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by cchiego
Sat Sep 09, 2017 3:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition
Replies: 25
Views: 14710

The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State, 2017 Edition

I was pleased with the responses to the first thread on this topic in 2015 and I hope that this updated list as of summer 2017 will prove useful in pointing out areas where good quizbowl has proven successful and where good quizbowl still has a ways to go. Again, I define "good quizbowl" as tourname...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 09, 2017 12:05 am
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: Recruiting Members
Replies: 5
Views: 3740

Re: Recruiting Members

There will likely be people who played all kinds of similar competitions in high school (it looks like Bowdoin draws mostly from Massachusetts, New York, Maine, California, and Connecticut), so you may want to include not just Quiz Bowl but also MasterMinds, High School Quiz Show, and perhaps just "...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:17 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition
Replies: 28
Views: 11244

Re: Women in Quizbowl 2017 Edition

It is also possible for a coach to find themselves in a situation where they don't have female players at tryouts. I've always wondered if try-outs themselves might in themselves dissuade or cut many people who would make great players. During the year that I coached a high school team, we had a si...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 03, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16243

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

My question is "what can we do to make that not the response?" Go into areas that don't have pyramidal MS quizbowl right now. Work to change IESA's question source (I know, this could be a decades-long project, but see if you can get into local leagues and such at first). Go into Northern Indiana, ...
by cchiego
Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited
Replies: 41
Views: 16243

Re: Would You Recommend Working for NAQT? Revisited

What can we do to repair this relationship? Well, let's see, USABB is: -Copying the NAC strategy of bribing the top teams to play worse competition and claim to be "national champions." -Running 14 TU matches (!!) and claiming it's just as legit as regular quizbowl (and charging basically the same)...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 26, 2017 5:11 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 12194

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

The Southeast Education Service Center's quiz bowl page does not appear to resemble anything like pyramidal quiz bowl. The rules say questions are worth between 5 and 25 points, there is no mention of bonuses, and the practice questions they link to (which, unfortunately, do not seem to exist) incl...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 26, 2017 4:31 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 12194

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

A few comments on some of the biggest MSAs missing QB to help nudge any outreach efforts in the right direction: #13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA -- This is AcaDec land. I once contacted a coach of a "trivia team" at a school in Riverside who expressed some interest at first but quickly died...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:53 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 12194

Re: Quiz Bowl & Metropolitan Areas in 2017

Also, they'd probably be a good host if we ever want to do a tournament for both CO and UT teams, as they're about halfway from Denver to Salt Lake. There are plenty of local Knowledge Bowl-playing schools near Grand Junction like Fruita Monument and several other former NAC attendees who would be ...
by cchiego
Mon Jun 12, 2017 1:44 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NAC going pyramidal?
Replies: 27
Views: 14880

Re: NAC going pyramidal?

After going to PACE and getting thwomped, I can confirm that losing at PACE is more fun than winning at NAC. Any coach that subjects their student to :chip: is not teaching their students anything about actual learning and is rather giving their team a false sense of security in their abilities. Es...
by cchiego
Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:21 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Levels of Recognition in Quizbowl
Replies: 3
Views: 3544

Re: Levels of Recognition in Quizbowl

IHSSBCA has All-Sectional and All-State Teams, and qualifying to play at NASAT is also treated as an honor. We also have a Coaches Hall of Fame and a Friend of Scholastic Bowl that goes to adults who are not coaches. Starting next year, we are likely to have a Coach of the Year. All of these awards...
by cchiego
Mon May 29, 2017 5:45 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Levels of Recognition in Quizbowl
Replies: 3
Views: 3544

Levels of Recognition in Quizbowl

With the increased number of teams coming to nationals and the limiting factor of only one team being able to win, I wanted to throw out some ways to help increase the number of recognition opportunities in quizbowl to encourage teams of all levels to keep coming and competing. The ideal here is to ...
by cchiego
Wed May 17, 2017 1:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2016-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 6953

Re: Tennessee 2016-2017

Knowledge Bowl ended with a posthumously cancelled final after they realized that multiple questions read in the final had been read verbatim earlier in previous matches. Who on earth could have forseen this happening??? Of course, this happened after White Station lost in the semis despite getting ...
by cchiego
Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats
Replies: 10
Views: 3634

Re: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats

Thanks so much, Chris. We've been trying to do this without telling schools that they're doing it wrong (I only use the term "bad quizbowl" within the established community). You make a great point about big-name schools being perceived as elitist; I didn't even consider this. We'll try to play up ...
by cchiego
Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats
Replies: 10
Views: 3634

Re: Outreach for schools that play "bad" formats

Does anyone have any advice on convincing schools to try pyramidal/"good" qb? That's awesome that y'all are going to try to do this! CO is definitely ripe for hosting more pyramidal tournaments given the many teams who play KB. Definitely search through this forum (especially in the theory section ...
by cchiego
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:33 am
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 41709

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

a tournament my team plays in October can't be publicly discussed until July (and then only if we ask nicely). It seems that this could easily be avoided, independent of all the other concerns, by setting up private discussion forums for various NAQT sets (for example, an IS-166 Private Discussion ...
by cchiego
Mon Apr 17, 2017 11:05 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: The Barbarism of Monetization
Replies: 128
Views: 41709

Re: The Barbarism of Monetization

The best solution here would really be just charging more up front in terms of entry fees (with of course considerable first-time team discounts) while posting more questions from previous years. SCT and ICT are both well-established, well-attended events. The service and product that NAQT provides ...
by cchiego
Mon Apr 10, 2017 11:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: PSA to independent set writers
Replies: 8
Views: 3438

Re: PSA to independent set writers

As someone who has been listening to Avery's crummy questions at my sister's IESA events, I can only hope this means his company will kick the bucket and maybe a good middle school writer will get the job. One can dream right? I think a lot of the crappy quiz bowl companies are struggling to make e...
by cchiego
Mon Apr 10, 2017 10:53 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Getting teams started at new schools as an outsider
Replies: 3
Views: 2725

Re: Getting teams started at new schools as an outsider

The basics : It helps to be affiliated with a current college or high school (ideally on the team or advising that team in some fashion). This gives you a bit of credibility that being just a random person would not have and also may help keep your email from getting stuck in spam filters with a sc...
by cchiego
Tue Apr 04, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The State of Good Quizbowl, State-by-State
Replies: 61
Views: 41518

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

Pulling this out of the gutter: does anyone know if Nebraska has moved toward good questions? A few of the ESUs (Educational Service Units) that run tournaments in the interior of the state seem to have experimented on NAQT questions over the years, but it hasn't really stuck and most seem to be fi...
by cchiego
Mon Mar 27, 2017 5:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Louisiana 2016-2017
Replies: 36
Views: 12156

Re: Louisiana 2016-2017

If the choice is between the handful of schools that previously showed up to NAQT State tournaments and the 24+ schools competing in this new event on pyramidal questions, then there should be no question--this is a great deal for pyramidal quizbowl! Yes, worksheets are not ideal, but if this is tru...
by cchiego
Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:53 am
Forum: Theory
Topic: GPQB Podcast Discussions
Replies: 5
Views: 5379

Re: GPQB Podcast Discussions

Just to update with a few other episodes: I really enjoyed this Quizbowl Economics (Quizonomics?) episode that we just recorded and thought it might bring up some interesting discussion points. Note that it's fairly long, so we provide an index to the major topics covered at different time periods o...
by cchiego
Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Early History of Interscholastic Quizbowl
Replies: 2
Views: 1892

The Early History of Interscholastic Quizbowl

In the course of looking for previous academic competitions here in Philadelphia, I came across some interesting bits of history from College Bowl Valhalla. "Quiz shows" in general, as anyone who has read the work of Salinger (or who's read Ken Jennings' "Brainiac") can probably attest, were fairly ...
by cchiego
Mon Dec 19, 2016 3:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2016-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 6953

Re: Tennessee 2016-2017

Did the Westfield Quizbusters show in Nashville get cancelled? I can't find links to it on the CW 58 site and it's not on the NAQT listing. I assume the PBS show in Knoxville is still going? Knowledge Bowl on WREG in Memphis of course is still going strong at 30 years. Gotta say--other TV stations n...
by cchiego
Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:48 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false names
Replies: 56
Views: 18456

Re: Non-students playing closed tournaments under false name

Cody wrote:Hot take: closed tournaments are closed and open tournaments are open.

If you need to play under a pseudonym or lie on the forums, ya dun goofed.
Or you could just play a high school tournament as a college. A high school tournament that's a 4.5 hour drive away.
by cchiego
Fri Dec 16, 2016 3:24 pm
Forum: National Tournaments
Topic: NAC going pyramidal?
Replies: 27
Views: 14880

Re: NAC going pyramidal?

They have been claiming in those letters for several years now that they're now pyramidal. I saw a copy of that "sample" last year and based on some comments from others I think that same "sample" has been going around since 2013. Here, by the way, are some actual Questions Unlimited questions that ...
by cchiego
Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Coach issues
Replies: 12
Views: 5286

Re: Coach issues

Y'all are preaching to the choir here. You need to go to your school admin and/or the school board as a unified group of as many students and parents as possible. A group of a dozen parents with their kids politely angry and organized to speak at a school board meeting or in a principal's office see...
by cchiego
Tue Dec 06, 2016 11:44 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Tennessee 2016-2017
Replies: 14
Views: 6953

Re: Tennessee 2016-2017

As of right now, there has only been one NAQT-formatted tournament within 3 hours of Memphis, that being ours (White Station's). There have been several others, but they're off the radar of most Memphis-area teams: Poplar Bluff in MO (2.5 hours away) hosted their yearly tournament on NAQT and Itawa...
by cchiego
Sun Dec 04, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3599

Re: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)

Full stats for the tournament are available under "Stat Reports" here . The final standings in each division (which aren't on the stat reports) were: Open Division: 1. Manheim Township A 2. Great Valley A 3. Lehigh Valley 4. Delaware Valley A Novice Division: 1. Downingtown West 2. Manheim Township ...
by cchiego
Mon Nov 14, 2016 3:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3599

Re: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)

I have confirmed with all teams in the field and have sent out a final logistics email. We will not be expanding to 42 and will instead remain at 36 teams due to a lack of enough competent moderators in the area. Teams on the waitlist are welcome to stay on it in case a team drops; I will contact th...
by cchiego
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11414

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

11. These organisms are infected by the tapeworm D. robusta, and their milk contains the cathelicidin saha-CATH5, which kills MRSA. The strong jaws of this organism are similar to those of the hyena, an example of convergent evolution. These organisms are most closely related to quolls within the f...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 30, 2016 4:30 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11414

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

Can I see round 11 bonus 3? It went Laurens/Lee/South Carolina, and if I remember correctly it mentioned South Carolina in one of the first two parts of the bonus. Round 11 tossup 15 should include Groundwork FOR the Metaphysics of Morals as an acceptable answerline. Round 7 bonus 5 had The Pilgrim...
by cchiego
Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Future of High School Quizbowl Round Table: Big Vision Redux
Replies: 7
Views: 4412

Re: Future of High School Quizbowl Round Table: Big Vision R

To talk about the episode itself, I'm particularly interested in following up on talk about making better alumni databases. Does something like that exist already, and if not, is there any reason why we don't? An alumni database would indeed be a good thing. The big question is who would have acces...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 24, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 29890

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

But how were teams seeded initially? I'm asking specifically about high school teams. In my opinion, the brackets were not really fair, especially before Delaware was moved following complaints. You averaged 13 PPB and finished 3rd in your bracket. That was exactly in line with the seeding. I'm not...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11414

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

2. The pneumatic behavior of these things can create so-called blowholes, such as the one in Lion's Den of Cornwall, England. The height of these things is multiplied by lambda squared and divided by h cubed to calculate the Ursell Number, which is used to classify their complex behavior in nonline...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)
Replies: 54
Views: 29890

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Penn Bowl 2016 (10/22/16)

Also, I would like to ask again: what metrics were used to seed teams for this event? This is worth an explanation. I had gone through and carefully seeded a 30-team schedule the night before the tournament. We printed out those schedules because everyone had confirmed by then and there were just a...
by cchiego
Mon Oct 24, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Collegiate Discussion
Topic: Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!
Replies: 9
Views: 4081

Re: Lunch in college: Not after round 5, anything but that!

Just plan on lunch to be during rebracketing and communicate this to teams in advance so that they can stock up on food/snacks beforehand if need be. I always recommend snacks for quizbowl tournaments anyways after seeing the dramatic effect eating an apple had on Eric's playing ability a few years ...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion
Replies: 82
Views: 11414

Re: PB 2016: Specific Question Discussion

In the tossup on absinthe in literature, the short story "Hills Like White Elephants" is clued. While the story's characters do, in fact, drink Anis del Toro (identifiable as absinthe based on the fact that it's drunk with water and tastes like licorice, and further by the fact that the word "absin...
by cchiego
Fri Oct 21, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Thoughts on Quizbowl Employment
Replies: 9
Views: 3609

Re: Thoughts on Quizbowl Employment

I think Noah's right that quizbowl is being "undervalued" in some ways because most of us would rather, say volunteer for free to help make a tournament happen rather than demand higher wages. Perhaps we could get more people over time with payment, but then you get into the problem of many schools ...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 09, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Novice 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 5816

Re: Pennsylvania Novice 2016

The set ran for the first time on Saturday, and I think overall it went quite well. We've corrected a number of grammar issues and clarified/added alternative answers to a few answerlines based on how they played at the mirror here in Philadelphia. If teams who played at the Illinois site want to pr...
by cchiego
Sun Oct 09, 2016 11:23 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Looking to start playing "Good Quizbowl"
Replies: 7
Views: 5251

Re: Looking to start playing "Good Quizbowl"

This is exactly the right attitude to have and it's great to hear that you took the right things out of your tournament experience yesterday! Many former NAC schools have joined the regular quizbowl circuit in recent years including past NAC powerhouses like Manheim Township, High Tech, and others. ...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3599

Re: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)

We are more than halfway to our goal of 42 teams with 2 months to go. I'm going to soft cap at 36 total teams since I want to be sure of our moderator situation and I'd like to reserve a few spaces for new teams that I've been in touch with that are in the process of forming right now. On that note,...
by cchiego
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:17 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: L&N Train Bowl—Knoxville TN (10/08/2016)
Replies: 19
Views: 5930

Re: L&N Train Bowl—Knoxville TN (10/08/2016)

Just casually looking at other schools...neither Bearden nor Central has attended an event in the NAQT database since 2010...Webb or Grace Christian hasn't since 2011...West hasn't since 2012 Data is similar for other area schools...Powell, Dobbyns Bennet, Lenoir City, Gibbs, Halls, Maryville, etc....
by cchiego
Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud
Replies: 163
Views: 80738

Re: Neg 5 : Quizbowl for the Cloud

Given that Neg5 is a giant leap forward for quizbowl in every way except for the stats output at this point, can some kind of collaboration between Mostafa and NAQT be accomplished here? If I have to deal with any more poorly-entered Google Sheets at tournaments, I'm going to go insane. Quizbowl in ...
by cchiego
Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17
Replies: 45
Views: 24442

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims '16-'17

Just wanted to remind NY and Jersey teams that Philly is like an hour's drive and there are tournaments coming up on October 8th ( novice-only at Carver HS on the PA Novice set) and October 22nd ( varsity and novice at Friends Select on IS-159A). Make your own Crossing of the Delaware and come visit...
by cchiego
Wed Sep 14, 2016 5:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Questions Galore Bought by Avery
Replies: 5
Views: 3055

Questions Galore Bought by Avery

Everyone's least-favorite bad quizbowl question "writer" just sold out to Avery Enterprises. Let's hope that might be an improvement for IESA since Avery, at least, seems somewhat aware of pyramidality and the importance of avoiding hoses.

Also, apparently Albania has quizbowl? Who knew.
by cchiego
Tue Sep 13, 2016 9:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3599

Re: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)

Running Field Update (as of 12/1) Total: (36/36) Field Cap Reached Open (12): Great Valley (2) Lehigh Valley Downingtown East Manheim Township Carver E & S Central Bucks East Friends Select Wissahickon (2) Delaware Valley Lakeland Novice (24): Great Valley (2) Downingtown East Manheim Township (3) P...
by cchiego
Mon Sep 12, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)
Replies: 5
Views: 3599

Quaker Fall Open II @ Penn [WHAQ/SCOP] (12/3/16)

The quizbowl team at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce our second-annual Quaker Fall Open, to be held on the Penn campus in Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, December 3rd. Divisions and Questions : This tournament will have two divisions: Open and Novice . The Open division will use ...
by cchiego
Sun Sep 04, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: (Re)Building (and sustaining) a team
Replies: 4
Views: 3406

Re: (Re)Building (and sustaining) a team

I still run high school tournaments on principle, and maybe if it expands to more schools, we might get a few people to come here (or possibly to nearby schools). I think this is really the key to the rest of the problem. If high school quizbowl in Idaho is limited only to a few top high schools an...
by cchiego
Sun Sep 04, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: New Collegiate Teams
Topic: (Re)Building (and sustaining) a team
Replies: 4
Views: 3406

Re: (Re)Building (and sustaining) a team

Trying to start and keep a team going without an active circuit in the area is going to be very difficult. I think in addition to trying to get a team going at BSU, you're going to need to work to get at least 3-4 other colleges within reasonable driving distance to start teams. I know it's a huge p...
by cchiego
Wed Aug 31, 2016 10:23 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Saying Farewell
Replies: 13
Views: 5564

Re: Saying Farewell

I have no intention of saying goodbye from the community for a while longer, but I wonder if, as my generation moves on, this might not be a time to assess the state of the game. Are we on a sustainable course? Are we developing enough new writers to pick up the slack as older editors move on? Are ...