Spring 07 and spring 08 NSC-format invitational questions

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Spring 07 and spring 08 NSC-format invitational questions

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The questions from two PACE NSC format regular-season tournaments are now available free of charge:

This set was used at the VCU Season Finale Tournament in 2007: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/pace-invitationals/07.zip

This set was used at the VCU Season Finale Tournament in 2008 as well as tournaments at Minnesota in March and Case Western in April: http://www.hsquizbowl.org/pace-invitationals/08.zip

Note to teams using these to practice for the PACE NSC: These questions are easier and, in some cases, shorter than what you can expect at nationals. The rounds also use an 8/6/8 breakdown into the three phases, whereas at the NSC it is 10/8/10.
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Thanks! These are great. :) We've never done PACE-style questions before in practice or tournament, so i'm going to introduce these next week to see if they like them. Reading through the rules and the questions here, i really like this format and i think the kids will like it too. Thanks again.
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Caesar Rodney HS wrote:Thanks! These are great. :) We've never done PACE-style questions before in practice or tournament, so i'm going to introduce these next week to see if they like them. Reading through the rules and the questions here, i really like this format and i think the kids will like it too. Thanks again.
Cool... let's make sure we get you here next year then. Hopefully it will motivate them to really practice.
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On a related side note, I may try to convince my school to host a PACE-style tournament if there are going to be another couple of Invitational sets being produced next fall.

If you could pass along that information to [email protected]
that'd be excellent.
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We practiced these questions yesterday afternoon and i gotta say it went really well. They seemed to enjoy them. I'd like to go to a tournament with this style of questions, but unfortunately our budget only lets us go so far. Would there be a tournament with this style of questions in any of these areas... Philly, Balt./D.C., or southern N.J.? That's about as far as we can probably go right now.

Also, a rule clarification. I know about the bouncebacks (which i like) but do you continue reading the bonuses if they get them incorrect? I noticed many times that the first bonus would be kinda hard and the other ones much easier, but unfortunately we did read them in our practice "games" since i didn't think i was supposed to continue reading the ones if they got them wrong on the first part. Is that true? I'm confused on the ruling for that one and i want to get it right next time.
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You are in fact supposed to read every part of the bonuses.
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Are there actually formats where the bonus stops if you get one part wrong?
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:chip:
If you miss a part, that part rebounds, then the bonus is dead.

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What? I just heard two different explanations that were exact opposites of each other.

Do i read them all or not?
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Caesar Rodney HS wrote:What? I just heard two different explanations that were exact opposites of each other.

Do i read them all or not?
Yes, you read them all. The post above you says that in Chip Beall's format, the bonus would go dead. Thus the Chip Beall emoticon: :chip:
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It wasn't very clear. But okay.

And i do a rebound on each one? Hm, this will take much longer. But good, i suppose.
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In the NSC format, you read the first bonus part one time, then the team that got the tossup has its chance to answer. If they don't get it right, the other team can try for the bounceback. Then, you read the next bonus part, and the team that got the tossup again has the first crack at it, regardless of what happened on the first part. Then, the third part, same procedure. In other words:
-you always read the whole bonus
-the team that got the tossup always gets the first shot at answering each part
-you don't repeat the parts
-teams answer after each part, not at the end of the whole thing

I'm spelling that out because each of the above four things are not true in some other format, e.g., in Chip or IHSA formats.

It's most similar to ACF or NAQT, except with the bounceback opportunity added in to each part.
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Are there plans to produce more sets like these? Raleigh Charter would like to host a fall tournament in November and would be very interested in using them if so.
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