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by jonpin
Fri Jun 19, 2015 7:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording
Replies: 12
Views: 7248

Re: Resetting [pt. 6 of 6]: Lessons Worth Recording

[*] What it takes to start a new team: Just get on the road and start going to tournaments. Really, that's it. Recruiting people, getting official funding/recognition, etc. all comes later, and treating those as insurmountable obstacles before one even shows up to a nearby event is not the right at...
by jonpin
Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16
Replies: 65
Views: 31037

NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16

This week (last week of August), I'll go through the thread and add some more plus give it all the fancy colors, but for now I'll take advantage of the useful work Casey did. Sept. 5 (pre-Labor Day) Sept. 12 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 - Princeton (148?) Oct. 3 Oct. 10 - Cornell (BASK) Oct. 17 - Columbia Univ...
by jonpin
Fri Jun 19, 2015 4:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17301

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

As with many new projects / new regions we take on, it's very difficult for us to predict where things will catch on. I had no way of knowing, for example, that we'd get proportionally more elite JV players than Varsity players or that the Olympiad would take off in Hong Kong. In terms of why the O...
by jonpin
Thu Jun 18, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: 2015 ICT survey results
Replies: 2
Views: 2202

Re: 2015 ICT survey results

The immediate takeaway I have from this survey is that people should stop trolling surveys.
by jonpin
Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17301

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

Along that line, are middle schoolers and the best 19-year-old players in the world playing on the same questions (even if in separate fields)? You can't write questions that are playable by the former and adequately distinguish the latter.
by jonpin
Tue Jun 16, 2015 11:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

After wrangling with SQBS about merging a literal baker's dozen of files, and doing some HTML to make it look nice, I can present the final, combined standings from the 2015 NSC have been posted in the database . Hopefully there aren't any errors remaining (a number of reported stat corrections were...
by jonpin
Mon Jun 15, 2015 2:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 22140

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

Harry, judging from the sentence immediately prior to that one, I think he's saying "We had a person whose job it was to handle this stuff. For some reason, it didn't get done in a timely fashion."
by jonpin
Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

If we ever move away from a paper scorekeeping method, I am all for keeping track of 0s and -0s, but at present, there are already so many different and "inventive" methods of keeping score that the idea of establishing, for instance, "X" indicates a not-a-neg while "0" represents an end-of-question...
by jonpin
Sat Jun 13, 2015 11:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State
Replies: 37
Views: 36817

Re: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State

With 12 teams, is this a RR + 6/6 or a RR + 4/4/4 or something else?
by jonpin
Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

I'm going to preface that, again, I do not have 100% confidence that the 48th place team at NSC is better than the 49th place team, and in fact I'd not be in the slighest surprised if they were reversed. There is some softness around the edge of each tier where the true rank of each team may be out ...
by jonpin
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 12352

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

I brought this up earlier , but I think that (at least in the DMV circuit) a solution to this is having all the teams cooperate on the schedule before any dates are set. A lot of the problems with too many tournaments that are too close together is that there's no communication between teams on wha...
by jonpin
Fri Jun 12, 2015 5:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with it?
Replies: 12
Views: 5154

Re: How do you describe quizbowl to someone unfamiliar with

If I'm going with a Jeopardy analogy, I stress that the questions are longer and you can interrupt them.
by jonpin
Thu Jun 11, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

My favorite thing about NSC is the seedings only serve as a barrier to a title or high finish if you let them. Those that do seed try the best that they possibly can, and as a result it maximizes the potential for very competitive games. Even with the seeding not being ideal, the teams find their w...
by jonpin
Thu Jun 11, 2015 1:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Writing for NAQT: policy changes; new payment rates
Replies: 6
Views: 4258

Re: Writing for NAQT: policy changes

Also, it seems this likely ends any worry about people writing for a difficulty level they may later age into. If a high school senior writes something for SCT and it isn't used that year, it's unusable for at least four years and possibly longer.
by jonpin
Tue Jun 09, 2015 3:09 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Accurate Timing during Tournaments
Replies: 22
Views: 9029

Re: Accurate Timing during Tournaments

Some forms of the Zeecraft have a built-in 5 or 10-second timer. Using any sort of timing device for a 2- or 3-second count is folly because of the impossibility of instantly starting the timer at the precise moment. The moderator is the arbiter of time and there is no reasonable way around that nor...
by jonpin
Tue Jun 09, 2015 6:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

The short answer is that the teams were seeded 1-96 based on performance through the year (with corrections for rosters), placed in 8 bands of 12, snaked into groups, and in some cases moved horizontally to avoid things like having two teams from one school or several teams from one region in the sa...
by jonpin
Mon Jun 08, 2015 11:31 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 undisp...
by jonpin
Mon Jun 08, 2015 8:09 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion
Replies: 65
Views: 30761

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: Question set discussion

Is it just me, or did the answer lines for a fair amount of the questions have a more general answer? I.e., the answer lines for some of the questions were flowers, soldiers, or mazes. It just seemed that there was a larger amount of these general answer lines than there would be in a regular seaso...
by jonpin
Sun Jun 07, 2015 10:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

Echoing those above, congratulations to DCC and the rest of an amazing top 8 on their performances. Please give me a few days to merge all the stat files together and clean up the data. I'll post my corrections policy in the morning along with the stat final containing all tiebreakers and the final....
by jonpin
Sat Jun 06, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

As the only team in the top tier, Harmony Science Academy has secured the small school title. Teams in contention for 2nd and 3rd place are Glasgow, Southside, and Mountain Lakes. A minimum of nine places ahead of the next team, Chattahoochee has clinched the JV title. Teams in contention for 2nd an...
by jonpin
Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

Here are the rest of the brackets. We will update later tonight with Small School and JV title scenarios. The first team in each of the Tier I pairs carries over a win. 9-16: Northmont, Early College; Richard Montgomery, Bloomington; Bellarmine, Solon; Arcadia, TJ (VA) 17-24: High Tech B, Carbondale...
by jonpin
Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

The teams competing for the national championship tomorrow are:
Rockford Auburn A, Western Albemarle, University of Chicago Lab, High Tech A, Detroit Catholic A, Maggie Walker A, LASA A, and Montgomery Blair.
by jonpin
Sat Jun 06, 2015 9:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC
Replies: 75
Views: 58839

Re: 2015 PACE NSC: June 6-7, Washington, DC

Stats will be posted regularly at this link.
by jonpin
Wed Jun 03, 2015 6:21 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

Spelling bees always being on television is a big reason why they are always more well-covered than quiz bowl, plus being that almost every elementary/middle school student has participated in some sort of class bee, there is a relation for many folks. I believe that spelling bees are actually spon...
by jonpin
Tue Jun 02, 2015 9:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!
Replies: 70
Views: 43268

Re: 2015 NAQT HSNCT: Congratulations Arcadia!

Let me say this as the PPB guy: PPG is better for seeding within one tournament site. But that's only true when teams play equal or close-to-equal schedules, and that's not the case at HSNCT. I arbitrarily picked two 7-3 teams with PPT/PPB inversion and looked at their strength of schedule: GNS wen...
by jonpin
Wed May 27, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 nAC
Replies: 28
Views: 11277

Re: 2015 nAC

So apparently Lusher Charter School won the New Orleans phase , which means that they now advance to the overall finals in Chicago...which is the same weekend they're registered to play the NSC. Hopefully they make the right choice. Doesn't nac resort to a paper tiebreaker anyway if they're not the...
by jonpin
Wed May 27, 2015 8:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 22641

Re: 2015 National Quiz Bowl Awards

Presumably due to not updating something from last year's announcement, this says that nominees will be announced June 5, and voting is between June 4-7 (and notably, NSC is June 6-7). The voting window should certainly extend past the end of the second major national.
by jonpin
Thu May 21, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT
Replies: 25
Views: 13241

Re: Human-computer quiz bowl match at the 2015 HSNCT

Is there any chance the talk and/or the match will be streamed online or recorded for later broadcast?
by jonpin
Wed May 20, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 12988

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

These might fall more under the "ridiculous quiz bowl-like substance" category from the Mike Bentley Challenge, but here are some things we've done: * Survivor. This is definitely a wacky thing for use with several players and a vast supply of short questions. Each round consists of an "immunity cha...
by jonpin
Wed May 20, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: Wacky Practice Formats
Replies: 21
Views: 14363

Re: Wacky Practice Formats

These might fall more under the "ridiculous quiz bowl-like substance" category from the Mike Bentley Challenge, but here are some things we've done: * Survivor. This is definitely a wacky thing for use with several players and a vast supply of short questions. Each round consists of an "immunity cha...
by jonpin
Thu May 14, 2015 12:10 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Team Going to 2015 NAC, Should I Be Worried?
Replies: 7
Views: 4442

Re: Team Going to 2015 NAC, Should I Be Worried?

Allow me to welcome you to the boards as well. If you can't get your money back, well at least you're going in knowing what to expect and if it lives up to expectations, your coach will know never to waste money with them in the future. When you say your local league, is this Bergen BrainBusters? Th...
by jonpin
Wed May 13, 2015 12:39 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

If the plan is to radically rework the rules for the Bee playoffs, I suggest a different alteration, which is how I believe the US History Bee or possibly the MS-level bees have worked previously. That is, when you reach a certain number of negs, you're done for the round. In a packet of 35 question...
by jonpin
Sun May 03, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Alternatively, one could also advantage the best players (giving them an actual incentive to excel during the prelim rounds), such as either giving the very best players a bye right to the semifinals or a (small) head-start in the quarterfinals. The only other large individual competition I know of...
by jonpin
Sun May 03, 2015 5:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

After I read the JV tiebreak, someone announced that the guy had been contacted but was 10 minutes away, so that tiebreaker didn't wind up happening until after the Varsity Bowl final. That meant that we didn't have the group assignments for the tiebreak winners ready to go (in retrospect, I should'...
by jonpin
Sat May 02, 2015 7:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

The idea of only getting 7-8 bowl games, or 3-4 bee rounds would--in my opinion--make a number of coaches of teams who are not contending for 1st place less willing to commit the resources to attend. I'm not about to ask my students to pay several hundred dollars each, give up an entire weekend just...
by jonpin
Wed Apr 29, 2015 1:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Re: the Varsity evening groups, I had hoped that each two-room block would basically run independently with the Room 1 staffer gathering all the scoresheets and thus being in a position before their Round 3 game to say "OK, I have both of you 2-0, this is for the spot in the quarterfinals" or "Looks...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I think one difficulty with a number of the alternative schedules being produced is just the length in terms of rounds and time. A 48-team double elimination bracket which rewarded preliminary excellence might give 16 group champions a spot in the winners' bracket while second and third-place teams ...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 28, 2015 2:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Madden and all of the NHBB people for putting on such a great tournament. My team really enjoyed playing the set, and whatever minor points will be listed below. I. My only major issue (and this really applies to NHBB rules in general) is the idea of moderato...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 27, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

I loved the Bee, and have almost no complaints about it. My only problem is that for the semifinals, I think the limit on the number of questions one can get correct should be lowered from 12 to 9 or 10, but if this was instituted for some mathematical reason that I am unaware of please excuse my i...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 27, 2015 3:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

Much like last year, I think that this year was mostly a successful tournament. I take some responsibility for the mix-up of several Varsity afternoon groups: a spreadsheet I put together Friday night and Saturday morning to try to speed up the difficult first re-bracketing had the second and third ...
by jonpin
Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

The teams that survived the round of 32 groups were: #1 Saratoga, #15 Lexington, #14 Richard Montgomery, #13 Centennial (on points after a 3-way tie), #5 LASA, #11 Farragut, #7 Bethlehem Central, #8 High Tech. They are reseeded based on Saturday night results to produce these quarterfinals: #1 Sarat...
by jonpin
Sat Apr 25, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread
Replies: 122
Views: 50475

Re: 2015 NHBB/USGO Discussion Thread

This is the 32-team knockout bracket for JV, and the "World Cup" 32-team stage (as one person called it) for Varsity. Last round of the night is going on now.

Will a private forum be set up for discussing the entirety of the question content?
by jonpin
Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:01 pm
Forum: Quizbowl History Forum
Topic: Becoming Part of the Community
Replies: 43
Views: 32961

Re: Becoming Part of the Community

Concur on the travel stories thing. My freshman year of college quiz bowl featured a trip to Penn Bowl that simply became known as India-f****-apolis.
by jonpin
Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Predictions/Analysis for Nationals
Replies: 3
Views: 2671

Re: Predictions/Analysis for Nationals

Edit:On a side note, does anyone know if History Bee draws are posted yet? I'm leaving tomorrow morning and I still haven't found out who I'm playing History Bee on Sunday(hotel seems to lack free wifi) They have not been. The most recent email (which included the Bowl draws--which are currently be...
by jonpin
Tue Apr 21, 2015 7:45 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 57722

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

So, stats . There are five reports: prelims before and after tiebreakers, playoffs before and after final series (overall, UG, UG 3rd, and D2), and all the games in one glob. Everything should be ordered properly now, and maybe polished a little bit (but not too much). I'm relying on people's inher...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion
Replies: 227
Views: 93637

Re: ACF Nationals 2015 Discussion

You can make a pretty good (case from those stats that this year was the easiest of those three Nationals! Outside of the wildly good 2014 Virginia team, the other teams' PPG and PPB stats are, on the whole, better this year than previous years. Further, there really isn't a noticeable gap between ...
by jonpin
Mon Apr 20, 2015 3:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 57722

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

Awesome tournament! On behalf of McMaster Quizbowl, I'd like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who ran and staffed this tournament and made it run so smoothly. The packets were fun, the organization was solid (from what we saw), and you even ensured that it was a beautiful weekend for some goo...
by jonpin
Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:00 pm
Forum: Theory
Topic: Cheating in High School Quiz Bowl
Replies: 8
Views: 4951

Re: Cheating in High School Quiz Bowl

Here's the thing: Why in the world is the metaphorical you cheating at quiz bowl? There are (in almost all cases) no big cash prizes, no lasting fame and fortune, no fifteen minutes on TV. All there is in quiz bowl is a community of people. And if you cheat in competition, whether it be local, natio...
by jonpin
Sun Apr 19, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bergen Academies Spring (NJ) - 4/11/15
Replies: 5
Views: 7132

Re: Bergen Academies Spring (NJ) - 4/11/15

Sorry for the delay. Stats are now posted in the database.
by jonpin
Sun Apr 19, 2015 9:03 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thread
Replies: 89
Views: 57722

Re: ACF Nationals - Ann Arbor, MI, 04/18-19/2015 - main thre

In full, the order of the playoff brackets is: (12) Monkeys; (8) Crazy Nights; (8) Days a Week; (8) Heads...; (8) Legged Freaks; (4) Weddings...

It's probably easiest for now to just label each bracket with the place they're shooting for, i.e. "Monkeys (1st place)", "Crazy Nights (13th place)" etc.