John Lawrence will be head editor of this tournament; Will Alston, Stephen Eltinge, Stephen Liu, Eric Mukherjee, and Adam Silverman will also be editors. Michael Kearney will be Tournament Director. The field cap for the tournament will be 54 teams.
Information on who is eligible to play ACF tournaments can be found here.
Information on qualification for ACF Nationals can be found here.
The editors of ACF Nationals are planning on writing 13 packets this year. Like the past three 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 enough team submissions to make 10 total submitted packets.
The distribution for ACF Nationals submitted packets is posted on the ACF website.
Finalized tossups for 2022 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.2019 ACF Nationals 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.
Base fee: $325
Buzzer discount: -$10 per functioning buzzer system (with eight functioning buzzers).
Staffer discount: -$100 for each staffer capable of reading a round in ca. 35 minutes.
Packet discounts are listed below.
Teams will owe half the registration fee if they drop from the field with less than four weeks to go before the tournament (after March 11) and the full registration fee if they drop from the field with less than two weeks to go before the tournament (after March 25).
New this year: teams will be required to declare their intent to submit a packet for a particular deadline two weeks in advance in order to receive that deadline's discount. This will enable the editors to properly forecast and plan workloads. Teams should fill out this form to declare their intent to submit a packet for a particular deadline.
- -$100 packet submission discount: packet registered by Sunday, January 2 and submitted by Sunday, January 16.
- -$50 packet submission discount: packet registered by Sunday, February 6 and submitted by Sunday, February 20.
- -$25 packet submission discount: packet submitted by Sunday, February 27 and submitted by Sunday, March 13.
Attendees of ACF Nationals — whether players, staffers, or spectators — must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof to that effect. ACF’s definition of “fully vaccinated” will be the CDC’s definition on March 1, 2022, so players may be required to receive boosters if CDC guidelines decide it appropriate.
More details about fees, field size, the question distribution, and staffing will be available in the coming months.