2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

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2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

Post by rahulkeyal » Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:12 pm

I am delighted to announce that the 2019 iteration of ACF Fall will take place on November 2, 2019.

The tournament will be edited by Ganon Evans, Justin French, Halle Friedman, Katherine Lei, Caroline Mao, Ben Miller, Tracy Mirkin, Clark Smith, and Kevin Yu. I, Rahul Keyal, will be overseeing set production with assistance from Rohin Devanathan and various ACF members.

Registration

Teams may register for ACF Fall by filling out this form.

Fees

The fee structure will be as laid out in ACF’s revised hosting guidelines:

Base fee: $150
New to quizbowl discount: –$100
Shorthanded discount (1-2 players): –$75
Buzzers: –$10 per functional system
Staffers: –$15 per staffer with functional laptop
Travel: –$10 per 200 miles traveled one-way

The "New to quizbowl" discount is intended for schools that did not send a team to any regular collegiate academic tournament (exclusively Novice tournaments do not count) since September 2018, and have no one on the team(s) claiming this discount who played those tournaments for another school.

Host sites will bill teams as soon as possible after the teams register. Teams should pay their host sites by whatever method is convenient for the hosts, who will in turn pay ACF by check, bank transfer, cash, or by PayPal for an additional fee.

The fee structure will likely differ for teams attending sites outside of the United States, and will be determined by ACF and the host sites by August 24.

Packet submission

Any team with at least two people on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament* (either as a college student or as a high school student) prior to September 1, 2018, is required to submit a half-packet, unless it is a high school team attending a high-school-only mirror. If you are unsure whether your team is required to submit a half-packet, please email us at fall@acf-quizbowl.com.

* For these purposes, all ACF tournaments, NAQT SCT (Division I or Division II), NAQT ICT, and typical college-level academic invitationals count as regular collegiate academic tournaments. Pop culture or “hybrid” tournaments, HCASC, and tournaments played on NAQT’s Collegiate Novice series sets do not.

The submission schedule is as follows (your submission must be sent to fall@acf-quizbowl.com by 11:59 PM PDT):

September 7: –$30
September 21: –$15 (–$30 if optional)
October 5: no penalty (–$15 if optional)
October 12: +$25
October 19: +$50
Packets submitted later than October 20 will receive an additional penalty of +$10 per day starting on October 21.

The submission discounts and penalties – but not the schedule – will likely differ for teams attending sites outside of the United States, and will be determined by ACF and the host sites by August 24.

If your team is obligated to submit a half-packet or wishes to do so, email fall@acf-quizbowl.com to request a 12/12 distribution. It's never too early to start writing!

Hosting

If you are interested in hosting a mirror of ACF Fall, please contact ACF’s Mirror Coordinator, Alex Damisch, at hosting@acf-quizbowl.com. Hosts will be expected to abide by ACF’s Hosting Guidelines, which have been extensively revised for 2019–2020.

ACF intends to mirror ACF Fall in the following regions:

Northeast:
Upper Mid-Atlantic:
Lower Mid-Atlantic:
Southeast: Georgia Tech
Florida: Florida
Great Lakes: Ohio State
Midwest: Chicago
North: Minnesota
South Central: Texas-Austin
Mountain West: Colorado
Northern California: California-Berkeley
Southern California:
Northwest: Washington
Eastern Canada: Carleton University
United Kingdom:

We are still working to finalize sites in the Mid-Atlantic, Southern California, and the United Kingdom.

High-school-only sites:

Fields for each site can be found here.

High school teams and high-school-only mirrors

In order to encourage growth in small circuits that would benefit from a larger field, ACF will allow high school teams to attend select collegiate mirrors of ACF Fall. Collegiate hosts interested in having high school teams attend their mirror should contact hosting@acf-quizbowl.com to apply for an exemption. If this exemption is granted, hosts will work with the ACF mirror coordinator to assess high school teams’ requests to play the tournament on a case-by-case basis. This policy is not intended to let strong high school teams play against new collegiate teams, but rather to strengthen small collegiate circuits that would benefit from a larger field with local high school teams of comparable strength.

ACF is also willing to provide the set for high-school-only tournaments. Those interested in hosting a high-school-only mirror of 2019 ACF Fall should express interest by email to hosting@acf-quizbowl.com.

ACF will not delay the discussion or public availability of ACF Fall questions after the weekend of November 2. High school sites are welcome to express interest in holding mirrors on other dates, but they do so at their own question security risk.

If you have any other questions or concerns, please forward them to fall@acf-quizbowl.com.
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Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

Post by Aaron's Rod » Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:36 pm

I've split the discussion of packet-submission at 2019 ACF Fall to a Collegiate Discussion thread.
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Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

Post by Goofy Evanescence Vine » Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:54 pm

rahulkeyal wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:12 pm
ACF will not delay the discussion or public availability of ACF Fall questions after the weekend of November 2. High school sites are welcome to express interest in holding mirrors on other dates, but they do so at their own question security risk.
Does this include possible mirrors after November 2? Hosting any kind of serious tournament (especially a high school tournament) on clear questions seems like a bad idea.
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Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

Post by Cherrybell Miramonte » Tue Aug 06, 2019 9:12 pm

Goofy Evanescence Vine wrote:
Tue Aug 06, 2019 8:54 pm
rahulkeyal wrote:
Mon Aug 05, 2019 6:12 pm
ACF will not delay the discussion or public availability of ACF Fall questions after the weekend of November 2. High school sites are welcome to express interest in holding mirrors on other dates, but they do so at their own question security risk.
Does this include possible mirrors after November 2? Hosting any kind of serious tournament (especially a high school tournament) on clear questions seems like a bad idea.
yea would appreciate clarification on this, because if that's the case then what the fuck, that's an insanely terrible idea
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Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

Post by The King's Flight to the Scots » Wed Aug 07, 2019 8:05 pm

ACF has not allowed, and will not allow, its questions to be used for formal high school tournaments after they are clear. That clause is there because ACF questions are often used for other purposes, including NASAT tryouts, at a time after they have been released. We included it to notify community members seeking to use our questions after that date that security cannot be guaranteed, and high schoolers playing the questions will have to do so on the honor system.
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Re: 2019 ACF Fall Global Announcement: November 2, 2019

Post by rahulkeyal » Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:41 am

Registration for 2019 ACF Fall has opened! We are still working to finalize sites in the Mid-Atlantic, Southern California, and the United Kingdom.
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