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The New Trier Varsity Tournament will be December 20. The field as of right now is Auburn (2), Buffalo Grove (2), Carbondale, Cary-Grove, Crete-Monee (3), Fenwick (2), Hoffman Estates (2), Homewood Flossmoor, Lakes, Latin, Libertyville, Loyola (3), Maine South, Marian Central, Northmont (OH), Saint Ignatius, Saint Patrick, Springfield, Stevenson, Wheaton Academy, Wheaton North, WWS (2), and Winnebago. The field is still growing. If you thought you were coming but are not on the list, contact me and don't panic.

We also would love to have more help writing and editing questions, which is being done on a wiki. Contact me if you are interested. Again, don't panic.

EDIT: Teams added 12/4, bringing total from 18 to 22. Make that 32.
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cornfused wrote:Need a moderator, Coach?
If needed, I may be able to make the trek up.
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Shcool wrote:Northmont (OH)
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Moderators are welcome.
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Just so I don't tell my teammates the wrong thing when they ask me: who exactly is writing the questions at this point? I know that current New Trier players are involved, but are there any other notables with perhaps a little more experience?
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Writers currently include, for ten points each: Reinstein, Jeff Price, me, Robert Sido, Henry Thomas, Steve Server, Thomas Buley, Alex Slack, with possible contributions by some others.
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Mr. Glerum's panic aside, I welcome the Northmont team and any other out of state competition! :party:
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We're not too much to be scared of on the national scene...we're pretty decent in Ohio but have never played Illinois format, so it will be new for us. I definetly wanted to get another tournament in during December to avoid a 6 week layoff. We had a long layoff last year and laid an egg when we started playing again. We should be able to win a few and hopefully make the playoffs.
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Again, welcome!
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djones wrote:We're not too much to be scared of on the national scene...we're pretty decent in Ohio but have never played Illinois format, so it will be new for us. I definetly wanted to get another tournament in during December to avoid a 6 week layoff. We had a long layoff last year and laid an egg when we started playing again. We should be able to win a few and hopefully make the playoffs.
And we're glad to have you! But it's not Illinois format; except for computational questions, we'll be using mACF format.
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What's the distribution?
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Oh ok, we're very familiar with that format. Will teams be of 4 or 5?
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The distribution will be pretty close to IHSA distribution. It will be similar to the Kickoffs--for computational bonuses, all parts will be read and teams will have thirty seconds to calculate/confer. Bonuses will rebound. No negs or powers on tossups.

Teams will each have five students.
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Djones, your not the same Djones as is on the science olympiad forum?

Also, will it be power matching again this year?
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Nope, not me. Science Olympiad and I are not friends :-)

(Due to: 1- my dislike of science and 2- the fact that it caused my captain (who did quiz bowl and SO) to miss the NAQT state championship 2 years ago)
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Never mind. I will post about the rules we'll be using shortly.
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The existence of power matching will depend on the number of teams. If the field size hits 24, we probably will do it. By past experience, having 17-23 teams does not work too well with power matching. If I had to guess now, I would guess that we will do it, but that is not a promise.
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Okay, sorry for confusion about the rules. What I posted above wasn't right and has been removed.

The official rules for the tournament are now available. Basically it's ACF-like but with bouncing-back bonuses, except computation works differently. Read the rules and let me know if you have any questions.
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Distribution:

4/4 Literature/Language Arts
1/1 American literature
1/1 British literature
2/2 from {world literature, myth, grammar/vocabulary/speech}

4/4 Math (some computational; precise amounts not specified)
2.5/2.5 from {algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry}; morning rounds will have less calculus
1.5/1.5 from {general math, analytic geometry, computer science/technology}

4/4 Science
1/1 biology
1/1 chemistry
1/1 physics
1/1 general/earth science/astronomy/health

4/4 Social Science
1/1 American history
1/1 world history
2/2 from {government/current events, geography, religion/economics/other social science}

2/2 Fine Arts
1/1 from {art history, architecture, art theory/architecture theory}
1/1 from {music history, music theory, musicals/dance}

2/2 Miscellaneous/Interdisciplinary
with at least 1 question of interdisciplinary per packet, hopefully

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ARGH YOU NEW TRIER PEOPLE AND YOUR DISTRIBUTION
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Wow, 2/2 history and 8/8 science per round! Awesome!
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I'll take this further.

Science=Literature+Myth+History+Fine Arts+"grammar and vocabulary"



DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE TO ANYONE?!
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Ukonvasara wrote:Wow, 2/2 history and 8/8 science per round! Awesome!
The only thing that could make this better is the 2/2 misc/interdisciplinary per round!
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Ukonvasara wrote:Wow, 2/2 history and 8/8 science per round! Awesome!
This sounds like the Billy Beyer vanity tournament.
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Sir Thopas wrote:I'll take this further.

Science=Literature+Myth+History+Fine Arts+"grammar and vocabulary"



DOES THIS MAKE ANY SENSE TO ANYONE?!
turn that there math into organic chemistry and yep yep yep
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ITT Non-Illinois people howl about the Illinois format for the 32,821st time.

I'm pretty sure the IL format was created by Rod Blagojevich, if that helps the discussion.
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Woody Paige wrote:ITT Non-Illinois people howl about the Illinois format for the 32,821st time.
As I told JR Barry when he played the "you're not from here, yankee" card, I care about promoting good quizbowl everywhere.
Woody Paige wrote:I'm pretty sure the IL format was created by Rod Blagojevich, if that helps the discussion.
Hmm. How much would it cost me to have it changed, then?
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Distribution != format

And yes, with a distribution this bad, I am going to say it is bad.

This distribution is bad.
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FredMorlan wrote:Distribution != format

And yes, with a distribution this bad, I am going to say it is bad.

This distribution is bad.
Oh, also, yeah, this.

This distribution is what's very bad.
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Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

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Wow, is that really the kind of distribution I played in HS? I remember it as being pretty much equally Math, Lit, History, Science, and "Other," which is certainly tolerable if you're gonna have Math as a category. But this has turned two of the history tossups into what used to be "other" - SS and, apparently, religion - and filled their gap with misc/interdisciplinary.

Wouldn't this distribution be better (not good, but better) for everyone?
4/4 history
4/4 lit
4/4 science
4/4 math
3/3 fine arts, soc sci, RMP, maybe geography here
1/1 misc/interdisciplinary/trash/current events/maybe geography here
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I'm saying, if we're going to keep math in there and consider it separate from science, why not at least keep the rest from regressing? There's no reason to cut out a Big Four category - history - especially when what you're killing it for isn't fine arts or RMP or even SS but effectively "misc/interdisciplinary."
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Unrelated note: this is going to be a surprise for some teams, as it differs for IL standard practice, doesn't it?
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from IL standard, I mean.
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Isn't that the opposite of the standard anywhere? Granted, my article-based rules knowledge has not been checked on recently.
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FredMorlan wrote:Isn't that the opposite of the standard anywhere? Granted, my article-based rules knowledge has not been checked on recently.
I thought so too, but that's actually copy-and-pasted from the official ACF rules.
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Shcool wrote:No negs or powers on tossups.
This has also changed.
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IHSA 2008-2009 Terms and Conditions wrote: Breakdown of Questions at all levels
of the IHSA State Final Series: The sixty (60)
questions, thirty (30) toss-up and thirty (30)
bonus questions, for each match throughout
the state series will consist of the following
specific number of questions in each category:
1. Science: Six (6) toss-up and six
(6) bonus questions per match.
2. Mathematics: Six (6) toss-up
and six (6) bonus questions per match.
3. Social Studies: Six (6) toss-up
and six (6) bonus questions per match.
4. Literature/Language Arts: Six
(6) toss-up and six (6) bonus questions per
match.
5. Fine Arts: Four (4) toss-up and
four (4) bonus questions per match.
6. Miscellaneous: Two (2) toss-up
and two (2) bonus questions per match.
7. All toss-up questions involving
calculation must be labeled.
8. There will be a maximum of eight
(8) toss-up and eight (8) bonus questions
involving calculation per match.
Note: There will be two (2) toss-up
and two (2) bonus replacement questions from
each category for each level of competition.

Categories and Sub-categories for
Toss-up and Bonus Questions: Designate
“Major” and “Minor” sub-categories in which
written questions will be selected. The bold
sub-categories are the major areas that the
majority of the questions from that category
will be selected.
1. Science
Biology
Chemistry
Physics

General science
Earth science
Astronomy
Health
2. Mathematics
Algebra
Geometry
Calculus
Trigonometry

General math
Analytic geometry
Programming and Scripting
3. Social Studies
Government
Geography
U.S. History
World History

Economics
Current events
Social Science (Psychology,
Philosophy, Sociology)
4. Language Arts
U.S. Literature
British Literature
World Literature and Mythology

Grammar/usage
Spelling
Vocabulary
Speech
5. Fine Arts
Art History
Music History
(mostly but not exclusively from the Common Practice Period 1600-1900)
Music Theory
Art Theory
Artistic Dance (dancing legends ,
choreographers, tap, jazz, modern,
ballroom, ballet)
Musical Theater (Broadway, off-
Broadway, classic musical cinema)
Architecture
6. Miscellaneous
Journalism
Sports
Technology
Agriculture
Family Consumer Science
Driver’s Ed.
Industrial arts
Pop culture
Consumer Ed.
Interdisciplinary
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Folks, I had people complain about the pyramidal questions I used at the Barrington (MS) last year because that's not what we have in our State Series. That said, I'm plowing ahead with it again. Will I lose some teams? We'll see, but I take exception to those who question Reinstein's commitment to good quizbowl just because his distribution approximates a State Series event.
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I'm not questioning his commitment; I'm just saying that this distribution is notably bad. This may not exactly be news to people, but it's so bad that i feel it necessary to comment.
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I may be wrong, but I will enter here as an mACF player/writer/editor in the middle ground and say that the state series distribution here, if used properly could be ok, if not useful. If I read correctly (not sure I do), you could have a round of:
6/6 Science: 2/1 Biology, 1/1 Chemistry, 2/2 Physics, 1/1 Astronomy and 0/1 Earth Science
6/6 Math: 2/2 Calculus, 2/2 General Math (I'm assuming this could be mathematicians who also happened to do physics or something...), 1/1 Computer Science, 1/0 Geometry, and 0/1 Trigonometry -- Correct me if I'm wrong but there is only a max of computation right? So none of these have to be...
6/6 Social Studies: 2/2 U.S. History 1/1 European (count as World), 1/1 (actual) World, 1/1 Psychology or Economics, 1/1 Philosophy
6/6 Literature: 2/1 US Lit, 1/2 British Lit, 1/1 World Lit, 2/2 Mythology
4/4 Fine Arts: 2/1 Art History, 1/2 Music History, 1/1 Architecture
2/2 Miscellaneous: 1/0 Pop Culture then 1/2 non-Math, non-Science Interdisciplinary
Obviously the 5/5 math would hurt some people, but adjusted for 20 questions, that would be like 3/4 or 4/3, so if you don't have to do computation, it would probably be bearable as theory or mathematicians...
I don't know much about the format, but if the "state series" distribution were followed here, I at least would not be too upset
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FredMorlan wrote:I'm not questioning his commitment; I'm just saying that this distribution is notably bad. This may not exactly be news to people, but it's so bad that i feel it necessary to comment.
Fair enough. That's one of the things these boards are good for. It just seems like we chase our tail on this quite a bit.
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Woody Paige wrote:Fair enough. That's one of the things these boards are good for. It just seems like we chase our tail on this quite a bit.
I know, it's almost as if every Illinois tournament gets chastised for using a crazy distribution that makes everything but math calculation speed an irrelevant skill. What could possibly be the solution to this problem?!?!
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Our distribution for our tournament this weekend is quitr a bit different from the IHSA State Series; I expect a lot of grumbling even though teams were warned ahead of time.
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David Riley wrote:Our distribution for our tournament this weekend is quitr a bit different from the IHSA State Series; I expect a lot of grumbling even though teams were warned ahead of time.
So... then why is it this way if a) you expect complaints from participants, and b) everyone else is ridiculing it?
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Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

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Caesar Rodney HS wrote:
David Riley wrote:Our distribution for our tournament this weekend is quitr a bit different from the IHSA State Series; I expect a lot of grumbling even though teams were warned ahead of time.
So... then why is it this way if a) you expect complaints from participants, and b) everyone else is ridiculing it?
Mr. Riley is not running this tournament.
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Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

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Yes, I was referring to our frosh/soph tournamemt. But to answer your questions, 1) we spelled it out in the invitation that we would be using NAQT tossups--hence much less math and generally more pop culture than Illinois' format and 2) for the greater good. :smile:
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Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

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This tournament is now full. See the first post for a list of teams. It will be power pairing in the morning for five rounds.
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Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

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A schedule is now posted on our website.

We are hoping that the predicted snowfall does not impact our tournament. It is supposed to end around noon Friday and is supposed to be heaviest to the North, whereas teams traveling a long distance generally are coming from the South. As of right now, everything is on.
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Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

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Any line-up changes with the weather getting more and more severe?
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Re: New Trier Varsity 12/20 (IL)

Post by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN) »

I would like to propose a rule that nobody should discuss changing their plans until probably 12 hours before a tournament if there's bad weather involved since every single time a team drops Friday for snow, there isn't really any snow on Saturday morning.
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