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2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:19 am
by Frater Taciturnus
This is the general announcement for the 2012 Virginia Commonwealth University Winter Tournament. This is a high school academic quizbowl tournament, to be held at New Kent High School on Saturday, December 1st from 8:30 AM until shortly after 4:30 PM.

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

QUESTIONS: The set will be the NAQT Invitational Series #122. There will be no math calculation tossups; this does not preclude bonuses requiring calculation or questions on mathematical concepts.

AFFILIATION: As we are using an Invitational Series question set, the top 15% of the field will automatically qualify for the 2013 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament. This tournament will seek affiliation with the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence and and as such we expect it will be an opportunity to qualify for the National Scholastics Championship (pace-nsc.org), which will occur in June 2013.

FORMAT: This tournament will use the traditional 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. Teams will be seeded to preliminary groupings before being reseeded based on record. 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. The VCU team reserves the right to cap the field based on availability of space and staff.

REGISTRATION AND FEES:
-The fee structure is as follows:
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 box and eight activators all work)-no limit to # of systems you can bring
Staff discount: $10 off school's total fee. This could be a coach, parent, student who is not playing, etc. Team-provided staffers will keep score for various games not involving the team with which they are affiliated. 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 one-way miles traveled to New Kent High school between your school's address and 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 entire fee via discounts, but you cannot have a "negative fee.")

-To register, e- mail me at [email protected] with the number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you want to bring, and an email address where you can be contacted with details. We are also requiring a cell phone contact 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 that address with the information requested. Posts made in this thread will not be considered official registrations; you must e-mail me.

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 your procedures require it. 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 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.
We will contact registered teams with instructions on who to make the checks out to. If you require a pre-tournament invoice in order to have a check cut, let us know by November 2nd so that we can send you the paperwork in time. If you do not let us know about this requirement by November 2nd, 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 halftime substitution opportunity in each game. Each player may appear on only one team's roster throughout the day-no switching from the B team to the A team, etc. Teams may also play shorthanded with only three players. Teams consisting of fewer than three players may not play without my express prior permission.

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 1st.

George Berry
Quizbowl at VCU
Tournament Director, VCU Winter Tournament
[email protected]

List of Registered Teams (23) :
Early College at Guilford A
Early College at Guilford B
Georgetown Day A
Georgetown Day B
Hidden Valley A
Hidden Valley B
Hidden Valley C
Howard
Loudoun County
Maggie Walker A
Maggie Walker B
Maggie Walker C
Nandua A
Nandua B
Nandua C
New Kent A
New Kent B
New Kent C
Richard Montgomery
Robinson
Warwick A
Warwick B
"WRNL Academy"

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA)

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:57 pm
by Robbie Ram
Um..... date????

Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA)

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:58 pm
by Robbie Ram
Robbie Ram wrote:Um..... date????
Let me clarify: I see the date in the post... you should add it to your heading, per posting norms for this forum! Thanks.

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 5:04 pm
by Important Bird Area
Added.

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Thu Nov 01, 2012 1:22 pm
by Frater Taciturnus
This tournament is exactly one month away, and we already have 4 teams signed up. We hope to see many more teams register as we get closer to the event.

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:59 pm
by Frater Taciturnus
so obviously 22 teams is non ideal so if any other teams are looking interested in signing up for this please let me know.

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:18 pm
by Pushkin's Beard
Could we bring two teams?

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:27 pm
by Cody
George says, yes, GDS can bring 2 teams.

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 3:59 pm
by Matt Weiner

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 5:21 pm
by Matt Weiner
Early College at Guilford A and Rocket Science Academy are both undefeated and playing each other in the last round of the playoffs, meaning one of them will have an advantage in a final.

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 6:16 pm
by Frater Taciturnus
Guilford has the one game advantage.

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:07 pm
by Cody
Guilford won this tournament by going undefeated.

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:29 pm
by Frater Taciturnus
Congratulations to the Early College at Guilford's "A" Team on winning this tournament undefeated. "Rocket Science Academy" finished in second. Thanks to all teams for coming out today.

Additional thanks go to all of our staffers who came today to help us out. Thanks again to Andrew Feist, Daniel Hothem and James Hartnett of the University of Virginia, Dave Porter, John Gilbert, Michael Campana, and to SR Sidarth.

We hope to see everyone again at our Spring tournament in March and the Season Finale Tournament in April.

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 12:52 pm
by Robbie Ram
George, will you be posting full stats (including playoffs)? Will you be sending question sets via email or "snail mail"?

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:03 pm
by Pushkin's Beard
Will playoff stats be posted?

Re: 2012 VCU Winter Tournament (New Kent, VA) (12/1/2012)

Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:39 am
by Matt Weiner