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Mnemosyne wrote:I don't see how anyone could avoid Literary Rally and still make this. Our Rally has 3 sessions at approximately 9 AM, 10 AM, and 11 AM. I don't know how it works in the other districts, but I have trouble believing anyone could get there at a reasonable time after Rally. Even if they could, that would only work with schools that are incredibly close to Tulane in the first place.
Considering the correlation between Quiz Bowl players and Literary Rally participants, this is an awful date in my opinion. It will severely limit any non-local teams from playing.
And I feel extra strongly about this partially because we would love a have a field of Byrd/Lafayette/Jesuit in the same tournament, which seem like the three strongest teams in the state.
Kevin wrote:Any idea what the distribution will be for each packet of 20/20 or 21/21? (Those guidelines are 24/24 for a packet-submission tournament). Also, could you give us an idea of the difficulty level you're aiming for by pointing us toward some similar previous tournaments?
I'm optimistic we'll be able to send 2-3 teams to this, but that may depend on how many of my students are affected by rally.
TulaneKQB wrote:I was under the impression that there was no perfect day to host this any weekend after Mardi Gras--that many LA high schools would be busy in some way or another and unfortunately would not be able to make it. I emailed as many schools as I had contact information and asked which date would work best, with the 24th seeming to be the most accessible date in the spring. If there is another date some time after Mardi Gras that would work for more schools, please let me know. Otherwise, I'll plan on maintaining this date and hosting those schools that can make it.
10. Contest Times: Contest times will be staggered with tests beginning at 9:00 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. and ending no later than 12:00 p.m.
Fred wrote:You realize that LIST was quite easy and that HFT was one of the hardest tournaments of the year, right? So, basically, you're saying "this tournament will have a difficulty level."
TulaneKQB wrote:It's fun to write and it makes us better as a team.
TulaneKQB wrote:Fred, Matt, Brad:
Thanks for your input--it was sort of overwhelming, but helpful. I think we're going to go ahead and work something out with BHSAT and hold off on producing anything ourselves for the time being. Thanks again.
Kevin wrote:When originally presented with the options of the 17th or the 24th, I voted for the 17th since it didn't conflict with rally, but if it raises staffing issues because of Tulane's spring break I understand why it can't be then. Is the 10th also out of the question due to Tulane's spring break? The 3rd is Science Bowl (and also History Bowl?), so that's probably not the best date. It wouldn't rule things out completely--I think when I was at Tulane we hosted a quiz bowl tournament the same day as Science Bowl and still got a turnout of 10-12 teams--but it also wouldn't be ideal. February 25th is the week after Mardi Gras; some schools (mine included) have the whole week off, and some students/coaches may still be out of town.
Moving the other direction, March 31st could probably work; April 7th is Easter weekend and probably not a good idea. April 14th is, according to NAQT's website, NAQT State at LSU (can anyone confirm this?), and April 21st is State Literary Rally.
TulaneKQB wrote:I believe LSU got their bid to host NAQT state and that it is on the weekend of April 14th; I'll verify that ASAP.
That is correct (at least from our end).
Note that March 31st is ICT weekend (and thus might have low turnout for a MUT mirror).
RyuAqua wrote:BHSAT will only be available for use on March 24th or later, if that affects your choices.
Nick Collins in Louisiana Thread wrote:I'm not sure how to handle Tulane's date issue. If only two teams from each district go to LAAC, then Tulane might only lose a few teams on the 31st, which wouldn't hurt the turnout too much. If everyone competes at LAAC, then I have no clue how they should handle it. April 7th puts it the week before NAQT States and on Easter Weekend, I don't know how much either of those would affect turnout. The other March dates seemed like a problem for Tulane. Maybe moving it to February 11/18/25 would work? It would require a set change though. In the end, March 24th might even end up being the best date for the most teams.
Mnemosyne wrote:Any new updates or ideas on this?
Kevin wrote:Bump for field update?
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