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by Saiem
Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Yes, it's another thread about math
Replies: 102
Views: 23805

Re: Yes, it's another thread about math

You're never going to come up with 15-30 questions per tournament that find a new gimmick and avoid number crunching. The other major problem with math calculation, besides its disconnect from pyramidal tossup structure, is that there's really only a few dozen things you can ask about given length ...
by Saiem
Thu Mar 13, 2008 1:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FSU HS Tournament on April 5th in Tallahassee, Florida
Replies: 7
Views: 1484

Re: FSU HS Tournament on April 5th in Tallahassee, Florida

Rickards is probably one or two. I will get back to you later today or so.
by Saiem
Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Frequency lists
Replies: 34
Views: 9304

Re: Frequency lists

Where could one get ahold of the ACE lists?
by Saiem
Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: FSU HS Tournament on April 5th in Tallahassee, Florida
Replies: 7
Views: 1484

Re: Possible HS Tournament at FSU (Tallahassee, FL)

yeah actually, I'd do that. Edit: I can't personally do the PACE set... unless there is a second one that is cycling around that wasn't used at the Gulf Coast Tourney on February 2nd. I would prefer something more academic. The sectionals one might be okay. Or IS 72/74, whatevs. All of them seem lik...
by Saiem
Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:48 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Regionals discussion
Replies: 79
Views: 33994

Not to beat a dead horse, but like Euler Lines generally not heard of in any regular high school curriculum. But then again, most geometry classes usually only learn how to coordinate bash how to find the orthocenter, circumcenter, centroid and all that. It isn't too common to find Euler lines in to...
by Saiem
Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 3107

They were used at the Gulf Coast tournament in Pensacola on the 2nd.

It was a pretty good set, I have to say.
by Saiem
Fri Feb 15, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 3107

FSU has expressed interest in holding a tournament, and is currently asking for open dates. Honestly, I would really really not like for the UF tournament to be on the 29th. It is the state tournament, and most of the pan handle teams would not attend due to spring break. In addition, it is the same...
by Saiem
Tue Feb 12, 2008 12:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DATE CHANGE (03/22-29/03) at South Fork (Stuart, FL)
Replies: 4
Views: 918

:mad:

uh I just talked to the UF tournament director and they were apparently forced into moving their tournament from the 1st to the 22nd.

Ugh.
by Saiem
Fri Feb 08, 2008 9:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Gulf Coast Academic Inv. Tournament (02/02/08)
Replies: 2
Views: 773

Erg. This tournament was so frustrating without a full team. Though, we may have fielded the most hardcore colored team there. Actually though, I enjoyed the tournament questions for the most part. Very academic, which was appreciated. The lit was pretty easy, which was really really appreciated haha.
by Saiem
Sun Jan 27, 2008 8:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Alabama '07-'08
Replies: 191
Views: 51809

Rickards would be more than willing to have a registration fee as low as 40 dollars per team if Brindlee or Scotsboro came to our tournament on the 16th. Same applies with pretty much any team from way up in Alabama.
by Saiem
Sun Jan 27, 2008 5:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: South Florida Tournament ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3706

Unfortunately, that is the same date as our prom, so Rickards probably won't attend. I just found this out very recently. But I don't know about other schools. I will ask around at our next tournament. And also, a march 28-29 tournament is the beginning of our spring break, which is a huge factor fo...
by Saiem
Thu Jan 17, 2008 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rickards Spring QB Tournament (2/16/08) Tallahassee, FL
Replies: 1
Views: 599

Rickards Spring QB Tournament (2/16/08) Tallahassee, FL

Dear Brain Bowl Coaches, It’s that time of year again! James S. Rickards High School will be hosting its Spring Invitational on Saturday, February 16th, and we’d be excited if your school could attend. We want this to be the premier competition for everyone, so schools are encouraged to bring mu...
by Saiem
Thu Jan 10, 2008 2:02 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: South Florida Tournament ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3706

Have you all ever gotten an invitation from one of the many Rickards tournaments over the past few years? We have a large and often copied mailing list. If you have not, I will send one to you. Speaking of which Rickards is having a tournament on February 16. You guys should absolutely come. March 2...
by Saiem
Fri Jan 04, 2008 5:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: South Florida Tournament ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3706

It is not spring break for us.
by Saiem
Sat Dec 22, 2007 3:16 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Nole Bowl III: Terror and Decorum
Replies: 13
Views: 3952

yeah billy, rickards or a tally hs team will be fielded.
by Saiem
Thu Dec 20, 2007 9:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: RESULTS: Novice Invitational at USF 10/29/07
Replies: 2
Views: 1538

Hey is there any way to get ahold of the questions used at this tournament?

- saiem gilani, Rickards high school

EDIT: My bad, its an NAQT set. I didn't realize.
by Saiem
Thu Dec 20, 2007 7:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: South Florida Tournament ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3706

There are technically two state tournaments. There is the NAQT State Tournament at UF tentatively set for March 1. There is also the Commisioners Academic Challenge at like Disney World or something, which is usually a big deal.

March 8 shouldn't be too bad for Rickards as far as I can tell.
by Saiem
Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: South Florida Tournament ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3706

I think Rickards would be willing to come. However, April in general is a bad time due to the fact that the state tourney is in April, state JCL is in April, State math competition is in April, and the list goes on of state tournaments. I would suggest a date change to either March 8, January 12/19/...
by Saiem
Tue Dec 18, 2007 2:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The 2008 Bulldog Brawl at Cedar Shoals (Feb 2, 2008)
Replies: 14
Views: 3891

Rickards is considering bringing at least 1 team. Two if there is space.
by Saiem
Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 2007-2008
Replies: 268
Views: 59369

I've been looking at the gataquizbowl schedule and notice that you only have a JV tournament for the Feb 16 Saturday. Would any of you like to come down to lovely Tallahassee for the Rickards High Spring Tournament? I'm sure I'll make an announcement soon enough on the message board, but I would lik...
by Saiem
Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida 2007-08
Replies: 23
Views: 8677

There was alot to love or hate with this tournament. The lines of communication were clearly very sketchy since it appeared that noone was responding to emails or answering the messageboards. Personally Rickards didn't have too much of a problem with this since we've been pretty familiar with the to...
by Saiem
Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UPDATE: UF Fall HS Tournament 12/7-12/8 2007
Replies: 12
Views: 4426

yeah also, sign rickards up for 4 teams, if it hasn't already been noted. i mean we might drop down to 3, but there isn't a high probability of that.
by Saiem
Sun Nov 11, 2007 6:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UPDATE: UF Fall HS Tournament 12/7-12/8 2007
Replies: 12
Views: 4426

$110?!?!

Well... that may make bringing 4 teams pretty unfeasible.
by Saiem
Sun Nov 04, 2007 2:31 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida 2007-08
Replies: 23
Views: 8677

FSU Tournament Results 1st Pensacola A 2nd Florida High 3rd Chiles A 4th Leon A 5th Maclay 6th Lincoln A 7th Rickards A 8th Hardee A? Uh so basically, Pensacola was totally owning the entire tournament, which was pretty amazing. They lost to Lincoln once, which was a fluke. Florida High is nothing s...
by Saiem
Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Worst Match Ever
Replies: 45
Views: 11813

At a somewhat recent tournament, at the Florida State championship for NAQT, there was a huge disparity in the field. There were three to five obviously good teams, and then 2 dozen or so terrible teams. Rickards sent a 2 person team (consisting of myself and our best player). At the beginning of th...
by Saiem
Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How do YOU fundraise?
Replies: 30
Views: 8072

I'm pretty interested in this dodgeball tournament idea.

a) who all competed? students from your school, teachers, students from other schools?

b) why were there cops?

c) what about like liability waivers and things of that nature? how did you get around it?

d) thats a ridiculously awesome idea.
by Saiem
Tue Oct 02, 2007 8:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida State University HS Tournament (11/3/07)
Replies: 16
Views: 6630

Billy, I could not be more in love with you right now.
by Saiem
Tue Oct 02, 2007 12:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: North Carolina '07-'08
Replies: 58
Views: 19125

If anyone from NC is interested in a tournament on the 12th-13th of October, please consider the Rickards Fall Tournament in Tallahassee, FL. I notice that there isn't a set date on the NC schedule. Its an NAQT tournament. IS-70
by Saiem
Sat Sep 22, 2007 12:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rickards Fall Tournament (10/12-13/07) Tallahassee, FL
Replies: 3
Views: 2059

We can't really change our date, though its not working out so well on our end either. But we're going to carry on and hope for the best. With 3 weeks left to register the field is looking like: School-Varsity-JV Leon High School - 2 - 1 Lincoln High School - 1 - 1 Wakulla High School - 1 - 1 Robert...
by Saiem
Wed Sep 19, 2007 9:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buying Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 4155

hey, come to the rickards tournament on Oct. 12th and 13th. NAQT tournament (IS-70). That means you can buy those questions, and questions from all our previous tournaments. As for slightly lower quality questions than NAQT, I'd suggest Straight A Quiz Questions. We bought a packet of 500 questions ...
by Saiem
Tue Aug 28, 2007 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rickards Fall Tournament (10/12-13/07) Tallahassee, FL
Replies: 3
Views: 2059

Rickards Fall Tournament (10/12-13/07) Tallahassee, FL

Dear Brain Bowl Sponsor, It’s that time of year again! James S. Rickards High School will be hosting its fall invitational on Friday, October 12 through Saturday, October 13, and we would be excited if your school could attend. We want this to be the premier competition for everyone, so schools ar...
by Saiem
Wed Aug 15, 2007 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational math in high school quizbowl
Replies: 73
Views: 78689

Hmm, fair enough. It just helps to have a setting. I just don't see how I can give much more insight into the problem without flat out saying "Hey, use this really cool formula that you should know." If I were house-writing a tournament, I'd definitely let a question like that slide since there isn'...
by Saiem
Wed Aug 15, 2007 6:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational math in high school quizbowl
Replies: 73
Views: 78689

You know... I'm beginning to think that they are not one and the same. The shoelace theorem is derived from the box product of a bunch of vectors. It shouldn't really be called a theorem.. so much as a method. basically any time you're given a bunch of points take the determinant of this matrix: x1 ...
by Saiem
Wed Aug 15, 2007 12:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational math in high school quizbowl
Replies: 73
Views: 78689

What is the official name of the shoelace theorem? The only thing I could think of is pick's theorem. Other awesome names for math things: Chicken McNugget Theorem (real cool/simple concept that could be used in brain bowl) Simon's Favorite Factoring Trick (this guy didn't come up with it. However, ...
by Saiem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 11:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational math in high school quizbowl
Replies: 73
Views: 78689

Basically allows you to compute the area of any figure in coordinates real quick. i.e. Find the area of the figure bounded by the points (1,1), (1,4), and (5,1) I'd quickly just line them up like this: 1 1 1 4 5 1 1 1 absolute value [ (1*4 +1*1 + 5*1) - ( 1*1 + 4*5 + 1*1)] divided by two. = 6. Multi...
by Saiem
Tue Aug 14, 2007 1:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational math in high school quizbowl
Replies: 73
Views: 78689

A shoelace theorem question would be absolutely delightful in an NAQT format. Thats a real math type topic. Or even a question that involved vectors with the same motivation. How do people feel about multiple questions proposed testing the same concept, and with the same numerical answer? "Given thr...
by Saiem
Mon Aug 13, 2007 10:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational math in high school quizbowl
Replies: 73
Views: 78689

10 if you know the question before the question is over. I like alot of NAQT style where they ask the question, and then tell you how to solve it, allowing you to still potentially get power if you know how to solve it. Otherwise, I'd go with 15. Just a personal opinion. If the question is like "28 ...
by Saiem
Thu Jul 26, 2007 3:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Computational math in high school quizbowl
Replies: 73
Views: 78689

As someone else said in a previous post, my problem with the compuational math questions is the lack of variety. If you memorize how to do the 15 or so odd math questions that they love to ask, you can proclaim yourself a quizbowl math expert. Don't worry, we'll all applaud. There are a number of co...
by Saiem
Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida 2007-08
Replies: 23
Views: 8677

I'll keep you informed about a middle school tournament. The only other middle school tournament I can think of is the Tallahassee Democrat Big Bend Brain Bowl tournament. Really easy questions, even for middle school, though they do a better job with middle school than with their high school tourna...
by Saiem
Wed Jul 25, 2007 8:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: UF High School Fall/Delta Burke Mirror, 11/30 & 12/1
Replies: 6
Views: 2633

I assume that will be assimilated into the FSU Hatin question distribution of 1/1 somehow.
by Saiem
Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida 2007-08
Replies: 23
Views: 8677

I will respond to Billy first, cause his statements are the only ones I really know about. Ransom Everglades is pretty dang good from what I saw at the UF Spring tournament. They were certainly beatable though. I'm just wondering how sophomores could be that good. Its a really scary thought to think...
by Saiem
Fri Jul 20, 2007 3:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Ideal HS Packet Distribution
Replies: 46
Views: 15762

I also wish that NAQT would bump up their Fine Arts Distribution. 4/4 Literature 4/4 Science/Conceptual Mathematics (i.e. Physics, Chem, Bio, Math Concept, earth/space science, etc.) 4/4 SS (History, Sociology) 2/2 RMP (as much as I love powering Myth questions, its far too gettable) 3/3 FA 1/1 Comp...
by Saiem
Sun Jul 01, 2007 4:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Panasonic Results
Replies: 149
Views: 48916

Sorry if I'm a bit delayed in responding about FL tournaments... but as a student at Rickards - one of the more competitive teams in the panhandle - I must say that the reason we don't go to more tournaments is largely due to sponsors. That isn't inherently their fault, but its honestly alot of hass...
by Saiem
Fri Jun 29, 2007 10:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Florida State University HS Tournament (11/3/07)
Replies: 16
Views: 6630

hey don't forget about the Rickards tournament. we're holding a two day tournament. Billy! we need to talk in that case.
by Saiem
Fri Mar 02, 2007 1:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rickards Spring Invitational (3/16-17/07) in Tallahassee, FL
Replies: 2
Views: 1654

As of March 2nd (3/2/07) the following teams have signed up: School-JV-Varsity-Total OWCC - 1 - 1 - 2 (we need confirmation on this) Cairo - 2 - 0 - 2 Hardee - 1 - 1 - 2 Wakulla - 1 - 1 - 2 Buchholz - 2 - 2 - 4 Vero Beach - 1 - 2 - 3 Taylor County - 0 - 1 - 1 Niceville - 1 - 1 - 2 St. Lucie West Cen...
by Saiem
Fri Feb 09, 2007 1:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rickards Spring Invitational (3/16-17/07) in Tallahassee, FL
Replies: 2
Views: 1654

As of Friday February 9 (2/9/07) the following teams have signed up:

OWCC (2)
Wakulla (2)
Hardee (2)
Cairo (2)

The following schools have expressed interest in coming:
Lincoln
Chiles
Buchholz
Taylor County
by Saiem
Mon Feb 05, 2007 4:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Rickards Spring Invitational (3/16-17/07) in Tallahassee, FL
Replies: 2
Views: 1654

Rickards Spring Invitational (3/16-17/07) in Tallahassee, FL

Dear Brain Bowl Sponsor, It’s that time of year again! James S. Rickards High School will be hosting its spring invitational on Friday, March 16th through Saturday, March 17th, and we’d be excited if your school could attend. We want this to be the premier competition for everyone, so schools ar...