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by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Aug 13, 2015 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2015-16
Replies: 89
Views: 31650

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 daily44@gmail.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: 6650

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: 7076

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: 4779

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: 3615

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: 2308

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: 4983

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: 8339

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: 7564

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: 25426

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: 4642

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: 9409

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: 25426

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: 25426

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: 25426

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: 25426

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: 25426

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: 103859

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: 25426

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!
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Feb 27, 2015 3:05 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: SQBS Help Thread
Replies: 45
Views: 26218

Re: SQBS Help Thread

Is there any way to output rosters to a text file (or equivalent)? I don't know of a "proper" way to do it, but if you open up a copy of the SQBS data file in Notepad (or whatever), I think you'll be able to trim it down to the relevant parts without too much difficulty. If anyone develops this int...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25426

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Sorry about the delays in posting stats for Districts. We are STILL waiting on one site. I have already passed on what we have to NAQT and it should be posted soon, so just hang tight.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where to obtain question sets?
Replies: 10
Views: 3157

Re: Where to obtain question sets?

That makes sense, Jennifer. Even so, I would suggest that you are going about this in the wrong direction--bottom up instead of top down. Establishing a quiz bowl team by way of student interest is a good thing, and it often works, but having a faculty member at the other schools that WANTS to do th...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Where to obtain question sets?
Replies: 10
Views: 3157

Re: Where to obtain question sets?

OK, so dumb question here, but why would you want many, many rounds of JUST science and math tossups in order to attract students to quiz bowl? I understand that you might be trying to pull in a specific crowd, but let's say you're successful, and you recruit a bunch of really hardcore math/science ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Jan 30, 2015 3:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25426

Re: Alabama 2014-15

With ASCA HS starting in a few weeks, I think that this is an appropriate time to consider this sort of move. I have no problem with being part of a group of coaches helping to identify these students, and I think that there are ways to deal with a few of the issues involved, like the commitment/int...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25426

Re: Alabama 2014-15

SS State Bids are going to


Ashville
Brindlee Mountain
Cordova
Elkmont
Good Hope
Lexington
T.R. Miller
W.S. Neal

JV State Bids are going to

Altamont
Buckhorn
Hoover
Indian Springs
James Clemens
LAMP
Spain Park
Springwood
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Dec 18, 2014 12:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25426

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Walker graduated? Wow. Didn't know that. That does change my analysis of Buckhorn a little, in that it was a team playing at full strength, but even so, I think that they are solid candidates for the Elite Eight. Excellent play from a younger squad that has lost a couple of key players.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Why I want my children to play quizbowl
Replies: 1
Views: 1906

Why I want my children to play quizbowl

I was thinking about this last night, and one of the things I'm really grateful for in my life is having found quizbowl. It's odd, perhaps, given that I actually wasn't good enough to make my school's team back in high school, but even then I really loved the idea of quizbowl. I love the idea that a...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25426

Re: Alabama 2014-15

I agree, Lee, that making the shift from A set to regular IS requires some rejiggering of your team's mental state going in. It has been really hard to get our squad to the point that they are willing to be aggressive on an A set in a serious way, but even then, A sets really feel more like speed ch...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25426

Re: Alabama 2014-15

Not really sure what to add to this thread after the West Point Invitational this weekend. The takeaways are pretty clear: 1) Buckhorn, Gadsden City, Hoover, and West Point are all favorites to make the elite eight of the state playoff this year. 2) Of those four teams, only West Point played with t...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Dec 04, 2014 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/14
Replies: 11
Views: 4795

Re: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/

Thank you to everyone over at Brookwood! Here are the stats if you want to peruse them.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Dec 04, 2014 10:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/14
Replies: 11
Views: 4795

Re: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/

I don't really understand this. I know Brookwood had Coach Payne out on Maternity Leave right before this event, but it was pretty clear from the standings that were being posted in the hallways during the tourney that they were using SQBS on site to enter the matches--or if they weren't, they were ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 26, 2014 2:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/14
Replies: 11
Views: 4795

Re: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/

Not to be pushy, but will stats be eventually posted for this event? They may have been posted on a Georgia site, but I haven't seen anything come up yet, and would like to see them at some point if possible.

Thanks!
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25426

Re: Alabama 2014-15

I would like to be able to update regarding this past weekend's BISB, but I haven't seen official results posted anywhere, let alone stats. With so many teams, I'm sure it took a while to compile those stats, but it looked like they were using SQBS all the way through and were just a round behind th...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/14
Replies: 11
Views: 4795

Re: 27th Annual BISB - Brookwood H.S., Snellville, GA 11/22/

We enjoyed our visit to Brookwood, as usual. I would love to know how this event turned out, however, as we got knocked out in the round of 8 and had to run back to Birmingham. Anyone know who won?

Thanks again to the staff at BISB.
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Nov 17, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CATT X (Johns Creek, GA) - 12/13/14
Replies: 12
Views: 6359

Re: CATT X (Johns Creek, GA) - 12/13/14

:w-hat: ?

Why the unusual change? Is there a reason for the decision?

Also, we still need a W-9 from you guys so we can send our check in.

Thanks!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzzers!
Replies: 16
Views: 6810

Re: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzze

Thank you, guys. The kids and I appreciate it. Stats are now up for all three divisions of the tourney: Novice: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2646/stats/10th_hit_novice_all_games/ JV: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2645/stats/10th_hit_jv_all_games/ Varsity: http://www.hsquizbowl...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:30 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Studying for the NSC
Replies: 8
Views: 3857

Re: Studying for the NSC

Perhaps it would be worth a Sticky on this topic?
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Nov 01, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzzers!
Replies: 16
Views: 6810

Re: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzze

This tournament happened.

Quick Results:

Varsity -

1. West Point A
2. Gadsden City
3. Woodford KY A
4. Woodford KY B

JV

1.Hume-Fogg JV
2. Springwood
3. Spain Park
4. Altamont


Novice
1. Cordova
2. Altamont
3. Hume Fogg A
4. Briarwood
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Round-robins the easy way
Replies: 15
Views: 8546

Re: Round-robins the easy way

Ryan, can you explain a little about the Letters portion of this sheet? I think I get the idea, but I would like to be clear about it before trying it out.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Oct 24, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: What defines a team captain?
Replies: 23
Views: 16452

Re: What defines a team captain?

So this probably doesn't help you all that much, but as far as I'm concerned, the title captain is just that- a word. If you don't live up to it, you aren't the captain, no matter how much you insist on a title. The respect of your teammates is something you can control, even if the title isn't. Do ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 20, 2014 8:35 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: individual stats and Georgia tournaments
Replies: 15
Views: 6112

Re: individual stats and Georgia tournaments

Things I can think of that individual stats are really useful for: 1) self-motivation 2) comparison of your performance in event A to event B 3) winning an individual stat title at an event Personally, I like to keep individual stats at events because I know a lot of people like to check their indiv...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 20, 2014 1:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzzers!
Replies: 16
Views: 6810

Re: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzze

All three fields are now full. A waitlist is available.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE HAVE HAD TO CHANGE OUR PACKET TO IS-140. We regret inconvenience this may cause. Teams have been notified directly of this change as well.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Oct 17, 2014 10:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzzers!
Replies: 16
Views: 6810

Re: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzze

Field update. One spot remains available in varsity and one in novice. JV is now full and we have started a waitlist.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 8738

Re: Things that make a good tournament

Perfect. That was eluding me for some reason, but I appreciate having this community to draw on for support.
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 15, 2014 3:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 8738

Re: Things that make a good tournament

OK, so I'm looking for some input on the question of how to best set up a middle-sized tourney (32 teams) so that I can make the following things happen: 1) Rebracketing for playoffs to make afternoon games available to everyone and roughly equal in competitive ability 2) Avoiding the possibility of...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 15, 2014 9:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzzers!
Replies: 16
Views: 6810

Re: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzze

Field updated as of the cutoff date for guaranteed admission to the tournament. Fields are almost full at all three levels, so if you are interested, secure a spot quickly!

Once you have signed up, you will receive a link to a google form to complete registration. Thank you!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 06, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzzers!
Replies: 16
Views: 6810

Re: 10th HIT - Hoover, AL 11-1-2014 ->Win a new set of buzze

Field update for 10/6, plus announcement of a FREE SET OF BUZZERS TO BE GIVEN AWAY AT THIS TOURNAMENT!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2014-15
Replies: 83
Views: 25426

Re: Alabama 2014-15

I'd like to try to get a better sense of what grade all these players are in in general. It is hard to judge a team from year to year when you don't really know who is coming back and who isn't. If you are a coach or player on one of Alabama's teams and you read this thread, would you please post a ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Oct 01, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CATT X (Johns Creek, GA) - 12/13/14
Replies: 12
Views: 6359

Re: CATT X (Johns Creek, GA) - 12/13/14

Hoover (AL) would like to register one team.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Sep 30, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Things that make a good tournament
Replies: 15
Views: 8738

Things that make a good tournament

Just some thoughts as we move into tournament season. I have a lot of new coaches and teams in our state, and several of the younger coaches are trying to host events. I thought perhaps we could make a list of basic things here to keep in mind when you run an event. I know that a TD guide was in the...