MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 20, 2014)

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MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 20, 2014)

Post by t-bar » Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:38 pm

MIT will host the third annual MIT Fall Academic Tournament on Saturday, September 20, 2014.

REGISTRATION
This tournament is open to teams from all geographic areas and levels of experience. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, so please register as soon as possible. The maximum number of teams is 24, and will likely stay at that number. For our convenience and your benefit, we request that you register as soon as you can. The registration form and instructions are available at http://quizbowl.mit.edu/mitfall.

LOGISTICS
The tournament will be held on the MIT campus, so this is a great opportunity to bring your students to visit the campuses of MIT, Harvard, and other universities as well as to experience the wonderful city of Boston. Check-in on the morning of the tournament will run from 8:30 to 9:00 AM in room 6-120, which is located on the first floor of MIT’s Building 6. Games will start as soon as possible after everyone has arrived, and will take place in the nearby Building 4. If everything goes smoothly, we anticipate being done by roughly 5:00 PM.

QUESTIONS
We will be using NAQT’s question set 137-A. This question set is written to accommodate less experienced players, so this tournament will be ideal for teams new to quiz bowl or new members of established teams. You can download a sample packet here.

The top 15% of the field will qualify for NAQT’s 2015 High School National Championship Tournament. We will also be seeking affiliation with PACE, so that the top finishers will qualify for PACE’s National Scholastic Championship.

RULES
The game format will have 20 tossup questions answerable by either team. If a team answers a tossup correctly, it will have an opportunity to answer an unrelated multi-part bonus question. There will be no computational math questions.

Each team may have up to six players on its roster, though only four players may play at any given time. If you intend to bring seven or more players, please register another team.

There will be a playoff format to be determined by the number of teams, but it will likely be some form of round-robin. All teams will be guaranteed to play at least 9 games, and all teams will be matched in the playoff rounds against teams of similar skill level.

FEES
The fees for this tournament are as follows:

+$75 first team from a school
+$65 each subsequent team
−$10 discount per working buzzer system
−$10 discount per staffer provided
+$10 to purchase a paper copy of the questions
The minimum fee for a school is $0.

If you have any questions regarding the tournament, you can visit http://quizbowl.mit.edu/mitfall, or e-mail me at [email protected]. Please keep in mind that Boston has an excellent and safe subway and commuter rail system that may help you minimize travel and accommodation cost. Shortly before the tournament, we will contact registered teams with more detailed information. We look forward to a large and competitive tournament and hope to see you on September 20, 2014!
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 20, 2014)

Post by t-bar » Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:40 pm

Registered:
Abby Kelley Foster (2 teams; 1 buzzer; 1 staffer)
Acton-Boxborough (1 team; 1 buzzer)
AMSA (2 teams; 2 buzzers; 1 staffer)
Arlington (2 teams; 1 buzzer; 3 staffers)
Bishop Guertin (1 team)
Brookline (2 teams; 1 staffer)
E. O. Smith (2 teams; 1 buzzer)
Farmingdale (1 team; 1 buzzer)
Framingham (1 team; 1 buzzer; 1 staffer)
"Gotham" (1 team; 1 buzzer; 1 staffer)
Kellenberg (2 teams; 3 buzzers)
Lexington (2 teams; 1 buzzer; 1 staffer)
Middlesex (1 team)
Northampton (2 teams; 1 buzzer)
Phillips Exeter (1 team)
Rockport (1 team)

TOTAL: 24 teams; 14 buzzers; 9 staffers

Waitlist:
1. John Stark
2. Northampton B
3. E. O. Smith C

Interested:
Acton-Boxborough B?
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 20, 2014)

Post by t-bar » Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:16 pm

Update: The MIT Fall Academic Tournament has received gold certification from the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence. This means that the top 20% of teams will qualify for PACE's National Scholastic Championship. As before, the top 15% will qualify for NAQT's High School National Championship Tournament.

Registrations are rolling in, so claim your spot before the field fills!
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 20, 2014)

Post by rpirrie » Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:04 am

E. O. Smith is definitely interested--will get back to you tomorrow. We'd be bringing two teams.
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 20, 2014)

Post by dandaman » Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:18 am

Farmingdale is interested in bringing one team and one buzzer. Will get back to you in the next couple days.

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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 20, 2014)

Post by t-bar » Sun Sep 14, 2014 3:05 pm

We have reached our 24-team field cap. Additional teams that register will be placed on a waitlist, to be added to the field if teams drop out.
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 20, 2014)

Post by t-bar » Sat Sep 20, 2014 11:16 am

Stats are being updated live at http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2324.
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 20, 2014)

Post by t-bar » Sat Sep 20, 2014 6:03 pm

Lexington A went undefeated to clear the field. AMSA A broke out of a three-way tie at 3-2 in the playoffs to take 2nd, followed by Phillips Exeter in 3rd and Kellenberg A in 4th.

The above four teams have all qualified for NAQT HSNCT. All of them plus 5th-place Gotham have qualified for PACE NSC.

Playoff results are here; I'll post combined stats later this evening. Thanks to everyone for coming!
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