Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

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Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:44 pm

I am pleased to announce the third incarnation of the Early Autumn Collegiate Novice Tournament.

What is the mission of this tournament?

This tournament is intended as an early introduction for collegiate novices to college quizbowl. It aims to be extremely accessible while remaining within a normal academic distribution. The target audience is college players who are very new to quizbowl. Every year, many of these new players come to first practices all around the country, but few stick with the game. This tournament is an early-season introduction to competitive quizbowl in which novices can play against teams of their own strength on questions that reward the level of knowledge that they have. Our hope is that this will be the immediate positive competitive experience that new players need to get hooked on the game.

Who is writing this tournament?

Like the last two years, I solicited nominations and picked a stable of new writers to work with me. I'm excited to work with several young players as well as several quizbowlers who have been around for a while but haven't been a part of a tournament-producing crew. It's going to be a lot of fun.

When will this take place?

The tournament will be available for hosting on any Saturday between September 1 and October 13. We prefer the September dates to avoid conflicts with other tournaments, but we will work with hosts in regions that have later starts to host at an appropriate time. This early date should allow new players to play an event tailored to them within a week or two of the first practice. Ideally the tournament will be hosted before any other event in all regions.

What will the packets be like?

There will only be ten packets, because we want to keep the day short to avoid quizbowl fatigue and to allow teams the chance to return to their campuses during the afternoon. The questions will be strictly length-limited to five lines of ten point Times New Roman (ten-line max for bonuses). The packets will probably be distributed in 12-point TNR for reading ease, so they may appear to be longer, but rest assured that all will be held to the five/ten line ten-point standards. Packets will follow the ACF distribution and will resemble normal quizbowl.

Who can play?
1. All ACF eligibility rules apply, except when they contradict the rules below.

2. This is a tournament for introducing collegiate novices to quizbowl. Consequently, no high school teams or players are eligible.

3. Anyone (who does not break Rules 1 or 2) who has never played quizbowl before is automatically eligible. Other academic competition does not count as quizbowl for this rule.

4. Players meeting one or more of the following criteria must apply to the head editor for special permission to play:

i. If you have already completed your second year of college (calculated from time in college, not credits). Time in a post-secondary high school program does not count.

ii. If you were ever on a playoff or top-bracket team at NAQT HSNCT or PACE NSC.

iii. If you have ever scored at least 30 points per game at any college tournament.

iv. If you have ever won any college tournament.

5. Anyone who does not fall into any of the four categories listed in Rule 4 is automatically eligible to play.
Procedure for applying for special permission to play: 1) Email me at hartam@gmail.com; 2) state which of the Rule 4 points would render you otherwise ineligible; 3) list when and how you came to achieve any of the accomplishments that lead to your being otherwise ineligible; 4) state succinctly why you want to play.

What is the cost?

The cost is around $15 per player. Host sites will post their own discount tables.

Who is hosting, and when?

9/15

Cornell: contact Ian Lenhoff

Ohio State (SUNDAY 9/16): contact Jarret Greene

9/22

ULL: contact Jake Sundberg

Truman State: contact Jared McNett

Illinois: contact Billy Busse

Michigan: contact Libo Zeng

9/29

Minnesota: contact Gaurav Kandlikar

Virginia Tech: contact Dan Goff

Maryland: contact Chris Manners

Harvard: contact Stephen Liu

Auburn: contact Joey Mannor

South Carolina: contact Eric Douglass

Waterloo: contact Junlan Li

Rice: contact Bryce Durgin

10/6

Washington: contact Mike Bentley

10/13

Florida Gateway: contact Professor James Givvines

10/20

Berkeley: contact Tanay Kothari.

Chicago: contact Tracy Lee
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:45 pm

We're looking for hosts! If you're in one of the following regions and interested in hosting, please contact me with your preferred weekend:

Southeast (multiple hosts sought)
Florida
Texas
Northern or Southern California
Mid-Atlantic
Indiana/Michigan/Pittsburgh/Ohio
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by MathMusic » Wed Aug 15, 2012 9:02 am

Do you have a Canada host yet? Just wondering, as there isn't one listed in either list.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by Masked Canadian History Bandit » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:11 am

MathMusic wrote:Do you have a Canada host yet? Just wondering, as there isn't one listed in either list.
I believe that Waterloo has submitted a bid for Collegiate Novice.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by nurgles_herald » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:20 pm

Any news on a Mid-Atlantic mirror?
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Post by theMoMA » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:50 pm

nurgles_herald wrote:Any news on a Mid-Atlantic mirror?
Maryland and Virginia Tech have both stated that they'd like to host; I'm working on getting all of the site announcements in the next few days.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by Galstaff, Sorceror of Light » Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:15 pm

theMoMA wrote:
nurgles_herald wrote:Any news on a Mid-Atlantic mirror?
Maryland and Virginia Tech have both stated that they'd like to host; I'm working on getting all of the site announcements in the next few days.
Can you try to make this happen by sometime Sunday, Andrew? I need to submit our budget for September and early October on Monday, and it'd be nice to be able to try to get some money for this.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:38 pm

I'm in contact with people in California and Texas about possibly running mirrors. If you see another gap in the hosting areas and want to step up, just shoot me an email.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:09 pm

All confirmed hosts should have received the hosting guide and checklist. All site announcements (except for schools I'm still working with to see if they can host) should be posted sometime this week.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:02 pm

The tournament is complete and I just sent the packets to the first-weekend hosts at Cornell and Ohio State. I think it turned out really well and I hope everyone playing and reading enjoys the set.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:40 pm

Hey, just so everyone knows, the eligibility rules are by no means hard and fast. Every year, I make dozens of exceptions (and I very rarely turn down requests for exceptions). Anyone who is a novice in spirit but violates the rules can play; someone just has to email me first so I can make sure they fit that definition.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:22 am

I just sent out the packets to this weekend's hosts. Please let me know if you didn't get them.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:37 pm

The packets just went out to the 9/29 hosts. If you haven't received them, please let me know.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Wed Nov 07, 2012 8:08 pm

Hey, I'd just like to thank all of the players, hosts, and writers for making this a great event yet again. Special thanks to everyone in the quizbowl community who helped me pick answer lines, playtest the questions, and find writer candidates. I think the set turned out really well this year, and I hope everyone enjoyed it.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by sephirothrr » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:42 am

Will these packets be posted at some point in the near future?
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Thu Nov 08, 2012 2:19 am

sephirothrr wrote:Will these packets be posted at some point in the near future?
December 1, if I don't receive interest in high school mirrors or NASAT tryouts.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by 1992 in spaceflight » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:32 am

Was this set ever cleared? The only reason I ask is because the set is not on the question database.
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Re: Official Announcement: Collegiate Novice 3

Post by theMoMA » Tue Jan 01, 2013 12:59 pm

The Two Hearts of Kwasi Boachi wrote:Was this set ever cleared? The only reason I ask is because the set is not on the question database.
It's being used for various things this month, so no.
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