E.T. Chuck wrote:
Is one solution to have separate national championships for public large, public medium, public small, and selective/private? Where would you put homeschoolers anyway in this context? I go back to Decathlon; we do this (although the implementation is extremely subjective). You can also cite the KMO for doing this.
I see the pros and cons of this... I kind of like the way we handle things right now, as splitting things up often creates some unfairness... is the Latin School of Chicago REALLY a small school in Illinois Quiz Bowl? Over the years, they have been the 300lb gorilla in Class A, and have often been one of the better overall programs in the State (Top Ten, maybe).
So once you start splitting up by size, people will start talking about boosting private and other selective admission schools up in class. But this is often unfair to some private and selective admission schools, as not all of these schools necessarily have a significantly stronger student body. Indiana is going through this process currently concerning their sports teams... and it is not pretty.
The other argument I would have is that evidence does not necessarily support currently that all of quiz bowl is dominated by large selective admission programs. TJ dominated the scence for quite a while, but this can also be attributed to coaching, tradition, etc.
Quiz Bowl is also unusual in that a small number of good players can make a HUGE difference. A good example is Jason Loy from Cutter Morning Star in 2003 and 2004. Jason was an incredidible high school player, and his presence alone made Cutter Morning Star a national contender, even though the school was "small." Who would have been served by having them play in a different division? They would have crushed all their opposition, as they did with Kent in the 2004 Small School final.
All that being said, Illinois quiz bowl does give an opportunity to smaller programs to compete for a state championship, which in a one-class set-up would always be dominated by the upstate (Chicago and Rockford) powerhouses... Hmmm.... Pros and cons...