This tournament will be available for hosting March 19-April 23.
If you are interested in hosting, please contact me at [email protected] by January 15. The hosting fee will be $40 per team, and the recommended fee structure is as follows:
- $80 per team
- -$30 for teams new to quiz bowl (defined as having not played a tournament in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 seasons)
- -$15 per trained staffer with a functioning laptop
- -$10 per working buzzer set with at least 8 working buzzer
- -$10 per 200 miles traveled one-way. Distances decided via Google Maps
We will also accept bids for high-school-only mirrors; if you would like to host a mirror for high school teams, please note that in your email. We would like to emphasize that these questions are not harder than regular high school difficulty.
Hosts and Tentative Regions
- Northeast (ME/NH/VT/MA/RI/CT)
- Upper Mid-Atlantic (NY/NJ/DE/Eastern PA)
- Lower Mid-Atlantic (MD/VA/NC/DC)
- Southeast (TN/KY/GA/AL/SC/FL)
- Great Lakes (MI/OH/WV/Western PA)
- Midwest (IL/MO/IN): Purdue
- North (MN/IA/WI)
- South Central (TX/LA/OK/KS)
- Mountain West (CO/UT/WY)
- Northwest (WA/OR/ID/BC)
- Eastern Canada (ON/QC)
This tournament is intended for players with no or very little quiz bowl experience. Players with extensive quiz bowl experience are encouraged to help staff.
You are not eligible for this tournament if you meet any of the following criteria:
- You have ever scored more than 60 points per game at a quiz bowl tournament (excluding middle school tournaments).
- You have made the playoffs at HSNCT or top 32 at NSC.
- You have played ICT (DI or DII) or ACF Nationals.
The tournament set will have 12 packets of 24 tossups and 24 three-part bonuses each worth 10 points each. Tossups will be between 6-7 lines in 10pt Times New Roman font, and bonuses will be length-controlled to ensure a quick-moving tournament experience. As of now, the Purdue University Quiz Bowl Team plans to write and edit all the questions in-house.
As this tournament is intended for novice quiz bowl players, difficulty will be strictly controlled, and questions will be written assuming the players have little prior familiarity with the quiz bowl canon. To reference other sets, the target difficulty will be easier than 2021 ACF Fall and similar to last year’s Spring Novice.
Each packet will have the following distribution of questions (X/Y indicating X tossups and Y bonuses):
- 4/4 Literature
- 1/1 Novels
- 1/1 Poetry
- 1/1 Drama
- 1/1 Short Stories and Miscellaneous
- 4/4 History
- 1/1 American History
- 1/1 European History (including British Isles)
- 1/1 World History
- 1/1 Other History (including ancient history, British commonwealth, historiography, and cross-category)
- 4/4 Science
- 1/1 Biology
- 1/1 Chemistry
- 1/1 Physics
- 1/0 or 0/1 Mathematics
- 1/0 or 0/1 Computer Science, Earth Science, and Astronomy
- 3/3 Fine Arts
- 1/1 Painting and Sculpture
- 1/1 Classical Music
- 1/1 Other Arts (including but not limited to architecture, jazz, opera, dance, fashion, and film)
- 3/3 Beliefs and Legends
- 1/1 Philosophy
- 1/1 Practices
- 1/1 Stories
- 2/2 Social Science
- 1/0 or 0/1 Economics
- 1/0 or 0/1 Psychology
- 1/1 Other SS (including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, linguistics, political science, international relations, and law)
- 2/2 Popular Culture
- Evenly distributed between pop music, video games, movies, TV, sports, and other/miscellaneous
- 2/2 The World
- 1/1 Geography
- 1/1 Current Events