Announcement: Boilermaker Spring Novice (March-April 2022)

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Announcement: Boilermaker Spring Novice (March-April 2022)

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The Purdue University Quiz Bowl Team is happy to announce Boilermaker Spring Novice, a successor to last year’s Spring Novice written by current and former members of Purdue Quiz Bowl, intended for playing in Spring 2022. This tournament will match the style and difficulty of previous Spring Novice sets, with the same goal of introducing new players to college quiz bowl.

Hosting
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
With a minimum fee of $50. Hosts will not have to pay any hosting fee for teams that qualify for the “new to quiz bowl” discount, i.e. hosts will make more money from new teams. We strongly encourage hosts to reach out to new schools and less-active clubs and will be happy to assist with such outreach.

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)
  • California
  • Northwest (WA/OR/ID/BC)
  • Eastern Canada (ON/QC)
  • UK
These regions are subject to change based on demand and hosting availability.

Eligibility
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.
If you meet one or more of these criteria but believe you still fit the intended audience of this tournament, email me at [email protected] to request an eligibility exemption.

Question Set
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
    Note: literature questions will also be distributed across geographic areas and time periods
  • 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
    Note: “Stories” refers to legends and folklore from various cultures and religions, while “Practices” refers to rituals and observances. To reference distributions from other sets, “Stories” is mostly correlated to “Mythology” and “Practices” is mostly correlated to “Religion”
  • 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
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Re: Announcement: Boilermaker Spring Novice (March-April 2022)

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Who are the editors for this set?
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Re: Announcement: Boilermaker Spring Novice (March-April 2022)

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DavidB256 wrote: Wed Oct 27, 2021 11:22 pm Who are the editors for this set?
The editing duties will be split between Sarah Benner, Lalit Maharjan, and myself.
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Re: Announcement: Boilermaker Spring Novice (March-April 2022)

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Will this set be open to high school only mirrors?
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nicole. wrote: Thu Oct 28, 2021 11:09 am Will this set be open to high school only mirrors?
Answered in the OP:
“ 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.”
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Re: Announcement: Boilermaker Spring Novice (March-April 2022)

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quynh mccool wrote: Wed Oct 27, 2021 9:30 pm [*]4/4 Literature
  • 1/1 Novels
  • 1/1 Poetry
  • 1/1 Drama
  • 1/1 Short Stories and Miscellaneous
I would personally not recommend asking 1/1 drama at this level. In general, other sets using a genre-based distribution tend to ask a little under 1/1 drama in favor of having a little more than 1/1 long fiction, which is probably the most popular genre. Off the top of my head I can't say if 1/1 drama would really press a set of this difficulty for ideas in terms of accessibility, but I think upping the amount of long fiction is the way to go in terms of improving playing experience.
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