SPIT I @ BLS (Boston, MA) GSAC XXV mirror 3/24/18

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SPIT I @ BLS (Boston, MA) GSAC XXV mirror 3/24/18

Postby Lily » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:18 am

Boston Latin School is proud to present the very first States Prep Invitational Tournament (SPIT) I. This tournament will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018, and will use GSAC XXV, the 2018 housewrite of Maggie Walker Governor's School. Boston Latin School is located at 78 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA 02115.

This tournament qualifies as a Platinum Qualifier. This means the top 25% of teams competing will be eligible to qualify for the National Scholastic Championship, hosted by Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence, during the weekend of June 2-3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Reston outside of Washington, D.C.

Registration
To register, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIp ... sp=sf_link

The field is capped at 30 teams.

Fees and payment
The fee structure for the tournament is:
$85 base fee per team
-$5 per working buzzer system
-$10 per staffer/moderator
-$10 per 100 miles traveled one-way
-$25 for teams that have not attended a pyramidal quizbowl tournament in the past year
Minimum fee per school: $60 ($35 for new to pyramidal schools)

Cash or check is acceptable. Checks shall be made payable to Lily Yang and may be brought the day of the tournament.

Note: If you sign up to bring a buzzer system and drop that less than 3 days before the tournament, or forget it on the day of, your fee will not include a deduction for buzzers and will additionally be increased by $10.

Question Set
Past GSAC sets can be found at quizbowlpackets.com. Mirrors have been hosted and will be hosted after the tournament. If you have any comments on the set, please keep them within the private forum for the set. The question distribution is below:
4/4 Literature (1/1 American, 1/1 British, 1/1 European, 1/1 World, Ancient, or Miscellaneous)
4/4 Science (1/1 Biology, 1/1 Chemistry, 1/1 Physics, 1/1 Other [Math, Astronomy, Compsci, etc])
4/4 History (1/1 American, 1/1 European, 1/1 World, 1/1 Ancient/Modern [post-1945])
3/3 Fine Arts (1/1 Visual, 1/1 Auditory, 1/1 Misc [film, architecture, musicals, etc.])
1.5/1.5 Religion and Mythology (0.75/0.75 each)
1/1 Philosophy and Social Science
1/1 Geography
0.5/0.5 Current Events
1/1 Pop Culture, Sports, and Other Trash

Tournament Format
Teams may have up 6 players total with at most 4 playing at any one point. Substitutions may be made at the half. Tournament games will follow standard ACF rules of untimed rounds consisting of 20 tossups and 20 three-part, 30 point bonuses (without bouncebacks). Ties will be broken by tiebreaker tossups. The set will be marked with 15 point powers, and there will also be -5 negs before the end of the tossup (but no double negs).

The tournament itself will consist of bracketed round-robin prelims and rebracketed round-robin playoffs, the details of which will be decided and announced after the field is determined. Each team will play at least 9 games and teams should expect to have between 9 and 12 rounds depending on the field size and the to-be-determined playoff structure. There will be trophies for top teams, as well as candy bar prizes for top scorers (let's face it, no one reads the books anyway).

Please note that all teams who are new to pyramidal (haven't attended a pyramidal tournament this season) will be placed in (a) separate division(s) to ease those teams into the pyramidal format. They will be rebracketed like all other teams for playoffs.

Schedule
Registration will be from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., and the first round will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. There will be a scorekeeper/moderator's meeting at 8:30 am. The tournament will end between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., leaning towards 4. Lunch will be an hour break from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

You are welcome to park in the school parking lot, but space is not guaranteed.

Food
We'll have some refreshments for sale in the morning. Lunch will be a one hour break. We'll have food from Panera, Starbucks and others available for sale at lower prices. Please note that we are selling food to raise money to send a team to HSNCT. There is also a food court nearby with a variety of options available within walking distance, such as Subway, Mcdonalds, Starbucks, Sakura Japan, b.good, and Bertucci’s.

We look forward to hosting you!

Current field (teams/buzzers/staffers):
Boston Latin School (as needed/2/0)
Acton-Boxborough (3/0/0)
Phillips Academy (2/3/0)
Lexington (2/1/0)
Plymouth (3/1/1)
AMSA (3/2/1)
Belmont (2/1/0)
Northmont (1/1/0)
Andover (1/1/0)
Brookline (1/1/1)
Framingham (1/1/0)
Lincoln-Sudbury (1/1/0)

Total (20/15/3)
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Re: Boston Latin School Spring Invitational @ BLS (Boston, M

Postby Thiccasso's Guernthicca » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:03 pm

Will the cap of twelve be raised? Or is this a definite limit?
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Re: Boston Latin School Spring Invitational @ BLS (Boston, M

Postby Lily » Tue Jan 09, 2018 2:35 pm

Thiccasso's Guernthicca wrote:Will the cap of twelve be raised? Or is this a definite limit?


Raised :)
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Re: SPIT I @ BLS (Boston, MA) 3/24/18

Postby Lily » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:10 pm

Please note that we have added lots of new information to this post, particularly in regards to tournament format.
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Re: SPIT I @ BLS (Boston, MA) GSAC XXV mirror 3/24/18

Postby cthewolf » Tue Feb 06, 2018 10:08 pm

We've received updated information about the tournament qualification: "This tournament qualifies as a Platinum Qualifier." This means the top 25% of teams competing will be eligible to qualify for the National Scholastic Championship, hosted by Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence, during the weekend of June 2-3, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Reston outside of Washington, D.C.
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