Me neither. I'll try. My approach is going to be to approach this from the standpoint of (oddly, but truly enough), better paralleling the IESA format (one bonus part at a time), and as a time saving measure (more three parts, a grand total of 15 seconds to confer, vs. 30 seconds.styxman wrote:I don't see it passing this year,
In Illinois, for the most part, it has to go top down and not the other way. The acceptance of those tournaments you mentioned is in part because the IHSA changed, not because those tournaments caused the change. Most of the the coaches don't want change, and will only take to it if there is a loaded gun to their head, the hammer is cocked, and the trigger is being squeezed. Even then, it is slow. We are trying to undo decades of quizbowl .... and keep in mind the better we make it, the more work it takes to get better. If history has been an indicator: for a variety of reasons (only some of which are even marginally valid) coaches/teams don't want to work harder.
QFT! Even if the Winnebago area is kind of won over on this, there is still a huge percentage of the state (central, west, south) that are out there ..... and politically they have more pull.styxman wrote:Basically, if a couple tournaments would be interested in switching to NAQT untimed 20/20 next year, it'd do a world of good. Even A-level sets at this point. I'm talking to a few tournaments in this area about switching...if it's just us on the boards interested, people will shrug it off as the Chicagoans with their platinum sculls and ice skates again...but if the Winnebago/Sterling/Kaneland/Auburn/Boylan/etc. tournaments switch and the area Class A teams start liking it (like some already have at the Decemberist), there'll be a much better chance for a switch throughout the state.
Answer: Because that's the way it always has been. Seriously. You can argue that having a block of 30 seconds to confer as a team is "more team"-like than having three blocks of five seconds to confer, but what it boils down to is: this is the way the rules were set, and this is the way it is. I wish change were easier. I wish change didn't need to be done with the care and patience of a male black widow getting on to the web to mate, but that is the way it is: try and hard sell it, it goes nowhere. The soft sell assures that it won't fly either.styxman wrote:Here's an interesting question that I haven't really seen well answered - and this might be better suited for the Illinois thread - what is the argument for Illinois format bonuses?