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MIT Spring Academic Tournament (3/1/20)

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:23 am
by jonsh
Hi all! I'd like to officially announce the MIT Spring Academic Tournament, which will take place on Sunday, March 1st, 2020. (Sunday, not Saturday!)

LOCATION AND SCHEDULE: The tournament will take place on MIT's campus in Cambridge, MA. Teams should report to room 2-190 (located on the first floor of Building 2) 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 entirely in Building 2 (an interactive campus map is available 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. (Note that on the 1st, shuttle buses will be running instead between Harvard and Alewife, so you may need to plan a little extra time to accommodate this.) We recommend that teams avoid driving if possible, as parking is very difficult to find on the MIT campus. A list of parking locations on campus can be found here (although please note that West Garage is not a parking lot anymore).

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 CALISTO. This is a regular difficulty tournament and should be accessible to novices as well as more experienced players.

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 have at least 8 fully functional buzzers.
-$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 $10.

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. See the next reply for the field cap and a list of teams.

In order to register for this tournament, please email ALL of the following information to me at jonsh [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 confirming their registration within a day.

Please feel free to contact me at jonsh [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 Spring Academic Tournament (2/22/20)

Posted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 12:31 am
by jonsh
Field cap: 16
Field is full.

Canton HS - 2/1/0
Roxbury Prep HS - 3/2/0
Plymouth RHS - 2/2/0
Belmont HS - 1/1/0
Lexington HS - 2/1/0
Hotchkiss School - 2/2/0
Phillips Academy - 2/2/0
Barrington - 1/0/0
AMSA - 1/2/0

Re: MIT Spring Academic Tournament (3/1/20)

Posted: Thu Jan 09, 2020 10:28 pm
by jonsh
Please note that due to external scheduling issues, the date of this tournament has been changed to Sunday, March 1st.

Re: MIT Spring Academic Tournament (3/1/20)

Posted: Fri Jan 24, 2020 2:50 pm
by jonsh
Bump! There's still plenty of space in the field.