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2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Fri Aug 13, 2021 11:41 pm
by tpmorrison
This is the official announcement for 2021 ACF Winter, which will be held on November 6th, 2021. Like last year’s set, this set will target a difficulty halfway between ACF Fall and ACF Regionals. The tournament will be head edited by me (Tim Morrison). The subject editors will be:

Ethan Ashbrook: European Literature, Mythology, Philosophy
Vikshar Athreya: World History
Nick Jensen: US History, European History, Other History, Earth Science, Other Academic
Joseph Krol: World Literature, Visual Fine Arts, Other Fine Arts
Angela Lin: US Literature, British Literature
Steven Liu: Physics, Other Science
Benjamin McAvoy-Bickford: Religion, Geography, Current Events
Eric Mukherjee: Biology, Chemistry
Chris Sims: Music, Social Science

FORMAT:

We hope that ACF Winter can be held in person. However, we acknowledge that many schools are uncertain about the possibility of allowing large events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, it is possible that some mirrors of ACF Winter will be held online, and we will work to create the most authentic and engaging quizbowl experience possible under these circumstances. We will continue to post updates as we learn more.

REGISTRATION:

The registration form for teams can be found here. The field for each site can be found here.

If you are interested in staffing, please sign up via the staffer registration form. The form can be found here.

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 high school student) prior to September 1, 2020, is required to submit a half-packet, unless it is a high school team attending a high-school-only mirror. Please email [email protected] if you are unsure whether your team is required to submit a half-packet. A team that is not required to submit a packet may submit an optional packet by the no-penalty deadline for a $50 discount.

* 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.

Here is the submission schedule.

September 5th, 2021: -$50
September 24th, 2021: -$25
October 3rd, 2021: no penalty
October 17th, 2021: +$25
October 24th, 2021: +$50

There is an additional $10/day penalty for each day after October 24th. If teams required to submit a half-packet have not submitted by October 31st, they will be dropped from the tournament, with no exceptions.

If your team is going to submit a half-packet, whether required or not, email [email protected] to request a distribution. All finished packets must be sent to that email before 11:59 Pacific time on the day listed to receive the discount or penalty. Please format the half-packet in .doc or .docx before sending it. The email subject line should list the name of the school, the team number (if applicable), and the words “half-packet.”

DISTRIBUTION:

The subject distribution is listed at this link. Winter will be using the same distribution as Regionals.

FEES:

Fees and discounts for this tournament are structured as follows:

Base fee per team: $150
Shorthanded discount (teams of 1-2 players): -$75
Buzzer: -$10/functional system
Staffers: -$15 per staffer with functional laptop. Staffers must register with ACF in advance
Travel discount: -$10 per 200 miles traveled one-way
Packet submission discounts: As noted above
New to quizbowl discount: -$100

The new-to-quizbowl discount is for schools that did not send a team to any regular collegiate academic tournament (exclusively Novice tournaments do not count) since September 2020, 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, cash, or PayPal.

TIPS AND GUIDELINES:
- Please make sure your questions are harder than questions in ACF Fall and easier than at ACF Regionals. 2019 EFT and 2020 ACF Winter are good difficulty targets. A majority of your tossup answers should conceivably be a tossup answer at ACF Fall.
- Questions should be written in 10-pt Times New Roman with one-inch margins. Although you may submit longer questions, tossups will be capped at seven lines for the tournament. Each bonus part should be a maximum of three lines in length, with the majority being one or two lines long.
- When writing bonuses, aim for the easy parts to be converted by around 90% of teams. The giveaways for tossups should also conceivably be answered by the majority of teams. While creative questions are great, don’t sacrifice playability for novelty.

More information can be found in ACF’s packet submission guidelines.

HOSTS:
If you are interested in hosting a mirror of ACF Winter or have questions about hosting, please email ACF’s Site Coordinator at [email protected] and CC me at [email protected]. Hosts must abide by ACF’s Hosting Guidelines. The host sites will be updated below.

Northeast: Brown
Upper Mid-Atlantic: Haverford
Upper Mid-Atlantic Overflow: NYU (online)
Northeast Overflow: Yale (online)
Lower Mid-Atlantic: Virginia
Southeast + Florida: Florida
Great Lakes: OSU
Midwest: Missouri
Midwest Overflow: Purdue (online)
North: Minnesota
South Central: Oklahoma
California + Northwest: UC San Diego (online)
Eastern Canada: Toronto (online)
UK: Strathclyde and Oxford Brookes (online)

HIGH SCHOOL MIRRORS:

ACF Winter will be available for high school mirrors. If you want to host a high school mirror of Winter, please email [email protected]. High school mirrors are restricted to high school teams; no college teams can participate.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email at [email protected].

PACKETS RECEIVED:

-$50 deadline:

Claremont A
CWRU A
CWRU B
Illinois A
McGill B
MIT A
MIT B
MIT C
SIUE A

-$25 deadline:

Berkeley A
Cornell A
Indiana A
UBC A
William & Mary A

$0 deadline:

Cornell B
Florida B
Georgia Tech A
Georgia Tech B
Haverford A
Iowa State A
Kentucky A
Northwestern A
Northwestern B
NYU A
Purdue A
Stanford A
Texas A
Texas C
UNC A
UNC B
UNC C
UNF A
VCU A
Virginia Tech A
Warwick A
Waterloo A

+$25 deadline:

Cambridge B
Carleton A
Florida A
JHU A
Liberty A
Liberty B
McMaster A
Minnesota A
Minnesota B
NCF A
Nebraska A
Penn State A
Queens A
UNC D
Yale A

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Sun Aug 29, 2021 12:47 pm
by tpmorrison
Reminder that the -$50 packet deadline is a week from today, September 5th, at 11:59 PM Pacific!

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2021 1:37 pm
by tpmorrison
tpmorrison wrote: Sun Aug 29, 2021 12:47 pm Reminder that the -$50 packet deadline is a week from today, September 5th, at 11:59 PM Pacific!
The -$50 deadline is tomorrow, September 5th, at 11:59 PM Pacific

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:06 pm
by tpmorrison
Reminder that the -$25 packet deadline is in three days, September 19th, at 11:59 PM Pacific!

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 11:57 pm
by tnyowheoma
Hi everyone,

If you're interested in hosting a mirror of ACF Winter, the bid form is now open! Bids will be accepted until 11:59 Pacific time on Thursday, September 30th, and our goal is to have hosts announced a week later on October 7th. Similar to ACF Fall, we're accepting both in-person and online bids, while prioritizing in-person bids that can be safely held. If you have any questions about this, reach out to [email protected].

Registration for teams will open soon after bids are announced.

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:18 pm
by tpmorrison
tpmorrison wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:06 pm Reminder that the -$25 packet deadline is in three days, September 19th, at 11:59 PM Pacific!
The -$25 deadline has been extended to 11:59 PM Pacific on Friday, September 24th. Please send your packets in, and make sure to request a distribution if you haven't already!

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Fri Sep 24, 2021 1:44 pm
by tpmorrison
tpmorrison wrote: Mon Sep 20, 2021 1:18 pm
tpmorrison wrote: Thu Sep 16, 2021 10:06 pm Reminder that the -$25 packet deadline is in three days, September 19th, at 11:59 PM Pacific!
The -$25 deadline has been extended to 11:59 PM Pacific on Friday, September 24th. Please send your packets in, and make sure to request a distribution if you haven't already!
Today is the last day to submit your packet if you want a discount! Get your submissions in by 11:59 PM Pacific

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Sun Sep 26, 2021 10:47 pm
by tnyowheoma
A bump to state that the bid form for hosting ACF Winter closes this Thursday (4 days from now)! We're still seeking bids from most regions, so if you're at all interested in hosting a site for Winter, be the change you want to see in the world, and fill out the bid form.

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2021 2:44 am
by tpmorrison
Reminder that the third packet deadline is this Sunday, October 3rd at 11:59 PM Pacific. Get your packets in by then if you don't want a penalty!

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:39 pm
by tnyowheoma
Hi all, here to announce that sites for 2021 ACF Winter have been chosen, you can check them out in the main announcement post.*

And with that, registration for ACF Winter is now open for teams and staffers! The forms for both are also in the main post, and a note that team registration will close on Monday, November 1 at 11:59 PM Pacific time. Feel free to send questions you may have about registration my way at [email protected].

*Edit: If your region doesn't have a host listed, you're in a region that didn't submit a bid for Winter (the Mountain West, UK, and non-Florida Southeast regions, or any high school). For the time being, my inbox is also open to any schools that fall in the latter category and are interested in hosting a mirror.

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:31 pm
by tpmorrison
Reminder that the +$25 packet deadline is this Sunday, October 17th at 11:59 PM Pacific.

Re: 2021 ACF Winter: Global Announcement (November 6)

Posted: Thu Oct 21, 2021 4:05 pm
by tpmorrison
Reminder that the +$50 packet deadline is this Sunday, October 24th, at 11:59 PM Pacific. There will be an additional $10/day penalty for each day after October 24th. If teams required to submit a half-packet have not submitted by October 31st, they will be dropped from the tournament, with no exceptions.

In addition, I have updated the initial announcement with every submission I've received so far. If you do not see your submission, or you think I've given you the wrong penalty/discount, please email me.