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Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 12:07 pm
by Gautam
I was wondering if the quizbowl-osphere had thought of making a list of the best tournament directors in the game. These are guys who put on tournaments we like playing, and our memories of tournaments are definitely coloured by the fruits of the hard work they put into making sure things run efficiently.

Here are people I thought should make the list (this is not an exhaustive list):

Dennis Jang: Dennis is efficient as hell in getting things done. I first realized this during Gaddis 2008, with the way he set up schedules and organized other things for the event.

Evan Silberman: The guy seems to know what goes into running tournaments. I remember Evan saying something to the effect of "I can just sit here right now and feel this tournament flow" and it pretty much ran smoothly for the next couple of days!

R. Hentzel: I've played several tournaments run by R. now, and they've all been very efficiently run. He's able to recruit good moderators all the time and make tournaments run very smoothly.

Andrew Hart: He ran GINVIT 2008 (which was a 36 team thing in the PACE NSC format) pretty efficiently. Other tournaments he ran the two ACF Falls (2007 and 08), the past two MUTs, etc. have also been good experiences.

What do the rest of you think?

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:38 pm
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Kyle Haddad-Fonda was probably the most gifted TD I have ever seen.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:20 pm
by Cheynem
Gautam himself is a solid tournament director and organizer, even taking the time to give teams addresses of places they can eat lunch at.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:27 pm
by AKKOLADE
My two post-high school tournaments were run by Matt Weiner, and both went well.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 2:32 pm
by Whiter Hydra
FredMorlan wrote:My two post-high school tournaments were run by Matt Weiner, and both went well.
Yeah, anyone who can run a 10-round tournament and finish by 2:30 knows what he's doing.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:25 pm
by The Atom Strikes!
Chris Romero is a scarily efficient tournament director. I would actually also have to nominate my high school coach, Bill Tressler, who ran every event smoothly, was able to come up with card systems and bracket designs for most every situation, and always would have the stats for the tournament up in timely fashion.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:30 pm
by Cheynem
I'm not actually sure who gets the credit, but every tournament I've been to at the University of Illinois has been well run.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 3:42 pm
by millionwaves
Cheynem wrote:I'm not actually sure who gets the credit, but every tournament I've been to at the University of Illinois has been well run.
We tend to rotate directors, but Sorice has taught all of us everything any of us ever knew about this.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 4:21 pm
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
millionwaves wrote:
Cheynem wrote:I'm not actually sure who gets the credit, but every tournament I've been to at the University of Illinois has been well run.
We tend to rotate directors, but Sorice has taught all of us everything any of us ever knew about this.
On that note, I'll say that Donald Taylor has learned greatly. He does stats for a tournament, you know they're right, they're done quickly, and they're posted quickly.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:03 pm
by Maxwell Sniffingwell
This is a bit of a favorite son vote, but I'd nominate Tom Egan as the best in the business in Illinois.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:55 pm
by dtaylor4
millionwaves wrote:
Cheynem wrote:I'm not actually sure who gets the credit, but every tournament I've been to at the University of Illinois has been well run.
We tend to rotate directors, but Sorice has taught all of us everything any of us ever knew about this.
This. I've learned greatly from Sorice, and from actually doing stats for lots of tournaments and running tournaments.

Now if I could only teach scorekeepers using paper how to add correctly...

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:38 am
by JohnAndSlation
cornfused wrote:This is a bit of a favorite son vote, but I'd nominate Tom Egan as the best in the business in Illinois.
My thoughts exactly, Greg.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:02 am
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
I'll get in on the Tom Egan love, using Decemberist 3 as the case study. Even adding bouncebacks to the bonuses, they started the final by 2:45, a full 2 hours before my two incarnations. He got together one of the finest moderating crews I've heard of for that, got Donald to come up and do stats, the list goes on...

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 8:53 am
by dtaylor4
In general, any HS coach who has the forethought to call on experience college people to help staff tournaments knows what he/she is doing.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sun Dec 13, 2009 9:47 pm
by DumbJaques
Chris Romero is a scarily efficient tournament director.
Certainly so for those who try to steal questions by sneaking through windows.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:27 pm
by ClemsonQB
I have to acknowledge Mr. Barry and Mr. Huff, as they have both run tournaments with 100+ teams very smoothly.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 12:52 pm
by Nick
ClemsonQB wrote:I have to acknowledge Mr. Barry and Mr. Huff, as they have both run tournaments with 100+ teams very smoothly.
George beat me to it, but yes, this is very true. I dont know how these tournaments dont erupt into chaos every year.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Tue Jan 26, 2010 9:17 pm
by KGeee
Angelo from Tulsa/now the Greater NW

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Sat Feb 06, 2010 10:04 pm
by fluffy4102
The Atom Strikes! wrote:Chris Romero is a scarily efficient tournament director.
Save two moderator-caused disasters, all of the tournaments that I have attended run by Chris have ended before 5.

Re: Good Tournament Directors/Organizers?

Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:01 pm
by LucasBrown
The (current) UCLA folks, especially Ian Drayer, have earned a good measure of TD respect on the SoCal circuit.