Coaches Council Meeting! 5/8/18

Hello everyone!

I know I’m late getting these notes out to everyone, but school has been very busy this week.

A number of us met on Tuesday at the Hooksett Public Library. Aside from myself, Murph and Gabe were present from Hanover, Sara from Merrimack, Marisa from John Stark (Welcome!), Jay and Troy from Plymouth, Peter from Pinkerton, Lisa, Karen and Kathryn (Welcome!) from BG, and finally, Donna and Becca from PCA (Welcome Becca!)

This is probably an appropriate moment to pause and wish Donna and Lisa a fond farewell as they move on to the next steps of their lives. I’ve know both of them for many years, and they are wonderful people and their involvement in the NHQBL has been so important. We will miss them both dearly.

We took some time to review the results of the feedback survey. Overall, the feedback was good. There were some suggestions, some of which were the subject of further discussion.

First, we did discuss the divisional realignment. While everyone agreed the new format worked well this year, and we liked having the at-large tournament at the end of the season. What followed was a discussion about why we wouldn’t just make all the tournaments at-large. We went back and forth on this. It was suggested that there is something nice about having a tournament that is “yours” in particular focus on, and it develops rivalries, but on the other hand, doing away with geographical regions would simplify the qualification process for the state tournament. Ultimately, we didn’t make any decisions on this, agreeing to look at options and perhaps revisit next year.

We briefly discussed moving Hanover back to the West Region, rather than North. (Murph and I had a short discussion on the nature of “north”…I still say anything north of Concord  is “north”, but that’s my southern tier bias talking.) In the end though, we decided to leave things as they are for now.

A long discussion followed about questions. To sum up, there seems to be a consensus to move to a system where we have “pristine” questions for all tournaments, rather than recycled questions. The consensus was that we are not interested in the full “pyramid” style questions, because if our format is not changing, they take too long to read. We all agreed we like the format of our system, and the length of our tournaments. If schools wish to do full NAQT style tournaments with pyramids and bonuses, there’s certainly space for them to do that, and we encourage everyone to do as much quizbowl as their kids will put up with. The questions that remain for us are: where to get them, and how much can we afford to pay. Gabe has agreed to look into NAQT’s “speed-check” style which are similar in length and style to what we’re used to. I’ve already looked into Questions Unlimited, and their prices may be prohibitive. There’s still a ways to go on this and we will be digging into it further before the end of the year.

As as “afford”  goes, we collected 1,000 dollars in dues this year. This money ended up being evenly split between the Hanover account and the new Citizens account. The Citizens account currently has a balance off 379.53, after expenses for the new banner, and the business cards that we hand out to folks, the trophy for the J/V “Best Team of the Year” and the start up costs of buying checks for the account. The Hanover account currently has a balance of 2,476.91. We began the year with a balance of 5,122.35. Major expenses from the Hanover account were the banner, plaques, and t-shirts. In addition, there were 2,284.69 worth of expenses associated with GHOST.

If we move to purchasing pristine questions for tournaments, we will probably need to be a little more conscientious about collecting dues, and perhaps look at alternative fundraising methods.

Moving on to other topics, we agreed that while only New Hampshire schools can compete for division titles and the championship, we welcome any neighboring schools to participate on a “for fun” basis. This was prompted by interest from folks like St. Dominic’s in Maine and Bromfield in Massachusetts.

There continues to be some interest in promoting programs at middle schools to try and grow our own programs. Nothing firm yet, though I think we agreed that 8th graders would be welcome on j/v teams. I’m not 100% sure that was the consensus,  it was getting late and we were all hungry.

Speaking of j/v teams, we briefly discussed terminology. In the past, we have use “A” and “B” to identify your “main” team, vs others you might bring to the tournament. When we moved to separate brackets at tournaments instead of lumping everyone together, we adopted the “varsity” vs “J/V” designations. There was some talk about whether this was appropriate terminology, since it would be theoretically possible to have a large group of strong players, and if it would be appropriate to refer to them as “j/v” players…or…what? No conclusion was made, but we can toss this one around in the message boards.

Finally, we reached the point of setting our schedule. This is what it looks like tentatively:

Sept 29: Division II: Fall Mtn. (Tentative, not yet confirmed with Nick)
Oct 13: Division I: Plymouth
Oct 27: GHOST
Dec 8: Division III: BG
Feb 2: Division IV: Salem
March 9: At-Large: Pinkerton

There are still some dates still out there: History Bowl doesn’t have a date yet, and Plymouth hasn’t set a date yet for their NAQT tournament. We’ll push that info out when we have it.

And by this point some of us were starving, and hadn’t seen our children yet, so we called it a day.

We covered a lot of ground, and there’s important stuff here, so if you have questions or concerns, give one of us a shout. We’re here!

Thanks everyone who came, and thanks to everyone for a great season!

Bernie

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Rookie Tournament!

Hi all!

Three schools got together today at Merrimack High School, for a rookie tournament. Thanks to Sara and her crew for running the show! I’m sorry I wasn’t there, but somebody had to take our kids to the birthday party they had today!

The Rookies from Merrimack, BG and Kingswood had a great day, with Merrimack A and BG A both turning in a 9-1 record. Hopefully these kids will all come back next fall!

Just a reminder that the Coaches Council Meeting will be at the Hooksett Public Library at 4 pm THIS Tuesday! Hope to see many of you there!

State Finals!

Good evening all!

What a day! What a season!

Eight teams met today for the State Finals at the Legislative Office Building. One team clearly rose above the rest today to take home the crown!

Hanover 7-0
Merrimack 5-2
Plymouth 5-2
Fall Mtn. 3-4
Salem 3-4
Kingswood 2-5
PCA 2-5
BG 1-6

Congratulations to Hanover for a great day, the kids we sharp and on point all day long!

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Murph, claiming the banner for Hanover

 Thanks to Murph for another great season.

And we’re not quite done yet!

 

If you haven’t filled out your post-season coaches survey, please do so: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScbQacVWxxvg3FWZLdSqnTKaF-LAbKcEnm7powtnKyf7BDuJA/viewform?usp=sf_link

Feel free to email me any feedback you have as well!

Please watch your email for info about a coaches meeting! That will be happening sometime after the NH school vacation week!

Also, finally, our ROOKIE TOURNAMENT! It will be on May 5th, at Merrimack High School.  It is open to anyone who has rookie quizbowlers who they’d like to get some experience before next fall. It’s geared primarily toward underclassmen, but if you have some rising juniors and seniors with no experience, bring them along. Also, if your district is willing, bring some 8th graders who will be your 9th graders next fall. Contact Sara Campbell (sara.campbell@sau26.org) if you’re going!

Great season everyone!

Rookie Tournament

Hello all!

After some discussions and feedback, we had decided to go ahead and try and schedule a rookie tournament for May 5, 2018. Merrimack has graciously offered to host.

This is a little ways away, so you’ve got some time to plan. Rookie tournaments are open to underclassmen with little to no quiz bowl experience. This is a “get your feet wet” kind of experience. If you’ve had a freshman who played varsity all year this year, she or he is not the target audience for this tournament. For this tournament, we are also encouraging you to bring any rising 8th graders who will be on your team next fall, and may want to get some experience.

If you plan to attend, let Sara Campbell know, (sara.campbell@sau26.org), or me, and I can let Sara know.

Kingswood Results!

A very exciting day at Kingswood on Saturday for our first ever At-Large tournament! First off, thanks to John Struble and his crew for putting on a great St. Paddy’s day spread. It’s always great to visit John, and for some of us, it worked out well, because we were able to “be in two places at once”, running back and forth between the main building and the theatre building for the drama festival.

Now, on to the important stuff. 10 Varsity teams competed during the day, and 14 j/v teams.

Here’s how that went down:
Kingswood Results

So, Merrimack, Salem and Plymouth all tied at the top. Salem already qualified at their region, so that left Plymouth and Merrimack. As Merrimack had beaten Plymouth during the tournament, they held the tiebreak and took home the final tournament win of the year! Merrimack had an excellent day, as their j/v team ran the table and took home the bag of candy from Murph.

So, how about overall:
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The tournament field is set, as Hanover, Fall Mtn, BG, Salem and Merrimack are joined by Plymouth, Kingswood and PCA as at large qualifiers. The state tournament should be a real dogfight!

The j/v points finished TIED. After 5 tournaments, Plymouth and Fall Mtn. were tied overall, and a tiebreak game was held, in which Plymouth J/V prevailed. They will get their trophy at the state tournament (since I left it on my desk at Salem, oops, sorry).

So, that’s it! Another regular season in the books. It’s been a lot of fun! The state tournament will be held at the Legislative Office Building in Concord on April 8th. Please be there by 1:30 PM. Spectators are welcome! And if you would like to read questions (and aren’t associated with a team participating), let Murph know, he can pay you!

Kingswood Tournament!

Hello all!

Just a reminder that Kingswood will host our final regular season tournament on March 17th! This is the first “At-Large” tournament we have held. This means that the varsity team with the best record who hasn’t yet won a regional will qualify for the state tournament, regardless of geographic region. So who knows! I’m very excited.

We will also crown our winner for best J/V squad of the year, as well, so lots of exciting things going on for us.

Please remember to RSVP to John Struble ( jstruble@govwentworth.k12.nh.us ) and let him know if you’re coming and if you can bring a buzzer or two and a reader. Wear green for St. Patrick’s Day!

Look forward to seeing you all there!