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by cchiego
Fri Dec 04, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams
Replies: 13
Views: 6793

Re: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams

So I'm not sure what the demand for tournaments and supply of moderators is like in Virginia, but I've seen an excess of demand and an lack of supply for tournaments here on the border of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. This means that there are lots of teams interested, and so every team that "regi...
by cchiego
Thu Dec 03, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams
Replies: 13
Views: 6793

Vocabulary: A Brief Lesson for Teams

Registering for a tournament means: "We have gotten clear commitments from all our players that they are free that weekend, and are willing and able to attend the tournament. Confirming for a tournament in response to an email from the TD after registering means: "We have talked about this multiple...
by cchiego
Fri Nov 27, 2015 2:44 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Is it too late now?
Replies: 6
Views: 5608

Re: Is it too late now?

If you don't try to start a team, there's basically a 0 percent chance there will be a lasting quizbowl team at your school. If you do try, there's at least a decent chance that something gets started and lasts. Plus, you get to play quizbowl along the way. Follow Reinstein's advice and just do it, ...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 23, 2015 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5099

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

Middlesex county academy would like to register 2 teams. This is a bit late to sign up, but there's a chance we could fit y'all if teams drop or we get a few more moderators to commit. Email us at [email protected].com and we can discuss more. Right now we have confirmed a 34-team field with 17 te...
by cchiego
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5099

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

All the C and D teams on the waitlist are now into the field. Right now, we have 17-18 staffers and 28 teams confirmed (with 5 teams from the waitlist pending), but we could always use another staffer or two if there are people out there. If any additional teams are interested in registering, you mu...
by cchiego
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:39 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Finding Staffers for High School Tournaments
Replies: 3
Views: 2574

Re: Finding Staffers for High School Tournaments

Part of this is a good thing; quizbowl has recognized that you need experienced, capable readers to make a tournament run well and you can't just throw in a random coach/parent/roommate if you want to finish a round in under 35 minutes. While it may be harder to get readers now, the readers we do ge...
by cchiego
Wed Nov 11, 2015 4:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5099

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

After a succession of drops (after reminding teams about the SATs), the waitlist is now emptied and I'm waiting to hear back on confirmation from a few more teams to confirm their spots in the field. While I'm not ready to re-open registration, I am more confident in our moderator numbers so we will...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 3257

Re: Transparency

Also, I thought the first (or maybe second) line drop of UF6 during the Iran nuclear deal tossup was kinda weird. Like, I understand that you can't just outright say "uranium hexafluoride" so early, but trying to disguise it as some meaningless alphanumeric abbreviation felt a little too cutesy. Th...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 25, 2015 6:10 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 56
Views: 11969

Re: Specific Question Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

3. Benedetto Croce (CROW-chay) claimed that the philosophy of language and this branch of philosophy are the same thing, since this branch of philosophy is the "science of expression." The third volume of The World as Will and Representation discusses this topic and claims that the object of studie...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Transparency (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 18
Views: 3257

Re: Transparency

11. Preparations for one of these actions included the installation of 150 Ponderosa Pines at Frenchman Flat. One of these events affected the cast of Dick Powell's Genghis Khan movie, The Conqueror, including John Wayne. One of these events named Sedan carved a still-extant rock formation and the ...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:26 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)
Replies: 27
Views: 5054

Re: General Discussion (Penn Bowl 2015)

SEALs question made it clear we were talking about a special forces military organization early on and you only had to wait to until location-determining nouns were dropped until you had a relatively certain idea of the answer Is this really "fraudable" then? Getting an early buzz required uniquely...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5099

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

Field has been capped and filled (6 weeks out!) at 30. We will expand to 36 (18 open/18 novice) only if we can secure additional competent moderators. I suspect we will be able to, but can't be assured of that right now. I am also anticipating at least a few drops, but am working to pre-emptively ma...
by cchiego
Tue Oct 20, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Pronunciation Guides
Replies: 16
Views: 8721

Re: Pronunciation Guides

They're a huge distraction as a reader, they're rarely helpful on words I don't know how to pronounce, and they're a waste of time to include in editing that ought to be spent working on grammar and avoiding repeats. Splitting up long words and phrases is fine and helpful, but adding more gibberish ...
by cchiego
Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5099

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

After the next few registrations, I am going to have to put a soft cap on the field until we can secure the services of more moderators. Our capacity is 36 teams based on the number of rooms we have. Our moderator capacity right now is 24-28 teams, so our ability to fully expand the field depends on...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 14, 2015 12:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5099

Re: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

Field Update as of 11/23 Teams in bold have confirmed; if your team is not bolded, please email us to confirm *Denotes first-ever pyramidal weekend tournament Registered: Charter (4/0) Great Valley (2/1) PALCS (1/0) Gunston (1/1) Central Bucks East (1/1) East Brunswick (2/0) George Washington Carver...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 08, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: GPQB Podcast Discussions
Replies: 5
Views: 5567

GPQB Podcast Discussions

Ben Herman and I have started a podcast for Greater Pennsylvania QuizBowl (GPQB). We are alternating podcasts directed at the Greater Pennsylvania region (team rankings and previews and such) with topic-based podcasts that should be of interest to the larger quizbowl community. All of our podcasts a...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates, 2015-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 7378

Re: Pennsylvania Dates, 2015-2016

Just to make it clear, Penn has moved our CALI mirror (rechristened the "Quaker Fall Open") to December 5th due to room reservation issues.
by cchiego
Wed Sep 30, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15
Replies: 10
Views: 5099

Quaker Fall Open [CALI mirror] @ UPenn - 12/5/15

The Penn Quizbowl Team, a student organization at the University of Pennsylvania, is pleased to announce our Quaker Fall Open (QFO), to be held on December 5th on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. Location and Time: The tournament will take place on December 5th on th...
by cchiego
Tue Sep 22, 2015 9:35 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Questions for Starting a New Team
Replies: 9
Views: 7869

Re: Questions for Starting a New Team

Here's a guide to attending quizbowl tournaments. This should give you an idea of the registration process and what to expect at the tournaments themselves. We also have a basic overview of how to start a team as well as a brief guide to some resources to help a team improve. You can also take a loo...
by cchiego
Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)
Replies: 24
Views: 8780

Re: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)

I don’t think much will change: not because we want to resist change, but because we see very little that needs to be changed. However, if members of the community have suggestions, I know that I will be more than willing to listen to what you all have to say. In that spirit, a few suggestions on t...
by cchiego
Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)
Replies: 24
Views: 8780

Re: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)

You've got two options - spend the energy fighting the pre-existing organization that does good quiz bowl tournaments, or spend the energy helping that organization improve. No one's actually tried to help TACA (at least to the point that I've seen it from here), and in fact most of the complaints ...
by cchiego
Thu Sep 17, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)
Replies: 24
Views: 8780

Re: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)

Fred seems to be suggesting, as have others, that Rohan is a misguided fellow who doesn't really know what he's doing. In talking with others last night (several who have posted in this thread), they argue that he is being sabotaged by his team and is actually a good influence for quizbowl at Vande...
by cchiego
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K.Y. Tournament '15 (10/31/15)
Replies: 24
Views: 8780

Re: Vanderbilt S.P.O.O.K. Tournament '15

I remember the good ol' days when Vanderbilt hosted a series of tournaments titled rather humbly "Academic Bowl Competition" (or ABC) that drew teams from around the country. Those tournaments were the premier quizbowl events in the Southeast and were taken seriously by all involved. Now we have the...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions/Suggestions About Hosting a Tournament
Replies: 10
Views: 2475

Re: Questions/Suggestions About Hosting a Tournament

http://www.socalquizbowl.org/guide/

This is the most detailed tournament direction guide in quizbowl. Read it, follow it, profit.
by cchiego
Wed Aug 26, 2015 1:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2015-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 12597

Re: Tennessee 2015-2016

it is mostly because there is a false belief that they take more time Actually, the questions themselves are usually irrelevant because all matches no matter what questions are being used take far too long. Readers at some of the local tournaments that I saw went off on tangents in the middle of th...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2015-2016
Replies: 27
Views: 12597

Re: Tennessee 2015-2016

So I'm curious, who is actually hosting tournaments in East Tennessee, how many are there in a given year, and how many teams would you say are "active" in attending them? Are they good quizbowl (in particular, what sets are they being run on)? All areas of TN other than Nashville are in desperate ...
by cchiego
Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 8016

Re: Quizbowl on social media

I think that part of the reason that quizbowl has not moved more in this direction has been at times a desire among certain people to have greater control over qb matters, particularly on these forums. But I think that as long as the group pages / twitter accounts / etc. are maintained and overseen...
by cchiego
Fri Jul 17, 2015 1:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tri-State Tussle at Delaware Valley HS (Matamoras, PA) 10/17
Replies: 22
Views: 8303

Re: Tri-State Tussle at Delaware Valley HS (Matamoras, PA) 1

Imagine that! Teams might actually have to do outreach in the Mid-Atlantic corridor instead of counting on people driving 3+ hours from various quizbowl hotbeds to fill their tournaments with no effort at all! There is going to be a very concerted outreach effort to get schools from the Lehigh Valle...
by cchiego
Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Distance Discounts
Replies: 10
Views: 4140

Re: Distance Discounts

No one's addressed my idea of reserving spots for local teams. I'd like to hear what people think of it. Just reserving spots won't by itself induce local schools to decide to attend, as Reinstein pointed out above. If there aren't already academic teams of some kind at the local schools, you'll pr...
by cchiego
Fri Jul 10, 2015 10:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How to do Outreach: A Basic Guide
Replies: 0
Views: 1691

How to do Outreach: A Basic Guide

I posted this over at GPQB, but I thought others might be interested in commenting on it here. I would also encourage people to send this on to teams and people that they think might be interested in helping to spread good quizbowl, but aren't sure where to begin. Here's the text [formatting and lin...
by cchiego
Fri Jul 10, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 43629

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

There are multiple issues with VA and VHSL that kept me from giving it a higher grade. First, I had a very hard time finding results from anything less than state in VHSL, where it looked like there were very small pools that actually determined the championships and didn't seem to necessarily indic...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 43629

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

Does this make Arkansas/Kansas/Wyoming the axis of evil? Although I don't really see a difference between Montana and Wyoming here. Frenchtown (MT) hosted two NAQT tournaments, although the stats are oddly reported . The official state and regional tournaments for Montana though appear to be fully ...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 09, 2015 12:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 43629

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

A quick check by region (with 1 for F, 12 for A, etc.) shows the following: South Average: 7.2 South Median: C+ West Average: 3.8 West Median: D+ Midwest Average: 7.6 Midwest Median: B- Northeast Average: 6.3 Northeast Median: C+ US Average: 5.92 US Median: C I have no plans to include non-states in...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 43629

Re: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

Edited to add information about Michigan and South Dakota, resulting in a change to South Dakota's rating from D- to C-. Any additional helpful information is appreciated!
by cchiego
Wed Jul 08, 2015 11:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 43629

The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State

As a way of offering a rough benchmark for the state of good quizbowl across the United States and to encourage outreach across the country, I present the 2015 State of Quizbowl. Many people from good quizbowl-deficient states may not realize just how bad the situation is in their states. On the oth...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: A thought on outreach
Replies: 1
Views: 1769

Re: A thought on outreach

This post is something I discussed with Mike at NSC a bit and I'm pleased to see him bringing it up here on the forums. Two points that I'd like to add on to this: Finding their specific motivation could help with a targeted approach. I fully agree and want to emphasize how important local knowledge...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 23, 2015 3:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates, 2015-2016
Replies: 20
Views: 7378

Re: Pennsylvania Dates, 2015-2016

Penn will claim Nov. 21st for our mirror of CALI (tournament title and post forthcoming). We are aware of both the Nov. 14th tournament at Henderson and the Nov. 21st Bloomfield claim, but Penn Bowl and other scheduling demands limit our availability for any other dates. We also will host QuAC in it...
by cchiego
Thu Jun 18, 2015 11:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 22144

Re: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship

I also had high hopes for NHBB as a boon for quizbowl when it first emerged a few years ago. There was a lot of potential for a mutually beneficial outreach effort across the country to bring more quality academic competitions into more schools. But other than a few scattered success stories (which ...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 12355

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

Perhaps, if teams were to work together, a team that had less money would get to host tournaments that naturally draw bigger crowds (like a novice set, for example) while a richer team could host a tournament with a more niche audience (an SCT mirror or HFT, for example). The problem is a lot of ne...
by cchiego
Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 12355

Re: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Nee

This is a good post. But based on the incentives, I don't see these problems getting resolved next year or in the future. What's more, lot of state-specific writing work (e.g. for VHSL, Masonics, OAC, etc.) is reduplicative, and could be streamlined by use of a single State Championships set of the ...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 09, 2015 2:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 9880

Re: San Diego Academic League

The admission fee rule applies to "spectators." The $60 that the city league charges for a school to compete is actually a lot less than what some of the other leagues charge.
by cchiego
Tue Jun 09, 2015 12:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: San Diego Academic League
Replies: 19
Views: 9880

Re: San Diego Academic League

The post Dwight referenced above is a classic. Also check out the Ken Jennings post that was the source of considerable embarrassment at the time to AL. Eddie Kim and I did a pretty comprehensive breakdown of all the flaws of the AL questions here and here and here a couple of years ago. At this poi...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 08, 2015 6:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 nAC
Replies: 28
Views: 11277

Re: 2015 nAC

According to this , Coronado High (El Paso, which plays most of its tournaments on NAQT sets) won the overall. From Twitter, it sounds like they may have beaten Lusher in the finals, who in turn beat Bishop Kelley (OK). There's also this great quote: This win makes the Coronado High team the undispu...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 08, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Immediate Corrections to Answers
Replies: 1
Views: 2249

Immediate Corrections to Answers

Reading at the NSC this year was the first time that I encountered the "immediate correction" rule for answers (Rule H.2 in PACE's official rules). This rule is a bad idea and in light of rumors that this might be spreading to other formats, I thought I'd explain how this rule ended up playing out i...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:07 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 8233

Re: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events

It seems unlikely that a quizbowler-run website would generate content that's at all interesting to people outside of the activity. It also seems unlikely that anyone would regularly contribute to such a venture if it were a volunteer thing; writing unpaid content for a backwater quizbowl site seem...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:46 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 8233

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

If we want to promote quizbowl, then we should take a 21st century approach and put together a website whose primary purpose is to promote quizbowl. It should look nice and have good videos, pictures, and announcements that lots of quizbowl people would want to share with their friends, families, a...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 02, 2015 2:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 nAC
Replies: 28
Views: 11277

Re: 2015 nAC

Try this link if the above doesn't work. The key quote: The team, made up of seventh- and ninth-graders, made it to the finals. But soon into the game, the students spoke up, unprompted, after realizing they recognized some of the questions being posed, their coach later told the players' parents in...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 02, 2015 12:05 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Discussion of press coverage of HSNCT/quizbowl events
Replies: 19
Views: 8233

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

On a perhaps unrelated note, I believe it's time for NAQT to formally invite some number of (unobtrusive) journalists to cover the largest quiz bowl tournament in history. NAQT is losing major opportunities for good quiz bowl PR by not pursuing this. I'm not going to pretend to understand the logis...
by cchiego
Mon May 18, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Georgia 15-16
Replies: 8
Views: 4628

Re: Georgia 15-16

Mitch, it's not just for rankings purposes--when the HSNCT and NSC draws are being set up, it's hard to accurately seed teams if you have few or no accurate PPB stats on them. Individual stats can also be a useful way to figure out why a team didn't have a good performance and discount it accordingl...
by cchiego
Thu May 14, 2015 1:06 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 9368

Re: Need help convincing my coach to get us to tournaments

I like that idea, that could work. from there, we could rent a van/charter a bus/ yadayadayada, i assume? You could definitely use that $$ from hosting to help ease the cost of transportation and entry fees. It's also always good to be able to show the board/your principal that you're putting in th...