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2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 4:23 pm
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
PACE is pleased to announce that the 2011 NSC will be held at Northwestern University on June 4 and 5. Tournament directors Andrew Hart and Gautam Kandlikar will soon post with a list of some convenient nearby hotels. Also, please note that Northwestern is accessible from O'Hare Airport by both public transportation and fixed-fare taxi. In case of contingency, the nearby Loyola Academy has also been reserved as a backup site. Teams will be notified on or before March 15 in the unlikely event that the tournament will be held at Loyola instead of Northwestern.

We look forward to welcoming teams, coaches, and parents to NSC 2011.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:38 pm
by dtaylor4
The fee structure can be found here.

In short: they are the same as they were last year, save some date changes.

$500 per team
-$10 per buzzer
-$50 per experienced staffer
-$25 for qualifying at an affiliated tournament
-$50 for qualifying at a gold tournament
-$75 for qualifying at a platinum tournament
-$10 for hosting a gold tournament
-$20 for hosting a platinum tournament
-$25 for early payment (the date has been moved to March 1, 2011).
+$15 per day late fee. Due to May 1 being a Sunday, it will start on May 2, 2011.

If you have any questions, email me at (firstname)(lastname).pace@gmail.com.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 4:40 pm
by dtaylor4
Registration:

If a team has qualified at a platinum tournament, it can officially register on December 1, 2010.
If a team has qualified at a gold tournament, it can officially register on January 1, 2011.
If a team has qualified at two or more affiliated tournaments, it can officially register on January 15, 2011.
If a team has qualified at one affiliated tournament, it can officially register on February 1, 2011.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sun Oct 17, 2010 5:16 pm
by millionwaves
Please remember to check pace-nsc.org periodically over the coming months until the tournament for updates about which tournaments are serving as qualifiers and which teams have qualified.

If you'd like to check to see which tournaments are qualifiers (and which have been awarded gold or platinum status), please check this page.

If you'd like to check to see which teams have qualified for PACE, please check this page.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 1:13 pm
by SoLegit12
I've been left off the list for qualified teams

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 5:42 pm
by Rufous-capped Thornbill
SoLegit12 wrote:I've been left off the list for qualified teams
PACE Website wrote:The following teams have earned 1 bid to the 2011 NSC at a certified tournament:

[Teams]
“DDII”
[Teams]

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Oct 20, 2010 6:02 pm
by dtaylor4
Inkana7 wrote:
SoLegit12 wrote:I've been left off the list for qualified teams
PACE Website wrote:The following teams have earned 1 bid to the 2011 NSC at a certified tournament:

[Teams]
“DDII”
[Teams]
This is being looked into.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:06 pm
by Gautam
Hello all,

I would like to remind teams that have qualified to the 2011 NSC through the Platinum-certified tournaments that you will be able to register for the NSC beginning December 1. These teams have already been notified of the early registration window. The team coaches will be provided a link to the registration forms via email.

More information on entry fees and registration can be found at the PACE website (www.pace-nsc.org)

If you have any questions, please email myself and Donald Taylor at gkandlikar@gmail.com and donaldtaylor.pace@gmail.com respectively.

Thank you,
Gautam Kandlikar

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 8:10 pm
by Galstaff, Sorceror of Light
A list of teams that have qualified for this tournament can now be found here. This list reflects all teams qualifying at tournaments that have been officially certified, the most recent of which took place on 10/23/2010. It also notes their level of certification and thus the date at which they may begin to register for the NSC. The list of affiliated tournaments and qualified teams by state available on the PACE website will also be updated throughout the week. PACE apologizes for the delay in posting this information, and I will continue to add teams to this list as soon as more tournaments are certified. Thank you for your patience, and please feel free to let me know if I have made a mistake in transcribing the name of your team or tournament. I can be reached at sangelo147 AT gmail DOT com.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 10:04 pm
by Galstaff, Sorceror of Light
MLWGS-Gir wrote:A list of teams that have qualified for this tournament can now be found here. This list reflects all teams qualifying at tournaments that have been officially certified, the most recent of which took place on 10/23/2010. It also notes their level of certification and thus the date at which they may begin to register for the NSC. The list of affiliated tournaments and qualified teams by state available on the PACE website will also be updated throughout the week. PACE apologizes for the delay in posting this information, and I will continue to add teams to this list as soon as more tournaments are certified. Thank you for your patience, and please feel free to let me know if I have made a mistake in transcribing the name of your team or tournament. I can be reached at sangelo147 AT gmail DOT com.
The aforementioned list is now updated through 11/20/2010. There are now 41 affiliated tournaments, so I appreciate your continued patience as I attempt to balance updating the teams by state and affiliated tournaments lists with finishing my semester.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:48 pm
by dtaylor4
For teams who qualified at platinum tournaments, registration is now open.

The link to the registration form can be found here.

If you have any questions about registration, feel free to email me at donaldtaylor.pace at gmail.com.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:13 pm
by Galstaff, Sorceror of Light
dtaylor4 wrote:For teams who qualified at platinum tournaments, registration is now open.

The link to the registration form can be found here.

If you have any questions about registration, feel free to email me at donaldtaylor.pace at gmail.com.
A list of registered teams is currently being maintained here.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 9:56 pm
by Galstaff, Sorceror of Light
The lists of affiliated tournaments, qualified teams, qualified teams by state, and registered teams have now all been updated.

Also, as I took charge of these four pages last Sunday, it is entirely possible that I have made transcription errors in my attempt to address the backlog as quickly as possible. If you notice an error or would prefer to have your team name listed differently (as a graduate of a high school whose students argue whether our full name is 10 words or 13, I understand), please feel free to let me know at sangelo147 AT gmail DOT com. I intend to have additions to the field updated within 24 hours of registration and the other three pages caught up within 48 hours of rulings by the certification committee. Thank you once again for your patience.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:04 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Are you not affiliating with Jefferson City's tournament?

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 11:37 pm
by dxdtdemon
What about BOKCHOI?

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:22 am
by nobthehobbit
quantumfootball wrote:What about BOKCHOI?
Or the Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament?

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:36 am
by Flutist Wren
Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:Are you not affiliating with Jefferson City's tournament?
I received an email from George Berry indicating that my tournament was an affiliated event.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:41 am
by Masked Canadian History Bandit
nobthehobbit wrote:
quantumfootball wrote:What about BOKCHOI?
Or the Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament?
As far as I am aware, neither of the TDs asked for affiliation, which is a mighty shame, as Lisgar is actually considering going to PACE NSC this year.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:37 am
by Frater Taciturnus
All of the tournaments posted about in this recent discussion are being considered for the next round of certification voting.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 11:19 am
by SoLegit12
Frater Taciturnus wrote:All of the tournaments posted about in this recent discussion are being considered for the next round of certification voting.
Is there a way the PACE certification committee could post minutes/tournaments for consideration for upcoming meetings? That would make things easier to see and add additions

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 5:27 pm
by bsmith
Masked Canadian History Bandit wrote:
nobthehobbit wrote:
quantumfootball wrote:What about BOKCHOI?
Or the Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament?
As far as I am aware, neither of the TDs asked for affiliation, which is a mighty shame, as Lisgar is actually considering going to PACE NSC this year.
PACE changed their policy last year so that hosts have to opt-out of consideration. There is no need to ask now, so the OQT will get listed in due time (it did last year with no action on Ottawa's part).

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2010 8:30 pm
by Masked Canadian History Bandit
bsmith wrote:
Masked Canadian History Bandit wrote:
nobthehobbit wrote:
quantumfootball wrote:What about BOKCHOI?
Or the Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament?
As far as I am aware, neither of the TDs asked for affiliation, which is a mighty shame, as Lisgar is actually considering going to PACE NSC this year.
PACE changed their policy last year so that hosts have to opt-out of consideration. There is no need to ask now, so the OQT will get listed in due time (it did last year with no action on Ottawa's part).
I guess I was under the mistaken impression that it still had to be requested by the TD. My bad. Anyways, a cursory glance at the "How to qualify for the 2011 PACE NSC" page on the PACE website: http://www.pace-nsc.org/?p=1005 was somewhat ambiguous on whether TDs had to request certification.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:03 am
by jonpin
Not That Kind of Christian!! wrote:PACE is pleased to announce that the 2011 NSC will be held at Northwestern University on June 4 and 5. Tournament directors Andrew Hart and Gautam Kandlikar will soon post with a list of some convenient nearby hotels.
I'm attempting to figure out how much this trip would cost our school/students, and such a list as was promised in August would be appreciated.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 1:49 pm
by Kouign Amann
Is there any chance that PACE could organize a block of rooms at some nearby hotel and get some sort of group discount for them?

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:20 pm
by AKKOLADE
Speaking unofficially: we've found in the past that this has rendered less of a discount than teams would get from, say, Priceline, when considered from an "amount of effort put in" view. Also, there's issues in the past with attempts like that, such as Harvard's budget pretty much being murdered when hs teams didn't opt into the rooms at the hotel for HFT.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:31 pm
by Susan
Also, there's issues in the past with attempts like that, such as Harvard's budget pretty much being murdered when hs teams didn't opt into the rooms at the hotel for HFT.
My recollection is that the Harvard near-disaster resulted from a "if they're not booked, booker pays" model of room-block reserving (whereas usually people go with the less punishing "if they're not booked by a certain date, often 3-4 weeks before the event, they're released and no discount for you" model). That said, I totally agree with Fred, for the other reasons he's mentioned, about the low utility of reserving blocks of rooms.

For teams that want to start looking into PACE accommodations, Northwestern's website has a list of walking-distance and other nearby hotels. Teams who will have a car may also want to consider staying out by O'Hare, where there are possibly better deals to be had.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:03 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
myamphigory wrote:
Also, there's issues in the past with attempts like that, such as Harvard's budget pretty much being murdered when hs teams didn't opt into the rooms at the hotel for HFT.
My recollection is that the Harvard near-disaster resulted from a "if they're not booked, booker pays" model of room-block reserving (whereas usually people go with the less punishing "if they're not booked by a certain date, often 3-4 weeks before the event, they're released and no discount for you" model). That said, I totally agree with Fred, for the other reasons he's mentioned, about the low utility of reserving blocks of rooms.
Yeah; for some reason one of the hotels involved in that group rate wasn't interested in the nice model. Conveniently, Craigslist saved us.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 8:47 pm
by David Riley
It is true that motels in Evanston and the surrounding area are not cheap. There is a Motel 6 in Glenview, about a 30-40 min. drive to Northwestern, which may be your best bet.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 11:48 am
by Broad-tailed Grassbird
I fully endorse this hotel: http://www.hiskokie.com/

Why? They have a bollywood TV package. We spent 4 hours watching B4U and other channels watching hindi music videos. It's a 15 minute drive from NU.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 10:41 am
by Edward Powers
To the PACE Certification Committee:

I noticed that you do not have Cheshire listed as a PACE qualifier from Connecticut, but Cheshire finished 4th at Yale's FAcT on October 23rd, earning the 4th and final qualifying spot for FAcT. I am sure the TD from Yale---I think it is John Lawrence---can confirm this, and I am certain you would want to correct this oversight.

And a question if I might: Some of the best teams in the U.S. qualified at Harvard's Fall Tournament, surely a Platinum calibre tournament allowing its qualifiers immediate registration for the NSC, but since this version of the the HFT has not yet been officially certified, at least one, and perhaps more of those teams, including your defending Champion, are not yet eligible to register. Any idea when this will be rectified?

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 1:01 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
Edward Powers wrote:To the PACE Certification Committee:

I noticed that you do not have Cheshire listed as a PACE qualifier from Connecticut, but Cheshire finished 4th at Yale's FAcT on October 23rd, earning the 4th and final qualifying spot for FAcT. I am sure the TD from Yale---I think it is John Lawrence---can confirm this, and I am certain you would want to correct this oversight.

And a question if I might: Some of the best teams in the U.S. qualified at Harvard's Fall Tournament, surely a Platinum calibre tournament allowing its qualifiers immediate registration for the NSC, but since this version of the the HFT has not yet been officially certified, at least one, and perhaps more of those teams, including your defending Champion, are not yet eligible to register. Any idea when this will be rectified?
George was talking to me about a week ago about who the top eight were (which I figured out for him) so I imagine that if HFT hasn't been officially certified yet, it will be quite soon.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Dec 22, 2010 4:16 pm
by SoLegit12
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:
Edward Powers wrote:To the PACE Certification Committee:

I noticed that you do not have Cheshire listed as a PACE qualifier from Connecticut, but Cheshire finished 4th at Yale's FAcT on October 23rd, earning the 4th and final qualifying spot for FAcT. I am sure the TD from Yale---I think it is John Lawrence---can confirm this, and I am certain you would want to correct this oversight.

And a question if I might: Some of the best teams in the U.S. qualified at Harvard's Fall Tournament, surely a Platinum calibre tournament allowing its qualifiers immediate registration for the NSC, but since this version of the the HFT has not yet been officially certified, at least one, and perhaps more of those teams, including your defending Champion, are not yet eligible to register. Any idea when this will be rectified?
George was talking to me about a week ago about who the top eight were (which I figured out for him) so I imagine that if HFT hasn't been officially certified yet, it will be quite soon.
Isn't "prompt statistics" a requirement for certification? I remember some problems with stats at HFT

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Thu Dec 23, 2010 9:51 am
by Edward Powers
Andy,

And who did you identify as the Top 8? I ask for reasons of which you should be aware. The Top 8 that you previously posted are not truly the Top 8. But I will leave this to you, since I told you I would not bother you anymore about this. Assuming that your HFT will receive Platinum status, what really matters now is that any team from the HFT which would normally already be eligible to register for NSC be allowed to do so ASAP if it wishes.

In a separate matter, I hope the certification committee will look into the Cheshire situation I mentioned in my earlier post.

Happy Holidays to all.

EDITED: For concision.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Mon Dec 27, 2010 4:11 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
I have to ask, what's the point of having gold and platinum qualified teams get the chance to register early if PACE won't tell gold and platinum qualified teams who they are in time for those deadlines?

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 5:32 pm
by jlchockey94
PACE did a very good job of telling my team, GDS, when we could register after we qualified at a platinum tournament.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2010 9:50 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
You know teams can't be told they've gotten platinum bids if PACE takes forever to award them platinum status, right?

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2011 3:12 pm
by dtaylor4
Teams that qualified at gold tournaments can now register for the 2011 PACE NSC.

If you have qualified, and I have not sent your team the link to the registration form, or if you have trouble registering, email me at donaldtaylor.pace at gmail.com.

Shortly after registering, I will follow up with an official invoice.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 1:25 am
by Papa's in the House
David Riley wrote:It is true that motels in Evanston and the surrounding area are not cheap. There is a Motel 6 in Glenview, about a 30-40 min. drive to Northwestern, which may be your best bet.
There are many hotels in the Gurnee area and other northern suburbs (~30-40 min. drive to Northwestern). Most of these hotels are right off I-94.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 8:09 pm
by jonpin
Those of you suggesting hotels a half-hour drive away, what are you suggesting for the dozens of teams that are flying in? Renting a car or taking a cab back and forth are going to add a lot of money to an already not-low cost.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:45 pm
by Susan
jonpin wrote:Those of you suggesting hotels a half-hour drive away, what are you suggesting for the dozens of teams that are flying in? Renting a car or taking a cab back and forth are going to add a lot of money to an already not-low cost.
Above, I posted a list of hotels within walking distance, so that's already out there. Since that's covered, it hardly seems weird that people are offering additional options for the (surely reasonably sized) contingent of people who will be driving.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 9:36 pm
by dtaylor4
With the registration of Torrey Pines A and B, we're up to 31 teams!

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:04 pm
by Not That Kind of Christian!!
PACE is very excited to announce that for this year's NSC, we will expand the field to 72 teams. This represents the all-time largest field size for the NSC. Thank you in advance to the teams for their interest and staffers for their commitment to helping the tournament grow.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 11:20 pm
by Kouign Amann
Not That Kind of Christian!! wrote:PACE is very excited to announce that for this year's NSC, we will expand the field to 72 teams. This represents the all-time largest field size for the NSC. Thank you in advance to the teams for their interest and staffers for their commitment to helping the tournament grow.
How will the playoff format change in light of this expansion?

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:16 am
by Irreligion in Bangladesh
Prof.Whoopie wrote:
Not That Kind of Christian!! wrote:PACE is very excited to announce that for this year's NSC, we will expand the field to 72 teams. This represents the all-time largest field size for the NSC. Thank you in advance to the teams for their interest and staffers for their commitment to helping the tournament grow.
How will the playoff format change in light of this expansion?
If I were PACE people, I wouldn't waste any time thinking about format specifics yet. They may find themselves bumping to 80 before long.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:22 am
by Sun Devil Student
I just happened to notice the ASU mirror of Fall Novice from 11/20 isn't listed? I thought we had affiliation for that tournament.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 2:35 am
by dtaylor4
Representatives from teams who have qualified at an affiliated tournament should have an email in their inbox from me.

If this is not the case, let me know.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:06 pm
by TheKingInYellow
So I've been told that HFT is an affiliated tournament, and teams have not yet been qualified simply because all the stats outside the winners bracket still aren't clear. Is it possible that State College could register anyway, since we are definitely one of the teams that qualified at HFT?

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:18 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
TheKingInYellow wrote:So I've been told that HFT is an affiliated tournament, and teams have not yet been qualified simply because all the stats outside the winners bracket still aren't clear. Is it possible that State College could register anyway, since we are definitely one of the teams that qualified at HFT?
HFT is platinum; the top eight (which I listed in the thread) should certainly be able to register.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 4:49 pm
by dtaylor4
TheKingInYellow wrote:So I've been told that HFT is an affiliated tournament, and teams have not yet been qualified simply because all the stats outside the winners bracket still aren't clear. Is it possible that State College could register anyway, since we are definitely one of the teams that qualified at HFT?
I'm curious as to your source.

Re: 2011 PACE NSC

Posted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 6:41 pm
by TheKingInYellow
Well we at State College would very much like to register, but upon our last check were not on the list of qualified teams, so we talked to George and Sarah about it at TIT