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by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Mar 20, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Welcome to the forums! To echo what Brett said, making it to State is a big deal in and of itself. That’s a place to start and to take pride in. That said, when you go to state, you are always going to have to play the best teams, but why can’t Enterprise be one of the best teams? There are three th...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Help Me Justify a Quizbowl Class?
Replies: 4
Views: 2726

Re: Help Me Justify a Quizbowl Class?

You might have more luck by looking at your competitive math team, if you have one; such teams often have their own class period to practice and study more advanced material. I found that starting small was a good way to get a foot in the door until the opportunity for a full period presented itself...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Mar 14, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7130

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

This week, you can learn more about Max Planck and Carl Jung from our Qwiz5 resources.

Is there something you'd like us to create a Qwiz5 on? Let us know!
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7130

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

New this week at Qwiz5:

Boston Tea Party
One Hundred Years of Solitude

Learn more at http://www.qwizbowl.com/qwiz5!
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:15 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Qwiz Camps are hiring for Summer 2019!
Replies: 0
Views: 1916

Qwiz Camps are hiring for Summer 2019!

Moderators: I'm not sure if this is the best place to post this, but we want to reach out to the college/grad community, and this seems like the best forum match for the College level. Apologies if it belongs elsewhere. [ Collegiate Discussion seems like a better fit. --mgmt ] Qwiz is now accepting ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sat Mar 02, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps are now hiring!
Replies: 0
Views: 2162

Qwiz Camps are now hiring!

Qwiz is now accepting applications to work at our 2019 summer camps! Because we are committed to offering the best possible camp experience for our campers, we are looking for applicants who share our love of quizbowl, have a variety of skill sets, and want to be part of something special. Duties of...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 5728

Re: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Congratulations to JOYCE LI of Eastside High School in Covington, GA, the February winner of a free registration for Qwiz Camp!

We still have free camp registrations to give, so visit the Qwiz website to enter for the March drawing!
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7130

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Added to Qwiz5 this week:

George Seurat
Brown v. Board of Education
Their Eyes Were Watching G-d

Check them out at Qwiz5 at our site, and happy Qwizzing!
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 25, 2019 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Question 1: Virtually no chance of splitting the dates for Div 1 and Div 2.

Question 2: Changes of that sort are all discussed and handled over the summer.

Here's some stats for you:

ASCA Districts - Jeff State

MS State

JV State

ES State is being entered and should be up in a day or so.
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Congrats to Hoover! I heard that Kapil was excellent. I’ll just take a moment to plug Altamont for improving from 6th to 2nd from 2018 to 2019. I’m looking forward to a Varsity Hoover rematch (with the A-squad present). Hoover and Altamont should be quite a matchup, and the matches between those tw...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 24, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

At Hoover High, Mr. Caine will be taking over the head coaching duties, with help from Mr. Hamley. As far as the state MS/JV/ES tourney goes, I think that given the size of the ES field now and the quality JV players out there, ASCA will be looking closely at breaking these events up somewhat. We kn...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 24, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Congratulations to the winners from yesterday’s state events: Middle School champions Liberty Middle School Elementary School champions Opelika Middle School JV Champions Hoover High School Varsity championships will be this April. As for Division II, I think that the top four are Miller, Good Hope,...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 5728

Re: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Just a reminder- our first drawing deadline for entry is this Thursday, so show us how you Qwiz before then for your chance at free camp this year! Visit our website for details.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Feb 19, 2019 3:43 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7130

Re: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Qwiz now has the following Qwiz5 entries available as free resources: Zoroastrianism A Doll's House Ramses the Great Prime Numbers Cupid James K. Polk You can check these out here ! We hope they are useful to you as you study! If there's a topic you'd like to see us do a Qwiz5 on, please let us know...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

ASCA District Results - State Qualifiers from each district: Athens: Sparkman, Grissom (Div 1), Elkmont (Div. 2) Bevil: Demopolis (Div 1), Lamar County (Div 2) Central: Sylacauga (Div 1), Leeds (Div 2) Coastal: Alma Bryant (Div 1) Enterprise: Enterprise (Div 1), T. R. Miller (Div 2) Gadsden: Gadsden...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Feb 05, 2019 3:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?
Replies: 5
Views: 5728

Want to go to Qwiz Camp for FREE this summer?

Hey, folks! Do you love quizbowl? Do you want to check out Qwiz Camp? Here's your chance! Qwiz is giving away five free camp registrations for this summer! Want a chance to claim one? It's easy! Just "Show us how you Qwiz!" Snap a selfie with your friends having fun with quizbowl, get out on social ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread
Replies: 13
Views: 7130

Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials Resource Thread

Ready to power more tossups? Tired of thinking “How did they get that?” after your opponent buzzes? Qwiz is ready to help! Today we are launching our Qwiz5 Quizbowl Essentials, a free resource to help you boost your game! In each Qwiz5 installment, we’ll explore an answer line and its five most freq...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Jan 21, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Congratulations to Liberty Middle School, who defeated Discovery Middle School in the Hoover MS Melee this past Saturday. Liberty averaged over 600 points per game in this tournament, and won handily in each match, even against other strong teams. They are a very strong team that ought to be plannin...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Results are in, but individual scores are not. Those are awaiting processing by one of the board members, who has to enter all the matches into SQBS when he gets a couple free hours. Expect them shortly, but not immediately.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Jan 15, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 165
Views: 96603

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Joshua, this is an odd error. I got the same results, and even tried doing a little fiddling to get something back that was more usable. When I went to the stats to see what I could learn, it appears to me that what happened with these matches is that your scorekeeper or your data person who did the...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 165
Views: 96603

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

If you could be a bit more specific, I might be able to help. Alternatively, if you give full rights to my account (jrutsky), I will look at the event from here and see if I can figure out what is happening.
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Dec 13, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Currently , Liberty is definitely the best middle school team in AL. At today's Decatur Middle School tournament, Liberty finished prelims with ~550 ppg, and the closest competitor was Baldwin with ~440 ppg. Liberty continued to sweep the playoffs and got 1st, even without Ethan Xu, one of their co...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Probably, yes. Field update: Monrovia Middle : 3 teams, no buzzers Gadsden Middle : 4 teams, 1 buzzer Highlands School: 2 teams, 1 buzzer Thompson Middle: 1 team, 1 buzzer West Point Middle: 3 teams, 2 buzzers Haleyville Middle: 4 teams, no buzzers Opelika Middle: 2 teams, no buzzers Columbiana Midd...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Here is an update on the Hoover Middle School Melee , which is near capacity at this time. As we are currently almost full, we are asking coaches to please double-check your reservation on the list below, and update it if necessary. We understand that there are times when you are planning far in adv...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

According to the ASCA MS Rules , The moderator shall not read the correct answers. At the LAMP Fun Tournament last month, there was a particular worksheet where the question was looking for Black Thursday, as in the beginning of the Great Depression. However, the answer was listed as Black Friday. ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Nov 22, 2018 1:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Would it be plausable for ASCA to write good, letter categorized worksheets and distribute them to tournaments that use worksheets? I feel like that this would be a good way to make sure that at least we have good quality worksheets (for however long we still have to have them). Short answer: No, f...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 4:41 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg5 to SQBS Parser
Replies: 10
Views: 7861

Re: Neg5 to SQBS Parser

All of the errors I get are syntax errors.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 6418

Qwiz Camps - Summer 2019

We are excited to announce the launch of Qwiz Camps! Our mission is to provide a place where people who love quizbowl can learn, compete, and make friends, all with the help of experienced staff members who care about teaching as well as winning. Quizbowl season runs from September to June, but what...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg5 to SQBS Parser
Replies: 10
Views: 7861

Re: Neg5 to SQBS Parser

I have tried to do this multiple times, and I keep getting syntax errors when entering the command to launch the parser. My QBJ file is titled HIT, and my json file is HITSET; would you please post the syntax as it should be entered into the python prompt using these names to see if I'm making a big...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: What Constitutes Good Moderating
Replies: 10
Views: 7764

Re: What Constitutes Good Moderating

Just off the top of my head, I like three things in a moderator: consistency, confidence, and clarity. When we hold events, I try to remind moderators to count anything involving timing with generous hand gestures to make sure everyone sees that they are doing so in a consistent manner from toss-up ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Last update from Sylacuaga on field - Arab High School- 1 team, 1 buzzer set Hoover High School- 4 teams, 3 buzzer sets Shelby County High School- 1 team, 0 buzzers Smiths Station High School- 2 teams, 2 buzzers sets Southside High School- 1 team, 0 buzzers Spain Park High School- 2 teams, 0 buzzers...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

What about LAMP? LAMP has two strong sophomores, Ani Harishankar and Jenny Baek, specializing in History and literature respectively. Both really good players, especially Jenny, who could be neck and neck with Claire Tumlin as 2nd best lit player in state. Still, I haven't seen them play this year,...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018
Replies: 9
Views: 3756

Re: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018

Sorry about the lack of field updates. The field was in flux all the way to the night before the event. Quick results: Novice - Spain Park d. Woodford County for the championship. JV - Altamont and Oak Mountain finished tied for first by agreement due to the late hour; James Clemens and Smiths Stati...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Nov 11, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Sure. Basically, Kuleen Sasse, Lewis Fuller, Kapil Nathan, Mackenzie Ensley, Andy Schwebel, and Joseph Katz are extremely strong players. We didn't get to see what would likely have been the best match of the day at HIT JV, the Altamont/Oak Mountain match, because of the late hour stoppage, but Alta...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Nov 06, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 13291

Re: Player tossup etiquette

I'd also point out that under PACE's NSC rules, it is considered unsportsmanlike and persons doing it can be ejected from a match by the moderator.
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Oct 26, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Iowa 2018-19
Replies: 2
Views: 2528

Re: Iowa 2018-19

Coach:

What set was the IQBL event on the 6th played on? Are there any stats or results available?

Thanks!
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19 (update)
Replies: 28
Views: 11174

Re: NAQT eligibility changes for 2018-19

Please count me among those who are confused as to the reason this change was needed. Is NAQT concerned that someone who is taking night school or GED classes, and is technically enrolled at a high school, would be able to play under existing rules? Is the theoretical number of people who might abus...
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Oct 09, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 165
Views: 96603

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

OK, so I don't know if this is going to motivate anyone anywhere to do anything with this project, but I'm still hopeful that there is a person out there willing to take it on, so I'll give it a shot. ASCA, the Alabama Scholastic Competition Association, has undergone a number of changes in the past...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Oct 07, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Setting up team for success & dealing with internal issues
Replies: 6
Views: 8744

Re: Setting up team for success & dealing with internal issues

Francesca, not to take away from your solution or to bring more problems in, but your situation (the only female player on a team of male players, with issues with a male player who feels like he should be captain), is an all-too-common one faced by women in quizbowl. In addition to the good advice ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Oct 05, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Ethan, I think it is also important for you to note that there is a difference between an ASCA event and an invitational. Invitational tournaments that use worksheets write them on their own or contract with someone; ASCA only writes the worksheets for the ASCA district and state tournaments. I beli...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

Short answer: Worksheets are the remnants of the old format ASCA used years ago. We voted to eliminate them from the JV/HS level last year, but left them in place in Middle at the request of a plurality of polled coaches. Although they are not good quizbowl as defined within the context of the quizb...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018
Replies: 9
Views: 3756

Re: 14th Hoover Invitational Tournament (Hoover, AL) 11/10/2018

Field Update: Altamont 1/2 Indian Springs 2/2 Oxford 0/1 Whitesburg Christian 1/0 Oak Mountain 1/2 Vestavia Hills 1/1 Spain Park 1/1 St. Bernard 1/0 American Christian Academy 1/1 Mountain Brook 2/0 Smiths Station 1/1 Grissom 1/0 Sylacauga 1/1 Woodford, KY 3/2 Evangel Classical 0/1 LAMP 1/0 Helena 1...
by Joshua Rutsky
Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: List of Essential Resources (alpha)
Replies: 19
Views: 27228

Re: List of Essential Resources (alpha)

I assume you are talking about the "You Gotta Know" guides, not the frequency or Power Up materials they produce, as those are a commercial product. If that's the case, you can go directly to NAQT's web site and use your right click to download the pages in question.
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Sep 25, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 13291

Re: Player tossup etiquette

No. In this case, you are using the clock as part of your game, but your taking the full allotted time to answer and "running clock" in doing so is something you are doing that is neither a fraud on your part nor an attempt to unfairly or misleadingly affect the other team. It is a strategy that bot...
by Joshua Rutsky
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Player tossup etiquette
Replies: 23
Views: 13291

Re: Player tossup etiquette

If you are tempted to use "buzzer fakes", loud whispering of incorrect answers with your teammates, deliberate overacting or showiness, or any other type of psychological or so-called "gamesmanship" practices, DON'T. I have actually had people tell me that they were coached to answer quietly and to ...
by Joshua Rutsky
Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Middle School Quizbowl Announcements & Discussion
Topic: Hoover Middle School Melee 1/19/2019 (NMMS2)
Replies: 0
Views: 1434

Hoover Middle School Melee 1/19/2019 (NMMS2)

Coaches: We would like to officially invite you to register your team(s) for the Hoover Middle School Melee 2019! This tournament will be held on JANUARY 19th, 2019. MSM will be played on NMMS 2, a set provided by David Jones and the Northmont, Ohio Quiz Bowl team. David is an experienced writer/edi...
by Joshua Rutsky
Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT
Replies: 7
Views: 4255

Re: Looking for host sites for 2019 NASAT & Pop Culture National

Fred, it might be really helpful here to provide some data from previous NASATs - specifically, what was the rough attendance last year, how many rooms did the tourney itself use, and what was the staffer count?
by Joshua Rutsky
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama 2018-2019
Replies: 94
Views: 32002

Re: Alabama 2018-2019

A tweet from the NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament sparked discussion this summer about the role of girls in quiz bowl (#girlsinquizbowl). The ASCA board members who met this summer felt strongly that, while girls are well represented on many of our teams, we could do more to encou...