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by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims 2011-2012
Replies: 101
Views: 42304

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims 2011-2012

Date Claims for 2011-2012: March 17:NHBB's Long Island Tournament @ Hills West (on a B Set); also The JBMT at Millburn, NJ (Confirmed on NAQT Set IS 111) This tournament will be played on NHBB's "C" set, ( see http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=104&t=12463 ) and it may be helpful to teams...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Jan 21, 2012 5:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY/NJ Date Claims 2011-2012
Replies: 101
Views: 42304

Re: NY/NJ Date Claims 2011-2012

our priority would be bringing in new high schools from within the city White Plains' "WACKO" tournaments in Westchester, played on :chip: questions, actually had a couple of schools from within the city that perhaps you would want to reach out to for this tournament. If I remember correctly, there...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Jan 21, 2012 11:17 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: POSTPONED: The Garden State Mirror of GSAC XIX, 1/21/12
Replies: 66
Views: 19778

Re: POSTPONED: The Garden State Mirror of GSAC XIX, 1/21/12

Dripping Springs State Park wrote:Ardsley would prefer one of the Sundays.
Though I can't make any promises of attendance, it would be far more likely for Irvington to be able to attend on one of the Sundays than on March 10th.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

Hi: We had a meeting today and I was promised that I could get the standings today. Unfortunately, I was misinformed, and the standings are only for the first five rounds. Anyway, here are the first five rounds: http://mmaroney.net/hsw/brainstormers/QuizBowl12/FinalResults.htm Though it is good to ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:14 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NY Discussion 2011-12
Replies: 11
Views: 3335

Re: NY Discussion 2011-12

I don't know much about Westchester, but it does seem like that region has generally been stronger than Long Island this year, which makes sense considering the group of seniors that graduated from Long Island schools in 2011. The good Westchester performances are based on a few key players and mos...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

Edward Powers wrote: # 13 Horace Greeley A
It is not a terribly important correction, but, judging from the data provided above, Horace Greeley was the #14 seed (Scarsdale was #13
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:47 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

To fill in the couple of holes where Jon was uncertain:

Ridgewood A's division was Ridgwood A, Kings Park C, Wheatley B, GNS D, North Shore A, Hunter D

Farmingdale was in the division with Scarsdale

I found my copy of the prelim schedule, so if anyone has any more questions, I can answer them.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:42 pm
Forum: College area archives
Topic: Summer events
Replies: 5
Views: 952

Re: Summer events

Dave Madden obviously would have all the details, but I believe he is planning to host the second iteration of the Jersey Shore Open this summer.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:45 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

Edward Powers wrote:Any news on when stats will be posted? It has been more than a week now.
If it at all like last year, or if what I heard from a student whom I spoke to at the tournament, it may take up to 5 weeks.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:32 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here
Replies: 31
Views: 5785

Re: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here

In :chip: games, there is no such thing as underlining, etc. to guide what constitutes an acceptable answer, so once when I answered a question which mentioned a "two word term" with "the dust bowl," the moderator was really unsure of accepting the answer, because of that third word I threw in the b...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Reminisce about moderator mishaps here
Replies: 31
Views: 5785

Re: What do you do about bad readers at tournaments?

There was one incident where someone's accent made it impossible to distinguish between the words "this," "that," and "the," which, given how demonstrative pronouns tend to indicate what is being asked for, led to a fair amount of confusion. The same moderator also contemplated the acronym "MLB" for...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Point allocation on tossups/bonuses; what's fairer
Replies: 10
Views: 2946

Re: Point allocation on tossups/bonuses; what's fairer

Also, there is a history of people claiming that they dislike mACF because the format is too uniform/boring and then not taking advantage of opportunities to play good questions in a four-quarter format, or disliking good questions in a four-quarter format. HSAPQ produced some four-quarter sets, an...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Jan 10, 2012 8:55 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

NAQT allows hosts to opt out of using the math calc TUs, if I recall correctly. They also don't use math calculation TUs at HSNCT. Though any argument for or against computational math can open up many cans of worms, I must admit that this policy does have an unfortunate side effect: reducing the m...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Jan 10, 2012 6:45 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT state championships 2012
Replies: 23
Views: 6848

Re: NAQT state championships 2012

I am to assume that, based on the fact that you are still asking for potential hosts, that these dates do not hold, correct? Correct. Bidding is still open for all states (and provinces) not listed as "confirmed" in my original post; contact us at hosting (at) naqt.com to submit a bid or just expre...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Jan 09, 2012 10:00 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: NAQT state championships 2012
Replies: 23
Views: 6848

Re: NAQT state championships 2012

Hosts must make a preliminary announcement including contact information and approximate schedule by December 9, 2011, on the relevant online quizbowl forums and by e-mail to likely attendees. It is hoped that hosts will make a postal announcement to likely attendees as well; NAQT will make its mai...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:10 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

The round that had GNS B through F, Ardsley B, and Irvington A, B, and C as an audience may have been the best-attended quizbowl match I have ever played in, and I played in the finals of a national tournament (albeit a not very legitimate one). Just as a note, I am pretty sure your finals game in ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Jan 08, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

Though bringing six teams does make me wonder what the record for most teams is at an NAQT tournament.... I'm not sure what the all-time record is, but I do know that six isn't particularly close. (Start here .) It wasn't an NAQT tournament, but at Dave Madden's Tri-State History Bowl, I distinctly...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Jan 08, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

However, divisions would get rid of some of the potentially slightly unfair prelim schedules (i had no problem with them for the most part and i must commend the people who run the tournament for making the prelim schedule as I understand it can be very difficult). One example was Seton Hall, a his...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:26 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

2. This tournament really should have 3 divisions next year: Elite, Regular, and JV. Each could have about 30 teams. That would allow for much closer games and smoother logistics. From a competition standpoint, I'm not sure what White Plains, for example, gains by trouncing 5 teams in the prelims b...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Jan 07, 2012 11:06 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

Yeah, that was great of David and Ridgewood to do. Once my thoughts are more coherent, i.e. tomorrow, I'll post my final thoughts, but suffice it to say that while this tournament was a lot of fun and ran very well for so many teams, there were some big problems keeping it from being as good as it ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:52 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

Worth noting, if we get to 107 teams, then 15% is greater than 16. By NAQT's qualification metric, all teams "tied for 17th" (i.e. all 32 playoff teams) would get HSNCT bids. I find it likely that this is not that, but does anyone know what the record is for largest non-HSNCT tournament is? IIRC a ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

OK, so Ms. Cella seems open to the idea of hosting a pyramidal tournament, though we are pibably going to try to find a date other than March 10 (she doesn't want to upset people who already signed up for 4 tournaments of the format as already stated, and if we kept the old chip tournament and the n...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:23 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

I will probably introduce the idea of hosting a pyramidal tournament to our adviser next week (we have a pyramidal tournament this Saturday, so I am thinking that I can use the team's experience there as leverage in making the argument) I was also wondering, so that there is some real data backing a...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:07 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

I think my argument may apply more in Illinois, when there are a large amount of local leagues that play on weekdays, and relatively cheap and close tournaments nearly every weekend. Maybe...Another thing that is an issue with the local tournaments is that some local tournaments specifically preclu...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:15 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

I think people promoting good quizbowl should emphasize that teams don't go to pyramidal tournaments because they're good, they get good by going to pyramidal tournaments. Pyramidal tournaments emphasize learning far more than most other formats. The argument that "We'll, we're not good enough to c...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:51 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

One of the main problems of our team, in my opinion at least, is that there are more people than in the past but they are less committed. This is in itself may present a large problem in transitioning to "good quizbowl" because the members of the team may be less inclined to go out of Westchester e...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:33 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

The things that I stressed when arguing for holding a tournament on pyramidal questions were increased team attendance and price. A pyramidal set and a decent number of games for all teams means at least 8 more teams from the traditional "schools who go to things", plus probably 5-10 more depending...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:14 am
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

The really direct and immediate correlation between the work you put in to learn things and your success is one of the differences between real and fake quizbowl. Most teachers are fairly receptive to this point since it involves the value of learning and work. In Chip tournaments you pretty much s...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Dec 29, 2011 2:45 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

All the tournaments that seem to fit our schedule (other than NHBB...) seem to be NAQT, not house writes, so, yeah. I do like the idea of bouncebacks though, I think that would help not only our own team/coach feel comfortable, but also any other Westchester teams which would attend, as it does bear...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

Re: From Chip to "good quizbowl"

Having gone through a very similar process last year and this year (and one that's by no means done), here's what I'd recommend. I had some advantage here in that we had $1000 from NAC last year, although you guys probably have some money from MACC. It does not seem like MACC gains us much money, t...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Dec 29, 2011 12:11 pm
Forum: New High School Teams
Topic: From Chip to "good quizbowl"
Replies: 40
Views: 11989

From Chip to "good quizbowl"

Hello, In its simplest form, what I am asking for hear is advice at trying to move a team to good quizbowl which has been deeply rooted into Chip-written questions. In Westchester, (the county where our school is), there are two leagues that hold 4 tournaments per year on Questions Unlimited questio...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:50 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)
Replies: 134
Views: 72125

Re: Half Hollow Hills West Invitational (Dix Hills, NY 1/7/2012)

I think our coach will be getting back to you soon, but Irvington is interested in signing up a third team, changing the (2) to a (3).
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Umbrella Facebook group/some way to play with other teams
Replies: 14
Views: 2581

Re: Umbrella Facebook group/some way to play with other teams

This seems like it will be a pretty good idea, and the amount of interest is rather impressive (160 or so people in about 24 hours...) Now that it is made though, I think it is a good idea to make sure anyone on this forum can find the page, so

http://www.facebook.com/groups/143371535773603/
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Thu Dec 22, 2011 10:16 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: History Bowl Winners: 2011/2012
Replies: 3
Views: 1127

Re: History Bowl Winners: 2011/2012

The JV Winner in Westchester was Irvington B, not Horace Greeley as you have indicated.
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:48 am
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: Greater differentiation at tournaments / problem of brackets
Replies: 22
Views: 6286

Re: Greater differentiation at tournaments / problem of brackets

Just to comment upon this point, especially as Ryan was largely vouching in defense of Irvington, I feel it is appropriate to offer my perspective on it. While the schedule did end up being very difficult (in the sense that we went 2-3...) I don't think that it was unreasonable for it to formed as i...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sat Oct 29, 2011 6:49 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: League Database - Please add to this thread!
Replies: 25
Views: 9885

Re: League Database - Please add to this thread!

Metropolitan Academic Challenge Conference (MACC) -State(s) Served: Westchester, NY, occasionally southeastern CT, LI, or NJ team -Area or School the league is based in: Irvington High School -Geographic Restrictions: None I believe -Question Provider: Questions Unlimited -Game Format: Four-quarter ...
by Scaled Flowerpiercer
Sun Sep 18, 2011 7:59 pm
Forum: High school area archives
Topic: PHSAT XIX at Princeton University (10/8/2011)
Replies: 16
Views: 4629

Re: PHSAT XIX at Princeton University (10/8/2011)

Dripping Springs State Park wrote:Ardsley will try and send a team; the fact that it's on Yom Kippur complicates things, though.
Irvington also may send a team, and the fact that it's on Yom Kippur will also complicate things for us.