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by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:24 pm
Forum: Regular Season Tournaments
Topic: INTRODUCING THE AMERICAN QUIZBOWL LEAGUE
Replies: 23
Views: 4437

Re: INTRODUCING THE AMERICAN QUIZBOWL LEAGUE

While the other concerns in this thread will be addressed, I would like to take a moment to emphasize that we are in compliance with all labor laws of the United States. [citation needed] Take your time with addressing these concerns; they're all valid and they are, broadly speaking, echoes of conc...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Jul 17, 2020 10:35 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 6952

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

When my son started playing quizbowl this year, I was horrified to find that there were teams attending an MS tournament, run by HSers no less, with no adult supervision. As a parent, I cannot let my son continue to play on this circuit, at least in its current form. Every high school in SoCal runn...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jul 15, 2020 5:00 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 6952

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

Vikshar, I hear you loud and clear, and when I was your age 12 years ago (and for a plenty long time thereafter) I agreed with pretty much everything you said. The mindset that quizbowl is a grassroots community with no need for bureaucratic red tape like adult supervision and school approval shares...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 6952

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

There are countless cases of adults performing misconduct at college tournaments, just as there are countless cases of high schoolers performing misconduct under adult supervision. "Adults in the college quizbowl community" is decidedly not the population from which all high school coaches should b...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:15 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 6952

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

If the quizbowl community as a whole had matched the kind of effort that they put into "getting schools that don't play quizbowl / that play CHIP bowl or certamen or whatever to play pyramidal quizbowl" and focused it on "addressing pervasive cultural and systemic barriers that discourage women and...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:32 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 16736

Re: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community

In particular, a coach would be in a position to take actual actions when harassment takes place. Someone who commits an act of misconduct should be removed from their teams and the community for a period of time, after which they should be allowed to apologize to the people they offended, their tea...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:39 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 16736

Re: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community

These are good points and they lead me to another suggestion for how to address this issue from the higher education perspective: College quiz bowl clubs: PLEASE get your faculty advisors more involved in the day-to-day activities of your organizations. This is an area in which the community can de...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: IAC Summer 2020 Internship Program
Replies: 4
Views: 938

Re: IAC Summer 2020 Internship Program

Fred and Reinstein handled this in the other forum, but crossposting is good: unpaid internships are a horrible idea. Sorry Arthur & company, but these threads belong in the same place as Bryce Avery's plugs for his paid apps: the Forbidden Zone.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Apr 12, 2020 3:41 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: This Time, A Stern Warning
Replies: 179
Views: 33261

Re: This Time, A Stern Warning

I also think that Eric’s post is brave and necessary—it was absolutely the best thing to do in a bad situation. But we should also keep in mind that it was a bad situation that arose from Eric doing the wrong thing, by making the decision to cheat. While I commend Eric for doing the right thing now...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:54 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

300 teams know who's gonna dominate HSNCT and that it's not them; a solid 200+ of them still have "fight for 6-4" as a legitimate aspiration, and I think a lot of the kids in the neighborhood that Dylan's quoting are among those 200 teams. There's nothing for those kids in college nats; the Regiona...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Mar 13, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: College Nationals and Its Problems
Replies: 132
Views: 13750

Re: College Nationals and Its Problems

Many of the best players in the middle of my career (besides me, obviously), were late UGs and early grad students (Matt Jackson, Matt Bollinger, Jordan Brownstein, Jacob Reed, Will Alston, Auroni Gupta at the time). Your proposed UG championship would also be dominated by a few of these figures, a...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Mar 12, 2020 1:24 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2020 IHSA
Replies: 5
Views: 1340

Re: 2020 IHSA

Sectionals hosts got an e-mail from the IHSA today limiting attendance to players/coaches/essential personnel, so this does apply to that. At least one Sectional host school has canceled and the IHSA is working on getting a replacement site set up (a la Loyola on Monday).
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 09, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2020 IHSA
Replies: 5
Views: 1340

2020 IHSA

Regionals tonight; I wish everyone playing a great tournament! Question discussion is not allowed until every Regional has posted all their scores, or until I give an all-clear that I've got scoresheets from all the stragglers. You can always email me any comments at brad.a.[email protected].com. There ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Dec 16, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: South Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread
Replies: 55
Views: 12697

Re: Alabama 2019-2020 Discussion Thread

Popping in quickly to note that there's a helpful SQBS tutorial, including a walkthrough and a sample test tournament that you can practice with, at http://scop-qb.org/stat/.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Did ACE shut down?
Replies: 5
Views: 1374

Re: Did ACE shut down?

I'm sure Eric or Joshua have more details they can provide, but I'll jump in briefly to note that Qwiz and ACE are not the same and ran different camps last year. For example, in my neck of the woods, I believe Qwiz ran a camp at Bradley University in Peoria (I don't know because I wasn't there), wh...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Illinois Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 11569

Re: 2019-2020 Illinois Discussion

I just checked the PACE site to see what Illinois schools have qualified for PACE NSC, and the total is.... zero. I can give a pass to the organizers of Fall ACF since that tournament just happened a week ago, but it has been over a month since Earlybird at UIUC, and there appears to be no effort a...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 3515

Re: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)

Thank you to everyone for making ACF Fall 2019 a great tournament! It is my pleasure to congratulate Wayzata A for finishing the day 11-1 and taking home the championship. Stevenson and IMSA tied at 3-2 in the playoffs, with Stevenson taking second place on points and acclamation. Our top scorer was...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 3515

Re: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)

Fixed! Posting is hard. Stats are good through lunch!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 3515

Re: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)

We'll be in Saieh and Eckhart Halls on Saturday. Each team should have received an e-mail earlier tonight with the schedule and which building they should go to for check-in in the morning. If you have any questions, my e-mail is brad.a.[email protected].com. Stats will be available at https://bit.ly/20...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Oct 26, 2019 11:27 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty
Replies: 33
Views: 9096

Re: Rethinking Middle School/Novice Difficulty

So what would it say if your team has trouble answering many questions at first? My coach read an MS NAQT packet on Thursday's practice (we are planning to go to the Jr. Wildcat Tournament) are Varsity team, (9 people now) played a solid match against each other (475-270), after that, we brought in...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 3515

Re: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)

Field update on 10/6: Adlai Stevenson Auburn High School Barrington Detroit Catholic Central A Detroit Catholic Central B Detroit Catholic Central C Glenbard North A Glenbard North B Hinsdale Central A Hinsdale Central B Homewood-Flossmoor A IMSA A Latin School of Chicago Miami Valley A Saint Joseph...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)
Replies: 5
Views: 3515

ACF Fall (HS only mirror) @ UChicago (11/02/2019)

I am pleased to announce that the Illinois-area high school mirror of 2019 ACF Fall will be held at the University of Chicago on Saturday, November 2, 2019. I will be directing the tournament with the help of Ben Miller and the UChicago team, who will be simultaneously hosting the college iteration ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 9860

Re: Faster (Human) Parsing of Answer Lines

At the risk both of iconoclasm and derailing this thread, surely the simplest significant quality-of-life improvement to be made in quizbowl packets would be to put bonuses between tossups and have the bonuses associated with dead tossups be skipped; this would both prevent readers from having to s...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 3233

Re: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Congratulations to IMSA, the winners of the 2019 Midwest Championship! Full stats are available here.

Thank you to everyone who came out to staff and compete, and to UIUC for a fantastic set of questions! Enjoy nationals season, everyone!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Old time bonus formats
Replies: 19
Views: 9556

Re: Old time bonus formats

The trash tournament Ann B. Davis had the feature where once a game a player could answer a bonus all by themselves and if they got all three parts they earned 60 points, but if they got any part wrong they earned 0 points. I don't think I'm the only specialist who dreamed of one day seeing that in...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 3233

Re: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Field update above; we're at 16 teams and closing the field there. If you're interested in playing, e-mail me to get on the waitlist.

Teams and staffers will be receiving an informational e-mail later tonight!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 18-19
Replies: 33
Views: 17997

Re: Illinois 18-19

I owe a post-IHSA recap and thanks post; one of the things I've been busy with in the interim is IHSSBCA All-State voting, which has finished.

Congratulations to this year's honorees!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 3233

Re: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Field update!

Stevenson A
Stevenson B
Fremd A
Fremd B
Auburn A
Auburn B
Palatine A
Palatine B
Sandburg A
Sandburg B
Sandburg C
Belvidere
Barrington
IMSA
Hinsdale Central
Naperville North
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 18, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 3233

Re: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Hello! I'd like to invite you and your team to attend the Midwest Championship, held at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois on Saturday, April 6th. We'll be playing on the ILLIAC set, which was written by members of the University of Illinois' team to play at a difficulty level comparabl...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Mar 05, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS
Replies: 4
Views: 3233

Midwest Championship - 4/6/19, Stevenson HS

Hello, all! This is a preliminary announcement for this year's Midwest Championship. Thank you to Ryan Fedewa and Stevenson High School for graciously offering to host, and to the University of Illinois team and its assistants for writing the ILLIAC set, our entertainment for the day. I will be serv...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Mar 04, 2019 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois 18-19
Replies: 33
Views: 17997

Re: Illinois 18-19

IHSA Regionals are today! I hope everyone has a good experience with the set, and I encourage you to give me as much feedback as possible. A few notes: *Regional questions are not clear until all scores are posted. You never know if a site has to get postponed, due to weather or other circumstances,...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2019 BLISS I Open for Mirrors
Replies: 12
Views: 7658

Re: 2019 BLISS I Open for Mirrors

It appears that the radio silence after Charles' post was, as you'd expect, not a good sign; word from a friend of mine at Blue Ridge today is that rounds 1-5 didn't make it to the tournament host until 7:15 this morning, round 6 didn't arrive until just before lunch, and round 7 didn't arrive at al...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 4616

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

Full stats have been uploaded to the database here. Thanks again to Bryan Lu for the SQBS parser!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 4616

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

On behalf of the Academic Buzzer Team at the University of Illinois and the editing crew of ACF Fall, I'd like to thank everyone for an amazing tournament on Saturday! Congratulations to DCC A on their undefeated victory, having cleared the field by two games over Auburn and Urbana Uni. This marks D...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 4616

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

The field is capped, and any further registrations will be placed on a waitlist. An informational e-mail will go out to all coaches and moderators, and be posted here, on Sunday night.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 4616

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

We're at 23 teams and I'm going to cap the field at 24, for scheduling and staff reasons. We'll set up a waitlist as necessary. If you're interested in playing, please let me know ASAP! If you're interested in moderating, please contact me and/or Brad McLain; we're noting HS/college preferences and ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Tue Oct 02, 2018 11:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 4616

Re: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

Field updates (based on who's filled out the ACF registration form) are visible here. We've still got room for more teams, are still looking for moderators, and still excited for a great tournament!
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Aug 27, 2018 6:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)
Replies: 6
Views: 4616

ACF Fall 2018 @ University of Illinois - HS Mirror (11/3/18)

I am pleased to announce a High School site of ACF Fall 2018, to be held at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018. UIUC is also hosting a college site of ACF Fall on this date; these tournaments are separate. Registration Registration for this event has two s...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Wed Jul 25, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Harvard Fall Tournament XIII Available for Mirrors (2018-19)
Replies: 17
Views: 15044

Re: Harvard Fall Tournament XIII Available for Mirrors (2018

Speaking to Christy's note about prelims/playoffs/finals potentially having 3 separate difficulty levels as not being practical for differently formatted tournaments; tournament head editors should actively avoid creating a prelims/playoffs difficulty separation, because some tournament structures c...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:08 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: NHBB Reassuming MS & Elementary Divisions in 2018-19
Replies: 2
Views: 8068

NHBB Reassuming MS & Elementary Divisions in 2018-19

http://www.historybowl.com/nhbb-to-reassume-full-control-of-middle-school-and-elementary-divisions-for-2018-2019/ We are excited to announce that NHBB (i.e. National History Bee and Bowl LLC) will be back in charge of administering the Elementary and Middle School Divisions of the National History ...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 6390

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

I've got a few applications so far, and a few promises to get applications in in the coming days; I'd like a few more before I start responding. If you were thinking about applying but worried you'd missed the opportunity, it's not too late.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 25, 2018 8:06 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: Call for Writers - Women's History
Replies: 1
Views: 5596

Re: Call for Writers - Women's History

I've gotten a few e-mails of interest, and will be responding to all at once sometime tomorrow; there's still time to reach out if you're interested.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Jun 24, 2018 5:18 pm
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: Call for Writers - Women's History
Replies: 1
Views: 5596

Call for Writers - Women's History

2018 IHO's "You Pick, We Write" event, where the players vote on a topic, is Women's History! I'm looking for writers to contribute question(s) for this project; we need 108 tossups total, and my strong preference is to have ~a dozen writers contribute 8-10 questions. My goal for the set is to break...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 6390

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

A reminder that applications to write IHSA can now be sent to [email protected], and that I'll start consideration on the 20th.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:35 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NASAT Online Mirror
Replies: 27
Views: 7992

Re: NASAT Online Mirror

I'd like to either play this or play the WUSTL mirror; probably 90-10 split in favor of an online option right now, and automatically the online mirror if it's in August.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: IHSA writing
Replies: 0
Views: 1953

IHSA writing

me, in the Illinois forum wrote:I'd like to get the ball ready to roll for 2018-19 IHSA writing. It is my honor to be head editing the set again this year.

I am looking for writers to cover individual categories of the distribution.
(Here's the link; cross-posting for people who don't read the Illinois forums.)
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 6390

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

A reminder that I'll start taking applications next Sunday, and start responding to them on the 20th.
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun May 20, 2018 10:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Working on Illinois question sets
Replies: 11
Views: 6390

Re: Working on Illinois question sets

I'd like to get the ball ready to roll for 2018-19 IHSA writing. It is my honor to be head editing the set again this year. The set is, as usual, 11 and three-halves rounds of 24/24. Regionals is four rounds, Sectionals is three rounds at a slightly higher difficulty level, and State is three rounds...
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Looking for question writing help
Replies: 0
Views: 2217

Looking for question writing help

We're looking for experienced writers interested in helping write the National Science Bee and National Humanities Bee events for USABB Nationals weekend in early June. Each event is 173 middle school-level tossups (103 prelims and 70 playoffs, with playoffs a bit harder). Writing should be done by ...