2016 11:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB, the Community, and the Forums
Replies: 27
Views: 11106

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

The nominating committee consisted of Niki Peters, Raynell Cooper, and David Madden. And it's the National QUIZBOWL Awards? Kind of confused on how the nominating committee of NHBB folks extends to the entire realm of quizbowl, but ok. Combined, Raynell, Niki, and I have over 25 years of involvemen...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted
Replies: 14
Views: 10047

Re: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Up, Vote Thru 6

The nominating committee consisted of Niki Peters, Raynell Cooper, and David Madden. And it's the National QUIZBOWL Awards? Kind of confused on how the nominating committee of NHBB folks extends to the entire realm of quizbowl, but ok. Combined, Raynell, Niki, and I have over 25 years of involvemen...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jun 24, 2016 5:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted
Replies: 14
Views: 10047

2016 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Winners Posted

NHBB is happy to sponsor the fifth annual National Quiz Bowl Awards for the 2015-2016 season. $2000 in prize money and plaques will go to recognize the nation's top students and coaches at the middle and high school level. Here are the awards that will be given out - these are the same as last year,...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jun 22, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17
Replies: 45
Views: 23688

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17

NHBB's Lower Hudson tournament on C Set which drew over 50 teams last year will once again be in its usual spot - White Plains High School on Sat. December 17. I'll direct it.
by Great Bustard
Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:29 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Introducing new moderators to the game
Replies: 14
Views: 7214

Re: Introducing new moderators to the game

To clarify, though I had thought this was stating the obvious, Rotary Clubs, historical societies, and the like are not going to be a magical source of experienced and/or good moderators at the outset, though there are more people than many would think who can basically understand the basics of at ...
by Great Bustard
Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 33812

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

IHBB Asian Championships (which included to the best of my knowledge, the largest ever pyramidal all-subject quiz bowl tournament outside North America on Friday, our Academic Bowl of Asia in which 23 teams competed). To the best of my knowledge, the previous record is 14 teams at the 2015 Concordi...
by Great Bustard
Sun Jun 12, 2016 5:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 33812

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

seemingly at random I thought this was standard NHBB fare (which happened at some 7-9 team fields at some local tournaments), due to a restriction on the number of packets and the fact you got to get through a bowl and a bee all in one day; however this shouldn't also be happening at nationals. It ...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jun 11, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Introducing new moderators to the game
Replies: 14
Views: 7214

Re: Introducing new moderators to the game

To clarify, though I had thought this was stating the obvious, Rotary Clubs, historical societies, and the like are not going to be a magical source of experienced and/or good moderators at the outset, though there are more people than many would think who can basically understand the basics of at l...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jun 10, 2016 2:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6/12)
Replies: 86
Views: 33812

Re: NHBB for Middle and Elementary Levels (Chicago, IL 6/9-6

To clarify two things: 1. Livermore Valley Charter was not a no show. They played their round 1 match as a team of two and were notified after round 1 that playing as a team of two was against the rules. They contacted me and were very unhappy, as according to them, they had only been notified of th...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Introducing new moderators to the game
Replies: 14
Views: 7214

Re: Introducing new moderators to the game

There's someone interested in waking up early on a Saturday to read questions to strangers for six+ hours for free who isn't even interested in quizbowl itself? Where can I find these people?? Local historical societies for NHBB. Rotary and Lions clubs are a good place to look for everyone. Also, a...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jun 01, 2016 9:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17
Replies: 45
Views: 23688

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17

Confirming NJ NHBB States (projected field size of 90-105 teams!) at Ridgewood High School on Saturday, Jan. 14 (the usual weekend). This will as usual run on B Set and of course is open to out of state teams. The fall tournament at Torah Academy is likely to be either on December 4 or December 11, ...
by Great Bustard
Thu May 26, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Launch of IHBB India
Replies: 2
Views: 1596

Launch of IHBB India

From June 25 to July 9, IHBB will be doing its first recruiting trip in India. This has been a long time coming - we have strategically held off on launching in India for various logistical reasons until now, but now we will be launching systematically so as to establish a permanent presence in Indi...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 24, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2016 US Academic Bee and Bowl Nationals
Replies: 14
Views: 7095

Re: US Academic Bee and Bowl Nationals

I completely agree that especially for divisions limited to 3rd graders and younger, different approaches will be needed. Maybe something like just one regional set that can be played at after school events once or twice a year. Obviously, this is a long ways off given that there are very few elemen...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 24, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2016 US Academic Bee and Bowl Nationals
Replies: 14
Views: 7095

Re: US Academic Bee and Bowl Nationals

Now that USABB has gone from an idea to a legit National Championship with 46 teams from around the country in exactly 4 months, I'd like to offer a few thoughts about the first year, and where I expect things to go from here regarding USABB for 2016-17 and beyond. First, I'm very gratified about th...
by Great Bustard
Sun May 22, 2016 5:46 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2016 US Academic Bee and Bowl Nationals
Replies: 14
Views: 7095

Re: US Academic Bee and Bowl Nationals

Finishing champions, Shiva Oswal won the Elementary Academic Bee. More later; all results are final at: http://www.usacademicbowl.com/nationals ... tatistics/
by Great Bustard
Sun May 22, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: 2016 US Academic Bee and Bowl Nationals
Replies: 14
Views: 7095

2016 US Academic Bee and Bowl Nationals

The US Academic Bee and Bowl is about to conclude its inaugural National Championships, which have been going on since Friday. I'll have a much more extensive post, both on Nationals, and where we'll be going from here with USABB in general by tomorrow, but for now, suffice to say that everything ha...
by Great Bustard
Thu May 05, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33836

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

(That said, having that pre-planned group structure completed more than ~4 hours before the tournament *IS* one of them!) This was an anomaly this year - in 6 years of NHBB, this was the first and only time the draws ever came out late (and as far as I know, this didn't lead to any backups in getti...
by Great Bustard
Thu May 05, 2016 10:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17
Replies: 45
Views: 23688

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17

November 12 will be the Northern NJ History Bee and Bowl, returning to Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ this year. NJ States will almost certainly be the Saturday of MLK weekend at Ridgewood. Everything else to follow - will post as dates come in. Overall, we expect to run a very similar ca...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 04, 2016 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33836

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

One last point: I find the level of vitriol in this thread rather bewildering since: a) this is dealing with a relatively minor improvement (cf. this year's playoff format accomplishing exactly what it was meant to do) b) these are all ideas I mooted last year in the post-Nationals thread then (larg...
by Great Bustard
Wed May 04, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33836

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

Okay, one last post (barring the need to refute something or other) on this. Having considered the time we have to work with, the likely number of teams in the draw next year, and various logistical matters (e.g. a desire to have the JV finals run one round before the Varsity), we're going to do a 3...
by Great Bustard
Tue May 03, 2016 12:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33836

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

Thanks for this. I'll need to mull this over, but I like this version a lot - I think it accomplishes a lot of what I'm trying to get at, and if it's significantly less controversial than the format this year, then so much the better.
by Great Bustard
Mon May 02, 2016 9:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33836

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

I think a reasonable system would be a 16+16 DE playoff for varsity and a 16-team 4x4 -> 4-team SE playoff for JV. Varsity plays 4 rounds Saturday night, JV plays its group stage and tiebreakers to win the group. Sunday, the first two rounds of bowl playoff are the Round of 6 and the semifinal(s) f...
by Great Bustard
Mon May 02, 2016 6:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here
Replies: 88
Views: 33836

Re: Discuss 2016 NHBB Nationals Here

A few things here - first, is that I think the scope of this problem is being largely overstated. I'm not saying I'm not interested in a fair way of resolving the tournament (if I weren't I wouldn't have changed the tournament format twice in the past two years to get away from single elim, and then...