This is the general announcement for the 2011 VCU Winter Tournament. This is a high school academic quizbowl tournament, to be operated by the quizbowl team at Virginia Commonwealth University, and held at the Collegiate School in Richmond, on Saturday, December 10 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. The tournament is open to any high school team that wishes to attend, provided they have not previously heard the question set, which is NAQT Invitational Series #111.
LOCATION, DIRECTIONS, PARKING: The tournament will take place at the *upper school* campus of the Collegiate School, which is at 103 N Mooreland Road in Richmond. Please meet in the Memorial Hall cafeteria.
AFFILIATION: This tournament will be a qualifying tournament for the NAQT High School National Championship -nce and will be an opportunity to qualify for the National Scholastics Championship (pace-nsc.org), which is run by PACE and will occur on June 9-10, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.
QUESTIONS: We will be using NAQT IS set #111. It is every team's responsibility to make sure they are not playing this set at any other tournament (check http://naqt.com/assigned-packet-sets.jsp
FORMAT: This tournament will use the traditional tossup/bonus format with power tossups in effect. Games will end after tossup 20 and will not be timed. Math calculation tossups will not be used, but math calculation bonuses will be used. All teams will be offered a minimum of 9 games. Trophies will be awarded to the top teams, and book prizes will be awarded to the top individual scorers. VCU reserves the right to cap the field based on availability of space and staff.
REGISTRATION AND FEES:
-The fee structure is as follows:
Base fee: $70 per team. There is no limit to the number of teams who can attend from one school.
Buzzer discount: $5 off school's total fee for each fully functional system (control box and eight activators all work)-no limit to # of systems you can bring
Staff discount: $10 off school's total fee. This could be a coach, parent, student who is not playing, etc. Team-provided staffers will keep score for various games not involving the team with which they are affiliated. Volunteer staffers must stay through all the games (except finals) in order to receive credit for their school. There is no limit to the number of staffers you can bring.
Minimum fee: The minimum fee is $0 (you can bring enough buzzers and staffers to eliminate your entire fee via discounts, but you cannot have a "negative fee.")
-To register, e- mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
with the number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you want to bring, and an email address where you can be contacted with details. We are also requiring a cell phone contact number belonging to someone who will be attending the tournament, so that we can track you down if you are running late. Feel free to share this announcement with any schools that you think would be interested in attending. There is no further registration form or other action needed on your part in order to be officially registered; you only need to e-mail me at that address with the information requested. Posts made in this thread will not be considered official registrations; you must e-mail me.
METHOD OF PAYMENT: All teams must pay by the day of the tournament. We prefer to accept payment in person right before the tournament starts, but we will accept checks by mail ahead of time if your procedures require it. Teams who do not pay by the day of the tournament will be charged a $25 penalty and will have two weeks to pay their total amount before we start mailing letters to your school administration about it.
We can accept cash, personal checks, or checks from school, school district, or quizbowl club funds. We have no ability to process purchase orders, credit cards, Paypal, or any other forms of payment. Bringing forms of payment outside of the three listed will be considered nonpayment and subject you to the $25 late payment penalty.
Checks should be made out to "Quizbowl at VCU" and no other person or entity. If you require a pre-tournament invoice in order to have a check cut, let us know by November 6th so that we can send you the paperwork in time. If you do not let us know about this requirement by November 6th, and it causes you to come to the tournament without your payment, then you will be subject to the $25 late payment penalty.
TEAM & ROSTER SIZE: There may be a maximum of six players on one team's roster, up to four of whom may play at one time. [b]There will be no exceptions to this rule.[/b] If you bring more than six players, you must register a second team to have all of them play. There is a halftime substitution opportunity in each game. Each player may appear on only one team's roster throughout the day-no switching from the B team to the A team, etc. Teams may also play shorthanded with only three players. Teams consisting of fewer than three players may not play without my express prior permission.
FOOD: Neither breakfast nor lunch will be provided or sold by the tournament. We will provide a list of suggested eateries near the tournament site.
Please e-mail me if you have any further questions. I'm looking forward to seeing a wide variety of teams from Virginia and surrounding states on the 10th.
Quizbowl at VCU
Tournament Director, VCU Winter Tournament IVmattweiner.email@example.com
List of Registered Teams (to be updated as registrations come in):
Deep Run 2
Douglas Freeman 1
Georgetown Day 2
Maggie Walker 3
New Kent 3
Richard Montgomery 2
St. Anselm's 1
Thomas Jefferson 3
Walter Johnson 1