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NASAT Tryouts 2019
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Author:  trbenedict [ Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:47 pm ]
Post subject:  NASAT Tryouts 2019

Tryouts for Team Ohio will be held online the week of February 18 (i.e. on various mutually agreeable dates between Monday, February 18 and Sunday, February 24).

Team Ohio is an all-star team that will compete against other all-star teams at the National All-Star Academic Tournament (NASAT) on June 22-23 in Lexington, Kentucky. Players who are interested in trying out should read the information below.

When and where will the tryouts be?

Tryouts will take place online using the Discord platform. Please fill out this registration form to indicate your preference for dates:

I've never played online quizbowl. How does it work?

You will be given a link to join a Discord server. Once you are in the server, you will be given instructions for setup. Once you are set up in a packet-reading voice channel, I can read questions to you out loud and you can buzz by typing "buzz" in a text chat box, then give your answer. Discord is available to download as a mobile app and can also run on computers either through a web browser or by downloading a version for Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Who is eligible to try out?

Any middle or high school player who attends school in Ohio.

What is the question difficulty and what set are you using?

NASAT is, broadly speaking, written at collegiate difficulty in order to challenge the best players in the country. Past NASAT sets are available at Our tryout will use the 2019 ILLIAC set, which is written at collegiate regular-minus difficulty. I believe this set will provide contestants with an accessible sampling of college-level questions while still distinguishing between the top players at the tryout. If you are trying out for NASAT, you are declaring that you have not played any mirror of ILLIAC, either in-person or online, and you have not been exposed to any ILLIAC questions through contact with writers, editors, or other teams. If you have been exposed to ILLIAC before this announcement was posted and you still want to try out, contact me immediately so we can figure out what to do.

What format will the tryouts take?

Players will sign up for the NASAT tryout in advance using this form:

Depending on how many players sign up, you will be placed in a preliminary pool and play 40 tossups over Discord. I will note who answers which questions, and I will also keep track of where players buzzed in each question ("buzzpoint"). After the preliminary rounds, a final pool of less than or equal to 8 players will be convened and 60 more tossups will be played. At the conclusion of those 60 tossups, the statistics from the final pool will determine who makes the team. All statistics will be kept in a publicly viewable online spreadsheet or other system so players will know where they stand. A link to live stats will be sent out before the tryouts begin.

How many players will make the team after tryouts? Will there be an Ohio B team?

There seems to be sufficient interest for an Ohio B team, so we will select an Ohio A and Ohio B. Each team's roster will be made up of only 4 players. If a player from Ohio A suddenly cannot attend the tournament, a player from Ohio B will be promoted. If a player for Ohio B suddenly cannot attend the tournament, we will seek out a substitute from the tryout pool or (depending on how close the tournament is) play shorthanded.

The NASAT distribution is 4/4 for literature, science, and history, 3/3 for fine arts and RMP, and 1/1 social science and geography/current events. We are therefore looking for the four players who can best cover literature, science, history, fine arts, and RMP. Note that these may not be the top four overall scorers! We are looking for players with deep knowledge in their categories who can buzz early on college-difficulty tossups.

If I make the team, what are my responsibilities?

If you earn a spot on Team Ohio and accept your place, you are committing to attend NASAT on June 22-23 in Lexington, KY. Players are responsible for arranging their own travel to NASAT (carpooling is encouraged...we can work all that out once the team is set), and for covering their hotel and other expenses. Each player will also be asked to contribute $100 to go towards the registration fee for the tournament...the Ohio NASAT program has no budget or source of funding. However, please do not let the associated cost restrict you from trying out! If you make the team and anticipate financial constraints, let me know and we will find a way to cover you.

If you are named to either team, you will be expected to maintain and improve your quizbowl skills to help Ohio have the best possible performance at NASAT. Team practices will be held online at mutually agreeable dates and times, and additional independent study is expected.

OK, how do I register?

Anyone who is interested in trying out for the NASAT team should fill out this Google Form (it's the same one I've linked to several times):

This information will also be emailed to coaches around Ohio. If you will be seeing other coaches and players between now and February 18 at league matches, tournaments, etc., please talk about NASAT and direct them to more information if they seem interested!

Author:  trbenedict [ Wed Feb 06, 2019 12:22 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NASAT Tryouts 2019

Thank you to the 10 players from 8 schools (representing 5 of the 6 OAC Regions) that have already filled out the NASAT tryout form. Please get your responses in before the end of next week!

Author:  trbenedict [ Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NASAT Tryouts 2019

18 players from 14 schools have now signed up for NASAT tryouts using the Google Form linked above. The form will remain open until the end of the day this Friday, after which tryouts will be closed.

Everyone who has already registered for the tryout: you should have received an email today about your tryout date and time. If you did not receive a message from me, please let me know so I can pass on that important information.

After the tryout registration closes, a full list of participants with dates and times will be posted here.

Author:  trbenedict [ Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:00 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NASAT Tryouts 2019

I'll also mention that based on survey responses, the major category with the fewest specialists signed up is science...get in touch with your local science player and direct them to NASAT information!

Author:  trbenedict [ Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NASAT Tryouts 2019

NASAT Tryout Participants

Monday, February 18, 8:00 PM

Joey Kopp (Springboro)
Ryan Lin (Springboro)
Andrew Renninger (Grove City)
Danny Turillo (Boardman)
Benjamin Yerkes (Grove City)

Tuesday, February 19, 8:00 PM

Ethan Andes (Springboro)
Joey Esposito (Aurora)
Daniel Griffaton (Pickerington North)
William Groger (Miami Valley)
Eashwar Kantemneni (Cincinnati Country Day)
Eddy Liu (Dublin Scioto)
Nathan Hazlett (Copley)
Neel Mehta (Solon)

Wednesday, February 20, 8:00 PM

Pranit Behara (Solon)
John Higgins (Ironton)
Hunter Humphreys (Ironton)
Rohit Kataria (Wheelersburg)
Austin Meyers (Wheelersburg)
Mazin Omer (Ottawa Hills)
Richard Tang (Dublin Jerome)
Jasmine Wheeler (Western Reserve)
Russell Zhu (Grove City)

The top participants from the first stage of tryouts will move to the final stage, which has been scheduled for Sunday, February 24. The three returning members of last year's Ohio A, Hari Parameswaran, John John Groger, and Sam Oguntoyinbo have been advanced directly to the final stage of tryouts. After the final stage, the four-person rosters for Ohio A and Ohio B will be announced. As a reminder, the tryouts are seeking to identify the players with the deepest knowledge in the main categories of the NASAT distribution. Buzzpoint statistics can and will be used to compare players in different tryout groups. The number of players advancing to the finals may vary based on who makes the best case to advance.

Sunday, February 24

Drew Bartram (Ironton)*
John John Groger (Miami Valley)
Hari Parameswaran (Beavercreek)
Sam Oguntoyinbo (Solon)
Pranit Behara (Solon)
Joey Esposito (Aurora)
William Groger (Miami Valley)
Nathan Hazlett (Copley)
Eddy Liu (Dublin Scioto)
Neel Mehta (Solon)
Mazin Omer (Ottawa Hills)
Andrew Renninger (Grove City)
Danny Turillo (Boardman)

*moved to Sunday because of scheduling conflict

Author:  trbenedict [ Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:40 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NASAT Tryouts 2019


1. Two of the three preliminary rounds have taken place. Statistics can be tracked on this spreadsheet, which has separate tabs/sheets for each tryout session (work still in progress): ... sp=sharing

2. Sam Oguntoyinbo (Solon) sent a late registration to try out for NASAT after sorting out some potential conflicts. As a returning member of last year's Ohio A NASAT team, he has been placed in the Sunday final group with the other returning members from last year.

Author:  trbenedict [ Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NASAT Tryouts 2019

The players moving on to the next stage of the NASAT tryout have been identified (see post above). Good luck to all still competing!

Author:  trbenedict [ Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: NASAT Tryouts 2019

An important email has been sent to all players who participated in the Sunday round of tryouts. Please check your email if this pertains to you.

Author:  trbenedict [ Tue Mar 05, 2019 12:25 am ]
Post subject:  Re: NASAT Tryouts 2019

Here are the rosters for Ohio A and Ohio B:

Ohio A: Hari Parameswaran, Mazin Omer, Neel Mehta, John John Groger
Ohio B: Joey Esposito, William Groger, Nathan Hazlett, Danny Turillo

Hari Parameswaran will lead the Ohio NASAT contingent as captain of Ohio A, and I have sought his input on these roster selections to ensure they had a second set of knowledgeable eyes. All participants should check their email for additional NASAT information. Congratulations again to all players.

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