### Gauging Interest: Fantasy Quizbowl League

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**Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:54 pm**Note to Admins: If this is more suited for Announcements or Off Topic/AHAN Jr., please move there.

This is a post to gauge interest in a fantasy (college/open) quiz bowl league. I have thought about this while listening to 250 Hz pure tones and have decided upon the following rules:

1. Each team will be composed of six players. Every "week", each GM will select four players as "active". I thought about making undergraduate/graduate/open quotas but decided that it didn't make any sense.

2. Each "week", each team will compete head-to-head with another team in the following three categories. A team earns a point by having a higher value in a category than its opponent (e.g. if Team A has a Team Winning Percentage of 2.800 and Team B has a Team Winning Percentage of 2.833, then Team B earns 1 point).

2A. Team winning percentage

Team winning percentage is calculated as follows: each player contributes his quizbowl team's win percentage (to three decimal places) to the fantasy team winning percentage.

*Exception to Rule 2A: if a player's quizbowl team is placed in a higher bracket and as a result has a lower winning percentage than a team in a lower bracket, then that player's contribution is the highest winning percentage in a lower bracket. For instance, if Minnesota makes the top bracket and finishes 5-5 while Chicago C finishes 7-3 in a lower bracket, then any of Minnesota's players would contribute 0.700 to a fantasy team instead of 0.500.

2B. Team bonus conversion

Team bonus conversion is calculated as follows: each player contributes his quizbowl team's bonus conversion (to two decimal places) to the fantasy team bonus conversion.

2C. Individual points per game

Individual points per game is calculated as follows: each player contributes his individual prelims points per game (to two decimal places) to the fantasy team's individual points per game. Note that this is "prelims"; "playoff rounds" (upper/lower bracket, final, etc.) don't count.

*Exception to Rule 2C: for NAQT events, individual points per 20 tossups will be used instead of individual points per game.

Essentially, in each of the three categories, your fantasy team's value in that category will be computed by adding up the values from each of your four players.

2D. Ties

Due to roundoff errors, if there is a difference between the two teams of 0.003 or less in Team Winning Percentage or 0.03 or less in Team Bonus Conversion or Individual Points Per Game, then the category will be called a tie. In the case of a tie, each team receives 0.5 points.

3. The winner in each head-to-head matchup will be the fantasy team that receives more points. In the case that both teams have 1.5 points, the match will be called a tie.

4. Fantasy teams will be ranked by the number of wins, followed by fewest losses, followed by most total points. Ties for a playoff spot or seed will be handled by head-to-head points. If this still does not resolve an end-of-season tie, then performance against each team will be accounted for in descending order of finish until a tie is resolved (if Team A beat the first-place team but Team B only tied, then Team B wins the tie-breaker). If this still does not resolve a tie, then coin flips may have to be used.

5. "Waiver Wire"/Trades

You may cut and add players any time between the draft and the end of the season, so long as you only have 6 players on your team and a player you add is not already on someone else's team. Currently, trades are not allowed. This is likely to change.

6. Schedule

The following 9 "weeks" will definitely be on the schedule, assuming they all happen. These events have been chosen because of their reputation (or my expectation) for having decent-to-high quality questions, a large number of teams, and reasonably prompt and thorough post-tournament statistics reports.

EFT

Minnesota Open*

ACF Fall

Illinois Open*

ACF Winter

Penn Bowl*

Cardinal Classic*

NAQT SCT

ACF Regionals

Option A: 10 team round robin, followed by playoffs. The top four teams make the playoffs.

Semifinals**: NAQT ICT

Finals**: ACF Nationals

Option B: 12 team round robin, followed by playoffs. The top four teams make the playoffs.

Additional "regular season" events:

NAQT ICT

Harvard Invitational*

Semifinals**: ACF Nationals

Finals**: Chicago Open*

*Because these are open events that attract teams and players from outside their region (instead of regional events played at several regional sites, where the field is less likely to be top-heavy), statistics from the "main event" of these tournaments will be worth 10% more than statistics at their mirrors. In other words, a team with a perfect record will receive 1.100 points towards "team winning percentage" at the Open itself but only 1.000 at mirrors.

**In the event of a playoff tie, the higher-seeded team wins, unless someone has a better idea for playoff tiebreaks.

6. Communication

If Fred thinks this is a good idea, then it would be nice if he could create a FQBL sub-forum of Off Topic where the league(s) could conduct a draft, post threads approving/rejecting potential trades and updating team standings, post each team's "4 player active roster" for that week, and conduct other league business. Otherwise, I will look into play by e-mail (e.g. a Yahoo or Google Group) options.

7. Miscellany

Until or unless someone with more fantasy sports experience volunteers, I will be the league director. If demand exceeds number of teams, then we will split into as many leagues as necessary. I (or the league director) will attempt to find stats online and calculate each head-to-head matchup. If stats cannot be found online or one of your active players does not participate, you earn a 0 in all categories for that player for that week. Depending on communication, each GM's four-player active roster for each week must be either posted or e-mailed to the league director (depending on communication form) by 8:00 AM Eastern Time the day of the tournament (presumably this is before any tournament games have been played; also, this is 8:00 AM on the first day for two-day tournaments). Right now there is a one poster, one team rule. If demand ends up being high enough that multiple leagues are necessary, then I will look into the option of the same poster participating in multiple leagues. If I have left out some important detail, please post about it.

This is a post to gauge interest in a fantasy (college/open) quiz bowl league. I have thought about this while listening to 250 Hz pure tones and have decided upon the following rules:

1. Each team will be composed of six players. Every "week", each GM will select four players as "active". I thought about making undergraduate/graduate/open quotas but decided that it didn't make any sense.

2. Each "week", each team will compete head-to-head with another team in the following three categories. A team earns a point by having a higher value in a category than its opponent (e.g. if Team A has a Team Winning Percentage of 2.800 and Team B has a Team Winning Percentage of 2.833, then Team B earns 1 point).

2A. Team winning percentage

Team winning percentage is calculated as follows: each player contributes his quizbowl team's win percentage (to three decimal places) to the fantasy team winning percentage.

*Exception to Rule 2A: if a player's quizbowl team is placed in a higher bracket and as a result has a lower winning percentage than a team in a lower bracket, then that player's contribution is the highest winning percentage in a lower bracket. For instance, if Minnesota makes the top bracket and finishes 5-5 while Chicago C finishes 7-3 in a lower bracket, then any of Minnesota's players would contribute 0.700 to a fantasy team instead of 0.500.

2B. Team bonus conversion

Team bonus conversion is calculated as follows: each player contributes his quizbowl team's bonus conversion (to two decimal places) to the fantasy team bonus conversion.

2C. Individual points per game

Individual points per game is calculated as follows: each player contributes his individual prelims points per game (to two decimal places) to the fantasy team's individual points per game. Note that this is "prelims"; "playoff rounds" (upper/lower bracket, final, etc.) don't count.

*Exception to Rule 2C: for NAQT events, individual points per 20 tossups will be used instead of individual points per game.

Essentially, in each of the three categories, your fantasy team's value in that category will be computed by adding up the values from each of your four players.

2D. Ties

Due to roundoff errors, if there is a difference between the two teams of 0.003 or less in Team Winning Percentage or 0.03 or less in Team Bonus Conversion or Individual Points Per Game, then the category will be called a tie. In the case of a tie, each team receives 0.5 points.

3. The winner in each head-to-head matchup will be the fantasy team that receives more points. In the case that both teams have 1.5 points, the match will be called a tie.

4. Fantasy teams will be ranked by the number of wins, followed by fewest losses, followed by most total points. Ties for a playoff spot or seed will be handled by head-to-head points. If this still does not resolve an end-of-season tie, then performance against each team will be accounted for in descending order of finish until a tie is resolved (if Team A beat the first-place team but Team B only tied, then Team B wins the tie-breaker). If this still does not resolve a tie, then coin flips may have to be used.

5. "Waiver Wire"/Trades

You may cut and add players any time between the draft and the end of the season, so long as you only have 6 players on your team and a player you add is not already on someone else's team. Currently, trades are not allowed. This is likely to change.

6. Schedule

The following 9 "weeks" will definitely be on the schedule, assuming they all happen. These events have been chosen because of their reputation (or my expectation) for having decent-to-high quality questions, a large number of teams, and reasonably prompt and thorough post-tournament statistics reports.

EFT

Minnesota Open*

ACF Fall

Illinois Open*

ACF Winter

Penn Bowl*

Cardinal Classic*

NAQT SCT

ACF Regionals

Option A: 10 team round robin, followed by playoffs. The top four teams make the playoffs.

Semifinals**: NAQT ICT

Finals**: ACF Nationals

Option B: 12 team round robin, followed by playoffs. The top four teams make the playoffs.

Additional "regular season" events:

NAQT ICT

Harvard Invitational*

Semifinals**: ACF Nationals

Finals**: Chicago Open*

*Because these are open events that attract teams and players from outside their region (instead of regional events played at several regional sites, where the field is less likely to be top-heavy), statistics from the "main event" of these tournaments will be worth 10% more than statistics at their mirrors. In other words, a team with a perfect record will receive 1.100 points towards "team winning percentage" at the Open itself but only 1.000 at mirrors.

**In the event of a playoff tie, the higher-seeded team wins, unless someone has a better idea for playoff tiebreaks.

6. Communication

If Fred thinks this is a good idea, then it would be nice if he could create a FQBL sub-forum of Off Topic where the league(s) could conduct a draft, post threads approving/rejecting potential trades and updating team standings, post each team's "4 player active roster" for that week, and conduct other league business. Otherwise, I will look into play by e-mail (e.g. a Yahoo or Google Group) options.

7. Miscellany

Until or unless someone with more fantasy sports experience volunteers, I will be the league director. If demand exceeds number of teams, then we will split into as many leagues as necessary. I (or the league director) will attempt to find stats online and calculate each head-to-head matchup. If stats cannot be found online or one of your active players does not participate, you earn a 0 in all categories for that player for that week. Depending on communication, each GM's four-player active roster for each week must be either posted or e-mailed to the league director (depending on communication form) by 8:00 AM Eastern Time the day of the tournament (presumably this is before any tournament games have been played; also, this is 8:00 AM on the first day for two-day tournaments). Right now there is a one poster, one team rule. If demand ends up being high enough that multiple leagues are necessary, then I will look into the option of the same poster participating in multiple leagues. If I have left out some important detail, please post about it.