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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: 682

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: 13
Views: 1964

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: 13
Views: 1964

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: 13
Views: 1964

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: 13
Views: 1964

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: 1714

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: 2213

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: 2213

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: 2213

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: 1919

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: 6673

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: 6673

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: 6673

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: 1970

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: 1829

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: 3259

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: 3259

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: 3824

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: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 2019 EB Bears Pre-Nationals Tournament @ East Brunswick NJ
Replies: 17
Views: 4579

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: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: 2019 EB Bears Pre-Nationals Tournament @ East Brunswick NJ
Replies: 17
Views: 4579

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: 4251

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: 6065

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: 7022

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: 2240

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: 2240

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: 3824

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: 25
Views: 15508

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: 2937

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...
by cchiego
Tue May 29, 2018 2:32 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 4083

Re: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2

This happened, but had to be held outside the planned room in the lobby instead so there wasn't an opportunity for video. Some excellent discussion and detailed historical examples of what not to do when hosting ensued. I'm attaching a copy of the handout that we went over to this thread for anyone ...
by cchiego
Wed May 09, 2018 5:29 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 4083

Re: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2

I will bring my 1080p webcam and record it from at least one angle; if people who are more experienced with audiovisual stuff would like to bring a device to record (I have been told we will not have access to the room's AV equipment for understandable reasons), I'm happy to outsource it to them. If...
by cchiego
Wed May 09, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: "How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2018
Replies: 4
Views: 4083

"How to Host a Successful Tournament" Workshop @ HSNCT 2018

I am pleased to announce a "How to Host a Successful Tournament" workshop at HSNCT. The event is tentatively scheduled to take place in Imperial Ballroom A of the Marriott at 8:30 PM on Saturday, May 26th . The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in hosting a successful quizbowl tournamen...
by cchiego
Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2018 NAQT SSNCT: April 28-29, Chicago
Replies: 22
Views: 14070

Re: 2018 NAQT SSNCT: April 28-29, Chicago

The livestreaming was a great idea and improved a good bit on last year's Periscoping, but I do have a few suggestions to make it look more professional. There are a not-inconsiderable number of people interested in watching matches, but when the livestream is jumping from match to match and platfor...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MABL, It's Ac, and the DC circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 4236

Re: MABL, It's Ac, and the DC circuit

I want to emphasize that I'm not advocating any school to not compete in MABL or It's Ac because of pyramidal. Rather, I think many schools that only compete in the former don't realize how similar the latter is, both in terms of academic competition ethos and, like I said, question content. There ...
by cchiego
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: MABL, It's Ac, and the DC circuit
Replies: 9
Views: 4236

Re: MABL, It's Ac, and the DC circuit

Firstly, I think that It's Academic questions in recent years have become more and more quizbowl-ish in that their canon seems to intersect more and more with the pyramidal canon, especially in playoff rounds and later (this seems to be borne out by the fact that we won last year instead of a team ...
by cchiego
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."
Replies: 12
Views: 8156

Re: "I'm sorry, I can't accept that."

Likely because you'll get players or coaches who go "WHAAAAT" and yell and disrupt the match if you neg them without some kind of explanation or seeming sympathy that their answer was close. This has happened to me several times, including at nationals before. Players may think that moderators just ...
by cchiego
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:59 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 23795

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

But beyond that, there are many coaches that prefer to leave the actual running of the club to the students- in Darien for instance, our coach is very busy and as such students are responsible for registering for tourneys, running housewrites, organizing tourney logistics, etc. Many programs in my ...
by cchiego
Tue Apr 03, 2018 12:26 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 23795

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

Maybe it is worth looking at what the difference between how a Chicago or UC Berkeley manages it compared to an average school that may flounder a bit? It's really hard to compare two universities that tend to get massive bumper crops of high school players each year to other schools that don't. Bu...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 23795

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

This is obviously something that helps, but as it is college quizbowl isn't maximizing the value of the existing pool of college players. Consider last year's rising freshmen contact list . Look at the number of colleges that are represented, and consider that the vast majority of them don't have q...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl today?
Replies: 68
Views: 23795

Re: What is the most pressing concern in college quizbowl to

College quizbowl is really bloated with grad students, old open players, and players who are undergrads but are already quizbowl veterans. Most of these people are great volunteers and are really nice people, but I worry that they take up a lot of oxygen at every event and club meeting. I would lov...
by cchiego
Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: ACF and Powers
Replies: 20
Views: 6605

Re: ACF and Powers

Powers are great. Conor's post summed up the advantages nicely. It's a way to demonstrably reward players for depth of knowledge. For specialists in particular, a 2-0-1 statline looks and feels much better than a 2-1 statline with identical buzzes. I'd even say this is more important on harder sets ...
by cchiego
Sat Mar 03, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2017-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 7332

Re: Tennessee 2017-2018

It might be worth reconsidering why there was a "state championship" tournament that included 0 teams from outside of Middle Tennessee held on the exact same day as 30+ TN teams competed at a tournament in Memphis and a few weeks after a dozen teams played in East TN. FWIW, West TN currently has mor...
by cchiego
Sun Feb 11, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Beaver Fever [02/10/2018 @ Caltech]
Replies: 2
Views: 2754

Re: Beaver Fever [02/10/2018 @ Caltech]

Major props to Caltech for hosting a high school tournament for the first time in awhile and getting so many new schools from the LA area to come. Hope that these schools had a good time and got linked into the larger SoCal network.
by cchiego
Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:55 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Basketball + QB Tournament in the Southeast?
Replies: 3
Views: 3320

Re: Basketball + QB Tournament in the Southeast?

My high school (White Station) attended the Beach Ball Classic several times in the period that it ran a quizbowl-style competition from 1998 to 2003 when they unfortunately stopped the quiz bowl component. The quizbowl/Jeopardy-ish component was called "Academic Olympics"; it may have been run by t...
by cchiego
Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl
Replies: 8
Views: 4126

Re: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl

Chris Chiego sent me a list of NJ schools that do bad quizbowl back in the summer of 2016, but I've sadly never gotten around to contacting them because our tournament fields have always filled up relatively quickly on their own. A fairly easy solution to this problem is to email all the new school...
by cchiego
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl
Replies: 8
Views: 4126

Re: The Current State of New Jersey Quizbowl

A few questions I have: 1. To what degree do central organizations help, like the PA Coaches one, and should that be part of our aims? (even if its simple stuff like a staffer database) 2. How do we coordinate most effectively with each other and with new schools? 3. Since many NJ schools' institut...
by cchiego
Thu Jan 11, 2018 11:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (01/27/18)
Replies: 13
Views: 5725

Re: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (01/27/18)

It's pretty incredible that I don't think there's been an event in NJ with a novice bracket or a novice-only tournament in the past few years. Princeton did split standard-competitive this year, but that's it. not to take away from Rutgers and this tournament, but there are plenty of smaller novice...
by cchiego
Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (01/27/18)
Replies: 13
Views: 5725

Re: Scarlet Knight Winter @ Rutgers (01/27/18)

In the interest of trying to actually get schools to like pyramidal quizbowl and not go back to the massive modified Jeopardy shadow circuit in NJ, perhaps it would make sense to encourage a school that is making its quizbowl debut (Lyndhurst) to attend a more difficulty and field-appropriate event....
by cchiego
Sun Jan 07, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Alternatives to the phrase "good quizbowl"
Replies: 8
Views: 3859

Re: Alternatives to the phrase "good quizbowl"

I'd avoid "true quizbowl" or "national format quizbowl" or even "NAQT quizbowl," all of which I've seen used in derogatory fashion by people who think all these good quizbowl traits are the work of Meddlesome Outsider Troublemakers (tm). If you're trying to reach more teams, just invite teams to tou...
by cchiego
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Quaker Fall Open III @ Penn [EFT/WHAQ]
Replies: 5
Views: 3605

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Quaker Fall Open III @ Penn [EFT/WHAQ]

Our full wrap-up of Quaker Fall Open on GPQB is available here. This is our first attempt to add some post-tournament interviews into our coverage, so let us know what y'all think.
by cchiego
Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 25
Views: 15508

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

and it's important for people to do the digging into the finances and see who might have an interest in preventing good quizbowl in an area. I missed this comment from Chris in one of the responses above. This is absolutely a major part of what is going on in upstate New York with regards to Master...