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by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:22 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Funding in High School Quiz Bowl
Replies: 10
Views: 3134

Re: Funding in High School Quiz Bowl

Has anymore run a QB team vs. Teacher game during school as a fundraiser? If so, do you have any tips on to plan such an event and please feel free to share your experiences. Thank you! User was reminded to enable a signature. --Mgmt. How do you run this as a fundraiser if it's an event taking plac...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu Dec 19, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 6342

Re: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014

Speaking as someone who is from a team that may come out in the Spring, I think having a tournament on a day such as the SAT works better for a lot more people than a tournament on Sunday. SAT testing may really only affect a few kids from some teams. A Sunday tournament makes it rather difficult fo...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:48 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 6342

Re: Pennsylvania Dates 2013-2014

Does anyone reading this have any idea if Battle of the Burgh @ uPitt is getting announced; if so, when?
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Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:32 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA
Replies: 18
Views: 4850

Re: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA

Is there any word when staaaaaaats will be posted? I'm eager to see how our B team did. That, and I think there were a few schools here that'd make the "MaxFreds" rankings.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sat Nov 30, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Keeping up with current events
Replies: 18
Views: 6499

Re: Keeping up with current events

I have started to listen to BBC's World Service (notably "The Fifth Floor" program) and BBC World News in the car. Even if it doesn't necessarily serve as much help for "current events", it's still a good listen (and who knows, what's happening from now and until probably early March(?) could very w...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA
Replies: 18
Views: 4850

Re: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA

It was a very well run tournament that my team enjoyed playing in immensely. I can't tell you all the standings (we finished somewhere around 7th out of 25 teams), but the real story of the tournament was a deep Fisher Catholic team beating Winchester-Thurston (led by the ever impressive Nathaniel ...
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Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Musical theatre in quiz bowl
Replies: 14
Views: 4380

Re: Musical theatre in quiz bowl

Into the Woods was a tossup at the 2012 HSNCT, and it was refreshing.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:09 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving in Philosophy
Replies: 18
Views: 7338

Re: Improving in Philosophy

http://plato.stanford.edu/ <- I like to think this is a good resource for learning everything you'd want to about philosophy, from learning the basics of the really famous guys ( Aristotle , Socrates , even Nietzsche ) to learning as much as you could possibly want about the philosophers you may hav...
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Wed Nov 13, 2013 11:55 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Young adult literature
Replies: 39
Views: 8207

Re: Distribution

At the A-set tournament we played at Tipp, out of the x+1 YA lit tossups we heard, I only recall one of them getting answered (my teammate powered it). The other such tossups I recall just simply went dead w/ no negs. Of the x+1 YA Lit bonuses we heard, all but one were just simply converted for zer...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Nov 11, 2013 11:27 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Scobol Solo Set Discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 1802

Re: Scobol Solo Set Discussion

Franz Kafka was the least converted European/World Lit tossup?
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Announcement: ACF Fall Great Lakes @ Ohio State, 11/2/2013
Replies: 15
Views: 7165

Re: Announcement: ACF Fall Great Lakes @ Ohio State, 11/2/2013

Congrats to Chicago A for defeating Michigan A in the first game of the final to win. Northmont and Ohio State A rounded out the top 4, with Northmont winning DII and OSU A getting second. Actually, OSU A wins DII, as high schoolers are not eligible for DII at ACF tournaments . I apologize for our ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:15 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: How to Study for Tournaments (IS Sets)
Replies: 6
Views: 5043

Re: How to Study for Tournaments (IS Sets)

I know he graduated from Manheim Township last year, but I believe he actually goes to Carnegie Mellon now, so it may be worth making acquaintances with Campbell Fitzhugh (I think that's his name) and if he's willing, perhaps you can get some pointers from him.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.
Replies: 20
Views: 4581

Re: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.

What were the conversion statistics on the "New Wave" tossup from the set that was commonly used at NAQT state competitions last year? I imagine they were pretty low.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:08 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Recommendation for a national tournament.
Replies: 15
Views: 4288

Re: Recommendation for a national tournament.

question distribution at the HSNCT includes a lot more geography and current events How much of a difference will this make in a game? I'm pretty sure that's something in the area of 120 or so points on the board (three tossups with three part bonuses). If you're not very proficient in those areas,...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.
Replies: 20
Views: 4581

Re: A lack of classic film in high school quizbowl.

samus149 wrote:I assume any foreign film question outside of Kurosawa or Fellini would also be too difficult for high schoolers.
Marcel Marceau and Battleship Potemkin are both popular.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 87254

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

If Charter A and DCC A are higher than us due to PHSAT stats, it's because they got an extra 1.5 PPB or so on the NAQT website (NAQT messed up the data input for the final round). The entry on the database is more accurate, though not combined. Which teams would be affected by this? Just DCC/Charte...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:42 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Virginia Quiz Bowl Kickoff (09/28/13)
Replies: 11
Views: 2753

Re: West Virginia Quiz Bowl Kickoff (09/28/13)

What happened to South Charleston? I thought their good player(s) from last year were returning, but that could have been wrong. Matt Massie, who was basically their whole team, graduated. Good player, he's at Yale now but I don't think he plans on doing college quiz bowl. While we're on the topic,...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:07 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: West Virginia 2013-14
Replies: 16
Views: 8175

Re: West Virginia 2013-14

So you can theoretically be the team that gets the first buzz (as well as the points) on fifteen tossups, but if you neg up or get beat on the other five then you could lose?

edit after Fred's post : shoulda clarified negs as in "misses"
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism
Replies: 83
Views: 19554

Re: Split thread: "Venting and vituperation" and sexism

Obviously this isn't an issue that concerns sexism, or Marshall, but I think the high school section is fine: except I feel as if the threads and posts about the NAC in the past could've been handled more gentler. Of course, saying why the NAC is bad isn't the problem. Some posts, however, I think c...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Handle Freebies
Replies: 26
Views: 10044

Re: How to Handle Freebies

I don't see why you wouldn't aim to improve. It's not impossible to be good at quiz bowl; in fact, it can be very enriching and being competitive is rewarding in itself. In terms of "glory", people remember and talk about the team that wins stuff, not the teammates that make it a competition amongst...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: How to Handle Freebies
Replies: 26
Views: 10044

Re: How to Handle Freebies

If you're trying to find a sense of self-satisfaction by stat padding in a quiz bowl match then you're going to enjoy quiz bowl less and less. To answer your question: my team doesn't have that problem and neither do other good teams. In the instance of my team, I don't really care who picks it up, ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sat Oct 05, 2013 11:43 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Small School NCT discussion
Replies: 30
Views: 6953

Re: Small School NCT discussion

I guess the key is less of a talent pool, yeah, or perhaps less access to things like AP classes, although if you have a talented and motivated team/coach/player, those things can be overcome. My school was fairly small and only had three AP classes (none of which really helped for quizbowl), but i...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Oct 01, 2013 9:42 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: University of Kentucky Fall Championship - 11/16/2013 (BISB)
Replies: 47
Views: 22376

Re: University of Kentucky Fall Championship - 11/16/2013 (BISB)

Since our coaches might take a while to get back to you, Fisher Catholic would like to be in the really competitive bracket. Thanks!
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution
Replies: 8
Views: 5041

Re: Distribution

I can't back you up on this one, Will. NAQT has a decent science distribution, but I will admit they have alot of geo (although housewrites have too little geo) and almost no economics, although econ has a very small canon, so having more isn't very feasible. Disagreed (and I'm going to preface thi...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT distribution
Replies: 8
Views: 5041

Re: Distribution

If you really enjoy social studies (and what is happening in the world around you), you may find NAQT's distribution to be favorable towards you. A "colossal advantage"? No. Science and literature are pretty well represented themselves (in fact, I believe science is actually represented the most amo...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Sep 24, 2013 3:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: National Small Schools
Replies: 5
Views: 1671

Re: National Small Schools

Beachwood and South Range look to be contenders for small school.

edit: and if they fall under the enrollment guidelines for NAQT's small school definition, I would expect Bexley to make a splash.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:37 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA
Replies: 18
Views: 4850

Re: 11/23/13 Sagacity X – Pittsburgh, PA

If room reservations at the Cathedral of Learning are at a premium, aren't there other buildings on campus that could be possibly used? I was a freshman when we went to Battle of the Burgh in 2011 (UPitt's spring tournament), and the experience at the Cathedral of Learning certainly lived up to its ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sat Sep 14, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Novice Tournaments in New England
Replies: 14
Views: 2798

Re: Novice Tournaments in New England

(I'm trying to advice them to do a trash tournament in the spring for fundraising purposes). there aren't any trash sets to use which are appropriate for high schools in difficulty or subject matter. If you're interested in a trash set, contact Bob Kilner (PM me and I'll give you his email). Ohio h...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun Sep 01, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Kentucky 2013-14
Replies: 143
Views: 60798

Re: Kentucky 2013-14

Nick, you know places like Ashland, KY (think Paul G Blazer HS) are MUCH closer to Charleston, WV than Louisville, KY, right? And it's much easier to get to than Bowling Green. It sounds like you're more interested with what concerns you and quiz bowl clubs in Kentucky than you do in helping spread ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Best question set to show new teams?
Replies: 20
Views: 6536

Re: Best question set to show new teams?

However, the FKT has bonuses assigned to tossups, and this is not ideal as it makes the new players believe this always occurs. I'm not seeing how this is not ideal, unless the target audience isn't going to be playing a lot of tossup/bonus quiz bowl. Even if they aren't going to be exposed to TU/B...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:54 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving as a geography player?
Replies: 25
Views: 5965

Re: Improving as a geography player?

Also, I'll say this about atlases. They can be pretty great tools if you enjoy them. I don't use an atlas that much, namely because the good ones can get expensive and the not-so-good ones can bore you to tears. If you really want a near-complete knowledge of world geography, supplement what you lea...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Aug 09, 2013 8:44 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Improving as a geography player?
Replies: 25
Views: 5965

Re: Improving as a geography player?

If you have a decent grip with current events and history, you're starting off with a better groundwork than someone who doesn't. You should most definitely read a ton, and if and when possible, watch programs on any educational/interesting broadcast. World geography isn't something you can master o...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sun Jul 07, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle
Replies: 203
Views: 87254

Re: HSQBRank 2013-2014: Witty Subtitle

Please tell us more about this super secret preseason ranking method. It's just PPB from HSNCT pro-rated by returning players... Fisher Catholic returns everyone from a squad that had a higher HSNCT ppb then Carbondale, Menlo, State College, and Oak Ridge, and who also beat two teams you had in you...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:44 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: Improving Myself as a Player
Replies: 8
Views: 6251

Re: Improving Myself as a Player

If you happen to be acquainted with any players on the Hawken team (or better yet, any former players, like Anirudh Dasarthy or Eric Xiao, both class '12), ask for pointers from them on what you should do to ensure you have a high shot of making the team since different schools have different standa...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu Jun 27, 2013 7:38 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012-13 NAQT IS set discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 8489

Re: 2012-13 NAQT IS set discussion

Thanks for posting, Jeff. I blew the Tom Stoppard tossup right at "Septimus" with Virginia Woolf (thinking the clue was referring to Mrs. Dalloway, not Stoppard's Arcadia), so I was curious to see if it was a reasonable take or not judging by whether or not the actual text said "work" in place of pl...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:28 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2012-13 NAQT IS set discussion
Replies: 40
Views: 8489

Re: 2012-13 NAQT IS set discussion

I really enjoyed the Greco-Roman myth in this year's NAQT sets, in particular the IS-124 bonus that went epimetheus/Cronus/Deucalion. Thanks Fred!

Could I see the Tom Stoppard tossup from IS-120, tossup on David McCullough from IS-124, and tossup on The Kiterunner from IS-126? Thanks!
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous High School Quizbowl
Topic: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)
Replies: 34
Views: 21145

Re: The Good Quizbowl Media Strategy (or lack thereof)

Could one possible panacea to what you are describing be that schools who do very at high-quality quiz bowl at the regional and state levels, who are going to nationals, contact their local medias (I imagine a newspaper would be more effective than a tv station) and send them a list of accomplishmen...
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Sun Jun 16, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NASAT Set & Tournament Discussion
Replies: 57
Views: 11976

Re: 2013 NASAT Set & Tournament Discussion

What category was the rook question considered? Chess is a board game, and therefore I think it deserves to be considered trash, just like asking questions about Monopoly or Sorry or any other board games would be considered trash. Yes, chess is totally like Sorry and Monopoly because it's played o...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NSC Set Discussion
Replies: 47
Views: 9554

Re: 2013 NSC Set Discussion

What was the text of the Dave Brubeck tossup?
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 46
Views: 10527

Re: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats

In the cases of Tammuz, Nawaz Sharif, and Cartoons of the New Yorker, obviously these appear to have considerably sub-optimal conversion rates and egregiously high neg totals, as well as astonishingly low power numbers (whoever powered that Tammuz tossup has got to be a total hoss at RMP). I can't ...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 46
Views: 10527

Re: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats

In the cases of Tammuz, Nawaz Sharif, and Cartoons of the New Yorker, obviously these appear to have considerably sub-optimal conversion rates and egregiously high neg totals, as well as astonishingly low power numbers (whoever powered that Tammuz tossup has got to be a total hoss at RMP). I can't i...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:34 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats
Replies: 46
Views: 10527

Re: 2013 HSNCT conversion stats

Can you post the text and conversion rates for "cartoons of the New Yorker" and John Forbes Nash, please?
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Databases and Quizbowl Software
Topic: ProtoBowl
Replies: 367
Views: 159608

Re: ProtoBowl

I just swung by for the hell of it and this is the first thing I encounter (caveat, language is NSFW).

Uh yeah suffice to say that /lobby is the worst thing ever and the only thing that is worse are the idiot apologists who defend it as a reputable and perfectly fine environment.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Wed Jun 05, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Studying for College History, Book recommendations?
Replies: 13
Views: 3147

Re: Studying for College History, Book recommendations?

If you do like podcasts, I recommend 12 Great Byzantine Rulers by Lars Brownworth as well as Mark Duncan's "History of Rome". Mark Schauss (sp?) also has a very enjoyable and thorough series on Russia.
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 38944

Re: 2013 NAC

Ohio.... I recognize one of the schools, Licking Heights, they play in our league. We'll make sure to show them the way. Also some of these schools are repeat offenders and their coaches take them to legit competitions, but of recent haven't been in the top echelons of competitiveness in Ohio. I kn...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 NAC
Replies: 89
Views: 38944

Re: 2013 NAC

I know in the case of Hawken, they have undergone a huge program change as their coach from last year is no longer there and they are essentially starting young and fresh. Such a shame, they were a pretty good team last year
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Mon May 27, 2013 4:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 55543

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

Fisher played eight playoff teams (6-4 USN, 7-3 Macomb, 7-3 Wayzata A, 7-3 Cave Spring, 6-4 Desert Vista B, 8-2 Richard Montgomery, 6-4 Solon A, 6-4 Kealing) with 5-5 Clements and St. Joe's (NJ) as our two games after Cave Spring and before Desert Vista). We were 5-2 before we dropped our last three...
by Sniper, No Sniping!
Mon May 27, 2013 10:01 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: 2013 HSNCT discussion
Replies: 149
Views: 55543

Re: 2013 HSNCT discussion

I liked the "cartoons of the New Yorker" tossup, but I wonder if this induced a lot of early negs with more general answers like "comics (strips)", or "memes". I liked how there were related tossups, such as "Vonnegut" and "Cat's Cradle", geography tossups on "Santa Fe" and "New Mexico". I liked not...
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Sun May 19, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Hip-hop Doubles Tournament
Replies: 23
Views: 10593

Re: OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Hip-hop Doubles Tournament

Are there any developments as to what time this will be held?
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Fri May 10, 2013 1:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank
Replies: 138
Views: 34151

Re: HSQBRank 2012-2013: No, I do not mean HSA Bank

Grams's Go-Go Boots wrote:I'm not going to make a ranking system for my ranking system.
Yo dawg, I heard you like ranking systems...