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by cchiego
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Answering With Multiple Answers
Replies: 3
Views: 2389

Answering With Multiple Answers

I first noticed this happening at ACE Camp a few summers ago and now it's fairly regular (i.e. once or twice a tournament in matches that I've been reading) at college-level tournaments, plus I've seen it happen at HS nationals as well. Here's how it works: a player rings in on a tossup and then sta...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 27, 2016 9:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2015-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 10709

Re: Tennessee 2015-2016

I'm not sure if a league would be the best format necessarily for East TN. Leagues are often time and travel-intensive and seem to work better in a single large urban area where the travel time is relatively low. Something small that's centered in Knoxville might work, but it seems like just getting...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 27, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to deal with a failed HS QB career?
Replies: 11
Views: 4721

Re: How to deal with a failed HS QB career?

it just really feels bad to consistently come up short and to fail at having success in Quizbowl. There's an issue in thinking that you have to "win something big" to have a successful quizbowl career, which can lead to somewhat insane studying schedules and burnout along the lines of this post. Do...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 5805

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

. If your fields are always full to capacity, then..yes, there's no financial reason to recruit more teams, but I don't see how that changes with a negative mirror fee. Sure, so recruiting a new team without a negative mirror fee and with a discount is more like a $70 (entry fee) -10 (mirror fee) -...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 5805

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

I had a much longer post get eaten, but I'll just address the major points raised and correct a few misperceptions: "high entry fees" are not the primary reason that schools that are aware of quizbowl don't play; "lack of coach interest" is way, WAY higher up the list. So this proposal is trying to ...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 11, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 5805

Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

Outreach is expensive both in terms of time and, too often, finances for TDs. It's expensive to give big discounts to new teams (though these discounts are key, in my opinion, to reducing the financial barrier for new teams) and such teams often require more hand-holding from the TD in explaining th...
by cchiego
Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: White Station High School Winter Tournament
Replies: 3
Views: 1116

Re: White Station High School Winter Tournament

Loath as I am to critique a rare pyramidal tournament in the Memphis area (at my alma mater, no less), there seem to be some issues with what happened here. Is there a reason most teams seemed to only play 2 or 3 matches in the stats? I hope everyone played at least 5--otherwise you can't seriously ...
by cchiego
Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 4446

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

Congratulations to High Tech A and Friends Select A for winning the open and novice divisions, respectively, of the 2015 Quaker Fall Open. The final standings for each division were as follows: Open Division: 1. High Tech A 2. Wilmington Charter A 3. Great Valley A 4. East Brunswick A Novice Divisio...
by cchiego
Sat Dec 05, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams
Replies: 13
Views: 5787

Re: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams

Ryan is exactly right about New Jersey's system, which as far as I can tell works very well. If your goal is to make sure that the most schools who want to attend can attend -- including teams that aren't on the boards all the time! -- then the best way to do it is to implement a quota system, not ...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams
Replies: 13
Views: 5787

Re: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams

So I'm not sure what the demand for tournaments and supply of moderators is like in Virginia, but I've seen an excess of demand and an lack of supply for tournaments here on the border of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. This means that there are lots of teams interested, and so every team that "regi...
by cchiego
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams
Replies: 13
Views: 5787

Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams

Registering for a tournament means: "We have gotten clear commitments from all our players that they are free that weekend, and are willing and able to attend the tournament. Confirming for a tournament in response to an email from the TD after registering means: "We have talked about this multiple...
by cchiego
Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Is it too late now?
Replies: 6
Views: 4576

Re: Is it too late now?

If you don't try to start a team, there's basically a 0 percent chance there will be a lasting quizbowl team at your school. If you do try, there's at least a decent chance that something gets started and lasts. Plus, you get to play quizbowl along the way. Follow Reinstein's advice and just do it, ...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 4446

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

Middlesex county academy would like to register 2 teams. This is a bit late to sign up, but there's a chance we could fit y'all if teams drop or we get a few more moderators to commit. Email us at pennquizbowl@gmail.com and we can discuss more. Right now we have confirmed a 34-team field with 17 te...
by cchiego
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 4446

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

All the C and D teams on the waitlist are now into the field. Right now, we have 17-18 staffers and 28 teams confirmed (with 5 teams from the waitlist pending), but we could always use another staffer or two if there are people out there. If any additional teams are interested in registering, you mu...
by cchiego
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Finding Staffers for High School Tournaments
Replies: 3
Views: 2135

Re: Finding Staffers for High School Tournaments

Part of this is a good thing; quizbowl has recognized that you need experienced, capable readers to make a tournament run well and you can't just throw in a random coach/parent/roommate if you want to finish a round in under 35 minutes. While it may be harder to get readers now, the readers we do ge...
by cchiego
Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 4446

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

After a succession of drops (after reminding teams about the SATs), the waitlist is now emptied and I'm waiting to hear back on confirmation from a few more teams to confirm their spots in the field. While I'm not ready to re-open registration, I am more confident in our moderator numbers so we will...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 2522

Re: Transparency

Also, I thought the first (or maybe second) line drop of UF6 during the Iran nuclear deal tossup was kinda weird. Like, I understand that you can't just outright say "uranium hexafluoride" so early, but trying to disguise it as some meaningless alphanumeric abbreviation felt a little too cutesy. Th...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 9276

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

3. Benedetto Croce (CROW-chay) claimed that the philosophy of language and this branch of philosophy are the same thing, since this branch of philosophy is the "science of expression." The third volume of The World as Will and Representation discusses this topic and claims that the object of studie...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 2522

Re: Transparency

11. Preparations for one of these actions included the installation of 150 Ponderosa Pines at Frenchman Flat. One of these events affected the cast of Dick Powell's Genghis Khan movie, The Conqueror, including John Wayne. One of these events named Sedan carved a still-extant rock formation and the ...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 3887

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

SEALs question made it clear we were talking about a special forces military organization early on and you only had to wait to until location-determining nouns were dropped until you had a relatively certain idea of the answer Is this really "fraudable" then? Getting an early buzz required uniquely...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 4446

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

Field has been capped and filled (6 weeks out!) at 30. We will expand to 36 (18 open/18 novice) only if we can secure additional competent moderators. I suspect we will be able to, but can't be assured of that right now. I am also anticipating at least a few drops, but am working to pre-emptively ma...
by cchiego
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Pronunciation Guides
Replies: 16
Views: 7668

Re: Pronunciation Guides

They're a huge distraction as a reader, they're rarely helpful on words I don't know how to pronounce, and they're a waste of time to include in editing that ought to be spent working on grammar and avoiding repeats. Splitting up long words and phrases is fine and helpful, but adding more gibberish ...
by cchiego
Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 4446

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

After the next few registrations, I am going to have to put a soft cap on the field until we can secure the services of more moderators. Our capacity is 36 teams based on the number of rooms we have. Our moderator capacity right now is 24-28 teams, so our ability to fully expand the field depends on...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 4446

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

Field Update as of 11/23 Teams in bold have confirmed; if your team is not bolded, please email us to confirm *Denotes first-ever pyramidal weekend tournament Registered: Charter (4/0) Great Valley (2/1) PALCS (1/0) Gunston (1/1) Central Bucks East (1/1) East Brunswick (2/0) George Washington Carver...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: GPQB Podcast Discussions
Replies: 5
Views: 5024

GPQB Podcast Discussions

Ben Herman and I have started a podcast for Greater Pennsylvania QuizBowl (GPQB). We are alternating podcasts directed at the Greater Pennsylvania region (team rankings and previews and such) with topic-based podcasts that should be of interest to the larger quizbowl community. All of our podcasts a...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates, 2015-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 6216

Re: Pennsylvania Dates, 2015-2016

Just to make it clear, Penn has moved our CALI mirror (rechristened the "Quaker Fall Open") to December 5th due to room reservation issues.
by cchiego
Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 4446

Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

The Penn Quizbowl Team, a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce our Quaker Fall Open (QFO), to be held on December 5th on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Location and Time: The tournament will take place on December 5th on th...
by cchiego
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Questions for Starting a New Team
Replies: 9
Views: 5858

Re: Questions for Starting a New Team

Here's a guide to attending quizbowl tournaments. This should give you an idea of the registration process and what to expect at the tournaments themselves. We also have a basic overview of how to start a team as well as a brief guide to some resources to help a team improve. You can also take a loo...
by cchiego
Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)
Replies: 24
Views: 7608

Re: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)

I don’t think much will change: not because we want to resist change, but because we see very little that needs to be changed. However, if members of the community have suggestions, I know that I will be more than willing to listen to what you all have to say. In that spirit, a few suggestions on t...
by cchiego
Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)
Replies: 24
Views: 7608

Re: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)

You've got two options - spend the energy fighting the pre-existing organization that does good quiz bowl tournaments, or spend the energy helping that organization improve. No one's actually tried to help TACA (at least to the point that I've seen it from here), and in fact most of the complaints ...
by cchiego
Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)
Replies: 24
Views: 7608

Re: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)

Fred seems to be suggesting, as have others, that Rohan is a misguided fellow who doesn't really know what he's doing. In talking with others last night (several who have posted in this thread), they argue that he is being sabotaged by his team and is actually a good influence for quizbowl at Vande...
by cchiego
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)
Replies: 24
Views: 7608

Re: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K. Tournament '15

I remember the good ol' days when Vanderbilt hosted a series of tournaments titled rather humbly "Academic Bowl Competition" (or ABC) that drew teams from around the country. Those tournaments were the premier quizbowl events in the Southeast and were taken seriously by all involved. Now we have the...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions/Suggestions About Hosting a Tournament
Replies: 10
Views: 1987

Re: Questions/Suggestions About Hosting a Tournament

http://www.socalquizbowl.org/guide/

This is the most detailed tournament direction guide in quizbowl. Read it, follow it, profit.
by cchiego
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2015-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 10709

Re: Tennessee 2015-2016

it is mostly because there is a false belief that they take more time Actually, the questions themselves are usually irrelevant because all matches no matter what questions are being used take far too long. Readers at some of the local tournaments that I saw went off on tangents in the middle of th...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2015-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 10709

Re: Tennessee 2015-2016

So I'm curious, who is actually hosting tournaments in East Tennessee, how many are there in a given year, and how many teams would you say are "active" in attending them? Are they good quizbowl (in particular, what sets are they being run on)? All areas of TN other than Nashville are in desperate ...
by cchiego
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 6921

Re: Quizbowl on social media

I think that part of the reason that quizbowl has not moved more in this direction has been at times a desire among certain people to have greater control over qb matters, particularly on these forums. But I think that as long as the group pages / twitter accounts / etc. are maintained and overseen...
by cchiego
Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tri-State Tussle at Delaware Valley HS (Matamoras, PA) 10/17
Replies: 22
Views: 7046

Re: Tri-State Tussle at Delaware Valley HS (Matamoras, PA) 1

Imagine that! Teams might actually have to do outreach in the Mid-Atlantic corridor instead of counting on people driving 3+ hours from various quizbowl hotbeds to fill their tournaments with no effort at all! There is going to be a very concerted outreach effort to get schools from the Lehigh Valle...
by cchiego
Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Distance Discounts
Replies: 10
Views: 3271

Re: Distance Discounts

No one's addressed my idea of reserving spots for local teams. I'd like to hear what people think of it. Just reserving spots won't by itself induce local schools to decide to attend, as Reinstein pointed out above. If there aren't already academic teams of some kind at the local schools, you'll pr...
by cchiego
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to do Outreach: A Basic Guide
Replies: 0
Views: 1484

How to do Outreach: A Basic Guide

I posted this over at GPQB, but I thought others might be interested in commenting on it here. I would also encourage people to send this on to teams and people that they think might be interested in helping to spread good quizbowl, but aren't sure where to begin. Here's the text [formatting and lin...
by cchiego
Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 37160

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

There are multiple issues with VA and VHSL that kept me from giving it a higher grade. First, I had a very hard time finding results from anything less than state in VHSL, where it looked like there were very small pools that actually determined the championships and didn't seem to necessarily indic...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 37160

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

Does this make Arkansas/Kansas/Wyoming the axis of evil? Although I don't really see a difference between Montana and Wyoming here. Frenchtown (MT) hosted two NAQT tournaments, although the stats are oddly reported . The official state and regional tournaments for Montana though appear to be fully ...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 37160

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

A quick check by region (with 1 for F, 12 for A, etc.) shows the following: South Average: 7.2 South Median: C+ West Average: 3.8 West Median: D+ Midwest Average: 7.6 Midwest Median: B- Northeast Average: 6.3 Northeast Median: C+ US Average: 5.92 US Median: C I have no plans to include non-states in...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 37160

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

Edited to add information about Michigan and South Dakota, resulting in a change to South Dakota's rating from D- to C-. Any additional helpful information is appreciated!
by cchiego
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 37160

The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

As a way of offering a rough benchmark for the state of good quizbowl across the United States and to encourage outreach across the country, I present the 2015 State of Quizbowl. Many people from good quizbowl-deficient states may not realize just how bad the situation is in their states. On the oth...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: A thought on outreach
Replies: 1
Views: 1443

Re: A thought on outreach

This post is something I discussed with Mike at NSC a bit and I'm pleased to see him bringing it up here on the forums. Two points that I'd like to add on to this: Finding their specific motivation could help with a targeted approach. I fully agree and want to emphasize how important local knowledge...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates, 2015-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 6216

Re: Pennsylvania Dates, 2015-2016

Penn will claim Nov. 21st for our mirror of CALI (tournament title and post forthcoming). We are aware of both the Nov. 14th tournament at Henderson and the Nov. 21st Bloomfield claim, but Penn Bowl and other scheduling demands limit our availability for any other dates. We also will host QuAC in it...
by cchiego
Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 18260

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

I also had high hopes for NHBB as a boon for quizbowl when it first emerged a few years ago. There was a lot of potential for a mutually beneficial outreach effort across the country to bring more quality academic competitions into more schools. But other than a few scattered success stories (which ...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 10280

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

Perhaps, if teams were to work together, a team that had less money would get to host tournaments that naturally draw bigger crowds (like a novice set, for example) while a richer team could host a tournament with a more niche audience (an SCT mirror or HFT, for example). The problem is a lot of ne...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 10280

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

This is a good post. But based on the incentives, I don't see these problems getting resolved next year or in the future. What's more, lot of state-specific writing work (e.g. for VHSL, Masonics, OAC, etc.) is reduplicative, and could be streamlined by use of a single State Championships set of the ...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 7290

Re: San Diego Academic League

The admission fee rule applies to "spectators." The $60 that the city league charges for a school to compete is actually a lot less than what some of the other leagues charge.