ABC at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN on 1/27/18)

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ABC at Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN on 1/27/18)

Postby berg74 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:24 pm

This is the general announcement for the 40th annual Vanderbilt University Academic Bowl Competition (ABC), a high school quiz bowl tournament, to be hosted at Vanderbilt’s Buttrick Hall, 2400 Vanderbilt Pl, Nashville, TN 37212, on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 8:45 AM. The first round will begin by 9 AM, and the tournament should finish before 5 PM. Registration has closed.

Location and directions:
The tournament will take place in Buttrick Hall, 2400 Vanderbilt Pl, Nashville, TN 37212, approachable easily from I-440's exit 1A onto West End heading north, or I-40's exit 209B on Broadway heading South towards the Medical Center, or just from Charlotte Ave. to West End heading towards the West side of campus near the roundabout near Kirkland Hall. Note: you can't actually park near Buttrick Hall, but you can drive up close to it (for drop-off) via West Side Row off 24th Ave S which will put you behind Rand dining hall with a 2 minute walk to Buttrick Hall.

Is limited, so I've linked the campus map (, a campus parking map ( ... arking.php) as well as the Medical Center parking map ( ... %20Map.pdf). These should give adequate guidelines for parking and locations. Tip: I'd suggest parking in either the Terrace Place or Wesley Place garages, which are about 7-10 minutes from Buttrick Hall, but free and likely large enough, as opposed to the reserved lots that surround the area.

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Preliminary brackets will be seeded and then playoff brackets will be determined based on record. All teams will be offered a minimum of 8 games (liable to change as well with moderator count). Rounds will not be timed, but no round should be longer than 30 minutes. Statistics will be kept in full. Prizes will be offered to the top three teams and top five scorers. The current cap is 24 teams.

Base fee: $70 per first team, $60 per second team and so on. There is no limit to the number of teams who can attend from one school, but schools sending more than two teams are strongly encouraged to provide a competent staffer (moderator and/or scorekeeper). This will change if we get more than 15 or so total staffers. Note, if we have enough staffers, your provided staffer will either be scorekeeping or presented with the option of paying the base fee without the discount.

There will be
a $15 discount for experienced staffers who can moderate,
a $5 discount per buzzer with no limit on buzzers (until we reach 15 buzzers or so), and
a $5 discount for every 100 miles traveled one-way according to Google Maps.
a $5 discount for cash payment.
The minimum fee is $40.

This tournament is open to any HS (including JV) teams; we may have a separate JV division if there are enough teams, but don't count on it. We will email and contact as many teams as possible, however, if you feel that you didn't get an invite and deserve one, just e-mail us at or post here (We are still contacting teams!)
The last day to register for the tournament will be January 5, 2018, per Vanderbilt University's Protection of Minors policy.
Once you confirm that you are coming, please should e-mail us at with:
1. The number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you can bring.
2. A phone number for a coach/chaperone/captain that will be there with you on the day of the competition.
3. An email address where you/your coach can be contacted for further details or changes.

We prefer payment on the day of, but feel free to send checks to us ahead of time (Email us for the address to send the check to!) All teams must pay by January 27, 2018, or pay a $25 dollar late fee. Cash, personal checks, funds from an organization, or school checks are all fine. Purchase orders, credit cards, Paypal, or anything else that we can't process will not be counted as payment and you will have to pay the late fee. All checks must be made out to "Vanderbilt Quiz Bowl". If you need a pre-tournament invoice or W-9 form in order to have a check written, you must let us know by December 15th, so that we can send you the paperwork in time and so your payment can be on time.

Team size:
The maximum number of players on any one team is 6. Chances for substitutions always occur after Bonus 10 in each round (half-time), and if your moderator doesn't ask you, just briefly tell them the name of the player(s) you are substituting in/out. Each player may appear on only one team's roster throughout the day, and we will keep stats as such.

Battle Ground Academy (2)
University School Nashville
Columbia Central High School
Merrol Hyde
Hume Fogg (3)

Please email if you have any further questions. I'm looking forward to seeing a wide variety of teams from Tennessee and surrounding states on 1/27/18!

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