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by First Chairman
Mon May 18, 2009 12:22 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Bringing Laptop to Tournaments
Replies: 14
Views: 2323

Re: Bringing Laptop to Tournaments

Random odd question: will a netbook count as a laptop? Do we have enough experience with these things? I certainly also have concerns about being able to secure the laptop at tournaments, but netbooks are smaller and even easier to walk away with. Certainly I also have confidential information that ...
by First Chairman
Wed May 13, 2009 3:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NAQT HSNCT
Replies: 349
Views: 79799

Re: 2009 NAQT HSNCT

Bad Boy Bill wrote:So I decided I'd make up a Google Map. Must have been bored today or something.

Sorry for anyone whose address is listed incorrectly.
Has anyone made a map for PACE NSC yet?
by First Chairman
Wed May 06, 2009 4:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks?
Replies: 47
Views: 5188

Re: Bouncebacks?

Following late on the "full point value on bouncebacks" issue... 1. Technically many places just defer to calling bonuses "bonuses" because of the structure of the matches being similar to standard tossup/bonus. 2. Bouncebacks are not always at full-value, and there are issues with having bounceback...
by First Chairman
Tue May 05, 2009 8:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bouncebacks?
Replies: 47
Views: 5188

Re: Bouncebacks?

For Riley, and based on observations and theory from NSC and other bounceback formats: It's probably quality of teams at PACE NSC. I think for two strong teams, bouncebacks keep everyone involved and focused, though for the most part the game feels more like a standard toss/bonus style game. For two...
by First Chairman
Mon May 04, 2009 12:40 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 13394

Re: 2009 NTAE

While this may have to suffice to satisfy anyone who is worried, PACE NSC will most likely adhere to whatever actions taken by George Mason University on emergency situations. The latest communication simply notes that University officials are monitoring things and letting the University community k...
by First Chairman
Fri Apr 24, 2009 11:46 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 NTAE
Replies: 57
Views: 13394

Re: 2009 NTAE

I presume most of the budget came from the state of Florida or their Department of Education. I'd be worried about the foreclosure crisis ruining the budget, but I'm also fairly sure the NTAE folks already put down a contract for use with Disney way ahead of time.
by First Chairman
Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HS tournament at RPI
Replies: 5
Views: 874

Re: HS tournament at RPI

If I remember, there was a small TV-based set of teams between Rochester and Albany. I don't remember how good they were, but it was difficult in the pre-Web 2.0 days to get any interest (to Cleveland). That said, I don't know if there was any success at Cornell or any central NY programs on this.
by First Chairman
Mon Apr 13, 2009 10:00 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Protest Resolution: Best Practices?
Replies: 22
Views: 2746

Re: Protest Resolution: Best Practices?

Late to discussion: protest resolution committee rosters should be declared ahead of time, either at the first team meeting or on paper at the start. A process for declaring a formal protest and situations should obviously be clearly articulated. Ideally, I would want the committee to consist of sub...
by First Chairman
Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 PACE NSC: Field Full
Replies: 11
Views: 3223

Re: 2009 PACE NSC: Only 10 Spots Left!

Also, depending on your school's schedule, Monday is Memorial Day.
by First Chairman
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Monroe Academic TournamenT at James Monroe (5/16/09)
Replies: 66
Views: 10017

Re: Unnamed tournament at James Monroe (5/16/09)

hwhite wrote:TJ should be there with a nonzero amount of teams.
As long as n > 0... ;)
by First Chairman
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:13 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Illinois '08-'09
Replies: 1271
Views: 156218

Re: Illinois '08-'09

Insert applause with standing ovation.
by First Chairman
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: San Diego Academic League Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 19805

Re: San Diego Academic League Questions

If the rules are this entertaining (tongue-in-cheek), I'd love to see some of these "questions"... though if they are archived for future use, in theory we will never be able to have these questions posted on this site. Thus, is there a rule regarding destroying all scratch paper, or no recording of...
by First Chairman
Tue Apr 07, 2009 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The Road to NAC 2009
Replies: 35
Views: 4909

Re: The Road to NAC 2009

Just wondering: who sponsored your trip? Should we help you point out how attending PACE NSC or NAQT HSCT is much more cost-effective?
by First Chairman
Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:07 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: San Diego Academic League Questions
Replies: 44
Views: 19805

Re: San Diego Academic League Questions

Decathlon is nothing like Quiz Bowl, but that doesn't mean you can't have your own circuit. Many other parts of the country do this successfully as long as the powers that have full buy-in from your administration don't try to squelch it. You can also get other questions for practice like HSAPQ, NAQ...
by First Chairman
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Judging difficulty.
Replies: 6
Views: 1518

Re: Judging difficulty.

Matt hits a concept regarding answer space that is very important: ultimately most of your answers have to be recognizable by the middle 50% of the players in the field for a regular tournament. No student is going to ALWAYS want to learn about something he/she hasn't heard of unless there is an obv...
by First Chairman
Wed Apr 01, 2009 6:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Costs
Replies: 8
Views: 1574

Re: Costs

I wanted to briefly mention that I've worked with Zeecraft this year to offer a modest discount for teams that will be attending the NSC 2009 competition and all programs that host a PACE-affiliated tournament. I'd say that if you have a competition that would be eligible for PACE affiliation, conta...
by First Chairman
Tue Mar 31, 2009 3:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2009 PACE NSC: Field Full
Replies: 11
Views: 3223

Re: 2009 PACE NSC: Registration is Open

No specific hotel for teams (PACE will secure its own block for staff). But I will note that since it is Mem Day weekend, Rolling Thunder might be booking some rooms in the area for their participants. The hotel list they've given out to their members: http://www.rollingthunder1.com/PDFs/RT%20XXII%2...
by First Chairman
Tue Mar 17, 2009 5:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl II (3/14 + 3/15/09, Fairfax, VA)
Replies: 118
Views: 45381

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl II (3/14 + 3/15/09, Fairfax, VA)

Thank you all for your feedback on the PACE format. I know I am always interested since I had the history of trying to come up with it based on taking elements of various game formats that were popular 10 years ago and creating something new and hopefully more fair. I am reading and interested in yo...
by First Chairman
Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT vice president for communication
Replies: 55
Views: 6826

Re: NAQT vice president for communication

Congratulations!
by First Chairman
Tue Mar 10, 2009 3:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distributions posted
Replies: 23
Views: 2653

Re: NAQT distributions posted

bt_green_warbler wrote:NAQT is pleased to announce that our distribution is now available on naqt.com.

High school distribution
If it hasn't been said enough (and it should be said more), thank you.
by First Chairman
Sun Feb 15, 2009 10:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I hate you guys
Replies: 5
Views: 1386

Re: I hate you guys

There is always Despondex.
by First Chairman
Thu Jan 29, 2009 8:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Getting coaches to care
Replies: 38
Views: 4692

Re: Getting coaches to care

Without reading everyone else's responses (okay I quick-scanned them)... just saying I may repeat stuff. I won't discuss specific details of BG MSL's situation, but I guess I can give some perspective. 1. How do we get coaches like this to come to tournaments on weekends? Obviously it's a question o...
by First Chairman
Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2nd Annual Junior NAC
Replies: 12
Views: 1571

Re: 2nd Annual Junior NAC

I do think it's worth a discussion, but there are going to be some other issues where middle school coaches must be included in any discussion. The question that I can think of right now is timing and the legal issues of traveling with even younger students (and their parents) than we are accustomed...
by First Chairman
Tue Jan 20, 2009 4:13 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)
Replies: 23
Views: 15014

Re: Timing tournaments well (with added lunch placement talk)

I am catching this thread late, so consider this obsolete if we've tread this path already. I do think that a 20/20 round should plan for about 30 minutes each, and that a lunch break occurs at halfway through prelims. But what makes a tournament run really well is the training imparted beyond just ...
by First Chairman
Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RFC: Dealing with middle school parents
Replies: 8
Views: 1128

Re: RFC: Dealing with middle school parents

I'd throw all adults from that school out of game rooms throughout the rest of the tournament. I'd make it clear also in the team meetings that such behavior is tantamount to cheating, and no one wants cheating in sports or academic competitions. The other thing is set up the rooms so that the stude...
by First Chairman
Mon Jan 19, 2009 12:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tournaments Affiliated With 2009 PACE NSC - Updated 03/30
Replies: 66
Views: 14717

Re: Tournaments Affiliated With 2009 PACE NSC - Updated 1/19

Just making sure I counted correctly as of this post: this puts the number of affiliated tournaments to 63.
by First Chairman
Wed Jan 14, 2009 8:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Professionalism for coaches
Replies: 21
Views: 9474

Re: Professionalism for coaches

Is there a specific example that came up that prompted this, Dr. Chuck? No particular example though the discussion in the middle school thread sparked some questions from me. (I don't want to recall the Ohio protest rule's genesis or ways that various coaches had tried to bully me as a new TD back...
by First Chairman
Wed Jan 14, 2009 9:51 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Professionalism for coaches
Replies: 21
Views: 9474

Professionalism for coaches

A number of discussions that have been running recently has mentioned how often coaches from less-nationally-competitive teams (I'm being kind) use a strategy of just complaining or putting up frivolous protests to try to give their students a chance against other teams (whether the opponent is nati...
by First Chairman
Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:29 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL-HSAPQ Partnership
Replies: 7
Views: 1374

Re: VHSL-HSAPQ Partnership

That's wonderful news, and I hope all the teams appreciate the change.
by First Chairman
Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Middle School QB help
Replies: 22
Views: 3581

Re: Middle School QB help

Can you please do more to identify yourself. Michigan is a pretty big state, and we do not know if you are a student, a parent, a teacher, or a competition administrator.
by First Chairman
Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Weekend of Quizbowl II (3/14 + 3/15/09, Fairfax, VA)
Replies: 118
Views: 45381

Re: Weekend of Quizbowl II (3/14 + 3/15/09, Fairfax, VA)

Host information I have not yet secured a group reservation for the Weekend of Quizbowl, but this is the list of nearby hotels in case you are interested. Unfortunately the closest hotel is about 2 miles away (until we build that conference center hotel in a few years). You may want to ask if there ...
by First Chairman
Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Byko Rankings 2008-2009
Replies: 136
Views: 25105

Re: Byko Rankings 2008-2009

It's always nice when you have the server at home and can come up with perfect answers. :)
by First Chairman
Mon Jan 05, 2009 5:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: POSTPONED FROM 1/10/09: Shady Side Tournament
Replies: 18
Views: 2977

Re: Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh, PA) Tournament- 1/10/09

If you are certain, can you change the thread title or should one of us mods do it for you?
by First Chairman
Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Announcing BEeS: A Better Electronic Stats program
Replies: 50
Views: 21568

Re: Announcing BEeS: A Better Electronic Stats program

Excuse me if it has already been covered. If it has, just ignore this post. Can we also get a listing of tossups (or bonus parts if we're going to be that sophisticated) that went completely dead, or were on the upper percentile tier of difficulty (only one or two people got)? I know it take Charlie...
by First Chairman
Wed Dec 31, 2008 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Advice on question writing companies
Replies: 22
Views: 2691

Re: Advice on question writing companies

That is perhaps the hardest challenge to confront because it is extremely difficult to appeal to teams that meet every other day for a couple of hours to those school teams that just met each other on the van/bus trip to the competition. There's no way we can have everyone run the same 5K if some of...
by First Chairman
Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Commissioners Academic Challenge
Replies: 25
Views: 6056

Re: Commissioners Academic Challenge

I'd be interested in the question of what you would want to see done with CAC/NTAE to significantly improve the tournament. I think most people on this board would want complete wholesale changes such as one-vs.-one team matchups, individual scoring (rather than the four people on one buzzer busines...
by First Chairman
Tue Dec 30, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Commissioners Academic Challenge
Replies: 25
Views: 6056

Re: Commissioners Academic Challenge

Kay, My own opinions (no one else is represented) to add to what has been said. If I were to list some of the positive things that CAC/NTAE does well over 10 years ago, it is the ability to have some interesting multimedia questions such as music and art-excerpt-based questions. In the early days of...
by First Chairman
Tue Dec 30, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Good Current Events
Replies: 28
Views: 3772

Re: Good Current Events

Throwing in a small question that probably is just an issue of making it explicit to me. Current events/affairs as has been pointed out should likely involve deeper writing than just being from the headlines, so I am wondering how one would necessarily work on the current economic situation as a cur...
by First Chairman
Fri Dec 19, 2008 9:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Advice on question writing companies
Replies: 22
Views: 2691

Re: Advice on question writing companies

Good luck then with your selection process. I suppose what we can do on another thread or a wiki spreadsheet is to list the major competitions and list the question sources used for those events. This would include a list of all the state championship competitions run by various organizations. But i...
by First Chairman
Fri Dec 19, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 9419

Re: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2009

Agreeing with Bykowski in the venue aspect of things... it may be even easier (certainly cheaper) to do it at a school, depending on how extensive a program one wants to do. The smaller rooms in a school make it possible for breakouts. I suppose it would be nice to have coffee, but depending on who ...
by First Chairman
Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Advice on question writing companies
Replies: 22
Views: 2691

Re: Advice on question writing companies

All my opinion. Just wondering: can you post the call for proposals? From my own standpoint, I would like to find out what Oklahoma is specifically looking for and values in the questions to pick the vendor that best fits its programmatic goals. How are the vendors going to be accountable for satisf...
by First Chairman
Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2009
Replies: 25
Views: 9419

Re: Call for workshop proposals: Bootcamp 2009

Speaking just for me... Let us know when IHSA/IHSSBCA (whatever abbrev) wants to hold something like that. It may be worthwhile to get something together. Maybe even during any of the major summer events in Chicagoland if someone wants to step up. I'm sure I can find some of the PACE folks who like ...
by First Chairman
Wed Dec 17, 2008 4:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ Fall 2008 ACF Set #2 Discussion
Replies: 44
Views: 6278

Re: HSAPQ Fall 2008 ACF Set #2 Discussion

Lee... yes, this is a situation where I'd rather have the complainers provide the evidence. It's too difficult to always come up with different clues for material that should be considered "general knowledge." Now if there was evidence that the questions were pulled from the hsquizbowl packet archiv...
by First Chairman
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:55 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NAQT ICT Survey and Policies
Replies: 8
Views: 1143

Re: NAQT ICT Survey and Policies

As I have observed other organizations (including marketing), I admit when I use surveys for the variety of reasons and organizations, I use them to identify problems and open conversations to consider them (and that's how other admins work with surveys anyway). But if over half of the US population...
by First Chairman
Tue Dec 16, 2008 9:46 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3462

Re: Resolve Protests in Games Immediately?

This is perhaps the reason why you have at least one additional staff person available per bracket (or more immediately, per room). I don't know what percentage of games has a protest, but in the age of accessing internets by smartphone, I would suspect that if we had a research gopher dedicated to ...
by First Chairman
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:39 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Should teams be required to use this board for their events?
Replies: 10
Views: 1838

Re: Should teams be required to use this board for their events?

I would hope it would be common sense to use this board to post events (as well as do things like Facebook). Why would one not use this board?
by First Chairman
Mon Dec 15, 2008 7:37 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3462

Re: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?

In an ideal world, the protest would be resolved on the spot if the reader or judge has on-hand clear knowledge that the protest would be denied outright. Obviously during timed matches, this is impossible to place on the shoulders of the reader, and for tournament expediency, it's easier to set asi...