In this podcast, Ben and Ryan do an informal check in about how the quizbowl season is developing in PA, and how the teams at the top look going forward.
Ben and Chris discuss moderating quizbowl matches and some of the tricks of becoming a good moderator. How do you deal with tough to pronounce words? What do you do in case of protests or if you misread something? How much commentary or sociability with players is acceptable? This and more!
In the triumphant return of the GPQB podcast, Ben is joined by Steven Silverman, formerly of CMU, to break down the preseason rankings for quizbowl in PA to start a new season. Who is looking strong? What are some of the trends and narratives to watch for? Apologizes for the cut off audio right at the beginning.
Ben is joined by Alex Sankaran (ex-Henderson, future West Chester U) to break down the end of season poll, and the performances of the state’s best team’s this year.
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?