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by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri May 28, 2010 4:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Organizational Help Urgently Requested
Replies: 6
Views: 1938

Re: Organizational Help Urgently Requested

Kwang the Ninja wrote:Powerpoints, also this.
No man, Mnemosyne is where it's at.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed May 26, 2010 8:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Congratulations to State College - #1 Pre-Nats!
Replies: 45
Views: 17146

Re: Congratulations to State College - #1 Pre-Nats!

Ha, only 7 people put us on their ballots... two of them as 15th and 17th! And 16 people decided to ignore CR altogether. It's actually pretty miraculous that we ended up like 29th at all. Crazy. Well I guess one could ask you why you "ignored" Alpharetta in your ballot but put Centennial at #20. D...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed May 26, 2010 8:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GATA Forums
Replies: 31
Views: 6109

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

Coach Hirsch, While it is true that the GATA forum may provide a better environment for Georgia quizbowl players, I wouldn't say that posting on the GATA forum is without its own pressures. I have heard from one student who felt uncomfortable disagreeing with their coach on the GATA forum. And to ba...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed May 26, 2010 7:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Congratulations to State College - #1 Pre-Nats!
Replies: 45
Views: 17146

Re: Congratulations to State College - #1 Pre-Nats!

Man there is some really bizarre voting here... Horace Greeley at 21st, Centennial at 8th, Mission San Jose and Raleigh Charter and DuPont Manual and Wilmington Charter left off the entire list , all of this by just one voter! It's very fun to read through these individual things... I left MSJ off ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue May 25, 2010 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: three seconds? five seconds? no seconds?
Replies: 27
Views: 5298

three seconds? five seconds? no seconds?

Is there a reason why PACE only allows players 3 seconds to answer after buzzing in instead of the (m)ACF standard 5 seconds?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue May 25, 2010 9:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: GATA Forums
Replies: 31
Views: 6109

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

Honestly, can we stop pretending that tournaments like Berry and GATA State are useful predictors of performance in national tournaments (or even as predictors of quizbowl ability, but that's a different argument)? Berry's questions were poor. They were chock full or biography and trivia and the kin...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun May 23, 2010 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 108026

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Secretary of Bobcats wrote:Hey, so I know PACE is more than a week away, but will there be any attempts to do a similiar predictions/rankings type thing as Chris is doing for HSNCT in the coming week or two?
I remember Fred doing a liveblog of the actual event last year, but I'm not sure if that's going to continue/expand.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun May 16, 2010 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010
Replies: 161
Views: 54196

Re: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010

Ethnic history of the Vilnius region wrote:
Kwang the Ninja wrote:Will this set be open for delayed college mirrors (like HSNCT)?
This set will not be open for delayed college mirrors.
Does this mean the set will be posted pretty soon after the event? I'm trying to plan on what questions to use for some summer practices.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Apr 25, 2010 3:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl for Charity
Replies: 35
Views: 5535

Re: Quizbowl for Charity

I'm a little confused on how this tournament is going to work. Will schools that mirror it be required to give all the registration fees to charity?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

William, Because I value your opinion, because I am genuinely curious, and because I will, as Mr. Barry noted, be bringing up motions for some possible changes at the next GATA board meeting in May, I would like your responses to my following queries regarding your earlier points: 1. Ties (at least...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information
Replies: 287
Views: 108026

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

How many rounds are we scheduled to play on Saturday, and how many on Sunday?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:04 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MUT 2010: history
Replies: 14
Views: 1971

Re: history

But the clue was specific, per this: "Theodore Roosevelt claimed that the only difference between Wilson and his bearded opponent, Charles Evans Hughes, was a shave" (Encyclopedia Virginia). I don't remember exactly how the question was worded, though.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Mar 29, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keeping individual stats
Replies: 42
Views: 4081

Re: Keeping individual stats

Andrew: You guys did good job of running your tournament. No NEED to second guess yourself about keeping stats or apologize for doing what most of us tournament givers in GA do and have done for awhile. This tournament cut the prelim rounds by one. This had numerous effects, one being a potential c...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

Results (as told to me): 1) Centennial 2) Brookwood 3) Walton 4) Chattahoochee And people questioned my mid-season vote for Centennial but leaving Alpharetta off the list, hm? I have been told that this set was some sort of eccentric alteration of NAQT, which might mean the results are not the same...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

I just think that using paper tiebreakers to decide the state championship would be a bit disappointing, to say the least. Also, the legitimacy of head-to-head is dubious at best (see this thread for data). We'll be playing at most 9 rounds, so why can't we spare 1 or 2 more to break ties the right ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Mar 24, 2010 4:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

I'm glad to see we'll be playing a round robin; that's the best format, given the number of teams. How exactly will tiebreaking work, especially in determining 4 spots? Possible scenarios could be two teams tied in record, three teams tied in record, two teams with one loss and two teams with two lo...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

When criticizing the choice of GATA tournament sites, one must also remember that GATA does not have the power to take over a school at will. We must be invited to a school. Every year in March or April (formally ---and informally throughout the year), we ask coaches to let us know if they are inte...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Mar 22, 2010 6:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keeping individual stats
Replies: 42
Views: 4081

Re: Norcross mirrors the Prison Bowl -3/6/10- (GA)

Individual scoring was out of the question. I've been to one tournament this year where individual scores were kept. From a player's perspective I think it's just obnoxious. Teams that attended, for the most part, would just look at us funny if we said we would be keeping individual scores. Can I a...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Mar 12, 2010 1:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

My personal (not GATA's offical position) opinion is this: we have all known about where and when State was to be since at least last August. That really is enough time to plan a trip to Hinesville. I agree, it was convenient that everyone had plenty of time to plan the trip, but that doesn't reall...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Mar 08, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

Can someone explain why the GATA AAAAA State Championship is happening in Hinesville, GA? No offense to the folks down South, but this choice of location is so disadvantageous to so many teams that would otherwise compete, I can't think of any logical defense of the choice. I've heard the argument t...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Norcross mirrors the Prison Bowl -3/6/10- (GA)
Replies: 44
Views: 7562

Re: Norcross mirrors the Prison Bowl -3/6/10- (GA)

I would very much prefer that this tournament run rounds of 20/20. Like others have said, running rounds of 16/16 would mess with the subdistributions, which can have an effect on gameplay. In addition, I don't particularly like playing sets that are modified from what they were intended to be. I'm ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Feb 19, 2010 9:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

2 parters are a done deal for this year but I'll be sure to at least put it on the agenda at the Board meeting in May. If you don't mind me asking, why is this "a done deal?" Have the questions been received and already edited into 2-part form? It seems that the Board still has time to address the ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

I'm not sure if this has been discussed by GATA before, but would they consider using 3-part bonuses for the Varsity State competition? I don't have anything specifically against 2-part bonuses, but I'm confused as to why GATA buys 3-part bonuses only to cut them down. Furthermore, with the closenes...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT
Replies: 106
Views: 11815

Re: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT

jonah wrote:Which Ben C.?
Ben Chametzky, sorry.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT
Replies: 106
Views: 11815

Re: Team Illinois Tryouts for NASAT

Dan-Don wrote:
Ike Pappas wrote:Anybody want to kick off predictions?
I predict Deveau makes it.
My guess is Deveau, Lloyd, Ben Chametzky, and Dan-Don. Unless the plan is to take one person from each room, then it would probably be Deveau, Lloyd, Ben Chametzky, and Greg D.

EDIT: The Social Studies room is really stacked.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!

Carangoides ciliarius wrote: They lost to Centennial
This isn't actually true, as we haven't played Centennial this year. I'm guessing you misread the Brookwood stats; there was actually no 3 v. 4 consolation match. Centennial was given 3rd and us 4th based on seeds after prelims.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Berry College Scholars Bowl - 2/20/10 - Registration Closed
Replies: 30
Views: 3744

Re: UPDATE --- Berry College Scholars Bowl -- 2/20/10

BerryCollegeBowl wrote:A quick field update...
Pensacola (FL)
This should be interesting.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

In regards to Hoover, we have lost head-to-head twice to Alpharetta, who has a very good team this year, but haven't had the opportunity for a return match since the losses, which were in the first tourney of the year (the William Rufus King @ Univ. of Alabama), and on an NAQT A-set. At that tourne...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

Also, I think Centennial deserved to be in the top 20 based on their high finishes at Walton, Brookwood, and Chattahoochee (their only losses coming to Southside and Dorman). With the exception of really good teams like Dorman and Southside, success (I guess defined as a top 4 finish) at these tour...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Jan 29, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

No it's the one from Georgia who is pretty awesome, yet not enough people voted for them. I put them ahead of Alpharetta, actually. I put them ahead of us, too. We haven't played head-to-head, but at the two tournaments we've been at they've finished higher than us (by one spot both times). At this...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Jan 24, 2010 3:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Live stats from Springfield
Replies: 18
Views: 1884

Re: Live stats from Springfield

This thread has some good discussion and data regarding different tiebreaking methods. It does refer to 2-team ties, not 4-team ties, but I think most of the ideas should still apply.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2009-2010
Replies: 299
Views: 51678

Re: Georgia 2009-2010

No Alpharetta, Centennial, Central Gwinnett, or Walton at Dorman this Saturday?!? What on earth is going on?!? Some of my teammates and I are still recovering from the ACF Winter marathon at UGA last weekend. More seriously, though, this is an SAT weekend. On a slightly related topic, which GA team...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:31 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)
Replies: 74
Views: 18528

Re: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)

Could someone please explain in detail what problems this tournament ran into? As the head editor for ACF Regionals, I will be sending out emails with some points about tournament hosting and logistics management and I want to be sure that whatever issues this tournament had are not repeated. The t...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MS Teams in HS Tournaments?
Replies: 10
Views: 1163

Re: MS Teams in HS Tournaments?

How is this different from high schoolers going to college tournaments? The upper-level high school and lower-level college canons are much closer than the upper-level middle school and lower-level high school canons. Also, it's a lot more common for high schoolers to be doing college-level work th...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MS Teams in HS Tournaments?
Replies: 10
Views: 1163

Re: MS Teams in HS Tournaments?

Playing in high school tournaments can be encouraging to middle schoolers if they know what they're getting in to. We had several middle school teams come to our JV tournament in the Fall, and though most didn't place highly, the coaches seemed to think it was a valuable experience, and the kids wer...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl FAQ
Replies: 23
Views: 2717

Re: Quizbowl FAQ

That's really good, but why did you take out Jerry's question-writing guide and put in Berkeley's? I'm pretty sure Jerry's is the currently accepted guide. The tone is less condescending than before, but some better word choice is still necessary in places, like "So there are a bunch of tournaments,...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)
Replies: 74
Views: 18528

Re: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)

uga_chris wrote:Stats may now be found here
Could these be separated into playoff brackets?
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)
Replies: 74
Views: 18528

Re: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)

So we're apparently doing half games now. This is not good. Not good at all. whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Apparently there's a four-way tie for first place (or some championship-relevant place) and instead of deciding who's in the finals by playoff PPG or overall PPB or something, they're playing m...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Sat Jan 16, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)
Replies: 74
Views: 18528

Re: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)

So we're apparently doing half games now. This is not good. Not good at all. whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Apparently there's a four-way tie for first place (or some championship-relevant place) and instead of deciding who's in the finals by playoff PPG or overall PPB or something, they're playing m...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

quantumfootball wrote:I think that at least three of the top four were at Tippecanoe, but their A team was at Quaker Bowl while their B team played as "DCC A" at Bowling Green.
Well that just messes up everything.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Jan 13, 2010 10:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

There are some other teams on the borderline: Charter, Kellenberg, Auburn, Torrey Pines, Dunbar, and TJ, to name a few. I know some players on the Auburn team, so I hope they won't take it the wrong way, but I you're overrating them here. Lloyd is an amazing player (as are Zahed and Abid), and they...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)
Replies: 74
Views: 18528

Re: ACF Winter Southeast at UGA (1/16)

It seems like a shame for a high school student who really wants to try playing at his first college tournament not to get a chance to play if there is a space available on another high school team. However, if those are the rules, we'll have to abide by them. Cathy Hirsch Coach Central Gwinnett H....
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

There are some other teams on the borderline: Charter, Kellenberg, Auburn, Torrey Pines, Dunbar, and TJ, to name a few. I know some players on the Auburn team, so I hope they won't take it the wrong way, but I you're overrating them here. Lloyd is an amazing player (as are Zahed and Abid), and they...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

There are some other teams on the borderline: Charter, Kellenberg, Auburn, Torrey Pines, Dunbar, and TJ, to name a few. I know some players on the Auburn team, so I hope they won't take it the wrong way, but I you're overrating them here. Lloyd is an amazing player (as are Zahed and Abid), and they...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Jan 11, 2010 6:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?
Replies: 43
Views: 5877

Re: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?

tossups on C.S. Lewis Would these really frustrate literature players? As long as you don't write on Narnia, there are a lot of Lewis works that would make enjoyable tossups. However, some could claim that these questions find a better fit in the religion distribution. I mean, works like Screwtape ...
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl (3/6+7/10)
Replies: 44
Views: 7531

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl (3/6+7/10)

Dark Ages: Fae wrote:Looking at the field, is this tournament still going to happen?
As the tournament is still 2 months out, I'm sure there are teams (like mine) that are thinking about it/planning things and have yet to register.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Tue Jan 05, 2010 1:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

Bird Sonata wrote:I'm starting to think that I missed a team (or more!) that really deserves a ranking.
I have to thank you for posting the Ohio results or I think I would definitely have.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Mon Jan 04, 2010 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 15964

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

Dr. Isaac Yankem, DDS wrote:Submitted mine today. This was pretty darn hard. I feel like this was even harder than the preseason poll when i had less information...
Well I hope this one is at least more accurate than the Pre-Season poll. That said, it was difficult. I'm not sure if I my cross-region rankings are very accurate.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?
Replies: 43
Views: 5877

Re: Where is the line between "literature" and "trash"?

theMoMA wrote:tossups on C.S. Lewis
Would these really frustrate literature players? As long as you don't write on Narnia, there are a lot of Lewis works that would make enjoyable tossups.
by AlphaQuizBowler
Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Power matching sucks: a theoretical offering
Replies: 94
Views: 20243

Re: Power matching: a theoretical offering

This is a straw man argument. Of course a pool system that only takes one team from each pool is bad, that's why nobody doing pools should set them up that way. How is only taking one team per pool worse than only taking two? You can lose only twice and be eliminated from championship contention! A...