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by Ben Dillon
Sun Nov 08, 2020 9:07 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Indiana 2020-21
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Indiana 2020-21

Re NASAT, I definitely think we would be able to revive a team. As usual, though, it's the cost that's the issue. It might have to be that the players themselves shoulder it unless there's some "angel" who can. Because it's online, at least it would be only the entry fee and not transportation and h...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Oct 18, 2020 10:06 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: Indiana 2020-21
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

Re: Indiana 2020-21

The last I knew, Kickoff @ Harrison was cancelled because the normal TD didn't want to navigate the world of online Quiz Bowl.

IASP has yet to determine how they're holding the state tournament series, but at this point, the normal dates are holding.
by Ben Dillon
Mon Aug 03, 2020 8:27 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Electronic scoresheets
Replies: 7
Views: 1046

Re: Electronic scoresheets

Not like this one's the greatest, but I did make one a couple years back that is designed more for displaying on a projector for spectators.
Generic Scoreboard.xlsx
(50 KiB) Downloaded 24 times
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jul 16, 2020 11:44 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 7668

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

Want of sleep is making my words get mixed up and I'm not sure how to put this, but it worries me a bit that men of quizbowl were specifically asked, "how are you going to contribute to fixing [misconduct and misogyny in quizbowl]" and it's this thread that gets the lion's share of the comments. As...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:06 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 7668

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

Ozymandias314 wrote: Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:56 pm For what it's worth Basil's team also has an official adult coach.
I guess it's worth asking: Has anyone ever filed a complaint with that person?
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 7668

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

Instead of mandating a designated "coach" arrive, why not just mandate a chaperone? The chaperone could be a parent, teacher, or a separate coach over 21 (maybe higher), and would be responsible for behavior of the contingent from the school. I'd be fine with a chaperone attending, as long as there...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 7668

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

It seems to me there are three reasons why mandating a “coach” (be that a teacher or some other person designated by the school otherwise) would be beneficial to high school quizbowl: Add a fourth reason... to have a liaison to the school to sing the praises of the activity in general and their tea...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:15 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 7668

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

Though I agree that requiring a school-sanctioned adult would make it easier to deal with misconduct on the part of the players, I also believe there should be exceptions for teams whose state organizations have oppressive regulations concerning the playing of quizbowl. For example, I know that Kan...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jul 15, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: On HS Teams Without Coaches
Replies: 68
Views: 7668

Re: On HS Teams Without Coaches

:::booting potentially bad sports analogy::: There is high school basketball, high school soccer, and high school volleyball. There is also club basketball, club soccer, and club volleyball. Clubs can recruit from anywhere, and they have their own seasons/tournaments/championships. Sometimes high sc...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jul 15, 2020 12:09 am
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: Y'all need to pay attention to your own community
Replies: 51
Views: 18724

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. If I recall correctly, some national championships require every team to have a coach. The dynamic is completely different if just one actual teacher is in the room. ... So I strongly advocate that stu...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Jul 12, 2020 4:00 pm
Forum: Community Discussion
Topic: General Misconduct Discussion (TW: sexual harassment)
Replies: 39
Views: 5392

Re: [TW: Sexual Harassment] Harassment in the THAT Online Quizbowl Discord

Disclaimers: I'm new to this discussion, and I've never participated in a Discord or online quiz bowl tournament. As a coach for 25ish years, I would be interested to know if one of my players had committed misconduct. I would have consequences for a player, regardless of whether they were playing f...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 15, 2020 12:41 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10517

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

If a team gets 11 tossups and 20 PPB, then their opponent needs to get 9 tossups and 27 PPB to beat them. (11*30=330, and 9*37=333.) I'm ignoring negs, powers, and bouncebacks to simplify things, and the discrepancy isn't as bad if the tossups go 10-9, but it's still difficult to overcome getting f...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Jun 13, 2020 7:50 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Paired Tossups and Bonuses
Replies: 48
Views: 10517

Re: Paired Tossups and Bonuses

The hotter take is that bonuses end up making a difference in a very small number of games. I've seen this kind of statement before, and I believe someone even posted statistics that supported it (i.e. removing the bonus points from both teams didn't change the outcome n% of the time), but I still ...
by Ben Dillon
Fri May 08, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI
Replies: 33
Views: 18451

Re: Let's tell the kids stories about CBI

I played College Bowl in the late '80s as well. I don't think I had much clue that there was an entity known as CBI, but then I was pretty clueless about everything back then. When I was a freshman, Purdue's system was to hold an intramural tournament, and the winning team simply became Purdue's tea...
by Ben Dillon
Wed Mar 25, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: QBWiki Addition Suggestions
Replies: 28
Views: 2942

Re: QBWiki Addition Suggestions

In addition to nationals finishes, I think that it would also be cool if every state had its own page where it lists all the tournament winners from a state/circuit's history (at least definitely state championships and other major tournaments) where they could be viewed in a convenient table. What...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2019-2020
Replies: 36
Views: 8463

Re: Indiana 2019-2020

Another issue with this state championship format: The IASP Academic Quiz Bowl Coaches' Handbook wrote: The top 10 individuals at the state competition will also receive a recognition medal. This didn't happen because they never kept any individual stats, so I think we'll get a second crack at talk...
by Ben Dillon
Tue Mar 03, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2019-2020
Replies: 36
Views: 8463

Re: Indiana 2019-2020

My team just made an annoying discovery about the IASP state tournament. The coaches' manual says the following: The state tournament will be a three game guarantee, seeded bracket tournament. It takes three losses for a team to be eliminated from the tournament. I of course was interpreting this as...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Feb 24, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2019-2020
Replies: 36
Views: 8463

Re: Indiana 2019-2020

Hi, Akash! I was the one who spearheaded us having a team from Indiana in the past. We used the individual results from just Indiana tournaments in order to nominate players, then we held a tryout at Saint Joe to select a team (one person from each of the main disciplines plus a global alternate). W...
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2019-2020
Replies: 36
Views: 8463

Re: Indiana 2019-2020

I'd be extremely careful drawing conclusions based on these scoring "averages", because the morning rounds did not figure into them, only the single-elimination playoff rounds. This introduces a bit of volatility, since scores in single-elimination playoffs may depend heavily on quality of opponent....
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jan 31, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy
Replies: 15
Views: 3351

Re: "Should have been prompted" replacement policy

Is there an in-between here? In other words, I think perhaps it could hinge on whether the protesting team was the first to ring in or not. Case: Protesting team buzzes in first with promptable answer, followed by non-protesting team buzzes in with correct answer. Ruling: The question was live for b...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:47 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: electronic distribution of NAQT practice materials
Replies: 6
Views: 4106

Re: electronic distribution of NAQT practice materials

Quick question... In the case of past sets, are we just scanning in the packets "as they were" or have mistakes that were found been fixed?
by Ben Dillon
Sun Aug 25, 2019 11:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2019-2020
Replies: 36
Views: 8463

Re: Indiana 2019-2020

Hmmm... I've stumbled on to this thread :)

Both NAQT and PACE want to help Indiana out this year, and it appears that NAQT has a nice partnership with IASP that will involve some perks. (See www.iasp.org)

I'm in the middle of other stuff right now... I'll get back to y'all!
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Great Lakes Comparisons and Discussion
Topic: NAQT's partnership with the Indiana Association of School Principals
Replies: 1
Views: 3509

Re: NAQT's partnership with the Indiana Association of School Principals

Here's the brief history of NAQT in Indiana, especially as it compares to Questions Unlimited... 2001 - Butler runs the first NAQT tourney, a "state qualifier" for HSNCT. [They wanted to bill it as a state championship, but the QU State already existed.] It runs one year only. 2004 - Notre Dame runs...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Famous People who played Quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 21062

Re: Famous People who played Quizbowl

Chip would love that, but I wasn't really planning on telling him :)
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Famous People who played Quizbowl
Replies: 20
Views: 21062

Re: Famous People who played Quizbowl

Since I was coach at the time, I can supply the following: Current (2020) presidential candidate Peter Buttigieg competed for two years on the Quiz Bowl team for St. Joseph's, IN (the school's name at the time). During his junior year, he was third on the team in scoring and played at the National A...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Jul 21, 2018 7:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: State specific quizbowl message boards and sites
Replies: 17
Views: 17027

Re: State specific quizbowl message boards and sites

Rococo A Go Go wrote:Kentucky: http://www.kentuckyquizbowl.org
I don't find that this link works.
by Ben Dillon
Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: Specialty Design Corp Buzzers
Replies: 3
Views: 3097

Specialty Design Corp Buzzers

Anyone know if Specialty Design Corp. (out of Bessemer, AL) still exists? Their website doesn't seem to exist any more, and they aren't answering either phone number.
by Ben Dillon
Mon Feb 12, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive
Replies: 64
Views: 34270

Re: How Can We Make Quizbowl More Approachable and Inclusive

A lot of this just falls under two points:

1. It's a team game, not an individual game, so you should be nothing but supportive of your teammates. You're in this together.

2. It's a game against another team, so you should be nothing but dignified to your opponents. Sportsmanship applies.
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!
Replies: 122
Views: 67177

Re: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!

Your reported PPB of 21.15 there is consistent with your adjusted PPB of 23.14, though there's some sort of anomaly in the stats (280 points scored in round 9 on zero tossups answered) that's inflating that number. Yeah, that's a problem, and I don't have the scoresheet to suggest the fix. All 280 ...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!
Replies: 122
Views: 67177

Re: HSQBRank 2017-18: Now with a Patreon page!

Someone help me out here. Our team appears in the rankings at #37, but I can't figure out which tournament qualified us. The ones I've checked so far don't give us that aPPB, but I can't for the life of me unearth ACF Fall @ NIU. It doesn't seem to be in the database.
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: The new naqt.com
Replies: 14
Views: 6925

Re: The new naqt.com

We're not sure what a good user interface for this would look like (keeping in mind that we regularly have dozens of sets in use, and would need to account for question-sharing between our national-format sets and state-specific sets). Suggestions welcome. In the filter area, you'd have a filter by...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:19 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: The new naqt.com
Replies: 14
Views: 6925

Re: The new naqt.com

We're not sure what a good user interface for this would look like (keeping in mind that we regularly have dozens of sets in use, and would need to account for question-sharing between our national-format sets and state-specific sets). Suggestions welcome. In the filter area, you'd have a filter by...
by Ben Dillon
Sun Dec 31, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: The new naqt.com
Replies: 14
Views: 6925

Re: The new naqt.com

I like the map for upcoming tournaments. It would be good to add more filters, e.g. by sets (so that you can find sites that are playing sets you haven't heard yet) and dates.
by Ben Dillon
Sun Dec 31, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Homewood-Flossmoor Pop Culture Tourney (mirror of OH Trash)
Replies: 9
Views: 4359

Re: Homewood-Flossmoor Pop Culture Tourney (mirror of OH Tra

msacks wrote:UPDATED FIELD as of 12/30/17
ST. JOHN'S H.S. (IN) + coach
That'll be Saint Joseph HS (IN) + coach :)
by Ben Dillon
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 11935

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

Thanks, Jeff. I'm merely pointing out that arguments previously made in this discussion include: HS teams "humiliating" college teams; HS teams "taking spots that should have been reserved" for college teams; and HS teams "skew the rankings" of college teams. All of those arguments could easily be m...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Oct 26, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments
Replies: 35
Views: 11935

Re: Open high school teams playing collegiate tournaments

On a fundamental level, this practice is a problem because collegiate tournaments are for college students. NAQT has long recognized this, which is why NAQT collegiate tournaments have never been open to high school teams, and ACF has more recently made the same decision to bar high school teams fr...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Sep 23, 2017 11:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 30
Views: 20410

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

Indiana : C- (down from C) The more I search for information about quizbowl in Indiana, the more non-pyramidal leagues I discover. That ain't good, but it does suggest that there's a lot of untapped potential out there. Some of the long-running pyramidal programs like St. Joe's also seems to be in ...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 12, 2017 11:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC going pyramidal?
Replies: 27
Views: 16455

Re: NAC going pyramidal?

Reportedly, Zionsville (Indiana) won NAC. This of course makes our job of converting Indiana again harder, because the more success our state has with QU, they more schools want to play it.
by Ben Dillon
Sun Aug 14, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Hypothetical eligibility question: "Super-Seniors"
Replies: 7
Views: 7042

Re: Hypothetical eligibility question: "Super-Seniors"

From NAQT's HS eligibility page ( http://www.naqt.com/hs/high-school-eligibility.html ): E. Affiliation Students may only compete at high school tournaments for schools with which they have an affiliation. A player automatically establishes an affiliation with a school for a given competition year b...
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 23, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 30574

Re: 2016 nAC

Also, if you look at the rankings on the website (http://www.qunlimited.com/national/2016/VRanking.html), Briarcliff is listed as 9-1 although they lost twice to Daviess County.
by Ben Dillon
Wed Jun 22, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 30574

Re: 2016 nAC

by Ben Dillon
Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 30574

Re: 2016 nAC

Father Comstock wrote:The projector flashed up questions and answers to some tossups in that round in which I saw the answers to 3 questions. I was not in but it would've been easy for a competitor to see them as well.
Sounds like a new strike against NAC to add to the wiki :/
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 13, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 30574

Re: 2016 nAC

In previous years, it has still been a knockout bracket, awkwardly pitting three winners. In some years, I think I've seen the last two Chicago teams finish off the final four, e.g. one Chicago finalist versus the NO winner and one Chicago finalist versus the DC winner.
by Ben Dillon
Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2016 nAC
Replies: 72
Views: 30574

Re: 2016 nAC

It's good to see Harrison players participating on the boards! However, I'm going to have to disagree with one of Ben's points: I understand the disdain for NAC, but the lack of pyramidal tournaments in Indiana is a leading cause of us playing NAC, it's a real bummer. Also as stated, our coach (who ...
by Ben Dillon
Sat Aug 22, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2015-16
Replies: 76
Views: 53863

Re: HSQBRank 2015-16

Saint Joseph (IN) graduated Nolan Liu. The returning players have experience at HSNCT but will be green.
by Ben Dillon
Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 44782

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

Indiana will probably not warrant higher than a C grade until Chip retires and/or QUnlimited folds its tent. Teams in the Indianapolis-based league *prefer* and even *like* the QU format over any pyramidal-style. Harrison's coach says NAQT questions are gender-biased; she often has girls come out of...
by Ben Dillon
Mon Jun 22, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Indiana 2015-2016
Replies: 8
Views: 3426

Re: Indiana 2015-2016

NLiu wrote:4. Mishawaka
Dominic Giannuzzi is young and decent at quizbowl;
I believe I found out at the last coaches' meeting that Dominic was actually a senior, so Mishawaka graduated their best (only?) weapon.
by Ben Dillon
Sun May 17, 2015 10:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)
Replies: 28
Views: 11231

Re: Geography Monstrosity 7 (May 29, Chicago)

I'll volunteer to help moderate.
by Ben Dillon
Tue Dec 02, 2014 11:29 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Looking for other teams in Indiana
Replies: 6
Views: 8728

Re: Looking for other teams in Indiana

Check www.inqblots.org for the high school circuit in the state. Also, you should enable a signature :)
by Ben Dillon
Wed Nov 19, 2014 9:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Periodic table posters in classrooms
Replies: 11
Views: 5599

Re: Periodic table posters in classrooms

I would say it's probably the same thing as there being a poster with all the presidents or a giant map; everyone has an equal advantage (unless I guess it's a bonus, but hopefully we're not writing binary matching bonuses anymore) and the advantage is probably nil. If only one team can see it and ...