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Hi I am pretty new to quizbowl and I was wondering how people warm-up before tournaments because in my own experience it takes me about half a match before my brain really kicks into gear. I was wondering what people do and if anyone has any adivce on how to calm your nerves before a game.
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Hi Spencer, are you from the Saratoga High in California? If so, give me your/your coach's email so that you can come to more tournaments that Berkeley (and Stanford) will host.

I personally just listen to music or zone out before a game and try to avoid mental tasks or strain. It might take you a bit of playing to kind of get into that mentality of high concentration.
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I run around the halls.
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Mewto55555 wrote:I run around the halls.
A player from LASA, Nathan Weiser, I think, ran a bit before our match at the HSNCT. I haven't tried running myself, but walking briskly rather than sitting and waiting has served me fairly well.
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I've found that telling jokes in a group helps. Laughing a lot right before a match gets you in a good mood and makes you more aware without tensing up.
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Making small talk or bringing some involved but not too taxing reading material usually works well for me.
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I listen to Sirius by The Alan Parsons Project, and in my head I pretend I'm Michael Jordan.
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Also, you should develop a pre-match ritual that gets you into the mood. I believe that the one I did with Phil and Sameer has reached some cult status.
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Mewto55555 wrote:I run around the halls.
Shouldn't that be "levitate around the halls?" I mean, Mewtwo does float.
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Our team last year usually prepared by playing trash until like 3 AM the night before, and then playing horribly in the first match of the day.
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A teammate of mine and I would listen to Public Enemy's "He Got Game" before big tournaments.

I'd like to hear theories on how to avoid the dreaded post-lunch lethargy.
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The Predictable Consequences wrote:A teammate of mine and I would listen to Public Enemy's "He Got Game" before big tournaments.

I'd like to hear theories on how to avoid the dreaded post-lunch lethargy.
Mind what you eat at lunch. Bring light snacks to push away the stomach rumblings.
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Trail mix has always been my favorite tournament snack. As for pre-game rituals, I'm either chatting with my teammates about something or listening to some sort of music to get me going. I know it sounds kind of lame, but it seems to work for me.
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dtaylor4 wrote:
The Predictable Consequences wrote:A teammate of mine and I would listen to Public Enemy's "He Got Game" before big tournaments.

I'd like to hear theories on how to avoid the dreaded post-lunch lethargy.
Mind what you eat at lunch. Bring light snacks to push away the stomach rumblings.
This is true. Light meals, and coffee never hurt anyone.
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Oh listen to either of these:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lb3MTlIrC4

I played these two on loop the night before HSNCT playoffs.
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List of Fighting Spirit characters wrote: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSS5dEeMX64
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Lb3MTlIrC4

I played these two on loop the night before HSNCT playoffs.
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At one tournament last year, a couple of people and I got together and re-enacted several scenes from The Princess Bride. Got a few laughs and helped everyone relax.
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I try to get more sleep than I usually do and before the first match drink large amounts of caffeine while listening to albums "American Idiot" or "Led Zeppelin IV"

Four the post-lunch lethargy, Five Hour Energy works wonders.
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Before games, I always listen to :capybara: the police by N.W.A.. I pour tons of hot sauce on whatever I eat during lunch so i dont get tired.
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I think what sometimes works for me is getting some time by myself. I don't know if people think I'm antisocial if I don't always want to go with a group for lunch or whatever, but I enjoy doing a little quick walking and some private time (not every tournament or lunch, of course, but sometimes). I think at one ICT, I chose to eat lunch by myself and then went into a Wal-Mart and power walked around the store a little bit (making sure to peek at the best-sellers to anticipate potential answers). Dunno if there was a correlation, but I thought I played really well after lunch.
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Spicy food, loud music, obnoxious tirades around the halls of the host schools, and (most importantly) many games of Mao.
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4nay wrote:and (most importantly) many games of Mao.
Draw four for misuse of the name.
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merv1618 wrote:
4nay wrote:and (most importantly) many games of :capybara: .
Draw four for misuse of the name.
Point of order. I don't think you can actually prove it was misuse at the time.
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Wendish Crusade wrote:
merv1618 wrote:
4nay wrote:and (most importantly) many games of :capybara: .
Draw four for misuse of the name.
Point of order. I don't think you can actually prove it was misuse at the time.
I'm cutting you off here.
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Small talk and altoids. Shockingly helpful actually, and keeps the breath nice :) (not that that's necessary for quiz bowl in any way, as sitting next to certain teams have shown me....)
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What do you guys do the night before a tournament, just relax, or do you do a last minute review of anything?
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Staying up late arguing is a common ritual.
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Some of my teammates like to brush up on current events the night before, since that's something that can be done quickly and rather effortlessly.
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GrahamReid wrote:
Mewto55555 wrote:I run around the halls.
A player from LASA, Nathan Weiser, I think, ran a bit before our match at the HSNCT. I haven't tried running myself, but walking briskly rather than sitting and waiting has served me fairly well.
Last year, before Ultima iirc, I got in trouble for doing shirtless laps around the Best Western. I had never felt more alive!
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thyringe_supine wrote:
GrahamReid wrote:
Mewto55555 wrote:I run around the halls.
A player from LASA, Nathan Weiser, I think, ran a bit before our match at the HSNCT. I haven't tried running myself, but walking briskly rather than sitting and waiting has served me fairly well.
Last year, before Ultima iirc, I got in trouble for doing shirtless laps around the Best Western. I had never felt more alive!
No dude, you keep the shirt on until the match starts.
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Mewto55555 wrote:
thyringe_supine wrote:
GrahamReid wrote:
Mewto55555 wrote:I run around the halls.
A player from LASA, Nathan Weiser, I think, ran a bit before our match at the HSNCT. I haven't tried running myself, but walking briskly rather than sitting and waiting has served me fairly well.
Last year, before Ultima iirc, I got in trouble for doing shirtless laps around the Best Western. I had never felt more alive!
No dude, you keep the shirt on until the match starts.
But then it gets ruined when I [BREAK FORUM RULES BY TALKING ABOUT ANIME --the mgmt].
But in all seriousness, drink a lot of water the day before the tournament; it helps you think more clearly, and I personally find that I play better when I have a medium level of bladder urgency.
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I usually just stare at the wall and go to the toilet. :grin: . By going to toilet, I eliminate the concern of have sudden bladder need, which means less concern, better mood. I also loves to walk around. My friend? They talk about something naughty. No need to mention which naughty topic.
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I've personally found that reading trash questions before a competition gets people in the spirit but keeps things relaxed.
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I wish I had an interesting and quirky pre-tournament routine to share, but I don't. I just eat or drink something and start madly, idiosyncratically bobbing my leg like I always do. .-.
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I love watching this video before competitions, it always gets me really fired up.

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Realdeo wrote:I usually just stare at the wall and go to the toilet. :grin: . By going to toilet, I eliminate the concern of have sudden bladder need, which means less concern, better mood. I also loves to walk around. My friend? They talk about something naughty. No need to mention which naughty topic.
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tgaddy wrote:
Realdeo wrote:I usually just stare at the wall and go to the toilet. :grin: . By going to toilet, I eliminate the concern of have sudden bladder need, which means less concern, better mood. I also loves to walk around. My friend? They talk about something naughty. No need to mention which naughty topic.
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Realdeo wrote:I usually just stare at the wall and go to the toilet. :grin: . By going to toilet, I eliminate the concern of have sudden bladder need, which means less concern, better mood. I also loves to walk around. My friend? They talk about something naughty. No need to mention which naughty topic.
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