Florida State High School Tournament -- October 15, 2005

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Florida State High School Tournament -- October 15, 2005

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Florida State High School Tournament
Tallahassee, Florida
Saturday, October 15, 2005

INTRODUCTION:
Your school is invited to enter a team or teams in the Florida State High School Tournament, to be held on the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, on Saturday, October 15, 2005. Please feel free to contact me, Billy Beyer, at [email protected] or (386) 334-4109 with any questions, or to register your team(s).

ELIGIBILITY:
This is intended as a high school tournament. Multiple teams may participate from the same school, but players on any given team must be enrolled in the same school, and we can't accommodate switching from one team to another during the tournament. If there are eight or more JV teams (defined as 9th and 10th grade students), then there will be a separate division. Regardless, notable JV achievements will be recognized.

FORMAT:
This tournament will be ACF style, meaning untimed rounds of 20 tossups (worth 10 pts. each) and up to 20 bonuses (worth a possible 30 pts. each.) Questions will be distributed across various academic categories, with a smattering of pop culture thrown in. If your team would like to play with powers, let me know. Also, if your team would like to play with bouncebacks, let me know. There will be six preliminary rounds, followed by playoffs. Teams will be encouraged to continue playing, even after they are eliminated in the playoffs. Owing to the number of readers expected, we have tentatively capped the field at 32 teams. If we get more readers we may be able to expand this. If there is interest, I can try to get this tournament to be a PACE-NSC qualifier.

FEES:
The entry fee per team is sixty-five dollars, if you register on or before September 30th. Otherwise, the base fee will be seventy-five dollars. Questions from the tournament can be purchased by teams attending for $10. Should you not be able to attend the tournament, questions can be ordered for $20, shipped. Please make checks out to Florida State College Bowl. Cash is acceptable.
Discounts include:
-$5 per buzzer system (one discount per team)
-$10 each additional team

QUESTIONS:
This will be a house-written tournament, with most of the questions written by yours truly, with help from tenured members of the FSU Academic Team. Questions will be pyramidal in nature, allowing teams with the most knowledge to prevail in most cases. At the same time, questions will be on subjects accessible to most high school students. Bonuses have been written in an attempt that most teams will get 10, some will get 20, and fewer will get all 30, although it's entirely possible. There will not be any math calculation questions. However, it's always good to bring a pencil and paper/notebook. The difficulty of the questions will be similar to that of NAQT's invitational series of high school ("IS") packet sets.

SCHEDULE:
Registration will begin at 8:15 EST, with announcements at 9:00, and round one beginning at 9:15. There will be a break for lunch. When registering your teams, please note whether you would like pizza to be delivered to the tournament site, or whether you would like to be able to go off-campus for lunch. The tournament should be over by 4:00.

LOCATION:
Tournament headquarters will be in Bellamy Hall, Room 108 at the Florida State campus in Tallahassee. Teams are suggested to park in the parking garage at the corner of Woodward and West Tennessee St. (aka SR90 aka Mahan). Very explicit directions to that location will be provided to all participants well in advance of the event.

REGISTRATION:
The deadline for registration is Monday, October 10th, 2005. To register, simply e-mail me stating your interest, and include the following information:
1) The name of your school or institution.
2) The location of your school or institution in "city, state" format.
3) The name of coach or other contact person, along with e-mail address and phone number for that person.
4) The number of teams that you will bring.
5) Whether or not you will be bringing a functional buzzer system.
6) Your preference on lunch, powers, and bouncebacks.

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Thanks,
Billy Beyer
Florida State University Academic Team
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Currently, there are 20 teams signed up.
[I'll keep updating this post as more teams signup]

Branford - 1 Varsity
Chiles - 2 Varsity
FSUS - 1 Varsity
Hardee - 2 Varsity & 1 JV
Lincoln - 2 Varsity
Maclay - 1 Varsity & 1 JV
OWC - 1 Varsity
Pensacola - 1 Varsity & 1 JV
Rickards - 3 Varsity
Rocky Bayou - 1 Varsity & 1 JV
Suwannee - 1 Varsity

Thanks,
BB
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Update #1

--An updated list of teams has been posted.

--If you're interestied in coming to moderate, let me know.

--Duke has suggested mirroring this tournament. If any other high schools or colleges are interested, let me know.

Thanks,
BB

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Update #2

--The field has been updated with some new editions.

--The definition of a JV team can be stretched a bit. For example, if you have an 11th grader who has never touched a buzzer before, feel free to have him on a JV team.

--The early registration period was stretched by a couple days. You know have until the 30th to sign up for $65.

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*bump*

Update #3

--Check update field.

--Only pop culture and current events questions left to be written.

--C'mon FSU, Marshall, Miss. St., Oklahoma, Duke, UT, 'Zona!

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Eigteen teams participated in the first ever FSU HS Tournament.

After the 7-round swiss-pairing prelims, the top three teams were:
1) Florida High
2) Maclay
3) Pensacola A

The top 8 then made it to the playoffs.

In the first semifinals match, fourth seeded Rickards A upset Florida High, and in the second semifinals match, Pensacola A upset Maclay. In the finals, Pensacola A defeated Rickards A in a match that came down to the last question.

Top three individuals were:
1) Justin from Florida High
2) Joseph from Pensacola A
3) David from Lincoln A

Full results can be found here:
http://www.geocities.com/fsucollegebowl ... sults.html

Thank you so much to all the teams that came. Hope to see ya'll next year.

--Billy Beyer

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