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by Great Bustard
Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16
Replies: 65
Views: 30629

Re: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16

NHBB Updates: Mid-Atlantic Championships (A Set) will be at Seton Hall University this year - most likely on (edit) March 12, just awaiting final confirmation Three Sunday dates are now set: Nov. 22 - Bergen County - Torah Academy in Teaneck, NJ - C Set Feb. 28 - New York City - Yeshiva University H...
by Great Bustard
Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Already Scheduled NHBB Dates for 2015-16
Replies: 2
Views: 2401

Re: Already Scheduled NHBB Dates for 2015-16

Could someone fix the order in which tournaments are listed on the website? Right now, they're sorted strictly by month, rather than by the actual date, so that events in January are listed first. Our webmaster is looking into this. Also, the icon for the Western Pennsylvania bowl is in Long Island...
by Great Bustard
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions/Suggestions About Hosting a Tournament
Replies: 10
Views: 2408

Re: Questions/Suggestions About Hosting a Tournament

Agreed with everything Jon says, plus, be sure to count on some people for backup. Plan on having 20% of your staff not show up, and that way, if everyone does, great - the slowest readers can get a scorekeeper, but you don't want to be in a position where you don't have enough people to read when 3...
by Great Bustard
Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Questions/Suggestions About Hosting a Tournament
Replies: 10
Views: 2408

Re: Questions/Suggestions About Hosting a Tournament

Just be advised that the bulk of the area calendar hasn't been scheduled yet, since most area schools are either still on break or are just back this week. While there's no set rule on the matter, hosts that have hosted in past years usually do so again, and usually around the same time of year (and...
by Great Bustard
Thu Aug 27, 2015 1:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16
Replies: 65
Views: 30629

Re: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16

So NHBB Northern NJ is confirmed for Nov. 21 though I'm still waiting on the site. Hopefully Seton Hall, but if not, we'll look elsewhere to stay on that date. Bergen County HBB returns to Torah Academy in Teaneck on Sunday, Nov. 22. As this is pre-Thanksgiving weekend, I can be in the area and I wi...
by Great Bustard
Mon Aug 24, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16
Replies: 65
Views: 30629

Re: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16

Has anyone booked Dec. 5 for area tournaments this year? Looking into whether that might be an option for Northern NJ on NHBB C Set. Let me know if that date is free or booked (getting a complete calendar for the year up would be most helpful at this point).
by Great Bustard
Sun Aug 23, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Already Scheduled NHBB Dates for 2015-16
Replies: 2
Views: 2401

Already Scheduled NHBB Dates for 2015-16

Lots more information on NHBB to follow soon, but for now, a quick note that the following high school level regional and state tournament dates and sites have been confirmed: October Oct. 24 - North Texas Fall - Selwyn College Prep in Denton, TX on C Set Oct. 31 - Eastern Georgia - Cedar Shoals HS ...
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16
Replies: 65
Views: 30629

Re: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16

We're definitely aiming for the 21st. In the meantime, I can confirm that the NJ State Championships will be at Ridgewood High School on Saturday, January 16 (B Set).
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16
Replies: 65
Views: 30629

Re: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16

Northern NJ (C Set) - Saturday, Nov. 14 or 21 (the 21st is the most likely, but not certain) Both of those dates have already been claimed (by Kellenberg and Bloomfield, respectively). Yes, I know that. We've also run this tournament on a Saturday in mid-November for some years now, and I do not ha...
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 11, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16
Replies: 65
Views: 30629

Re: NY / NJ Date Claims, 2015-16

Some early NHBB dates: Northern NJ (C Set) - Saturday, Nov. 14 or 21 (the 21st is the most likely, but not certain) Bergen County (C Set) - Sunday (the day after whichever of the two dates above we go with) Lower Hudson (C Set) - Saturday, Dec. 19 at White Plains High School. NJ States - open as alw...
by Great Bustard
Mon Aug 10, 2015 10:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving Outreach in Metro New York
Replies: 3
Views: 2032

Re: Improving Outreach in Metro New York

Regarding Ben's original post, I think that some sort of quizbowl alliance for the NYC Metro area is long overdue. The circuit here is close to 50/50 NY/NJ teams, so I'm not sure if putting effort into a state specific organization or set of tournaments is really the way to go about this though. Kee...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7870

Re: Quizbowl on social media

Matt Weiner and a few other people (though I don't recall who exactly) were very critical about this in a way that went beyond disagreeing with the concept. Calling it a vituperative personal attack would be too far, but they didn't exactly point it out in a polite way either. Their comments aren't...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jul 28, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7870

Re: Quizbowl on social media

In the interest of clarifying things, I've made a few comments on most of the points made above. Beyond what people have already mentioned, I can guarantee you that the number of people who have connections to a community who actively are on Facebook in any given day (and are thus in a position bet...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 27, 2015 3:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7870

Re: Quizbowl on social media

Public Facebook pages for quizbowl organizations are a good thing. They provide visibility and quick publicity--also, when one's team does well at some competition, there's something about sharing [congratulatory post from impressive-sounding organization] that appeals to that grandmother who final...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7870

Re: Quizbowl on social media

"living in DC" != "having even the most tenuous connection to DC quizbowl" So let's see: 1. I've directed five years running in DC / Arlington one of the largest quizbowl events of the year (and yes, for this purpose, NHBB is totally quizbowl - the use of buzzers & pyramidal questions combined with...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:04 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15
Replies: 24
Views: 14577

Re: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15

Aside from the above comments, I wanted to add a few final words about the Olympiad. First, I'd like to thank all the participants and their families for their trust in us to put together an inaugural event that you spent a very significant amount of time and money to compete in. That really does me...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15
Replies: 24
Views: 14577

Re: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15

And what percent of IHO attendees are "top players"? (as in people who actually go - not who gets inferred discounts) Ah, yes. I'm not sure why you think this is a perspicacious point of criticism. The % of "top players" by any reasonable definition was higher at the Olympiad, than, say, the % of t...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15
Replies: 24
Views: 14577

Re: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15: Registration Open

As mentioned earlier, there were a number of misconceptions in this post. I am correcting them / explaining further as needed. I happened to be free last weekend, so I ended up going down to Williamsburg to help out IHO for a bit. Here are a few observations from what I saw of the event, plus from t...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jul 22, 2015 4:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7870

Re: Quizbowl on social media

Are there any specific examples of this? I've helped* set up multiple regional organizations (and there's yet another in the works right now) and never had any intimation from people in quizbowl or on this forum that doing so was "in opposition to them." There was some justified concern about regio...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jul 22, 2015 2:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7870

Re: Quizbowl on social media

Are there any specific examples of this? I've helped* set up multiple regional organizations (and there's yet another in the works right now) and never had any intimation from people in quizbowl or on this forum that doing so was "in opposition to them." There was some justified concern about regio...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jul 22, 2015 10:35 am
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Quizbowl on social media
Replies: 21
Views: 7870

Re: Quizbowl on social media

I agree with Matt that the community needs to be more open to the use of social media, particularly Facebook group pages. Northern California and Southern California have active pages that are very helpful for organizing, scheduling, outreach and more. I think that part of the reason that quizbowl h...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 20, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15
Replies: 24
Views: 14577

Re: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15: Registration Open

Very briefly, I'm in the middle of the post-Olympiad tour, and will post some thoughts next week once I have time to decompress. I do not believe though that Harry's post begins to really tell the full story of what the week was like (and I don't see the sense in speculating about price or the prog...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 20, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15
Replies: 24
Views: 14577

Re: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15: Registration Open

Very briefly, I'm in the middle of the post-Olympiad tour, and will post some thoughts next week once I have time to decompress. I do not believe though that Harry's post begins to really tell the full story of what the week was like (and I don't see the sense in speculating about price or the progr...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO 2016 Middle School Nationals: Chicago, Jun 10-12
Replies: 3
Views: 2680

Re: NHBB & USGO 2016 Middle School Nationals: Chicago, Jun 1

This is for Middle and Elementary School Students - if they qualify for JV Nationals in April in Arlington, they are welcome to attend both, as the questions used are different.
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 06, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15
Replies: 24
Views: 14577

Re: 2015 Intl. History Olympiad July 9-15: Registration Open

No, as mentioned in an email, they'll be coordinated so that they go on during the same afternoon time slot. There's 4.5 hours in that block, and the hextathlon won't take more than 2.5 hours more to do. That should leave sufficient time for Table Combined. We're still tallying up the sign ups, but ...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jul 02, 2015 5:36 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field
Replies: 6
Views: 4725

Re: Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field

Registration for the Olympiad has now closed and barring unforeseen drops, this list should be considered finalized. We expect to have 12 Varsity, 16 JV, and 16 Middle School teams that will be formed after the Battery exam on July 9, though those numbers are subject to change.
by Great Bustard
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17081

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

David R. is right about the origins of most of the other Olympiads, to the best of my knowledge, though I know that iGeo began in the 1990’s after communism had collapsed (it nevertheless is proportionally attended better in Central and Eastern Europe than by any other part of the world). I think so...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 21288

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

Okay, one last post from me on this thread, since I had some time today to address some things here: On Ben’s post For the US Geography Olympiad, unless Nationals is going to be a free for all with numerous unqualified students, we need to have a qualification process for it. The exams do that very ...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jun 22, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 4 of 6]: The Quizbowl-NHBB Relationship
Replies: 46
Views: 21288

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

First off, I greatly appreciate the time and thought that everyone has put into this thread, especially Matt Jackson. As Matt mentioned, aside from taking the time to write the NHBB post, he also spent four hours discussing NHBB with me over dinner last month. Combined with his leadership (along wit...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jun 20, 2015 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17081

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

You've used this exact line of argument in the past, and it's not as valid as you might think. In each case, the idea of "Well this batch of students over here is getting a product, so they're satisfied" isn't telling the whole story, when there's the opportunity cost of making another product (whi...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jun 19, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17081

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

RexSueciae wrote:
Santa Claus wrote:
RexSueciae wrote:Andrew Huang from Arcadia
That's Andrew Leung, not Andrew Huang; Andrew Huang is from High Tech.
Whoops. The wrong Andrew is currently listed in the IHO field thread.
This has been fixed, and the divisions of each player have been added too.
by Great Bustard
Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field
Replies: 6
Views: 4725

Re: Update on 2015 International History Olympiad Field

The list has been updated with today's 3 registrants, as well as divisions for each student. The splits are quite even across all divisions, in fact.
by Great Bustard
Fri Jun 19, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17081

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 Ol...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ/DE/surrounding area discussion
Replies: 41
Views: 22805

Re: NY/NJ/DE/surrounding area discussion

NHBB Lower Hudson returns to White Plains High School for the 6th year on Dec. 19. Further NHBB dates to follow soon. Also, can we get a calendar post up as usual for the area with dates?
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 18, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17081

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

In going through my emails, I discovered an email I had sent to various people last month asking for help with the Olympiad sets and promising a rate of $4.50 a question. I'll hold to that rate for all Olympiad tossups - the other question rates will also be increased by $.50 accordingly. This shoul...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17081

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

To address the more legitimate questions and points here briefly: 1. We are using googledocs, checklists, and the like. We are also going to keep daily tabs on everyone's progress and adjust as needed. In terms of Fred's point, Weiner was making a rate commensurate with his status as a top question ...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 18, 2015 5:30 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB / IHBB / USGO Championship Sets Now Posted
Replies: 0
Views: 1689

NHBB / IHBB / USGO Championship Sets Now Posted

http://www.historybowl.com/resources/study-guides-resources/2015-high-school-nationals-question-sets/ for High School Bee and Bowl http://www.ushistorybee.org/about/sample-questions-study-guide/ for US History Bee http://www.geographyolympiad.com/nationals/sample-questions-geography-challenge-nation...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jun 17, 2015 4:03 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17081

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

A few things in response to Dave: -It's one thing to write questions in the summer, which makes sense, but a two week deadline is a bit perplexing. Why wasn't this call sent out earlier? Was this (groan) yet more questions supposed to have been written by Matt Weiner? -It's interesting that you say...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jun 17, 2015 3:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad
Replies: 36
Views: 17081

Re: Call for Writers -- International History Olympiad

22 days, ~1800 questions? Remind me again, which genius was it that thought up an event requiring ANOTHER 2000+ tossups....after the massive NHBBB Nationals set? Me. And you know what? We'll do it, and we'll compensate those who help out with a rate that is highly competitive. There are quite a few...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:14 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 22445

Re: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winn

Where would someone who didn't receive their award at the NASAT banquet get their award. Or who should I talk to? I have contacted all the recipients and we're working this out. Recipients will receive their awards and checks by the end of the month (or at the Intl. History Olympiad if they prefer).
by Great Bustard
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:12 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB & USGO 2016 Middle School Nationals: Chicago, Jun 10-12
Replies: 3
Views: 2680

NHBB & USGO 2016 Middle School Nationals: Chicago, Jun 10-12

The 2016 Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships of the National History Bee & Bowl and US Geography Olympiad will be held on June 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, IL near Chicago. The schedule of the weekend will look very similar to that of this year with the US...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:07 am
Forum: Single-Subject Events
Topic: NHBB High School Nationals Dates for 2020-2025
Replies: 8
Views: 15595

Re: NHBB High School Nationals Dates for 2015-2019

2016 Weekend of April 22th-24th It probably bears mention that in 2016, Passover begins in the evening of April 22nd and continues until April 30th. This may be a problem. There's no way to get a perfect set of dates for everyone. If we did it a week later, we'd be right up against AP exams (which ...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 22445

Re: 2015 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Voting Open

NHBB has learned after 5 years of running Nationals that the optimal way to distribute awards is to just ensure that whoever is reading the last games in which players who are going to receive awards are playing in should just be given the awards and told to give them to the players. Trying to do aw...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jun 12, 2015 3:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: Resetting [pt. 2 of 6]: How Much Quizbowl Does a Man Need?
Replies: 24
Views: 12096

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

For a concrete example of what happens when there's too much quizbowl for a circuit to handle, SoCal 2014 - 2015 is a textbook example. We had sixteen (16) regular season tournaments, one (1) nationals-prep tournament, one (1) novice tournament, and two (2) middle school tournaments. As a consequen...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jun 10, 2015 1:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 22445

Re: 2015 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Voting Open

Note the following: 1. The nominating committee did all its work before NSC 2. Procedures used this year were not different than the past two years 3. Particularly after NSC, one can make all sorts of arguments about who else should have been nominated, but we can't change things ex post facto, nor ...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jun 09, 2015 8:05 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 NASAT: June 13-14 @ Ohio State
Replies: 37
Views: 36050

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

Bids received and accepted (6/9): California Georgia Illinois Kentucky Maryland Michigan Missouri New Jersey Ohio Pennsylvania South Carolina Tennessee Virginia Expressed interest: Florida New York Is New Jersey going to this? Jon Pinyan didn't think so - I'm trying to figure out if so, so that som...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:16 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 22445

Re: 2015 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Voting Open

Voting is now open - please send your ballots to Bunnie Hadsall as specified above. Good luck to the nominees!
by Great Bustard
Mon Jun 08, 2015 3:01 am
Forum: Best of the Best
Topic: PACE Coaches Conference - June 5, 2015
Replies: 20
Views: 12331

Re: PACE Coaches Conference - June 5, 2015

Just curious as to how this went / was it well-attended / is this going to be an annual event at NSC? I think this is a great idea and hope that it can continue in the future.
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 22445

Re: 2015 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Posted

Since I'm going to be traveling for much of next week, and prepping our Asian Championships, please send your ballots to Bunnie Hadsall at bunnie@historybowl.com and NOT to me once voting opens on Sunday evening. Thanks.
by Great Bustard
Thu Jun 04, 2015 3:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2015 Natl. Quiz Bowl Awards: Congratulations to the Winners!
Replies: 34
Views: 22445

Re: 2015 National Quiz Bowl Awards: Nominees Posted

Congratulations to the 2015 National Quizbowl Award Nominees! Voting will begin once NSC ends. The nominating committee this year consisted of Jeff Hoppes (NAQT), Matt Jackson (PACE), and me (NHBB). Voting totals from the nominating committee are not announced. All nominees are listed alphabetically...