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by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: An Apology and an Announcement
Replies: 19
Views: 10095

Re: An Apology and an Announcement

I have more thoughts on this whole situation that I need to process over the next couple of days, but I have to say I think it's very cowardly for Dave to "apologize" by sending someone else to do it for him. It makes me question the sincerity of the apology, especially the part directed to Bunnie....
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Sun Jul 31, 2016 3:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?
Replies: 75
Views: 38071

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NHBB?

I've never worked for NHBB, other than helping staff at their first couple nationals and then some of their regional tournaments. While Greg Bossick was with NHBB, I did help Greg out in putting together a database of schools and contact information for NHBB, because David Madden is notorious for ad...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Fri Sep 20, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT moderator feedback is now available
Replies: 9
Views: 2585

Re: NAQT moderator feedback is now available

Same for me, saying there are 0 moderator evaluations. I'm fairly sure I've used the same email.
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Tue Apr 30, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread
Replies: 88
Views: 16870

Re: NHBB Nationals Discussion Thread

By your SCEI argument, a tossup on "free trade" that made multiple references to ASEAN or Southeast Asia would not have accepted an answer of ASEAN, simply because free trade was not in the name, whereas it is in the NAFTA case. I would hope if the required answerline was "free trade" and the quest...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Fri Apr 05, 2013 3:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greg Bossick's Resignation from NHBB & Some Issues it Raises
Replies: 19
Views: 8309

Re: Greg Bossick's Resignation from NHBB & Some Issues it Raises

I'm only jumping in to say I took him to mean threw personal information out, not threw Greg out. Yes, that's what I meant. Apologies for phrasing that sentence awkwardly where it could be misinterpreted. These two statements directly contradict each other. Inappropriate levels of personal informat...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Thu Apr 04, 2013 1:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greg Bossick's Resignation from NHBB & Some Issues it Raises
Replies: 19
Views: 8309

Re: Greg Bossick's Resignation from NHBB & Some Issues it Raises

I agreed after Greg left NHBB, it was handled poorly and unfortunate communication was cut off on the matters that needed resolved. However, I also said I would be seeing Greg at the NAQT states in Ohio on Saturday and I would ask him then about talking to you and getting the immediate issues resolv...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:25 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Frequency of Meetings
Replies: 4
Views: 1932

Re: Frequency of Meetings

I've held practice twice a week for the most part, and on a few occassions, 3 times a week. If a player wants to get better, it's basically on him/her to study and improve. Team practices don't hinder a player improving, but there are better ways if the player is motivated. I use practices mostly to...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to make a team more mediocre?
Replies: 20
Views: 7585

Re: How to make a team more mediocre?

Aye, Jasper I was thinking about Canfield. Even when they had one of the top players in the county, like a few years ago...the coach would insist on subbing everyone out. In general, as Jarret said, most of the larger schools in the league have a ton of people. Having depth is good, but having a cap...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:59 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to make a team more mediocre?
Replies: 20
Views: 7585

Re: How to make a team more mediocre?

Firmly stick to the full-line switch at the half. Even taking out the player who answered 7 toss-ups in the 1st half. You must take that player out, he's answering too many questions.
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:41 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving Literature Knowledge?
Replies: 56
Views: 26529

Re: Improving Literature Knowledge?

Currently the best player in the league I'm a coach in (and one of the top players in the state of Ohio) is dominating the league because she cleans everyone's clock in literature. She likes to read, and has read a lot of books. It's that simple.
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed Oct 31, 2012 1:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: building the strongest team
Replies: 9
Views: 2862

Re: building the strongest team

I Definitely agree with if you have enough for tryouts consider yourself blessed haha. I began this year thinking we'd have to do some kind of tryout or with help from an assistant coach split practices since we started with 18 and it's hard to have organized, good practices of that size (and only o...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Welcome to a New Year of The National History Bee & Bowl!
Replies: 47
Views: 8814

Re: Welcome to a New Year of The National History Bee & Bowl!

Or let me put it another way, what do people see as the most challenging aspect of training new readers? Finding people who can read questions quickly? Know to keep the game moving and not chat between questions themselves or allow it among the teams? Who know what the tournament procedures are? I ...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed May 23, 2012 8:33 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Georgia Coach?
Replies: 13
Views: 4526

Re: Georgia Coach?

Thanks for all of your replies. Our principal has promised a stipend to any teacher who is willing to take the position. We are currently asking every teacher we know, and hopefully we will find our coach soon. It might be a problem considering the school year has already ended. You may not have to...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Thu May 10, 2012 8:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fixing NHBB Nationals
Replies: 40
Views: 5807

Re: Fixing NHBB Nationals

I thought I remembered last year a tentative plan to have a round robin and single elim mix for the playoffs? By bracketing the 32 playoff teams into 8 groups of 4 and the 8 group winners then move to single elim playoffs. I rather liked that playoff format and thought it could work with the schedul...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed May 09, 2012 11:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fixing NHBB Nationals
Replies: 40
Views: 5807

Re: Fixing NHBB Nationals

Oh that reminds me...all playoff rooms and readers figured out in advance. The system this year, of going up to hotel room, do the playoff match, then teams go back down to ballroom to get room assignment for next round wastes a lot of time and is a pain making teams travel up and down floors like t...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Tue May 08, 2012 11:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fixing NHBB Nationals
Replies: 40
Views: 5807

Re: Fixing NHBB Nationals

I think we should go to classic 20/20 tossup/bonus. The current format is gameshowy, gimmicky, and not conducive to the best or most knowledgeable teams winning. Why are some questions worth 30 points for a buzz in the third sentence and some worth 10? The answer lines really weren't any harder. Th...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon May 07, 2012 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 49218

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

At first I was helping Nick with printouts and compensation for staff... Wait, whaa? Were we supposed to handle our reimbursements there? I was told that reimbursements would be taken care of after the weekend concluded. Did I miss something, or get told something wrong? Sorry not the travel reimbu...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon May 07, 2012 7:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 49218

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

I think the points made by Messrs. Reinstein and Morlan are good ones. It seems that much of the invective directed against staffers in this thread is the product of the pent-up frustration of many people. The proper targets of this criticism are, of course, David Madden and any other upper-echelon...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon May 07, 2012 1:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 49218

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

Crikey! How did this get turned into questioning the motivations and character of the people who showed up to volunteer? The issues with the Saturday Bowl had nothing to do with whether someone was a Jeopardy contestant and wanted to see friends again. Heck, one of the reasons I went, besides helpin...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Tue May 01, 2012 2:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 49218

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

I can't think of anything that ran smoothly. And this is not to knock down Dave, Greg, Raynell, Nick, or anyone else involved in organizing the tournament. What I've heard most often from coaches is, the failure wasn't because incompetant people were running the tournament, but it was well-intention...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches and the NAC
Replies: 14
Views: 2249

Re: Coaches and the NAC

My mistake, I read the comment here incorrectly: What if you tell the Ardsley administrators that Chip Beall regularly engages in practices that would assuredly violate their honor code and force them to fail any students who did the same thing? At first, I read this as since Chip engages in practic...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Thu Apr 26, 2012 2:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches and the NAC
Replies: 14
Views: 2249

Re: NAC 2011

In hindsight, I admit, I probably shouldn't have revived a dead thread. I expressed whether this was, ok, or not. At the time, I was just reading through it and trying to figure out why coaches were being called idiots, and why administrations should fail students who attend NAC. I couldn't wrap my ...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Thu Apr 26, 2012 1:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches and the NAC
Replies: 14
Views: 2249

Re: NAC 2011

The only one talking about "professionalism" or who is "as bad" as someone else is you. What is your point, other than posting a long apologia for coaches who patronize Chip and then claiming you have no opinion when challenged to defend your opinion? I may have been unclear, but there is still a s...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed Apr 25, 2012 8:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches and the NAC
Replies: 14
Views: 2249

Re: NAC 2011

The idea of "professionalism" and "ethics" are being preached as an argument against NAC but at the same time you're publicly disparaging coaches for their own personal views and practices, such as attending NAC. He's criticizing them for going to NAC because of the problems with the tournament tha...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed Apr 25, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Coaches and the NAC
Replies: 14
Views: 2249

Coaches and the NAC

Split from the 2011 NAC thread. --Mgmt. I know this thread has been sitting dormant for a while, but I was just reading through it now and feeling the need to make some comments. My apologies (and I can delete this if need be) if this thread has been inactive for too long. Regarding Copley's coach,...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Sat Mar 24, 2012 1:56 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How do you keep newer players involved?
Replies: 37
Views: 12550

Re: How do you keep newer players involved?

One of the things I tell young players the most is Quiz Bowl is not school. That is. No one is grading you, no one is demanding you know 90% of the answers, in order to get an "A" or be a "good" player. Through school, you're brought up believing if you don't know 90% of the material, than you're no...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed Mar 21, 2012 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Art of the Cold Call: Contacting High School Teams
Replies: 15
Views: 3040

Re: The Art of the Cold Call: Contacting High School Teams

Yeah, Matt, that's a thought that's been bouncing around in my big bulbous brain for a while now, but I'm pretty clueless about Ohio quiz bowl. I might be able to get some teams from Mahoning County, but I'm largely unaware of other programs, aside from Olmsted Falls. Outside of South Range and may...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon Mar 19, 2012 11:17 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Learning Geography
Replies: 16
Views: 7594

Re: Learning Geography

Interested in soccer?

Most of my geography knowledge came from following the UEFA Champs league, and was the most helpful in studying geography...at least the most helpful with European geography.
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:50 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Georgia Coach?
Replies: 13
Views: 4526

Re: Georgia Coach?

In Missouri, coaches typically get paid because it's seen as basically equivalent* to coaching a sport, since "scholar bowl" is an activity overseen by MSHSAA, who also oversees football, basketball, etc. * = only in the sense that its a similar kind of position, not because they actually get the s...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:08 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11197

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

I had played under OAC (Ohio Academic Competition) and my first year coaching the league switched from OAC to NAQT. I considered OAC questions better than QU, but TU/B is far better than OAC. At first many of the coaches resisted the change. I can remember through that first month of practices I wou...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Tue Apr 26, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12488

Re: NHBB Discussion

From the myriad NAQT rounds I've read this year, the issue isn't having to write any more or fewer bonuses; in NAQT rounds, the number of tossups and bonuses is the same. But it does seem a little arbitrary to get a tossup on, say Aristotle, and then a bonus on the National League Central. Since 2/...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon Apr 25, 2011 1:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12488

Re: NHBB Discussion

If all 8 questions were not read, there is no way it was because of the moderator being a slow reader. Say what you want, but this is just not true. I didn't mean to come off as saying I thought you were lying. I just can't wrap my head around...what comes down to 7.5 seconds per question (when the...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon Apr 25, 2011 8:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12488

Re: NHBB Discussion

Lightning round was 60 seconds for 8 questions. The longest ones were barely a line long. If all 8 questions were not read, there is no way it was because of the moderator being a slow reader. There is plenty of slack to give a team 3-5 seconds to answer each question. I think it would be better tho...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12488

Re: NHBB Discussion

My only gripe with the NHBB lightning round is the 20 point bonus a team gets for sweeping the 8 questions. It's the same reason I don't like OAC's 5 point bonus for answering all 20 correct in the Alphabet Round. But from what I've heard at the State and National Bees is most seem to like the forma...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed Apr 20, 2011 10:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12488

Re: NHBB Discussion

We were told to get to the museums between 7:30 and 8:00 AM the next day. When I got to the spy museum at 7:30, I found out it doesn't open until 8. So I spent that time just waiting in the street. Another team got there at 8:00 and told me the tournament got pushed back until 8:45. (It would have ...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12488

Re: NHBB Discussion

These both seem to be implying that there was a short "here's how you do your job" session with Madden on Saturday morning? Is that so? Because this is my perspective on staffing: Thanks for giving your perspective, since this clears up a lot of the confusion that happened at the Uruguay Embassy. Y...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 12488

Re: NHBB Discussion

After a long, relaxing trip back from DC and some more rest once getting home, I'd like to share a few thoughts about the NHBB. First, I'd like to thank David Madden for starting and putting this entire concept together. After meeting you this weekend, I would argue against anyone who doubted your p...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: OAC Talk
Replies: 41
Views: 3981

Re: OAC Talk

For what it's worth, I find enough wrong with the OAC format that I find it very hard to put stock into its results. I played under the OAC format in high school, and when I started coaching, it was the first year the league had switched to NAQT. At first I was lost, because of the vast differences...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Thu Apr 14, 2011 9:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio '10 - '11
Replies: 62
Views: 9946

Re: Ohio '10 - '11

And to add, nothing against the teams which did make the Championship bracket, but Brush is also a good team. Not up to the level of the big state powers, but had their bus not gone to the wrong campus where they had to forfeit their first 3 matches, they could have made a lot more noise.
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio '10 - '11
Replies: 62
Views: 9946

Re: Ohio '10 - '11

I'd like to direct everyone to my coach's response to the allegations here:http://www.createphpbb.com/oac/viewtopic.php?mforum=oac&t=970&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=60&mforum=oac Also, I want to tell you all from my own mouth that I was unaware I was replaying a set I had already heard. Clues ru...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Fri Feb 18, 2011 10:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Negs and how to avoid them
Replies: 21
Views: 4569

Re: Negs and how to avoid them

There's a team in my league at the moment averaging over 3 negs a round, but on the flip side is at the top in powers. They probably neg too much but it is the "high-risk/high reward" with the formats that reward deeper knowledge. Personally, I never believe in tempering players who are aggressive, ...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Wed Feb 16, 2011 11:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio '10 - '11
Replies: 62
Views: 9946

Re: Ohio '10 - '11

Don't forget Copley. Also, Northmont beat Olmsted Falls at Wright State's tournament last December, which IIRC was their only other head-to-head matchup this year, so I'd put them ahead for now. I tend to do that because I haven't seen Copley, as much as the other two, yet. I did see the final, at ...
by Adm Akbar says It's a Tarp!
Sun Feb 13, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ohio '10 - '11
Replies: 62
Views: 9946

Re: Ohio '10 - '11

Apparently Northmont and Olmsted Falls split a pair of games today at OSU. I'd say that that 1-2-3 order you described is pretty accurate. Should be some fun battles the rest of the way. I read the prelim match when Olmsted Falls beat Northmont. Northmont had firm control over the game until the 3r...