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by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Dec 24, 2015 4:10 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?
Replies: 13
Views: 6649

Re: Incentivizing Outreach: A Negative Mirror Fee?

Personally, I think that the biggest obstacle to outreach has been mentioned -- the lack of a tourney coordinator in the locations where good quizbowl is iffy at best. Many coaches, who are your TD core, are intimidated enough by the giant mess of regulations involved in being a coach for a team and...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Dec 01, 2015 5:44 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Idealized QB software - what would it look like?
Replies: 5
Views: 3076

Re: Idealized QB software - what would it look like?

What's so great about SQBS? I would have classified it as adequate for most tournaments (but just barely), and woefully inadequate for many (large ones, ones using less common formats, etc.). I think the natural way to address your goal would also involve replacing SQBS. Jim Puls has already done a...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:30 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Idealized QB software - what would it look like?
Replies: 5
Views: 3076

Idealized QB software - what would it look like?

I am in the early stages of trying to sketch out an ideal program for QB work. Here are the basic premises I'm starting from: 1) SQBS is awesome, and there isn't a lot of reason to try to replicate what it does well. Therefore, the main purpose of this software would be to handle two areas that I do...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Nov 23, 2015 3:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2015-16
Replies: 89
Views: 32977

Re: Alabama 2015-16

by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2015-16
Replies: 89
Views: 32977

Re: Alabama 2015-16

Stats from the HIT will be up soon, but I just want to say that I was very happy with the performance of our teams from Alabama in this event. Despite the extremely strong field, including two teams (Woodford KY and Dorman) who I will be shocked if I don't see in the top 30 nationally, our squads he...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Nov 21, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

Re: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)

This tournament happened. I apologize to all the teams who were delayed by our buzzer issues; we aim to finish by 4PM and tonight we didn't finish until 5:45. That's really not acceptable to us, and we regret the inconvenience it will cause to our guests. Quick results: Dorman A won the Varsity brac...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 19, 2015 3:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

Re: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)

You know, Lee, I think you're right--and I think it is something we all should be pretty proud of here. I am grateful to the folks from Itawamba, Woodford County, and Dorman for choosing our event to travel to for this weekend, but I think that there are a lot of really talented teams here in Alabam...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 18, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

Re: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)

Final field update for Saturday's tourney: Varsity: Altamont Buckhorn Covenant Christian Dorman A (South Carolina) Dorman B (South Carolina) Evangel Christian Gadsden City Hewitt-Trussville Homewood Itawamba (Mississippi) James Clemens LAMP Mountain Brook Northridge Oak Mountain Pell City Prestige W...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

Re: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)

We have now hit the Varsity field cap and will begin a waiting list for this tournament.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 21, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

Re: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)

FIELD UPDATE: One month before the tourney, we are at 22 Varsity teams (cap is 24). We have 18 registered JV teams (cap is 24). There are 8 Novice teams registered (cap is 10). The tourney format is pretty firmed up at this point, so I've edited the lead post with details. Varsity Altamont CCA Dorma...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 19, 2015 9:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2015-16
Replies: 89
Views: 32977

Re: Alabama 2015-16

I look forward to seeing the stats from this tourney, and I know Chandler is already on that. Without getting into specifics, I would love to hear people' s opinion of the set used overall. My understanding is that the questions were VERY long, even for an event housewritten by a college, and that t...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Oct 18, 2015 1:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2015-16
Replies: 89
Views: 32977

Re: Alabama 2015-16

Trent, I'm not sure what you'd like the rest of the state to do for you here. ASCA has a southern regional site for state, and a southern district site as well. We've reached out to SAACA for years to try to bring more South AL teams into the fold, and we have been met with silence. There aren't a h...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

Re: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)

FIELD UPDATE: Varsity (15/24 slots filled) CCA Dorman A Dorman B Evangel Classical Christian Good Hope Hewitt-Trussville Itawamba MS LAMP A LAMP B Northridge Springville Springwood West Point Woodford County A Woodford County B JV (10/14 slots filled) CCA Good Hope (D. hulsey) Hewitt-Trussville Itaw...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Oct 13, 2015 11:03 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Protesting against your own team
Replies: 15
Views: 7473

Re: Protesting against your own team

Very true. Additionally, however, I think the reason I would point to that the analogies don't hold is that we don't have the right value system in those situations, Lee. Sadly, a coach in high school is hired or fired based on wins, not on what they do or don't do correctly. We saw that in Hoover f...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 12, 2015 4:20 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Protesting against your own team
Replies: 15
Views: 7473

Re: Protesting against your own team

This is not something that should ever be in question. If you hear your player give what you know to be an incorrect answer, as the coach, you MUST recognize that and say something. Anything else is undermining the very basis of the game we are playing. Even if you want to make some sort of argument...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Oct 08, 2015 9:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15
Replies: 42
Views: 10952

Re: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15

Chandler - I've PMed a bracket to you.

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by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 07, 2015 2:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15
Replies: 42
Views: 10952

Re: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15

I've got two readers if you need them. Both are coming. If you have three pools of six, then playoffs, that ought to be a pretty good day. Thanks for adding the space.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 07, 2015 10:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15
Replies: 42
Views: 10952

Re: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15

Cool. We will bring two teams and at least one reader. We may have two available.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15
Replies: 42
Views: 10952

Re: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15

Lee, let me know if you have any extra players lying around. I don't know exactly how many i have who plan to attend this, but maybe we can put together a joint spoiler team.
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15
Replies: 42
Views: 10952

Re: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15

I will try to get two teams together. This should be doable. In that case, you would be best served with three pools of six playing and then a playoff in the afternoon. Three pools of six means a total of nine rooms to staff. How many readers do you have at this point?

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by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: William Rufus King Invitational IX at Alabama (10/3/15)
Replies: 7
Views: 2693

Re: William Rufus King Invitational IX at Alabama (10/3/15)

Big plus: A tourney that, from my understanding, ran pretty solidly on time and with good readers. One minus that has returned, however: lack of trophies. I understand wanting to minimize costs, but if you are hosting a high-school level tournament and charging $50+ per team to attend, you need to h...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 05, 2015 9:46 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 9146

Re: Things that make a good tournament

I don't know if this falls into the necessity bracket, but it is something I think is worth mentioning. If you are hosting a high-school level tournament and charging $50+ per team to attend, you need to have trophies or plaques for the winning teams. You don't have to break the bank on this, but a ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Oct 04, 2015 12:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15
Replies: 42
Views: 10952

Re: Good Hope Invitational Tournament (Cullman, AL)-10/17/15

Chandler-

Hoover is interested in bringing a team if space permits. We can supply buzzers and a reader.

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by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

Re: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)

New this year - online fee payment! To pay for your Hoover Invitational Scholars Bowl entry visit myschoolfees.com and follow these simple steps: 1)Select “Register” and enter profile information OR “Sign In” for existing users 2)Select School: Hoover High School 3) Select “Public Items” and select ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Sep 04, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 9/19/15 - Unnamed House-Written Tournament at West Point
Replies: 24
Views: 6377

Re: 9/19/15 - Unnamed House-Written Tournament at West Point

Also, this tournament is still UNOFFICIALLY known as Lee Henry's House Party.
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 9/19/15 - Unnamed House-Written Tournament at West Point
Replies: 24
Views: 6377

Re: 9/19/15 - Unnamed House-Written Tournament at West Point

If this tournament isn't renamed "Lee Henry's House Party", I'm not sure I can come.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Aug 14, 2015 10:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2015-16
Replies: 89
Views: 32977

Re: Alabama 2015-16

Last year, I put up a Google Form for interested candidates to fill out. I think we would probably do that again, and possibly ask coaches to nominate a player or two. This would let us get a base to invite to a formal tryout. The main problem for us is that Alabama is a BIG state. Online practice i...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2015-16
Replies: 89
Views: 32977

Re: Alabama 2015-16

Not necessarily. There are a couple of players I think would be no-brainers for that squad -- Justin Kelley from Gadsden City comes to mind, as do Venu Reddy and Sharath Narayan from Springwood and James Clemens respectively, although I'm not sure a squad with all three is particularly balanced in a...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2015-16
Replies: 89
Views: 32977

Alabama 2015-16

Well, here we are - Now, where are we going? A couple of notes for the coming year and this thread-- If you have a tournament date you'd like Alabama teams to be aware of, please e-mail our ASCA website with details at sharon DOT [email protected].com with your date, the question set, and details! You c...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Aug 08, 2015 6:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)
Replies: 13
Views: 7042

Re: SCOP Novice 6 (October 2015-March 2016)

Once again, Hoover would like to mirror this set on November 21st.


Joshua Rutsky
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)
Replies: 15
Views: 7435

11th Annual Hoover Invitational (11/21/15)

The 11th Hoover Invitational Tournament will be held at Hoover High School on 11/21/2015, and will feature fields for varsity, JV, and novice competition. We will be using BASK this year as our Varsity set, and will be using the SCOP Novice as our JV/Novice set. Pricing is as follows: $70 for the fi...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Aug 05, 2015 4:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (Canceled)
Replies: 5
Views: 4949

Re: SCOP Spring - Regular Difficulty (January-April 2016)

Kristin, I don't suppose you are interested in speeding production on this for an earlier event in November 2015?

Josh Rutsky
Hoover HS
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Supporting Quizbowl Coaches
Replies: 4
Views: 3826

Re: Supporting Quizbowl Coaches

Such help as I can offer is at your disposal.
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: South Alabama Summer Practice?
Replies: 3
Views: 2502

Re: South Alabama Summer Practice?

Trent, you should absolutely consider coming up to Tuscaloosa for ACE Camp this summer. With the level of interest you've expressed here in improving your team, you would be someone who could really benefit from the high-intensity study it offers. See www.aceqb.com for details.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jun 12, 2015 10:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: 2015 Benjamin Cooper Awards: Winners Announced
Replies: 5
Views: 5250

Re: 2015 Benjamin Cooper Awards: Winners Announced

To all the folks at PACE and in quiz bowl nationwide: I wanted to apologize for being unable to attend the PACE tourney this year, especially in light of the very great honor PACE bestowed upon me. It was a big surprise (I found out about the award from Nick Clusserath, who texted me something on th...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 9032

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

This seems to me like one of those impossible situations to resolve. Let's say that we did something like, oh, I don't know, adopting a set of rules that specify time allowable for a response. This then produces the next problem -- who counts the time? So we add rules to say that the moderator must ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jun 09, 2015 10:30 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How hard would it be to start a team at my high school?
Replies: 11
Views: 8002

Re: How hard would it be to start a team at my high school?

I completely agree. You should go ahead and send the letter, especially given that for many of us, the summer is the time when we are not overwhelmed with paperwork. Letting the teacher know up front that you are interested AND OFFERING TO HELP WITH RECRUITING so you have seven or eight kids right o...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu May 28, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 27326

Re: Alabama 2014-15

I know I'm a little late to the party, but next year, Bayside Academy is ready to break into the top of the state scene. We had a 30-5 record this year in our league (which we won over Spanish Fort, who had won it the last few years), the Enterprise Weevil Bowl (our first major tourney - 3rd behind...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Apr 20, 2015 1:27 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Cheating in High School Quiz Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 4952

Re: Cheating in High School Quiz Bowl

I agree with pretty much everything Jon and Eric said upthread, but as a coach, I feel like my colleagues and I have a particular burden to make sure cheating is something we emphasize as unacceptable in this game. What disturbs me a little is that while I think there are very few coaches out there ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: On Leaving Tournaments Early
Replies: 47
Views: 10410

Re: On Leaving Tournaments Early

I feel a little out of place commenting here, since I am a high school coach, but this discussion interests me because we see a lot of the same issues crop up at the high school level with teams leaving early for various reasons or not showing up at all. One question I have is whether the phenomenon...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 14, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 27326

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Just a note for those looking ahead: Spain Park, the 2015 runners-up, will return all six players they brought to State. Buckhorn High School will return all six players they brought to State. Gadsden City will return two of their strongest players, Harry and Justin. Huntsville will return their ent...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 14, 2015 10:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 27326

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Full stats with bonus conversion, etc. in SQBS format:

http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... ey_report/
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 27326

Re: Alabama 2014-15

He is good. That's Sharath Narayan, who was nearly the MS scoring champ at Liberty Middle last year. He's made some good strides since last year, and took advantage of QB camp as well to continue to climb. I agree he can be a factor, but I still think those teams are pretty even right now.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 07, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 27326

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Two reasons I don't totally agree with you on pool D, Lee: 1) Sparkman and James Clemens are 1-1 each head to head this year. Both beat the other team by a significant margin one time. 2) If you compare performance on IS sets, not A sets, you have no data for Sparkman (unfortunately), but James Clem...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Apr 07, 2015 7:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 27326

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Predictions? No.

I will say two things.

1) If Hoover, Spain Park, West Point, and Gadsden City don't advance to the playoffs, it will mean a MAJOR upset has taken place.

2) Pool D is almost completely up for grabs, and I have no idea who will emerge from it.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2014-15
Replies: 211
Views: 106737

Re: HSQBRank 2014-15

Help you with stats? I can tell you Gadsden hasn't released them yet. I will look into it. The numbers may not be entirely useful, however, as they played GSAC but using Alabama's State format, meaning that they played two bonuses per toss-up with bounceback.
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Mar 02, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 27326

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Results are up on the QRC tournament database for all three of this weekend's events: AL JV, Small School, and Middle School Championships. Congratulations to Spain Park (JV), Cordova (Small School), and Pizitz (MS) on their wins!