Effective recruitment techniques?

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Effective recruitment techniques?

Post by carlosthejackal » Sat May 22, 2010 8:47 pm

My school's graduating seniors this year will leave pretty sizeable gaps in military history, chemistry, current events and other subjects that I can't seem to remember right now. Our recruiting season differs from that of the other academic teams. While all the other academic teams recruit at the end of each year, we recruit at the beginning of each new school year. This way, we could recruit freshmen or transfer students. However, that means that the new players have limited time to prepare for their first tournament. But before we can worry about preparing the new players, we need tips on how to get them to audition and hopefully make the team. We have about 3600 people in our school, and we're very academic-oriented.

Any tips on effective recruiting strategies that have worked for you or any other recruiting strategies that you have not tried but seem effective?
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Arcadia High School '12

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Re: Effective recruitment techniques?

Post by kayli » Sat May 22, 2010 9:05 pm

Every year, we usually go to the freshman biology classes (our coach teaches freshman bio and every freshman has to take freshman bio) and give a little spiel about quizbowl. We also do a thing where we let a freshman hold a really big trophy while talking about our accomplishments. Some people join that way. Another way is that some kids who do really well in the freshman bio class are asked by my coach if they want to join quizbowl. Also, we like to tell them tidbits about our super awesome road trip shenanigans.
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Re: Effective recruitment techniques?

Post by Matthew D » Sat May 22, 2010 9:33 pm

I have found if your coach starts talking to certain ones you usually land those players... at least I have managed to do it more often than not... another thing you might do is let some of the ones that think they want to play try it.. I got two the other day using that
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Re: Effective recruitment techniques?

Post by Joe Romersa » Sun May 23, 2010 1:59 am

We have almost 4000 people in our school. Don't worry about recruiting.

Instead, worry about making people study. (heh)
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Re: Effective recruitment techniques?

Post by Angry Babies in Love » Sun May 23, 2010 10:32 pm

What we do is host a "freshman tournament" at the beginning of the year to get people to come and then we hope they stay. This year we got about 10 solid recruits, last year about 3-4. Sometime's it's just luck.
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Re: Effective recruitment techniques?

Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Sun May 23, 2010 10:38 pm

The most important recruiting tool for me is an actual tournament... i try to have one early in the year that i'll take everyone to, three, four, or five teams if i can... just so all the new players can see how much fun it is and how they will have to work to improve. After one of those, i often have more people trickle in saying "i heard this was fun, can i join or just watch for a lil while?"
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Re: Effective recruitment techniques?

Post by Jesus vs. Dragons » Mon May 24, 2010 12:15 am

Chipola hosts an annual spring tournament that Mr. Young uses to gauge ability/interest in quiz bowl and recruits the seniors (or the occasional early admit like me).
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Re: Effective recruitment techniques?

Post by at your pleasure » Mon May 24, 2010 12:24 am

Wurzel-Flummery wrote:What we do is host a "freshman tournament" at the beginning of the year to get people to come and then we hope they stay. This year we got about 10 solid recruits, last year about 3-4. Sometime's it's just luck.
What questions do you use?
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Re: Effective recruitment techniques?

Post by Angry Babies in Love » Mon May 24, 2010 5:32 pm

Doink the Clown wrote:
Wurzel-Flummery wrote:What we do is host a "freshman tournament" at the beginning of the year to get people to come and then we hope they stay. This year we got about 10 solid recruits, last year about 3-4. Sometime's it's just luck.
What questions do you use?
Usually a round of speed and a round of NAQT A's.
Raynell Cooper
Arcadia ES '04
Richard Montgomery HS '11
George Washington University '15
University of Maryland, College Park '17
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