ACF Regionals Canada/Niagara @ McMaster (Jan. 24)

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ACF Regionals Canada/Niagara @ McMaster (Jan. 24)

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McMaster University will be hosting the Canada/Niagara region mirror of ACF Regionals on Sat. Jan. 24, 2015. The global announcement may be found here. Questions about this mirror may be directed to [email protected]; questions about ACF Regionals in general to [email protected]. For lots of copy-pasted instructions, see below. The link for registration is still open here to teams not required to submit a packet; we're now instituting a field cap of 11 teams. For the registered field list, see here.

The tournament starts at 9am; please aim to arrive for 8:30am to give plenty of time for registration and the like. We'll gather in the 2nd floor lounge of the McMaster University Student Centre, next to MUSC 203.

Packet Submission:
Every team with at least one person on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament prior to September 1, 2013 is required to submit a packet in order to play in Regionals. Please note that, like last year, this requirement also applies to eligible high school teams. Further information can be found at the ACF Packet Submission Guidelines. Unlike this year's ACF Fall, 2015 ACF Regionals will not allow teams to submit half-packets or partial packets.

The submission schedule for this tournament is as follows. In order to meet any particular deadline, your packet must be in ACF's inbox by 11:59 pm PST on the stated day. (Note that these dates are Saturdays, not Sundays.)

November 29: -$50
December 13: -$25
December 27: no penalty
January 3: +$25
January 10: +$50
After that: +$10 for each additional day you're late. Teams that are required to submit a packet and do not submit one by January 17, 2015 will not be allowed to play ACF Regionals.

Note: Though these deadlines are earlier overall due to the shift of ACF Regionals' place in the schedule, participating teams should take note that this year's earliest submission deadline corresponds to Thanksgiving break and the no-penalty deadline corresponds to Christmas break.

Please submit your packet to [email protected]; the actual email with attached packet should include the phrase "[name of school + A/B/etc. if applicable) PACKET" in the subject line.

Distribution:
The distribution for this tournament will be the same as last year's ACF Regionals, which varies slightly from the required 24/24 distribution on the ACF website.

Literature 5/5 (Note that ACF only requires 1 world literature question in this whole 5/5)
History 5/5
Science 5/5
Religion, Mythology and Philosophy 3/3
Fine Arts 3/3
Social Science 1/1
Geography/Current Events: 1/1
Pop Culture: 1/0 or 0/1
Your Choice / Any Academic Category: 1/0 or 0/1

Teams who clearly fail to fill out the distribution properly will have their packets returned to them and be instructed to resubmit a properly-distributed packet.

Packet Penalties:
We have clear guidelines on what your submissions can or cannot be, with information on penalties for flouting the guidelines. Please follow them. Cases of incorrect formatting, or prohibited question types will result in fees; in particular, plagiarism will be penalized with hefty fees and possible sanctions. The editors also reserve the right to send back any egregious cases to be fixed by the team in question rather than charging fees, so be sure to do it right the first time.

A few friendly reminders:
Please follow the processes and guidelines laid out by the editors and ACF.
Don't talk about your submitted questions with anyone else until the editors tell you it's okay. If your school is sending multiple teams (A, B, etc.), each team must keep the contents of its own packet confidential within itself. If sites of ACF Regionals 2015 are run on a date other than January 24, 2015, we will set up a private subforum for discussion and expect teams to hold off on public discussion until the last site is completed.
Please follow recent past iterations of ACF Regionals, particularly the 2011, 2012, and 2014 versions, for an idea of what your submissions should look like.
If you think a particular topic you want to write on is too hard, it probably is. In general, err on the side of writing something easier. Take a look at Andrew Hart's regular difficulty primer on the ACF website for more guidance.
ACF will be maintaining a 7-line cap on tossup length and a 2-line cap on bonus part length in the final set. While it is okay to submit questions which are somewhat longer than the expected final length, with the idea that editors will cut them down, don't go overboard. If you're submitting tossups that are longer than nine lines or so for this tournament, you're doing it wrong.

Fee Structure:
Base fee: $120 for one team from a school, $240 for two teams from a school, etc.
Buzzer systems*: -$5 each
Staffers: -$10 each No maximum.
Travel: -$10 per 200 miles traveled one way
International**: -$20
New to ACF teams***: -$25
New quizbowl teams****: -$75
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Re: ACF Regionals Canada/Niagara @ McMaster (Jan. 24)

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O Fortuna wrote:Tentative Field
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Just submitted Ottawa A's packet, so boom-boom! Shots fired on the Northern Front
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The registered field for this tournament is available at this link.
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McGill A has registered twice on the form. So is there a McGill B? Clones? Braneworld?
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minusfive wrote:McGill A has registered twice on the form. So is there a McGill B? Clones? Braneworld?
There should only be one registration from McGill so far. The field linked above has been corrected.
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Waterloo will now be bringing a staffer with us. Can the A team registration be modified to reflect this?
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odin_envy_me wrote:Waterloo will now be bringing a staffer with us. Can the A team registration be modified to reflect this?
Done, though for those of you watching at home, the most surefire way to modify your registration is to email either Sarah Angelo or me directly (you should probably also alert the host school, but the point is I'm more likely to see and respond promptly to an email than a forum post).
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As an update, Carleton U still plans on coming to this. We will have our packet done by the +$50 deadline.
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Western will be sending one team of people who, conveniently, don't need to write a packet.
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The round robin has finished.

The 4/3/3 split is:

Top
McGill 9-0
Ottawa 8-1
Waterloo 7-2
Cornell 6-3

Middle
Waterloo B, Cornell B, Toronto each 4-5

Bottom
RIT 2-7
Carleton 1-8
Western 0-9
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Ottawa won the first game of an advantaged final with McGill to win the overall crown. Cornell A, with the advantage, defeated Waterloo A in the second game of the UG/D2 final.

Thanks to all the folks at Mac for running this smoothly.
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The stats for the tournament are available here. Thank to everyone for coming out (and bearing with us throughout the long, long day), and especial thanks to those who sacrificed their time and/or vocal cords to make it happen.
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A very big thanks to Leslie, Jay, and all the volunteers for a classy event! Much competition, many good competitors, very enjoyable, wow!
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Huge thanks to Leslie and the rest of her staffers for running a great tournament! Everyone at Waterloo enjoyed themselves and are much grateful for a fun Saturday :D

And congrats to all the winners except Jordan Palmer because I do not like him.
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