ACRONYM League - May/June 2020
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2020 12:50 pm
Play Quiz Bowl is excited to announce the ACRONYM League, a one-of-a-kind online quiz bowl league.
This league will be using the ACRONYM 13 question set. If you played or moderated this set in February, you are not eligible for this league (sorry). The schedule will be similar to that of the Minnesota High School Quiz Bowl League, albeit on a slightly smaller scale - each team will have two preliminary sessions of three games each, and the top teams (exact amount tbd, depending on field size) will be invited to compete in a playoff tournament following the regular season to determine a League Champion.
Like the ACRONYM @ HSNCT events of recent years, we are interested in having both an open and high school field, assuming there is enough interest in both. If there is not, a single open field will be organized, and a separate high school-only playoff bracket/award will be considered (again, depending on the field makeup).
Prelim rounds will occur on Wednesdays and Thursdays in May and early June, with sessions beginning at 7pm. When you sign up your team(s), you will be given an opportunity to indicate which dates your team will be available. From this information, we will put together a schedule that fits every team's needs and is as balanced as possible. After the prelims are finished, a playoff event will be held on a Saturday in June. It is possible that not every date on the registration form will actually be used as a game day, but we encourage teams to select all dates that would work for them.
Games will be held via Zoom, with players using a camera and microphone. We feel this provides a more authentic quiz bowl experience, and also acts as a deterrent to cheating. Zoom also allows for a few other useful things, including an automatic waiting room for players waiting for a future round, and an ability for moderators to mute/unmute participants at their discretion for the sake of keeping games moving.
We'll be following ACF-style rules, with a few modifications (subject to additional changes and additions):
- Due to the occasional issues with video chatting, moderators will allow 7 seconds to begin and answer on bonus parts.
- In the cases of bonuses, a moderator may choose, at their discretion, to re-read a bonus part if it is clear that a technical issue prevented it from being heard.
- For an abundance of logistical reasons, team rosters will be limited to 4 players (in other words, there will be no substitutions).
The ACRONYM League will cost $15 per player. Registration is now open via this form and will remain open until the end of the day on Sunday, May 10th (after which we'll lock the field and make the schedules).
Players looking for a team to play with are encouraged to coordinate via this free agent spreadsheet. Please note that this is not an alternate form of registration - an assembled team is expected to formally register.