This is the general announcement for the 2012 Buckeye Spring Tournament. This is a high school academic quizbowl tournament, to be held at Ohio State University on Saturday, March 3rd. I, Jarret Greene, will serve as Tournament Director.
LOCATION, DIRECTIONS, PARKING: The tournament will take place, as usual, in the Central Classrooms building on Ohio State's Columbus Campus, with the opening meeting taking place in Hitchcock Hall 035. Parking can be found all over campus, but I believe the closest place to park is the Arps parking garage. A map of campus can be found here: http://www.osu.edu/map/google.php
AFFILIATION: This tournament will be affiliated with the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence and will be an opportunity to qualify for the National Scholastics Championship (pace-nsc.org), which is run by PACE and will occur in June 2011 in St. Louis.
QUESTIONS: The question set is a collaboration between the OSU and VCU quizbowl clubs. We are trying to make the questions as close to the difficulty of an average HSAPQ set as possible, but as housewrites are a fickle being, we will note that teams should a expect slightly harder than HS regular difficulty set.
FORMAT: This tournament will use the traditional tossup/bonus format. A round will consist of 20 tossups with correct tossup answers earning a team a bonus in which it can earn up to 30 additional points, using broken into three questions each worth 10 points. Teams will be seeded to preliminary groupings before being reseeded based on record. The field is tentatively capped at 24 but can be expanded if there is interest.
REGISTRATION AND FEES:
First team: $60
More teams: $50 each
Buzzer discount: -$5 per buzzer, limit of 2
Experienced Moderator discount: -$10
Travel discount: -$5 per hundred miles traveled via Google Maps
Previous attendees of OSU tournaments (as of October, 2011): -$5/team
-To register, e- mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jasper Lee at email@example.com
with the number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you want to bring, and an email address where you can be contacted with details. We are also requiring a cell phone contact number belonging to someone who will be attending the tournament, so that we can track you down if you are running late. Feel free to share this announcement with any schools that you think would be interested in attending. There is no further registration form or other action needed on your part in order to be officially registered; you only need to e-mail me at that address with the information requested. Posts made in this thread will not be considered official registrations; you must e-mail me.
METHOD OF PAYMENT: All teams must pay by the day of the tournament. We prefer to accept payment in person right before the tournament starts, but we will accept checks by mail ahead of time if your procedures require it. We can accept cash, personal checks, or checks from school, school district, or quizbowl club funds. We have no ability to process purchase orders, credit cards, Paypal, or any other forms of payment. Checks can be made out to The Academic Team at OSU. If you require a pre-tournament invoice in order to have a check cut, let us know by Feburary 24th so that we can send you the paperwork in time.
FOOD: As usual, a venerable cornucopia of options await any team that goes to High Street.
Please e-mail me or Jasper if you have any further questions or if I forgot anything. I'm looking forward to seeing a wide variety of teams from Ohio and the surrounding areas on March 3rd. It should be a fun day!