mhayes wrote:Your post reads more like an e-mail instead of a forum message. But welcome to the circuit. I'm not sure if the teams at OU, OSU, and Tulsa are still active, but if so, they would be good people to contact about getting your program off the ground.
Tulsa has something, because they are hosting an OQBA HS tournament on October 15. I think Oklahoma has gone dark again, I have yet to hear back from them and I tried to contact them before posting here. Neither Oklahoma nor Oklahoma State attended NAQT Sectionals in Springfield MO last year. As for sounding like an email, I guess it's just the way I write.
Susan wrote:Also, as a Chicago alum, I can tell you that Chicago is completely anomalous in terms of budget and travel schedule; I'm not sure if you're trying to get an idea of what an average team's numbers are or what the extremes are, but Chicago is not going to be much use for the former.
I'm dreaming big here, I might as well shoot for the stars. The worst they can say is "Yes!"
If I can give them numbers of what a Tier-I perennial National Championship contender spends, maybe I can get a good fraction of it to start and build up (or at least maintain) with WHYDFML. One of the mistakes we made at Oklahoma back in the 90s was that we had significant success on our own, so the admin there saw no need to fund us.
(I just realized that the Chipster was an emoticon here.
Does he still put one Ohio and one baseball question in every packet?)
Matt Weiner wrote:Very few teams have coaches. A few of the former College Bowl-only programs that stuck around for the NAQT-ACUI era still do, and I am a freelance "coach" for VCU.
Damn, I had hoped that at least one of the perennial contenders would have persuaded their school to hire a full-time coach. Oh well, Plan B.
MAGNI is out for us after all, we won't be able to get all our ducks in a row that quickly. ACF Fall is likely in the same position, plus while we could have done Rolla with only one night's stay (6 hour drive), Kirkville would almost certainly require 2 nights (8.5 hour drive). Oklahoma did Gateway in 1999 as a one-nighter, and I slept all day Sunday after the post-tournament drive back to Norman (8.25 hour drive), I was also 29 then instead of 41. Given that I've played at everyone's Nationals at least twice, I doubt I can qualify as a "novice". I can try to get something together for Gateway, but I can't promise anything. Barring something coming up in January, it looks like we'll be putting in our first appearance at NAQT Sectionals.
Thank you for your information so far. I do look forward to meeting y'all in person soon.