In this mammoth sized preview for NAQT’s HSNCT, Ben and Chris discuss where the 18 PA teams competing stand going into nationals week, predictions for how each might do, and make our calls for where we expect each to finish (no doubt embarrassing ourselves for posterity). We also discuss how the tournament works a bit. This description runs until about 8:30, at which point we begin the team-by team breakdown.
In this episode, Ben talks with Eric Mukherjee from Penn and Eli Kirk from Penn State about burnout in quizbowl. As we play the game over the course of years, all players inevitably deal with feeling burned out and lack of motivation to study. What causes this? How to we work our way out of it?
Chris and Ben are joined by Coach Bern McCauley of Great Valley High school for an extended length podcast discussing the economics of quizbowl. Most of the discussion is focused on the high school game, but some of it discusses collegiate quizbowl. Topics covered include: what does an average quizbowl annual budget look like? How does this compare to other activities? Should it cost more or less? How to fundraise? Should quizbowl have more professionalization and charge accordingly?
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0:00- Costs of regular season events
2:40- Costs of Nationals
5:05- Overall Yearly Expenditures
7:19- Debate: Is this the right amount of money to charge for quizbowl?
11:38- Comparison with other academic extracurriculars; pop quiz on costs!
14:30- Fundraising Ideas and Issues
18:40- The Prospect of Professionalizing Quizbowl
22:40- Does Professionalization have hidden downsides?
25:25- Trust, Relationship Building, and the Long Game for Quizbowl Economics
30:05- Predictions for the Future
In our latest podcast, the GPQB team discuss protest procedures in quizbowl. Why do we protest? When is it a good idea to lodge a protest and when should you not? We talk about the distinction between content and procedural protests, why housewrites tend to feature more protests, and other topics.
In this episode, Chris and Ben discuss the Current Events distribution, particularly in NAQT sets. What types of events are asked about? How does the fact that the news changes effect the way we study them for quizbowl? How does current events finesse a team’s coverage?
In the most recent episode of the Podcast, Ben and Ryan break down the 2016-17 midseason rankings. Who is rising? Who is a nationals contender?
In the latest edition of the podcast, Chris and Ben discuss how to study for music, with a focus on Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms as examples. Topics include: what sorts of clues come up for music questions? What manners are best to learn them? Why is Opera not part of the main classical music distribution?
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In our latest podcast, Ben and Ryan celebrate election day by breaking down common clues for five key Presidential Elections in US history. Which three candidates did Abe Lincoln defeat in 1860? Who were the Dixiecrats? Is Ben or Ryan the bigger history dork?
In the 18th episode of the GPQB podcast, Ben and Chris are joined by Eric to discuss how to write practice quizbowl questions. They discuss the best sources to use when writing questions as well as some common pitfalls among new question writers.
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The always-excellent Vinokurov guide to writing questions, referenced in the podcast, is available in full here.