What Is a Good Number of Events?

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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by zyzzyva980 » April 29th, 2016, 9:08 pm

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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by Fluorine » April 29th, 2016, 11:05 pm

zyzzyva980 wrote:23
People on my team joke that if 23 events were possible I would be the one to do all of them. Honestly once you get hooked on SO doing literally any event seems like a blast. I "waste" too much time going over possible next year events and then getting way over excited about what I want to do over the summer to prep for them.

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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by Phys1cs » May 1st, 2016, 5:33 am

People on my team do anywhere from 2-4. We try not to have the people who do one event (especially seniors, with the 7 seniors on a C team limit).

This being my third year as team captain, somehow I ended the year with 7 events, (3 builds, a lab event and 3 study). I can't tell you how I did it, but I definitely do not recommend it. it becomes very hard to dedicate enough time to each event to do well in each one.

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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by Fanglin » May 1st, 2016, 5:58 pm

I think a manageable amount is about 5~7 events, because it gives your coach more flexibility for coordination competitions and state/nats teams. I did 6 events this year, and I only took 5 of them seriously. The 6th one, (crime busters) already had 3 people who were really good, so there is no chance that I would make the state team for that event. Also I partially wanted to do it because its FUN! Some events you just got to do before they rotate out, and you never get to do them.
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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by AlphaTauri » May 2nd, 2016, 12:30 pm

Generally, 3 to 4. Sometimes people end up with 5 because they're just that good at scioly or because the team is undermanned; sometimes people only do 2 because their events are really time-consuming. Upperclassmen usually end up with more events just because they've taken AP Physics/Chem/whatever and therefore have a better background for the Physical Science events.

The average number of events/person is just over 3 for a full team -- (23 events * ~2 people/event) / 15 people. Of course, that number goes up if you have people helping with events that they won't be competing in (such as builds), but on average you should be competing in 3 or 4 events at any given competition.

I did 4 events throughout most of high school, and for me, that was a good number since I had other commitments (district orchestra, marching band, etc). I did do 5 once, which actually wasn't awful because it was in Div B, and because some of the events were relatively easy to prepare for. However, I remember being quite tired and grumpy by the end of the day due to having several events in a row and not really having a lunch break.

Over the course of a season, I'd usually end up doing 5-7, just because of team reshuffling after invites and scheduling conflicts, but I'd only be working on ~4 at a time, which made it manageable.
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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by hmcginny » May 3rd, 2016, 10:19 pm

I think it depends a lot on what year you are in school, and what events you have past experience with. Like as a senior, it makes more sense that you'd be up in the 4-6 event range, while when you're a sophomore you might only be doing 2-3. You have more experience with events and with difficult material (see Alpha's comment about AP classes, etc..).

I didn't compete my freshman or sophomore years, just helped with building events, though my sophomore year I probably competed in 3-4 events at invitationals and was a reasonable alternate for an event or two (just not good enough for the competition team). My junior year I competed in 4 events and routinely helped run two building events (which I wasn't the primary person on, more in for moral support/an extra pair of hands/making sure we followed all rules). My senior year, I competed in 6 events at every competition and could have potentially been an alternate for a seventh if conflicts occurred. That's probably excessive (you don't get any break at a standard competition), but I loved every second of it.

Typically, I think it's a good idea to continue whichever of your events still exist year-to-year, but add 2-3 new events every year. So I always did WIDI, added Sounds, Fermi and Thermo junior year. Kept WIDI, Thermo, Fermi, then added Maglev, Chem Lab, TPS senior year. Definitely works for some events where the core material doesn't change year-to-year. The three I kept between junior and senior year were essentially the same events both years (albeit with a new build for Thermo). Year-to-year experience is pretty important, in my opinion.
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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by SPP SciO » May 4th, 2016, 9:48 am

Ideally, an event with a partner is a 50/50 split of preparation and participation at competition, but in reality, it's tough to achieve that balance. When we start the year, we want each student to focus on one event - eventually, they become the "lead" in that event. Obviously, some stronger students need to lead a 2nd event as well - but that's it.

Only later in the year (October/November) do the coaches start seeing the strengths and weaknesses, social dynamics, scheduling conflicts, and all that - then, we can create the event teams. On our team this year, there was a range of 2-5 events per student with the typical number being 3. However, each student only was the "lead" on 1-2. The "leads" are responsible for teaching their partners and making sure preparation is going well.
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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by gavinnupp » May 6th, 2016, 1:48 pm

46 (all of em) :shock:
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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by samlan16 » May 7th, 2016, 8:42 am

gavinnupp wrote:46 (all of em) :shock:
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1) Provided you are in 9th grade and have not chosen B or C yet.
2) You double counted several events, like ExpD, Bridges, and WIDI.
3) Two energy drinks would not be enough.
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Re: What Is a Good Number of Events?

Post by Unome » May 7th, 2016, 10:57 am

samlan16 wrote:
gavinnupp wrote:46 (all of em) :shock:
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1) Provided you are in 9th grade and have not chosen B or C yet.
2) You double counted several events, like ExpD, Bridges, and WIDI.
3) Two energy drinks would not be enough.
In addition to energy drinks, you would also need to be very fast and likely have a teleporter to move between event rooms.
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