California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Feb 21 + Mar 7)

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California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Feb 21 + Mar 7)

Post by njsbling » Wed Sep 24, 2014 5:57 pm

The Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance and Quiz Bowl Club at UC Berkeley are pleased to announce that we will be holding the third annual California Cup. The California Cup consists of four quiz bowl tournaments held throughout the year, and it is widely considered the premier academic competition event in Northern California. The last two tournaments in the series will be held on Saturday, February 21 and Saturday, March 7. For the tournaments we will have registration at 8:30AM, the event will start at about 9:00AM, we will have a lunch break around noon, and we hope to finish around 5:00PM. A flyer can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/m27dabl.

We hope to attract many teams from across the state and elsewhere. We have previously attracted teams from as far away as Southern California and Mississippi. As we have in the past, we will guarantee teams a high number of games (8 or more) per tournament and ensure that teams are able to play others of the same skill level after preliminary placement rounds.

The top teams at each tournament will qualify for the 2015 PACE National Scholastics Championship (NSC; http://www.pace-nsc.org/nsc-2015/), which will be held June 6-7 at the Reston Hyatt in Reston, Virginia. Additionally, teams that perform well on NAQT sets during the California Cup will qualify for the 2015 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT; https://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2015/details.html), held May 29-31 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago). California Cup tournaments have historically held the highest possible certification from PACE (platinum). Teams that do well at the non-NAQT California Cup competitions can also apply for wildcards to HSNCT and PACE, and many have received them. California Cup #3 and #4 will likely use the Brookwood Invitational Scholars Bowl (BISB) and Yale’s Bulldog High School Academic Tournament (BHSAT), respectively, for both divisions.

Registration

Teams may choose to register separately for each tournament within the series, though we recommend registering for all four tournaments at once (the “package”), which ensures a significant discount. We will split the field into junior varsity and varsity divisions and evaluate each separately. After the cup results are tallied, we will crown a California Cup (NorCal) state champion! There will be book prizes and gift cards for the highest-performing teams and individual scorers at each tournament, and other prizes are in store for the top California Cup teams. When calculating final Cup standings, we will count the top three performances by each team, allowing teams to account for extenuating circumstances at one tournament (either a lower-than-expected performance or non-attendance). Only teams that register for the entire series of tournaments will be eligible for the title as well as prizes at the end. With four guaranteed tournaments and plenty of gameplay, this series will offer the best prizes, greatest value, and most national qualification opportunities available anywhere in the country!

Entry Fees:
Base fee per team for package of all four tournaments (paying by cash or check): $270
Base fee per team for package of all four tournaments (paying via Square): $260
If your school played zero Cal Cup events last year (i.e. new team discount): -$70
Referral discount: An established team can pay the new team price if they refer a previously non quiz bowl-playing school to the California Cup and that school ends up purchasing the package. This will be -$25 if that new school only ends up purchasing a single tournament.
Buzzer discount: -$10 per tournament (We will test buzzers and NOT accept them if they do not have four fully functioning units on each “side,” so do not try to claim discounts on buzzers that are not in full working order. Also, PLEASE LABEL your buzzers with your school/team name so that you can promptly pick them up at the tournament’s conclusion. Lastly, we will no longer accept buzzers that require a laptop to operate unless we really need them.)

Staff discount: -$10 per tournament for experienced, competent moderator (if needed)
-$5 per tournament for scorekeeper
Travel discount: -$20 per 75 miles one-way (determined by Google Maps)
Registering for a single tournament: $90
New school registering for a single tournament: $65
Minimum entry fee: $20 per tournament

*Buzzers and staff discounts apply on an as-needed, first-come, first-serve basis. When registering, please detail how many staff and/or buzzers you may be able to bring. As the tournament approaches, we will let you know whether they are needed or not. Payment will be taken either online via Square or at registration; please make checks payable to “Quiz Bowl Club”. Note that discounts for future tournaments will NOT be given at any particular tournament. What this means is that if, for example, at the first tournament you claim a buzzer discount for all four tournaments, you must still pay as if you only claimed it for one tournament. Then, for each subsequent tournament in which you actually bring the buzzer, we will refund you $10 in cash. The same goes for the staffer discount. The entire distance discount may be claimed at the first tournament, though (that is, teams more than 75 miles away from UC Berkeley will pay $80 less).

We are setting a field cap of 48 teams (overall, not per division). Schools may register multiple teams--there is no limit. We might be able to expand if there is enough interest, but until that point, we will accept teams on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fields can fill fast, so sign up soon to reserve your slot!

To register for March 7, please fill out this Google Form:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1uhvH5A ... w/viewform

The registration deadline for Cal Cup #2 is Wednesday, November 19. Please bring the cash or check for full payment of the series of tournaments to the first tournament unless you are paying via Square. You can still pay the base fee for three tournaments if you register by the second tournament.

Scoring and Gameplay

The California Cup assigns points to schools based on their performance at the tournaments that take place throughout the year. We have decided to adopt the following scoring system: 10 points for 1st place, 8 points for 2nd place, 6 points for 3rd place, 4 points for 4th place, 3 points for 5th place, 2 points for 6th place, and 1 point for 7th place. Since the scoring automatically drops the lowest result of a team, only three of the tournaments will end up counting in the final evaluation of a team’s standing. Of course, attending all four tournaments will ensure that your team’s worst performance is disregarded. This means, for example, if a team wins the first three California Cup tournaments, they will be declared the California Cup champion for that division. If a team that does not purchase the full package ends up placing high enough on the scoring system, then we will simply skip them in the California Cup overall ranking (but they will still retain their ranking for that individual tournament). At the end of the year, we will break ties by evaluating (1) the performance in the 4th tournament and (2) statistics from each team’s performances throughout the year. We will maintain separate standings for JV and Varsity teams.

We will enforce all the gameplay rules as they are written in Sections D-H of the official rules of the Academic Competition Federation (http://acf-quizbowl.com/documents/official-acf-rules/), so all players must fully familiarize themselves with these rules before playing these tournaments. If you are having trouble remember them, we recommend you print out a copy and refresh your memory immediately prior to the tournament. Pay special attention to timing, pronunciation, and protest guidelines, as players often lose out on points by not knowing these. You can find out more about what quiz bowl is here: (http://www.norcalquizbowl.org/?page_id=18) and you can find more quiz bowl-pertinent resources here (http://www.norcalquizbowl.org/?page_id=51). Teams that owe the Berkeley club money from last year must reimburse us before paying for this tournament.

Thank you for your interest, and please spread the word to other high schools that are interested in quiz bowl or are heavily involved in other academic events like debate, AcaDeca, or Science Bowl. We look forward to another exciting year of academic competition!

Contact Information

Please contact us at californiacupquizbowl@gmail.com with any questions that you have. There will be a section on the NCQBA website (http://www.norcalquizbowl.org/) specifically devoted to the California Cup as well.

Cal Cup #4 Field (38):

Varsity (10):
Amador (1)
Bellarmine (1)
CA Crosspoint (1)
Cougars (1)
Davis (1)
Escobar (1)
Guilder (1)
Haarlem (1)
Palo Alto (1)
Saratoga (1)

JV (28):
Albany (1)
Amador (1)
Bellarmine (1)
Berkeley HS (1)
CA Crosspoint (1)
Castro Valley (1)
Challenger- Strawberry Park (1)
Davis (1)
Deer Valley (1)
Dublin (1)
Escobar (2)
Evergreen Valley (2)
Guilder (1)
Haarlem (2)
Leland (1)
Lowell (1)
Menlo (1)
Northgate (1)
Palo Alto (1)
Pi-oneers (1)
Rio+ML (1)
Saratoga (1)
Valley Christian (2)
Washington (1)

Last updated on 3/5-NK

The UC Berkeley Quiz Bowl Club is a student group acting independently of the University of California. The student organization is the host of the California Cup and takes full responsibility for the guests.
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Sep 24, 2014 6:27 pm

njsbling wrote:California Cup #2 will use NAQT sets appropriate for the varsity and junior varsity divisions.
The specific sets for the November 22nd California Cup event will be IS #140 (varsity) and #141A (jv).
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by Important Bird Area » Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:44 pm

Through round 7 in varsity (11 teams, full round-robin):

1. Bellarmine A (6-0)
t2. Saratoga (5-1)
t2. Dougherty Valley (5-1)
t4. Escobar A (4-3)
t4. Palo Alto (4-3)
t6. Guilder A (3-3)
t6. Davis A (3-3)
8. Amador Valley A (2-4)
9. Guilder B (2-5)
10. Crystal Springs (1-6)
11. Albany A (0-6)
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by Important Bird Area » Sat Nov 01, 2014 5:47 pm

JV prelims are complete.

These are the playoff brackets for the afternoon:

Playoff bracket A:
Chinese Christian A
Valley Christian
Escobar B
Amador Valley B
Dougherty Valley B

Playoff bracket B:
Bellarmine B
Davis B
Dougherty Valley C
Northgate
Amador Valley C

(the champions of each bracket will play a one-game final in round 11)

Consolation brackets:

first consolation:
Davis D
Washington A
Lowell
Castro Valley
Grasshoppers

second consolation:
Davis C
Team Krad
Dougherty Valley D
Leland A
Albany B

third consolation:
Escobar C
Pacific Grove A
Guilder C
Chinese Christian D
Pacific Grove B

fourth consolation:
Menlo
Leland B
Washington B
Dougherty Valley E
Chinese Christian C

fifth consolation:
Chinese Christian B
Dublin
Washington C
Dougherty Valley G
Dougherty Valley F
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by njsbling » Sat Nov 01, 2014 6:08 pm

JV Prelim stats here.

JV Finals here.

Varsity Finals here.

Congrats to Bellarmine A for winning the Varsity division of Cal Cup #1 and congrats to Chinese Christian A for winning the JV division!

A big thanks to all of our Berkeley and team staffers (and I apologize for having the JV division take longer than expected).
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by njsbling » Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:56 pm

Varsity results from Cal Cup #2 at Lunch

JV prelims results from Cal Cup #2

Congrats to Saratoga for clearing the field and winning the Varsity division of Cal Cup #2! Bruce from Saratoga was the top scorer.

Varsity Final Results/Stats

JV Final Results
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by Important Bird Area » Sat Nov 22, 2014 6:10 pm

JV playoff brackets:

Alpha:
Chinese Christian A
Valley Christian A
Albany
Amador Valley B
Lynbrook A

Beta:
Escobar B
Harker
Bellarmine B
Northgate
Archbishop Mitty

(the champions of Alpha and Beta will play a one-game final)


Consolation brackets:

Gamma:
Davis B
Saratoga B
Cupertino
Escobar C
Dougherty Valley C

Delta:
Lynbrook B
Amador Valley C
Folsom
Davis C
Monta Vista

Epsilon:
Dougherty Valley F
Castro Valley
Davis D
Dougherty Valley E
Lowell

Zeta:
Pacific Grove A
Pacific Grove B
Chinese Christian B
Leland
Deer Valley

Eta:
Valley Christian B
Dougherty Valley D
Dublin B
Milpitas
Dynamite

Theta:
Foothill
Chinese Christian C
Amador Valley D
Dougherty Valley G
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by Important Bird Area » Sat Nov 22, 2014 7:41 pm

Saratoga A has cleared the field in varsity.
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by t-bar » Sat Nov 22, 2014 8:03 pm

My god, 50 teams! Pay attention to the work Jeff Hoppes and Nick Karas are doing, everyone; this is how you build a circuit from the ground up.
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by Important Bird Area » Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:07 pm

JV results:

Five teams remain in contention.

From the beta bracket, Harker and Escobar B are playing a full-packet tiebreaker.

In the alpha bracket, we had a circle of death resulting in half-packet tiebreakers. Chinese Christian A and Valley Christian A are playing in the first half for the right to play Albany in the second half.

The winners of Harker/Escobar and Albany/tbd will advance to the one-game final. The losers of those games will meet in the third-place game.

Update: Chinese Christian defeated Valley Christian in the first phase of this tiebreaker. Albany defeated Chinese Christian in the second phase.

Harker defeated Escobar.

Setting up this final structure:

One-game final: Albany vs. Harker

Third-place game: Chinese Christian vs. Escobar
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by Important Bird Area » Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:39 pm

bird bird bird bird bird wrote:Saratoga A has cleared the field in varsity.
Varsity stats
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Nov 1 + Nov 22)

Post by Important Bird Area » Sat Nov 22, 2014 9:53 pm

Albany defeated Harker in the final. Chinese Christian defeated Escobar in the third-place game. JV stats forthcoming.
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Post by Important Bird Area » Sun Nov 23, 2014 3:26 pm

bird bird bird bird bird wrote:JV stats forthcoming.
JV Stats
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Feb 21 + Mar 7)

Post by njsbling » Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:11 am

Good news! We have confirmed that Cal Cup #3 will be held on Sat, Feb 21 and Cal Cup #4 will be held on Sat, March 7. Registration for Cal Cup #3 is now open (the registration form can be found in the initial post above).
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Feb 21 + Mar 7)

Post by njsbling » Sat Feb 21, 2015 9:05 pm

Congrats to Bellarmine A for defeating Saratoga A in a one-game final 360-305 to win the Varsity division of Cal Cup #3!

Varsity results/stats can be found here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... nal_stats/

Congrats to CA Crosspoint for defeating Davis B in a one-game final 370-150 to win the JV division of Cal Cup #3!

JV results/stats can be found here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... jv_finals/

A big thanks to all of our Berkeley and team staffers who helped out today! We'll see everyone at Cal Cup #4 on Sat, Mar 7.
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Feb 21 + Mar 7)

Post by njsbling » Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:57 pm

Congrats to Bellarmine A for winning the Varsity division of Cal Cup #4 with a record of 9-0 ! With their win, Bellarmine has won the overall 2014-2015 Varsity "California Cup"

Complete Varsity stats are here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... nal_stats/

Congrats to Valley Christian A for winning the JV division of Cal Cup #4 with a record of 10-0! CA Crosspoint won the overall 2014-2015 JV "California Cup".

Complete JV stats are here: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournament ... jv_finals/

A big thanks to all of our team and Berkeley volunteers!
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Re: California Cup @ UC Berkeley (Feb 21 + Mar 7)

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