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by mtimmons
Tue Nov 22, 2011 2:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 GINVIT (Gopher Invitational) 12/3
Replies: 21
Views: 3386

Re: 2011 GINVIT (Gopher Invitational) 12/3

Unless you guys have come up with some brilliant way to do tryouts, I don't really see the point. I think anyone who follows Minnesota quiz bowl or looks at some stats can tell who the best players are pretty easily.
by mtimmons
Fri Nov 18, 2011 1:34 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT A set difficulty
Replies: 23
Views: 4258

Re: NAQT A set difficulty

NAQT actually does produce a number of sets that are below A level difficulty. Just in Minnesota this fall there is a high school tournament on NAQT's middle school set, Rat-race which is a tossup only speed check set produced by NAQT, and the Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League which is composed...
by mtimmons
Mon Nov 14, 2011 5:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 10189

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

Knowledge Bowl questions are very short, non-pyramidal, and often require solving riddles or using educated guesswork order to get points. This serves to level the playing field in a bizarre way. For example: When I was a junior, I played KB against Sam Peterson's Chaska team who would go on to win...
by mtimmons
Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 10189

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

suchacardinal wrote: Now on the subject of RAT-RACE, I think that, unless they've changed the format from that of TOMCAT, the short, easy tossups that grow in point value are the novelty of that tournament.
That may be the case but that doesn't mean that the questions aren't terrible...
by mtimmons
Sun Nov 13, 2011 8:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 10189

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

If it's hard(er) questions and more competition you guys are looking for, you can play some college tournaments. Most of the teams playing at league probably find the questions more than sufficiently challenging and satisfying, so it's probably not changing any time soon. You've missed MOO, MAGNI a...
by mtimmons
Sat Nov 12, 2011 10:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 10189

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

I agree, the questions were laughably easy, but what really annoyed me was the lack of competition in my division. We switched back to the south because the dates and location were more convenient, but none of the other teams can even compete with us. I think that is probably more a function of the...
by mtimmons
Thu Nov 10, 2011 10:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 10189

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

I played the first round of league today. The questions were far too short with easy lead-ins and there was far too much non-academic stuff as usual. But on the bright side it seems playoffs have been changed for single to double elimination. Although this will approximately double the length of pla...
by mtimmons
Mon Oct 24, 2011 9:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 GINVIT (Gopher Invitational) 12/3
Replies: 21
Views: 3386

Re: 2011 GINVIT (Gopher Invitational) 12/3

eliza.grames wrote: Additionally this year, top scorers will be invited to form the Minnesota All-Star team for the National All-Star Academic Tournament.
I really hope the system is more complicated than just taking the top 4-6 scores.
by mtimmons
Sat Sep 24, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota High School Novice Tournament - 3.24
Replies: 20
Views: 8149

Re: Minnesota High School Novice Tournament

Have more teams signed up since the last update?
by mtimmons
Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 10189

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

I think one of the other issues is that many teams, mine included, compete in Knowledge Bowl in addition to the various Quiz Bowl events throughout the year. This adds a considerable number of events to my team's schedule every year, roughly 9 or 10, making additional quiz bowl events harder to att...
by mtimmons
Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 10189

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

We should also be realistic. Minnesota had very small fields for a number of their high school tournaments last year. I would be open to running another tournament, but I think interest would need to materialize first. Do you guys have any idea why this is the case? Are most Minnesota teams unwilli...
by mtimmons
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 10189

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

So far it seems like there will be 6 tournaments held in Minnesota during the fall: Minnesota High School Novice 10/1 SOCIAL 10/29 [IS-108A] [tentative] MHSQBL starts late October/early November TOSSUP [MS-02] early November Fall Novice 11/12 GINVIT [IS-107] 12/3 [tentative]. The problem I see is th...
by mtimmons
Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2011-12
Replies: 44
Views: 10189

Re: Minnesota 2011-12

I'll be out of town until mid-August but after that I'd certainly be interested, particularly if the practices were at the University of Minnesota.
by mtimmons
Wed Jun 15, 2011 11:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion
Replies: 135
Views: 21047

Re: 2010-11 NAQT IS sets: question-specific discussion

What were the conversion stats for the David Foster Wallace tossup in IS-100? It seemed like that was one of the more extreme examples of difficult literature questions that plagued that set.
by mtimmons
Wed May 04, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29: Congratulations State College!
Replies: 112
Views: 33985

Re: 2011 NAQT HSNCT: May 27-29, Atlanta

Seems the hotel's out of rooms--anyone look into alternate sites yet? I know there are plenty of hotels in the area. I called them today; they reported that the rooms in the block offered at the special NAQT rate are all sold out, but there are plenty of rooms still available at regular rates. NAQT...
by mtimmons
Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Discussion
Replies: 88
Views: 14276

Re: NHBB Discussion

To do double elim with 32 teams, we need 11 rounds. Unless I am mistaken it can be done in 9 rounds. Here is an example 9 round 32-team double elimination format, where teams are seeded from 1-32 and the winner takes the lower card. Round 1: (no-loss bracket 32 teams) 1v31, 3v29, 5v27, 7v25, 9v23, ...
by mtimmons
Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT XX Mirror at Minnesota 4/23
Replies: 8
Views: 2548

Re: BHSAT XX Mirror at Minnesota 4/23

So this tournament was pretty good. The questions were excellent and not particularly difficult. In fact, I would say the questions were considerably easier than an IS set. But that was perfectly fine considering the field. At least in Central's games, the questions rarely went dead or triggered buz...
by mtimmons
Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT XX Mirror at Minnesota 4/23
Replies: 8
Views: 2548

Re: BHSAT XX Mirror at Minnesota 4/23

Assuming that more teams sign up, I anticipate playing this. I'll try and get more definite information in the next couple of days.
by mtimmons
Mon Apr 18, 2011 2:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

So, the NAQT state championship happened on Saturday. The results were pretty surprising with St. Thomas Academy winning and Minnetonka finishing second. Central got 3rd and Hopkins, Wayzata, and Eden Prairie rounded out the top bracket. Notably absent were Chanhassen, Chaska, and Peter from Eden Pr...
by mtimmons
Sun Apr 17, 2011 9:38 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT XX Mirror at Minnesota 4/23
Replies: 8
Views: 2548

Re: BHSAT XX Mirror at Minnesota 4/23

Would it be ok if a team of UMTYMP/PSEO people played this?
by mtimmons
Wed Apr 06, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format
Replies: 96
Views: 17611

Re: 2011 PACE NSC Tournament Format

This isn't my position on this format, but I have heard it from some others: this feels like an abnormally low number of prelim games to decide if teams are ultimately in contention or not -- what is Dwight's take on this matter? We could have gone with the following format: 9x8 prelims, split 3/3/...
by mtimmons
Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: BHSAT XX Mirror at Minnesota 4/23
Replies: 8
Views: 2548

Re: BHSAT XX Mirror at Minnesota 4/16

Although I imagine Central will come to this regardless this is the same day as the NAQT Minnesota State Championship.
by mtimmons
Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Prison Bowl Mirror at University of Minnesota 3/19
Replies: 7
Views: 2198

Re: Prison Bowl Mirror at University of Minnesota 3/19

Are any teams other than Chanhassen and Central coming to this?
by mtimmons
Sat Feb 19, 2011 9:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Copernicus's Birthday Party (GSAC mirror at Minnesota)
Replies: 18
Views: 3674

Re: Copernicus's Birthday Party (GSAC mirror at Minnesota)

This was another well run tournament by the University of Minnesota. The question set was also excellent. It was easily the best high school set I've played a year. This is kinda a minor point but I'm curious why the tournament had so few rounds. Maybe I'm wrong but I thought there would have been e...
by mtimmons
Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

Your suggestion about having split fields is an interesting one. I don't think you necessarily want to "burn" two tournament sets on the same day, however. You could certainly split the field into a top (A and B teams only) and bottom pool. IS-102 seems like it's not going to be played in Minnesota...
by mtimmons
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

The pre-tournament seeding was based on stats from the MNHSQB league. What ended up happening is that some teams (notably Hopkins, Irondale and Eden Prairie) underperformed their seeding while others (DeLaSalle and Mounds View) outperformed. I didn't have access to the rosters prior to doing the se...
by mtimmons
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

Re: the lack of a full round-robin. We were VERY sensitive to the late running of last year's event and this led us to the following somewhat contradictory conclusions: (1) seven games before lunch is too many (teams need a break, and delays caused by a slow room expand exponentially with more roun...
by mtimmons
Tue Feb 15, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

Stats from Run from the Roses are up so I thought I'd make some comments. First, the tournament ran smoothly and ran nearly on time. I heard that last year's tournament went until 7 so this is certainly a major improvement. In addition, the change from single elimination was a huge improvement. Alth...
by mtimmons
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

Max Not saying you're wrong about anything you've posted about this. It's obviously too late to make any changes for this year, but it's something we'll consider for next year and beyond. What you might want to consider doing is typing up a one-page summary of the changes you'd like to see. This wo...
by mtimmons
Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

Max The mechanics of the card system seem reasonable. I think your underlying assumptions are somewhat questionable, however. Qualification: Only the top 3 teams from each division would qualify instead of 4. As 4th seeds are almost always stomped in the first round of playoffs I don't see this as ...
by mtimmons
Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

Max The mechanics of the card system seem reasonable. I think your underlying assumptions are somewhat questionable, however. Qualification: Only the top 3 teams from each division would qualify instead of 4. As 4th seeds are almost always stomped in the first round of playoffs I don't see this as ...
by mtimmons
Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

For the past several years there have been some compliants that the league playoffs were single elimination. Previous suggestions for other playoff formats either involved two nights or saturday playoffs and were never happened due to the limitations of one night of playoffs. After thinking about th...
by mtimmons
Sun Jan 23, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SnowCAT at Carleton College (1/22/11)
Replies: 10
Views: 2116

Re: SnowCAT at Carleton College (1/22/11)

I thought this tournament was run really well and I liked the double round robin format though I think there were too many byes. The set was pretty good but it seemed the literature tossups were much harder than other tossups. Even in the championship playoff bracket lit tossups were routinely going...
by mtimmons
Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SnowCAT at Carleton College (1/22/11)
Replies: 10
Views: 2116

Re: SnowCAT at Carleton College (1/22/11)

Has the format for this been determined?
by mtimmons
Mon Jan 03, 2011 5:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: SnowCAT at Carleton College (1/22/11)
Replies: 10
Views: 2116

Re: SnowCAT at Carleton College (1/22/11)

Central will probably bring a team. Are games going to be 20 tossups this year? Also, hopefully playoffs will be rebracketed round robin instead of single elimination.
by mtimmons
Sun Dec 05, 2010 8:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN
Replies: 10
Views: 2927

Re: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN

This tournament went really well and the moderation was quite good too as rounds averaged between 25-30 minutes the entire day. Stats for the tournament can be found here: http://www.tc.umn.edu/~kand0028/quiz_bowl/stats/ginvit_2010/ It seems Central's bonus conversion needs some serious improvement.
by mtimmons
Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN
Replies: 10
Views: 2927

Re: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN

I think some of the confusion stems from there being two top at GINVIT, which I think is fairly unusual. Another option would be to only take 1 team from each prelim bracket into the top bracket and only have 1 top bracket. But given that last year all of the top 4 teams came from 2 prelim brackets ...
by mtimmons
Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN
Replies: 10
Views: 2927

Re: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN

What format is this going to be? The exact format will depend on the number of teams, but this has historically had two bracketed round robins (one for prelims, one for playoffs), and that'll probably be the case this year. I don't know if this is possible but I think it might be nice if after the ...
by mtimmons
Sun Nov 28, 2010 9:58 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN
Replies: 10
Views: 2927

Re: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN

What format is this going to be? The exact format will depend on the number of teams, but this has historically had two bracketed round robins (one for prelims, one for playoffs), and that'll probably be the case this year. I don't know if this is possible but I think it might be nice if after the ...
by mtimmons
Sat Nov 27, 2010 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN
Replies: 10
Views: 2927

Re: 2010 Gopher Invitational at UMN

What format is this going to be?
by mtimmons
Sun Oct 31, 2010 12:28 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

SOCIAL happened today. EP A won, Chanhassen finished second, Central third, and EP B fourth. For the most part the tournament went pretty well and only ran like 30 minutes behind. However, the set seemed way too easy for the at least the top teams if not most of the field. A lot of the lead-ins were...
by mtimmons
Wed Oct 20, 2010 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Re: Minnesota 2010-11

Central should have a team at SOCIAL. I heard Wayzata is also going. I think it's unfortuante though the SOCIAL seems to be using single elimination playoffs again instead of double round robin or card system plus round robin playoffs. Thoughts?
by mtimmons
Wed Oct 06, 2010 9:53 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota 2010-11
Replies: 24
Views: 3237

Minnesota 2010-11

Given that the league format was announced today it seems like time for this thread. Unfortunately, the league format is exactly like last year despite almost everyone recommending changes to either the questions or the single-elimination playoff structure. Thoughts?
by mtimmons
Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '09-'10
Replies: 139
Views: 19523

Re: Minnesota '09-'10

While I think the state tournament accurately determined the best teams yesterday, I wish the format had been double round robin instead instead of single elimination. It seems like Chaska and STA are probably better than Eden Prairie B, which managed to get fourth without beating a single top tier ...
by mtimmons
Wed Mar 24, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Robert Schumann Bicentennial Tournament - 3/27 @ UMN
Replies: 17
Views: 3889

Re: Robert Schumann Bicentennial Tournament - 3/27 @ UMN

I'm surprised none of the other teams in the state that have attended non-NAQT tournaments in the pass, like SPC and Chaska, for example, have shown interest. Heh. Central should be there with a team, though we'll be missing some people. It'll be more than just myself though. Will Martin be there? ...
by mtimmons
Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:56 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Robert Schumann Bicentennial Tournament - 3/27 @ UMN
Replies: 17
Views: 3889

Re: Robert Schumann Bicentennial Tournament - 3/27 @ UMN

tl wrote:I'm surprised none of the other teams in the state that have attended non-NAQT tournaments in the pass, like SPC and Chaska, for example, have shown interest.
Heh. Central should be there with a team, though we'll be missing some people. It'll be more than just myself though.
by mtimmons
Sun Feb 21, 2010 2:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '09-'10
Replies: 139
Views: 19523

Re: Minnesota '09-'10

Yeah as Gaurav said and people have been saying for a while the playoff structure is terrible. Not only is it single elimination but very poorly brackted single elimination at that. While one quaterfinal match saw the two highest scoring teams by ppg in prelims play another saw Blake and SLP both fa...
by mtimmons
Mon Jan 25, 2010 8:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Minnesota '09-'10
Replies: 139
Views: 19523

Re: Minnesota '09-'10

Also, looking at stats one thing I saw was the round 4 had very low conversion across the board at SnowCat. No room converted more than 15 tossups, which even though there were only 18 tossups read is still pretty low. It seemed like across the board teams just failed to put up many points that roun...