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Triton Fall Tournament: Nov. 12th @ UCSD

By posted October 19th, 2011 No comments

We’d like to invite teams back to UCSD for our third annual Triton Fall Tournament (TFT), which will be held on November 12th. The questions will be from HSAPQ and include standard pyramidal toss-ups with powers.

NATIONAL QUALIFIER: We will be seeking PACE affiliation with TFT, wherein the top percentage of teams at TFT will qualify for the 2012 PACE National Scholastic Competition, to be held in St. Louis, MO in June.

FORMAT: We plan to run a similar format of initial round-robins followed by a playoff regrouped round-robin. Matches will again be 20 tossups (with powers) and up to 20 bonuses.

REGISTRATION: Please only officially register by emailing us at ucsdqb [at] gmail.com once you can be fairly certain you’ll be able to come so that we don’t have teams dropping out 24 hours before the tournament or not showing up at the tournament and messing up the schedule. Letting us know that you’re interested is also encouraged, even if you can’t commit to register yet.

We’ll be implementing a few changes in the interest of making the tournament run faster:

Teams will be allowed to have 5 players total, so up to 4 players and one alternate. When you register, please send us a roster with who will be on your team early on so we can set up our stat-keeping software in advance. Subsequent roster changes are fine, but the more information

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we have now the better.

Base fee (first team): $80
Second team and subsequent teams from the same school: $60 each
*Teams in difficult financial situations should contact us directly to discuss possible options
**We’re also more than happy to help with ideas on how to raise funding through quizbowl activities like tournament hosting or writing questions

-$40 per team for new schools
-$20 for a competent moderator
-$10 for a competent scorekeeper
-$5 for buzzer system
-$5 for every 50 miles traveled, one-way, as judged by google maps from the school to UCSD

CONTACT: All questions and inquiries are welcome. Contact Tournament Director Brian Tsui at ucsdqb [at] gmail.com.

Triton Novice Tournament II RESULTS and Recap

By posted October 10th, 2011 No comments

The tournament started on time and finished 10 rounds by 3 PM with the finals done and awards handed out by 4. All stats are available here, broken down into prelim-only, playoffs-only, and combined.

Since this was the first tournament of the year and one of the first pyramidal tournaments for many of these teams, the preliminary brackets were a bit unbalanced. To rectify that issue, we took the top finisher from each prelim bracket plus the three 2nd-place teams with the highest points-per-bonus into the two championship brackets. All records were wiped clean for the playoffs with the winner of each of the 2 championship brackets advancing to the championship match and the 2nd-place finisher to the 3rd-place overall game. Torrey Pines A easily won its championship playoff bracket (Z) and advanced to the championship while in the other championship playoff bracket (Y) La Jolla advanced out of a 3-way circle of death by virtue of its higher points-per-game total in that bracket.

In the final, La Jolla kept it close until about 2/3 of the way through when Torrey A took over. For 3rd place, San Dieguito A easily beat the remnants of Bishop’s C (who was missing a few members who left early). In the first consolation bracket (X), Bishop’s B won a series of extremely close matches (largest margin of victory was 75) to emerge as the best of the rest while in the second consolation bracket (W) Santana got the nod over Eastlake A by virtue of points-per-game after being upset by Carlsbad in their final game. In bracket V, San Dieguito B–which had a number of close losses in the morning–got back on track by winning their consolation bracket and Eastlake B and Rancho Bernardo B won consolation brackets U and T, respectively.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to all schools who made this their first UCSD tournament: Castle Park, Olympian, Mater Dei, Mt. Everest, Mission Vista and North Hollywood as well as the other schools who were first-time repeat attendees: Francis Parker,  San Dieguito, El Capitan, Irvine, and Santana. We hope to see y’all on the circuit at other tournaments throughout SoCal in the future.

Arcadia A Takes TWAIN Title

By posted October 2nd, 2011 No comments

Arcadia A won TWAIN XII after Arcadia B conceded a two-way tie at 9-1.

TWAIN XII featured 16 teams. Six of the teams were from Arcadia, which I believe now holds the Southern California record for most teams at a tournament.

Full stats are now up at http://quizbowl.gimranov.com/stats/index.php?t=twain2011

First Tournaments and Field Updates

By posted September 25th, 2011 No comments

As the opening of the SoCal Quizbowl season approaches, here are the most recent field updates for the first two high school tournaments. Note that TWAIN XII was moved to Sunday, October 2nd, to better accommodate standardized testing dates.

TWAIN XII @ UCLA (Field update as of 9/24)- Oct 2nd

Torrey Pines – 2 teams, 2 buzzers
Rancho Bernardo – 1-3 teams, 1-3 buzzers
Irvine – 1 team, 1 buzzer
Arcadia – 6 teams, 1 buzzer
Westview – 1 team
Santa Monica – 3 teams
Total: 14-16 teams

Triton Novice II @ UCSD (Field Update as of 9/25)- Oct. 8th

TP (2 teams, 2 buzzers)
Castle Park (2 teams, 1 buzzer)
Mater Dei (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Eastlake (2 teams)
San Dieguito (3 teams, 2 buzzers)
Mission Vista (1 team)
Tustin (2 teams, 1 buzzer)
Olympian (3+ teams)
Westview (1 team)
El Capitan (2 teams)
RB (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Total: 20+ teams, 8 buzzers (+1 UCSD buzzer)  

Both tournaments are shaping up to have solid fields and several new additions to the list of usual suspects, which hopefully heralds the growth of good quizbowl in SoCal. There should still be room left in both, so feel free to contact those in charge of each tournament to sign up.

Announcement: MOO at Claremont Colleges

By posted September 16th, 2011 No comments

[originally posted elsewhere by Alex Kohn]

The Claremont Colleges will be hosting the Missiles of October, a tournament written by the University of Michigan and University of Virginia, on 10/9/11 in Claremont.

Base fee per team: $100
Competent Moderator: -$10 each
Functional Buzzer: -$10 each
Distance: -$10 per 200 miles traveled (one way), as determined by Google Maps
Minimum Fee per team: $60

To register, email me at akohn (at) hmc (dot) edu. Please indicate how many teams you’re bringing (or considering bringing) and what discounts you want to apply for.

More details on location and parking will be announced as they are finalized.

2011-2012 SoCal Quizbowl Season Schedule (Updated 9/19)

By posted August 25th, 2011 No comments

Here’s a list of all of the currently scheduled high school and collegiate tournaments in Southern California that we could find for the remainder of 2011. Let us know in the comments if there’s another one that you think should be added to this list.

(1) Early Autumn Collegiate Novice- Oct. 2nd @UCLA
Level: Novice Collegiate
Questions: Early Autumn Collegiate Novice Set
Restrictions: For novice players only.
Contact: idrayer at ucla dot edu

(2) TWAIN XII– Oct. 1st @ UCLA.
Level: High School
Questions: NAQT IS-107
Contact: e-mail mlarsen(at)ucla(dot)edu

(8) Triton Novice Tournament- Oct. 8th @UCSD
Level: Novice/JV High School
Questions: Fall Novice Tournament
Contact: ucsdqb at gmail

(9) Missiles of October – Oct. 9th @Claremont
Level: Collegiate
Questions: Missiles of October (Michigan/Virginia)
Contact: akohn (at) hmc (dot) edu

(22) CBCT – Oct. 22nd @UC-Irvine
Level: High School
Questions: TBD
Contact: Dwight Wynne

(29) MAGNI- Oct. 22nd @UC-San Diego
Level: Collegiate
Questions: MAGNI
Contact: ucsdqb at gmail

(12) Triton Fall Tournament III- Nov. 12th @UC-San Diego
Level: High School
Questions: NAQT
Contact: ucsdqb at gmail

(Mid Nov.) Minnesota Open Mirror- @TBD
[This tournament is tentative]

12/3 Technophobia Jr.- Caltech
Questions: NAQT

Remember, hosting a tournament is one of the best ways to raise funds for your team. Let us know if you need any help in organizing one.

Tournament Announcement- MAGNI @ UCSD on 10/22

By posted July 16th, 2011 No comments

Posted elsewhere by Auroni Gupta:

UCSD will be hosting MAGNI, a regular-difficulty mACF tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22. MAGNI is a collaboration between Chris Chiego and Auroni Gupta at UCSD, Matt Jackson, John Lawrence, and Kevin Koai at Yale, and Jerry Vinokurov. Several newer writers from UCSD will also be contributing to the project.


We expect to write the entirety of 14 packets between us; as such, teams may play this tournament without writing questions or submitting packets.

Difficulty: MAGNI aims to invest the concept of “regular difficulty set” with a new or rediscovered meaning: We intend to write a set that we can earnestly encourage all collegiate teams to play and get points on.

This is a tournament for collegiate quizbowl teams. To that end, any teams consisting entirely of students (undergrad or grad) who attend the same school may play this tournament. Interested high school teams are eligible to play, as are solo players and teams which must play unaffiliated / unsponsored for whatever reason, but all such teams must consist entirely of students who attend one school.

NO open teams or non-students may register to play at any site of this tournament. This editors’ decision is non-negotiable.
If you are still unclear as to whether you’re eligible to play on a given team, email Auroni Gupta (auronigupta AT gmail DOT com).

As an addendum to that, I will be putting in work to try to draw some of the less-active teams in our region to this tournament, which in many respects is being written with them in mind, so I will be mailing invitations to people I know on quizbowl teams from around the area. If you know anyone in other colleges around the area that might be interested in playing quizbowl, please tell them about our tournament. Enterprising high school teams are encouraged to attend, but be aware that there will be no additional discounts for doing so. (High school teams may still qualify for travel, buzzer, and moderator discounts just like any other team).

Price Structure:

Base fee: $100 per team, -$10 per subsequent team (3 teams thus being 100 + 90 + 80 = $270)
Buzzer discount: -$10 per working buzzer (at least 4 lights on each side)
Moderator discount: -$10 per competent moderator
Travel discount: -$10 per 200 miles traveled

To register: Email auronigupta AT gmail DOT com in order to register.

Announcement: TWAIN XII at UCLA (10/1/2011)

By posted June 30th, 2011 No comments

[originally posted elsewhere by Ian Drayer]

The UCLA College Bowl Club is pleased to announce it will be hosting TWAIN XII on an NAQT IS set, TBA.

DATE: Saturday, October 1st, 2011

PARKING: Parking is $10 at various lots throughout the UCLA campus.

VENUE: TBD on UCLA’s campus

8:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M.: Registration Period (All teams must be accounted for by 8:30 A.M. PST)
8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M.: Rules Meeting / Moderator Meeting
9:00 A.M.: Tournament Play
Around 1:00 P.M.: Lunch
2:00 P.M.: Afternoon Play -> Playoffs

Breakfast: TBA – Likely will be just juice, maybe some mini muffins.

Lunch: Lunch is available on-campus. Hours of Operation vary for each dining option, but Ackerman Union is definitely open during the weekend.

ELIGIBILITY: All high school teams are eligible.

FORMAT: Twenty tossup-bonus cycles, with negs and powers from an NAQT IS set.

Base fee = $80 per team
-$5 for a fully-functional buzzer system (Must have four working buzzers on both sides)
-$20 New School Discount (must not have played in any pyramidal tournament as a school since September 1, 2009)
-$10 for a moderator or staff member (The TD has the right to accept or reject the moderator and also reserves the right to withdraw the discount retroactive to payment.)

Additionally, we will offer paper copies of the questions on the day of the tournament for $10, while we will also be able to mail questions to teams in attendance at a later date for $15.

The field will be capped at 16 teams unless there is excessive demand complimented by excessive resources. In order to ensure a smooth tournament we will not expand the field until we have enough staff known.

WARNING! If you cannot have payment by tournament date, please contact the TD with at least 24 hours notice. If you arrive without warning of delinquent payment to tournament, we will assess a $50 penalty to be paid immediately in addition to the regular payment, which must be received by us within ten business days.

Checks should be made out to “College Bowl Club of UCLA”. Please do NOT change this wording. For reasons of financial security, if possible, please bring the check to the tournament rather than mailing it in advance.

The TD for this tournament is Mik Larsen. The current registration deadline is Monday September 26th at 5 PM.

If you are planning to come, please e-mail mlarsen(at)ucla(dot)edu with:
1) Your school’s name
2) Coach (or adult representative) name and e-mail address
3) The number of teams you are bringing
4) The number of buzzer systems and any other discounts you wish to validate

If you have any questions,

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We will keep you updated with more news as the tournament date approaches.

We hope to see you TWAIN on Sat., October 1st, 2011

Thank You!

Summer Practices

By posted June 26th, 2011 No comments

There will be a number of unofficial summer practices at various SoCal Universities throughout the summer. These are open to all interested high schoolers and college players- if you’d like to hone your skills, meet other players, or just play some quizbowl, get in touch with either Chris or Dwight for more information.

Note that because of the fickleness of summer attendance, these weekly practices are subject to cancellation. You should contact the person listed to make sure practice is on for that night.

UCLA: Mondays at 7:00 in Rieber Hall Study Rooms. Contact Jennifer Huynh (jphuynh at ucla dot edu) for more information.

UC Irvine: Wednesdays at 7:00 in Humanities Hall 108. Contact Dwight Wynne (dpwynne at gmail dot com) for more information.

NASAT and NSC Results

By posted June 12th, 2011 No comments

Congratulations to Team California, which finished 4th in the country at the 2nd annual NASAT tournament featuring all-star teams from 10 different states. Full stats are available here.

Congratulations are also in order to Torrey Pines, which finished 18th in the country at the PACE-NSC in Evanston, IL last weekend. Mostly-correct full stats are available here.

With the completion of those tournaments, the 2010-2011 quizbowl season has come to a close. Best of luck to all the graduating seniors; we hope to see you on the college quizbowl circuit. In the meantime, teams interested in practicing over the summer should inquire about summer practices at local universities.

We’ve got some exciting plans in the works for SoCal Quizbowl and the rest of the West Coast for next year. Look here for updates over the summer.