DISCLAIMER: THIS TOURNAMENT IS ONLY INTENDED FOR TEAMS UNABLE TO COMPETE IN A LIVE TOURNAMENT FEATURING NAQT IS-115. IF YOU CAN PLAY IN SUCH A TOURNAMENT, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO SO- A GOLDFISH TOURNAMENT IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR AN ACTUAL LIVE TOURNAMENT.
Culver Academies will once again "host" a Goldfish TOURNAMENT this year using NAQT !S-115. This means all teams participating in this tournament will play all 15 packets at their home school against an empty set of buzzers (without opponents). Coaches will read the game just like a normal game and record buzzpoints for each question by word number (question sets will have number superscripts labeling the words by what number word they are in each question).
The tournament will be run just like a regular live tournament in terms of scheduling: Preliminary Round Robins in groups of 6-8 and then rebracketed round robins for ALL TEAMS for the Playoffs with an advantaged final for the top two teams to finish it off. Each team will be guaranteed at least ten "games" (two packets reserved for finals, one for a playoff, and one for replacements/OT questions). Please note that in each game each team will "face" only one other team. I will NOT calculate all permutations for all packets (or even one packet). I guess this is similar to Fantasy Football- what matters each round is ONLY how you do against your designated opponent, not how well you would have done against other opponents...
We will mail a copy of IS-115 to each participating school ASAP after you send us a check payable to Culver Academies, c/o Phil Blessman, 1300 Academy Road, Culver, IN 46511, or pay by PayPal to pblessman [at] yahoo [dot] com. We will also e-mail you an electronic scoresheet, so make sure you supply us with a physical mailing address AND an email address. Teams can play the packets at their leisure as soon as they receive the questions but must turn in their electronic scoresheets no later than 11:59 PM EDT on Saturday, May 5. As copy and mailing costs will be considerable, we need to receive payment first before sending you the questions. Cost for the tournament will be $35 for the first team, $25 for each additional team (I estimate copy and mailing costs at $10, NAQT charges $16 a team, and I want to have some money left over for possible trophies- depends on the number of teams). Please note that ordering this set as practice questions from NAQT would set you back $45... so you'll get the paper set cheaper than ordering it next year from NAQT.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Phil Blessman at blessmp [at] culver [dot] org.
Field Update (as of April 20):
Culver, IN x 2 PAID SENT
Hobart, IN PAID SENT
Hoover, AL x3 SENT
North White, IN PAID SENT
Tippecanoe, OH SENT
Ward Melville, NY x2 SENT
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Phil Blessman- Culver Academies Head Quizbowl Coach