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by cchiego
Thu Nov 20, 2014 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SWAG: The Ron Smith Experience" at Webb in Bell Buckle, TN
Replies: 5
Views: 4963

Re: SWAG: The Ron Smith Experience" at Webb in Bell Buckle,

the worksheet round allows even the greenest of teams to at least score a few points. Well-written pyramidal questions combined with rebracketed playoff rounds based on prelim results allow the greenest of teams to score at least a few points, have more competitive matches, and avoid having matches...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 10, 2014 4:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Audience Member - how to introduce better QB?
Replies: 6
Views: 3685

Re: Audience Member - how to introduce better QB?

Where is this particular league? Some areas may be easier to change than others depending on who runs it and nearby good qb options.
by cchiego
Tue Sep 30, 2014 3:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '14-'15
Replies: 28
Views: 13489

Re: Tennessee '14-'15

There are many unique things about TN tournaments even in the year 2014. Look no further than the continuance of single-elim playoffs pretty much everywhere, AUK tournaments in Memphis, Middle TN tournaments using 16 TU rounds (although this isn't limited to TN either, alas), the use of total points...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 26, 2014 12:20 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: I found the creator of Vanderbilt ABC
Replies: 6
Views: 8391

Re: I found the creator of Vanderbilt ABC

Awesome. I would be very interested in the history of Tennessee hs quizbowl in general and especially if west TN used to have more presence in the rest of the state. Also, how did ABC end up attracting so many far flung teams? Some kind of marketing or word of mouth?
by cchiego
Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New Team Practice Strategies
Replies: 1
Views: 3575

Re: New Team Practice Strategies

For a new team and mostly inexperienced members, simulated games are probably a good thing. What players need more than anything at the start is just to be exposed to questions from different tournaments and start to realize what clues and answers are most likely to come up ("the quizbowl canon"). Y...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 22, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ERHS Quizbowl Tournament; Greenbelt MD; (9/27/14)
Replies: 12
Views: 6133

Re: ERHS Quizbowl Tournament; Greenbelt MD; (9/27/14)

This is sad to see; GPQB could probably help y'all with PR next time if you announce the tournament further in advance. It looks like many teams that would've been closer to this location had already committed to Princeton since that was announced during the summer and a lot of schools need to make ...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 5745

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

This is an interesting video about knowledge bowl in Minnesota. The most relevant part comes from about 15:45 to 16:15 when the presenter talks about why he prefers knowledge bowl over quiz bowl. Alas, the guy in this video represents the kind of stupidity we are up against in far too many parts of...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 12, 2014 1:52 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 6715

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

This is an interesting video about knowledge bowl in Minnesota. The most relevant part comes from about 15:45 to 16:15 when the presenter talks about why he prefers knowledge bowl over quiz bowl. Alas, the guy in this video represents the kind of stupidity we are up against in far too many parts of...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 28695

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

Dwight's point about trying to find other entryways into the system than teachers/students is quite true, if hard to accomplish in practice. If you get a line-item in the district budget for quizbowl, it can be neigh-impossible to remove and often leads to more institutional support. If you fund qui...
by cchiego
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 19136

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

Dwight's point about trying to find other entryways into the system than teachers/students is quite true, if hard to accomplish in practice. If you get a line-item in the district budget for quizbowl, it can be neigh-impossible to remove and often leads to more institutional support. If you fund qui...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [5]Resources, Results, Recordings, Reporters
Replies: 9
Views: 6017

Re: The Big Vision: [5]Resources, Results, Recordings, Repor

I'm not sure what the big deal about recording actual matches is. Yes, it is nice, especially from the perspective of current players who want to be immortalized in film or audio. I know I made my family listen to the 2006 ICT DII match that was recorded with my team more times than they ever wanted...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 03, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [5]Resources, Results, Recordings, Reporters
Replies: 9
Views: 6863

Re: The Big Vision: [5]Resources, Results, Recordings, Repor

I'm not sure what the big deal about recording actual matches is. Yes, it is nice, especially from the perspective of current players who want to be immortalized in film or audio. I know I made my family listen to the 2006 ICT DII match that was recorded with my team more times than they ever wanted...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents
Replies: 11
Views: 5789

Re: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents

With the proper outreach, good tournaments and eventually competitive circuits could grow rapidly in those areas, and make good quizbowl truly national. So what is the proper outreach to these far-away teams? Who's going to do it? Who's going to follow up on it? We've talked about this for awhile n...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents
Replies: 11
Views: 7100

Re: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents

With the proper outreach, good tournaments and eventually competitive circuits could grow rapidly in those areas, and make good quizbowl truly national. So what is the proper outreach to these far-away teams? Who's going to do it? Who's going to follow up on it? We've talked about this for awhile n...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 6041

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

Some schools in the South in particular have an academic competition class. Unfortunately, there are some issues with offering one: 1. It often only counts as a "standard" class on a student's transcript, which Honors/AP/IB students don't like having on there. 2. The schools that have it often are b...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 7:06 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?
Replies: 11
Views: 7575

Re: The Big Vision: [10] Looking Outside Quizbowl for Ideas?

Some schools in the South in particular have an academic competition class. Unfortunately, there are some issues with offering one: 1. It often only counts as a "standard" class on a student's transcript, which Honors/AP/IB students don't like having on there. 2. The schools that have it often are b...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015

Website and organization name have changed (Greater Philadelphia QuizBowl or GPQB), but Ben Herman and I have finished the first personalized email wave to 112 schools in the Greater Philadelphia area. We've got another 50 or so that we're waiting to get in touch with later this month. Out of these...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 7565

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

Maybe we can start by actually calling out these people for their poor jobs than just alluding to them. There seems to be some unwritten rule in this community that format doesn't matter as long as a tournament runs on pyramidal questions and on time, but quite frankly that's just wrong. When Ezell...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 9922

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

Maybe we can start by actually calling out these people for their poor jobs than just alluding to them. There seems to be some unwritten rule in this community that format doesn't matter as long as a tournament runs on pyramidal questions and on time, but quite frankly that's just wrong. When Ezell...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:23 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 7565

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I'd like to see what, specifically, we are talking about here. Can you give some examples of "breaches of professionalism" so people in this thread can offer answers to your questions? Here are 5 examples from recent years. In all cases, I'd argue that a tournament wasn't quite as professional as w...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:23 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 9922

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I'd like to see what, specifically, we are talking about here. Can you give some examples of "breaches of professionalism" so people in this thread can offer answers to your questions? Here are 5 examples from recent years. In all cases, I'd argue that a tournament wasn't quite as professional as w...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 7565

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I know we tend to understand that maybe winning NAQT State isn't much different than winning Random Invitational X in March or whatever This needs more discussion. In a few states, we have a happy medium where there is a well-regarded state championship tournament on good QB questions (VA of course...
by cchiego
Sun Aug 31, 2014 10:13 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" attitude
Replies: 16
Views: 9922

Re: The Big Vision: [3] Rooting out the "Eh, who cares" atti

I know we tend to understand that maybe winning NAQT State isn't much different than winning Random Invitational X in March or whatever This needs more discussion. In a few states, we have a happy medium where there is a well-regarded state championship tournament on good QB questions (VA of course...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents
Replies: 11
Views: 5789

Re: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents

I mostly agree with and applaud Matt's emphasis on keeping outreach local and doing everything we can to make sure change happens at a local level. However... In reality, Questions Unlimited is more powerless than ever, and likely to stay that way. It’s time to start focusing our efforts on the MANY...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:51 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents
Replies: 11
Views: 7100

Re: The Big Vision: [9] Re-focusing on the Correct Opponents

I mostly agree with and applaud Matt's emphasis on keeping outreach local and doing everything we can to make sure change happens at a local level. However... In reality, Questions Unlimited is more powerless than ever, and likely to stay that way. It’s time to start focusing our efforts on the MANY...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 5745

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

Possible tournament hosts who happen to be especially physically close to one another should also talk to each other about the prospect of co-hosting tournaments and splitting the revenue This needs to be emphasized, especially in areas where there is now a surfeit of tournaments that draw just 18-...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & writers
Replies: 9
Views: 6715

Re: The Big Vision: [6] Growing staff, teams, coaches, & wri

Possible tournament hosts who happen to be especially physically close to one another should also talk to each other about the prospect of co-hosting tournaments and splitting the revenue This needs to be emphasized, especially in areas where there is now a surfeit of tournaments that draw just 18-...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 28695

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I fully agree on stimulating intellectual curiosity as the best distillation of the benefits of quizbowl. Unfortunately, I've also seen the very things that we like in quizbowl--that it goes beyond the standard curriculum, that it encourages actually learning specific things--be denigrated by teache...
by cchiego
Sat Aug 30, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbowl
Replies: 45
Views: 19136

Re: The Big Vision: [2] The "Sales Pitch": Talking Up Quizbo

I fully agree on stimulating intellectual curiosity as the best distillation of the benefits of quizbowl. Unfortunately, I've also seen the very things that we like in quizbowl--that it goes beyond the standard curriculum, that it encourages actually learning specific things--be denigrated by teache...
by cchiego
Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:38 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Getting Team Members to Study
Replies: 7
Views: 6424

Re: Getting Team Members to Study

Doing well--and making sure the administration knows you're doing well--can get a school to invest more in your team and raise the prestige of quizbowl within the school. Make sure you get profiled in the school newspaper, the local micronewspaper, the local microblogging site, and everything you ca...
by cchiego
Tue Aug 19, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Physical mail examples
Replies: 7
Views: 4052

Re: Physical mail examples

It depends on the region. It wasn't very successful in Southern California when we tried it, but it did bring a couple of new teams immediately to tournaments (out of 60 or so mailed) and, perhaps as importantly, put quiz bowl on the radar at a few schools so when we contacted them in the future the...
by cchiego
Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015
Replies: 16
Views: 10763

Re: Pennsylvania date claims, 2014-2015

We'll be keeping track of Eastern PA tournaments as well as tournaments in nearby areas on the new Southeastern Pennsylvania Quizbowl Resource website here . Anything that's posted in this thread or on hsqb should find its way over to this website. It looks like we'll be starting our publicity push ...
by cchiego
Tue Jul 29, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 34
Views: 9986

Re: 2013-14 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

I doubt a description of the rocks named for the fact they look like chimneys is going to help differentiate between things too much. Even including a mention of the cultural elements within the national monument would have been susceptible to the same reflex-buzz issues: including a mention of kiva...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Giving Answers
Replies: 7
Views: 4403

Re: Giving Answers

It's never a good idea to showboat on answers. I've seen plenty of frustration in the past on people who gave non-English names for paintings or included the wrong middle initial on an answer. That said, remember that phonetic pronunciation is pretty much always acceptable. Many new players have nev...
by cchiego
Fri Jul 04, 2014 7:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Giving Answers
Replies: 7
Views: 4403

Re: Giving Answers

if someone's obviously very close but still incorrect, don't say "Sorry, I can't take that" or things of the sort because it essentially gives it away for the other team Granted, the other team could probably figure this out anyways with a regular -5 since the moderator might need to take a couple ...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Giving Answers
Replies: 7
Views: 4403

Giving Answers

In light of what I've seen after reading at a number of quiz bowl events over the years, I thought I would add a few things from the perspective of a moderator for players of all abilities (not just less-experienced players) in terms of giving answers. Some of these are commonsense, but may bear rep...
by cchiego
Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: New quizbowl team from History Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 5856

Re: New quizbowl team from History Bowl

And that leads to my second concern: how do I balance history and non-history in team practices? Because if I read regular difficulty quizbowl packets, the history will be much too easy for my team and not much use, but if I read a higher-level packet, the non-history will be too difficult. I would...
by cchiego
Tue Jun 10, 2014 3:05 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: All-time all-state teams
Replies: 61
Views: 41742

Re: All-time all-state teams

It would be a major oversight to leave Seth Kendall (Sullivan South) out of the all-time TN team. His unparalleled classics (although did he ever play the Larsenal?) knowledge would have been quite useful. Seth may also know of other TN people around the mid-90s--I have no idea. There were plenty of...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 09, 2014 2:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '14-'15
Replies: 28
Views: 13489

Tennessee '14-'15

At the state level, Farragut should romp through the state next year with the 1-2 punch of Kai and Daniel plus whomever else steps up in the 3rd and 4th slots. Ezell will fall off (though I suspect they'll be rebuilding) after a dream season this year (the best season a TN team has had since the old...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 04, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 HSNCT Consolation Rounds Discussion
Replies: 13
Views: 6713

Re: 2014 HSNCT Consolation Rounds Discussion

What would happen if you awarded a trophy to the winner of the consolation tournament? I've always thought the idea of a consolation tournament "winner" was kind of silly. It makes sense to play more for placement (finishing 50-70th in the country vs 150th-170th is kind of a big difference in your ...
by cchiego
Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 17
Views: 4595

Re: Power Matching

We believe that many teams would be unwilling to stick around for such tiebreaker games. Better to differentiate 5-5 teams via some measure of quizbowl skill (pptuh) rather than differentiate by "which team forfeited to go see the Art Institute." I don't think so and I hope that NAQT solicits more ...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 02, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Power Matching
Replies: 17
Views: 4595

Re: Power Matching

Why not do something better than just the meaningless consolation rounds on Sunday? Why not have a way to differentiate between the 5-5 and 6-5 (first round playoff loss) teams with 2 or 3 more rounds? Perhaps they can't be part of the double elim playoffs, but between 10 AM and 12 PM it seems like ...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Moderators at HSNCT
Replies: 36
Views: 8903

Moderators at HSNCT

I had never before experienced the HSNCT from a coach's perspective and I was rather disappointed by the quality of the moderation that I saw on the whole. One moderator was barely able to get through 16 tossups and kept mispronouncing and tripping over words while speeding up and slowing down in a ...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 02, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The logistics of future HSNCTs
Replies: 15
Views: 6080

Re: The logistics of future HSNCTs

Listen to Pinyan here. It is an enormous logistical undertaking to have to fly or travel 8+ hours for most schools. I'm sure some schools have the experience and flexibility with admin to do it, but I'm pretty sure most of the field would not. Keep it as one site (or, split it up between sites in th...
by cchiego
Sun May 25, 2014 11:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '13-'14
Replies: 120
Views: 63161

Re: Tennessee '13-'14

Congrats Kai et. al.! That's an impressive performance. And it seems like everyone from Farragut comes back next year.... Oak Ridge also deserves credit for buttressing their high national rankings throughout the year with a solid overall performance. Also, I am now going to predict that White Stati...
by cchiego
Fri May 23, 2014 8:40 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2014 nAC
Replies: 27
Views: 10427

Re: 2014 nAC

Typical ChipField. No new areas and a lot of reliance on old standbys trapped by educratic politics. The poor state of Arkansas is still enthralled in the bonds of Chipdom. Seems the same for Oklahoma and Nebraska/Colorado. Yet the administrations of these schools will continue to blindly pay for th...
by cchiego
Fri May 23, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: So Panasonic is back...
Replies: 32
Views: 18034

Re: So Panasonic is back...

Fisher Catholic is representing Ohio. Tom: was there some kind of financial incentive/sponsorship offered for playing in it? Any indication of the question source? I heard that Jesuit (New Orleans) will be representing Louisiana Why is Jesuit--a perfectly competent team on good quizbowl questions a...
by cchiego
Sun May 18, 2014 11:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 2013-14
Replies: 20
Views: 4067

Re: Mississippi 2013-14

There's really no need to put one's self through writing all those questions--even writing a whole tournament of speed checks is a lot to do by one's self! Good, accessible pyramidal tournaments can be found to mirror for as little as $10 a team (the SCOP novice set for instance would be perfect for...
by cchiego
Sun May 18, 2014 2:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Mississippi 2013-14
Replies: 20
Views: 4067

Re: Mississippi 2013-14

Avery--It's good to see someone from Madison Central on the boards. Jackson is a little isolated from other nearby SE circuits, but it's certainly drivable to Memphis, Tuscaloosa/Birmingham, and the burgeoning NOLA circuit. Y'all and other Jackson-area teams like Murrah and Clinton would certainly b...
by cchiego
Tue May 06, 2014 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee '13-'14
Replies: 120
Views: 63161

Re: Tennessee '13-'14

Raghav from Lausanne (winner of the West TN JV Bee) actually did pretty well at the JV History Bee too finishing 23rd. Now to figure out how to get Lausanne to actually come to regular tournaments. I'd say 5-5 and 3-7 is about right for us at HSNCT. Our B team is improving faster than our A team tho...