SCOP's fifth novice tournament will be available for mirroring from mid-October 2014 through April 2015.
SCOP is written by a conglomerate of writers (most from Illinois), and is head edited by Brad Fischer and myself. Previous years' questions are posted in the archive
. The set includes eleven rounds of 20/20 (tossups/bonuses) and a half packet (10/10) to be used as replacements and tiebreakers. Tossups are powermarked. Bonuses are worth thirty points each, have three parts, and are intended to be read one part at a time. As in previous years, these questions are written to the national format, with each round using 20 tossups, each read to two teams, and up to 20 bonuses, as earned by those teams.Distribution
SCOP Novice 5's distribution per round is:
5/5 Science (including 1/1 Noncomputational Math)
2/2 Religion and Mythology
2/2 Fine Arts
1/1 Current Events, Philosophy, and Social Science
Note that we have changed our Geography, Current Events, Philosophy, and Social Science distributions to reflect current trends and to better prepare novice players for regular difficulty sets.Fees
The mirror fee outside of Illinois is $10 per team (including house teams). We offer a $1/team discount for complete statistics (including individual statistics and preferably in SQBS format with round report enabled) posted promptly after your tournament. There is an additional discount of $2/team if you choose to scan and e-mail (or snail-mail) your raw scoresheets to me for the calculation of conversion statistics by topic. Hosts in developing circuits that have not used a SCOP set in the past may negotiate for further discounts, as well.Middle School Set
This year, we will also produce a parallel middle school-level set (SCOP MS 5)
. The middle school set will be based on our novice set, and will be available to mirror from January through April of 2015. Some of our novice-level questions will be edited to a lower difficulty to suit middle school teams, and some categories will be expanded or reduced to better reflect the middle school canon. The middle school set will be available for mirroring in Illinois (unlike the regular SCOP Novice 5).Illinois
In Illinois, this set will be used exclusively for the IHSSBCA Novice Tournaments, which are scheduled for 18 October. The middle school set will be available to mirror in Illinois.
Prospective mirror hosts, or anyone with questions about the Novice or Middle School sets, may contact me at email@example.com