Ithaca Fall Tournament VIII (formerly BrainBusters Fall) @ Ithaca, NY (11/9/19) [NAQT IS-188]

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Ithaca Fall Tournament VIII (formerly BrainBusters Fall) @ Ithaca, NY (11/9/19) [NAQT IS-188]

Post by mrkirkmath » Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:01 am

The Ithaca High School Quizbowl team will be hosting the eighth annual Ithaca Fall Tournament (formerly the BrainBusters Fall Tournament) on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at IHS in Ithaca, New York. Registration for the teams participating in the tournament will commence at 7:45 with staff and player meetings at 8:30. We plan to start the first round no later than 9:00.

Set Used
We will be using NAQT Invitational Series Packet 188, a standard-difficulty set for high school teams. We hope that all teams planning to attend Princeton University's PHSAT and Delaware Valley's Tri-State Tussle, as well as any MasterMinds events in Upstate NY will consider competing in this tournament, as the set will not conflict with any of these events.

Registration
Registration for this tournament will be handled through the tournament registration page on the NAQT website. You will need to log in to the NAQT site in order to register; if you do not already have an account, you can quickly create one on that site. On initial registration, please provide your school name, number of teams intended (this can be changed later), your name/contact information, the number of buzzer systems and staffers you are bringing, and any other information we should know. You can complete registration without listing a roster; that step can come later. Payment will be due upon arrival at IHS on the 9th, but feel free to mail checks ahead of time to Ithaca High School Brain Team, 1401 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850. Registration will close on Friday, November 1st

Fee Structure
The base price is $85 for the first team and $75 for each additional team. We are also offering the following discounts:
  • -$5 per functional buzzer system, capable of support four players per side (please bring extension cords if you have them!)
  • -$10 per staffer provided by the school
  • -$10 per 150 miles traveled to IHS (one way, according to Google Maps).
  • -$20 for any new school/program (a school that has never played at either a BrainBusters Fall or Spring event in the past)
The minimum fee per team is $50. Checks should be written to "Ithaca High School Brain Team" and mailed to Ithaca High School, 1401 N Cayuga St, Ithaca, NY 14850. Checks or cash will also be accepted at registration on the 9th.

On-site Contact Information
This tournament will be directed by IHS Quizbowl team coach and adviser Benjamin Kirk. He can be reached for questions at bkirk@icsd.k12.ny.us or contacted via department phone at (607) 274-2191. An emergency cell phone contact will be provided to registered teams, or to those who request it via email.

Lunch
We expect that the IHS International Club will continue their tradition of offering a pizza or sub sandwich lunch and ala carte International Tasting Bar on-site for lunch in the IHS Cafeteria. We recommend staying at the school for lunch or bringing your own, since the nearest restaurants are 2+ miles away in heavy and unpredictable Ithaca weekend traffic. You may leave for lunch at your own risk, but with the warning that we will restart the tournament promptly at the announced restart time, and will start reading packets to whomever is in place at that time.

Tournament Format
Games will consist of 20 tossup/bonus pairs, read in untimed matches. During play, we will use ACF five second timing rules (five seconds to buzz in after tossup completion, five seconds to start answer to tossup after buzz, five seconds to start answer to bonus after bonus completion). The exact bracketing format used will depend on the final number of registered teams, but we expect to run a quasi-seeded round robin format in the morning, followed by a rebracketing and another round robin after lunch, with a single final match to determine tournament champion if needed.

Top finishers will qualify for the 2020 NAQT High School National Championship in Atlanta and the 2020 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament in Chicago, and we anticipate they will also qualify for the 2020 PACE National Scholastic Championship, also in Chicago

Field List (Teams/Buzzers/Staffers)
Adirondack Central*, NY (3/3/1)
Berwick, PA (2/1/0)
Bishop Ludden*, NY (3/0/1)
Brighton, NY (1/0/0)
Cooperstown*, NY (2/2/0)
Delaware Valley, PA (2/2/1)
Detroit Catholic Central, MI (3/1/0)
Geneva*, NY (2/3/2)
Lakeland*, PA (3/1/1)
Laurens Central, NY (1/1/0)
Marcus Whitman, NY (1/0/1)
Moravia*, NY (1/0/0)
Troy, NY (1/0/0)
Union Springs*, NY (1/1/0)
Wallenpaupack, PA (2/3/1)
Whitney Point*, NY (1/0/0)
Total: 28/28

*Qualify as small schools per NAQT guidelines


We look forward to hosting this tournament, and we hope to see a great turnout of local and regional teams!
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Re: Ithaca Fall Tournament VIII (formerly BrainBusters Fall) @ Ithaca, NY (11/9/19) [NAQT IS-188]

Post by mrkirkmath » Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:11 pm

We have been awarded a Platinum Certification by the Partnership for Academic Challenge Excellence, meaning the top 25% of teams in this tournament will qualify for their National Scholastic Championship (NSC) in Chicago, IL on June 6/7.

Moreover, the top 15% of all teams will qualify for NAQT's High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) in Atlanta, GA on Memorial Day weekend and the top 30% of "small school" teams will qualify for their Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT) in Chicago on April 24-26.
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Re: Ithaca Fall Tournament VIII (formerly BrainBusters Fall) @ Ithaca, NY (11/9/19) [NAQT IS-188]

Post by mrkirkmath » Fri Sep 13, 2019 4:28 pm

We are roughly halfway to our soft cap, with plenty of room to grow. We hope for a big turnout!

As an extra incentive for new teams interested in trying out a single-day, fast paced Quizbowl experience, we have doubled the "new team" discount to $20 per school!
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Re: Ithaca Fall Tournament VIII (formerly BrainBusters Fall) @ Ithaca, NY (11/9/19) [NAQT IS-188]

Post by mrkirkmath » Fri Sep 27, 2019 10:31 am

We have almost reached our initial cap of 24 teams. Please do not let that discourage you from registering teams to the Waitlist! We have plenty of additional rooms we could use, and the next most convenient number for bracketing is 32 or 36, so we'd love to stretch the field to that. Please keep registering!
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Re: Ithaca Fall Tournament VIII (formerly BrainBusters Fall) @ Ithaca, NY (11/9/19) [NAQT IS-188]

Post by mrkirkmath » Mon Oct 14, 2019 9:30 am

We have reached our next soft cap of 28 teams, and for now will not be expanding the field beyond that. Our next target will be 34 teams, as that will grant us one more HSNCT qualification berth. Teams are welcome to continue to sign up using the NAQT registration system.
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Re: Ithaca Fall Tournament VIII (formerly BrainBusters Fall) @ Ithaca, NY (11/9/19) [NAQT IS-188]

Post by mrkirkmath » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:40 pm

Congratulations to the Detroit Catholic Central A team for defeating their own B team and taking home the Ithaca Fall Tournament Championship trophy! DCC A went undefeated over 11 rounds; an impressive feat!

Delaware Valley A defeated Troy to take home the third place trophy, and Small School Champions Bishop Ludden beat DCC C to take 5th and the last of our HSNCT qualification berths! In the last championship game, Geneva A beat Lakeland A on a tiebreaking 21st tossup to take 7th place and the last PACE NSC berth.

Bishop Ludden A, Geneva A, and Lakeland A all qualify for SSNCT, and are joined by Geneva B, Cooperstown A, and Moravia.

Final statistics will be posted online here by the end of the weekend.
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Ithaca, New York
Twitter: @IHSBrainTeam

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