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by Deviant Insider
Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:47 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/15/18) (Sun God & NAQT IS-180A)
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/15/18) (Sun God & NAQT IS-180A)

We now have 11 teams in Über-Competitive and 46 teams in Standard. I am capping the fields at 12 and 48.
by Deviant Insider
Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/15/18) (Sun God & NAQT IS-180A)
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/15/18) (Sun God & NAQT IS-180A)

If anything above is incorrect, or if you want to add your team to the list, let me know this week.
by Deviant Insider
Wed Nov 28, 2018 11:17 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: community question clinic
Replies: 91
Views: 36015

Re: community question clinic

With the prisoner tossup, I think it would be better to go with fewer books so that you can focus on those books. As it is now, the question is more a test of whether somebody has read a three paragraph summary of the books rather than the actual books, with the exception of Ivan Denisovich. Start w...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18
Replies: 25
Views: 3865

Re: Boston Latin Tournament (BLT) I (Scobol Solo/SCOP 9 Mirror) 10/27/18

There is now a thread titled 2018 Scobol Solo Discussion for people who want to discuss the Solo set.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Oct 28, 2018 7:06 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)

There is now a private forum called 2018 Scobol Solo Discussion if you want to discuss questions.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo and Masonics 2018-19
Replies: 4
Views: 1794

Re: Scobol Solo and Masonics 2018-19

That seems fine. As of now, people should not plan to use Solo in Illinois, Iowa, or Massachusetts unless they have already spoken to me. Similarly, people should not plan to use Masonics in Illinois, Iowa, or Missouri unless they have already spoken to me. If I work out something with Todd, then th...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Oct 28, 2018 12:36 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)

A huge thanks to the staff yesterday: Nevagay Abel, Kyle Asta, David Brewczynski, Jeff Brigham, Colby Burnett, Ulysses Capistran, Iain Carpenter, Ernesto Cruz, Claudia Danowski, Ben Dillon, Owen Doak, Jason Dutmers, Ryan Fedewa, Andrew Feng, Frank Hannon, D. Matthew Jordan, Mike Kolton, Joe Kulesza,...
by Deviant Insider
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)

This tournament is now full. If you want to add a name to the waitlist, let me know.

If the rosters at the link above are wrong in any way, please let me know immediately.
by Deviant Insider
Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 4531

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

From the IHSA: If you attend school for ten (10) or more days during any one semester, it will count as one of the eight (8) semesters of high school attendance during which you may possibly have eligibility. You will become ineligible on the date you become twenty (20) years of age, unless your twe...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:42 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)

We currently have 117 students, 31 staffers, and 23 buzzers. We're trying to get to 128 students, 34 staffers, and 34 buzzers.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Oct 14, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My Health
Replies: 11
Views: 3628

Re: My Health

I'm done with chemo. I had five three-week cycles (oxaliplatin/capecitabine) and five two-week cycles (oxaliplatin/5FU). They switched me because my body didn't handle the capecitabine well. I also got two weeks off, one because I felt bad and one so I could feel good during my son's Bar Mitzvah. I ...
by Deviant Insider
Fri Oct 05, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Re: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)

There are now 105 spots taken and 23 spots open. If you want to play in this tournament, reserve a spot soon.

Also, we are looking for more staffers.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:30 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 3695

Re: Player tossup etiquette

1. Absolutely yes
2. I would advise against it, but it's generally within the rules as long as it is done silently.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:37 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/15/18) (Sun God & NAQT IS-180A)
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

Re: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/15/18) (Sun God & NAQT IS-180A)

Current Field: Über-Competitive Division: Barrington (1) Carmel IN (1) Chattahoochee (1) DCC (1) Latin (1) Palatine (1) Rockford Auburn (1) Saint Joseph (1) Sandburg (1) Stevenson (1) U of I Lab (1) Standard Division: Beacon Academy (1) Belvidere (1) Buffalo Grove (2) Carmel IN (1) Carmel Catholic (...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:36 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: New Trier Varsity, IL (12/15/18) (Sun God & NAQT IS-180A)
Replies: 3
Views: 1504

New Trier Varsity, IL (12/15/18) (Sun God & NAQT IS-180A)

The 2018 New Trier Varsity Tournament will take place on December 15. We will have an Über-Competitive Division and a Standard Division. The Sun God Set will be used in the Über-Competitive Division, and NAQT IS 180A will be used in the Standard Division. To register for the tournament, use the atta...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)
Replies: 9
Views: 2051

Scobol Solo October 27, 2018 (IL)

This is an invitation to participate in the Eighteenth Annual Scobol Solo, to be held on Saturday, October 27, 2018. The tournament is at New Trier High School in either Winnetka or Northfield, just north of Chicago. Checks should be made payable to Reinstein QuizBowl and mailed to: Reinstein QuizBo...
by Deviant Insider
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 32963

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

There are two people in Arkansas that I recommend reaching out to: Jason Loy and Rick Clow. You can get Rick's email address from here. Introduce yourself and see if they are willing to help out.
by Deviant Insider
Wed Aug 08, 2018 4:01 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Setting up team for success & dealing with internal issues
Replies: 6
Views: 2318

Re: Setting up team for success & dealing with internal issu

I don't know to what extent you have already tried this, but it would be a good idea to tell your coach that you want to meet with him to discuss the team going into this year. I would recommend going in with an open mind and being honest, and seeing where the discussion goes. It is unfortunate that...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jul 31, 2018 9:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Turning a small, mediocre team into a good one
Replies: 6
Views: 1656

Re: Turning a small, mediocre team into a good one

It is very helpful to have 3-4 dedicated players who are all willing to study and who coordinate that studying so they are each building on their strengths and covering for team weaknesses. It helps for those students to play lots of matches together so they can figure out what they need to work on ...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jul 31, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: When do questions "belong" to a set?
Replies: 25
Views: 4458

Re: When do questions "belong" to a set?

When do questions "belong" to a set? Questions belong to a set when they are shared with an editor. It's possible to imagine scenarios in which it is appropriate to post your questions to prevent them from being used, but those scenarios don't actually happen, so people should not take that action ...
by Deviant Insider
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Misconduct Reporting Form
Replies: 9
Views: 4509

Re: Misconduct Reporting Form

PACE is open to suggestions on this front. One of the reasons we started this form is that we believe that word of mouth is the most efficient way to address this situation, and we want to make it as easy as possible for word of mouth to reach us and other quizbowl organizations that are expecting t...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jul 24, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 19732

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!

There were some updates that Dan Goff and Jeff Hill made to the database that generally make it run smoother but which didn't work well with particularly large files like those. Fortunately, they are both working on it, though in the near future those pages may come and go.
by Deviant Insider
Fri Jul 13, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Illinois 18-19
Replies: 19
Views: 5371

Re: Illinois 18-19

IHSSBCA is partnering with the Lot 14 Auction House in Niles in a fundraising event at 5:00 on July 19th. If you can volunteer for us, contact Mike Laudermith <laudermith@fenton100.org>. If you bid on items, a share of the profits will go to IHSSBCA. The address is Oak Mill Mall; 7900 N Milwaukee Av...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:19 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 6980

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

I did not consider the polls. That being said, my ballot and the Player Poll were fairly similar though not perfect matches. In the player poll, the finalists for this competition are ranked 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 18. The loudest complaints in this thread are about the #6 person in the poll not be...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:04 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo and Masonics 2018-19
Replies: 4
Views: 1794

Re: Scobol Solo and Masonics 2018-19

Jay Winter is going to mirror the Solo set in Iowa, probably in December.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jul 03, 2018 7:27 pm
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 6980

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

Thiccasso's Guernthicca wrote:I think I remember hearing that the nomination ballots were cast before NASAT, so anything NASAT-related probably didn't have much of an effect on the nominees list.
FAKE NEWS! My ballot was cast after NASAT.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:52 am
Forum: National and Regional Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards
Replies: 44
Views: 6980

Re: 2018 National Quiz Bowl Awards

To answer some of the questions being asked, the people on the panel were told to nominate up to two people for HS Coach, MS Coach, 9th grade player, and 10th grade player; and to nominate up to four people for HS Player and MS Player. The nominations were in ranked order. Jason compiled those nomin...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo and Masonics 2018-19
Replies: 4
Views: 1794

Re: Scobol Solo and Masonics 2018-19

Piasa Southwestern, which is in Illinois near St. Louis, is going to mirror Scobol Solo on December 15.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:02 am
Forum: Mirror requests
Topic: Scobol Solo and Masonics 2018-19
Replies: 4
Views: 1794

Scobol Solo and Masonics 2018-19

This announcement actually covers three sets. Scobol Solo is a tossup only set. It contains 14 regular rounds, one replacement round, and a 60 question championship round, with tiebreakers for all rounds. It is about 400 tossups total. The main site will be at New Trier (near Chicago), probably on S...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 12
Views: 5223

Re: Women in Sets

If your two options are to be conscious of trying to get varied answer lines or to set a high bar and reach it at all costs, then I agree that the former is the better choice. That being said, there are other options. You can count how many answers were women/works by women in your set last year and...
by Deviant Insider
Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:53 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 12
Views: 5223

Re: Women in Sets

The reason I decided to make a list instead of just giving numbers was because at some point there is some nuance. I gave some numbers too, but at some point you run into trouble deciding whether the Rosenbergs or Black Eyed Peas counts as a woman in an answer or whether a movie with a prominent fem...
by Deviant Insider
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:35 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 12
Views: 5223

Re: Women in Sets

I don't really know if there is much of a disagreement here. Diversity is better than homogeneity when it comes to putting a team together that is supposed to cover a spectrum of topics for a diverse audience (though that can't outweigh the fact that people who are willing and able to write good que...
by Deviant Insider
Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:37 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Women in Sets
Replies: 12
Views: 5223

Re: Women in Sets

I'll try to bring this thread back from the dead. I agree with what Noah says above. My goal in posting this wasn't to say that women should be 50% of the answerlines in a set. Sets have to ask about famous/convertible things, and for a variety of reasons there are more famous men than women, especi...
by Deviant Insider
Wed Jun 20, 2018 8:51 am
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 2017-18 High School Tournament Set Feedback Form
Replies: 9
Views: 2315

Re: 2017-18 High School Tournament Set Feedback Form

Thank you for setting this up. I hope that you will use it for 2018-19 whether or not it is successful now. Having this form available from the beginning of the year so that people can fill it out soon after playing a set rather than at the end of the year will be much better. I hope that students a...
by Deviant Insider
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Location of Powermarks
Replies: 7
Views: 3694

Re: Location of Powermarks

Just to be clear, don't write the question differently because it has power marks. Also, keep in mind that power marking is very subjective, so it's OK if you aren't certain where to put the mark and to some extent are guessing.
by Deviant Insider
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:11 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread
Replies: 23
Views: 4105

Re: 2018 NSC Set Discussion Thread

Shemini Atzeret is separate from Sukkot, there is not a uniform date of Simchat Torah due mostly to differences between Israel and the Diaspora, and Simchat Torah is generally considered to be part of Shemini Atzeret, but your main point that the bonus messed up the relationship between Sukkot and S...
by Deviant Insider
Sat Jun 09, 2018 5:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Set Writing Collaboration Thread-2018-2019 Season
Replies: 2
Views: 2232

Re: Set Writing Collaboration Thread-2018-2019 Season

I would love to have people write for Solo and Masonics. The Masonics set needs everything except fine arts and has something resembling a standard distribution with lots of math. The Solo set needs 20 questions in each of several subcategories, and the subcategories currently available are physics,...
by Deviant Insider
Thu Jun 07, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 14
Views: 3132

Re: Power Matching

Powers of two are your friend. You could do three groups of 16 for four rounds followed by six groups of 8 for three rounds. The QBWiki page on power-matching shows how to do 16 teams.
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jun 05, 2018 8:56 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 14
Views: 3132

Re: Power Matching

I haven't looked at everything in perfect detail yet, but I played around with things a little bit and found some complicating factors. Some of the things I say may be off by a little, but they're at least in the ballpark. After nine rounds, the fewest number of cards belonging to a team with a 5-4 ...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 14
Views: 3132

Re: Power Matching

I didn't work directly on this year's NAQT tournaments, and I don't have the spreadsheet showing pairings, so I have to answer Coach McCauley's question with generalities. One concern with uneven matches, like all matches, is avoiding repeats, and that can impact which teams are selected to play tho...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 14
Views: 3132

Re: Power Matching

The goal is to maximize the number of matches where a team coming off a loss plays a team coming off a win. In general, the teams coming off a loss should be considered to be the higher seeds, and you should split them up so that higher seeds play lower seeds. If there are 128 teams, then there will...
by Deviant Insider
Tue Jun 05, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 14
Views: 3132

Power Matching

It's been a while since there has been a discussion here about power matching, also known as the card system, which is used at large NCTs, New Trier Scobol Solo, and occasional other tournaments. If you have any questions, comments, complaints, or commendations related to power matching, this is a g...
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jun 04, 2018 10:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: My Health
Replies: 11
Views: 3628

Re: My Health

Thanks for the kind words, both in this thread and in person. This was a good weekend for me.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jun 04, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 19732

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!

I agree that Saturday lunch was problematic for some teams and staffers. We made some small improvements this year to try to improve the problem, but the improvements we made were too small, and I apologize.
by Deviant Insider
Mon Jun 04, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 19732

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!

Feel free to use this thread to discuss any aspect of the tournament except for comments on a small number of questions or a specific part of the distribution, which should wait until Rob starts a thread for that and the questions are posted.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 19732

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Reston

The same livestream will also have the All-Star Game, which is getting started.
by Deviant Insider
Sun Jun 03, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 PACE NSC: Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson HSST!
Replies: 51
Views: 19732

Re: 2018 PACE NSC: June 2-3, Reston

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology A is the 2018 PACE NSC Champion!