Wallytowers wrote:As a coach that has just had the students/parents pay collectively thousands of dollars to attend, that really is not acceptable in my opinion. It may differ from the MIT board, but you are providing a service to the students and schools in attendance. All other invitationals, you leave with a flash drive or receive the Drive/Dropbox files within 24 hours.
My students have been looking through plenty of resources, but they always look forward to the MIT exams for the final push through regionals. They appreciate the rigor and are huge studying tools for their preparation.
Wow, if you really receive tests back that quickly, that’s insanely fast. In my day, there were competitions I attended that never ended up giving us blank electronic copies of the full set of tests at all. So be grateful if tournaments really give you that kind of luxury service and don’t be so nitpicky towards those who don’t. Not everyone can get all that stuff together THAT quickly, and I assure you they’re doing their best to get the tests back to you as soon as possible. And my main point is that in the meantime, just chill, and a good use of time would be to study other resources that are right in front of you, such as the internet, while you wait for the tests to come back.
nicholasmaurer wrote:In my experience, tournaments typically take between 2-7 days to release the full set of tests to participating teams. I am responsible for this effort at the Solon Invitational, and it is a larger task than you would imagine, even without customized watermarks.
So, I have two perspectives here. One being that, I agree, getting tests back that quickly is incredibly fast (the 2-7 days that Nick mentioned is accurate in my experience). Until this year, Brookwood was the only Div C invitational in Georgia that gave back blank tests, and it usually still takes a week or so (though all of that has been changing for the better recently). On the other hand, having collected and distributed tests for our invitational for the last two years, it doesn't really take that much effort. If I were not too tired to do anything after the tournament, I would probably have the tests for our invitational out within a few hours of awards, completely ready.
Wallytowers wrote:The level of frustration is always high this time of year, and at 1am, the lines if reasoning are haphazard. For larger universities, perhaps I could see the release of exams not hurting them from getting the attendance for the experience. Smaller invitationals may go to the wayside, however, as they may not get the draw of teams for the price tags included for bussing. It's easier to justify to parents the cost of an MIT vs the cost of a high school invy in a neighboring state. If these exams were released, the experience may not necessarily be deemed worthwhile for the middle of the road school.
Definitely agree here. I doubt we'll see even moderately common public releases in any area of the nation for 15+ years, if/when invitationals and tests become so common that they're no longer as valued.