TJMST 2021 Online (01/23/21) (MS-Closed)

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TJMST 2021 Online (01/23/21) (MS-Closed)

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The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology is pleased to announce the Thomas Jefferson Middle School Tournament (TJMST) on January 23rd, 2021. THIS TOURNAMENT WILL BE HOSTED ONLINE - SEE BELOW.

The tournament will be using MS-35, a question set produced by NAQT. As a result, the top 15% of the field (rounded up) will qualify for MSNCT.

TJMST's current field cap is 24, but this may be increased depending on staffer availability. Please sign up by January 16th. Teams will be limited to at most 6 people, so schools planning to bring more than 6 students should register another team. During the rounds, up to 4 students are permitted to play at any given time, and up to 2 students can sub out at halftime. Teams may have fewer than 4 people. Teams dropping out after 11:59 PM on January 19th will still be responsible for the entirety of the fee, though exceptions may be granted in extreme situations.

All students on a team must be from the same school (no “open” or “chimera” teams allowed). Seeing as this is a middle school tournament, all players must be middle schoolers or younger. In an effort to preserve regional boundaries in a virtual environment, only teams based in Virginia, DC, Maryland, and Delaware may attend TJMST, as has traditionally been the case. If you are not from these states but would like to play (i.e. PA, WV, NC), please email us at [email protected], and we may grant you an exception.


Rules against cheating and misconduct will be strictly enforced at this tournament. We reserve the right to remove anyone suspected of cheating or misconduct from the tournament. We will also notify coaches and relevant quizbowl organizations about any such acts. If you suspect anyone of cheating, please contact a TD immediately.

To monitor signs of cheating, we will be requiring a camera (laptop or webcam) to be on at all times during this tournament, directed in such a way that at least a player’s face and shoulders are visible.

We will not tolerate nor condone any form of misconduct. If you feel threatened or in any way unsafe at this tournament, please reach out to a TD or staffer and fill out this quizbowl misconduct form: ... Q/viewform

Due to the current health crisis, this tournament will be conducted entirely online through Discord, with a short opening meeting via a separate link. All players/coaches should join the Discord server at least a day before the tournament to familiarize themselves with the environment. The first round will start at 9 AM EST, but participants should aim to be on the server by 8:45. We plan for the tournament to end at 5PM EST. More information will follow in a logistics email the week before the tournament.

Registration fees per team:
$70 for schools that regularly participate in pyramidal quizbowl
$45 for schools that are new to pyramidal quizbowl

-$10 per each competent staffer (staffer discounts may run out if many staffers sign up)

Minimum registration fees:
$30 per team

Registration fees may be paid either by check or through online payments. Please send one payment per school. When making your payment, please note your school’s name and “TJMST 2021 Registration Fee” in the memo line. More details on payments will also come via the logistics email. If you need those details earlier to be able to organize payment, please request an invoice through NAQT’s registration system, and we will send payment information that way. While we will not require fees to be paid before tournament day, rest assured we will be following up with stragglers.


Please direct any questions to the Thomas Jefferson Quizbowl officers at [email protected]. We hope to see you on the 23rd!
Joshua Lian
Longfellow MS '17
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