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Assign each player a group of presidents from this year’s range. Give each player a form for each presidents that is filled in with basic information: Party, Family and Early Life, Occupations and Offices Held, Domestic Events of Presidency, etc.
On the date when some or all of the information is due, make copies of each form and distribute to all team members. Then have players take turns presenting their president to the team.
You could also have each player write at least one 6-4-2 question for each president he/she was assigned. Compile the questions into practice rounds.
Group players in threes and have them practice setting Goals as follows.
In this manner, more Goals can be set and solved in less time than when playing full shakes.
Down Memory Lane
I Think, Therefore … I Play: Celebrating 50 Years of Academic Games, prepared by Stu White for the 2015 tournament in Orlando, is a treasure trove of memories. Here’s one of the many stories in this magnificent publication.
Stu White recalled “The Wacky Years” at Clague Junior High in Ann Arbor MI.
In my office at my home, I have four displayed mementoes of my halcyon days as AG coach at Ann Arbor Clague: a Thinker, an EQUATIONS game once owned by Orhan Oker, a photograph of the 1981 Middle Division Double Sweepstakes Champions and the framed score sheet authenticating Clague’s Junior ON-SETS championship over Murray Wright in 1979. That sheet and the image of the Double Champs are the tangible evidence of national greatness. It belied the assumption that the Clague players and I were simply gaming jesters. It offered credence that I was blessed with remarkable players who surprised me with their grace under pressure. Their ability to rise to the competition was my purest gratification.
Our Clague practices were freewheeling 60-minute adventures wherein I hatched outlandish schemes to keep them interested. “Guts Equations” was a favorite. Real easy … each player had 5 seconds to move or challenge. Another one … no paper and no writing utensils. Another one … on my signal, Forbidden becomes Required! Another … ON-EQUATIONS! The group plays with all the cubes and cards from ON-SETS and EQUATIONS after setting a single digit Goal. EEEEAAA!
We were a rollicking motley crew and our team names proved that. “Dr. Pidz Whiz Kidz” (I was Dr. Pid – Stu Pid), “Clague Yo-Mamas,” “Clague Uneroos,” “Clague – Stupid Oughta Hurt,” “Clague Attack Muffins,” “Nixon Road Toads,” and “Clague – No Adult Supervision.” Our teams were a collection of brilliant players, most of whom had a screw loose until they got to states or nationals. We were a summer camp for cabbage heads. “To the Crazy-Mobile Robin!”