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by Great Bustard
Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Academic Competition Association
Replies: 19
Views: 5047

Re: National Academic Competition Association

Okay, so United States as a lead in sounds good. Would people then prefer:
1) United States Academic Quiz Association
2) United States Academic Competition Association

Or something else? We'll also use this as parallel structure for the official name of the awards too.
by Great Bustard
Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:31 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: "2011" BAJAC - Hackensack, NJ - 1/29/2012
Replies: 25
Views: 10177

Re: 2011 Bergen Academies Junior Academic Competition

NHBB can bring all the buzzers you'll ever need (we have at least 20 sets) and provide at least one volunteer reader for this, quite possibly 2-3.
by Great Bustard
Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:29 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Academic Competition Association
Replies: 19
Views: 5047

Re: National Academic Competition Association

Two sets of points: First, I talked at length with Fidelity, and apparently, I can donate the $30,000 to it, but that may need to be done over time, and not all at once. In any case, Fidelity said there's a limit on how much of an organization's total operating expenses can be supplied through a Cha...
by Great Bustard
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:57 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Academic Competition Awards
Replies: 24
Views: 8112

Re: National Academic Competition Awards

How about having both an official name (c.f. The Academy Awards) and an informal name (c.f. The Oscars)? Maybe for the official name we could use "United States" as a moniker rather than national (since that would abbreviate to NAQT Awards), so something like: United States Academic Quiz Team Awards...
by Great Bustard
Wed Aug 31, 2011 12:50 pm
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Announcing: The National History Bee Middle School Division
Replies: 5
Views: 3586

Re: Announcing: The National History Bee Middle School Division

Unlike for high school, we are unable to increase the number of tournaments for this year beyond 35. For next year, we will almost certainly have a tournament closer to Buffalo, but for now, the best that can be done is to have the upstate tournament somewhere, say between Schenectady and Utica. As ...
by Great Bustard
Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:05 am
Forum: Middle school area archives
Topic: Announcing: The National History Bee Middle School Division
Replies: 5
Views: 3586

Announcing: The National History Bee Middle School Division

The National History Bee and Bowl is excited to announce the creation of a middle school division for The National History Bee for the 2011-2012 academic year. This competition is being sponsored by the History Channel and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - full details of the extent of their sponsorship w...
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:35 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Academic Competition Awards
Replies: 24
Views: 8112

Re: National Academic Competition Awards

@ Matt - I'm certainly open to whatever naming structure makes the most sense. I've also been thinking that we might want to name at least some of the individual awards after certain past coaches or players - though there'd be no need to name all of them immediately - some awards could be left open ...
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:20 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National History Bee and Bowl Staff Hires
Replies: 0
Views: 993

National History Bee and Bowl Staff Hires

The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that Greg Bossick has been promoted to Assistant Executive Director and that he will be working from NHBB headquarters in Tenafly, NJ beginning next Tuesday. Greg's help has been an indispensable part of NHBB for the past year, and we are deli...
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 30, 2011 3:04 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Academic Competition Association
Replies: 19
Views: 5047

National Academic Competition Association

This post announces my intent to establish a National Academic Competition Association as a national non-profit organization with the express purpose of promoting the growth and development of academic quiz teams across the United States. This is in the very early stages of development and will take...
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Academic Competition Awards
Replies: 24
Views: 8112

Re: National Academic Competition Awards

@ Charlie 1st post - The reason for cutting off voting after HSNCT would be so that the awards could be presented at NSC. But, if people thought it would better to have voting after NSC a presentation at NASAT (btw, is NASAT happening this year, and if so, is it going to be the weekend after NSC?) t...
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Academic Competition Awards
Replies: 24
Views: 8112

National Academic Competition Awards

The National History Bee and Bowl, in its ongoing effort to foster excellence in academic competition, is pleased to sponsor a new initiative: the National Academic Competition Awards. Just like the movies have the Oscars, television has the Emmys, sports have All-Americans, etc. Quiz Bowl can benef...
by Great Bustard
Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Quiz Bowl as an actual high school class
Replies: 8
Views: 2514

Quiz Bowl as an actual high school class

Was just browsing the Ac Dec vs. Quiz Bowl thread and saw David Reinstein's post referencing schools offering Ac Dec as a class. Question: is there any school out there that offers Quiz Bowl / Academic Team / It's Academic / etc. as an actual class? Are there forward-thinking enough schools that wou...
by Great Bustard
Mon Aug 29, 2011 12:39 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12
Replies: 96
Views: 34660

Re: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12

The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that we will be holding a B set tournament at Mt. St. Joseph College High School in Baltimore on Saturday, November 19. We're going to be working with our host school and recruiter to reach out to a number of area schools that haven't traditio...
by Great Bustard
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:27 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: NHBB Job - Webmaster Sought
Replies: 0
Views: 862

NHBB Job - Webmaster Sought

The National History Bee and Bowl is looking for a web designer / webmaster for a substantial upgrade to its site. This will likely involve approximately 100 hours of work between now and September 30. After that, the job becomes much more maintenance oriented, and perhaps about 5-10 hours a week fo...
by Great Bustard
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:26 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NHBB Job - Webmaster Sought
Replies: 0
Views: 763

NHBB Job - Webmaster Sought

The National History Bee and Bowl is looking for a web designer / webmaster for a substantial upgrade to its site. This will likely involve approximately 100 hours of work between now and September 30. After that, the job becomes much more maintenance oriented, and perhaps about 5-10 hours a week fo...
by Great Bustard
Sun Aug 28, 2011 3:18 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships
Replies: 96
Views: 42368

Re: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships

To any teams (or anyone) that are interested in competing at the NHB College Championships in Greater Chicago on Sunday, April 1, 2012 - the day after ICT runs at the Hyatt O'Hare, please let me know which of the three following options you'd prefer: Option A Tournament takes place at the Hyatt O'Ha...
by Great Bustard
Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: The DAR High School Southeast Season Opener 8/27/2011
Replies: 26
Views: 8482

Re: The DAR High School Southeast Season Opener 8/27/2011

How'd this go? Curious to see the first tournament results of the year!
by Great Bustard
Thu Aug 25, 2011 3:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New England Discussion and Date Claims 2011-12
Replies: 19
Views: 5447

New England Discussion and Date Claims 2011-12

New England needs a boost in the world of quiz bowl! NHBB may actually hold tournaments in all six states this year; New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island seem all but certain, and Vermont and Maine are more likely than not to happen. It seems that Vermont has been the most act...
by Great Bustard
Mon Aug 22, 2011 5:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League
Replies: 53
Views: 17547

Re: Online Skype Practice League

Bump to show link to SQBS Report, courtesy of Ryan Rosenberg: http://results.scobo.net/SQBS.aspx?org= ... =standings
This has also been posted in the first post of this thread. Game 3 on Wednesday.
by Great Bustard
Mon Aug 22, 2011 3:36 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pacific Rim Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 7
Views: 1619

Re: Pacific Rim Discussion 2011-2012

We're looking at our Guam regional on Dec. 10, followed by Hawaii the following weekend. Alaska will quite possibly run Dec. 17 too. Confirmation of these eagerly anticipated dates forthcoming. If anyone has a date conflict any of this, I will hunt you down with water balloons.
by Great Bustard
Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12
Replies: 96
Views: 34660

Re: DC/MD/VA/DE Date Claim '11-'12

NHBB is looking at either March 17 (first choice) or March 10 (second choice) for our DC area A set tournament at Richard Montgomery. If you're thinking of hosting those dates, please let me or Raynell Cooper know, so we can coordinate. We'll also have a C set tournament at School Without Walls in D...
by Great Bustard
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League
Replies: 53
Views: 17547

Re: Online Skype Practice League

SmallerMegalomaniacalPandaOnAbsinthe wrote:Seeing scores would be nice.
See first post of this thread. Scores will be updated after each match going forward. Sign up for Round 2 if you're not yet a part of OSPL!
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League
Replies: 53
Views: 17547

Re: Online Skype Practice League

Subs in this context mean if someone can't make a game, then whoever can't make it can find a sub for them. But the conditions for allowing this are limited.
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:15 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League
Replies: 53
Views: 17547

Re: Online Skype Practice League

Final scores from last night: Amsterdam Lens Grinders 265 - Stockholm Syndromes 245 Fracas from Caracas 250 - Santiago Calatravas 205 Phnom Penh Pals 315 - Ulan Bataar Khan Artists 160 I'll keep standings updated in the first post starting on Thursday (i.e. after tomorrow's games). I don't have the ...
by Great Bustard
Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Oregon Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 4
Views: 867

Oregon Discussion 2011-2012

NHBB is planning on bringing a tournament to Rainier Jr. Sr. High School in the Greater Portland area for this year. Date forthcoming soon. On the off chance that anything else is being plotted for Oregon, let me know. In fact, if anyone knows anything about quiz bowl in Oregon, let me know.
by Great Bustard
Sun Aug 14, 2011 4:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Washington State Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 2
Views: 533

Washington State Discussion 2011-2012

Any news/date claims coming out of Washington state so far? NHBB is thinking of doing two greater Seattle tournaments, and possibly one in Spokane. We're looking to get dates settled, so can anyone with knowledge of the state circuit let me know what date(s) should be avoided if any? Thanks.
by Great Bustard
Fri Aug 12, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National History Bee and Bowl Tournaments - 2011/2012
Replies: 0
Views: 998

National History Bee and Bowl Tournaments - 2011/2012

The National History Bee and Bowl Tournament Calendar is filling up quickly for the 2011-2012 season. See http://www.historybowl.com/state-bowl-sites/ for the latest and most complete information. However, for ease of reference, I'll try and keep the following list of confirmed tournament dates upda...
by Great Bustard
Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:06 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011
Replies: 93
Views: 22675

Re: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011

Hi All, Thanks to everyone who made the trek to Mantoloking over the past few days for the inaugural JSO. I personally had a wonderful time from start to stop, and can assure everyone that this will be an annual event as long as we don't burn the house down. Ian, if you host anything out on Long Isl...
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:12 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2011-2012
Replies: 71
Views: 16485

Re: Kentucky 2011-2012

The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that the designated Kentucky State Championships on our A set (i.e. Nationals length and difficulty) will take place at Oldham County High School on Saturday, March 17, 2012. Tournaments are also expected to be held at Owensboro High School (C...
by Great Bustard
Tue Aug 02, 2011 6:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011
Replies: 93
Views: 22675

Re: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011

To me: director at historybowl dot com
by Great Bustard
Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:46 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 52669

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

According to this: http://www.thecrystalcityshops.com/ it says shops are open until 6pm on Saturday; restaurants longer. The bigger issue is likely to be Sunday morning for breakfast, as the shops are closed on Sundays, but we can work something out. There's an Einstein Bros. Bagels in the hotel (op...
by Great Bustard
Sun Jul 31, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 52669

Re: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

Depending on how many teams sign up, there will be either two or three levels of rebracketing in the afternoon (meaning either that teams ranked 1, 2, and 3 in their division in the morning will advance to the top bracket in the afternoon while teams ranked 4-6 would play in the lower bracket. Alte...
by Great Bustard
Sun Jul 31, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: On-going Season Rankings V2.0 - Herp Derp
Replies: 255
Views: 89172

Re: On-going Season Rankings V2.0

For my $.02 from what I saw at ACE, DCC looked considerably stronger than any other school, and I was at all 3 camps. IMHO, they're a top 15, if not top 10 team nationally to begin the year, and that may go up. Their key strength is that they have four or five great players who combined can cover al...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League - Round 2
Replies: 61
Views: 12969

Online Skype Practice League - Round 2

Teams are now set for Round 2 of the Online Skype Practice League, which will begin Wednesday, September 21 , and run for five weeks, after which Round 3 will begin. As with Round 1, teams will consist of four students, be balanced by geography, ability, and subject strengths, and matches will run a...
by Great Bustard
Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Online Skype Practice League
Replies: 53
Views: 17547

Re: Online Skype Practice League

Monday August 15 works slightly better as a start day for more people (including myself it turns out). So we'll do two matches that first week, and then matches on Wednesday thereafter. None of the later dates are subject to change, but we will start the matches the final day an hour earlier so that...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC
Replies: 145
Views: 52669

2012 Natl. History Bee & Bowl Nationals - 4/28-29 in DC

Edit 3/20 in a number of places for updates. Please see http://www.historybowl.com and http://www.historybee.com for the most accurate information on our National Championships. Excuse the length of this post... All of this information is provided here to help facilitate discussion where anything is...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:21 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011
Replies: 93
Views: 22675

Re: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011

Great, Mike, thanks a lot. If you have access to the VETO and any other packets, email them to me when you get a chance. Can you include information on the distribution when you send it, as it is likely to be different from the JSO sets?
by Great Bustard
Thu Jul 28, 2011 5:59 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011
Replies: 93
Views: 22675

Re: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011

Okay, sure, although the idea for $100 was based on a preliminary estimate of what it would cost to get a packet of 20 tossups and bonuses written from scratch. I have no interest in black market packets or anything like that.
by Great Bustard
Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:38 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011
Replies: 93
Views: 22675

Re: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011

For those writing for this tournament: Non-standard bonuses are ok other than 30-20-10. Don't do those; they're basically tossups in disguise. But 15-5, 15-5; 10-5, 10-5, 10-5; 5 for 1, 10 for 2, etc. are all fine and even encouraged. I kind of like bonus variety; it was fun playing old packets like...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:30 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Buying Quizbowl Books Really Cheap!!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 2729

Re: Buying Quizbowl Books Really Cheap!!!!

I wholeheartedly recommend An Incomplete Education by Judy Jones and William Wilson. Some of it is beyond the scope of quiz bowl, but it's a fun, tongue in cheek cultural literacy guide. Also, The New York Times Guide to Cultural Literacy or something like that is also a very good reference work. In...
by Great Bustard
Thu Jul 28, 2011 3:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NYC Area Champions League / NJ State League
Replies: 6
Views: 1419

Re: NYC Area Champions League / NJ State League

Any league would really need to have different levels of competition to fly. The good news is that there are a ton of good schools in the greater NYC area that could be great at qb. The bad news is that even more than having easier questions, there needs to be a system in place (kind of like a ladde...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:47 am
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011
Replies: 93
Views: 22675

Re: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011

The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that JSO is now officially entry free, although each team should bring a food or drink item (say about $5 per person worth of food) to help feed the masses. Email me to say what you'll bring, so we don't end up with all desserts or whatever. A...
by Great Bustard
Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:00 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: New Mexico Discussion 2011-2012
Replies: 12
Views: 2820

Re: New Mexico Discussion 2011-2012

How's this for sheer bizarreness: So Raynell Cooper and I are watching Jeopardy at the Marriott Crystal Gateway in Arlington, VA tonight, and as soon as they show the contestants I blurt out, hey that's Samer Ismail - he directed a tournament I played in at Yale in 1998. Towards the end of the game,...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:02 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships
Replies: 96
Views: 42368

Re: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships

I have lots of thoughts on this and they are divided a bit between my past as a quizbowl player and my present as a history professor. As a quizbowl player, especially as an undergraduate, I would have loved something like this, and it seems to be well-intentioned. But as a historian, I'm a little ...
by Great Bustard
Wed Jul 20, 2011 10:41 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Bull Bowl in Buffalo - November 12, 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 4726

Re: Bull Bowl in Buffalo - November 12, 2011

This is great; upstate New York could certainly use more Saturday tournaments. I might be able to loan you a few buzzer systems if you need them; it would be a shame for teams to be turned away due to lack of systems. Also, consider allowing a greater field size if teams agree to provide a reader. O...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011
Replies: 93
Views: 22675

Re: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011

People are still more than welcome to stay over at the house on August 8, though it's recommended at this point to bring a sleeping bag and/or air mattress. I don't anticipate we'll run out of space for people to crash as long as it's possible to bring a sleeping bag/air mattress/something comparabl...
by Great Bustard
Tue Jul 19, 2011 3:19 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: What's Going on in Wisconsin?
Replies: 18
Views: 5629

Re: What's Going on in Wisconsin?

The deal with Beloit is that a teacher who's the history club advisor there reached out to me and said that he wanted to bring NHBB to his school, and to Wisconsin. While Beloit isn't exactly centrally located, it's also not over 90 minutes from the majority of Wisconsin's population, and he's alrea...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:19 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011
Replies: 93
Views: 22675

Re: Jersey Shore Open - Mantoloking, NJ - August 8-9, 2011

For all who are coming or are thinking of it, the address for the tournament is: 1115 Ocean Avenue Mantoloking, NJ If you are coming by public transportation, take NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast train line to Bay Head (last stop). Then call me, and I or someone else can come pick you up. The house ...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:15 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships
Replies: 96
Views: 42368

Re: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships

Well, the idea here would be to have different divisions, if profs were to get involved. Personally, I think most serious history grad students who play qb would crush the average prof, but I'm fine with leaving professors off altogether this year, or maybe have them play in their own division? I th...
by Great Bustard
Mon Jul 18, 2011 3:00 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships
Replies: 96
Views: 42368

Re: National History Bowl - 2012 College National Championships

The rounds will be 20-20. Final distribution is still pending, but it's going to look something like: 35% US 30% Europe 20% Rest of Modern 15% Ancient Comments welcome on distribution, but don't worry, it's going to go away from our high school. Actually, our high school distribution of US v Everyth...