PSACA 2: Groundhog Day

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PSACA 2: Groundhog Day

Post by btressler » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:25 pm

I am pleased to announce this year’s Pennsylvania State Academic Coaches Association's event, titled Groundhog Day. The majority of this tournament is written. We will probably playtest these questions at Great Valley in September, so my tentative availability date is September 29th, 2018.

The tournament is written by me. There are 12 rounds of 22 power-marked tossups and 22 three-part bonuses (which you are welcome to play as 20/20 with replacements and tiebreakers).

The difficulty of this set is on the low end. It can be used for novice HS events, but the intent is that it will be appropriate for mid-level teams as well. I also encourage nonstandard use -- consider doubles or singles with your best varsity players.

Tossup answers have been selected with the intent that most rooms will get most tossups by the end. Tossups are 500-550 characters (often 5 sentences) in length to accommodate hard, medium, and easy clues. I'll let Chris Chiego's review of the Philly Cheesesteak say the rest:
I would highly encourage other schools interested in a set that I felt was slightly harder than SCOP Novice on the bonuses but easier than NAQT IS-A sets on the tossups to use it (and its future sequels!) in your area.
This year will be similar to last year's set.

The template I used for each packet is 4/4 literature, 4/4 history, 4/4 science, 1/1 math, 2/2 fine arts, 3/3 RMP, geography, and social sciences, 1/1 current events, 1/1 popular culture, and 2/2 mixed or more academic material. Please note the math does not include computation.

The mirror fee is $8 per team.

Contact me stat74 [at] gmail [dot] com to request use of the set.

You are welcome to give paper copies of the questions to teams at your tournament, but please do not forward electronic copies or publicly discuss the questions until the set is posted, which will happen after all sites have had their events.

Best of luck this competition season.
Bill Tressler,
Dickinson ('97) Carnegie Mellon ('99) Delaware ('06)
Seen moderating at various SE Pennsylvania events.

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Re: PSACA 2: Groundhog Day

Post by btressler » Wed Aug 01, 2018 3:26 pm

Mirror list:

10/06/18 Nittany Lion Novice IV in State College, Pennsylvania
10/20/18 Philly Fall Invitational in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
10/20/18 Falcon Kickoff Frosh-Soph at Wheaton North in Wheaton, Illinois
10/20/18 Chicago Christian Novice in Palos Heights, Illinois
10/27/18 Mellon Bowl XVI in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10/27/18 GHOST at Hanover HS in Hanover, Newhampshire

11/10/18 Curtis Butterfield Memorial Tournament in Moline, Illinois
11/17/18 Eagle Academic Challenge in York Springs, Pennsylvania

12/1/18 Lawrence County, Alabama
12/8/18 Southside HS in Greenville, South Carolina
12/15/18 Princeton, New Jersey

1/12/19 SHATEYAHRONYA IV Berlin HS in Delaware, Ohio
1/24/19 and 3/4/19 Sullivan Novice Tournaments in Sullivan, Missouri

3/?/19 California Cup 4

4/13/19 Bulldog Buzzer Battle II at Berwick, Pennsylvania
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Bill Tressler,
Dickinson ('97) Carnegie Mellon ('99) Delaware ('06)
Seen moderating at various SE Pennsylvania events.

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Re: PSACA 2: Groundhog Day

Post by Captain Sinico » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:15 am

Hi Bill,

Please get ahold of me when you get a moment. Thanks!
Mike Sorice
Coach, Centennial High School of Champaign, IL (2014-) & Team Illinois (2016-2018)
Alumnus, Illinois ABT (2000-2002; 2003-2009) & Fenwick Scholastic Bowl (1999-2000)
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