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by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 4673

Re: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)

At this time, we have reached our varsity field cap of 36 teams. We will begin a waitlist, and look into the possibility of expanding the field if demand requires.

We still have 6 slots left for JV and several for Novice teams.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 4673

Re: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)

The tourney is filling quickly! There is a possibility we can open up more varsity space if demand is there, but I would suggest registering early rather than later if you want to attend. We will open a waitlist when we hit our cap. Field Update: Varsity (36/36) Alma Bryant A Alma Bryant B Alma Brya...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2017-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 15007

Re: Alabama 2017-2018

First, good luck! The place you want to start is with a sponsor. You and get a group of players together, but if you want to effectively start a team, you need a faculty sponsor who can help with logistics and get support from your school. That sponsor should join ASCA (forms are available on the AS...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Hoover Middle School Melee (11/4/2017)
Replies: 2
Views: 2211

Re: DATE CHANGE: Hoover Invitational Tournament (11/4/2017)

Field update: (17/32)

Baldwin Academy of Arts/Sciences (2)
Columbiana Middle (1)
Highlands School (2)
Liberty Middle (2-3)
Midtown Classical (Tallahassee, FL) (2)
Monrovia Middle (2)
Gadsden City Middle (?)
Russell Christian Academy (1)
Discovery Middle (2)
Rainbow MIddle School (1)
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:12 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition
Replies: 28
Views: 11803

Re: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition

I'm going to add my two cents here, just because I am looking at this issue from a different position than many of you. It is clear to me that the trend of women being marginalized, treated poorly, or leaving quizbowl as a result of this or other factors is one that begins with the transition from M...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 163
Views: 81639

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Is there any chance the addition of a "worksheet" or "lightning round" field might be part of this update?
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Aug 24, 2017 4:34 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Hoover Middle School Melee (11/4/2017)
Replies: 2
Views: 2211

Hoover Middle School Melee (11/4/2017)

Coaches: We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Hoover Middle School Melee for the first time this year! This event will be held on Saturday, November 4th at Hoover High School in Hoover, AL. Our projected field cap is 32 teams. This event will be held using the HIGS MS set, and will...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 4673

Re: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)

Field update (9/26): Varsity: (24/36) Alma Bryant (3) Altamont Arab Battle Ground Academy, TN Bob Jones Chattahoochee, GA Dorman, SC (2) Dunbar, KY (2) Hewitt-Trussville Indian Springs Itawamba, MS (2) Oak Mountain Oak Ridge, TN St. Bernard Shelby County Sylacauga West Point Woodford County High Sch...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2017-2018
Replies: 17
Views: 7288

Tennessee 2017-2018

Since no one has started this thread yet, I would appreciate anyone currently coaching pyramidal QB in the state to help me out here by posting. I'm trying to compile a consensus list of top 8 teams in TN right now for a project, and I would appreciate the help from people in the know. Obviously, if...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)
Replies: 25
Views: 12390

Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Hoover High (Alabama) would like to register one team. We will bring a buzzer set.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jul 26, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Odd Ways of Learning Things
Replies: 176
Views: 124588

Re: Odd Ways of Learning Things

I first-lined a question on the history of quiz bowl after writing a lecture on the significance of trivia in modern society for a group of septuagenarian retired professors.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jul 07, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2017-2018
Replies: 38
Views: 15007

Alabama 2017-2018

Calendar for Alabama Scholars Bowl, 2017-2018: Sept. 30: SMART III: The SMART Knight Rises, West Point HS Oct. 14: Aggie Invitational, Sylacauga (Currently full) Oct. 21: Smiths Station Invitational (DEFT mirror) (HS/MS) Nov. 3 (FRIDAY): West Point Middle School Tourney@Wallace State CC Nov. 4: Hoov...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jul 07, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)
Replies: 7
Views: 4673

Hoover Invitational Tournament (12/2/2017)

<EDITED TO REFLECT FIELD CAPS> The 2017 Hoover Invitational Tournament (HIT) will be held on December 2nd of this year at Hoover High School outside of Birmingham, AL. This tournament is open to all levels of team, from novices to elite HS, and will have two divisions of play-three if there is suffi...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: South Carolina 2017-18
Replies: 7
Views: 3968

Re: South Carolina 2017-18

As always, we welcome teams from SC to participate in the Hoover Invitational on December 2, 2017! See my post in the Regular Season Tournament section for details.
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Jun 25, 2017 11:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?
Replies: 16
Views: 8648

What tournaments are "must-attend" events, and why?

I'm looking at setting up our schedule for the coming year, and as the coach of a team with a lot of potential, I want to give my players the best opportunities to compete and see the best teams possible in action. With that in mind, what tourneys do you consider to be "best bang for the buck" event...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Apr 19, 2017 10:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/DE/surrounding area discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 22367

Re: NY/NJ/DE/surrounding area discussion

Is there anyone here from Wilmington Friends School in Delaware? I have a question for them.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Lee Henry has just announced he is willing to coach this team, and we will be setting up some sort of tryout/invitation event TBA.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky
Replies: 68
Views: 47442

Re: 2017 NASAT: June 24-25 at the University of Kentucky

Pending some organization, Alabama is going to try to field one team, possibly two.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Apr 12, 2017 11:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Regarding NASAT: I can't attend. Lee Henry can't attend. I have reached out to three other coaches that I think could do a good job with this. I have heard back from one with a maybe, one with an "I have to check my schedule", and nothing from the third. Until we have someone willing to take on coac...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Apr 10, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Rutsky’s Humbly Assembled Top Ten (RHATT) for AL Quizbowl Post State DISCLAIMER: The list below is purely my opinion, total speculation, and probably should never be read by anyone anywhere for any purpose. You have been warned. RANKING / PREVIOUS - TEAM - WHY? 1 / 1 - James Clemens - Winners of the...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: Traveling to nats w/ minors
Replies: 4
Views: 4711

Re: Traveling to nats w/ minors

This has never happened to me.
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Apr 08, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

ASCA State Results:

1) James Clemens
2) Spain Park
3) Hoover
4) West Point

As Slade said, it was a great tourney with an amazing final. Congratulations to James Clemens on their first state title, and to Spain Park for making them earn every bit of it.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

There is certainly interest. The question is whether there is a coach to work with this. I handled it last year, and I am looking into whether I can do so again this year. It really depends on my schedule. If there is another Alabama coach interested in coordinating this team, I would be happy to pr...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:24 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Louisiana 2016-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 12315

Re: Louisiana 2016-2017

Edited to correct all the swapped names of Association and Alliances. This is confusing, to say the least.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Louisiana 2016-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 12315

Re: Louisiana 2016-2017

Two clarifications to what Jake has posted. I am adding this only because I spent considerable time recently trying to bridge the gap between these two organizations, because IMHO having two organizations fighting it out in a state for control is hardly optimal: 1) I cannot comment on the prior stat...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Mar 10, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Yale's BHSAT XXVI available for hosting in Spring 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 8817

Re: Yale's BHSAT XXVI available for hosting in Spring 2017

Due to numerous cancellations, the Elite Meet at Hoover was cancelled. We'll be back next year.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Thanks for doing this. Always interesting to see these and how they turn out. My only comment: I have to assume James Clemens was left off because they haven't been out of state, but they have been neck and neck with us all year, and are absolutely one of the top three teams in Alabama.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Feb 10, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

From Birmingham:

Pool A advancers:
Hoover
Indian Springs
Mtn. Brook
Thompson

Pool B advancers:
Vestavia
Spain Park
Altamont
Oak Mountain
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Rutsky’s Humbly Assembled Top Ten (RHATT) for AL Quizbowl 1/23/2017 DISCLAIMER: The list below is purely my opinion, total speculation, and probably should never be read by anyone anywhere for any purpose. You have been warned. IN A SENTENCE OR TWO: Not a whole lot of change here, except to give Jam...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 17, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Info should be up on the ASCA website tomorrow at the latest.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jan 11, 2017 6:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-1/21/17
Replies: 12
Views: 3962

Re: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-1/21/17

I have sent out a reminder via ASCA's twitter account as well.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Jan 11, 2017 1:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

I checked with the Sheldons at CCA, and they confirm that the tourney did NOT run. They are trying to rebook for the 28th of this month.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Speaking of Spring tournaments... Good Hope is still hoping to run a tournament again this year in the early Spring, and I've agreed to help organize/run it. Do the players/coaches who frequent this board have a personal preference in Spring dates? February 4th is probably a no-go for me since that...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Dec 14, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Rutsky’s Humbly Assembled Top Ten (RHATT) for AL Quizbowl 12/14/2016 DISCLAIMER: The list below is purely my opinion, total speculation, and probably should never be read by anyone anywhere for any purpose. You have been warned. RANKING / PREVIOUS - TEAM - WHY? 1 (T) / 1 - Hoover - 1st WRK, Mt. Car...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Stats for West Point Winter are promised for today, so I'll have more to say after I look over those. New RHATT in time for the holidays!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mt. Carmel Invitational (New Orleans, LA; 12/3/16) [IS-162]
Replies: 5
Views: 2195

Re: Mt. Carmel Invitational (New Orleans, LA; 12/3/16) [IS-1

Do you still have room for one more team in this event? Hoover is interested.

Josh Rutsky
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Just because it's fun, here's my update for Alabama Quizbowl in the first quarter of the season: Rutsky’s Humbly Assembled Top Ten (RHATT) for AL Quizbowl 10/20/2016 DISCLAIMER: The list below is purely my opinion, total speculation, and probably should never be read by anyone anywhere for any purpo...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 03, 2016 10:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2016-2017
Replies: 84
Views: 32679

Re: Alabama 2016-2017

Updated. Thanks, Brett!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)
Replies: 26
Views: 23073

Re: 2016 ACF Fall Global Announcement (5 Nov 2016)

Is there any chance a HS mirror of this will be held in the Southeast this year?
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Oct 16, 2016 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament - (AL) 10/15/16
Replies: 9
Views: 3894

Re: Hoover Invitational Tournament - (AL) 10/15/16

Thanks to the amazing Neg 5, stats are available for this event already! For this event, we played preliminaries, then rebracketed teams for the playoff phase. While Neg 5 ranks the teams in the event, the actual order of finish is below the link: VARSITY: http://www.neg5.org:3000/t/ByRnhBS0/stats C...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament - (AL) 10/15/16
Replies: 9
Views: 3894

Re: Hoover Invitational Tournament - (AL) 10/15/16

Field update posted for 9/29. Only two spots remain in the varsity field and one in the JV! Get your request in NOW.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:56 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 163
Views: 81639

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Also, for the new name, may I suggest TOTAL? (Tournament Online Tracking And Logistics)
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Sep 15, 2016 7:52 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 163
Views: 81639

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

So this is a very limited use feature that I'd love to see implemented at some point, but one thing that always made SQBS handy for me was that it allowed you to hold scrimmages using flexible teams and still compile data. Since you only get a "team playing itself" notice, not a hard stop or a hard ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Hoover Invitational Tournament - (AL) 10/15/16
Replies: 9
Views: 3894

Re: Hoover Invitational Tournament - (AL) 10/15/16

This tournament is now a PACE Platinum Certified event.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2017
Replies: 22
Views: 8776

Re: SMART II: The SMARTening - 2016-2017

This is being looked into. Speaking as a regular staff member at ACE Camp and as AD for that camp site, I can say that ACE's staff are committed to giving campers a positive, helpful, and engaging camp experience, and that the staff at that camp was a great group of guys. If one of them did, for any...