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by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Jan 09, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masterminds NY
Replies: 10
Views: 5651

Re: Masterminds NY

OK Scott,

I definitely got a good laugh out of that....

I will say this, If the NYS state tournament conflicts with the all-star NASAT tournament, Eric, and possibly Will might not be at States.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute
Replies: 19
Views: 6505

Re: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute

We have an extremely small program. When we say small program we mean one with students who are just starting to learn the basics of the games, not one ranked 20th in the nation. Clearly we are still trying to learn the basics - including the culture. Following the forum to get signed up in time, u...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Dec 22, 2014 7:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute
Replies: 19
Views: 6505

Re: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute

Mr. Wolfsberg, Since I'm from one of the teams that dropped in the days leading up to St. Joe's mirror of GSAC, I'm sorry if that prevented Bethlehem from signing up in any way. You're right in believing that signing up a certain number of teams should be indicative of a team's commitment. Speaking...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute
Replies: 19
Views: 6505

Re: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute

Well, I'm new to this and so is our school. I've seen big problems at tournaments because of the late drops. We travel much farther than the average team to attend QB contests. A school that we really wanted to play was a late drop this weekend.... But with no support from the community for this pos...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Dec 21, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute
Replies: 19
Views: 6505

Re: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute

Kinda adding on to what Will was talking about: no team is going to drop a tournament, especially at the last minute, just because they think it'll be funny. Usually it's due to an emergency. For example, at the most recent VCU Winter, our main science players weren't able to go for good reasons: o...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute
Replies: 19
Views: 6505

Vermicious Knids who drop at the last minute

Is it just me ? or are you bothered by the teams who drop from tournaments with less than a week before the event. When you sign up for A tournament, aren't you making a commitment to be there? When you drop at the last minute, doesn't that say something about your character? I see two problems with...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: St. Joe's 5th Annual GSAC, December 20, 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 10854

Re: St. Joe's 5th Annual GSAC, December 20, 2014

RexSueciae wrote:Given the way things seem to be going, you could probably enter a team on the waitlist right now and still get in. :razz:
In our case we've made another commitment which we intend to honor.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: St. Joe's 5th Annual GSAC, December 20, 2014
Replies: 31
Views: 10854

Re: St. Joe's 5th Annual GSAC, December 20, 2014

If the tournament had not been full with such a long waiting list Bethlehem might have signed up for it rather than going to Lexington. So the situation definitely kept us away. I suggest a penalty for cancellations.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Dec 10, 2014 7:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 35251

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

What grades are Ben and Will currently in? Ben is a Sr. Will & Eric are both Jrs. I can't contain my excitement for GSAC, the first time this season our entire B team lineup should be in attendance. I don't believe we've had more than 2 of our B team members together at any time yet this season, an...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Columbia University BISB Mirror (12/06/2014)
Replies: 18
Views: 7715

Re: Columbia University BISB Mirror (12/06/2014)

Ben, volunteers, and tournament team, Thank you for running an excellent - on time - well managed tournament. Bethlehem; ie Eric and his Dad :grin: had a great time on Saturday. I'm surprised with how well you did at everything else, you could not do something about the rain.... Also, Congratulation...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Dec 07, 2014 10:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masterminds NY
Replies: 10
Views: 5651

Re: Masterminds NY

Jason,

Thanks I hope we can suck some more ppl into this forum. Now that we have at least one more round on the boards, I'll try to give an update some time this week.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015
Replies: 72
Views: 35251

Re: NY/NJ/Surrounding Area, 2014-2015

However, at LIFT, it was clear that Charter was the completely dominant team overall, and I would really like to see how a matchup between them and Bethlehem or (full) High Tech A would go. Yes and it would be nice to field a full strenght Bethlehem team With Will, Ben, Eric, and probably Dan. Last...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masterminds NY
Replies: 10
Views: 5651

Re: Masterminds NY

BTW - Complete Infor for Masterminds NY can be found at: http://www.nymasterminds.com/ and Individual League info is at: http://www.nymasterminds.com/league/index.html One can find complete results and schedules. Won/Loss records, Team points, Head to Head scores and even individual player stats are...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Nov 25, 2014 6:10 am
Forum: Women in quizbowl discussion
Topic: Tournaments/Being Competitive
Replies: 18
Views: 6844

Re: Tournaments/Being Competitive

Thank you Joelle & Bernadette,

I intend to copy your remarks & e-mail them to our all male team.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:42 pm
Forum: Women in quizbowl discussion
Topic: Tournaments/Being Competitive
Replies: 18
Views: 6844

Re: Tournaments/Being Competitive

Oh, I'm so glad that you talked to one of your "feminist classmates" about "your biggest regret" and the best you have to offer is "good luck". As a woman in QB, do you have any thoughts or suggestions that can help to either advance the conversation or make women feel comfortable and safe in QB ? ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sat Nov 22, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: General discussion (HFT 2014)
Replies: 14
Views: 1211

Re: General discussion

Not sure where else this should go so I'll just post here. This is another small problem I had with the set, though I guess it's not that really a problem: A lot of the jokes made were clunkers. The one that I specifically remember was the one about birth control that opened up with something along...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

So the current aPPB adjustment for HFT is +1.56; this is to say, the average PPB for teams that played HFT is 1.56 points lower than that same team's PPB on a IS level NAQT set. For comparison, last year's HFT was +2.43; last year's BHSAT was +1.03; this year's ACF Fall is currently at +2.22; this ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

hydrocephalitic listlessness wrote:Stats are up: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2250/

Thank you very much !
by Mark Wolfsberg
Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15
Replies: 69
Views: 34406

Re: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15

Dave or anyone,
Can we get a confirmation on NHBB Mid Atlantic Championships to be held at Princeton March 21st?
At the NHBB site we still have TBD on the date....
by Mark Wolfsberg
Thu Nov 20, 2014 6:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

As far as the continued absence of statistics goes, I see no defense. Why were scoresheets for the HFT taken to New York by a student at Columbia? That makes no sense, nor does not making sure that all scoresheets are brought together, to the same place, by the end of the tournament day. I could no...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Dr. Loki Skylizard, Thoracic Surgeon wrote:My ability to do much up to Saturday is limited to UK running our own tournament.
Fred you do so much: please do not make this priority
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 4:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

I think that once everyone sees the question set for themselves, they can then decide if the questions were or were not too difficult. Also, when we see the tournament stats from the teams who attended we can then draw some conclusions, which, until then, are being drawn out of thin air. There are ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 10:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masterminds NY
Replies: 10
Views: 5651

Re: Masterminds NY

Masterminds Update: ( I'd love to know if anyone sees this and has comments, corrections, or trash talk to make.) Masterminds is an upstate after school QB league that runs NAQT introductory sets which are used by many early season QB tournaments like the MIT invitational. Masterminds is broken int...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

I think that once everyone sees the question set for themselves, they can then decide if the questions were or were not too difficult. Also, when we see the tournament stats from the teams who attended we can then draw some conclusions, which, until then, are being drawn out of thin air.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Nov 18, 2014 7:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

I was unable to find the subforum for the tournament. Where is that located? I did not go to the HFT IX @ Harvard but I was a moderator at the Marist mirror and I wanted to share some feedback on the questions. go to your "User Control Panel" then to "Usergroups" You can select it, and submit. It t...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

cwRsync wrote: This is why many top high school teams play college tournaments.
We wanted to see how we stacked up against other top HS teams. College tournaments require that you write questions. We are really not up to that.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Nov 17, 2014 8:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

But !!!!!! your criticism of the question set bothers me a lot. Harvard advertised the breakdown of questions. It was pretty clear that there was not going to be all the trash typically contained in a NAQT set. My son who loves QB but dislikes all the baseball, rap musician, and TV show trivia ques...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Nov 17, 2014 7:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

In response to Matt's post. The tournament logistics and planning were not good. But !!!!!! your criticism of the question set bothers me a lot. Harvard advertised the breakdown of questions. It was pretty clear that there was not going to be all the trash typically contained in a NAQT set. My son w...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Nov 17, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

OK,

Sorry about that. I did feel a little guilty when I posted that. I also feel that the Harvard QB folks have been beaten on enough. My Son told me this AM that he really wants to come back next year. The thing for him was how great the question set was.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Can we expect to see stats today. I'd really want to see how State College stacked up against Bethlehem minus the round where they were read questions W/O Bethlehem there. See all the above posts for why that situation happened.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Nov 17, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

I wasn't at this tournament and can't comment on the circumstances that resulted in a random parent reading in a room and repeatedly reading the wrong packet, but I am amazed that Harvard thought, in 2014, that it was a good idea to just give staffers all the packets and trust them to do the right ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Nov 16, 2014 6:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

The delays and whatnot at the SOCH were largely outside of your control, Willy, and not your fault, though I might suggest that if the need does exist to have the tournament held over multiple buildings, whomever is put in charge of that building is not expected to read as well. I never caught the ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sat Nov 15, 2014 11:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

We Just got back the Bethlehem. On the way home, the team all said that despite the fact that I blew my top over the situation in the first afternoon round, they all enjoyed the tournament a lot. They said they thought the question set was excellent. I sincerely hope you will consider consolidating ...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Nov 10, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Who else is psyched up for this totally stacked tournament ?

Looking at the list of top teams attending has got to get you excited, or maybe worried.....
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sat Nov 08, 2014 10:55 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Database Hits Do Not Determine Difficulty
Replies: 9
Views: 5303

Re: Database Hits Do Not Determine Difficulty

I am extremely impressed by the level of thoughtfulness you put into question writing and " hardness ranking."

Thank you to everyone who puts in the effort.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Nov 02, 2014 6:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Fall 2014 @ Ithaca HS, Ithaca, NY - 11/1/2014
Replies: 16
Views: 7741

Re: BrainBusters Fall 2014 @ Ithaca HS, Ithaca, NY - 11/1/20

One more comment; I heard several contestants complaining about too much Lit. Thats why it needs to be kept in! As these students continue to play, they will be motivated to read and learn about the classics and other important works. It will make them well rounded people who can hold their own at a...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BrainBusters Fall 2014 @ Ithaca HS, Ithaca, NY - 11/1/2014
Replies: 16
Views: 7741

Re: BrainBusters Fall 2014 @ Ithaca HS, Ithaca, NY - 11/1/20

We, Bethlehem, had a great time at the tournament. Considering the size of the field, which I am sure was a pleasant surprise to everyone involved, I don't think that any reasonable person would have thought it was going to run on time. It takes time to compile the stats etc. Eventually you will aut...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Thu Oct 30, 2014 7:58 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What defines a team captain?
Replies: 23
Views: 16197

Re: What defines a team captain?

I'm not totally sure what this thread is about anymore (College issues? Building a lasting team culture?) but in regards to the question asked in the title, I can't give you a nice, clear definition but I can tell you what doesn't necessary define a captain: being the leading scorer and being the g...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What defines a team captain?
Replies: 23
Views: 16197

Re: What defines a team captain?

Just call yourself " Quiz Bowl Club President" and describe what you do on aplications. If you want it official, and you have the votes. Put it up for vote. You can have a captain & a president. Hopefully your "captain" won't make too many tournament mistakes.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Oct 26, 2014 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Masterminds NY
Replies: 10
Views: 5651

Re: Masterminds NY

It is nice to see that 7 schools/10 teams from NYS Masterminds will participate in Brain Busters in Ithaca next week AMSTERDAM, Amsterdam, NY  BETHLEHEM, Delmar, NY (2 teams) (ss) CATO-MERIDIAN, Cato, NY (ss) FILLMORE, Fillmore, NY  (ss) GENEVA, Geneva, NY (2 teams) (ss) MARCUS WHITMAN, Rushville, N...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Bethlehem would bring two Buzzer sets & Moderator(s) if needed
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 27142

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

BTW Los Alamos High School, despite having a strong, music, drama, speech and debate, and science bowl programs has no Quiz Bowl Team..... I really hope you're not implying that their lack of a QB team has something to do with the name. Not at all... I live in Upstate NY now. Just pointing at NM as...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:11 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 13887

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

BTW Los Alamos High School, despite having a strong, music, drama, speech and debate, and science bowl programs has no Quiz Bowl Team..... I really hope you're not implying that their lack of a QB team has something to do with the name. Not at all... I live in Upstate NY now. Just pointing at NM as...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15
Replies: 69
Views: 34406

Re: NY / NJ Area Date Claims, 2014-15

Bethlehem, NY - Near Albany will host a NHBB regional on Jan 24th at Bethlehem MS Sign up at http://www.historybowl.com/ for the Bowl and http://hs.historybee.com/ for the Bee This will be a good opportunity for you to take on a strong Bethlehem team in a tune up to NHBB Nationals The National Histo...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2014-15
Replies: 47
Views: 20755

Re: New England (CT, MA, VT, NH) Date Claims, 2014-15

Bethlehem, NY - Near Albany will host a NHBB regional on Jan 24th at Bethlehem MS Sign up at http://www.historybowl.com/ for the Bowl and http://hs.historybee.com/ for the Bee This will be a good opportunity for you to take on a strong Bethlehem team in a tune up to NHBB Nationals The National Histo...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:41 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 27142

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

Joe, The reason I brought up the name "problem", is that the question came to me from an outside source, my brother. You are an insider, as am I. We are used to the name and don't mind it. But for someone, outside our clique, who has school age children, who would be considered recruiting candidates...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:41 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 13887

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

Joe, The reason I brought up the name "problem", is that the question came to me from an outside source, my brother. You are an insider, as am I. We are used to the name and don't mind it. But for someone, outside our clique, who has school age children, who would be considered recruiting candidates...
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Sep 29, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)
Replies: 105
Views: 53620

Re: HFT IX @ Harvard (11/15/14)

Bethlehem Central (NY), Winners of PHSAT, are interested in attending. Can you add us to the wait list.
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:41 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 27142

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I have no doubt that attempting a name change would be a huge endeavor. You would need widespread consensus to begin with; I wonder if other people even agree with me the "Quiz Bowl" is a bad name?
by Mark Wolfsberg
Mon Sep 29, 2014 6:41 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 13887

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I have no doubt that attempting a name change would be a huge endeavor. You would need widespread consensus to begin with; I wonder if other people even agree with me the "Quiz Bowl" is a bad name?