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by Huang
Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

And what about all of the questions that the other people in the big room get? What happens when several people are inevitably close? How to Form an All-Star Team: 1) Choose player getting the most points in science 2) Choose player getting the most points in history 3) Choose player getting the mo...
by Huang
Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

It's unrealistic, however, that we would take three lit specialists and expect them all to see significant playing time. We wouldn't be taking three lit specialists. We would only be taking one. The one who scores the most points in literature. The max we would take would be maybe 2 lit specialists...
by Huang
Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

It takes all three players combined to overshadow Scott. All three of those players wouldn't be in at the same time because we'd be sacrificing either History or Science. Which means you play either Jack + Victor (loses out on the Arts), or Jack/Victor + Dowell (loses out on Lit). In which case Jac...
by Huang
Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

It's unrealistic, however, that we would take three lit specialists and expect them all to see significant playing time. We wouldn't be taking three lit specialists. We would only be taking one. The one who scores the most points in literature. The max we would take would be maybe 2 lit specialists...
by Huang
Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

grayson77 wrote:I don't see any problem with having around 16 people playing at once.
That will be the best way to see who's knowledge overlaps.
Or 32 people!
by Huang
Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

For example, if I am in a room with an assortment of specialists and generalists, I will likely get many of the lit questions. The tryouts should discriminate between those who know the most amongst a group of specialists rather than a generic group of participants as that will certainly be the cas...
by Huang
Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

I forgot to point out that the hypothetical combo lit-history specialist in Mr. Kremer's post is, in fact, benefiting from the sort of point inflation I've been referring to in my previous posts. If that hypothetical player were to meaningfully contribute on the Kentucky team, he or she would be abl...
by Huang
Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

becomes much easier for the people organizing the team to notice player A's literature strength as well. Player A's strength in literature is useless if the best literature player covers him or her. I know plenty of players who are decent generalists when they're playing on a less-than-stellar team...
by Huang
Sun Feb 21, 2010 3:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

I think it makes it much harder to see what players are able to do outside of their specialty (which I think is something very valuable to consider for this type of team). Why would it be harder? I'm pretty sure doing one room versus doing separate rooms won't matter in terms of determining who doe...
by Huang
Fri Feb 19, 2010 12:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

Players won't be playing on teams per se, it will be every man for himself in each room, while every tossup's category is tracked. That way, if we see that two people are scoring obscene numbers on lit, at some point during the event we would have both lit stars competing. Or we can just do a free ...
by Huang
Thu Feb 18, 2010 3:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

Players won't be playing on teams per se, it will be every man for himself in each room, while every tossup's category is tracked. That way, if we see that two people are scoring obscene numbers on lit, at some point during the event we would have both lit stars competing. Or we can just do a free ...
by Huang
Wed Feb 17, 2010 11:53 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 62784

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Coach K wrote: And speaking of Dunbar's tournament, could you e-mail out a registration form or something similar Susan?
In case anyone else missed it, here's the registration form: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/QGTWJF5
Edit: E-mail also works
by Huang
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team
Replies: 104
Views: 10894

Re: Kentucky HSAPQ All-star Team

So what ideas do people have for the format of the tryouts? Questions - Harder than nationals, preferably HSAPQ's NASAT set. Format - Free for all since it's the best way to test who has real depth and who overlaps with others in certain subject areas. I'm not sure the Ohio format works as well for...
by Huang
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 62784

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Since Dunbar is using HSAPQ sets, would the tournament be a good way of, kind of, surveying potential prospects for the All-Star team? It would be good for getting an idea of what the team may consist of, but the individual results may be skewed because some teams (Manual, Johnson Central) have sev...
by Huang
Tue Feb 16, 2010 6:43 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 62784

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Does holding tryouts at Dunbar on March 6th right after the tournament not work? March 13th coincides with fun stuff like a state chess tournament and the SAT.
Edit: By the way, I'm assuming Joe will be using HSAPQ's NASAT tryout set?
by Huang
Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 62784

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Gerd Bockmann wrote: The 27th seems like it would be the best weekend it seems. Are there any HS event that weekend that I don't know of?
Science Fair
by Huang
Tue Feb 16, 2010 5:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 62784

Re: Kentucky 09-10

HSAPQ All-star level, which I'm assuming would be similar in difficulty with PACE National or maybe even ACF Fall. I've been told its difficulty will be either like PACE NSC or ACF Regionals, correct me if I'm wrong. Centre would be interested in hosting a tryout tournament for team Kentucky, and t...
by Huang
Sun Feb 14, 2010 7:53 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 5527

Re: General Discussion

Oh ok. Yeah, I figured my selective memory was playing tricks on me as to just how many times old movie questions were showing up.
by Huang
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: General Discussion
Replies: 46
Views: 5527

Re: General Discussion

What was the trash distribution breakdown? (amount of old movies and etc.)
This set was pretty fun to play on despite my horrendous negging and blanking and general suckitude.
by Huang
Sun Feb 14, 2010 6:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010
Replies: 161
Views: 55712

Re: HSAPQ National All Star Academic Tournament in 2010

Question: If KAAC does not field a team to represent Kentucky (it seems like right now they are only sending a team to Panasonic), does that mean we can just combine a few of the best players from the state and play as Team Kentucky? Kentucky definitely needs a team there, especially considering th...
by Huang
Sun Feb 14, 2010 1:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: ANNOUNCEMENT: Centre T-Party Mirror 2/13/2010
Replies: 57
Views: 8273

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Centre T-Party Mirror 2/13/2010

Yeah, the tournament was definitely fun. It was really nice getting to play teams like Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio State without having to travel more than 50 miles. I'm looking forward to future tournaments at Centre.
by Huang
Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 16912

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

Even disregarding tournament finish, Centennial still has wins against Dorman B, Central Gwinnett, Ezell-Harding, and Brookwood. I only see Dorman B (and possibly Central Gwinnett? I've never heard of them until this year. Then again, I never heard of St. Anselm until last year) out of that group a...
by Huang
Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll - Congratulations State College!
Replies: 137
Views: 16912

Re: '09-10 HS Midseason Poll

How else could DuPont Manual end up ranked 23rd, despite losing to Dorman B at Brookwood? They were missing their best player at Brookwood. Also, I think Centennial deserved to be in the top 20 based on their high finishes at Walton, Brookwood, and Chattahoochee (their only losses coming to Southsi...
by Huang
Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:59 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 19366

Re: Why we can't have nice things

But overwhelmingly, human beings try to wall-up and defend what they believe especially when their characters are being assaulted as well as their beliefs. At the risk of me derailing this thread, is there evidence for this? I haven't encountered a scientific study indicating that people are more i...
by Huang
Thu Jan 28, 2010 2:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Why we can't have nice things
Replies: 141
Views: 19366

Re: Why we can't have nice things

I agree wholeheartedly with Nick. I have heard from eight (8) coaches and over a dozen players, most of whom have generally good opinions about good quizbowl, that they have read the boards but have refrained from joining for that exact reason. (Four of the coaches have named a specific administrat...
by Huang
Wed Jan 27, 2010 6:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 62784

Re: Kentucky 09-10

grayson77 wrote: So is anyone else ready to see if the questions are more pyramidal this year?
I've heard from teammates that the practice questions were in the same style as last year's questions. Hopefully I just misheard.
by Huang
Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:35 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Attending Bad Tournaments
Replies: 19
Views: 2695

Re: Attending Bad Tournaments

Would it be a bad idea to attend a tournament that is average or even bad when it is 1 hour away, while the only alternative may be 6-10 hours away or more? Or should teams just stay away from bad or average tournaments altogether and only attend the 8-10 good events they could make it to in a year...
by Huang
Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:21 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl FAQ
Replies: 23
Views: 2865

Re: Quizbowl FAQ

Because they are very set in them and it's going to be difficult to change their minds. Going into it full force and telling them everything they believe is wrong (even if it is) will never convince them that good quizbowl is actually good. It will just make them angry. Assuming you're presenting t...
by Huang
Sat Jan 02, 2010 6:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 62784

Re: Kentucky 09-10

I was just conducting a survey. Yet you posted this: But I find QR so much more fun because, like you guys say, its a game of speed and mind-tricks mixed with basic/intermediate levels of knowledge. Whereas QB is full of longer, boring questions. Sure the latter requires more skill and muuuch more ...
by Huang
Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 62784

Re: Kentucky 09-10

But I find QR so much more fun because, like you guys say, its a game of speed and mind-tricks mixed with basic/intermediate levels of knowledge. Why don't you just play video games instead? :roll: I don't get what you're trying to prove here by posting about how "fun" quick recall is. Do people en...
by Huang
Thu Dec 31, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 09-10
Replies: 457
Views: 62784

Re: Kentucky 09-10

Why is Governor's Cup so popular? Because it's the only academic competition worth doing in elementary school Do the written assessments add to the Governor's Cup? I don't think I would do Gov Cup if it only had quick recall Anyways, Matt is definitely correct about North Carolina having a healthie...
by Huang
Mon Dec 21, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments
Replies: 30
Views: 3689

Re: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments

But in high school, can educators really make the argument that it rewards students for learning and knowledge and a curiosity in the world around them? I think trash in general helps kids who like sports, movies, music, and etc. understand pyramidal questions a little better. Such an example would...
by Huang
Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Power matching sucks: a theoretical offering
Replies: 94
Views: 20937

Re: Power matching sucks: a theoretical offering

While holding competitive matches is not the only reason to have a tournament, it's one of the major reasons, so doing it more is a significant plus. A significant plus would be holding a tournament that correctly determines the final standings of teams that are statistically superior to teams that...
by Huang
Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 133
Views: 70177

Re: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)

it made for competitive matches almost all the way through the tournament, which, from a learning/improving point of view, is far superior than pool play. You know what's an excellent way to learn and improve? Practice. The thing you do where losing by 500 or winning by 50 doesn't matter because yo...
by Huang
Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Power matching sucks: a theoretical offering
Replies: 94
Views: 20937

Re: Power matching sucks: a theoretical offering

It is hard to pay attention in a game where you never have a chance of winning. You may call it psychologically weak. I call it being human. You may say that this is not the case for you, but you are not most people. I am one of those people that, like you, is focused fairly intently throughout the...
by Huang
Sun Dec 20, 2009 12:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Power matching sucks: a theoretical offering
Replies: 94
Views: 20937

Re: Power matching sucks: a theoretical offering

You are missing the #1 reason people do power matching, which is the fact that it produces closer games that help teams more. Helps them keep their fragile egos intact? There is minimal, if any, difference between playing close games and playing blowouts in relation to learning. Once someone stops ...
by Huang
Sun Dec 20, 2009 2:37 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 133
Views: 70177

Re: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)

Actually, the names of the players on their roster would indicate that they were at full strength. (Assuming they were at full strength at UIUC Earlybird when they lost to Loyola A and C-Dale A .) 2010 DCC might not be the caliber of DCC team we're used to: after all, me and my former team (and we ...
by Huang
Sun Dec 20, 2009 1:57 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)
Replies: 133
Views: 70177

Re: New Trier Varsity (12/19/2009) at New Trier (Winnetka, IL)

I'm gonna go out on a limb and assume DCC wasn't at full strength? Unfortunately, I'm not too familiar with what their exact team lineups are.
by Huang
Sat Dec 19, 2009 12:55 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments
Replies: 30
Views: 3689

Re: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments

I don't see how at least one or two of Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, and Alexander Ovechkin is not appropriate as an easy part. If those guys aren't easy parts, what is? "Hockey?" "The Stanley Cup?" "Ice?" I'm not sure if you're aiming for high school or college level but as a highsc...
by Huang
Fri Dec 18, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments
Replies: 30
Views: 3689

Re: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments

For high school, should writers assume Tracy McGrady can be an easy part of a sports bonus? Or would he be a middle part with Houston Rockets being an easy part (with obvious gettable clues)? As for sports, there is little distinction between high school and college goes for easy parts, minus datin...
by Huang
Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:12 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments
Replies: 30
Views: 3689

Re: Writing Trash for Academic Tournaments

For high school, should writers assume Tracy McGrady can be an easy part of a sports bonus? Or would he be a middle part with Houston Rockets being an easy part (with obvious gettable clues)?
by Huang
Fri Dec 18, 2009 5:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26815

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

gyre and gimble wrote: And it probably doesn't matter, but I've been finding several factual errors in this set that I haven't really kept track of, but off the top of my head there was a tossup that said Napoleon lost at Austerlitz
by Huang
Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:51 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Filler Words
Replies: 9
Views: 1887

Re: Filler Words

TheLessFamousEthan wrote:These extra words make a huge difference in timed matches, where getting an extra 5 seconds could mean being able to start an entire new tossup and bonus sequence, thus creating a possible 45 extra points.
I think most questions written for timed formats tend to keep bonuses concise.
by Huang
Thu Dec 17, 2009 4:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl Camps
Replies: 11
Views: 2441

Re: Quizbowl Camps

RountreeCHS wrote:Sandy, remind which camp you went to; I have forgotten.
Milligan
by Huang
Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quizbowl Camps
Replies: 11
Views: 2441

Re: Quizbowl Camps

ACE is really better suited for your newer players. Based on my one experience in 2008, the camp really emphasizes lists. Some classes may even include general overviews of the "canon." If your players do decide to go, I would recommend whatever art classes are offered because those tend to be the b...
by Huang
Wed Dec 16, 2009 4:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2-day Tournament at Solon, Ohio (2/13-2/14)
Replies: 34
Views: 4619

Re: 2-day Tournament at Solon, Ohio (2/13-2/14)

grayson77 wrote:I really hope we can make it to this.
It would be our first ever multi-tournament event.
I will try to convince one of our coaches to go.
If we attend, it will be with two teams.
Keep in mind that Centre is hosting T-Party on the same day
by Huang
Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26815

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared

der_ubermensch wrote:You should never say "titular event" in the first line of a toss-up on The Lottery. Just Sayin'.
Not really, though I guess it could've been left out.
by Huang
Wed Dec 09, 2009 5:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Delta Burke 2009 Discussion
Replies: 69
Views: 9052

Re: Delta Burke 2009 Discussion

A similarly misused word is “stock.” Most basically, this word means that a particular clue comes up in quizbowl enough that many people with sufficient packet experience associate it with the answer. It typically refers to a clue that often comes up at the beginning of a question, even when a lot ...
by Huang
Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26815

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared

I've seen and heard Quetzalcoatl and could verify that what was said for Tezcatlipoca seemed right, but stared blankly for several seconds at Tlahuizcalpantecuhtli. I know they are a point of contention on the boards and I'm not sure what the current consensus is, but if you're going to throw a nam...
by Huang
Tue Dec 08, 2009 9:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DAFT 2009 Discussion - Set Cleared
Replies: 89
Views: 26815

Re: DAFT 2009 Discussion

Mike said this on October 21, but every author/writer bonus in this set pretty much still has this problem. Oh heh. I didn't think this was too big of a problem so I didn't go back and fix them. Let me know if I'm underrating the issue. And it probably doesn't matter, but I've been finding several ...