Hi everyone! The Yale University quizbowl team is pleased to announce that this year's Bulldog High School Academic Tournament (BHSAT XXIV) will be available for tournament mirrors in the spring of 2015. As is traditional, BHSAT 2015 will be written and edited by members of the Yale quizbowl team. This year's set will be head-edited by Jacob Reed. The last four iterations of this tournament have consistently garnered praise, and we hope to maintain our high standard of creativity and quality while paying closer attention to copy-editing and difficulty evenness across categories.
The main site of the tournament will be hosted on Saturday, February 14 at Yale University in New Haven, CT. We are currently seeking mirror sites at other locations across the country, and that's where you come in, gentle reader! The set will be available for use from the weekend of February 7th to the weekend of May 23rd (i.e. the weekend immediately before the 2015 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in Chicago, IL). After that, the set will be uploaded to the archive
for public reference. If you are interested in mirroring BHSAT 2015, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and wait for confirmation. We'd also be happy to see BHSAT used at singles tournaments, state All-Star Team tryouts, etc. - just email me at the above address and we'll work out a suitable arrangement.
The mirror fee, payable to "Y. Student Academic Competitions," is 10 dollars per non-house team in attendance. We will, as in previous years, show a preference for hosts who demonstrate their capacity for outreach to a wide range of teams in their area.Set details:
[Changes from past years' BHSAT announcements have been bolded
The set will consist of fourteen (14) packets of equal difficulty. Tossups will be five to six lines long in 10 point Times New Roman. No tossup will exceed the sixth line of text before powermarking, and no bonus part will exceed two full lines of text. All tossups will be powermarked.
Host sites must agree not to modify, subtract from, add to, or edit the set. Please discuss any proposed changes, including powermark subtractions, with the set editors by sending an email to email@example.com. We will certainly do our best to accommodate all reasonable requests. This set is not to be distributed electronically by anyone except the editors of the set. While paper copies may be given out to tournament attendees by tournament directors, requests for electronic copies of packets should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Exceptions will be made for tournaments run on electronic packets, insofar as tournament directors will be permitted to distribute electronic packets to staff readers. Recipients of electronic copies are not permitted to share them. Please do not discuss any question content publicly until BHSAT mirrors have concluded for the year. All inquiries and comments should be directed instead to the private BHSAT 2015 forum, which can be joined by visiting User Control Panel > Usergroups > BHSAT 2015 Discussion after your mirror of the set has concluded.
The difficulty of this year's BHSAT will be in the same range as the BHSAT sets from the past four years (2011-2014). You can peruse those to your heart's content on quizbowlpackets.com
Packets will be distributed as follows:
4/4 Literature (at least 1/1 each American, British, European, .5/.5 one more of the above, .5/.5 World)
4/4 Science (1/1 biology, 1/1 chemistry, 1/1 physics, 1/1 other science, with a heavy focus on math)
4/4 History (1/1 American, 2/2 European/British/Ancient, 1/1 World, Canadian/Australian where appropriate in context)
2.5/2.5 Religion, Myth, Philosophy (1/1 each Religion and Myth, .5/.5 Philosophy)
3/3 Fine Arts (1/1 Visual and 1/1 Auditory guaranteed per packet, 1/1 one more of the above)
.5/.5 Social Science
1/1 Geography/Current Events (approx. .66/.66 Geo, .33/.33 CE)
1/1 Trash/Pop Culture
Please note that unlike past iterations of BHSAT, the 2015 set will not have a "Miscellaneous and Mixed Academic" category in the distribution. Rather, we intend to use creative common link answerlines within regular categories to encourage the kind of thinking stimulated by the Miscellaneous and Mixed category.
Each packet will feature a tiebreaker tossup and an extra bonus, which could come from any academic category.
We hope you'll help us make BHSAT a nationwide success again in Spring 2015. Please contact me at email@example.com
to secure a mirror in your region. Thanks!Scheduled sites:
Georgia: February 7, Winter Invitational Tournament
at the Marist School in Atlanta, GA. Contact Kevin Mullally (firstname.lastname@example.org
Northeast (main site): February 14, BHSAT XXIV
at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Contact Grace Liu (email@example.com
Missouri: February 14, WUHSAC
at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. Contact Sean Phillips (firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Illinois: February 14, tournament at Galesburg High School in Galesburg, IL. Contact Eric Spindler (email@example.com
Southern California: March 7, Triton Winter IV
at UCSD, CA. Contact Jason Cheng (firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern California: March 7, California Cup #4
at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. Contact Nicholas Karas and Ankit Aggarwal (email@example.com
DC area: March 21, Blair Spring Tournament
at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. Contact Arjuna Subramanian (firstname.lastname@example.org
Illinois: April 25 [tentative], ATROPHY at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Contact Brad Fischer (email@example.com