North Bay Fall Novice Tournament (Oct 14) (CANCELLED)

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North Bay Fall Novice Tournament (Oct 14) (CANCELLED)

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Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek will be hosting a novice quiz bowl tournament on Saturday, October 14th, 2017! The tournament will be run in order to provide an introduction to quiz bowl without any prior experience necessary and to demonstrate what a truly fun activity quiz bowl is! We highly encourage teams from around NorCal to come.

This event is taking place on the same day, using the same set, as the South Bay Novice tournament at Saint Francis HS in Mountain View. Schools may compete at either but will probably want to compete at the tournament closest to them.

The tournament set will be National Academic Quiz Tournaments’ (NAQT) Invitational Series 169-A, which is aimed at teams with little to no experience. Teams will be restricted to at most 6 players, with 4 players playing at any given time and 2 on the bench. Please be aware that the majority of teams will be teams with new players.

Practice questions of approximate difficulty can be found here: ... archived=y

All teams of high schoolers from the same school are eligible to play in this event, although players who have competed at the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament, the PACE National Scholastic Championship, or finished t-13 or better at any NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament must receive special permission to play from Jeff Hoppes (jeff(dot)hoppes(at)gmail(dot)com).

New for this year: Middle school players and teams cannot compete at this tournament but can instead compete in the MS division at the South Bay tournament.

Tournament Logistics: The tournament will take place at 245 El Divisadero Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA. Registration will take place at [room TBD].

We will have registration begin at 8:30AM, will have a brief introduction to quiz bowl at the opening meeting, and we hope to begin the first round by 9:00. We project that the tournament will run from 9 until about 4:00pm, with an hour break for lunch at around noon. For lunch, teams can bring food, order food, or go out and get it.

base fee: $60 per team
–$30 per team from schools that did not compete at a pyramidal quiz bowl tournament during the 2016-17 school year: “pyramidal quiz bowl” does not encompass other academic/trivia competitions like Science Bowl or History Bowl
–$10 per working buzzer
–$15 per staffer (must stay whole day)
Minimum entry fee: $0 per team
Payment (cash or check) will be taken at registration on Oct 14.

We urge teams attending to bring buzzers and staffers if available. Though we do not expect that teams have played tournaments previously, we will enforce all the gameplay rules as they are written in Sections D-H of the official rules of the Academic Competition Federation (, so all players must fully familiarize themselves with these rules before proceeding. Pay special attention to timing, pronunciation, and protest guidelines. You can find out more about what quiz bowl is here: (

Registration takes place on the NAQT website here: ... nt_id=8836

[you must first have an account on the NAQT website in order to register]

Questions? Contact TD Jeff Hoppes (jeff(dot)hoppes(at)gmail(dot)com)
Nicholas Karas
Member, Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance
Outreach Coordinator, National Academic Quiz Tournaments

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Re: North Bay Fall Novice Tournament (Oct 14) (CANCELLED)

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I'm sorry to report that this tournament has been cancelled due to this week's northern California wildfires.
Jeff Hoppes
President, Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance
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