VCU Season Finale VII (04/19/2014; New Kent, VA)

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VCU Season Finale VII (04/19/2014; New Kent, VA)

Post by Cody » Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:13 pm

This is the general announcement for the 2014 Virginia Commonwealth University Season Finale VII, which is a high school academic quizbowl tournament, to be hosted at New Kent High School in New Kent County, Virginia, on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 9am to about 5:00pm.

Location, directions & parking:
The tournament will take place at New Kent High School, in New Kent County, Virginia located at 7365 Egypt Rd New Kent, Virginia 23124. From previous experience traveling to New Kent, this is just a few miles off Interstate 64 exit 214. There should be plenty of parking available outside the building.

Questions:
This tournament will be using the twenty-third iteration of the Bulldog High School Academic Tournament (BHSAT) question set, written by the Yale University quizbowl team; more information on the set can be found at this link.

Affiliation:
This tournament is Platinum certified by the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence, so it is an opportunity to qualify for the National Scholastics Championship, which will occur on May 24-25, 2014 in Reston, Virginia. The top 25% of teams qualify; more information is available at this link.

Format:
This tournament will use the 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, usually broken into three questions each worth 10 points. There will be no math calculation tossups or bonuses; this does not preclude tossups or bonuses on mathematical concepts. Teams will be seeded to preliminary groupings before being reseeded based on record for playoffs. All teams will be offered a minimum of 9 games. Trophies will be awarded to the top teams, and book prizes will be awarded to the top individual scorers.

Registration & fees:
Base fee: $70 per team. There is no limit to the number of teams who can attend from one school.
Buzzer discount: $5 off school's total fee for each fully functional system (control unit and eight activators all work). There is no limit to the number of systems you can bring. If bringing a buzzer system that plugs into a control unit with a modular connector, such as a telephone plug, you must provide tape with your system if any latching tabs are broken. Failure to do so means you cannot claim the discount.
Staff discount: $10 off school's total fee. This could be a coach, parent, or student who is not playing. Team-provided staffers will keep score for various games. Volunteer staffers must stay through all the games (except finals) in order to receive credit for their school. There is no limit to the number of staffers you can bring.
Travel: $10 off the school's fee for every 150 miles traveled one-way from your school's address to New Kent High School, according to Google Maps.
Minimum fee: The minimum fee is $0. You can bring enough buzzers and staffers to eliminate your fee, but you cannot have a negative fee.

To register for this tournament, you must e-mail me at voighta@vcu.edu with the number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you intend to bring, an email address where you can be contacted with details, and a cell phone 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 the above e-mail address with the information requested. Posts made in this thread do not count as official registrations.

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 required by your school. Teams who do not pay by the day of the tournament will be charged a $25 penalty and will have two weeks to pay their total amount before we start mailing letters to your school administration about it.

We can accept cash, personal checks, or checks from a school, school district, or quizbowl club funds. We have no ability to process purchase orders, credit cards, Paypal, or any other forms of payment. Bringing forms of payment outside of the three listed will be considered nonpayment and subject you to the $25 late payment penalty.

All checks must be made out to "Quizbowl at VCU". If you require a pre-tournament invoice or W-9 form in order to have a check cut, you must let us know by let us know by April 4th, so that we can send you the paperwork in time. If you do not let us know about this requirement by April 4th, and it causes you to come to the tournament without your payment, then you will be subject to the $25 late payment penalty.

Team & roster size:
There may be a maximum of six players on one team's roster, up to four of whom may play at one time. There will be no exceptions to this rule. If you bring more than six players, you must register a second team to have all of them play. There is a half-time substitution opportunity in each game. Each player may appear on only one team's roster throughout the day; there is no switching from the B team to the A team, etc. Teams may also play shorthanded with fewer than four players.

The VCU team reserves the right to cap the field based on availability of space and staff; the current cap is 20 teams. Teams registering after the field is full will be placed on a waitlist and will enter the field as we expand or as teams drop.

Food:
Neither breakfast nor lunch will be provided by the tournament. We will provide a list of suggested eateries for the lunch break.

Please e-mail me if you have any further questions. I'm looking forward to seeing a wide variety of teams from Virginia and surrounding states on the 19th.

Cody Voight
Treasurer, Quizbowl at VCU
Tournament Director, VCU Season Finale VII
voighta@vcu.edu

List of registered teams (16 of 20 cap):
1 Albemarle
2 Clover Hill
1 Culpeper County
2 Early College at Guilford
1 George Washington
1 Georgetown Day
1 Glen Allen
1 Howard
1 Loudoun County
3 Maggie Walker
1 New Kent
1 Oakland Mills
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Re: VCU Season Finale VII (04/19/2014; New Kent, VA)

Post by Schmidt Sting Pain Index » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:46 pm

Wilmington Charter is interested in bringing two teams.
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Re: VCU Season Finale VII (04/19/2014; New Kent, VA)

Post by Cody » Sat Jan 25, 2014 3:06 am

Please send me an e-mail registering your team(s), including any buzzers or staffers you plan to bring.
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Re: VCU Season Finale VII (04/19/2014; New Kent, VA)

Post by Cody » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:15 pm

In case you haven't heard, this tournament was awarded Platinum certification by PACE. I expect the BHSAT set to be excellent, so teams should register soon to ensure they get into the field.
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Re: VCU Season Finale VII (04/19/2014; New Kent, VA)

Post by Matt Weiner » Sat Apr 19, 2014 7:25 pm

After the playoff crossover, GDS had one loss and Guilford A and Maggie Walker A had two. There was a play-in game for the disadvantage in the final, and MW ended up winning it, then beating GDS twice to win the tournament. Full stats will be posted by Cody shortly.
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Re: VCU Season Finale VII (04/19/2014; New Kent, VA)

Post by Cody » Sun Apr 20, 2014 12:44 am

Prelim Stats
Crossover stats, including Finals (final rankings)
Combined stats, including Finals

Congrats to MW A for winning three straight games to claim 1st place. 2/3/4 were GDS, Guilford A, MW B.

Particular thanks is due to the outside staff who made this tournament possible, as is always the case - Sarah Angelo, Josh Duncan, Eric Xu, Connor Malkus, Saumil Bandyopadhyay, Soho Kim, and of course, our stats person, Tiffani Orne.

As a reminder, BHSAT is not clear; if you would like to discuss it, please join the group dedicated to this from your User Control Panel > Usergroups tab.

If you have any stats corrections, please e-mail me!
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