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Announcement: Baby Anteater XII at UC Irvine

By posted December 1st, 2010 No comments

The UCI College Bowl Club is pleased to announce Baby Anteater XII, our annual novice tournament.

When and Where: Saturday, January 29, at UCI’s campus. We anticipate the tournament being in Humanities Hall but will notify teams of any changes in room assignments. We anticipate starting the tournament at 9:30 and ending the tournament by 4:30, though the exact times are (as always) likely to vary.

Format: We will be using NAQT IS-101A. We will be using official NAQT rules, except that all matches will consist of 20 tossups (untimed rounds). Because of the eligibility rules (see below), this is not intended as a nationals qualifier.

Eligibility: Schedule and enthusiasm permitting, we will run two separate preliminary divisions, followed by crossover playoffs to determine an overall winner. Teams must register for one of two divisions:

YOUNGER PLAYERS DIVISION: Teams composed entirely of freshmen and sophomores are placed in this division. There are no other eligibility requirements, though we request that high-scoring freshmen and sophomores evaluate whether this tournament is right for them.

OLDER PLAYERS DIVISION: Teams that contain juniors or seniors are placed in this division, provided that all players have less than two full years of experience playing pyramidal weekend quizbowl tournaments (first tournament in or after February 2009). Participation in league play, such as Academic League or Kiwanis Bowl, does not count toward these two years. Coaches may request exemptions for players or entire teams who meet the spirit, but not the letter, of the eligibility rules. If granted, those teams will also be placed in this division.

Pricing Structure:

Base Fee: $80 for the first team, $70 for subsequent teams

Per-School Discounts:
-$5 for each working buzzer
-$5 for each full-time scorekeeper (this function can be fulfilled by a coach or rotating fifth player who keeps official score in all games involving his or her team)
-$15 for each approved full-time moderator (both coaches and older players are welcome to moderate)
-$5 per 100 miles traveled one-way (From your school to our school)
Minimum fee: $50 per team

New School Discount: Schools that have not attended a tournament at UCI in the past 3 years play for the minimum per-team fee.
Self-Sufficiency Discount: Schools that bring two teams, one working buzzer, and one approved moderator pay $90 total for those two teams. As this is below the per-team minimum fee, no other discounts apply towards those two teams, but additional discounts may be counted for third and subsequent teams.

Payment should be brought to the tournament and can be in cash or by personal or organizational check. Checks should be made out to “College Bowl Club at UCI.” If you cannot bring payment with you to the tournament, or wish to mail a check in advance, please contact the tournament director prior to the tournament. Failure to pay the day of the tournament, or make other arrangements prior to the tournament, may result in a late fee of $10.

The tournament director is Dwight Wynne (dpwynne@gmail.com). To register, e-mail the tournament director with your school’s name, coach (or representative) name and e-mail address, the number of teams you would like to bring in each prelim division, and any applicable discounts you plan to take advantage of. We have capped the tournament at 14 teams, but expect to have the room space to accommodate up to 24 teams, buzzers and moderators permitting.

Please contact the tournament director if you have any questions.

North Hollywood Wins Technophobia Jr.

By posted December 1st, 2010 No comments

North Hollywood A went an undefeated 13-0 to win Technophobia Jr. by two games over Arcadia A and Rancho Bernardo, who tied for second with identical 11-2 records. The tournament on November 20 at Caltech attracted 14 teams from 6 different schools and used NAQT IS-98.

As a result of their high finishes, North Hollywood, Arcadia, and Rancho Bernardo all qualified a team for the 2011 NAQT HSNCT.

Full results can be found here.

Torrey Pines B Wins Triton Fall Tournament II

By posted November 17th, 2010 No comments

Congratulations to Torrey Pines B which won the 2010 Triton Fall Tournament II @ UCSD by going undefeated for a 10-0 record. La Jolla A finished in 2nd and Torrey Pines A in third. The top 8 individuals after the prelim rounds also received useful quizbowl-related books as prizes.

Torrey Pines, La Jolla, The Bishop’s School, and Carlsbad all qualified for the 2011 PACE NSC.

The prelim morning round stats are available here; the final standings are available here.

We want to thank all 17 teams for coming out and staying all day on a rather difficult set of questions.

UCSD is tentatively planning on hosting an NAQT tournament in mid-February, another JV tournament sometime in the spring, and one final pre-nationals tournament in May. Look for more announcements on these in the near future.

If any high school teams are interested, UCSD will also be hosting a regular-difficult college tournament, THUNDER II, on December 4th. This should be superb preparation for national tournaments and a great challenge for the best high school teams.

Rancho Bernardo Wins CBCT

By posted October 26th, 2010 No comments

Rancho Bernardo went a perfect 12-0 to win CBCT X. North Hollywood and University A tied for second at 9-3, splitting their two games.  A total of eight teams attended the tournament at UC Irvine, which used HSAPQ Tourn-15.

Rancho Bernardo, North Hollywood, University A, and University B all qualified for the 2011 PACE NSC.

Tournament statistics can be found here.

UCSD Triton Fall Tournament- 11/13 @ UCSD

By posted October 23rd, 2010 No comments

UCSD Quizbowl is pleased to announce our second-annual Triton Fall Tournament, to be held at UCSD on Saturday, November 13th.

QUESTIONS: The questions will come from the Harvard Fall Tournament, written by the members of the Harvard Quizbowl team. You can see past HFT question sets (which make for excellent preparation material- many similar answers will most likely come up again this year) at www.quizbowlpackets.com, specifically here and here.

NATIONAL QUALIFIER: We will also be seeking PACE affiliation for TFT, wherein the top percentage of teams at TFT will qualify for the 2011 PACE National Scholastic Competition, to be held in Chicago in June 2011. The more teams we have, the higher our certification level and the more teams that will qualify.

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 and up to 20 bonuses.

REGISTRATION: Please only officially register 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 6 players total, so 4 players and two alternates. 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 we have now the better.

FEES:
Base fee (first team): $80
Second team and subsequent teams from the same school: $50
*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

Discounts:
-$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:
Please email tournament director Chris Chiego at ucsdqb@gmail.com with any questions or to register. We look forward to seeing a wide variety of teams from across Southern California at this tournament!

Canyon Crest Wins Triton Novice

By posted October 19th, 2010 No comments

Canyon Crest Academy cleared the field with a perfect 11-0 record to win the Triton Novice Tournament on October 16 at UCSD. El Capitan finished second with a record of 9-2.

Fifteen teams from ten schools attended the tournament, which used NAQT IS-97A and used strict eligibility rules to allow newer players and teams to compete. Many of the teams were Academic League teams attending their first-ever tournament on pyramidal questions. Teams were divided into two preliminary brackets and played a full round robin within the bracket. The top four in each bracket advanced to the top playoff bracket and played the top four in the other bracket, while other teams played consolation games against similarly-finishing teams.

Preliminary results can be found here and playoff/consolation results here.

UCSD Wins College Novice Tournament

By posted October 19th, 2010 No comments

UCSD A won the Early Autumn College Novice Tournament, Southern California Region, held on their home campus on October 9.

The questions and eligibility restrictions were designed to give new players and teams an introduction to collegiate quizbowl. Caltech initially cleared the field by two games, but was found to have players that did not meet the stated definition of “novice” required for eligibility at the tournament.

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for the tournament can be found here.

UC Irvine Wins EFT Mirror

By posted October 5th, 2010 No comments

UC Irvine defeated UC San Diego A 415-285 in a one-game final to win the Early Fall Tournament mirror on October 3 at Pomona College.

Eight teams representing UCLA, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Caltech, Case Western, and the Claremont Colleges competed. Teams played a preliminary round robin, then divided into a top and bottom playoff bracket of four teams each. UC San Diego A and UC Irvine split their games, necessitating the final.

Preliminary statistics from the tournament can be found here, while playoff statistics (including final) can be found here.

Torrey Pines Wins TWAIN XI

By posted October 5th, 2010 No comments

Torrey Pines A defeated University 285-195 in a one-game final to win TWAIN XI with a record of 9-1. University, which gave Torrey Pines its only loss earlier in the tournament, finished with a record of 8-2, while La Jolla A finished third with a record of 7-2. By NAQT qualification rules, all three teams qualify for the 2011 HSNCT in Atlanta.

Eighteen teams from ten different high schools attended the October 2 tournament at UCLA. Teams were divided into three preliminary brackets of six. Based on placement in the preliminary brackets, teams then advanced to one of three playoff brackets, in which they played the four teams in their playoff bracket that they had not previously played.

Torrey Pines, University, and La Jolla qualified for the 2011 NAQT HSNCT. Those three teams and Rancho Bernardo also qualified for the 2011 PACE NSC.

Statistics for the tournament can be found here.

Announcement: CBCT X at UC Irvine

By posted September 23rd, 2010 No comments

[originally posted by Dwight Wynne]

The UCI College Bowl Club is pleased to announce the return of CBCT, our annual fall high school tournament. This will be our tenth incarnation.

When and Where: This tournament will take place on Saturday, October 23 at UCI’s campus. We anticipate the tournament being in Humanities Hall but will notify teams of any changes in room assignments. Teams should show up no later than 9:00 AM; we expect gameplay to begin no later than 9:30.

Format: We will be using HSAPQ’s fall invitational tournament set. The length, style, and difficulty of the questions are similar to last year’s HSAPQ Tourn-9 and Tourn-10, which can be freely downloaded (along with all of HSAPQ’s other sets from last year) here. We will be using ACF-style rules with 15-point powers. The major difference between these rules and rules for untimed NAQT is that players have 5 seconds to buzz in at the end of the tossup and 5 seconds to begin a response after buzzing in. Please contact me if you have any questions about HSAPQ or ACF-style rules.

We expect that the top 2 teams will qualify for the 2011 PACE NSC. Should we reach a field size of 20 teams, the top 4 teams would qualify for the 2011 PACE NSC. In the past this tournament has received PACE’s Gold Certification status; should we achieve that status again, the next two teams would also qualify.

Pricing Structure:
Base Fee: $80 for the first team, $70 for subsequent teams
Per-School Discounts:
-$5 for each working buzzer
-$5 for each full-time scorekeeper (this function can be fulfilled by a coach or rotating fifth player who keeps official score in all games involving his or her team)
-$15 for each approved full-time moderator
-$5 per 100 miles traveled one-way (From your school to our school)
Minimum fee: $50 per team

New School Discount: Schools that have not attended a tournament at UCI in the past 3 years play for the minimum per-team fee.
Self-Sufficiency Discount: Schools that bring two teams, one working buzzer, and one approved moderator pay $90 total for those two teams. As this is below the per-team minimum fee, no other discounts apply towards those two teams, but additional discounts may be counted for third and subsequent teams.

Payment should be brought to the tournament and can be in cash or by personal or organizational check. Checks should be made out to “College Bowl Club at UCI.” If you cannot bring payment with you to the tournament, or wish to mail a check in advance, please contact the tournament directors prior to the tournament. Failure to pay the day
of the tournament, or make other arrangements prior to the tournament, may result in a late fee of $10.

The tournament directors are Kevin Nuno (knuno@uci.edu) and Dwight Wynne (dpwynne@gmail.com). To register, e-mail both directors with your school’s name, coach (or representative) name and e-mail address, the number of teams you would like to bring, and any applicable discounts you plan to take advantage of. We have capped the tournament at 14 teams, but expect to have the room space to accommodate up to 24 teams, buzzers and moderators permitting.

Updates will be primarily through the SoCalHSQuizbowl google group. This announcement will also be publicly viewable on socalquizbowl.org. Please contact the tournament directors if you have any questions.