This tournament will use the Scobol Solo set produced by David Reinstein and played in Illinois and Iowa earlier this year.
The tournament will be centrally located at Cookeville High School. Depending on the mapping software you use, you should use the address 2335 N Washington Ave or 1 Cavalier Drive (Cookeville, TN 38501). Cookeville High is easily accessed from Interstate-40.
Sign-in will begin at 800 AM. We will have an extended introductory meeting (to model gameplay for the event) at 830 AM, and we will target the first round starting at 915 AM. We WILL play four rounds of 40 tossups each before the lunch break; if issues emerge, prepare for a slightly later lunch than usual for a quiz tournament (although we will still aim for lunch by noon).
The rules of the competition will be fashioned after the rules of the group matches of the NAQT Indivivdual Player National Championship; six to eight players from different schools will be grouped together each round in a single match, and will play as individuals chasing a point total.
Matches ahead of the final will be 40 tossups long, and players can "buzz out" at 60 points achieved. The standings for a given round, and overall, will be based on points per tossup heard, so meeting the point target early will help a player's score, and more substantially the earlier the "buzz out". The first four rounds are preliminary matches where all players compete and build their score, based on points per tossup heard. The field will be reseeded during lunch following the fourth round; starting with the fifth round, elimination rounds will whittle the field from its starting point to eight players, who will compete in a 60-tossup final round to win the title.
The tournament champion and the next three top scorers for the entire tournament, based on points per tossup heard, will be declared “all-stars” and will be automatically invited to compete on Team Tennessee for NASAT. Other invitations will be made with the specific goal of augmenting and balancing the team for best performance.
The preliminary field cap is 48 players. With sufficient committed staff, we may extend the field, although almost certainly not beyond 64 players.
The competition is intentioned towards generalist players at their junior or senior years, but all high school players are welcomed to join the field and test their game; there will be some seeding of players to ensure balanced games and reasonable levels of competition. All players are promised five rounds of competition consisting of 200 tossups. We’ll make every effort to provide eliminated players who desire a consolation round 40 tossups worth of power-matched consolation play upon elimination.
The base fee for all players competing is $25. Any school bringing multiple players to compete and capable of supplying buzzers and/or staffers to support the competition can claim discounts for their players ($3 per player per working buzzer set provided, max of 2; $3 per player per staffer supplied, max of 2). Other discounts can be applied for multiple players traveling from the corners of the state; ask the tournament director for information.
The minimum fee per player is $15.
All fees, once the mirror cost for the questions is paid, will go towards supporting the cost of Team Tennessee’s travel to and lodging at NASAT in Columbus.
The tournament director for the Tennessee Singles Championship is Chuck Pearson. Contact Pearson through thesehere boards, Facebook (https://facebook.com/chuck.pearson), Twitter (@ShorterPearson), Insta (@shorterpearson) or by email at [email protected].
The host contact is Sam Matson at Cookeville High ([email protected]).
Some information is subject to change, if changes occur, they will be posted on this thread.
We look forward to seeing Tennessee’s best players in Cookeville on March 28th!
Updated and original posts regarding this event are archived below.
“First updated post" wrote:We're not QUITE to the point of a full official announcement, but we are far enough along in the process to be able to give some additional logistical details. Thanks, as always, with your patience with the process of the tournament director coordinating with high school staff three hours away.
- The format of the matches to be played will largely mirror the rules of the group matches of the NAQT Indivivdual Player National Championship; six to eight players from different schools will be grouped together each round in a single match, and will play as individuals chasing a point total. Most matches will be 40 tossups long, and players can "buzz out" at 60 points achieved. The standings for a given round, and overall, will be based on points per tossup heard, so meeting the point target early will help a player's score, and more substantially the earlier the "buzz out".
The full format for the matches will be posted as we get a better feel for the breadth of players participating; we're pretty confident we can promise all players 200 tossups heard and a fun day of competition.
- This is a trophy-free event; all prizes will be books, for the top n players (where "n" will be a healthy percentage of the players registered). In addition, the top four players on the day will be declared "all-stars" and will be offered places on Team Tennessee for the 2020 NASAT. Further details on how the NASAT team will be organized in full are pending the announcement of NASAT registration details.
- The base fee per player will be $25, with discounts available for multiple players from the same school, buzzer support, and staffer support. Regardless of discounts, the minimum fee per player will be $15. All fees received for this tournament, once mirror fees for Scobol Solo are paid, will be used to support Team Tennessee's competition at NASAT.
We're grateful for the interest that's been expressed to this point, and we hope to see you on the 28th!
pearsonOriginial post wrote:In cooperation with the Cookeville High School academic team (with Sam Matson hosting and advising), I'm putting in a preliminary announcement of the first Tennessee Singles tournament, to be played at Cookeville High on March 28, 2020.
This will serve as a self-proclaimed Tennessee individual players' championship, using the standard-for-the-purpose Scobol Solo set produced by David Reinstein. Complete format will be announced at a later date but will likely resemble the format of the NAQT IPNCT in its preliminary rounds.
We will also use this tournament as a key stage of team organization for the return of a Team Tennessee to the NASAT field in June 2020.
Further details will be announced as greater organization happens.
We look forward to the best gathering of quizbowl players in Tennessee this year on March 28th.