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by Howard
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DR YAKUB (12/11/10) at the University of Maryland
Replies: 39
Views: 10133

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

Running Field: York Suburban 2 Maryland School for the Deaf How is the is the Maryland School for the Deaf gonna play QB? At one of our tournaments were able to accomodate a deaf team by putting the questions into a powerpoint which revealed the words one by one for the tossups. We then didn't read...
by Howard
Sun Nov 14, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Let's talk about pseudonyms again
Replies: 95
Views: 17865

Re: Let's talk about pseudonyms again

To preserve privacy, post statistics online with initials (M. Meyer, for instance). Keep records of the real names, provide them if necessary to purposes of seeding. -M Say what? Should participants not have the right to not have their name posted on the internet? First names only (or first names w...
by Howard
Sat Nov 06, 2010 3:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Fall Novice (11/13/2010)
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: VCU Fall Novice (11/13/2010)

As I was beginning to make travel plans, I made note of your rather unorthodox start time. While I'm aware you won't know the specifics of numbers of rounds and scheduling, can you give us a time estimate of when you're planning on completion of all games?
by Howard
Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Fall Novice (11/13/2010)
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: VCU Fall Novice (11/13/2010)

Thanks, Cody. Put us down for one team, one buzzer, and one moderator. I'll follow up with an actual entry e-mail when I can access my e-mail account.
by Howard
Tue Nov 02, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Fall Novice (11/13/2010)
Replies: 10
Views: 1572

Re: VCU Fall Novice (11/13/2010)

I'd like to bring my team to this tournament because I think it'll maximize our ability to learn, but one of our players doesn't meet the eligibility requirements. She's a junior, but the highest PPG I've been able to find for her is 26.67 at this year's Maryland Fall. Would you be willing to make a...
by Howard
Thu Oct 21, 2010 7:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FRIGHT: The Tournament to Keep Fear Alive @ RMHS, 10/30/10
Replies: 48
Views: 15625

Re: FRIGHT: The Tournament to Keep Fear Alive @ RMHS, 10/30/10

I've received official word from my students that we'll be a two-man team. If circumstances arise which make it desireable to combine us with a similarly short-staffed team, feel free to do so.
by Howard
Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Sad News
Replies: 5
Views: 1746

Re: Sad News

Thanks for posting, Jessie. I fear that I otherwise would not have found out.
by Howard
Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 18516

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

And the next week i just hear the same complaints again of students who say they find it impossible to get good at this, but they read about one packet every two or three weeks and think that that's sufficient. When i tell them of how much effort and work Trey put into "getting good" the last coupl...
by Howard
Sun Sep 26, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Fall Tournament (9/25)
Replies: 45
Views: 13186

Re: Maryland Fall Tournament (9/25)

Lastly, I want to say how happy I was that every single team stayed for the duration of the tournament. It made me happy, on the inside. This is in direct contrast to last year's tournament where nearly every team-- I can think of only one exception-- that did poorly in the prelims left at rebracke...
by Howard
Wed Sep 22, 2010 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Maryland Fall Tournament (9/25)
Replies: 45
Views: 13186

Re: Maryland Fall Tournament (9/25)

Batsteve wrote:Registration will run from 8:30 - 9:00, with the first round starting as soon after as feasible.
DumbJacques wrote:Registration will run from 8:15 - 8:45, with rounds starting as close to 9:00 am as possible.
by Howard
Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 14910

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

-> $10 off each tournament volunteer we actually use (Since we won't know until check-in time whether we need volunteers, these should be people who will accompany your team anyway.) You might consider removing the parenthetical expression. It's easy to find ways to use volunteers, whether as a sco...
by Howard
Mon Jul 19, 2010 12:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 14910

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

Please stop not telling the whole truth. While the Fall Novice questions will not be speedcheck short (one sentence), they won't exactly be novel length. As one of the head editors of FN last year, I can guarantee that not more than a very small handful (say, less than 5) of my tossups from last ye...
by Howard
Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 14910

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

I've made this point before elsewhere on the board, but it's important to not lose sight of your tournament audience. You've said you want to use short questions which can be answered quickly. I can guarantee you that the fall novice set will be nothing like that. While I'm sure the fall novice set ...
by Howard
Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: First-Time Tournament Help
Replies: 109
Views: 14910

Re: First-Time Tournament Help

I think I may have misspoke when I mentioned the PP thing before. I'd be using the packets (which most are old [2005-2007 or so]) as GUIDES as to how to format quick, factual questions. If some seem appropriate to use, they might be used, but I believe we'll also be using other formats to supplemen...
by Howard
Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hide Your Unauthorized Participation in Quizbowl Well!
Replies: 14
Views: 2472

Re: Hide Your Unauthorized Participation in Quizbowl Well!

The criminal charges brought against Mr. Asch (for which see http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/12/nyregion/12stuyvesant.html ) were subsequently thrown out in court. It would be inappropriate, I think, lay out all of my thoughts on the character and behavior of my former advisor in a public forum; suf...
by Howard
Mon Jun 21, 2010 12:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hide Your Unauthorized Participation in Quizbowl Well!
Replies: 14
Views: 2472

Re: Hide Your Unauthorized Participation in Quizbowl Well!

I mean, I don't know this guy nor the other horror stories, but this isn't just "unauthorized participation" in quizbowl, this is just being a bad authority figure. A parent personally says a child cannot go...so you bring the child? You make no effort to provide chaparones? I'd be a little mad at ...
by Howard
Mon May 31, 2010 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: three seconds? five seconds? no seconds?
Replies: 27
Views: 4966

Re: PACE NSC: format changes, 2010 information

Mike, I have to base my comments on my own experience, which is limited to two HSNCTs, a few regional tourneys at the HS level, and local play; I am not familiar with mACF format, nor have I seen a match play out with a five second rule. From that limited experience, however, my opinion is that the...
by Howard
Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Chatham (NJ) Academic Tournament IV - May 22, 2010
Replies: 25
Views: 5357

Re: Chatham (NJ) Academic Tournament IV - May 22, 2010

The Freshman Division with speed check, though, is bad. Speed Check questions are terrible. At times, it seems, intentionally so. You don't learn anything from them, and that's the whole educational point of quiz bowl. They don't distinguish the more knowledgeable team, and that's the whole competi...
by Howard
Tue Mar 16, 2010 10:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Blue Hen XII (3/20/10) Newark, DE
Replies: 47
Views: 5773

Re: Blue Hen XII (3/20/10) Newark, DE

it seems everyone registers later and later these days for no apparent reason, maybe coaches just procrastinate on paperwork, or think if they register they're absolutely prohibited from dropping a team or changing anything. Right now we only have 5-6 teams for the Chris Ray Open ourselves :'( It's...
by Howard
Fri Mar 05, 2010 1:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Gonzaga/St. Anselm's Tournament RESCHEDULED (3/7/10)
Replies: 191
Views: 22767

Re: Gonzaga/St. Anselm's Tournament RESCHEDULED (3/7/10)

21 is not an awful number. If you run 3 pools of 7 for the prelims, you can do a 5 game playoff pool where the top 2 in each pool play a full round robin, or you could do a 6 game cross bracket where the top 3 teams in each pool play the top 3 in each other pool. This sounds reasonable. The only is...
by Howard
Tue Feb 23, 2010 11:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl III at Hunter HS (NYC) - 2/27/10
Replies: 135
Views: 124696

Re: Prison Bowl III at Hunter HS (NYC) - 2/27/10

There's a very outside chance we can do this. I was busy with other things last week and didn't remember to push the issue with the team. Two people at today's practice that indicated interest, and I've e-mailed those I haven't yet seen. Awesome! Let me know as soon as possible. Sorry if I got your...
by Howard
Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl III at Hunter HS (NYC) - 2/27/10
Replies: 135
Views: 124696

Re: Prison Bowl III at Hunter HS (NYC) - 2/27/10

There's a very outside chance we can do this. I was busy with other things last week and didn't remember to push the issue with the team. Two people at today's practice that indicated interest, and I've e-mailed those I haven't yet seen.
by Howard
Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAREN Rescheduled (2/20/10)
Replies: 32
Views: 4535

Re: NAREN Rescheduled (2/20/10)

Unfortunately, our It's Academic taping that was scheduled for the 13th has been moved to the 20th, making us unavailable. I was hoping this date would have been better for us.
by Howard
Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 16651

Re: Why we can't have nice things

The terms of the old thread were not the terms of free discussion that this board requires. Forum moderators took action, and now we have a new thread, and more importantly, an open discussion about quizbowl in Illinois and about discussing quizbowl in general. Agree wholeheartedly on this point, A...
by Howard
Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 16651

Re: Why we can't have nice things

-- Matt then accused me of being anti-quizbowl discussion. You've pulled the "civility" card more than anyone else in the history of this board, John. That could be. I'm not certain, and don't really care either way whether this is true. I don't recall a single instance when I've suggested that a p...
by Howard
Sun Feb 07, 2010 3:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 16651

Re: Why we can't have nice things

Instead of understanding all this happening in spite of Matt's actions, I see it happening directly because of them. By making clear in the coldest possible terms the unacceptability of the terms of the previous discussion, Matt's strategy has allowed us to get to this point. I couldn't disagree wi...
by Howard
Sun Jan 10, 2010 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

I'm not sure how your statement (made in response to Isaac) disputes Isaac's. Both of you say that you want tournaments to be more accessible, but when Isaac (a member of a stronger team) argues that this tournament was too difficult, you disagree even though you're the coach of a weaker team and t...
by Howard
Sun Jan 03, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Setting Tournament Entry Fees
Replies: 6
Views: 1225

Re: Setting Tournament Entry Fees

When I host a tournament, I usually set the fee based on the anticipated number of attendees. This in turn is based on factors such as question costs, moderator costs, and lunch. I usually break even or take a small loss. I tend to do this, too, with the exception of breaking even or taking a small...
by Howard
Sun Jan 03, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Avoiding Plagiarism When Writing Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1523

Re: Avoiding Plagiarism When Writing Questions

I think it is OK to say, "BONUS! It was written for the dedication ceremony for the Church of Christ the Savior in Moscow. FTPE:" Don't recall seeing it in this thread, and am not sure if it has been mentioned elsewhere, but it's important to remember that facts cannot be claimed as intellectual pr...
by Howard
Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

So in essence, you're saying that there's no objective determination of whether a tournament is better or not? After all, the only "standards" that I've seen universally shared on this board are that Quiz Bowl tournaments should A) Be about academic topics B) Be of reasonable difficulty, and C) Rew...
by Howard
Sun Dec 27, 2009 3:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

2. The idea that it isn't reasonable for tournament organizers to pick a playoff format (including single elimination) that fits their needs after consideration of factors the organizers deem important. There really is no evidence that the latter happened, though- the explanation essentially said, ...
by Howard
Sun Dec 27, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

I really wish you were capable of engaging in the same discussion that the other people in the thread are having. No one else is making any claims about whether the Centennial tournament has "value" (which you have defined in such terms that it is impossible for any tournament not to have "value," ...
by Howard
Sat Dec 19, 2009 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

What you arbitrarily want your team to know shouldn't be a criteria in the discussion, since it's obviously impossible for us to know the terms of the debate, and you yourself admit the set of answers you want your team to know varies with possibly intangible decisions. We can't judge whether a tou...
by Howard
Fri Dec 18, 2009 2:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

The second part seems to imply that the tournament was easier than most local, which based on what people have said about the set all over this thread is disputable at best. Don't know how I can make it more clear than this: By my estimation, about 75% of the tossups had answers I'd want my team to...
by Howard
Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

#4. Frankly, the 16-team antiquated play-off format got the students running the tournament and the finalists at a decent time so that we could finish up homework. This also ensured that a 3-2 team had a shot at winning first place, believe it or not. Your convenience should not be the goal in orga...
by Howard
Fri Dec 18, 2009 1:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

At some point, I think there is little that you can do when teams just like bad questions. The Centennial tournament is not in It's Academic format; it's in 20/20 format. It's not more accessible than other tournaments; all reports say it's noticeably harder. The only difference at all between the ...
by Howard
Mon Dec 14, 2009 10:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

One thing that bothered me about Mr. Gilbert's post was the assertion that this tournament benefitted less-experienced teams while still satisfying upper-level squads. Instead, I find that the tournament this year has settled into a sort of uncomfortable middle ground where neither sorts of teams a...
by Howard
Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

Not taking any stats though... is a problem, for me. It's not difficult and it's something that a lot of teams look forward to going through after the tournament is done. Allowing conferring on all questions has always (as long as I can remember) been a rule at this tournament. This makes individua...
by Howard
Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)
Replies: 104
Views: 26343

Re: Centennial It's Academic Tournament (12/13)

I hope this doesn't come off the wrong way, but... why would anybody choose to come to this? I mean, maybe i'd go if it were free, or like $10 a team... but, why? If I were in charge of your team, I probably wouldn't go to this, especially with Charter's tournament the day before. For my team, on t...
by Howard
Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Delaware Fall Open (12/12/09) Wilmington, DE
Replies: 57
Views: 7456

Re: Delaware Fall Open (12/12/09) Wilmington, DE

Bad Boy Bill wrote:
Howard wrote:Regrettably, it appears this will be the first time in several years we won't be able to attend this. I will, however, volunteer to moderate and supply buzzer if you'd like.
This is an offer I will gladly accept.
Confirming that I shall arrive between 8 and 9 AM.
by Howard
Wed Dec 02, 2009 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Season Finale Tournament IV -- April 24, 2010
Replies: 58
Views: 83715

Re: VCU Season Finale Tournament IV -- April 3, 2010

It's a waste of time to predict It's Ac Yes. Especially in the semifinals in DC, where it's pretty much guaranteed all 9 teams will be very good at the show's format. game outcomes are essentially random. (Interestingly, Altman Productions is very willing to inform its staunchest supporters of that...
by Howard
Thu Nov 26, 2009 12:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Delaware Fall Open (12/12/09) Wilmington, DE
Replies: 57
Views: 7456

Re: Delaware Fall Open (12/12/09) Wilmington, DE

Regrettably, it appears this will be the first time in several years we won't be able to attend this. I will, however, volunteer to moderate and supply buzzer if you'd like.
by Howard
Wed Nov 11, 2009 12:30 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: FOGHAT mirror at U Delaware (11/22/09)
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: FOGHAT mirror at U Delaware (11/22/09)

I'd be interested in playing in this, Bill. Already received several negative answers from my team, so I may just be offering to freelance, as was the case at VCU.
by Howard
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Winter Tournament II -- December 5, 2009
Replies: 47
Views: 10674

Re: VCU Winter Tournament II -- December 5, 2009

Frater Taciturnus wrote:http://www.tinyurl.com/dsffood will give you a google map of nearby food.
I would also suggest the food court in Regency Square Mall across Parham Rd.
by Howard
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl (April 17th, 2010)
Replies: 105
Views: 22745

Re: Caesar Rodney Rider Bowl (April 17th, 2010)

So, having had a series of emails with Matt Weiner, it seems likely that we will be using a set of reformatted HSAPQ produced VHSL questions. This would seem to destroy your desire to have TJ (and all other Virginia teams) attend your tournament. I'd expect, however, that we're talking about a smal...
by Howard
Tue Nov 03, 2009 11:09 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Mid-Atlantic TRASH Regionals at VCU (Richmond) Sunday Nov. 8
Replies: 9
Views: 2001

Re: Mid-Atlantic TRASH Regionals at VCU (Richmond) Sunday Nov. 8

It doesn't look like our usual team is going to be playing, so I will throw my hat in the ring as a free agent. I'll be staffing the high school tournament the day before, so my entry comes with a $15 discount. It turns out my team won't be available for the Saturday tournament, so I'll volunteer a...
by Howard
Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: MIT asked to help host Q-Unlimited regionals
Replies: 20
Views: 2360

Re: MIT asked to help host Q-Unlimited regionals

Said freshman states that he was hired to coordinate Q-Unlimited's regional and national tournaments, or something of the sort. This makes me wonder if Chip hired said person specifically to coordinate a tournament near Boston. I might be interested in knowing exactly how many regional tournaments ...
by Howard
Sun Nov 01, 2009 11:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice
Replies: 31
Views: 2637

Re: Hey let's talk about OpenOffice

you can control what file format Open Office produces (drop down menu under save as) Once I started using Word97 format when I saved my Open Office files, people have had no trouble opening them. I can't speak as to whether all the desired functions are there. Unfortunately, saving in pdf format is...
by Howard
Thu Oct 29, 2009 11:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Conferring on Tossups
Replies: 46
Views: 5058

Re: Conferring on Tossups

Some players are stronger on the buzzer, some are stronger at interpreting the question, some are stronger at certain areas of knowledge. Not being able to confer limits a team's ability to take advantage of the positive traits of all its members at the same time. Allowing conferring allows each te...
by Howard
Tue Oct 27, 2009 10:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Conferring on Tossups
Replies: 46
Views: 5058

Re: Conferring on Tossups

2. I think it might lead to a lot of annoying talking and make it hard to hear. Also, the idea you could cherry-pick an answer off of someone on the other team talking a little louder than you is annoying. Having coached a large number of conferring-allowed events, I can testify that with perhaps o...