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Announcement: TPOT at Torrey Pines

By posted September 13th, 2010 No comments

[originally posted elsewhere  by Sharad Vikram]

Torrey Pines High School will be hosting the TPOT(“tea-pot”), its first ever pyramidal tournament, on Saturday, February 5th, 2011.

Lecture Hall (and other rooms) at Torrey Pines High School, located at 3710 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, CA, 92130.

SCHEDULE: will be announced later

Breakfast will be provided. There are several options for lunch near the school.

The questions will be written by current and former Torrey Pines players and players from St. Anselm’s High School in Washington, DC. The length and difficulty of the questions are approximated by last year’s HSAPQ tournaments (Tourn-8, Tourn-9, Tourn-10), which can be freely downloaded here.

4/4 Literature (4 tossups and 4 bonuses from literature)
4/4 History
4/4 Science (theoretical math is included, computational math is not)
2/3 or 3/2 Fine Arts
2/3 or 3/2 Religion/Mythology/Philosophy
1/1 Social Science
1/1 Geography
1/1 Popular Culture

The questions will be at least 5 lines long and capped at 6 (10pt Times New Roman, 1’ margins). There will be 14 packets, two of which will be finals and thus harder than the other packets. We hope to release a sample packet some time before the date.

$80/team ($70 for each subsequent team)
-$10 (off total cost) for a new school (which is one that hasn’t attended a pyramidal tournament in at least one year)
-$5 (off total cost) for a buzzer system (at least 4 per side with lockout)
Minimum fee for a team is $60

Send an email to sharad.vikram@gmail.com if your school would like to register.

Please include the following:
1. your school’s name
2. the number of teams being registered
3. if you are bringing any buzzers
4. if you qualify for a new school discount
5. your appropriate registration fee

If you are interested in attending but not officially registering, please send an email to sharad.vikram@gmail.com telling me so.

Announcement: San Diego JV Invitational at UCSD

By posted August 25th, 2010 No comments

[originally posted elsewhere by Brian Tsui]

The UCSD quizbowl club is pleased to announce a JV tournament on October 16, 2010. We will be using NAQT set IS-97A.

As this is a JV tournament, there will be strict rules of eligibility. Eligible players for this tournament will include only freshmen, sophomores, and juniors or seniors who have played less than one year of quizbowl. Academic League participation will not count toward this restriction.

The fee structure for this tournament is:

70 dollars for the first team from a school
-10 dollars for staffers
-5 dollars for functional buzzers

We’re going to cap this tournament at 16 teams for now, pending interest and available staffers, so if your team is interested in this, please email us at ucsdqb [AT] gmail.com.

This tournament will start at 9 AM.

Announcement: Early Autumn College Novice Tournament at UCSD

By posted August 25th, 2010 No comments

[originally posted elsewhere by Micah Manary]

UCSD Collegiate Novice Tournament Mirror
October 9th, 2010
Building TBA
Contact: Micah Manary

This tournament is meant especially for college players who have never played quiz bowl. If you want to learn more about quiz bowl, please feel free to email us and we’ll send you some great contacts. If your school already has an established team, this tournament would be great for your new freshmen and grad students as an introduction to the game. Please spread the word – this tournament will be a recruiting tool for all programs, as it will allow new players the chance to experience competition without the pressures of the more advanced teams and topics.

Price: $15/person, -$5 for bringing a buzzer, -$10 for bringing an experienced moderator, -$5/50 miles driven, FREE for out of state teams

1. All ACF eligibility rules apply, except when they contradict the rules below (essentially, this states that you are eligible if you are taking courses or course-equivalents towards a degree).
2. This is a tournament for introducing collegiate novices to quizbowl. Consequently, no high school teams or players are eligible.
3. Anyone (who does not break Rules 1 or 2) who has never played quizbowl before is automatically eligible. Other academic competition does not count as quizbowl for this rule.
4. Players meeting one or more of the following criteria must apply to the head editor for special permission to play:
i. If you have already completed your second year of college (calculated from time in college, not credits).
ii. If you were ever on a playoff team at NAQT HSNCT or PACE NSC.
iii. If you have ever scored at least 30 points per game at any college tournament.
iv. If you have ever won any college tournament.
5. Anyone who does not fall into any of the four categories listed in Rule 4 is automatically eligible to play.
Clarification to rule 4.1: Time in a post-secondary high school program does not count.
Procedure for applying for special permission to play: 1) Email Andrew Hart at hartam@gmail.com; 2) state which of the Rule 4 points would render you otherwise ineligible; 3) list when and how you came to achieve any of the accomplishments that lead to your being otherwise ineligible; 4) state succinctly why you want to play.

Announcement: Early Fall Tournament at Claremont Colleges

By posted August 25th, 2010 No comments

[originally posted elsewhere by Alejandro Lopez-Lago]

EFT Mirror
Date: 10/3/2010
Location: Claremont Colleges Campus in Claremont, CA (specific location TBA)
Contact: Alejandro Lopez-Lago (alopezlago _at_ hmc.edu)

Base fee: $100
Buzzer discount: -$10 each
Staff discount: -$10 each
Travel discount: -$10 for every 200 miles traveled
Minimum Fee: $60

For more information about the type of tournament EFT is see here.
For right now the field is capped at 10 teams. The cap can increase if teams can provide moderators and buzzers.

Announcement: TWAIN XI at UCLA

By posted August 25th, 2010 No comments

[originally posted elsewhere by Ian Drayer]

The UCLA College Bowl Club is pleased to announce it will be hosting TWAIN XI on NAQT’s IS-96, Subtitle forthcoming.

DATE: Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

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 IS-96. Computational math may be included if a majority of teams desire it.

Team Discounts
Base fee = $80 per team
-$5 for a fully-functional buzzer system (Must have four working buzzers on both sides)
School-wide Discounts
-$20 New School Discount (must not have played in any pyramidal tournament as a school since September 1, 2008)
-$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.)
+$10 for a paper copy of the questions
Provide 1 team, 1 moderator and 1 buzzer, $50 and includes 1 copy of questions for the school.
Minimum fee: $50 per team

The field will be capped at 16 teams unless there is excessive demand complimented by excessive resources. We hope that many teams will take advantage of the self sufficiency discount so we can use both a score-keeper and a moderator in most rooms, and have a dedicated stats-person. In order to ensure a smooth tournament I will not expand the field until we have enough staff known.

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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.

REGISTRATION: The TD for this tournament is Ian Drayer. The current registration deadline is Monday September 27th at 5 PM. If you are planning to come, please e-mail idrayer@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, please e-mail us. We will keep you updated with more news as the tournament date approaches. We hope to see you TWAIN on Sat., October 2nd, 2010

Note: Please use TWAIN in the subject line of any e-mails so my auto-filter picks them up and puts all TWAIN e-mails in the same folder so I have easy access to organization.

Tournament Announcements

By posted August 25th, 2010 No comments

Starting today, SoCalQuizbowl.org will be re-posting tournament announcements for high school and college tournaments of interest to local teams. For (hopefully) easy access, each post will be tagged with the name of the tournament and the school at which it is held.

Please contact me if you do not see an announcement for your tournament.

2011 ICT in Chicago

By posted August 5th, 2010 No comments

NAQT has announced that the 2011 NAQT ICT will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare on April 9, 2011.

For more information about the 2011 HSNCT, visit http://naqt.com/ict/2011/details.html.

2010 Fall Novice Tournament Available

By posted July 20th, 2010 No comments

The 2010 Fall Novice Tournament set is available for use in all areas of the country, including Southern California. The Fall Novice Tournament was created in 2009 as a way to introduce new teams and new players to ACF-style quizbowl while using a limited answer space, ensuring that even the newest teams should be able to answer some questions.

The Fall Novice Tournament requires no fee to use the question set. Instead, the tournament organizers require every potential host to submit a bid detailing their expected pricing structure, eligibility restrictions (to ensure the event is for newer and less skilled players), and field size. Arcadia High School used the 2009 Fall Novice Tournament set to run ASCII One; however, any school can submit a bid regardless of previous experience running the Fall Novice Tournament or any other tournament.

For more information about the tournament itself or how to submit a bid, please visit this link.

2011 HSNCT in Atlanta

By posted July 16th, 2010 No comments

NAQT has announced that the 2011 NAQT HSNCT will be held at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.

The 2010 HSNCT attracted 200 teams, seven of which were from Southern California. NAQT has expanded the field to 208 slots in 2011. Teams qualify for the HSNCT through high finishes at local NAQT tournaments.

For more information about the 2011 HSNCT, visit http://naqt.com/hsnct/2011/details.html.

Welcome to SoCalQuizbowl!

By posted July 14th, 2010 No comments

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