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by Howard
Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should tournaments have split upper/lower divisions?
Replies: 20
Views: 3099

Re: SWAGFEST at Richard Montgomery 2/25/12

It's my opinion that in the vast majority of cases, bracketing into divisions doesn't make sense. This is particularly at small tournaments in a strong region like DC, where prelim brackets can contain several strong teams anyway which will all play each other in an afternoon playoff. I guess if yo...
by Howard
Mon Jan 16, 2012 1:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Should tournaments have split upper/lower divisions?
Replies: 20
Views: 3099

Should tournaments have split upper/lower divisions?

Seeing the Centennial Attack tournament in Georgia, we are considering bracketing teams by national-caliber and regular varsity to promote more games between teams of like ability. Most likely, teams will be able to choose which bracket to participate in. Thoughts on this? I think this is a great i...
by Howard
Fri Dec 16, 2011 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Selection Bias or Excellence?
Replies: 14
Views: 5324

Re: Selection Bias or Excellence?

There are schools that return a great team year after year, and I know they don't return great teams because they get lucky and have natural talent in their school every year. Natural talent that happens to cover all major topics, that is. I'm of the belief that all schools have natural talent and ...
by Howard
Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greater differentiation at tournaments / problem of brackets
Replies: 22
Views: 6044

Re: Greater differentiation at tournaments / problem of brackets

There are numerous good points in this thread, and I agree with many of them. Regardless, sitting around discussing on a message board why teams are not attending tournaments, although a necessary and useful exercise, is still largely speculation. Is it possible to take the team list from a tourname...
by Howard
Sat Dec 10, 2011 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial Tournament Ellicott City, MD Sunday (12/04/11)
Replies: 42
Views: 12319

Re: Centennial Tournament Ellicott City, MD Sunday (12/04/11)

I agree with John Gilbert that I should have also thanked Chris Ray for the extensive training that allowed us to improve our question set. Years ago, he and others offered to help. He delivered.... big time. Eric Seifter Coach Centennial While I agree it's nice (and appropriate) that you did this,...
by Howard
Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial Tournament Ellicott City, MD Sunday (12/04/11)
Replies: 42
Views: 12319

Re: Centennial Tournament Ellicott City, MD Sunday (12/04/11)

Dr. Seifter thanked him at the event, but I want to publicly thank Chris Ray for all his assistance with this tournament set. I obviously wasn't privy to the questions prior to editing, but from the questions I saw, it seemed that this was a great benefit to the tournament.
by Howard
Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Selection Bias or Excellence?
Replies: 14
Views: 5324

Re: Selection Bias or Excellence?

I think nearly every post in this thread has hit on important points. First and foremost, no program can be good without students willing to work toward that program being good. Looking back at my most successful years, there were very special things about those students that made the program succes...
by Howard
Sat Nov 26, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial Tournament Ellicott City, MD Sunday (12/04/11)
Replies: 42
Views: 12319

Re: Centennial Tournament Ellicott City, MD Sunday (12/04/11)

If you're holding back on the number of teams due to lack of moderators, I'd be happy to volunteer.
by Howard
Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Delaware Spring Tournament @ Wilmington Charter (2/11/2012)
Replies: 73
Views: 10628

Re: Delaware Fall Tournament @ Wilmington Charter (12/10/2011)

I received an e-mail that the tournament would definitely need to be rescheduled from 12/10 to a date yet to be determined.
by Howard
Wed Nov 02, 2011 1:19 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Talking to the coach
Replies: 7
Views: 2733

Re: Talking to the coach

Hit it, Garb! :grin: Seriously, though, the only thing I would add to Mr. Reinstein's advice would be to suggest that the coaches' contracts might spell out every detail and for whatever reasons are unwilling to do more. Try Mr. Reinstein's advice and then come back to us. P.S. Forewarned is forear...
by Howard
Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic @ UVA, 10/29/11 (BDAT mirror)
Replies: 27
Views: 11971

Re: Cavalier Classic @ UVA, 10/29/11 (BDAT mirror)

I'd like to bring a team, Sarah, but I don't know whether we'll have enough students to do it. I'm still working on good answers for the Fall Novice on the 22nd. I'll certainly repost/e-mail if we can make this work. I've got two confirmed and several more reporting probable. At this point, I don't...
by Howard
Thu Oct 20, 2011 9:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)
Replies: 19
Views: 4020

Re: Fall Novice @ St. Anselm's Abbey School (10/22/11)

If this were a normal tournament where we could better predict the teams' abilities, I might go with 7 brackets of four. Then take the top team in each bracket and one wild card based on the tiebreaking statistic of your choice into two brackets of four for a round-robin. Then take the top two from ...
by Howard
Tue Oct 11, 2011 5:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Cavalier Classic @ UVA, 10/29/11 (BDAT mirror)
Replies: 27
Views: 11971

Re: Cavalier Classic @ UVA, 10/29/11 (BDAT mirror)

I'd like to bring a team, Sarah, but I don't know whether we'll have enough students to do it. I'm still working on good answers for the Fall Novice on the 22nd. I'll certainly repost/e-mail if we can make this work.
by Howard
Wed Sep 28, 2011 1:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: OLEFIN at TJ 10/8/11
Replies: 47
Views: 22499

Re: OLEFIN at TJ 10/8/11

After a long stretch of bad weekends for us at TJ, this one looks like a winner. We'll have at least one team (may have two) with one moderator and two buzzers. I'll be completing the registration for one team shortly. If I need to update this (presuming I don't receive instructions during the regis...
by Howard
Wed Sep 14, 2011 7:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Fall High School Tournament, 9/24
Replies: 43
Views: 50252

Re: Maryland Fall High School Tournament, 9/24

Unfortunately, this is the day of our homecoming and most of my students have related obligations and/or desires. I'm still trying to put together a ragtag group, but I'm doubtful it'll succeed. Regardless, I hope your tournament goes well, Isaac.
by Howard
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:22 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: NAQT Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2951

Re: NAQT Questions

So, do both types follow the pyramidal structure of questions (obscure reference to dead giveaway)? And also, what's the difference between a tournament that uses an A-Set or an IS-Set? Thanks so much for the help! In my experience, the A-set questions begin with a slightly easier leadin and are mo...
by Howard
Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 26332

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

The rules about post content do not apply, and never have applied, to board staff. What exactly does this mean? That staff can say whatever they want and get away with it or something more specific like "staff can tell users how to post, non-staff can't". This is certainly an interesting question, ...
by Howard
Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 26332

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

Lastly, I think that posting rules in threads without a crosspost to the rules section is a bad idea. Certainly those people providing useful services for free should not be ridiculed even if those services are not the best; regardless, these people are providing a net positive contribution. My fea...
by Howard
Tue Jul 12, 2011 12:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 26332

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

The rules about post content do not apply, and never have applied, to board staff. What exactly does this mean? That staff can say whatever they want and get away with it or something more specific like "staff can tell users how to post, non-staff can't". This is certainly an interesting question, ...
by Howard
Fri Jun 24, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12
Replies: 96
Views: 32802

Re: DC/MD/VA Date Claim '11-'12

Great idea including the SAT and major holidays in the schedule. Thanks, Harry.
by Howard
Mon Jun 20, 2011 7:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 8911

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

Probably 2/3 of these teams have never been seen at a tournament of any kind. I have to imagine that there are kids who would enjoy quizbowl out there. My count is that I've seen 44 of them at tournaments. And this is just counting the ones I'm sure I've seen. By the same token, we're going back qu...
by Howard
Mon Jun 20, 2011 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit
Replies: 59
Views: 8911

Re: Attracting more teams to the DC circuit

If you want to hit the broadest possible number of teams with information, you need to send out physical letters, and they need to include an explanation of just what a Saturday tournament is, because much of your audience doesn't know things that you assume they do. Granted, this was a few years a...
by Howard
Thu May 26, 2011 12:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13151

Re: It's Academic discussion

Again, if you're not using specifics here, it doesn't really help anyone improve their behavior even if they agreed 100% with what you're saying. I can't imagine how boycotting a tournament that will be to the benefit of your students because of a personal beef with some dude half your age can poss...
by Howard
Tue May 24, 2011 1:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13151

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Combine this with the fact that the few people who have tried to deal with this problem have been stymied due to various bad reasons. I'd be interested in hearing what these "various bad reasons" are. I am genuinely interested in this. Despite our many disagreements, nothing good will come from hin...
by Howard
Tue May 24, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 26332

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

Calling for "civility" is against the rules. I don't know why people have such a hard time understanding this. As I said above some time ago, it's because some of the board staff routinely violate the rules and/or choose to apply them in a manner that supports their own arguments and stifles discus...
by Howard
Tue May 24, 2011 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 26332

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

Matt was being pretty reasonable when he referred to tournaments that do not try to be pyramidal as fake--there are more accurate descriptions of such tournaments, but the more accurate they are, the more they insult the teams that participate. I can't recall the last time I attended a fake tournam...
by Howard
Tue May 24, 2011 12:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13151

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

...you're deluding yourself if you honestly believe that a majority of coaches in the DC area enjoy playing both pyramidal and IA quizbowl. Most coaches that do this are the exceptions, not the rules, and some of the teams that successfully compete in both either have no coaches or are basically go...
by Howard
Tue May 17, 2011 1:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13151

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

How many teams actually got prize money from IA? Up until a few years ago, 162 of them in the Baltimore-DC area. Unfortunately, Chris Ray is exactly right that this total has been reduced to six due to reduction of sponsorship of the show. On the other hand, the teams have the opportunity to receiv...
by Howard
Thu May 12, 2011 1:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: It's Academic discussion
Replies: 50
Views: 13151

Re: All videos of Quiz Bowl

Out of curiosity, what is the prize for winning It's Academic (DC)? Aside from bragging rights, is there a monetary award for the school or scholarship awarding? $2500 for winning a semifinal $5000 for winning the viewing area championship $10000 for winning the inter-city championship (Baltimore-D...
by Howard
Mon May 09, 2011 11:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]
Replies: 75
Views: 43375

Re: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]

Even with 12 rounds, we may be done this tournament before 5pm. Last year we played 10 rounds and finished before 4pm. For us to return by 5 (and I'm estimating as I've never made this trip), we'd want to leave by 3:15. And I figure we'll turn into pumpkins around 4:15. If you need to schedule a by...
by Howard
Sat May 07, 2011 2:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]
Replies: 75
Views: 43375

Re: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]

Near as I could garner today, there was a desire to be back around 5 P.M., but that an hour or so either way was not a big deal. This later time pretty much applies to two students, so we're entering the territory where if we consider not bringing the both of them, it becomes impractical to enter a ...
by Howard
Thu May 05, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]
Replies: 75
Views: 43375

Re: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]

Possibly messing things up is the statement by one team that they need to leave in the early afternoon (possibly by as early as 1 or 2) that i received in an e-mail yesterday. This would very much mess up plans for a full round-robin. For the record, this is us. I don't have a particular time that ...
by Howard
Wed May 04, 2011 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Standardized Testing dates
Replies: 9
Views: 2567

Re: Standardized Testing dates

If you're taking that into account but deciding that the number of teams that won't be coming due to testing is roughly equivalent to or less than the number of teams that won't be coming due to other conflicts on another date, you are doing your job as a tournament director. It's that simple, and ...
by Howard
Tue May 03, 2011 12:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Standardized Testing dates
Replies: 9
Views: 2567

Re: Standardized Testing dates

I have to disagree with you on this one, Charlie. In my experience, it seems to me that testing dates are the number 3 reason tournaments have difficulty drawing teams. This is just from my general observations, so take it for what it's worth. In order, the top three reasons why tournaments have dif...
by Howard
Wed Apr 27, 2011 10:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CANCELLED - GREYSON at TJ (4/30/11)
Replies: 18
Views: 2665

Re: CANCELLED - GREYSON at TJ (4/30/11)

Sorry we couldn't support you guys for this event.
by Howard
Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 19026

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

As for your question, yes, I have seen that. When I coach, I present players with the materials to improve, tell them if they want to get good they can do any number of things to get better, try and find what methods work best for who, and then let the team do the rest of their work. If they don't ...
by Howard
Sun Apr 17, 2011 11:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 19026

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

What do you do with the kids, then, who keep coming to practice, never study, and complain about not getting anything? I give them all the resources possible and compile many of them on our website, but it's just like they want the answers handed to them. I, too, have a relatively relaxed atmospher...
by Howard
Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ARMY NAVY @ Richard Montgomery HS (Yale Mirror) 4/9/11
Replies: 48
Views: 17548

Re: ARMY NAVY @ Richard Montgomery HS (Yale Mirror) 4/9/11

Received final confirmation that we cannot do this. Sorry, Raynell. Hopefully, you still can pull this off.
by Howard
Tue Apr 05, 2011 5:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ARMY NAVY @ Richard Montgomery HS (Yale Mirror) 4/9/11
Replies: 48
Views: 17548

Re: ARMY NAVY @ Richard Montgomery HS (Yale Mirror) 4/9/11

Raynell, I just replied to your coach's e-mail, but I'll reply here, too, in case that's more efficient. I currently stand at one student committed and one who seems to be a maybe leaning toward not available. If I can get two, I'll gladly enter a two-person team, but as of an hour ago, the second s...
by Howard
Mon Apr 04, 2011 7:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 26332

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

I had a look through my posts and found it. http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=5099&p=71240&#p71240 Just a little over three years ago. And in fairness, Fred's response isn't exactly as I characterized it, as there was no explicit reference to there being no real issue. By the same to...
by Howard
Sun Apr 03, 2011 4:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules
Replies: 96
Views: 26332

Re: Discussion of hsquizbowl.org's rules

I'm also going to agree with Bruce and Mike about the problem being the enforcement of the rules, especially rules 3, 4, and 9. I've read many posts that did not follow "the basic rules of polite conversation" (e.g., filled with fairly scathing, often times ad hominem attacks) or "the basic rules o...
by Howard
Tue Mar 29, 2011 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]
Replies: 75
Views: 43375

Re: CR Rider Bowl II (April 16, 2011) [POSSIBLE DATE CHANGE]

I don't have many good answers from my students, but given the relatively low number of those who are able to commit, it's likely we won't be able to do April 16th. If we can, it'll probably be with a skeleton team.
by Howard
Mon Mar 28, 2011 12:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CR Rider Bowl II (May 14, 2011) [CONFIRMED DATE CHANGE!]
Replies: 75
Views: 43375

Re: CR Rider Bowl II (April 16, 2011) [POSSIBLE DATE CHANGE]

I won't be able to give you much info on May at this time, but I do hope to sort out availability for the 16th at our next practice session tomorrow. I hopefully will be able to give you some sort of update this week.
by Howard
Wed Mar 23, 2011 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ARMY NAVY @ Richard Montgomery HS (Yale Mirror) 4/9/11
Replies: 48
Views: 17548

Re: ARMY NAVY @ Richard Montgomery HS (Yale Mirror) 4/9/11

I've got you on my schedule, but I'm still trying to sort out whether we have enough to bring a team to GDS. Hopefully, I'll have this one figured out in the next week or so.
by Howard
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware, 3/26/11
Replies: 30
Views: 8044

Re: Blue Hen Invitational @ University of Delaware, 3/26/11

Count us in-- 1, 1, and 1. E-mail to come momentarily.
by Howard
Sun Mar 13, 2011 8:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: He said, she said
Replies: 39
Views: 5811

Re: He said, she said

This is slightly different from the main topic, but as a moderator, how do you handle protests in which it seems like logically a protest should be lodged but either out of inexperience, apathy, or confusion, a team does not? As a moderator, there have been times when faced with gray areas (i.e., I...
by Howard
Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA Date Claim '10-'11
Replies: 108
Views: 17571

Re: DC/MD/VA Date Claim '10-'11

OK would anyone be opposed to RM hosting on Easter Saturday? Is Delaware still planning on using that day? Is it the opinion of the elders of the community that an Easter Saturday/Spring Break tourney would be inadvisable? I probably won't be able to tell you for some time whether we'd be able to a...
by Howard
Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial Its Academic Tournament (12/11)
Replies: 4
Views: 1372

Re: Centennial Its Academic Tournament (12/11)

I received an e-mail from the organizer this weekend, and it certainly suggested that the event was still happenning.
by Howard
Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 19026

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

People should participate in quizbowl, like any other extracurricular activity, because they enjoy it. If someone doesn't enjoy it, then I agree with Charlie, it's okay to quit. On the other hand, those of us in charge need to be somewhat observant as to why it's not enjoyable in the first place. Ag...
by Howard
Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DR YAKUB (12/11/10) at the University of Maryland
Replies: 39
Views: 10689

Re: DR YAKUB (12/11/10) at the University of Maryland

I know a bunch of teams are supposedly planning to come, but I've received only a few actual registrations, so people should email me if they're planning to attend. I've also received a request to move this tournament to Sunday, since Centennial's tournament is Saturday. Would this constitute a pos...