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South Bay Fall Novice Tournament (Oct 14) @ St. Francis

Posted: Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:23 pm
by njsbling
The Saint Francis High School Quiz Bowl club will be hosting a novice quiz bowl tournament on Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at St. Francis HS in Mountain View! The tournament will be run in order to provide an introduction to quiz bowl without any prior experience necessary and to demonstrate what a truly fun activity quiz bowl is! We highly encourage teams from around NorCal to come.

This event is taking place on the same day, using the same set, as the Novice tournament at Berean Christian High School in the East Bay. Schools may compete at either but will probably want to compete at the tournament closest to them.

The tournament set will be National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ (NAQT) Invitational Series 169-A, which is aimed at teams with little to no experience. Teams will be restricted to at most 6 players, with 4 players playing at any given time and 2 on the bench. Please be aware that the majority of teams will be teams with new players.

Practice questions of approximate difficulty can be found here: ... archived=y

All teams of high schoolers from the same school are eligible to play in this event, although players who have competed at the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament, the PACE National Scholastic Championship, or finished t-13 or better at any NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament must receive special permission to play from Jeff Hoppes (jeff(dot)hoppes(at)gmail(dot)com).

New for this year: We have a separate division for middle school teams at this tournament using IS-169A; middle school players cannot compete in the HS division (whether on a team with other middle school players or on a team with high school players). Middle school players may compete in the MS division without restriction (and do not need to receive permission).

Tournament Logistics: The tournament will take place at St. Francis HS at 1885 Miramonte Avenue, Mountain View, CA. Registration will take place at room 201.

We will have registration begin at 8:30AM, will have a brief introduction to quiz bowl at the opening meeting, and we hope to begin the first round by 9:00. We project that the tournament will run from 9 until about 4:00pm, with an hour break for lunch at around noon. For lunch, teams can bring food, order food, or go out and get it.

base fee: $60 per team
–$30 per team from schools that did not compete at a pyramidal quiz bowl tournament during the 2016-17 school year: “pyramidal quiz bowl” does not encompass other academic/trivia competitions like Science Bowl or History Bowl
–$10 per working buzzer
–$15 per staffer (must stay whole day)
Minimum entry fee: $0 per team
Payment (cash or check) will be taken at registration on Oct 14.

We urge teams attending to bring buzzers and staffers if available. Though we do not expect that teams have played tournaments previously, we will enforce all the gameplay rules as they are written in Sections D-H of the official rules of the Academic Competition Federation (, so all players must fully familiarize themselves with these rules before proceeding. Pay special attention to timing, pronunciation, and protest guidelines. You can find out more about what quiz bowl is here: (

Registration takes place on the NAQT website here: ... nt_id=8835

[you must first have an account on the NAQT website in order to register]

Questions? Contact TD Nicholas Karas (njsking(at)hotmail(dot)com)

Re: South Bay Fall Novice Tournament (Oct 14) @ St. Francis

Posted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 5:43 pm
by Important Bird Area
Details for tomorrow have been sent to the registered teams. Check-in is at 8:30 am in room 201.

Re: South Bay Fall Novice Tournament (Oct 14) @ St. Francis

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:10 pm
by njsbling
Congratulations to Dublin for winning the HS division and to Pi-oneers B for winning the MS division of the South Bay Fall Novice Tournament! Thank you to all of the staff and to Ms. Yang and St. Francis HS for hosting.

Stats/results are here: ... nt_id=8835