Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, through Fall 2020)

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Bensonfan23
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Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, through Fall 2020)

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I'm excited to announce the 2020 iteration of Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT), a medium-difficulty set that will be available for mirrors beginning in March 2020! This tournament will be written by the current members of UT Austin’s Quizbowl team, with some assistance from outside subject editors (these are currently being determined, and will be updated shortly!).

Eligibility:
All players who are eligible under current ACF rules can play at collegiate mirrors of LIT. Closed high school teams are also eligible for all mirrors of LIT. This set will also be available for use in high school-only mirrors, as long as hosts clearly express their intent to host such a mirror in advance. Chimera teams will not be allowed, without any exception, for any physical mirrors of LIT, collegiate or high school-only. This tournament will have an open, playtest discord mirror the week before any physical mirrors of the set take place, and LIT will also be available for additional online open mirrors after all physical sites have finished (similar to ILLIAC in spring 2019), if demand exists for them.
Note: The ability for closed high school teams to play at either standard college mirrors of LIT or at closed high school mirrors is different than Terrapin 2019’s eligibility. Please plan accordingly!

Difficulty:
This tournament is intended to be similar in difficulty to Terrapin 2019, which is to say LIT is a medium-difficulty tournament that will be more difficult than EFT but also noticeably below the difficulty of ACF Regionals. As with Terrapin 2019, this tournament is being written with a majority of college teams as the target audience, but we will also strive to create a set that allows even the most experienced teams to meaningfully play and enjoy the tournament. Questions for this set will also be held to a strict limit of no longer than 7 full lines of text in size 10 TNR font.

Editing and Writing Team:
I, Ryan Humphrey, will serving as the head editor for this tournament. Jaskaran Singh will be the primary editor for history and current events/OtherAcademic. William Golden will be editing literature and pop-culture. Brad McLain will be editing religion, mythology, philosophy, and social science. I will be the primary science, painting, and other arts (visual) editor. Bryan Lu from Illinois will be guest-writing classical music. Kai Smith is providing guest editing for Classical Music and Other Academic (auditory). As stated above, the writing team for this set will consist of members of the UT Austin quizbowl club.

Distribution:
4/4 Literature:
-1/1 American
-1/1 British
-1/1 European
-1/1 World/Classical
4/4 History:
-1/1 American
-1/1 Continental European
-1/1 Commonwealth, Classical, Other, Historiography
-1/1 World
4/4 Science:
-1/1 Biology
-1/1 Chemistry
-1/1 Physics
-1/1 Other Science (.5/.5 Math and CS, .5/.5 Earth Sci, Astronomy, History of Science, Other)
3/3 Fine Arts:
-1/1 Painting
-1/1 Classical Music
-1/1 Other Arts
2/2 Thought:
-1/1 Social Science
-1/1 Philosophy
1.5/1.5 Beliefs:
-1/1 Religion
-.5/.5 “Myths and Legends” (with some text-based mythology content covered in literature)
1.5/1.5 Geo/CE/Other Academic/Pop Culture
-.75/.75 Geography and Current Events
-.75/.75 Pop Culture and Other Academic

There will be 15 packets in total for this tournament, 13 main packets with two packets set aside for the two finals rounds. The two finals packets may be marginally more difficult, but will still be noticeably easier than ACF Regionals in difficulty.

Mirror fees: The mirror fee for this set will be 40$ per team (house teams included).

List of Mirrors:
Discord (open): Sunday, March 8th.
Texas (main site): UT-Austin, TBD.
Great Lakes: UIUC TBD.
Mid-Atlantic: Johns Hopkins University, TBD
Minnesota: TBD
Lower Midwest: TBD
Northeast: Harvard, date TBD.
Canada:
Pacific Northwest: University of Washington, TBD.
Carolinas: Duke, TBD.
Florida: University of Florida, TBD.
Southeast: Auburn, TBD.
Northern California: Stanford, TBD.
Southern California:
Mountains: BYU, TBD
UK:
High School (Texas): Texas Invitational (Strake Jesuit), Saturday, March 28th.
High School (Illinois): UIUC, April 11th.
High School (New Jersey): Ridgewood High School, May 9th.

All inquiries regarding mirrors should be sent via email to Ryan Humphrey at the following address: [email protected]. Tentatively, this set will be available for mirrors beginning the 1st Saturday of March, 2020 (3/7/2020).
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Duke University (Biology and History, Class of 2018)
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Re: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Spring 2020)

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A brief update on this set's progress, which is coming along nicely. LIT is just under half completion at this point, and I have no doubts that the set will be ready by the originally announced date.

I'd like to emphasize a few key points that we're trying to accomplish with this set. First, every tossup in this set will be no longer than 7 lines, with powermarking but before pronunciation guides are added. Particular attention is also being paid to keeping bonus lengths manageable. Lastly, as I stated in the first post, the intended difficulty of this set will be between that of EFT and a regular difficulty set.

We would like this tournament to be mirrored as widely as possible, so teams interested in mirroring LIT in the spring are encouraged to reach out to me with date requests.
Ryan Humphrey
UT Austin (Cell & Developmental PhD Program, 2018-?)
Duke University (Biology and History, Class of 2018)
George Washington High School (Charleston, WV, Class of 2014)
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Re: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Spring 2020)

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A few updates on this set's progress, LIT is now over 70% completion and is quickly approaching 80%. We've also added Jack Mehr onto the editing team as a guest editor for literature. The main post has been updated with our first mirror requests. Teams interested in mirroring LIT from regions without mirrors listed are encouraged to reach out to me ([email protected]) to do so.
Ryan Humphrey
UT Austin (Cell & Developmental PhD Program, 2018-?)
Duke University (Biology and History, Class of 2018)
George Washington High School (Charleston, WV, Class of 2014)
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Re: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Spring 2020)

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Another brief update on LIT's progress, the set is just under 90% completed at this point and will definitely be ready by the first mirror dates. We've currently confirmed mirror locations in most of the major US regions, though some of the exact dates are still waiting on room reservations to be confirmed. We are still in the process of trying to add sites in as many other regions as possible from those listed in the main post to keep teams from travelling prohibitively far to play our set.

The only regions we haven't heard from yet or have been able to get into contact with are Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you're interested in mirroring LIT in one of those regions! As for all other regions listed, which are currently without announced sites, we are currently working with teams to set up sites in them as soon as possible.
Ryan Humphrey
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Duke University (Biology and History, Class of 2018)
George Washington High School (Charleston, WV, Class of 2014)
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Re: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Spring 2020)

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In light of the recent covid-19 developments, a few of our initial mirrors have had to be either postponed (Florida) or cancelled (Harvard). We are currently waiting to see how this situation develops further before making any broad statements about LIT, which will largely depend on additional college closures and our later mirrors. However, we are currently open to extending the timespan for mirrors of LIT (through the summer), and are willing to offer an additional closed online mirror(s).

More drastically, we are also open to the possibility of re-branding this set to be played in the EFT slot in Fall 2020 if necessary (not entirely difficult considering the set's already written and has only had one open mirror). We are currently reaching out to our hosts to ask their opinions on this, and if we did move to the fall, our the definition of a closed team would be the same as if it were played in spring 2020. Please stay tuned.
Ryan Humphrey
UT Austin (Cell & Developmental PhD Program, 2018-?)
Duke University (Biology and History, Class of 2018)
George Washington High School (Charleston, WV, Class of 2014)
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Re: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, Spring 2020)

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As an update on this based on the numerous cancellations (Harvard, Duke, JHU, and likely others) due to campus closures related to covid-19, we are now re-branding LIT as a set to be played at mirrors in the EFT slot next fall (late August or September). Given the unusual nature of this situation, we will still honor our existing mirrors this spring if hosts prefer to run them as planned (particularly high school mirrors).

We are now recommending college hosts move their sites until the fall if possible, and teams that are currently scheduled to host will have priority in moving their bid to the fall. Eligibility to play LIT under this revised plan will be the same as this spring (if you could play on a closed team in March, you're still allowed to play next fall; this is an editors decision).
Ryan Humphrey
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Duke University (Biology and History, Class of 2018)
George Washington High School (Charleston, WV, Class of 2014)
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Re: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, through Fall 2020)

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Question regarding the set. Since it is moving to the Fall, would then graduating students this spring still be able to retain their eligibility for this tournament and be able to play it?
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Re: Longhorn Invitational Tournament (LIT, through Fall 2020)

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Here Comes Rusev Day wrote:
Thu Mar 12, 2020 5:09 pm
Question regarding the set. Since it is moving to the Fall, would then graduating students this spring still be able to retain their eligibility for this tournament and be able to play it?
Yes. To quote my announcement above "eligibility to play LIT under this revised plan will be the same as this spring (ie. if you could play LIT in March, you're still allowed to play it in the fall; this is an editors decision). This isn't a national tournament, so we want to be lenient on this and allow everyone who could've played LIT as originally announced to play it in the fall as well. And to clarify this a bit more, they would only be able to play LIT as the same school they could have played with this spring, we're not allowing true open teams.
Ryan Humphrey
UT Austin (Cell & Developmental PhD Program, 2018-?)
Duke University (Biology and History, Class of 2018)
George Washington High School (Charleston, WV, Class of 2014)
Former PACE Member (2017-2019)

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