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by STPickrell
Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:33 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: The quizbowl decades project
Replies: 123
Views: 67883

Re: The quizbowl decades project

Lots of interesting posts here. A similar story to Mike's 'Win one for the Flipper' speech would have to be the Spotswood-Salem match, the 2003 Group AA VHSL state championship. This was Marian Suter's last VHSL match as a coach and was the only Game 7 that year, so there were probably 100 or more p...
by STPickrell
Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: CSI IV (11/21/09) @ Cave Spring HS (Roanoke, VA)
Replies: 26
Views: 3565

Re: CSI IV (11/21/09) @ Cave Spring HS (Roanoke, VA)

kamikaze wrote: Glenvar (2)
:shock:

So was it a new principal or did RCS shame these guys into forming a team?
by STPickrell
Fri Jun 12, 2009 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Possible Tournament in Buffalo Area
Replies: 4
Views: 945

Re: Possible Tournament in Buffalo Area

Hi everyone I am a member of a team in Clarence, NY (just outside Buffalo), and I would like to gauge the level of interest in a tournament in our area. There is a local league that plays weekly matches on WLVL AM 1340, but that is only late-January to early-April, and I want to have a tournament w...
by STPickrell
Wed Jun 10, 2009 10:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Junior NAC 2009 Results
Replies: 28
Views: 3778

Re: Junior NAC 2009 Results

It's bizarre. My team would have been a lot better this year if we had been able to use our two top students from last year. Not really. Some middle schools are 6-8, others 7-8, and others 7-9. If you had your two top alumni from last year, the only apples to apples comparison would be if other sch...
by STPickrell
Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Junior NAC 2009 Results
Replies: 28
Views: 3778

Re: Junior NAC 2009 Results

A team consists of players from one middle school or junior high school whom the school has declared eligible. To equalize the playing field between junior high teams and middle school teams, each middle school team is welcome to include up to two ninth graders from the high school into which that ...
by STPickrell
Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Junior NAC 2009 Results
Replies: 28
Views: 3778

Re: Junior NAC 2009 Results

If he's a current freshman at TJ, are they allowing people from mixed schools to compete? Fairfax County Public Schools have middle schools with only grades 7 and 8. If the guy went to Longfellow and it was cleared w/ Chip or in the rules, it would be less of a problem. It's the same idea as lettin...
by STPickrell
Tue Jun 09, 2009 1:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Next Year
Replies: 74
Views: 9871

Re: Next Year

Maybe this won't matter next year, per se, but TJ could get better than they ever were within the next 4+ years. Longfellow MS, which feeds select kids into TJ, has been sending a quizbowl team to legitimate tournaments (and :chip: ) around the area. Depending on how they're being coached (and from...
by STPickrell
Wed May 20, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAC schedule info/tournament thread
Replies: 217
Views: 32262

Re: NAC schedule info/tournament thread

Hampton -- is that some NY school or Hampton (VA)? I'd be very surprised if Franklin County is Franklin County (VA) as they only play their regional league and have never done well in there. Monticello is in VA, they've made VHSL AA states a couple times. (EDIT: never mind, they're playing junior na...
by STPickrell
Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Roanoke College (VA) Invitational (4/25)
Replies: 5
Views: 1150

Roanoke College (VA) Invitational (4/25)

I got this email from the tournament organizer. It is using IS-81. Yes, I know it is the same date as HAVOC. I have made him aware of this potential issue and advised him to join/monitor this board. You may email him at aesexton at roanoke dot edu for more info or to request/work out a date change. ...
by STPickrell
Wed Apr 01, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL Scholastic Bowl Commissioner and Tournament Director
Replies: 0
Views: 1034

VHSL Scholastic Bowl Commissioner and Tournament Director

The positions, formerly held by one individual, will now be separate. People who are interested in only one or the other may apply for one or the other. Dan Goff has announced his intent to apply for both positions. Given his knowledge of both VHSL and general circuit quizbowl, I intend to write a s...
by STPickrell
Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL Advisory Committee
Replies: 2
Views: 604

Re: VHSL Advisory Committee

Dan, I'll email you. I'm not 100% sure how much I'm able to say until the official minutes are posted.

Ditto for anyone else interested.

I will say that I think the circuit at large will be pleased.
by STPickrell
Wed Mar 04, 2009 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL State results
Replies: 39
Views: 4128

Re: VHSL State results

I have been cleared to mention that as of May 1, I am resigning as VHSL Scholastic Bowl Commissioner. I would like to spend more time with my wife and daughter, and believe I am ready to serve my community in areas aside from academic competition. On a professional level, I believe the time has come...
by STPickrell
Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL State results
Replies: 39
Views: 4128

Re: VHSL State results

Mr. Pickrell, your understanding of the suggestions is excellent. I think that's very much what we've been trying to say. Now, there isn't so much an argument against the blank paper rule as there is a lack of a reason for it, but I'll try. One thing you may not be considering is that, at many tour...
by STPickrell
Wed Mar 04, 2009 12:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL State results
Replies: 39
Views: 4128

Re: VHSL State results

There is a rule about everyone starting with blank sheets of paper. I'm not overly worried about this rule, but if a solid explanation why this rule should be removed is presented, I am open for persuasion. As for other objects, a strict reading of the 'table cleared' rule can lead to being asked to...
by STPickrell
Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL State results
Replies: 39
Views: 4128

Re: VHSL State results

Ok, the ACF Regionals date was a problem this year. But I know someone who was turned down as a reader for VHSL Regionals seemingly solely on the basis that he was under the age of 50. The only tournament I have direct influence over staffing is states. I'm not sure of what happened at the Central ...
by STPickrell
Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL State results
Replies: 39
Views: 4128

Re: VHSL State results

The match 6 computation question. The printed answer was wrong, but the correction we initially provided was also wrong. As for alternate acceptable answers: these should be allowed. I have always stressed to quizmasters, judges, etc., that the paper is not infallible. I will work with Dr. Barnes to...
by STPickrell
Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: RAPPoff Inaugural Tournament 4/4/09 at Rappahannock County
Replies: 47
Views: 6532

Re: RAPPoff Inaugural Tournament 4/4/09 at Rappahannock County

pretzeldude92 wrote:James River (per a teammate)
Buchanan or Chesterfield?
by STPickrell
Mon Mar 02, 2009 12:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL State results
Replies: 39
Views: 4128

Re: VHSL State results

pretzeldude92 wrote:BTW, are the questions cleared for discussion/mention in our local newspaper?
All VHSL tournament (district, region, state) questions are cleared. Regular season questions may be used by Avery so they are not (yet) cleared.
by STPickrell
Sat Feb 28, 2009 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL State results
Replies: 39
Views: 4128

VHSL State results

Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and Rappahannock County all win VHSL titles. Congratulations! Problems included a couple of repeats (cut and paste errors on my end) and one math question with a wrong answer (which we corrected in time). Group A: Lebanon 180, Nandua 120 Rappahannock Co. 260, Auburn 4...
by STPickrell
Fri Feb 27, 2009 8:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09
Replies: 110
Views: 17224

Re: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09

For AAA, I think MLWGS and TJHSST will be one and two respectively. AAA: Maggie Walker Wow, I am not sure I can knowingly put Gov over TJ on questions that focus so heavily on computation. Not that it is any measure of actual academics, TJ really seems to have the edge with this distribution. Obvio...
by STPickrell
Tue Feb 17, 2009 10:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL Results
Replies: 47
Views: 6719

Re: VHSL Results

complete brackets (region champ is listed first) Group A Nandua vs. Lebanon Rappahannock County vs. Auburn Radford vs. West Point Honaker vs. George Mason Group AA James Monroe vs. Cave Spring Charlottesville vs. Spotswood Heritage-Lynchburg vs. York Salem-Salem vs. Western Albemarle Group AAA Maggi...
by STPickrell
Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:56 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting
Replies: 45
Views: 5490

Re: IHSSBCA Steering Committee meeting

I would definitely warn against the "blacklisted" teams from succumbing to the fallacy of "I know it, so it must be easy" and then writing on all kinds of inappropriate things given the field. If you can ensure this won't happen in the vast majority of the packets you're given to edit (and can feas...
by STPickrell
Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I need a Group Coordinator for Group AAA
Replies: 3
Views: 969

Re: I need a Group Coordinator for Group AAA

Zip Zap Rap Pants wrote:Hey what date is this again? I'll probably be on spring break but just checking.
Feb. 28
by STPickrell
Fri Feb 06, 2009 5:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus
Replies: 65
Views: 5367

Re: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus

In response to Mike's last point: Giving the people who started the petition an easy way to classify their opponents as jerks would not help this situation. To some extent, Pickrell is making similar points to yours. This is entirely what I meant. I agree entirely with Mike in that being against AC...
by STPickrell
Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus
Replies: 65
Views: 5367

Re: Petition Against ACF Formatted Bonus

Jeremy Gibbs Free Energy wrote:Do I care whether they listen to me?
ANSWER: no
Ill-thought actions at this junction may delay the development of quizbowl in Illinois for 4-5 years, if not longer.
by STPickrell
Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:52 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL Results
Replies: 47
Views: 6719

Re: VHSL Results

No, I do not plan on re-using them. On the other hand, if HSAPQ gets to write the questions, criticism of my writing will become moot.
by STPickrell
Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I need a Group Coordinator for Group AAA
Replies: 3
Views: 969

Re: I need a Group Coordinator for Group AAA

I have filled the AAA position but I now need someone to serve as Group AA coordinator. (BTW, congrats to J. Sarge going to CC Nationals.)

Same info as above.
by STPickrell
Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Getting coaches to care
Replies: 38
Views: 4850

Re: Getting coaches to care

Sir Thopas wrote:
hwhite wrote:Actually, we might not be able to go to VHSL Regionals because of the very reason (no faculty from the school).
you say that as if it's a bad thing
Perhaps I should be writing 2-line tossups. It'll be easier on me, most teams won't care, and the few that do will complain just as loudly.
by STPickrell
Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:18 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: I need a Group Coordinator for Group AAA
Replies: 3
Views: 969

I need a Group Coordinator for Group AAA

Adam Fine is stepping down after eight years in that position. Dan Goff is tentatively serving as Group AA coordinator, and Marian Suter is serving as Group A coordinator. The job is to serve as an assistant TD and to encourage officials to apply modern quizbowl principles whenever possible. You'll ...
by STPickrell
Thu Jan 22, 2009 1:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL Results
Replies: 47
Views: 6719

Re: Results

Yeah, Nandua is going to Regionals once again. I'm pretty sure Rappahannock and Washington & Lee are tied for first in Northern Neck. Nobody seems to have heard from Tri-Rivers though. Do all of their schools post teams? As far as I know, all five of the Tri-Rivers schools have teams. Windsor and F...
by STPickrell
Wed Jan 21, 2009 3:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL Results
Replies: 47
Views: 6719

Re: Results

Nandua is in the Shore District of the VHSL's Region A.

King & Queen defeated West Point 200-180 to win the Tidewater
I have the results for the Northern Neck @ home.
No idea about the Tri-Rivers. The only team to advance to states from the Tri-Rivers was Windsor back in 2005.
by STPickrell
Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:47 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VCU Spring Tournament 2/21/09 Richmond VA
Replies: 46
Views: 8030

Re: VCU Spring Tournament 2/21/09 Richmond VA

Brentsville has often come in 3rd or 4th in the VHSL Region II. Patrick Henry -- I didn't know they had a team again (I'm assuming it's PH-Ashland.)
by STPickrell
Fri Jan 16, 2009 4:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: ITT I liveblog a tournament written by Questions Galore
Replies: 15
Views: 1632

Re: ITT I liveblog a tournament written by Questions Galore

quizbowllee wrote:I just overheard a coach complain that the questions are too long... :cry:
:w-hat:

I mean these are just garden-variety bad, not epic bad (most of them are straight-forward one-clue questions). But too long? WTF is this coach wanting?
by STPickrell
Fri Jan 16, 2009 10:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09
Replies: 110
Views: 17224

Re: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09

My team and I have issues with the many grammar toss-ups in VHSL. Just throwing that out there. 2/3 of grammar questions are directed ("quick! conjugate this verb!") and 1/3 are grammar concepts, such as 'verb mood,' the word 'shall,' etc. Of course I put in the much-maligned font tossups (I've ask...
by STPickrell
Wed Jan 14, 2009 10:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Professionalism for coaches
Replies: 21
Views: 9576

Re: Professionalism for coaches

Complaining is something that cannot be measured objectively. On the other hand, a TD can rule, 'You're making frivolous protests. Please stop.' Would there be support for a rule in states with 'association quizbowl' (e.g. VA, MO, IL, OK, etc.) to make 'repeated frivolous protests' a sportsmanship v...
by STPickrell
Tue Jan 13, 2009 10:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Middle school quiz bowl tournaments
Replies: 11
Views: 2413

Re: Middle school quiz bowl tournaments

I am a quiz bowl coach in northern Virginia. We are looking for middle school quiz bowl tourneys to enter. Otherwise, we have to attend high school tourneys. That would be good experience, but we would never win or even be competitive. Any help out there? Eugene Huang Longfellow Middle School Falls...
by STPickrell
Fri Jan 09, 2009 11:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: VHSL-HSAPQ Partnership
Replies: 7
Views: 1431

Re: VHSL-HSAPQ Partnership

I have done what I can for quizbowl in Virginia. But -- with the rise of HSAPQ and its immense pool of talent, I feel ready to pass on the baton of question writing. Most importantly, I know that VHSL series competitions will be played on questions worthy of the teams competing, which are of the hig...
by STPickrell
Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09
Replies: 110
Views: 17224

Re: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09

Chuern, any more specific comments on my questions please email me on Facebook or on shawn underscore pickrell at yahoo period com ...
by STPickrell
Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DACQ: Over
Replies: 1
Views: 662

Re: DACQ: Over

Chris,

Good luck. We are constantly learning, both about ourselves and the subjects we study.
by STPickrell
Tue Dec 30, 2008 9:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Linguistic Fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 5600

Re: Linguistic Fraud

An interesting example from IS-72: The Chihuahuan town of Ojinaga lies where the Rio Conchos empties into this nearly 1,900 mile long river (9.14) It has to do with Mexico, it's a river: the major element delaying where you buzz is that you're not sure if maybe the Rio Conchos empties into some oth...
by STPickrell
Mon Dec 29, 2008 2:51 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Linguistic Fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 5600

Re: Linguistic Fraud

Linguistic fraud allows you to answer a tossup off canon knowledge alone earlier than you should. If you don't see that that's bad, I can't help you. OK. What you're saying is that a Meiji Restoration question shouldn't contain actual Japanese names until maybe mid-way through. I agree with you. My...
by STPickrell
Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Linguistic Fraud
Replies: 60
Views: 5600

Re: Linguistic Fraud

I consider the presence of words in the 'target language' to be a clue in and of themselves, to be placed appropriately the same as any other clue. Some of these workarounds strike me as 'cures worse than the disease,' such as using non-standard names (i.e. not Posen/Posnan or Danzig/Gdansk) in the ...
by STPickrell
Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Are IS-A sets appropriate for new teams?
Replies: 75
Views: 9702

Re: Are IS-A sets appropriate for new teams?

It seems rather incongruous on first glance to be saying 'NAQT should be producing more and better IS sets' and then saying 'I won't write for NAQT.' NAQT is nothing more than the sum of its writers and editors. If NAQT's output is dominated by 6-8 'plodders' a year, I'm not really sure how much you...
by STPickrell
Fri Dec 26, 2008 6:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT
Replies: 175
Views: 18397

Re: High Schoolers and Writing for NAQT

I'm in somewhat of a rush, so I fear I've left a Mack-truck sized logical hole in this post. One post Guy made deserves a response: "I have yet to hear a response to the claim I have heard many times that NAQT takes quantity of writers into account more so than quality." I will say from my own exper...
by STPickrell
Fri Dec 19, 2008 4:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09
Replies: 110
Views: 17224

Re: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09

I have also heard feedback -- mostly negative -- from coaches/players who do not frequent this board. I think you should have expected this when you got in a business deal with a guy who has a reputation as one of the worst vendors out there. I know you seem to be chummy with Avery, but, like, when...
by STPickrell
Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:15 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09
Replies: 110
Views: 17224

Re: Non-DC Metro Virginia 2008-09

Tournament matches will be written to standards seen in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. i.e. more clues and a more canonical answer selection. About math computation: this is something (currently) 90% out of my control. I can suggest the reduction/removal/transfer of math comp questions until I'm b...
by STPickrell
Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:27 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Advice on question writing companies
Replies: 22
Views: 2802

Re: Advice on question writing companies

I know the OSSAA wants questions to be two lines or shorter. Sadly, many of the pyramidal companies will not write questions that short, as (and I agree with them) those are simply too short to adequately distinguish between the knowledge levels of the two teams. I would strenuously advise the OSSAA...
by STPickrell
Tue Dec 16, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3508

Re: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?

Come on guys, I don't want anything in college quizbowl to come from the IHSA rulebook. Shawn Pickrell, you have just proposed terrible ideas for college that I don't think anyone should ever want to see used at ACF Nationals or anywhere else. If we're going to at least have a protest heard, why th...
by STPickrell
Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:54 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?
Replies: 36
Views: 3508

Re: Resolve Protests in Important Games Immediately?

IIRC, the IHSA has a 5-minute time limit in researching protests. The VHSL rules allow for immediate resolution of disagreements if there is "quick and easy agreement among players, coaches, and staff" (paraphrasing). I know the latter is generally accepted practice in college quizbowl but is it exp...
by STPickrell
Mon Dec 15, 2008 9:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving Bonus Conversion
Replies: 25
Views: 3175

Re: Improving Bonus Conversion

I will second reading packets. This will help a lot with getting easy parts(which don't tend to vary unless you have a really weird set), and you will see that certain groups of things tend to come up. Andrew mentioned one; another example would be Japanese authors, of which there are five that I w...