I, Andrew Watkins, will be reprising my role of tournament director, and the tournament will be edited by me and Dallas Simons.

Register through me,

**by email**: I can be reached at andy.watkins2@gmail.com. In order for me to put you down as having registered, I need to receive an email with "HFT Registration" in the subject line from you. "School X will be bringing five teams" will count for you having registered five teams. "We are thinking of maybe bringing 1-7 teams" will certainly let me know of your interest, and I will note that interest in this post, but we won't consider that a registration of any number of teams.

We are also looking for mirrors for the set. Email me if you are interested.

*Questions*

This year our goal for the set is fourfold. First, the tossups will be shorter than in previous iterations. Tossups will be capped at five lines of 10pt TNR (exceptions made for the final rounds, but even there questions won't exceed six to seven lines). Second, questions will be easier; the intention is for the set to be barely harder than a regular-difficulty tournament. Third, questions will be rigorously copyedited and finished well before the date of the tournament. Fourth, the set will lack trash entirely, instead featuring 4/4 literature, 4/4 history, 4/4 science, 3/3 RMP, 3/3 fine arts, 1/1 social science, and 1/1 geography.

*Tournament format*

Rounds will be untimed and consist of packets of 20 tossups and 20 bonuses. Assuming we hit our projected field of 36 teams, teams will be assigned to six brackets of six teams, play a full round robin, and then, after any necessary tiebreakers, get rebracketed into six brackets of six teams, followed by a playoff round robin and subsequent finals (if necessary). This means that every team is guaranteed ten rounds of play, plus the possibility of tiebreakers and finals.

Fee structure

$70 base fee

-$10 buzzer discount

*Sunday*

We are also going to be running a mirror of Valencia's Delta Burke novice set on Sunday. This set is traditionally excellent for collegiate novice teams, and will provide a great experience for all but elite high school players, too. A separate announcement for that tournament will be up in a couple of days; as it is, teams interested in the Sunday mirror should contact me. Most likely, high school teams and collegiate novice teams will play in the same bracket. In the unlikely event that there is great interest for both groups, teams of each type will be able to ask to be in a bracket of that type alone.

IMPORTANT: FIELD CLOSED AT 36

*- 36 teams are covered by 18 buzzers - note that teams representing PA, NJ, NY, GA, TX, KY, CT, VA, MA, and SC will be in attendance -- ten states!*

**Field (36)**State College (6)

Kellenberg (3; 4 buzzers; 1 mod)

St. Joseph's (2; 1 buzzer; 1 mod)

LASA (4)

Dunbar (2)

Norwich Free Academy (2)

Dorman (1)

Hunter (2 teams, 2 buzzers)

E. O. Smith (2 teams, 2 buzzer)

Thomas Jefferson (2, 1 buzzer)

Bromfield (2)

Allentown Central Catholic

Smithtown East (2, 1 buzzer)

Smithtown West (3, 2 buzzers)

Seton Hall Prep (1, 4 buzzers)

HHHW (1, 1 buzzer)