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by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

I think that there's definitely a large swathe of Mesopotamian and a reasonable amount of Aztec that's toss-upable (perhaps not quite enough--maybe Mayan and Incan can be thrown in here, though I'm not sure that the Mayans or the Incans really have very much toss-upable, which was why I initially t...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 6:07 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

I'll certainly vote for more myth and philosophy in the survey; perhaps we can cut down some of the general knowledge? The Clio tossup was fine, but if it's being used as an excuse to put more myth content into the tournament, why not scale back the general knowledge and bump up the myth content? I...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

As far as distribution issues go, changing subdistribution quotas (e.g. types of mythology) is more likely than "top-level" quotas (e.g., literature versus science), but we've certainly changed the latter before (including last year), so anything is possible. I should update my original post: It wa...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

Also, I'm not positive if you're right about the fixed number. It could be, and I readily admit that you're in a better position to know than me, since I only have empirical evidence, but if so, the fixed number is precipitously low. In my room at SCT, I read every toss-up in every round except thr...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 5:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

Brian, do you feel that a science CE question has to have all clues/bonus parts related to current events, or would you be willing to get science CE tossups that (say) open with a couple sentences on recent stuff and then move on to science background that isn't necessarily based on recent events? ...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 2:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

Every year on these surveys, I've selected the "Drastically Increase" (or whatever it's called) option for the Myth/Literature category and been dismayed that I didn't have the option to say "There's enough Lit, but there needs to be more Myth". In cases like this, players should feel free to send ...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

The conflation of mythology with literature. Who advocates this? Why not have a true RMP distribution? What makes an "RMP distribution" true? Does mythology really have more in common with philosophy than literature? I also don't understand why players would even care that mythology was part of lit...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

I would like to see the character length of NAQT questions addressed, and I'd like to see what people's positions on the amount of time given are. While I personally have no qualms (inasmuch as they're an interesting way to mix it up) with the clock and powers, several editors have told me that wri...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

The high content of trash and CE in a tournament that bills itself as "National ACADEMIC Quiz Competitions". Considering the NAQT current events editor himself has posted on this forum that he finds it difficult to find this many relevant current events topics, why is there no talk of seriously sca...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

In general, I feel this super-rigid distribution in the sciences categories will hurt the production of a good tournament rather than help it. (perhaps this can be worked into a question?) I'm curious as to why you feel this way; from my point of view, the subdistributions that NAQT uses contribute...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

I'd personally think that NAQT should simply bring in a good bio/chem/physics editor and allow him or her to set the distribution as they see fit. NAQT subject editors already have relatively wide latitude to set up the distributions in their subject areas as they see fit. NAQT is also always on th...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:14 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

Just a note on the CE: I don't remember details, but right now the distribution is divided into "U.S." and "World," with these being subdivided into politics, social, and miscellaneous. The line between politics and social is pretty vague, and I suspect its initial purpose is to get people to ask a...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 1:08 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

I think it would be extremely relevant to find out players' levels of experience with pyramidal questions. Players who play or have played formats with longer questions (e.g. PACE and ACF) may have radically different views on things than players with no experience or whose previous experience has ...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

One question that I would like to see is regarding NAQT's chemistry distribution. It is generally divided into elemental and non-elemental. This works well at the high school level, but I think that at the college level this distribution does not accurately reflect what people learn through coursew...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:46 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

(Similarly, I've never talked to anyone who genuinely believes that a given category should get a distribution of 5 \pm 2--or anyone who thinks that the circuit would like that. Instead, I've heard about the problems that that creates, pretty much exclusively. Nonetheless, I agree that it should be...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

Should there be a distribution of links, if CE does in fact have one--i.e. if there's science CE and lit CE and political CE, should there be equal numbers of the three, or should that be more closely tied to the actual number of relevant current events? It could be difficult to require five scienc...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's 2008 ICT Question Survey
Replies: 0
Views: 1030

NAQT's 2008 ICT Question Survey

NAQT has posted its 2008 Post-ICT Question Survey on its website: http://www.naqt.com/ict/2008/question-survey.html This survey is primarily intended for players and coaches who attended the 2008 ICT; please forward the URL to players from your team who may not be frequent readers of this board. We ...
by rhentzel
Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2009 ICT Host Call
Replies: 0
Views: 873

2009 ICT Host Call

National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC, is pleased to announce that it is now accepting bids from colleges, hotels, convention centers, and other institutions to host the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) in the 2008-2009 competition year. More information about the bidding process may ...
by rhentzel
Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2008-2009 NAQT Tournament Hosts
Replies: 0
Views: 954

2008-2009 NAQT Tournament Hosts

NAQT is now accepting requests from colleges, high schools, and other institutions that want to run high school or college tournaments (or leagues) using NAQT questions in 2008-2009. Basic information is available here: http://www.naqt.com/hs/2008-2009-hs-questions.html This is primarily targeted at...
by rhentzel
Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT State Championship Host Call
Replies: 0
Views: 956

2009 NAQT State Championship Host Call

National Academic Quiz Tournaments is pleased to announce that it is now accepting bids from colleges, high schools, and other institutions to host high school state championship tournaments during the 2008-2009 competition year. NAQT supplies state championship questions at no cost to hosts. The ho...
by rhentzel
Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008-2009 NAQT Tournament Hosts
Replies: 0
Views: 868

2008-2009 NAQT Tournament Hosts

NAQT is now accepting requests from high schools, colleges, and other institutions that want to run high school tournaments (or leagues) using NAQT questions in 2008-2009. Basic information is available here: http://www.naqt.com/hs/2008-2009-hs-questions.html This is primarily targeted at teams want...
by rhentzel
Mon Apr 28, 2008 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT State Championship Host Call
Replies: 0
Views: 885

2009 NAQT State Championship Host Call

National Academic Quiz Tournaments is pleased to announce that it is now accepting bids from high schools, colleges, and other institutions to host high school state championship tournaments during the 2008-2009 competition year. NAQT supplies state championship questions at no cost to hosts. The ho...
by rhentzel
Mon Apr 28, 2008 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 NAQT HSNCT Announcements
Replies: 33
Views: 11136

NAQT HSNCT Tertiary Hotel

Since the main hotel (Wyndham O'Hare) and the overflow hotel (Holiday Inn Express) have both filled, NAQT has arranged a tertiary hotel for the 2008 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament. This is the Holiday Inn Select. More information is available here: http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2008/h...
by rhentzel
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:28 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

I know this has been declared a verboten topic, but maybe . . . . you could perhaps eliminate the requirement to have questions on science current events? If I implied that NAQT would not consider changes to this distribution, I apologize. We welcome suggested questions on all areas of the tourname...
by rhentzel
Thu Apr 17, 2008 11:22 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Re: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

I know that I had originally said that NAQT would be putting up our survey today, but we're pleased with the ideas this thread has generated and now plan to put it off until tomorrow to allow the discussion to continue.
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 15, 2008 12:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

Anonymous responses

One question that NAQT has for the quiz bowl community is whether its members think our survey should be anonymous or not; we've kept it anonymous in the past out of a sense of principle: People are more likely to give honest feedback if they know their comments can't be traced back to them. We've b...
by rhentzel
Tue Apr 15, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT's Post-ICT Survey
Replies: 84
Views: 16849

NAQT's Post-ICT Survey

National Academic Quiz Tournaments is planning to do another post-ICT survey to measure college players' opinions about question quality, question difficulty, distribution issues, tournament format, and so on. We'd like to take this opportunity to request input from the community on which questions ...
by rhentzel
Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 NAQT HSNCT Announcements
Replies: 33
Views: 11136

HSNCT Field Size

Thanks to the field expansion and a number of state championships being won by teams that had already registered, as of today the waiting list for the 2008 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament is only three schools long. We expect 7-8 more spots in the 176-team field to open when all is...
by rhentzel
Mon Apr 07, 2008 12:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 NAQT HSNCT Announcements
Replies: 33
Views: 11136

2008 NAQT HSNCT Overflow Hotel

The official hotel for the 2008 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament has filled up, but NAQT has arranged for the Holiday Inn Express in Rosemont to act as the backup hotel. This hotel is only a four-minute walk away (across a large parking lot). The price is $109 per quadruple occupanc...
by rhentzel
Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 NAQT HSNCT Announcements
Replies: 33
Views: 11136

2008 NAQT HSNCT Field Expansion

Due to a higher fraction of qualified teams wanting to come this year, NAQT has expanded the field for its 2008 High School National Championship Tournament to 176 teams (an increase of 16 from the initial value of 160). This doesn't completely clear the waitlist, but (as of March 26) the waitlist i...
by rhentzel
Wed Mar 26, 2008 3:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 NAQT HSNCT Announcements
Replies: 33
Views: 11136

Re: 2008 NAQT HSNCT Announcements

MahoningQuizBowler wrote:I counted the field list and the state championships...I may have miscounted, but I only saw 125 in the confirmed field and 27 state championships (152 total). What did I miss?
Some state championships have multiple berths reserved for them due to the existence of disjoint divisions of play.
by rhentzel
Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 NAQT HSNCT Announcements
Replies: 33
Views: 11136

2008 NAQT HSNCT Field is nominally full

As of March 7, 2008, and counting spots reserved for state champions, the 160-team field for NAQT's 2008 High School National Championship is full. Teams that register will be put on a waitlist that will enter the tournament if spots free up. Please note that NAQT fully expects that many spots will ...
by rhentzel
Mon Mar 03, 2008 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2008 NAQT HSNCT Announcements
Replies: 33
Views: 11136

Re: 2008 NAQT HSNCT Announcements

As of March 3, 2008, and counting spots reserved for state champions, 151 of the 160 spots at the 2008 NAQT High School National Championship have been taken. This means that there are only nine remaining spots before registrations begin being waitlisted. It is true that many waitlisted teams will g...
by rhentzel
Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:25 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

I wasn't as surprised that Faulkner got a wildcard spot as I was that South snip North Florida's (11-2) only two losses were both to Valencia Red (by only 30 in the championship game), and Broward (9-3) gave Valencia Red its only loss. Weirder still, South Georgia was 7-5. The overall strength of t...
by rhentzel
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

Would emailing NAQT immediately and asking them to take you off the waitlist "because you can't travel" or something like that work? NAQT is always willing to listen to arguments in favor of exceptions or exemptions, but in this case we would be unlikely to accept them. Our principal concern with D...
by rhentzel
Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:36 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

Matt Weiner wrote:
QuizBowlRonin wrote:Why is Amherst on the Division I waitlist?

They did not play in any SCT.
They are the team erroneously listed as "UMass" in the naqt.com version of the Brown stats.
That error has been corrected.
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 14, 2008 7:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

Wow, MIT was certainly not expecting this, especially not the DII team. That's pretty amazing, but ironically, it actually could be pretty bad for some of our DII players, particularly our frosh--does being on the waitlist disqualify the whole team from DII next year? Being waitlisted does not, but...
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:43 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

I also don't see why Brown, who finished better than MIT isn't on the D2 list at all. NAQT generally respects the order-of-finish from Sectionals, but is willing to invite teams out of order when there is a particularly large difference in statistics. A one-game or one-position difference is overco...
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

Down with stats! I think we're all overlooking the fact that this could be a great way to finally boost Pacific Northwest SCT attendance by convincing teams in the middle of the pack in their regions to fly up there so they can try to qualify under the new, really really bad rules. To which new (an...
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 14, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

Uhm, I'm probably overlooking something hilariously obvious, but didn't MIT's Division II team go 2-10? Is there something I'm missing here? How in the world are they listed ahead of those other teams? Here's the brief analysis by NAQT's statistician who did most of the work computing our S-values:...
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 14, 2008 5:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

To add to the questions, we don't have stats for the Alabama Sectionals but they receive two D2 spots (Gulf Coast & Faulkner State) & two of the waitlist spots (Pensacola & Beville State Jasper). NAQT has the complete stats from the Alabama CC SCT, but they were provided in a format that makes it i...
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

Hmmm... and only WuStL and Lawrence make it out of the DII Midwest craziness, with Northwestern scoring the 5th spot on the waitlist. Wow. There were 95 four-year teams in Division II and only 20 spots available (after hosts' bids were awarded), so about one-fifth of each Sectional's field will qua...
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

Adamantium Claws wrote:Why is Cornell on the DII waitlist and main list... or is the second one a B team?
The top team on the Division II waitlist is Cornell B.
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 14, 2008 4:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

ICT invitations have been posted

The initial invitations to the 2008 NAQT ICT have been posted:

Division I:

http://www.naqt.com/ict/2008/invitations-di.html

Division II:

http://www.naqt.com/ict/2008/invitations-dii.html

Congratulations to everybody who made it!
by rhentzel
Thu Feb 14, 2008 12:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations
Replies: 52
Views: 8818

NAQT SCT Results and ICT Invitations

NAQT has collected the statistics from its SCTs and CC SCTs here: http://www.naqt.com/stats/sectionals.jsp We will be announcing the ICT invitations on our website (and in this thread) no later than Friday. I apologize for the subject line that suggests they are available now, but I wanted it to rem...
by rhentzel
Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:33 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post-2008 SCT General NAQT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4645

I don't know if this is required anymore, but allowing teams to host tournaments on laptops (and thus save money on printing costs) might encourage some more schools to host it. I also prefer reading on laptops compared to paper questions, although I don't know if most people feel this way. This is...
by rhentzel
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post-2008 SCT General NAQT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4645

NAQT would like to have a greater set of choices when choosing hosts; we encourage schools to start thinking about whether they would like to host Sectional Championship Tournaments in 2009. If you have any questions, about the process, please feel free to contact us at [email protected].com. This brings u...
by rhentzel
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:35 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Post-2008 SCT General NAQT Discussion
Replies: 24
Views: 4645

Well, this isn't going to be the main NAQT discussion post, but I think that the decision to host sectionals at both VA Tech and Pitt was a pretty terrible idea. NAQT is under no illusion that its choice of Sectional sites this year was optimal from a geographic point of view; we are very glad that...
by rhentzel
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 14274

In every recent packet submission tournament I've seen it's been 1/1 mythology (with one being not Greco-Roman). I think out of 24/24 this is a very good distribution, and I think philosophy and religion should also get 1/1 each. For comparison purposes, that gives mythology the same quiz bowl prom...
by rhentzel
Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: SCT Discussion
Replies: 89
Views: 14274

answerability data from our high school events doesn't suggest that they are particularly easy Why would you use high school statistics to determine something with your college sets? We don't have a lot of data for college tournaments; certainly not enough to say anything with certainly. With somet...