ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Post by CPiGuy » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:42 am

I am pleased to announce the 2020 Michigan Winter Tournament, a regular-minus-difficulty tournament to be available for mirrors starting January 2020.

The tournament will be written largely by members of the University of Michigan club, as well as several outside editors. The following people will be editors for the tournament (in alphabetical order):

Harris Bunker [UCSD] -- philosophy, social science
Emmett Laurie [Rutgers] -- US literature, history
Evan Lynch [Southampton] -- overall difficulty and quality control
Tyler McMaken [Colorado] -- auditory fine arts
Matt Mitchell [Colorado] -- physics, CS
Eric Mukherjee [ex-Penn] -- bio, chem
Jacob O'Rourke [ex-Truman State] -- literature
Rudra Ranganathan [Michigan] -- myth
Conor Thompson [Michigan] -- math, other science, religion, geography, other academic
Chandler West [Auburn] -- visual fine arts

We are potentially soliciting an additional literature editor.

This will be a closed tournament, with the exception of an online playtesting mirror to be announced later. Teams must consist of players from one institution, which can be a high school, college, or any other well-defined educational institution. Other than at the online playtest mirror, chimera teams will not be allowed. If you are directing a mirror and would like to request an exception to these eligibility rules, please email me (conchuirgaeilge@gmail.com) with your request. If you are playing a mirror and would like to request an exception to these eligibility rules, you will need to clear it both with me and with the tournament director of your mirror.

Our target difficulty is a 2 on the quizbowl calendar scale; we hope to produce a tournament similar in difficulty to EFT and somewhat easier than ACF Regionals. My goal is for the set to be interesting and break new ground without being particularly oppressive in difficulty; I don't believe that spiciness has to come at the expense of accessibility and will be doing my best to put that philosophy to work in my writing and editing.

The tournament will consist of sixteen packets of 22/22, intended to be read in their entirety and using the following distribution (all categories will have an equal representation as tossups and bonuses):

4 Literature
1 American
1 British
1 European
1 World

4 Science
1 Biology
1 Physics
0.75 Chemistry
0.625 Math (about two-thirds pure and one-third applied)
0.625 Earth/Astro/CS/Other

4 History
1 American
1 European (incl. British and Irish history)
0.625 Asia (incl. the Middle East and other non-East Asia things)
0.625 World Non-Asia
0.5 Ancient
0.25 Other

3.5 Fine Arts
1 Classical Music
1 Painting
0.75 Other Auditory/Performance
0.75 Other Visual

2.5 "Thought"
1 Philosophy
1.5 Social Science (split six ways equally between economics, linguistics, anthropology/archaeology, psychology/sociology, IR/polisci, and other social science)

2 "Beliefs"
1 Religion (split evenly between Judeo-Christian and not that)
1 Mythology (split 6/4/6 between Greco-Roman, other European, and non-European)

2 Other
1 Geography
1 Other Academic

Questions will be powermarked.

There will not be a designated finals packet; hosts not using all sixteen packets are free to use either packets 15/16 for finals or simply to continue in order. For tournaments which are using all the packets, or which might be using them for tiebreakers, we will provide a short packet of "extras" to use as tiebreakers or replacements. This will likely consist of fewer than ten tossups and fewer than five bonuses.

We are seeking mirrors in each of the following regions. The mirror fee will be $40 per non-house team. If you are interested in hosting a mirror, email me at conchuirgaeilge@gmail.com; if you are not in one of the listed regions or believe that your region could support multiple mirrors, we would still like to hear from you -- this is not an exhaustive list! (Likewise, we understand that there may not be mirrors in all of these regions.)

We would prefer mirrors in January or February to provide teams with a tournament to play during those months that is not Regs or SCT, but if you feel your circuit would be better served by a March mirror, we are open to that possibility.

As mentioned above, we expect hosts to read all 22/22 of the packets, rather than only the first 20/20 as many mirrors of e.g. NAQT's high school sets do. We will be keeping a strong control on question length (I expect all questions to be shorter than 750 characters, or 6-7 lines of 10-point TNR) in order to make sure that this doesn't lead to a significantly higher time burden on hosts.

List of Mirrors
New England:
Northeast: Rutgers (date TBD)
Mid-Atlantic:
Midwest:
North:
Great Lakes: Michigan (January 2020, date TBD)
Canada:
Southeast: Auburn (date TBD)
Florida:
Texas:
Rocky Mountains: Colorado (date TBD)
Northern California:
Southern California: California-San Diego (date TBD)
Northwest:
United Kingdom:

The Internet [open]: Discord (December 2019, date TBD, playtest mirror)
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Post by heterodyne » Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:32 pm

Does this tournament have a head editor? If not, how do you plan on handling the well-documented issues that arise in the absence of one?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Post by CPiGuy » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:20 pm

heterodyne wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 12:32 pm
Does this tournament have a head editor? If not, how do you plan on handling the well-documented issues that arise in the absence of one?
Based on conversation in the Discord, I realized that I was somewhat fundamentally misinformed about the nature of a head editor. So, to answer this question:

I will be managing the logistics and organization for the set, so we will have a central person to manage that. We have also brought Evan Lynch on to oversee difficulty consistency and control, as well as question quality, across categories (thanks, Evan!). Between the two of us, we will be fulfilling the roles generally performed by a head editor.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Post by justinfrench1728 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:33 pm

CPiGuy wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:42 am
I expect all questions to be shorter than 850 characters, or 7 lines of 10-point TNR
850 characters is still quite long— for comparison NASAT has a maximum of 900 characters. 24 tossups of 850 characters is about the length of 22 tossups of 900 characters, and 24 bonuses will take substantially longer than 20 bonuses regardless of question-length since the bulk of time spent on bonuses is from conferring.
CPiGuy wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:42 am
This will be a closed tournament, with the exception of an online playtesting mirror to be announced later.
This should be a decision left to local TDs. If a TD wants to run an open tournament, the editors of the set should trust that the TD understands their region and thus has a very good reason for running an open tournament. Sure, the TD can ask for permission from the editors, but why should the person that understands what's going on need to ask permission from an editor on the other side of the country?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Post by CPiGuy » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:37 pm

justinfrench1728 wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:33 pm
CPiGuy wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:42 am
I expect all questions to be shorter than 850 characters, or 7 lines of 10-point TNR
850 characters is still quite long— for comparison NASAT has a maximum of 900 characters. 24 tossups of 850 characters is about the length of 22 tossups of 900 characters, and 24 bonuses will take substantially longer than 20 bonuses regardless of question-length since the bulk of time spent on bonuses is from conferring.
Unfortunately you have been scooped. This has been edited to 750 characters based on my having received feedback to this effect from several others. We are planning on a hard cap of 750 characters and keeping most questions under 700.
justinfrench1728 wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:33 pm
CPiGuy wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:42 am
This will be a closed tournament, with the exception of an online playtesting mirror to be announced later.
This should be a decision left to local TDs. If a TD wants to run an open tournament, the editors of the set should trust that the TD understands their region and thus has a very good reason for running an open tournament. Sure, the TD can ask for permission from the editors, but why should the person that understands what's going on need to ask permission from an editor on the other side of the country?
I don't want to turn this into a thread about the merits of open mirrors, but you're wrong, and editors absolutely have a right to set restrictions on how their questions should be played. I'm not an unreasonable person; if you have a good reason to hold a mirror as open I'll grant it, but you're going to have to explain why you need it. This also makes sure that we're 100% transparent about which mirrors are open so we avoid situations where TDs are holding "semi-open" mirrors without making that information public.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Post by Cody » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:42 pm

justinfrench1728 wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:33 pm
CPiGuy wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:42 am
I expect all questions to be shorter than 850 characters, or 7 lines of 10-point TNR
850 characters is still quite long— for comparison NASAT has a maximum of 900 characters. 24 tossups of 850 characters is about the length of 22 tossups of 900 characters, and 24 bonuses will take substantially longer than 20 bonuses regardless of question-length since the bulk of time spent on bonuses is from conferring.
I generally agree about the tossup length, and think that reducing the length of tossups when the number of tossups increases is the right move.

Bonus length is probably the most important component, though, and must be strictly controlled in order to have matches run smoothly. (This was a problem with the first mirrors of FST this year.)

Related, 16 packets is pretty ambitious and equivalent to 19.2 packets of 20/20. If I recall correctly, 15 packets is sufficient for all field formats (using statistical tiebreakers).
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Post by jacke » Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 pm

The distribution, difficulty, and length of tossups of this tournament together look very appealing. Looking forward to playing this at Rutgers next year! Will this tournament be powermarked, or is it 10's and negs only?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Post by CPiGuy » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:11 pm

jacke wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 1:50 pm
The distribution, difficulty, and length of tossups of this tournament together look very appealing. Looking forward to playing this at Rutgers next year! Will this tournament be powermarked, or is it 10's and negs only?
Ugh, I knew I'd missed something.

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Post by jacke » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:13 pm

CPiGuy wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:11 pm
Ugh, I knew I'd missed something.

The tournament will have powers.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Michigan Winter Tournament (Winter 2020)

Post by CPiGuy » Mon May 06, 2019 11:16 pm

After some internal discussion we've tweaked the distribution a bit. Most importantly, it's now 22/22. Length is unchanged.
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