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by cchiego
Fri Apr 03, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 38
Views: 3474

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

Reinforcing a sense of (potential) public shame (that any cheaters should feel), without making any potentially-tenuous specific allegations, and allowing any potential current malefactors to quietly mend their ways, is about the best we can hope for, or failing that at least seems relatively unobj...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Problem of the West
Replies: 9
Views: 1238

Re: The Problem of the West

Distance: This is the most obvious one. Colleges are just further apart out west, so a student needs to be more committed before they're willing to attend a tournament. This makes it significantly harder to retain people and grow clubs. Transportation: Similar to, but distinct from the distance iss...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 29, 2020 7:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Expanding the Collegiate Circuit
Replies: 2
Views: 610

Re: Expanding the Collegiate Circuit

This, along with Matt Mitchell's recent post (which has some Western-US-specific notes, but a lot of similar issues about expanding to new schools in general), is a great step forward though it's notable that such proposals seem to not generate as much enthusiastic discussion as other topics. [EFT-o...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 22, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 11156

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

The Issue: Building Up More Competitive College Teams Karthik's post really hits at the key underlying issue here, which is what happens to people who don't go to schools with strong, well-established quizbowl programs like Berkeley, Columbia, Chicago, Maryland, Michigan, Penn, Stanford, UVA, Yale,...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:01 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Joint Quizbowl Project
Replies: 26
Views: 2998

Re: Joint Quizbowl Project

I am thrilled that Reinstein has announced this and hope to see multiple projects come out of it. As far as outreach goes, I actually think right now would be an excellent time to lay the groundwork for outreach in various regions over the summer and into the Fall; you can make lists of schools, gat...
by cchiego
Fri Mar 06, 2020 1:14 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: 5th of March Incident
Replies: 13
Views: 1394

Re: 5th of March Incident

Bruce has it. I'd love to see what the quizbowl community could do by coming together for something similar every year--it could be writing a novice or a themed mini-tournament, it could be a coordinated outreach push, it could be a mass mentorship (virtual) meetup, or it could be upgrading various ...
by cchiego
Sat Feb 29, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms
Replies: 7
Views: 1418

Re: Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms

as I've heard some people suggest, is calling for like hyper professionalism in which all staffers must wear blazers and khakis Note too that the "dress code" (which I would say means nice jeans and such are fine) was the lowest priority here, mostly in terms of "don't look like you just rolled out...
by cchiego
Sat Feb 29, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms
Replies: 7
Views: 1418

Basic Steps Towards Quizbowl Professionalization for Tournaments: Cut the Acronyms and Pseudonyms

Quizbowl has come a long way in the past decade or so, but still could generally use a bit more professionalism in terms of selling the activity to outsiders (and thus securing more funding/more interest) and avoiding the perception of being a weird, insiders-only activity. There are a few basic ste...
by cchiego
Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:05 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Getting people to take over running a club
Replies: 1
Views: 856

Re: Getting people to take over running a club

Some assorted thoughts that, while they won't necessarily ensure as orderly of a leadership transition as you'd ideally like, might help keep the club alive in the future if you don't find someone willing to take over as the club leader: You want to "seed" the club before you leave with all the club...
by cchiego
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event
Replies: 10
Views: 1468

Re: Ideal Host Cities for a Nationals Event

The best thing that quizbowlers on the West Coast who want national tournaments out there can do is work to develop more quizbowl teams and staff on the West Coast. There are 50-60 million people between CA, OR, WA, NV, and AZ and, despite some recent successful outreach efforts, there is a ton of u...
by cchiego
Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:37 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion
Replies: 31
Views: 2366

Re: Cross-Post: NAQT Timing Discussion

Is it really true that NAQT timing rules are commonly used in high school? I would have thought not; at any rate it wasn't the case in my local circuit when I worked at local tournaments. Oh yes, it is. While it varies somewhat depending on the host, I know in PA at least Manheim Township's tournam...
by cchiego
Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits
Replies: 12
Views: 965

Re: Introducing pyramidal quiz bowl to Knowledge Bowl circuits

Reinstein is correct. I've also changed my mind over the years about the effectiveness of discussing pyramidal questions in an opening email and agree that a focus instead on professionalism and a better experience overall would work better. Once you've struck up a conversation (or ideally met in-pe...
by cchiego
Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 30
Views: 19386

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

Yes, I am planning a new data-intensive version of these rankings that I hope will be illustrative of the considerable challenges remaining in terms of outreach yet will also recognize those states that have made significant improvements recently in various areas (if possible, I'm looking to add rur...
by cchiego
Thu Dec 12, 2019 1:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments
Replies: 7
Views: 1881

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 e...
by cchiego
Sun Nov 24, 2019 11:13 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments
Replies: 7
Views: 1881

Teams Traveling Long Distances to Dominate New/Emerging Circuit Tournaments

If a team drives 5+ hours to an off-the-typical-circuit tournament to have their A and B teams basically annihilate all the local competition (and it was pretty obvious from the get-go that they would do so), why, exactly, travel to that tournament in the first place? To be clear, I don't mean an av...
by cchiego
Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:16 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: CATT XV @ Chattahoochee High School (11/9/19 - WAIT)
Replies: 9
Views: 3663

Re: CATT XV @ Chattahoochee High School (11/9/19 - WAIT)

Edited per the request of the TDs; simply see here for some general advice on tournament formatting, especially avoiding rebrackets at a time other than lunch. Also, a general point that seeking to be a PACE qualifier may not always be ideal for all tournaments.
by cchiego
Wed Oct 30, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 5075

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

This seal has been through some drubbings. I came in as a complete novice to Quizbowl last year (didn't offer it in Central Washington) and my game reflected that. I had a lot of rounds where I didn't have a chance to buzz on, not to mention correctly answering, any questions. Had we not had Thatch...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 5075

Re: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

College Quizbowl is not the only activity where the really good teams are significantly better than the brand new teams. There are a ton of activities that fit that pattern, and most are healthier than college quizbowl (though from my perch in 2010, it sure looks like college quizbowl is much healt...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 28, 2019 12:09 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?
Replies: 14
Views: 5075

Should Baby Seals Smile While Being Clubbed? Or: Why Should Newer Teams Stick Around College Quizbowl?

Should baby seals smile and accept their clubbings at quizbowl tournaments? Is it necessary for new teams, teams from remote circuits, or teams at less-wealthy/less-selective colleges that go to college tournaments that claim to be "designed to serve as an introduction to college quizbowl" to then g...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 21, 2019 9:04 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 5081

Re: What's the State of the College Game?

First, more established members of the quizbowl community should reach out to new teams' leadership and strike up a relationship so that you can check in and help them overcome obstacles like organizational or funding issues. This would also be useful in planning for leadership transitions and for ...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 21, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: What's the State of the College Game?
Replies: 12
Views: 5081

Re: What's the State of the College Game?

This is a broader point, but outreach at the HS level and college level cannot be seen in isolation from each other. It's incumbent on college teams to do outreach and host HS events to build up a pipeline of new players. College teams should be especially interested in doing outreach to a broader r...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 20, 2019 4:21 pm
Forum: Collegiate Announcements & Results
Topic: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19
Replies: 7
Views: 3199

Re: Early Fall Tournament (EFT) at Boise State on 10/19/19

Is there anything that the rest of quizbowl can do to help ensure that the flagship state universities of three Western states have more than just 1-member quizbowl teams in the future? It's great that there is at least one dedicated player at these schools, but it seems like there's the danger that...
by cchiego
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Northeast Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Enlighten me on the North Jersey circuit
Replies: 10
Views: 3097

Re: Enlighten me on the North Jersey circuit

There are some other good posts about the recent state of NJ quizbowl as a whole in this thread . I'm sure past/current NJ coaches and players have more info too to add to some of the questions here. -- Does NORJAC still exist? Does it still pull a lot of teams? Is there any chance there’s a list of...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 23, 2019 4:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 8346

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Mike's post is quite thoughtful. I agree that there's always the worry that people will like super-easy questions and never want to move beyond that. I'm well-aware that there's a history of people/teams who should know better playing far too easy questions. That always needs to be taken into consid...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 8346

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Just so I can understand what happened-- When you say 5-30%, do you mean 5-30% of individuals or 5-30% of times you read those questions to a group of 10 or however many students? Also, was there any explanation of what pyramidality is and the importance of sticking with a question when you don't k...
by cchiego
Sun Sep 22, 2019 2:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 8346

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

I do question Chris' assertion that the sample NAQT packet is outrageously hard for MSers. Some of the questions he singled out as unreasonably difficult were a tossup on the constellation Orion, a tossup on Switzerland's geography (i.e., the Alps, the Matterhorn, Zurich), and Cain from the Bible. ...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:59 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 8346

Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

Quizbowl should be in every school in the country or, at the very least, as many schools as those that currently have debate, Model UN, drama, or chess clubs (which is a pretty high percentage!). But it's not going to get there if the easiest questions that are out there are a very high cliff to cli...
by cchiego
Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Strangest Misconceptions about Quizbowl
Replies: 0
Views: 4620

Strangest Misconceptions about Quizbowl

Quizbowlers around the country have probably encountered people who aren't very familiar with quizbowl. These people may have some interesting ideas about what quizbowl is. I'll start with two: After a long email exchange about the merits of pyramidal questions, a very frustrated administrator told ...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:28 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Logistical Barriers to Starting Successful Collegiate Quizbowl Teams
Replies: 7
Views: 5539

Re: Logistical Barriers to Starting Successful Collegiate Quizbowl Teams

The added issue of starting a team at a small college is that very few people have quiz bowl experience, and are thus more likely to struggle in categories like literature, fine arts, RMPSS, etc., even at the Fall and (especially) EFT difficulty levels. Many players on my team have been discouraged...
by cchiego
Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Logistical Barriers to Starting Successful Collegiate Quizbowl Teams
Replies: 7
Views: 5539

Re: Logistical Barriers to Starting Successful Collegiate Quizbowl Teams

For point 2, I am assuming what you are suggesting is add and space out more "introductory" type tournaments....I'm curious as to how many introductory type tournaments you think the schedule should have and when they should be. Yes, there should be more introductory/DII-type events. I got my own s...
by cchiego
Sat Jul 27, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Logistical Barriers to Starting Successful Collegiate Quizbowl Teams
Replies: 7
Views: 5539

Logistical Barriers to Starting Successful Collegiate Quizbowl Teams

Given that I will be teaching this year at a school that does not currently have an active quizbowl team (though there's a good chance that will change soon!) and is in very close proximity to a number of other colleges and universities that also lack active teams, I've been thinking through some of...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 04, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Restarting the Mississippi State Quiz Bowl Team
Replies: 5
Views: 4701

Re: Restarting the Mississippi State Quiz Bowl Team

Great to see Mississippi State is restarting! I played against the late 2000s iteration of the team (I think they were mostly Madison Central alumni) and they were a good group of folks who were fun to have at events. Some responses to each of your questions: 1. About what number of teams should be ...
by cchiego
Mon May 06, 2019 1:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media
Replies: 26
Views: 11387

Re: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media

I could liveblog the tournament from my laptop and provide instant commentary. If wanted, I could even do interviews and such before and after matches... I could use the liveblog as a way to keep friends, family, teachers, principals, teammates, etc. in touch during the tournament. Each round, I'd ...
by cchiego
Sun May 05, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media
Replies: 26
Views: 11387

Re: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media

In light of the SSNCT, a few additional, specific comments about social media during nationals. First, the good: NAQT did a great job of providing lots of material. There were tons of pictures and tweets from the site as well as some good interviews with teams and coaches. The raw material was solid...
by cchiego
Thu May 02, 2019 12:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media
Replies: 26
Views: 11387

Re: NAQT, Outreach, and Social Media

I'm very glad that NAQT posted this. PR is definitely a place where collaboration between NAQT and the community is essential. I'm also thrilled to hear that there will be major improvements in the video/audio recorded at tournaments this year and hope that this continues in the future. Some specifi...
by cchiego
Sun Apr 28, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Worksheets
Replies: 3
Views: 4525

Re: Worksheets

One easily-predictable aspect of worksheets was that there would inevitably be a worksheet on "This Day in History," usually drawn directly from the History Channel website (back when it focused on actual History, so very long ago). That could be a guaranteed perfect score. Probably my "favorite" wo...
by cchiego
Sun Apr 21, 2019 6:17 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Whats the best way to get others to join quiz bowl?
Replies: 1
Views: 4319

Re: Whats the best way to get others to join quiz bowl?

At my school, we have a Knowledge Bowl club and we only got into last year. I have noticed that other schools have at least 15 members in their Quiz Bowl or Knowledge Bowl clubs and they also seem to have a loyal member base. Our club attendance is 8 plus or minus 7, so sometimes it's just me, but ...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Ken Jennings Slate article on quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 6224

Re: Ken Jennings Slate article on quizbowl

I love quizbowl, I've dedicated years of my life to it, but it's a pretty boring spectator sport. It's boring for me to watch people play quizbowl (unless there is a very animated player on one of the teams, then it's fun because it would be fun to watch that person do anything) and I imagine it's ...
by cchiego
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Ken Jennings Slate article on quizbowl
Replies: 7
Views: 6224

Re: Ken Jennings Slate article on quizbowl

The content of the article is mostly very good. I hope it was an editorial decision and not Ken Jennings' to call us Jeopardy's minor leagues (I don't know in what other games the minor leagues would be substantially more difficult than the major leagues). This is the key problem with quizbowl in p...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: TDs: Manage Your Fields Appropriately
Replies: 3
Views: 6578

Re: TDs: Manage Your Fields Appropriately

Bumping this post because based on another thread there is a very odd "they knew what they were getting into" attitude towards new/occasional attendee teams in quizbowl from more experienced teams and players. For many--perhaps the majority (still!)--of schools with some kind of quiz bowl team, the ...
by cchiego
Wed Mar 27, 2019 8:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 EB Bears Pre-Nationals Tournament @ East Brunswick NJ
Replies: 17
Views: 5197

Re: 2019 EB Bears Pre-Nationals Tournament @ East Brunswick NJ

I just wanted to not that two of the three examples above are not great: 1. a team at Hunter SCOP Novice (which was in fact intended for new teams/schools both in difficulty and teams, although surprisingly good teams have played recently despite the eligibility rules) and 2. a team that chose to p...
by cchiego
Wed Mar 27, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 EB Bears Pre-Nationals Tournament @ East Brunswick NJ
Replies: 17
Views: 5197

Re: 2019 EB Bears Pre-Nationals Tournament @ East Brunswick NJ

Morristown-Beard School 2/0/0 Why is a school that last competed at a pyramidal event in 2014 signed up for a pre-nationals tournament loaded with some of the top teams in the country and held on a college set? [EDIT: They have apparently played a couple of times more recently, but only on IS-A set...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:53 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE
Replies: 14
Views: 7563

Re: AMA about the 2011 NSC & the evolution of PACE

NSC 2011 had all kinds of surreal experiences and images. Getting from the official hotel for the staff to the tournament required a huge number of people to pile into a minibus from a local HS driven by a teacher volunteer who didn't seem to have expected being conscripted into this and didn't know...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 16, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Indulge me a moment...
Replies: 19
Views: 10770

Re: Indulge me a moment...

"Doing outreach" doesn't have to be that difficult/time consuming. In Nolan's case, I'd recommend simply asking the coaches of the local Masterminds schools (there appear to be at least 16 or so in the direct Syracuse area based on the NAQT website) if they'd be interested in having an experienced q...
by cchiego
Thu Feb 14, 2019 5:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT
Replies: 19
Views: 7951

Re: Small Colleges, LACs, and ICT

One of the best things to do would be to create an advisorship position for quizbowl and make that part of a professor's service to the college. This is not just having an advisor for the club like any random club, but rather a position that the college/university makes it a point to fill with a pro...
by cchiego
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Students as tournament directors?
Replies: 5
Views: 2505

Re: Students as tournament directors?

Another thing that I’m going to add is that if you do decide to run the tournament (which I commend you for), you may have to prevent yourself from being pushed over by the complaints of coaches and parents, adults to whom high schoolers would normally be deferential. Give them a fair hearing, but ...
by cchiego
Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Students as tournament directors?
Replies: 5
Views: 2505

Re: Students as tournament directors?

How acceptable would it be for me, the captain of a high school team, to direct an NAQT tournament? As there are relatively few tournaments in my area of the country, and my school, which has historically been relatively strong, has had some recent difficulty recruiting new players, I would like fo...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 22, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: TDs: Manage Your Fields Appropriately
Replies: 3
Views: 6578

TDs: Manage Your Fields Appropriately

Please pay attention to which schools are signing up for your tournaments and make sure that the field is appropriate to their abilities. Be honest with teams beforehand to avoid huge mismatches that drive away newer teams and players. If a new school or an infrequent attendee wants to come to a tou...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 30
Views: 19386

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

I think there should be a 2018 edition, especially for Washington. There are more tournaments sprouting up, as well as commited teams in the form of Lakeside, Odle and Interlake. I would be very cautious about upgrading Washington State at this point unless there's a sudden explosion of not just ne...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 01, 2018 6:59 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Collegiate outreach ideas
Replies: 5
Views: 3213

Re: Collegiate outreach ideas

In the short term, your next best bet is honors colleges, honors programs, or any kind of interdisciplinary program. Quizbowl unfortunately doesn't have a real "home" department in a university, so it would be hard to make anything happen at a departmental level unless you can find some former quizb...