ACF Nationals 2020 will be held August 8-9 at Northwestern University. I will be reprising my role as TD from last year's tournament.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACF cannot guarantee that holding ACF Nationals on the currently scheduled date will be advisable. We strongly recommend that teams refrain from booking non-refundable travel or hotels until closer to the tournament date, in case the tournament needs to be rescheduled again.
This tournament will be head-edited by Ryan Westbrook and Matthew Bollinger, with support from Derek So, Jennie Yang, Eric Mukherjee, and Jerry Vinokurov.
Information on who is eligible to play ACF tournaments and details regarding packet submission can be found on the ACF website under Guidelines.
This tournament will use the A-value qualification system, an explanation of which can be found here. Hosts of ACF Regionals 2020 should send information about the teams that receive bids to [email protected].
The editors of ACF Nationals are planning on writing 12 packets this year. Like the past two ACF Nationals, packet submission will be optional for ACF Nationals this year. The editors of ACF Nationals will work with teams interested in submitting to arrange packet submission, looking to get around 15 submissions for 10 total submitted packets. Please fill out this form if you would like to submit a packet. Packets should be sent to [email protected].
The distribution for ACF Nationals submitted packets is posted on the ACF website.
Finalized tossups for 2020 ACF Nationals will be capped at 8 lines in 10 point Times New Roman. However, this cap does not apply to submissions; submitting teams are allowed and encouraged to submit longer tossups.
Like previous years:
Additionally, if you submit a packet before registering for the tournament and subsequently do not attend ACF Nationals, whether because you do not qualify or because you choose not to attend, that packet can still be used for ACF Nationals. The discount the packet would have earned will roll over to the next ACF tournament that the school sends a team to. If the discount is greater than $70 (ACF's share of tournament fees), it can be spread among multiple teams from the same school, or the difference between $70 and the amount of the discount can be rolled over to a further tournament. Rolling over a discount does not preclude submitting a packet for the next ACF tournament, should that be required.ACF Nationals 2019 announcement wrote:Under this arrangement, packet submission will not be mandatory, but we're counting on teams capable of writing quality packets to work with us to ensure that we have enough submissions to edit the tournament. If we can't be sure that we'll have enough packets to make this work, we'll consider other options.
The base fee for ACF Nationals 2020 is $350.
- -$100 packet submission discount: packet submitted by Sunday, January 19
- -$50 packet submission discount: packet submitted by Sunday, February 23
- -$25 packet submission discount: packet submitted by Sunday, May 3
- Buzzer discount: -$10 per working system
- Staffer discount: -$100 for each staffer capable of reading a round in 35 minutes or less
The field for ACF Nationals 2020 is 48 teams.
If you would like to staff ACF Nationals, please send an email both to [email protected] and [email protected]quizbowl.com with the subject line "ACF Nationals staffing".