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Re: Pennsylvania 2013

Post by syo_astro » April 29th, 2013, 7:57 pm

Fair enough, I just was trying to say it wasn't 4-5 teams >.>. I guess I'll let you carry on whatever other PA discussions there are (though, that whole multiple teams thing whether it be at nats or not or whatever has been discussed so many times...I know casey said it but oh so many times still....). I also wasn't saying that if other states had multiple teams they wouldn't be as big as NYS (on the contrary I already agree with that fully).
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Post by EastStroudsburg13 » April 29th, 2013, 8:22 pm

I'd like to say that unless NSO implements wild card tournaments like this or something similar, states should not start sending 3 teams. It's hard enough trying to figure out the cutoff between 2 and 1; once you add 3 in there, there will be questions about the methodology all over the place.
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Re: Pennsylvania 2013

Post by isaysroar » April 30th, 2013, 11:11 am

Oh my god...not this argument. There is no such thing as specific states being more competitive as others. In my opinion, even though NY has much more teams, they only have this record due to the amount of teams being registered. Also, on the other hand for PA, we don't have much luck gathering as many competitors for Science Olympiad, but is lucky enough to have many schools participating in Science Olympiad. Everyone has the capability and potential to do well and medal, but some people just work harder ;)
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Re: Pennsylvania 2013

Post by caseyotis » April 30th, 2013, 4:36 pm

EASTstroudsburg13 wrote:I'd like to say that unless NSO implements wild card tournaments like this or something similar, states should not start sending 3 teams. It's hard enough trying to figure out the cutoff between 2 and 1; once you add 3 in there, there will be questions about the methodology all over the place.
This is all I said. I didn't want to start the whole debate over who's more competitive. I just think that there should be some wild card competitions for those who almost made it (let's say, [2nd]/3rd/4th would qualify to compete there, and then a state could send three teams but one of them would be a wild card team so it wouldn't really count).

This argument is pointless and never solves anything, so don't start it, right? ._.
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Re: Pennsylvania 2013

Post by syo_astro » April 30th, 2013, 4:39 pm

Just to say, no worries, there isn't really much of a debate here at least to what I see...so yeah, just don't think there is one, and it'll all be good! Just move on with other conversations >.>.
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Re: Pennsylvania 2013

Post by caseyotis » May 1st, 2013, 12:22 pm

I'm an outsider too; maybe we should stay out of this. .-.
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Re: Pennsylvania 2013

Post by isaysroar » May 1st, 2013, 3:19 pm

Mmmm...I just got really confused. But now finally understanding this situation...Wouldn't a wildcard be nice. It should be a wild card for the top 10 teams though.
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Re: Pennsylvania 2013

Post by EastStroudsburg13 » May 1st, 2013, 4:42 pm

I don't know if a wild card for the top 10 is a good idea. That makes it a little too easy for teams to qualify for the wild card. In Pennsylvania, if such a tournament were implemented, I would say that 3-4 teams would go on, which gives the teams that have a realistic chance of competing for the wild card spot that chance. The top 2 would still automatically qualify.

I would like to say that Stroudsburg Junior High was very impressive this year, going from 5th at regionals to 3rd at states. It'll be interesting to see if they can carry over this success to next year, and possibly score below 200 at states. Either that or another school may come up and take their place, maybe Bala Cynwyd if they can return to the levels of past years. Either way, it marks the best Stroudsburg has done since their run at nationals ended in 2006.

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Re: Pennsylvania 2013

Post by caseyotis » May 1st, 2013, 5:58 pm

No, top ten is too much. Like I said earlier, the top 2-3/3-4 teams could qualify for a local wild card tournament where the top two qualify... Or something like that.

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Re: Pennsylvania 2013

Post by ReBobville » May 1st, 2013, 6:47 pm

Personally, I like the current qualification system for nationals. Yes, for teams like conestoga this year, it can seem very cruel. However, I think that nationals currently has the perfect number of teams (per division), and each state has to have at least one spot. Also, I personally enjoy the close races for the top two spots at states! I think it makes the tournament all the more exciting.

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