Ithaca Fall Tournament X - Ithaca High School, Ithaca, NY (11/20/21) [NAQT IS-206]

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Ithaca Fall Tournament X - Ithaca High School, Ithaca, NY (11/20/21) [NAQT IS-206]

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The Ithaca High School Quizbowl team will be hosting our TENTH annual Ithaca Fall Tournament on Saturday, November 20, 2021. This tournament will be held in person at Ithaca High School in Ithaca, NY. We would expect all players to be present on site by 8:30 for a morning informational meeting, and we plan to start the first round no later than 9:00.

Set Used
We will be using NAQT Invitational Series Packet 206, a standard-difficulty set for high school teams. We suggest reviewing NAQT’s list of tournaments organized by packet to check for possible conflicts with this tournament.

We are using NAQT’s registration system to manage registrations for this tournament. 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 (if any), and any other information we should know. You can complete registration without listing a roster; that step can come later. Registration will close on Saturday, November 13th

COVID-19 Safety Protocols
The Ithaca City School District requires that in order to attend this tournament, all students, staff, and chaperones/coaches must obtain a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or Rapid Antigen) within 7 days prior to the event, regardless of vaccination status. We ask that the head chaperone/coach of each team coordinate collect this information from your participants. We will also be requesting home addresses and phone numbers for all participants, which will be kept confidential and only used in the event of contact tracing needs. Teams will be asked to confirm this information upon arrival at Ithaca High School.

While on site, all participants must remain masked at all times while indoors, again regardless of vaccination status, as well as remaining masked outdoors when six feet of social distancing is not possible. We are still working out the details of maintaining social distancing when maskless while eating lunch, and will provide these details closer to the tournament date.

Staff in each room will be instructed to sanitize buzzer equipment after each round of play, and additional hand sanitizer and sanitization materials will be available in each game room and the cafeteria.

Additional details regarding ICSD’s COVID-19 protocols for visiting students and adults will be provided to registered teams soon!

Fee Structure
The base price is $85 for the first team and $75 for each additional team. We are also offering the following discounts (applied to a school’s overall registration cost):
  • -$10 per staffer provided by the school (all staffers assigned to be a reader will be required to create a free account at in order to access the online question delivery system)
  • -$5 per functioning lock-out buzzer system provided by schools
  • -$10 per 150-miles traveled to get to Ithaca High school (as determined by Google Maps)
  • -$10 for any new school/program (a school that has never played at either an Ithaca 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 can be turned in on November 20th or mailed ahead of time to:
IHS Brain Team
℅ Benjamin Kirk
1401 N Cayuga St
Ithaca, NY 14850

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 [email protected] or contacted by phone at (607) 274-2191. An emergency cell phone contact will be provided to registered teams, or to those who request it via email.

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. As noted above, exact logistics for maintaining social distancing when eating while maskless will be communicated closer to the date of the tournament.

Misconduct Information
All players, spectators, and coaches must adhere to the PACE Code of Conduct. Players, spectators, and coaches should report misconduct either directly to staff or via the misconduct form found at the bottom of the PACE Code of Conduct. Every instance of misconduct will be dealt with seriously by tournament staff. Similarly, the staff will investigate every allegation of cheating and reserves the right to report confirmed cheaters to local and national Quizbowl organizations.

Tournament Format
Games will consist of 20 tossup/bonus pairs, read in untimed matches. Math computation tossups will not be read, but math computation bonuses will be used. During play, we will use standard 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 2022 NAQT High School and/or Small School National Championships, and we anticipate they will also qualify for the 2022 PACE National Scholastic Championship. HSNCT is scheduled for Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta, and SSNCT is schedule for Friday–Sunday, April 22–24 in Rosemont, IL (outside of Chicago). I haven't seen an announcement yet about PACE NSC.

Field List (Teams/Buzzers/Staffers) - Currently capped at 24 teams, pending team interest and availability of staff
Adirondack Central (NY) (1/1/0)
Berwick (PA) (2/1/0)
Bishop Ludden (NY) (3/0/0)
Wallenpaupack (PA) (2/3/1)
Benjamin Kirk
Coach & Adviser - Ithaca High School Brain Team
Ithaca, New York
Twitter: @IHSBrainTeam
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