First update of the season!
Italicized aPPBs indicate preseason “projections,” for lack of a better term. I’ll be using them until about late December, at which time I hopefully will have enough data to make rankings based entirely off of this season.
A quick reminder: please consider donating to the fundraiser for PACE I’m doing based off of my work for the rankings. You can find more information here. PACE is a great organization that I’ve really enjoyed working for for a long time now. Any gift would be greatly appreciated.
I’m very excited for this upcoming season. I hope everyone has a lot of fun and a lot of success.
I was thinking about my effort to track how much work I put into HSQBRank and thought of a way that it could be beneficial to the community, rather than a way to whine and/or mock myself.
What I’m asking you to do is make a pledge on a per-hour basis to PACE’s Outreach Fund. For each hour I work on the rankings, you make a donation. Since I’ve been a poor college student/graduate before, I really don’t care how much you pledge (though we probably should agree that a penny per hour is a reasonable minimum).
I’ve never really tracked how much time I put in a year for the rankings. If I had to guess, I’d say that I spend about 100 hours annually, give or take. I have no idea how accurate this is, though.
And if you don’t trust my estimation abilities, feel free to commit to a flat amount, either as a fail safe or else as an alternative to a per-hour basis
I’ll post a public list of everyone who’s pledged. If you’d prefer to stay anonymous, you can do so.
It’ll be each individual’s responsibility to make good on their donation at the end of the year. If you fail to donate what you pledged, I won’t refrain from shaming you.
To sign up, post in this thread or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edit: as a reminder: PACE is a 501(c)(3)! Your donations are tax deductible!
Between tonight and tomorrow, the HSQBRank All World teams will be announced. For the sake of time, I’ll be omitting the write-ups from last year. I hope to have those return next year, if my schedule allows.
After a tough and highly competitive season, the year wraps up with the NAQT HSNCT (5/28-5/29) and the PACE NSC (6/4-6/5). I expect both to be great tournaments, but based off regular season performances, there are two teams that have separated themselves from the rest of the field. As strong as all the other teams are, it’d be a shock if these top two teams didn’t combine to win both nationals.