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MIT Fall Academic Tournament (October 14, 2017)

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:07 pm
by alinktothefuture
Hello, everyone! I am pleased to announce the sixth annual MIT Fall Academic Tournament, which will take place on Saturday, October 14, 2017.

LOCATION AND SCHEDULE: The tournament will take place on MIT's campus in Cambridge, MA. Teams should report to room 34-101 (located in Building 34) in the morning for registration and opening announcements. We ask that teams arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 in the morning for registration; the opening meeting will start as soon as all teams have arrived, with games beginning immediately following the meeting's conclusion. Games will take place in Buildings 26 and 34. A map with these locations highlighted can be found here.

Teams will play a minimum of 9 games. If everything runs smoothly, we expect the tournament to conclude around 5 PM.

GETTING TO MIT: MIT is easily accessible via the Boston T system by taking the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT stop. We recommend teams avoid driving if possible, as parking is very difficult to find on the MIT campus. Driving directions are available here, and a list of parking locations on campus can be found here.

FORMAT: Rounds will consist of 20 tossup questions that can be answered by members of either team. If a team answers a tossup question correctly, they will then play an unrelated three-part bonus question that only their team can answer.

Each team can have up to six players on its roster, but only four players may play at any one time. Schools planning to bring seven or more players should register a second team.

QUESTION SET: We will be using the Richard Montgomery-Beavercreek Collaborative Tournament (RMBCT). More information on the set can be found in the announcement here.

We intend to seek affiliation with the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence, so that top-placing teams will qualify for the PACE National Scholastic Championship (NSC).

FEES: The registration fees for this tournament are as follows:

+$75: first team from a school
+$70: each additional team from a school
-$10: each volunteer staffer provided by a school.
-$5: each buzzer set provided by a school. In order to receive this discount, the buzzer system must be fully functional.
-$10: for teams traveling in excess of 200 miles one-way, as determined by the distance Google Maps provides between MIT and your school.

The minimum fee for a school is $0.

PAYMENT: Teams may pay either in advance or on the day of the tournament. Either cash or check is acceptable; please make checks out to "MIT Quiz Bowl Team." If your school requires an invoice prior to payment, please let us know as soon as possible.

REGISTRATION: This tournament is open to teams from all geographic areas and levels of experience. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The field cap is 24 teams and will likely stay at that number. Once the cap is filled, new teams will enter a waitlist and be added to the field if registered teams drop.

In order to register for this tournament, please email ALL of the following information to me at saumilb [AT] mit [DOT] edu:
1. School name
2. Number of teams you are registering
3. The name, email, and cell phone number of a coach or responsible adult who will be present at the tournament.
4. The number of buzzers and staffers you are intending to bring.

Although expressions of interest in this forum are appreciated, the only official channel for registration is to email the above information to me. Registering teams should receive an email of confirmation within a day.

Please feel free to contact me at saumilb [AT] mit [DOT] edu if you have any questions or concerns about the tournament. We look forward to hosting your team for an exciting day of quizbowl!

Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (October 14, 2017)

Posted: Tue Aug 29, 2017 8:08 pm
by alinktothefuture
Acton-Boxborough (2 teams)
AMSA (3 teams, 2 buzzers, 1 staffer)
Andover (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Belmont (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Framingham (1 team, 2 buzzers)
Lexington (4 teams, 1 buzzer)
Needham (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Phillips Academy (4 teams, 3 buzzers)

TOTAL: 17 teams, 11 buzzers, 1 staffer

Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (October 14, 2017)

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 11:12 pm
by alinktothefuture
It's a little less than two weeks out, and we still have many spots open, so email me if you're interested in registering!

Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (October 14, 2017)

Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:13 am
by alinktothefuture
Stats are being semi-live updated here.

Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (October 14, 2017)

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:10 pm
by alinktothefuture
Congratulations to Lexington A for winning the 2017 MIT Fall Academic Tournament! Lexington A defeated Acton-Boxborough B in a half-packet tiebreaker, then defeated Andover twice in a disadvantaged final to win the tournament.

The top six teams were:
1. Lexington A
2. Andover
3. Acton-Boxborough B
4. Phillips Academy A
6. Acton-Boxborough A

All statistics are available on the database entry here.

Thanks again to all the teams who joined us yesterday! We look forward to seeing you again at one of our tournaments in the future.