Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

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Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Sat Jul 19, 2014 10:41 pm

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 grace.liu@yale.edu 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 grace.liu@yale.edu. 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 grace.liu@yale.edu. 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 grace.liu@yale.edu to secure a mirror in your region. Thanks!

Scheduled sites: [updated 3/20]
Georgia: February 7, Winter Invitational Tournament at the Marist School in Atlanta, GA. Contact Kevin Mullally (mullallyk@marist.com).
Northeast (main site): February 14, BHSAT XXIV at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Contact Grace Liu (grace.liu@yale.edu).
Missouri: February 14, WUHSAC at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. Contact Sean Phillips (seanqb1982@gmail.com).
Western Illinois: February 14, tournament at Galesburg High School in Galesburg, IL. Contact Eric Spindler (espindler@galesburg205.org).
Southern California: March 7, Triton Winter IV at UCSD, CA. Contact Jason Cheng (ucsdqb@gmail.com).
Northern California: March 7, California Cup #4 at UC Berkeley in Berkeley, CA. Contact Nicholas Karas and Ankit Aggarwal (californiacupquizbowl@gmail.com).
DC area: March 21, Blair Spring Tournament at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. Contact Arjuna Subramanian (asubramanian41@gmail.com).
Illinois: April 25 [tentative], ATROPHY at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL. Contact Brad Fischer (brad.a.fischer@gmail.com).
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Tue Aug 12, 2014 10:21 pm

We're pleased to announce that Montgomery Blair is planning to host a tournament run on BHSAT at some point in March. Please contact asubramanian41@gmail.com for details.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Thu Aug 14, 2014 11:40 am

Although the date has not yet been set, BHSAT will be mirrored in the Southern California area by UCSD. Please contact Jason Cheng for details at ucsdqb@gmail.com.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Wed Sep 10, 2014 2:53 pm

BHSAT is moving its official mirror "open-date" from February 14th to February 7th. We've also established a Georgia site at the Marist School in Atlanta on February 7th. Please contact Mr. Kevin Mullally (mullallyk@marist.com) for details.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Thu Sep 11, 2014 11:45 am

We're pleased to announce that BHSAT will be used in March at one of the California Cup tournaments run at UC Berkeley. For further details, please contact Nick Karas and Ankit Aggarwal at californiacupquizbowl@gmail.com.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby kcommo » Fri Dec 12, 2014 5:13 pm

Grace,

Is registration open for BHSAT itself yet? Burlington (VT) is planning to attend but I don't see anything about it in the tournament forums yet, and given the speed at which such tournaments appear to fill these days, I wanted to make sure I'm not missing anything.

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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Fri Dec 12, 2014 6:35 pm

Thanks so much for checking with us, Mr. Commo. Registration has not yet opened, but I will send out an email inviting all regional teams before the end of the week. Sorry for the tardiness on our end!

EDIT: "End of the week" refers to 12/19, even though that's not the end of the week by any measure (my bad).
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Apostolic Prefecture of Kompong Cham » Wed Dec 17, 2014 12:58 pm

Grace wrote:DC area: March 21, tournament at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD. Contact Arjuna Subramanian (asubramanian41@gmail.com).


Our announcement thread for the Blair Spring Tournament can be found here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=16805. Questions or registrations should be sent to me at the listed email address.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Sat Dec 20, 2014 12:41 am

The announcement thread for the main site at Yale on February 14th can be found here.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Sun Jan 18, 2015 3:09 pm

We're pleased to announce that Western Illinois will have its own BHSAT site at Galesburg High School on February 14th. Please contact Coach Spindler for details (espindler@galesburg205.org).
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Mon Feb 02, 2015 7:39 pm

BHSAT's Texas mirror will be hosted at Rice University in Houston, TX on March 7. Please contact Amanda Pinchbeck for details (akp2@rice.edu).
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:39 am

UCSD's mirror of BHSAT at Triton Winter IV has been confirmed for March 7. Please contact Jason Cheng (ucsdquizbowl@gmail.com) for details.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Xochicuicatl Cuecuechtli » Sat May 23, 2015 9:39 am

Have all this set's mirrors been finished? Will it be posted to the database?
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXIV Available for Spring 2015 Hosts

Postby Grace » Sun May 24, 2015 7:39 am

Yes, all mirrors have concluded, and the set has been uploaded to the packet archive and should appear there, pending approval. A huge thank you to all our mirror hosts and to all the teams who played the tournament! Your support and feedback were essential to us.

We'll have an announcement posted regarding 2016 BHSAT soon. Thank you again!
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