Greetings, Skyridge Knowledge Bowlers!
It’s hard to believe it, but we’re a mere few days away from the start of the regular season for middle school Knowledge Bowl. This message is an important review of our teams and the meet and practice rotation process that I’ll share with kids in practice today.
As mentioned in our introductory welcome letter, we can only offer five regular season meets AND the district tournament for each student this year in a rotating schedule of meets and practices due to our excellent participation in this program. We are somewhat unusual in this respect. Whereas each school at each meet brings three teams of 6-8 players and very often has trouble filling those slots, we have a whopping 5 teams with roughly 6 on each squad, totaling about 31 knowledge bowlers in our program this year. You can see our “dilemma”.
To help make sense of this rotation schedule, I’ve pasted in below a link to a document that includes the students’ teams, as well as the meets they’ll be competing in this year. As you review this document, keep the following in mind:
- I always try to balance teams with a random combination of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to ensure the best possible chance for success for all teams and good learning and mentoring opportunities for the kids.
- We use Greek alphabet letters (alpha, beta, gamma, etc.) for our team names for the purpose of organizing ourselves internally, but in competition we are always named as either Skyridge 1, 2, or 3.
- Alpha isn’t greater than beta; beta isn’t greater than gamma, etc. Placement on any team is random.
- If you’re trying to find which room your student is in at competition, you’ll need to know both their team name and Skyridge team number.
- I can help translate any or all of this if you’re unsure, but the link below should help you and the students figure out when they’re competing, where they’re competing, and what their team designation (Skyridge 1, 2, or 3) will be for that meet.
- Here’s the link: https://goo.gl/Wnxe7r
Next week on 1/21, we will host Pacific and Jemtegaard at Skyridge for our first meet of the season. Three of our five teams will compete that day. If you’ve never experienced knowledge bowl before, note that each meet consists of a written round and two oral rounds. We try to start the written portion of the meet by about 3:50-4:00. The two oral rounds will usually be concluded shortly after/around 6:00-6:15 PM. So students should be ready for pick up by about 6:15-6:30 on meet days (later on away meets), provided all schools show up on time and the meet goes smoothly. If you’ve never witnessed knowledge bowl before, I’d encourage you to check it out. Be assured that parents are always welcome at the meets. The written round isn’t very good for spectators, but the oral rounds that usually start about 4:15ish are pretty fun to watch.
I’ll go over all of this with students in practice today. If you have any questions about the info in this message, please feel free to email me. As always, thank you for your support.
P.S. Don’t forget to check out the recently updated Google practice/meet calendar, too. This year students will attend practices with their teams on a rotating basis, starting next week, with three of our five teams at each practice. Here’s the calendar link: https://goo.gl/BuXLcV