Phenylethylamine wrote:quizbowl13 wrote:I wish we could be in your team's situation - basically our team is completely student run. We do have a coach, but he doesn't really help out in any events. No parents have ever helped, and our school almost canceled our trip to regionals cause they favor Forensics ( the cult-club, not the event ) over us. Like they don't let us take a trip to Pennsylvania for an invitational but let them go to nationals in Omaha even when only one person was actually competing. We, the students, are our only resources, and since a lot of science teachers are annoyed with our coach, we often aren't even allowed to borrow textbooks and resources. I'm still pretty surprised that we, solely students, can manage 9 medals and 5th place at states. If we had some aid, we could be a real threat.
That sucks. If it weren't for the Gelinas program, we would be in a very similar situation (the WM head coach is... uh... less than fully dedicated, shall we say). Hopefully your situation will improve, but it's great that the SciO students are your school are motivated enough to manage that impressive finish That's amazing for a team that has no adult support.
Thanks, phenyl. We try really hard. But at least you guys HAVE a competent middle school system. Of the two schools that feed to us, one can't even crack the top 15 at regionals and the other barely makes states to fet in the 20s. Sorry if I'm being rather pessimistic, but our team needs help. Pronto. What might be the worst is that everyone on Scioly here talks about their 'coaches' and teachers who help them. We are basically our own coaches for EVERYTHING. What really amazes me is that 5 years ago, my school would have been happy with actually medaling at just one event at states, and in the past 5 years, we have gone from the mid-30s to the top few. The problem is that we have often relied on seniors, and we are losing much of our team...I hope we can remain strong.