duPont Manual is announcing the Super Smart Brothers Brawl, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Buzzer for next season's fall.
There will be at least two divisions: JV and Varsity, with a potential Middle School division, if interest warrants.
The questions used:
-Varsity will use a house-written set from the duPont Manual team. We will post a sample packet soon.
There will be powers and (if requested) superpowers in the following distribution.
2/2 Social Science
2/2 Fine Arts
1/1 Trash or Current Events
-JV (and MS) will mirror the Fall Kickoff Tournament in Ohio.
We will send a sample packet to PACE soon and hopefully get affiliated or at perhaps certified.
The top 2 teams from any affiliated tournament of fewer than 20 teams, the top 4 teams from any affiliated tournament of 20 to 39 teams, and the top 8 teams from any affiliated tournament of 40 or more teams, receive automatic qualification to the 2010 PACE NSC. Automatic qualifying teams also receive $20 off their NSC registration fee. All automatic qualifiers may register for the NSC beginning on February 1, or as soon as they qualify after that date. If a team finishes in the qualification zone at more than one affiliated tournament, then they may register beginning January 15.
Beginning immediately, PACE will also recognize “gold-certified” and “platinum-certified” tournaments. These are tournaments of exceptional quality, which qualify more teams than usual and give their qualified teams the right to register earlier due to their higher likelihood of corresponding to the results of the NSC. For teams to be considered for either gold or platinum certification, they must provide statistics detailing, at the least, the performance of teams at the event. Statistics with information specific to individual performance as well is preferred but not required.
Gold-certified tournaments are affiliated tournaments which offer all teams at least seven games, use varsity-level questions deemed “good” by the PACE Certification Committee, and have at least two teams in attendance likely to finish in the top half of the NSC. Gold-certified tournaments will qualify 2 additional teams at each field size level in comparison to normal affiliated events–the top 4 for tournaments of fewer than 20 teams, the top 6 for tournaments of 20 to 39 teams, and the top 10 for tournaments of 40 or more teams. Teams who qualify through a gold-certified tournament receive $40 off their NSC registration fee and may register beginning January 1, or as soon as they qualify after that date.
We will use a straight, untimed 20/20 Tossup-Bonus format, 1-on-1 pyramidal question set. We will keep individual stats and post them, and guarantee at least 8 games in a round robin tournament format.
We are also looking for mirror sites. We will charge $8 per team (this is negotiable), less expensive than many tournaments for a high quality set.
This is looking to be in fall, with the exact date yet to be determined.