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by cchiego
Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 7290

Re: San Diego Academic League

The post Dwight referenced above is a classic. Also check out the Ken Jennings post that was the source of considerable embarrassment at the time to AL. Eddie Kim and I did a pretty comprehensive breakdown of all the flaws of the AL questions here and here and here a couple of years ago. At this poi...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 nAC
Replies: 28
Views: 9824

Re: 2015 nAC

According to this , Coronado High (El Paso, which plays most of its tournaments on NAQT sets) won the overall. From Twitter, it sounds like they may have beaten Lusher in the finals, who in turn beat Bishop Kelley (OK). There's also this great quote: This win makes the Coronado High team the undispu...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Immediate Corrections to Answers
Replies: 1
Views: 1986

Immediate Corrections to Answers

Reading at the NSC this year was the first time that I encountered the "immediate correction" rule for answers (Rule H.2 in PACE's official rules). This rule is a bad idea and in light of rumors that this might be spreading to other formats, I thought I'd explain how this rule ended up playing out i...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 6732

Re: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events

It seems unlikely that a quizbowler-run website would generate content that's at all interesting to people outside of the activity. It also seems unlikely that anyone would regularly contribute to such a venture if it were a volunteer thing; writing unpaid content for a backwater quizbowl site seem...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 6732

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

If we want to promote quizbowl, then we should take a 21st century approach and put together a website whose primary purpose is to promote quizbowl. It should look nice and have good videos, pictures, and announcements that lots of quizbowl people would want to share with their friends, families, a...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 nAC
Replies: 28
Views: 9824

Re: 2015 nAC

Try this link if the above doesn't work. The key quote: The team, made up of seventh- and ninth-graders, made it to the finals. But soon into the game, the students spoke up, unprompted, after realizing they recognized some of the questions being posed, their coach later told the players' parents in...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 6732

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

On a perhaps unrelated note, I believe it's time for NAQT to formally invite some number of (unobtrusive) journalists to cover the largest quiz bowl tournament in history. NAQT is losing major opportunities for good quiz bowl PR by not pursuing this. I'm not going to pretend to understand the logis...
by cchiego
Mon May 18, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 15-16
Replies: 8
Views: 4070

Re: Georgia 15-16

Mitch, it's not just for rankings purposes--when the HSNCT and NSC draws are being set up, it's hard to accurately seed teams if you have few or no accurate PPB stats on them. Individual stats can also be a useful way to figure out why a team didn't have a good performance and discount it accordingl...
by cchiego
Thu May 14, 2015 1:06 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 8100

Re: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments

I like that idea, that could work. from there, we could rent a van/charter a bus/ yadayadayada, i assume? You could definitely use that $$ from hosting to help ease the cost of transportation and entry fees. It's also always good to be able to show the board/your principal that you're putting in th...
by cchiego
Thu May 14, 2015 12:52 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 8100

Re: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments

One of the neat things about quizbowl is that you can raise a lot of money for it by hosting quizbowl tournaments. I'm not sure of what the calender for NY looks like next year, but there are probably at least a few good dates that you could host on that wouldn't conflict with other annual tournamen...
by cchiego
Thu May 14, 2015 12:25 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 8100

Re: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments

It sounds like your school may be one of those with stricter guidelines than most, but there still should be ways to go through the proper procedures to allow you to travel. Your coach might want to ask the sports coaches or other extracurricular sponsors at your school what they do since they may h...
by cchiego
Wed May 13, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Team Going to 2015 NAC, Should I Be Worried?
Replies: 7
Views: 3680

Re: Team Going to 2015 NAC, Should I Be Worried?

That QB Wiki article hasn't been updated with some of the more recent shenanigans. Here's what one of the moderators at the 2013 NAC had to say: After my experience at the DC phase of the NAC this weekend, as well as some thoughtful contemplation of the sentiments and arguments that I have read on t...
by cchiego
Thu May 07, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Subject Rankings Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 8323

Re: Subject Rankings Thread

Will H-M definitely goes up there for social science. For sure, along with Chris Chiego. In my limited experience, most of the usual suspect top-level generalists are solid at the subject as well. Nah. I've gotten the occasional good buzz in those areas based on research methods or the very rare po...
by cchiego
Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 18500

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

Here's basically the ideal pre-nationals quizbowl team profile : nice picture with trophies, relevant info about the national tournaments, nice quotes from the kids, and some understanding on the reporter's part about what the game is like. More teams and coaches should make an effort to get in touc...
by cchiego
Tue Apr 21, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: On Introducing Good Quizbowl
Replies: 10
Views: 4113

Re: On Introducing Good Quizbowl

You do need to let them know up front that the questions will be a bit different, but this is also your chance to point out how cool pyramidal questions are. Make sure to emphasize the "all teams of all levels can play on these questions" and "rewarding players for learning" parts. You should also i...
by cchiego
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT Colorado State: April 11, Fairview HS, Boulder
Replies: 4
Views: 4919

Re: 2015 NAQT Colorado State: April 11, Fairview HS, Boulder

This is awesome and a huge achievement. Fairview especially should be congratulated and lauded for hosting (I had heard Grand Junction kept planning on doing an NAQT tournament years ago, but I don't think it ever materialized). If only more quizbowlers in bad QB areas would do this! How aware are t...
by cchiego
Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT
Replies: 27
Views: 4567

Re: Question-specific discussion: 2015 Division I ICT

Could the "not-WPA" thing on the Writers Project be posted?
by cchiego
Wed Apr 01, 2015 12:02 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback
Replies: 23
Views: 4424

Re: Writer(/editor)-specific feedback

I also enjoyed the Searchers TU. The shot in the door (framing) seems like a legit film-ish clue too. I wrote 30 questions for this year's ICT, mostly in history and geography. This was the first time I've ever written anything this difficult, so I'm very interested in hearing people's thoughts on m...
by cchiego
Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 18500

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

Clearly the only important national "quiz bowl" championship that occurred last weekend was in Torrance, CA.

Once again, good QB seems to have no national media strategy/angle/"in."
by cchiego
Sun Mar 01, 2015 2:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Improving a Team (For Coaches)
Replies: 9
Views: 5157

Improving a Team (For Coaches)

One lacuna in good quizbowl resources is advice targeted to coaches. While there's a decent amount of information out there on how to improve as a player, there's very little in-depth guidance for how to be a good coach. The few pieces I've found are good, but often lacking in specifics. In fact, mo...
by cchiego
Sun Feb 08, 2015 3:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 SCT: Trash
Replies: 16
Views: 3110

2015 SCT: Trash

Let's seriously reconsider doing trash from before the 1990s, if not the 2000s. And even in the trash that's recent, do it on things people have universally heard of and which might have some sort of general pop culture value. If you do it on some in-joke that only devoted fans of a show will know, ...
by cchiego
Thu Dec 04, 2014 11:06 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Information for HHS Middle School Scholar's Bowl
Replies: 3
Views: 2142

Re: Information for HHS Middle School Scholar's Bowl

This is great to see. Have you contacted the Memphis area teams? I think that Schilling Farms, White Station, and St. George's all have middle school teams with some degree of organization and I suspect there may be a few others as well (I think ECS was looking to start a team at some point?). I don...
by cchiego
Tue Dec 02, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CSWIFT, Charter School of Wilmington (DE)-1/24/15 [DATE CHG]
Replies: 7
Views: 3643

Re: CSWIFT, Charter School of Wilmington (DE)-1/24/15 [DATE

Public service announcement: Don't do this, people! Claiming dates and then backing off creates confusion among newer teams and takes dates from teams looking for weekends to host. This is something like the 3rd or 4th time this year that Charter team members have publicly posted a date for a tourna...
by cchiego
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SWAG: The Ron Smith Experience" at Webb in Bell Buckle, TN
Replies: 5
Views: 4794

Re: SWAG: The Ron Smith Experience" at Webb in Bell Buckle,

the worksheet round allows even the greenest of teams to at least score a few points. Well-written pyramidal questions combined with rebracketed playoff rounds based on prelim results allow the greenest of teams to score at least a few points, have more competitive matches, and avoid having matches...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Audience Member - how to introduce better QB?
Replies: 6
Views: 3346

Re: Audience Member - how to introduce better QB?

Where is this particular league? Some areas may be easier to change than others depending on who runs it and nearby good qb options.
by cchiego
Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '14-'15
Replies: 28
Views: 12420

Re: Tennessee '14-'15

There are many unique things about TN tournaments even in the year 2014. Look no further than the continuance of single-elim playoffs pretty much everywhere, AUK tournaments in Memphis, Middle TN tournaments using 16 TU rounds (although this isn't limited to TN either, alas), the use of total points...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: I found the creator of Vanderbilt ABC
Replies: 6
Views: 5831

Re: I found the creator of Vanderbilt ABC

Awesome. I would be very interested in the history of Tennessee hs quizbowl in general and especially if west TN used to have more presence in the rest of the state. Also, how did ABC end up attracting so many far flung teams? Some kind of marketing or word of mouth?
by cchiego
Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New Team Practice Strategies
Replies: 1
Views: 3368

Re: New Team Practice Strategies

For a new team and mostly inexperienced members, simulated games are probably a good thing. What players need more than anything at the start is just to be exposed to questions from different tournaments and start to realize what clues and answers are most likely to come up ("the quizbowl canon"). Y...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ERHS Quizbowl Tournament; Greenbelt MD; (9/27/14)
Replies: 12
Views: 5528

Re: ERHS Quizbowl Tournament; Greenbelt MD; (9/27/14)

This is sad to see; GPQB could probably help y'all with PR next time if you announce the tournament further in advance. It looks like many teams that would've been closer to this location had already committed to Princeton since that was announced during the summer and a lot of schools need to make ...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 5122

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

This is an interesting video about knowledge bowl in Minnesota. The most relevant part comes from about 15:45 to 16:15 when the presenter talks about why he prefers knowledge bowl over quiz bowl. Alas, the guy in this video represents the kind of stupidity we are up against in far too many parts of...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 3746

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

This is an interesting video about knowledge bowl in Minnesota. The most relevant part comes from about 15:45 to 16:15 when the presenter talks about why he prefers knowledge bowl over quiz bowl. Alas, the guy in this video represents the kind of stupidity we are up against in far too many parts of...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 25773

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

Dwight's point about trying to find other entryways into the system than teachers/students is quite true, if hard to accomplish in practice. If you get a line-item in the district budget for quizbowl, it can be neigh-impossible to remove and often leads to more institutional support. If you fund qui...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 11887

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

Dwight's point about trying to find other entryways into the system than teachers/students is quite true, if hard to accomplish in practice. If you get a line-item in the district budget for quizbowl, it can be neigh-impossible to remove and often leads to more institutional support. If you fund qui...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [5]Resources, Results, Recordings, Reporters
Replies: 9
Views: 5385

Re: The Big Vision: [5]Resources, Results, Recordings, Repor

I'm not sure what the big deal about recording actual matches is. Yes, it is nice, especially from the perspective of current players who want to be immortalized in film or audio. I know I made my family listen to the 2006 ICT DII match that was recorded with my team more times than they ever wanted...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [5]Resources, Results, Recordings, Reporters
Replies: 9
Views: 3702

Re: The Big Vision: [5]Resources, Results, Recordings, Repor

I'm not sure what the big deal about recording actual matches is. Yes, it is nice, especially from the perspective of current players who want to be immortalized in film or audio. I know I made my family listen to the 2006 ICT DII match that was recorded with my team more times than they ever wanted...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents
Replies: 11
Views: 5120

Re: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents

With the proper outreach, good tournaments and eventually competitive circuits could grow rapidly in those areas, and make good quizbowl truly national. So what is the proper outreach to these far-away teams? Who's going to do it? Who's going to follow up on it? We've talked about this for awhile n...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents
Replies: 11
Views: 3925

Re: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents

With the proper outreach, good tournaments and eventually competitive circuits could grow rapidly in those areas, and make good quizbowl truly national. So what is the proper outreach to these far-away teams? Who's going to do it? Who's going to follow up on it? We've talked about this for awhile n...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 5096

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

Some schools in the South in particular have an academic competition class. Unfortunately, there are some issues with offering one: 1. It often only counts as a "standard" class on a student's transcript, which Honors/AP/IB students don't like having on there. 2. The schools that have it often are b...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 4295

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

Some schools in the South in particular have an academic competition class. Unfortunately, there are some issues with offering one: 1. It often only counts as a "standard" class on a student's transcript, which Honors/AP/IB students don't like having on there. 2. The schools that have it often are b...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 10167

Re: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015

Website and organization name have changed (Greater Philadelphia QuizBowl or GPQB), but Ben Herman and I have finished the first personalized email wave to 112 schools in the Greater Philadelphia area. We've got another 50 or so that we're waiting to get in touch with later this month. Out of these...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 6556

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

Maybe we can start by actually calling out these people for their poor jobs than just alluding to them. There seems to be some unwritten rule in this community that format doesn't matter as long as a tournament runs on pyramidal questions and on time, but quite frankly that's just wrong. When Ezell...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 5921

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

Maybe we can start by actually calling out these people for their poor jobs than just alluding to them. There seems to be some unwritten rule in this community that format doesn't matter as long as a tournament runs on pyramidal questions and on time, but quite frankly that's just wrong. When Ezell...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 6556

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I'd like to see what, specifically, we are talking about here. Can you give some examples of "breaches of professionalism" so people in this thread can offer answers to your questions? Here are 5 examples from recent years. In all cases, I'd argue that a tournament wasn't quite as professional as w...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:23 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 5921

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I'd like to see what, specifically, we are talking about here. Can you give some examples of "breaches of professionalism" so people in this thread can offer answers to your questions? Here are 5 examples from recent years. In all cases, I'd argue that a tournament wasn't quite as professional as w...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 6556

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I know we tend to understand that maybe winning NAQT State isn't much different than winning Random Invitational X in March or whatever This needs more discussion. In a few states, we have a happy medium where there is a well-regarded state championship tournament on good QB questions (VA of course...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 5921

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I know we tend to understand that maybe winning NAQT State isn't much different than winning Random Invitational X in March or whatever This needs more discussion. In a few states, we have a happy medium where there is a well-regarded state championship tournament on good QB questions (VA of course...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents
Replies: 11
Views: 5120

Re: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents

I mostly agree with and applaud Matt's emphasis on keeping outreach local and doing everything we can to make sure change happens at a local level. However... In reality, Questions Unlimited is more powerless than ever, and likely to stay that way. It’s time to start focusing our efforts on the MANY...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents
Replies: 11
Views: 3925

Re: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents

I mostly agree with and applaud Matt's emphasis on keeping outreach local and doing everything we can to make sure change happens at a local level. However... In reality, Questions Unlimited is more powerless than ever, and likely to stay that way. It’s time to start focusing our efforts on the MANY...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 5122

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

Possible tournament hosts who happen to be especially physically close to one another should also talk to each other about the prospect of co-hosting tournaments and splitting the revenue This needs to be emphasized, especially in areas where there is now a surfeit of tournaments that draw just 18-...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 3746

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

Possible tournament hosts who happen to be especially physically close to one another should also talk to each other about the prospect of co-hosting tournaments and splitting the revenue This needs to be emphasized, especially in areas where there is now a surfeit of tournaments that draw just 18-...