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by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going season rankings
Replies: 391
Views: 100417

Re: On-going season rankings

Coach Powers, I think you're missing a few things. First off, when two teams are of roughly equal ability, tossup conversion becomes the most important factor in the margin of a game between them. When both teams have high (>20 ppb) bonus conversions, every buzzer race or improbably-right-up-one-tea...
by cvdwightw
Wed Nov 24, 2010 7:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Coast Invitational 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 4639

Re: West Coast Invitational 2011

1. This is a high school tournament only. 2. The way the schedule works for just about every school down here, finals are in mid-March, and Spring Break is the week after finals. This makes it difficult for us to wrangle staff in March. 3. The originally announced date was April 9, which is now ICT ...
by cvdwightw
Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Difficulties...
Replies: 10
Views: 1962

Re: Difficulties...

You go to Rancho Bernardo. You have two people there that put in a lot of work to get better. As good as Lucas and David look now, rest assured that they were nowhere near that good as freshmen. You should ask them what they did to get better, and if you're serious about getting better, they'll almo...
by cvdwightw
Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14279

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

Do you have a paper version of these? Presumably one can download them, change the name of [Tournament Name Here], and print them out. Also, I noticed that I have a totally unnecessary column, so I revised the NAQT w/Bouncebacks sheet (attached). If not, I know WUAT does for our high school tournam...
by cvdwightw
Tue Nov 23, 2010 4:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14279

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

Please post links to these. Thanks! I'm mistaken, Lily's sheet automatically tracks bouncebacks but does not have a separate column for entering them. I went ahead and modified my old sheet which does have separate columns for bouncebacks (but doesn't do all the fancy things Lily's sheet does). It'...
by cvdwightw
Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Coast Invitational 2011
Replies: 15
Views: 4639

Re: West Coast Invitational 2011

An announcement containing everything but official packet sets and meeting rooms is now up. We will also be updating on the West Coast Invitational page on socalquizbowl.org.
by cvdwightw
Tue Nov 23, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Coast Invitational (4/2-3/2011) at UCLA
Replies: 10
Views: 2952

West Coast Invitational (4/2-3/2011) at UCLA

The 2011 West Coast Invitational will take place on April 2-3, 2011. The tournament will once again be held at UCLA. A meeting room will be posted once UCLA gets room confirmation. We anticipate staffers from UCLA, UC Irvine, UCSD, Caltech, and the Claremont Colleges. On Saturday we will run a PACE-...
by cvdwightw
Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks on bonuses
Replies: 54
Views: 14279

Re: Bouncebacks on bonuses

Could some of the problem be that there is no clearly defined space on any widely-used scoresheet to indicate bouncebacks? Experienced scorekeepers will find it easy to record each team's bonus points in the appropriate place, but even then it's time-consuming for statkeepers to puzzle through which...
by cvdwightw
Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: distributions
Replies: 5
Views: 822

Re: distributions

HSAPQ doesn't offer their distribution publicly You couldn't be more wrong. Could HSAPQ put that on their website? I really don't consider a forum post from several months ago to be easily accessible information for most people. HSAPQ isn't able (I guess?) to update their website; for example, they...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 22, 2010 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scheduling help
Replies: 21
Views: 2513

Re: Scheduling help

A 13th packet is not going to be possible, but thanks everyone for the help! The correct way to do this is to post on message boards asking for people to help contribute a freelance packet. With 11 rounds, you can do the following: Split into five brackets of eight. Anger Matt Weiner by having each...
by cvdwightw
Sun Nov 21, 2010 1:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)
Replies: 69
Views: 10638

Re: DATE CHANGE: Minnesota Open Mirror at Maryland (11/21/10)

Chris, in case for some reason you check this board before your e-mail, I have solved your scheduling conundrum and you should check your e-mail to find the solution.
by cvdwightw
Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:05 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Throwing a Game
Replies: 27
Views: 3802

Re: Throwing a Game

Actually, that brings me to a related point. A good tournament system should be robust to small deviations in seed, since there will always exist not inconsiderable errors in estimates of team quality, even given copious data. I suspect that card systems are poor by this criterion, i.e. less robust...
by cvdwightw
Tue Nov 16, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets
Replies: 64
Views: 57508

Re: Excel quiz bowl scoresheets

What would be the difficulty of adding an "SQBSify" button to a sheet that spits out its results in the text-based encoding that SQBS .dat files use, into, say, a centralized Google Doc that you can then save as such a file to have your stats done by robot? For the moment, I'm ignoring all the stuf...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 15, 2010 6:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UCLA Mirror of Minnesota Open (Nov. 21)
Replies: 24
Views: 3456

Re: UCLA Mirror of Minnesota Open (Nov. 21)

There is a distinct possibility that two Irvine teams will show up, but I probably won't know for certain for a couple of days. We will be bringing our buzzer. As for side events, you should probably try to rustle up Bruce Arthur's Wild Kingdom as that will almost certainly be attended by a critical...
by cvdwightw
Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:13 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Throwing a Game
Replies: 27
Views: 3802

Re: Throwing a Game

ALSO should teams be required to make their A teams their best, so that TDs can bracket correctly? What if they split their A team on to B so that both qualify for nationals? etc etc Torrey Pines was a notable offender of this practice back in the early 2000s. The story I heard from their then-coac...
by cvdwightw
Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Let's talk about pseudonyms again
Replies: 95
Views: 20732

Re: Let's talk about pseudonyms again

More amusing problems include things like NAQT's results database being run by robots ( three different spellings of "Ozymandias," you say? . Dwight, do you know if their intent was to have consistent spelling of "Ozymandias"? (I ask because it's exactly parallel to the three different spellings of...
by cvdwightw
Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PACE Certification Review of Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 3915

Re: PACE Certification Review of Questions

But the reason why we play tournaments is so that we know how we stack up against other teams, even if we don't play them. Formats are generally designed to make these delineations without having each team play each other team (as that is logistically infeasible past a certain point). At a tourname...
by cvdwightw
Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Let's talk about pseudonyms again
Replies: 95
Views: 20732

Re: Let's talk about pseudonyms again

You may have teams that play under pseudonyms. This is not a problem, just enter those pseudonyms where player names would go. If your area requires players to use their real names, or someone switches names in the middle of the tournament, you can write each player’s real name, or additional names...
by cvdwightw
Wed Nov 10, 2010 8:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UCLA Mirror of Minnesota Open (Nov. 21)
Replies: 24
Views: 3456

Re: UCLA Mirror of Minnesota Open (Nov. 20)

rylltraka wrote:We still technically have the Saturday rooms reserved if anyone has a good idea what to do with them.
Clearly the only acceptable solution to this quandary is a trash tournament.

UCI will definitely have one team on Sunday.
by cvdwightw
Fri Nov 05, 2010 1:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Tournament Bracketing Question
Replies: 5
Views: 1427

Re: Tournament Bracketing Question

Welcome to Dwight's Super-Convoluted 32-Team Tournament! First, we break into eight brackets of four. The last-place team in each bracket is moved into its own bracket, where they play a round robin. This provides the bottom eight teams with 10 games (3 preliminary games and 7 "playoff" games). Hone...
by cvdwightw
Tue Nov 02, 2010 2:26 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11094

Re: CMST II: Searching For Writers

Unless we want to turn this into "Pyramidal Geography Bee," I'm going to need some more writers to volunteer. Hopefully a few more people will step up in the next couple of weeks and we can start writing things.
by cvdwightw
Fri Oct 29, 2010 5:01 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Anthropology Questions
Replies: 47
Views: 8688

Re: Anthropology Questions

I first wanted to note my bemusement that the original tossup sparking this entire debate is a conglomeration of a barebones tossup Daichi wrote as a high schooler with a Luna Brothers bonus that included the exciting 2-point clue, "It's about myth in primitive society." It shouldn't surprise anyone...
by cvdwightw
Wed Oct 27, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BELLEROPHON (10/30/2010)
Replies: 18
Views: 4168

Re: BELLEROPHON (10/30/2010)

Well, there are really two thoughts on the issue of why the given format is a subpar playoff format. The first is that it's always better to run a full round robin if you don't know the strengths of one or more teams, and the amount by which it is better is inversely proportional to the number of te...
by cvdwightw
Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:30 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Middle School Scoresheet
Replies: 1
Views: 1956

Middle School Scoresheet

Attached please find a scoresheet for use at middle school quizbowl tournaments. This sheet can be used for any tossup/bonus tournament that contains 24 or fewer tossups. This scoresheet makes following substitutions very easy, as it has explicit instructions for writing down the tossup number at wh...
by cvdwightw
Tue Oct 26, 2010 4:23 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: CMST II: Searching For Writers
Replies: 42
Views: 11094

CMST II: Searching For Writers

There has been interest from hosts in a second Collaborative Middle School Tournament, in order to add another pyramidal middle school tournament to NAQT's new middle school program. We would like to respond to this demand with a second set along the lines of the first. Unless I'm terribly wrong abo...
by cvdwightw
Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall West: Caltech (11/6/10)
Replies: 35
Views: 7798

Re: ACF Fall West: Caltech (11/6/10)

alanlin wrote:Staffers would also be more than welcome.
I will almost certainly be showing up to staff this tournament and possibly dragging along a team of freshmen and sophomores. I hope to let you know tonight.
by cvdwightw
Mon Oct 25, 2010 1:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 15702

Re: Discussion

There is nothing factually wrong with the lead-in, and I really don't find it egregious that it happened to be used in some tournament X some five or six years ago. If you want to argue all about why you don't like it feel free to - I probably won't partake in that discussion unless you personally ...
by cvdwightw
Sat Oct 23, 2010 7:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Difficulty of "regular" high school quiz bowl
Replies: 31
Views: 5386

Re: Difficulty of "regular" high school quiz bowl

A large issue that is regularly ignored is there are not sufficient resources that explicitly detail how to get better at quiz bowl. Sure, there's posts on here, but even those herded into the Best of the Best forum (which woefully needs to be updated) have very little information in them. The orig...
by cvdwightw
Sat Oct 23, 2010 3:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine
Replies: 9
Views: 2024

Re: CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine

Results through Round [edit: 10] are posted here. It will probably be updated throughout the day because it's not like it takes me more than a few minutes to enter four scoresheets.

EDIT: Stats are complete. Rancho Bernardo went undefeated to win. North Hollywood and University A tied for second.
by cvdwightw
Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Difficulty of "regular" high school quiz bowl
Replies: 31
Views: 5386

Re: Difficulty of "regular" high school quiz bowl

Let's look at this from the point of view of the question writer. Literature: you try filling an entire tournament with books you were assigned in high school. Go. Now. Do it. And don't complain when Gassire's Lute shows up. Arts: you try filling an entire tournament with composers whose works you h...
by cvdwightw
Sat Oct 23, 2010 2:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: UCLA Mirror of Minnesota Open (Nov. 21)
Replies: 24
Views: 3456

Re: UCLA Mirror of Minnesota Open (Nov. 20)

Ukonvasara wrote:It's ten dollars cheaper than the main site.
Teams at the main site could write packets for discounts (though I suppose they could also pay extra if they got their packets in late...).

Expect a UCI team with somewhere between 2 and 4 players. We're also expressing interest in the side events.
by cvdwightw
Fri Oct 22, 2010 1:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Wording in Questions
Replies: 49
Views: 5994

Re: Wording in Questions

I am suddenly reminded of how annoyed I get trying to read questions with a reasonable cadence and coming across the traditional quizbowl construction of "this/these" without a referent. I don't know what's so hard about using "they/them/it/(this X)/(these Xs)" instead. Oh, another thing. Using appo...
by cvdwightw
Tue Oct 19, 2010 1:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine
Replies: 9
Views: 2024

Re: CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine

Golran wrote:if Ray is still able to drive us down from his Culver City area.
This is no longer the case, but I am fairly certain that we can handle things if the number of teams stays around where it is.
by cvdwightw
Mon Oct 18, 2010 4:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine
Replies: 9
Views: 2024

Re: CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine

Field updated above. We are nearing our cap of 14 teams. Registration closes on Wednesday.
by cvdwightw
Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Fall at UVA 11/6/10
Replies: 51
Views: 13397

Re: ACF Fall at UVA 11/6/10

I think outdoor quizbowl would be a pleasant experience. YOUR ARE WRONG I say that as someone who has actually moderated an outdoor "room" before. Then again, perhaps you will not have a bus come by once a game, nor helicopters overhead causing variable unplanned delays, nor unseasonably cold tempe...
by cvdwightw
Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying Pronunciation
Replies: 89
Views: 16556

Re: Studying Pronunciation

no one really knows what the IPA moon runes mean Putting pronunciation guides in IPA is about the worst idea ever for improving moderator pronunciation. The second worst idea ever for improving moderator pronunciation was actually implemented at a Technophobia or PARFAIT (I forget which), in which ...
by cvdwightw
Mon Oct 11, 2010 1:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying Pronunciation
Replies: 89
Views: 16556

Re: Studying Pronunciation

which my team very nearly lost because we were drawing pictures of large cats stalking Windhoek, etc. I think I see a correlation between "games in which Kyle's team does not play well" and "games in which Kyle's team is distracted by cats." To add something of substance to this thread, there are a...
by cvdwightw
Thu Oct 07, 2010 1:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Discussion
Replies: 117
Views: 15702

Re: Discussion

I believe the EKG tossup had the word "echo" somewhere in the first couple lines. I don't know if I'm considered someone who "knows anything about the heart" or not, but that tossup seemed really easy to figure out right away. Echocardiography is much, much different from an EKG, although I believe...
by cvdwightw
Tue Oct 05, 2010 1:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Claremont Colleges (10/3)
Replies: 24
Views: 6708

Re: EFT at Claremont Colleges (10/3)

Will this tournament be taken into account for ACF Novice eligibility? i.e. Tammy scored 40+ppg this time in her first college tournament. Is she now ineligible for ACF Novice? Not that it matters at this point, but her 2 HSNCT playoff appearances made her already ineligible-except-with-exemption e...
by cvdwightw
Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Copy edit your questions
Replies: 27
Views: 3694

Re: Copy edit your questions

So I was attempting to post about EFT on the Greyhound bus WiFi yesterday, which failed. A lot of what I had to say has since been said, but there's one thing I wanted to address. The EFT set itself had lots of good questions and some outliers either way that certainly could get fixed, but the copy...
by cvdwightw
Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine
Replies: 9
Views: 2024

Re: CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine

This post is reserved for field and discount updates:

2 Rancho Alamitos
1 North Hollywood (1 scorekeeper, 1 buzzer?)
2 University (1 buzzer)
1-2 Rancho Bernardo (3 buzzers)
1 La Jolla (1 buzzer)
1 Patrick Henry (1 buzzer, new school discount)
2 Edison
by cvdwightw
Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine
Replies: 9
Views: 2024

CBCT X (10/23/10) at UC Irvine

This is an updated version of the original announcement, which was not posted here. The UCI College Bowl Club is pleased to announce the return of CBCT, our annual fall high school tournament. This will be our tenth incarnation. When and Where: This tournament will take place on Saturday, October 23...
by cvdwightw
Mon Oct 04, 2010 1:09 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Eligibility
Replies: 39
Views: 6300

Re: Eligibility

I think for tournaments like EFT and regular-difficulty tournaments, every host should be able to define its own eligibility standards. It's true that most people don't know everyone's strength nationally, but within each individual circuit most TDs know basically who the good/old/non-student/whatev...
by cvdwightw
Mon Oct 04, 2010 12:45 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Claremont Colleges (10/3)
Replies: 24
Views: 6708

Re: EFT at Claremont Colleges (10/3)

This was a very well-run tournament. For a team hosting their first college tournament since 2001(?), I was pleasantly impressed by the clarity of all of the moderators, especially given the expected number of grammatical problems in the packets. Good job from everyone involved. EDIT: Those playoff ...
by cvdwightw
Sat Oct 02, 2010 11:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Date Check: CBCT X at UCI
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Re: Date Check: CBCT X at UCI

We have moved the date to October 23.

Ian, Ray Anderson is in Culver City and may be able to give you guys a ride down if he's coming down to help that day.
by cvdwightw
Sat Oct 02, 2010 5:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: EFT at Claremont Colleges (10/3)
Replies: 24
Views: 6708

Re: EFT at Claremont Colleges (10/3)

Just as a quick update, Irvine is excitingly inept at getting its act together. I'm about 90% sure that there will be a two-person team consisting of me and Jeremy.
by cvdwightw
Thu Sep 30, 2010 3:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 20613

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

they feel like they must "study everything." Then they think that this means an incredible amount of work, then usually just shut down. Again, look at every class they have. Look at every other academic extracurricular out there. These kids are in the mindset that in order to succeed, they have to ...
by cvdwightw
Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."
Replies: 74
Views: 20613

Re: "This makes me feel stupid. I don't think i'm coming back."

Although there is a pretty well-defined "study old packets and the same things will come up over and over again" tradition in quizbowl, it's also true that it's the only (to my knowledge) competition without a rigidly defined platform of what must be studied in order to be successful in any given ye...
by cvdwightw
Tue Sep 28, 2010 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Date Check: CBCT X at UCI
Replies: 7
Views: 1071

Date Check: CBCT X at UCI

Apparently some people only respond here, so I might as well post this in hopes of garnering responses. UCI wants to host CBCT on either October 23 or October 30. We have contracted for HSAPQ's fall set. We previously announced for October 30 but are considering moving things up a week due to staff ...
by cvdwightw
Tue Sep 28, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT is the 2010-11 Missouri state series question provider
Replies: 12
Views: 6127

Re: NAQT is the 2010-11 Missouri state series question provider

After looking through the sample packet: 1. There are no outright hoses (questions prompt on or accept reasonable answers that could be given before an identifier). 2. There are no wrong answers. 3. There are no questions on things that have no reason to be asked in high school. 4. Each speedcheck i...