GSAC XIX at Maggie Walker (12/3/11) - Seeking Mirrors

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GSAC XIX at Maggie Walker (12/3/11) - Seeking Mirrors

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GSAC XIX will take place on December 3, 2011 at Maggie L. Walker Governor's School in Richmond, VA. This tournament is being written by members of the Maggie Walker team and will be edited by Saumil Bandyopadhyay and myself. A preliminary field cap of 30 teams have been established. Once we can acquire more staffers, we'll be able to increase the field cap. Feel free to either contact me at gsacdirector AT gmail DOT com or post any questions/comments.

Our distribution is:

4/4 Lit
4/4 Science
4/4 History
3/3 RMP
2/2 Arts
1/1 Social Science
1/1 Trash
1/1 Geography

Registration:

Please send me an e-mail at gsacdirector AT gmail DOT com with:
1. Your school
2. Number of teams/buzzers/moderators you will bring
3. Name, e-mail address, and the phone number of your team’s sponsor/coach

Fee structure:

First team: $60
Each additional team: $50
Functional Buzzer Discount: $10
Travel Discount (200+ miles traveled): $10
Staff Discount (please only volunteer a competent staffer): $10
Minimum fee: $40

Mirrors:
We are also looking for mirrors across the country. The set will contain 12 packets, with the last two rounds being harder in difficulty. The mirror fee is $10 per team. The set will be available from October until the end of the season. Please contact me at gsacdirector AT gmail DOT com or sh4159 AT gmail DOT com if you are interested in holding a mirror.

Current Mirrors:
12/3 @ University of Florida, FL
12/17 @ New Trier, IL
1/14 @ Berry College, GA
1/21 @ St. Joseph’s, NJ
2/19 @ Solon, OH
4/7 @ Cedar Shoals, GA

FIELD (27):
Caesar Rodney (1 team, 1 buzzer, 1 moderator)
Cave Spring (1 team, 2 buzzers)
Clover Hill (1 teams, 2 buzzers, 1 moderator)
Cosby (2 teams, 1 buzzer)
Enloe (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Georgetown Day School (1 teams, 3 buzzers)
Guilford (1 team)
New Kent (3 teams, 2 buzzers)
Raleigh Charter (3 teams, 3 buzzers)
Richard Montgomery (2 teams, 1 buzzer, 1 moderator)
Robinson (2 teams, 1 buzzer)
St. Anselm's (1 team, 1 buzzer)
State College (2 teams, 1 buzzer)
Thomas Jefferson (3 teams, 2 buzzers)
Tucker (1 team, 1 buzzer, 1 moderator)
Whitman (2 team, 2 buzzer)
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SoHo wrote: with the last two rounds being harder in difficulty. The mirror fee is $10 per team.
Discussion about whether or not this is a good idea can be found here.
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Information for registration has been added to the first post. Please email me at gsacdirector AT gmail DOT com with the information requested above to register your team(s).
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bt_green_warbler wrote:
SoHo wrote: with the last two rounds being harder in difficulty. The mirror fee is $10 per team.
Discussion about whether or not this is a good idea can be found here.
About this: do you mean that the finals questions will have harder answerlines, or that the clues in the questions will be harder?
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GSAC is now a platinum-certified tournament, meaning that the top 25% of the field will qualify for 2012 NSC.
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We're probably coming to this. I'll send a registration e-mail sometime soon.
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List of villages in West Virginia wrote:We're probably coming to this. I'll send a registration e-mail sometime soon.
Great! I received the registration e-mail. Thanks, Mr. Chrzanowski
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We are going to tentatively set the field cap at 30 teams. We'll be expanding the field once we have a better idea of the moderator situation.
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are there going to be powers in this set?
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sir negsalot wrote:are there going to be powers in this set?
There are no powers in this set.

Also, this tournament is next week, so please sign up if you haven't already!
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Man, this is such a great field at this competition - kinda like our own mini-HFT in the Mid-Atlantic. I hope my kids are up for the challenge! See everyone Saturday.
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One team dropped from the field, leaving us with 28 teams.
A couple more registrations would be very helpful, so if you plan to attend, please register soon.
We'll be closing the field on Thursday.
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Is it too late for us to register? We managed to find a driver for one team at the last minute and the kids really wanted to go to this one. I sent you the details over e-mail.
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That would be really good if Cave Spring could send a team as we had to drop our 2nd team's registration today (as I have emailed the GSAC coordinators about)
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Just a heads up, The Richmond Christmas Parade will be held tomorrow as well. I'm not sure what roads will be closed but it may have an effect on travel times. I know in the past it has caused my team issues with my team being on time.
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Do not plan on being able to cross Broad Street, basically.
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Frater Taciturnus wrote:Do not plan on being able to cross Broad Street, basically.
You'll be able to cross Broad Street (before 9am) any place east of Strawberry or (after 9am) after 7th Street (after which you can come up Leigh).
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Stats for the preliminary rounds are posted at http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/15 ... standings/
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Congratulations to St Anselm's Abbey School on their 375-270 victory over Georgetown Day School in the finals of GSAC XIX.

Statistics for the playoffs can be found at http://hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/15 ... _play-off/
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This was a fun tournament. Thanks MW for hosting and doing a decent job running it. The rounds went pretty quickly on what was a good set that we liked.

It was a pleasure to help out. Hopefully we'll be down in Richmond another time this year, perhaps.
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Thanks to all the teams that came out and played yesterday. We didn't have any teams drop at the last second, so that was good. Also, thanks to all the moderators including VCU, alumni, and other various volunteers for helping us out the entire day. I hope everyone enjoyed the tournament.
There are still mirrors out there, so please don't mention any specifics. If you have any feedbacks on the tournament or the set, please let me know via email.

We noticed the missing game between the House Team and Raleigh Charter B, and also noticed the finals of GDS and St. Anselms being posted twice. We will get those fixed on Monday once we return to school. If there are any other mistakes in stats, please let me know.

Here are the top 10 teams in our final standing:
1. St. Anselm's
2. GDS
3. TJ A
4. Cave Spring
5. Richard Montgomery A
6. Guilford
7. Whitman A
8. State College A
9. Raleigh Charter A
10. Enloe

Once again, thanks everyone!
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Look at that Andrew Hart Grail for St. Anselm's.

Anyways, I take it that the set was well-received? What do the participating teams have to say about the relative difficulty of this set? I'm pretty interested in that. I'm also interested in how the increased difficulty of the finals packet(s) played out.
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The set was noticeably easier than any recent incarnation of this tournament. But, it was largely pretty excellent, aside from formatting/typo things, a couple of semi-repeats, and at least twice (i think) a bonus clue later being the second or third answer in that same bonus series (that was frustrating). The bonuses definitely did a great job of having clear easy, medium, and hard parts most of the time.
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List of villages in West Virginia wrote:The set was noticeably easier than any recent incarnation of this tournament.
The decrease in difficulty this year was an intentional decision on our part, so as to make it far more accessible to teams.

We have fixed most of the issues in the set before our next mirror. If you could email us any repeats you remember so that we can make sure we caught them, Mr. Chrzanowski, that would be great.
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alinktothefuture wrote:
List of villages in West Virginia wrote:The set was noticeably easier than any recent incarnation of this tournament.
The decrease in difficulty this year was an intentional decision on our part, so as to make it far more accessible to teams.
Believe me, i'm not complaining; i think this was a good thing. It still did an excellent job of distinguishing between and among the top teams. There were very few buzzer races. The set was great.
We have fixed most of the issues in the set before our next mirror. If you could email us any repeats you remember so that we can make sure we caught them, Mr. Chrzanowski, that would be great.
I'll see what i can think of. Only one egregious example stands out from the last couple rounds, which you probably fixed, but i'll see if i can recollect anything else. If you personally send a copy of the set to me, i'd be happy to do some more thorough editing if that's okay.
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