HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

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HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby jiholius » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:11 pm

Hello everyone,

On behalf of the Harvard Quiz Bowl team, I am very excited to announce the main site for the 12th annual Harvard Fall Tournament, on November 11th, 2017!

Logistics:
The tournament will be held in historic Tercentenary Theatre, which is located right next to Harvard Yard. We recommend using the MBTA Red Line to get to the tournament, since parking options are limited in Harvard Square and the traffic can be quite unpredictable. We are aiming to start the first round at 9:00 AM and having most rounds finish by 6:00 PM at the latest (teams in finals or tiebreakers may need to stay until 6:30 PM). There will be preliminary and playoff rounds, with re-bracketing in between. A lunch break will take place when most convenient; we will most likely be selling pizza, and teams will have access to a variety of food options in Harvard Square.

We will provide more logistics information as we finalize the details.

Registration:
The initial field size will be capped at 24 teams. We will increase the field size as we get a better idea of our staff commitments, as we've usually hosted 32-36 teams for HFT. The field has filled up to capacity relatively quickly in previous years, so act swiftly if you want to guarantee your spot at HFT! We will have a first-come, first-served waitlist if there are more teams than our field size. Finally, team sizes will be capped at six players.

To register, email me at jihopark01@college.harvard.edu or post in this thread. Please include "HFT Registration" in the email subject, and specify the number of teams and any relevant discounts. Registrations are not complete until I respond in some fashion saying so!

Fees:
Tournament fees/discounts are the following:
+$90 per attending team
-$5 per working buzzer system (must have power cord and 8 functional buzzers, maximum three buzzer systems per organization)
-$10 per experienced scorekeeper (must be familiar with quiz bowl rules/scoring)
-$20 per experienced moderator (must be familiar with quiz bowl rules/scoring, and have good pronunciation, speed, and reading skills)

All discounts are applied per organization, and the minimum average fee for any team in an organization is $60. We reserve the right to revoke discounts for violations in good faith, and the right to charge additional penalties for egregious and blatant violations. Teams dropping out after 9:00 PM EST on November 10th will still be responsible for the entirety of the fee, even if no longer attending (we will make exceptions for valid medical, weather, and other emergencies at our discretion). As stated last year, we will try to be understanding, and this policy will not punish teams uncertain of their initial field, but it is unfair to our program and other teams attending to drop without any fair warning.

We will accept cash and checks made out to "Harvard College Bowl" on the day of the tournament. Invoices will be provided upon request.

Set Details:
Details for HFT XII can be found here. Like last year's HFT XI set, Raynor Kuang (aka UlyssesInvictus) will be head editing.

Final Comments:
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions relating to the tournament! If you're coming from out-of-town, I'll be more than happy to provide suggestions relating to food, transportation, things to do, etc.
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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby jiholius » Tue Aug 01, 2017 12:47 pm

CONFIRMED FIELD
Organization / Teams / Buzzers / Scorekeepers / Moderators
Lexington HS / 4 / 1 / 0 / 0
Hoover HS / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0
Andover HS / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0
Community School of Naples / 2 / 3 / 0 / 0
Hunter College HS / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0
Smithtown HS East / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0
Smithtown HS West / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0
Needham HS / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0
Lehigh Valley Academy / 1 / 1 / 0 / 1
Hanover HS / 1 / 2 / 0 / 1
Detroit Catholic Central HS / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0
Acton-Boxborough Regional HS / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0
Hingham HS / 1 / 0 / 0 / 1
"Mather HS" / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0
Plymouth Regional HS / 1 / 1 / 0 /0
Wayzata HS / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0
Phillips Academy Andover / 3 / 3 / 0 / 0
Trinity School / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0
TOTAL / 32 (out of 32) / 19 / 0 / 3

WAITLIST
Organization / Teams / Buzzers / Scorekeepers / Moderators
Belmont HS / 1 / 1 / 0 / 0
St. Mark's School / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0
Kellenberg Memorial HS / 2 / 3 / 1 / 0
AMSA / 3 / 2 / 0 / 1
TOTAL / 7 / 6 / 1 / 1
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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:15 pm

Lexington would like to register (as of now) 4 teams, with 1 buzzer set and 0 staffers.
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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby Joshua Rutsky » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:27 am

Hoover High (Alabama) would like to register one team. We will bring a buzzer set.
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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby jiholius » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:35 pm

It's been a little more than 48 hours since I posted this announcement, but we have already filled a third of our initial field size. While we anticipate expanding the field as the tournament date approaches, this is a friendly reminder to get those registrations in quickly!
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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby sminton » Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:25 pm

Hello,

Smithtown would like to Register Three Teams: One for Smithtown East, one for Smithtown West, and One for Smithtown combined.

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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby jiholius » Wed Aug 16, 2017 12:45 pm

Field update, 8/16. With a little less than three months before the tournament, we currently have 20 teams registered out of an initial field size of 24 teams. While we anticipate expanding the field as we get a better idea of our staffing commitments, now is a great time to register teams and avoid being placed on the waitlist!
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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby jjfogarty@pemibaker.org » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:32 pm

Plymouth Regional High School, from New Hampshire would like to enroll 1 team (as of now) with a buzzer and no readers/scorers.
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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby troyharris » Wed Aug 16, 2017 2:50 pm

Hello,
Coach Fogarty would like to accept Plymouth Regional High School's invitation to this tournament. Plymouth (NH) will have one team, one set of buzzers.

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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby jiholius » Thu Aug 17, 2017 10:38 am

Field update, 8/17. We have reached our initial field cap of 24 teams, and plan on raising this field cap in the near future. If you're interested in attending HFT XII, make sure to register ASAP to be placed on the first-come, first-served waitlist!
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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby jiholius » Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:23 pm

Field update, 8/30. We're not quite ready to increase the field size yet, but we're planning on a final field size of either 32 or 36.

Additionally, I'm pleased to announce that HFT XII has been awarded platinum certification by PACE! This means that the top 25% of teams (rounded up to the nearest integer) will qualify for PACE NSC on the weekend of June 2nd-3rd, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Reston outside of Washington, D.C.
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Re: HFT XII at Harvard (11/11/17)

Postby jiholius » Sun Sep 17, 2017 11:38 am

Field update, 9/17. We have increased the field size from 24 teams to 32 teams! We are still working hard to increase the field size to 36 teams in the near future.
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