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by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 22, 2021 11:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps now hiring for Summer 2021!
Replies: 0
Views: 131

Qwiz Camps now hiring for Summer 2021!

Qwiz is starting its hiring cycle for the 2021 Summer Camp season. We have four camp sessions scheduled for this summer: June 14-25, Virtual Camp (Online, 3 days per week) July 10-16, Bradley University (Peoria, IL) July 17-23, University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL) July 25-31, Scripps College (C...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 22, 2021 10:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz presents the 1st Annual National Quizbowl Conference!
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Re: Qwiz presents the 1st Annual National Quizbowl Conference!

If you register, you will have access to videos of all the presentations. At the moment, we haven't made plans to post these videos permanently online for everyone, though that may change in the future.

Josh
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Feb 17, 2021 12:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz presents the 1st Annual National Quizbowl Conference!
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Re: Qwiz presents the 1st Annual National Quizbowl Conference!

Just wanted to announce that our conference lineup is now posted! Visit https://www.qwizbowl.com/conference for details. We are excited about the upcoming event, and hope to see you all there.


Josh Rutsky
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Feb 11, 2021 10:12 am
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 7605

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

Vishal- You raise a fair point regarding the proximity of teammates in participating in the event. I don't want to seem like we are dismissive of it in any way. Coach Henry's suggestion regarding projecting the match is a good option, but regardless of how a team approaches this event, we strongly s...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jan 22, 2021 10:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz presents the 1st Annual National Quizbowl Conference!
Replies: 3
Views: 657

Qwiz presents the 1st Annual National Quizbowl Conference!

At Qwiz, our passion is helping people get better at quizbowl. That's why we are excited to announce the first annual National Quizbowl Conference, to be held via Zoom on Saturday, February 27! The conference theme is "Moving Quizbowl Forward." The conference will have sessions both for co...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 12, 2021 4:03 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 7605

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

Just to clarify, if anyone has any doubts in this regard - as Lee has said upthread, I am opposed to holding an in-person event at this time. There is no indication that it would be safe to do so. While measures could be taken to improve that safety, the best measure is not taking the risk. ASCA is ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:41 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 7605

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

What makes you think that we have a problem with posting that? The ASCA board is posted publicly on our website, but here are the current members: President 2020-2022 Lee Henry West Point High School President-Elect 2020-2022 Christopher Arthur ADTRAN, Inc. Secretary 2019-2021 Rhonda Brewer Sylacaug...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 12, 2021 3:25 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 7605

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

Could you be more specific, Charlie? Voted for what?
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 12, 2021 2:38 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 7605

Re: Alabama 2020-2021 Discussion Thread

I've stayed quiet on this for a while, but I feel like I should chime in here. I am extremely disappointed that the assumption has been made in this thread that ASCA's board has been irresponsible. It is not POSSIBLE for ASCA's board to be irresponsible before they have DONE anything to be irrespons...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Sep 08, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: (10/10/20) Southeastern Online Middle School Academic Tournament (SOMSAT) 2020
Replies: 5
Views: 1394

Re: (10/10/20) Online Middle School Alabama Championship (OMSAC) 2020

I am a bit confused why this is being called the Online Middle School Alabama Championship. For clarification purposes, this event is not sponsored by or affiliated with the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association, which holds the state championship events for Alabama, including middle school. Sa...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Aug 26, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Are you an experienced science question writer? Would you like to make some money?
Replies: 0
Views: 502

Are you an experienced science question writer? Would you like to make some money?

Qwiz is looking for science question writers for our upcoming project. Guidelines are provided. You need not commit to a long-term writing job; we can contract smaller numbers of questions on a project by project basis, or we can contract the full number required, based on your availability and desi...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Aug 13, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz is hiring writers!
Replies: 1
Views: 1020

Now Hiring: Science Writers

Qwiz is looking for someone interested in writing science tossups for our use. We prefer someone with experience writing in this area, but with the flexibility needed to write either HS or MS questions. This is not a large job, but it does have a timetable that needs to be met, so ability to work to...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jul 17, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz is hiring writers!
Replies: 1
Views: 1020

Qwiz is hiring writers!

Join the Qwiz Team! Qwiz is hiring writers for both content writing and question writing assignments. Question writers should have experience writing for tournaments at the high school level and be able to meet deadlines consistently. Content writers should be able to write in multiple subject areas...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu May 21, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Re: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!

Qwiz is dedicated to helping players improve their quizbowl game and to promoting the growth of the quizbowl community. We are also passionate about education, and believe that players benefit most when they don’t just memorize, but rather learn. Our camp program, designed by experienced teachers an...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun May 17, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Announcing the 2020 Qwiz eCamps!
Replies: 0
Views: 842

Announcing the 2020 Qwiz eCamps!

INTRODUCING eCamp! Qwiz is excited to announce that we will be holding two sessions of eCamp in the summer of 2020! eCamp is a live, online version of our popular Qwiz Quizbowl Camp. June Session (June 15-26) July Session (July 13-24) In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Qwiz has been carefull...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Apr 12, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: This week's Free Qwiz Virtual C.A.M.P. classes posted!
Replies: 1
Views: 719

Re: Week 4 of the Free Qwiz Virtual C.A.M.P. - classes posted!

New classes for week for are open for registration!
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Apr 05, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: This week's Free Qwiz Virtual C.A.M.P. classes posted!
Replies: 1
Views: 719

This week's Free Qwiz Virtual C.A.M.P. classes posted!

Hello Qwizzers! A few weeks ago, we decided to put together some online classes that we called Virtual Qwiz C.A.M.P. We've enjoyed these sessions of Virtual Qwiz C.A.M.P., and your response has been awesome! You guys are so enthusiastic and so eager to learn; this is what quizbowl is all about! Virt...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 14292

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

Cancelled, I'm afraid.
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Mar 30, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 14292

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

ASCA regrets to announce the cancellation of the 2020 Varsity State Championship. We debated what to do in this situation, and tried to postpone as long as possible, but the board no longer feels it is reasonable to proceed this year. We will be sending notifications to all teams today. Obviously, w...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz is offering FREE live Quizbowl Classes!
Replies: 0
Views: 897

Qwiz is offering FREE live Quizbowl Classes!

Bored? Frustrated? Feeling the no-quizbowl blues? Qwiz is teaching FREE Live Quizbowl Classes to help ease the pain! It’s been a rough year for the quizbowl world. What started out as another promising season has been derailed completely by the outbreak of the coronavirus and the need for people to ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 14292

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

No official decisions have been made regarding this at this time. However, ASCA is monitoring the situation closely, and we encourage any teams that receive word that they cannot attend due to school policy to notify us immediately so we can assess the situation with all information. We (and you, I'...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Mar 05, 2020 12:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Re: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for Summer 2020!

Just an update on our hiring status: Qwiz Camps are still hiring instructors and staffers for our summer 2020 camps! We will be making our first set of hires on or before March 14th, and we want to encourage all interested parties to apply NOW to be considered. If you love coaching or playing quizbo...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 64
Views: 16335

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

the interface is much easier than SQBS with one exception - in SQBS, you can tab into the field for team selection and begin typing the name of the team that is playing; in YellowFruit I was forced to click each time and select the field with my mouse before I could enter the team name. I don't kno...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 24, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 64
Views: 16335

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

I'd just like to say that we used YellowFruit yesterday for the Alabama State MS and ES championships, and it ran beautifully. The update to make worksheet/lightning rounds function was a godsend, and the interface is much easier than SQBS with one exception - in SQBS, you can tab into the field for...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 23, 2020 1:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 14292

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

Congratulations to Liberty Middle School, repeat ASCA MS Champions! They defeated Discovery Middle 2-0 in the final to win their back to back title. Third place went to Liberty Park Middle School, and fourth place to Monrovia Middle School. Full team and individual results can be found at https://hs...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Feb 05, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Notable Buzzers
Replies: 20
Views: 3813

Re: Notable Buzzers

I have had a couple of students in the Engineering Academy at Hoover build buzzer systems as a senior project. One was wireless and mounted inside a hollowed-out hardcover classic edition from a Barnes and Noble.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jan 31, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Re: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for Summer 2020!

Qwiz is still actively hiring for summer of 2020! We are particularly interested in hearing from interested teachers with backgrounds in any of the sciences, but we have openings in many teaching areas. Spend a week (or more!) of this summer with students who are passionate about quizbowl and staff ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jan 29, 2020 11:19 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 64
Views: 16335

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

Alabama’s Elementary and Middle School format is 20/20 with a 100 point worksheet round at the halfway point. Both teams participate, and there is no bounceback, so all that would be needed is a field for entering a score for each team on that segment, and an option to enable it. Your considering th...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:14 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 174
Views: 103263

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

This is just a bump regarding this program, requesting that anyone who has the desire to make a contribution to the QB community and the ability to work with this programming language PLEASE consider adding lightning round functionality to the program. I have been searching for someone willing to ma...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jan 29, 2020 10:12 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Introducing YellowFruit.
Replies: 64
Views: 16335

Re: Introducing YellowFruit.

Seconded. I understand that both this and Neg5 were written with the common 20/20 format in mind, but it would be a HUGE difference-maker for many of us in states where worksheet rounds or lightning rounds still exist to add this functionality to the programs. Something as basic as one extra field p...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: FREE Qwiz CoachCamp @ Copley, OH Feb. 29, 2020
Replies: 0
Views: 611

FREE Qwiz CoachCamp @ Copley, OH Feb. 29, 2020

Qwiz is happy to announce that we will be bringing our one-day CoachCamp to the Copley Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020! This event will run concurrently with the tournament there, and coaches are welcome to drop in and out of sessions during the course of the day. The FREE event includes pre...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7633

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Just an update: The Qwiz5 library is now nearing 50 entries! These are all free study guides intended to make your life a little easier and to give you an edge as you go into the heart of competition season. Our latest entries cover Brancusi, Jainism, and Handel, and we have our first Qwiz5 by reque...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Dec 17, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz is looking for a content writer!
Replies: 1
Views: 723

Re: Qwiz is looking for a content writer!

We have filled this position. If new openings arise, we will post again!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Dec 16, 2019 12:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 14292

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

After seeing this come up several times recently, I wanted to issue a polite reminder to all eager Alabama players out there-- Stats are not always automatic or easy. Coaches who are running tournaments right around the holidays may not be able to get lots of sheets entered into SQBS in a timely man...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Dec 12, 2019 12:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments
Replies: 7
Views: 2299

Re: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments

I can (and will) only speak from my own experience with this, but when we started up the Hoover Invitational, we pulled local teams exclusively. By the fourth or fifth year, however, two things were clear - one, that we had a tournament where one or two local teams would be dominant, and everyone el...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7633

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Thank you for this feedback, Ankit. We will make the necessary edits, and will try to be more precise in the future. If you notice an error in a Qwiz5, please let us know at [email protected].com or by messaging me here; we try to proof our work carefully, but we occasionally miss things that the colle...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 21, 2019 2:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Did ACE shut down?
Replies: 5
Views: 1541

Re: Did ACE shut down?

Per what was said above, ACE and Qwiz are not the same company rebranded. Qwiz was founded last year with the intent of producing a different type of camp with a different philosophy, and we will continue to provide that experience this year in our five camps. We look forward to serving the quiz bow...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 20, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7633

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

We're glad you're liking them! We'll keep producing them. If you have something you'd like us to cover in a Qwiz5, drop us a line!
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz is looking for a content writer!
Replies: 1
Views: 723

Qwiz is looking for a content writer!

Are you experienced in quizbowl? Are you able to work to a deadline? Qwiz is looking for a content writer to assist us with a few small projects. We offer competitive pay, as well as the possibility of additional work in the future. If you’d like to be considered, visit https://www.qwizbowl.com/cont...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!
Replies: 3
Views: 1320

Join the Qwiz Team - Now Hiring for eCamps!

Qwiz is starting its hiring cycle for the 2020 Summer Camp season. We will be holding five camps this summer: June 13-19, University of Montevallo (Montevallo, AL) June 21-27, Washington College (Chestertown, MD) July 12-18, Ohio Dominican University (Columbus, OH) July 19-25, Bradley University (Pe...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Oct 29, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Quizbowl Schedule Generator
Replies: 10
Views: 5384

Re: Quizbowl Schedule Generator

This is a really nice project for the community, and will be extremely helpful for new tournament directors.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7633

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

There are now nearly 40 Qwiz5 guides available to help you at https://www.qwizbowl.com/qwiz5/ . Check out the most recent Qwiz5 guides on William Blake, Margaret Mead, Bose-Einstein Condensate, and "The Waste Land", where you'll find top clues plus resources for further study. We hope you ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Oct 11, 2019 9:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Qwiz CoachCamp - Free event hosted by IQBL!
Replies: 0
Views: 5027

Qwiz CoachCamp - Free event hosted by IQBL!

Coaches are invited to join us on November 16th, 2019 at Waukee High School in Waukee, IA for our first Qwiz CoachCamp, which will run concurrently with the Waukee Open, hosted by Jay Winter of IQBL. Sessions will be held throughout the day, and coaches are free to come to any and all of them as the...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps 2020 Locations
Replies: 0
Views: 5621

Qwiz Camps 2020 Locations

Qwiz is excited to announce the locations of our Summer 2020 Qwiz Camps! Alabama June 13-19 University of Montevallo Maryland June 21-27 Washington College Ohio July 12-18 Ohio Dominican University Illinois July 19-25 Bradley University and our newest location, Iowa July 26-August 1 Grand View Unive...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Sep 29, 2019 12:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 14292

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

Just a reminder to teams that participated in ASB this past weekend - please do not post results here or elsewhere. The shows will begin airing November 2nd on APT.
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Aug 05, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines
Replies: 6
Views: 5369

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

Admittedly, I’m not in the reading loop at the same level I was once, but I was unaware of the boldface/underline/no format conventions. It might be a good thing for those of us who are once a year hosts or infrequent readers to add a note at the front of the set to this effect.
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Jul 14, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 14292

Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

Important dates for 2019-20: August 30-31, 2019, Division I TV Tournament Filming (APT, Montgomery, AL) September 21, 2019 West Point Fall Invitational December 6-7, 2019, Division II TV Tournament Filming (APT, Montgomery, AL) December 14, 2019 West Point Winter Tourney January 16, 2020, Junior Var...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Jun 22, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System
Replies: 9
Views: 10307

Re: So You Want to Buy a Buzzer System

Just a note regarding the Quik Pro- These were redesigned a couple of years ago and now use much sturdier Cat5 cable as their connectors; the quality of the set is now significantly better in this regard.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Jun 13, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"
Replies: 14
Views: 7463

Question regarding state policies regarding "playing up"

Coaches/Players: Right now, the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association is discussing our current policies regarding players competing in our state tournaments. As of now, our rules specifically state Players must be enrolled at the represented school or, if their school has no program for their ...