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PostPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:06 pm 
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Dear quizbowl / academic challenge / In the Know advisors,

Erin Des Forges (formerly Stanton), the Olmsted Falls Academic Team and I would like to invite your teams to the annual TRASH, all-pop culture tournament at Olmsted Falls High School on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

TRASH questions are taken from the areas of movies, tv, music, sports, games, computers, video games, etc., anything not really considered "academic."

**DAYTON AREA - Tippecanoe High School in Tipp City - December 8. The contact for that tournament is Joe Bellas (
**NW OHIO - Swanton High School on December 15. The contact for that tournament is Greg Bossick (
**YOUNGSTOWN AREA - East Palestine High School on December 15. The contact for that tournament is Mike Palagano (
**ASHTABULA AREA - Lakeside High School on December 15th. The contact for that tournament is Ed Gallatin (

**I am always looking for additional mirror sites - If you are interested, please let me know**

Last year, we attracted 60 teams, and previous years have had no less than 40 teams, so early registration is always wise. Please do not register a certain number of teams and bring less than you have registered or not show up at all. That’s extremely frustrating to tournament planners and causes all kinds of chaos on tournament morning.

Our plan like last year, is to have brackets of six play five preliminary rounds, followed by rebracketing into a single elimination championship bracket and a single elimination championship bracket. The exact format of those brackets will be determined once we know how many teams we will have. The matches will be tossup/bonus (NAQT/HSAPQ) format, 20 questions per round.

We will NOT be keeping individual stats. We eliminated them last year in an attempt to minimize the delay between the end of the preliminary rounds and the playoff announcements (it saved about an hour worth of time). The champion and runner-up teams in each tournament will receive trashy prizes for their trophy cases.

The cost for this year's tournament is $60 per team with a $5 discount per buzzer set (no limit). There is no JV division, all teams will play in the varsity division. That said, many times teams that are dynamite at regular quizbowl are awful at TRASH and vice versa, so it really can't be predicted how a team will do that hasn't played in the past. All registrations come with a copy of the questions, emailed out once all mirrors are complete. Remember, nobody wants to play slap bowl, so bringing buzzers and receiving your discount is also a wise idea. IF YOU BRING MORE THAN 1 TEAM, YOU ARE REQUIRED TO BRING AN EXPERIENCED READER TO HELP MODERATE MATCHES. If you are a coach and do not have a reader available, then you will have to list yourself as the reader. We will have several of our own readers available, but we do not have the staff to cover all of the rooms necessary.

****MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMS ARE WELCOME, BUT THEY WILL PLAY IN THE SAME DIVISIONS WITH THE HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS (we've had them before and they've done well at times too!)

*If you haven’t participated before or not in awhile, you can email me for a set of old questions for practice at

The general schedule will be:
8-8:30 Registration
8:45- General Meeting
9am - Round 1 starts
11:45ish-12:15 - Lunch - ON SITE – Lunch will be provided on-site for a low cost. You DO NOT have time to leave, so please bring money to purchase lunch or feel free to pack a lunch. We will make sure to give enough time for everyone to get their lunch and eat. Feel free to pack a lunch as well.
12:30 - Playoff announcement and start of playoffs.
1pm - Playoff round 2 and consolation rounds
1:30pm - Playoff round 3
2pm - Semifinals
2:30pm - Finals
**Please note: schedule is tentative. This is a best-case scenario schedule. We've solved some of the issues that have plagued us in the past, but usually the finals tend to finish around 4pm with delays during the day.

As you can see from the schedule above -- registration runs until 8:30 with the meeting shortly thereafter. WE WILL NOT WAIT FOR YOU! Unless there's some unforeseen disaster (a blizzard the night before, a fender bender, etc), we will be starting play at 9am, so plan accordingly to be at Olmsted Falls HIGH School by 8:30 at the latest.

Please note: You CANNOT use this tournament as a qualifier for OAC regionals.

Please make the check out to "Olmsted Falls Academic Team" and mail to:

Erin Des Forges
c/o Olmsted Falls Intermediate School
27043 Bagley Road
Olmsted Falls, OH 44138

If you need a phone number for your PO, 440-427-6400. Checks should be mailed ahead of time or brought the day of the tournament. Also, I might personally note that payment via check or cash on the day of the tournament is acceptable, and that invoices can be provided for those that take this option.

Please email me at theamazingbobbo <at> aol <dot> com with your # of teams, # of buzzers and name of an experienced reader or reader(s) you can bring. [students who do not want to play but have experience reading will gladly be used as readers]. If you need an invoice, email Erin at


Bob Kilner, Erin Desforges and the Olmsted Falls Academic Team

Bob Kilner
Chief Admin,
Former Coach, Garfield Heights HS (2001-2008)
Coach, North High School (2015-)
Kent State '06 / Boise State '10

PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:54 am 
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Joined: Fri Feb 21, 2014 5:43 pm
Posts: 342
Location: Garfield Heights OH
Field Update:
Waynedale (1-2/0)
Monroeville (1/0)
Olmsted Falls HS (?/7)
Olmsted Falls MS (?/?)
Garfield Heights (1/0)
Ohio Virtual Academy (1/0)
Newbury (1/1)
Streetsboro (2-3/1)
Highland (2/1)
North Olmsted (2/0)
Fairport (2/1)
Beachwood (2-3/1)
Rootstown (1-2/?)
Firestone (2/?)
Brecksville (1-2/1)
St. Edward (2/1)
Southeast (1-2/1)
Benedictine (1/0)
Hudson (?/?)
James A. Garfield (?/?)

+2 buzzers from Bob

Bob Kilner
Nick Tabar
Eric Wolske
Caroline Schnetzer/Monroeville Reader
Lisa Marshall/Waynedale Reader
Some number of Olmsted Falls alumni
Taylor Voelker/Newbury Reader
Streetsboro Reader
Highland Reader
Mike Arnold/Thia Bier/Some other NO reader
Beachwood Reader
Nathan Yaussy/Fairport Reader
Chris DiBattista/Rootstown Reader
Allison Seefeldt/Firestone Reader
Mary Tarka/Southeast Reader
Joy Whitbred/Benedictine Reader

Bob Kilner
Chief Admin,
Former Coach, Garfield Heights HS (2001-2008)
Coach, North High School (2015-)
Kent State '06 / Boise State '10

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