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cgrantmaledy
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Smith-Cotton

Post by cgrantmaledy » Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:29 am

Hello all, I'm Grant Maledy, the new coach at Sedalia's Smith-Cotton. Couple of questions... Does anyone know when/if we have traditionally hosted here? I'm having some difficulty discovering what we've done in the past. Also, I would love to hear any thoughts on equipment recommendations, we have 4 sets of ZeeCraft's here, one of which appears to be functioning normally. I played for Salem in high school, but that's been long enough ago that I'm not really hip to current trends. Thanks in advance, looking forward to meeting you this season.

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Re: Smith-Cotton

Post by Mickey0R0urke » Wed Sep 04, 2013 1:21 pm

I don't think that Smith-Cotton has ever really hosted anything other than maybe MSHSAA Districts before.

I think almost any buzzer system would be accepted for use at tournaments and Nationals (such as NAQT's Nationals in Chicago) as long as it's not wireless. Wireless buzzer systems have a history of malfunctioning after a while.

Let the board know if you have any more questions!

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Re: Smith-Cotton

Post by cgrantmaledy » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:10 pm

Very good. Thanks for the heads up on the wireless. Insofar as hosting goes, should I just choose the date that conflicts the least and move forward?

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Post by Mickey0R0urke » Wed Sep 04, 2013 3:28 pm

cgrantmaledy wrote:Very good. Thanks for the heads up on the wireless. Insofar as hosting goes, should I just choose the date that conflicts the least and move forward?
That's definitely what you should do if you want to host. Email me (my email address is jacob.orourke.7 [at] gmail.com) or anyone else in the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance if you'd like to brainstorm ideas for a set. Also be sure to check out this thread and see if anything is being hosted on the date you want.
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Re: Smith-Cotton

Post by Jeffrey Hill » Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:36 pm

Anderson Enterprises buzzers are on the inexpensive end of the spectrum (a little over $200) and are pretty reliable. I personally own 2 of the daisy-chain "Table-Top Button" sets. One thing I don't like about them is the tiny LED indicator lights, but you get used to them after a while.

BuzzerSystems.com also has some decent systems for a little more (starting around $300) and I'm not aware of any complaints.

I'm not a big fan of ZeeCraft systems - they are expensive (closer to $600), the telephone connectors break easily, and I find the shape of their "new improved design" rather annoying when wrapping up the cords and packing them up.

See the QBWiki page on buzzers for buying tips and a complete list of manufacturers.

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Re: Smith-Cotton

Post by dwd50 » Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:50 pm

I'll second the Andersons - especially the table-top sets. Three things to plug and you're done. It's 7th Grader-proof (so far. Give them time.)

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