ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by Jeaton1 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:03 pm

Hi everybody,

This is a preliminary announcement for The University of Maryland's Spring Classic High School Tournament 2009 at the University of Maryland, College Park. It is scheduled for May 2nd, 2009. I realize that this date is smack in the middle of the AP testing period but this is the only date we are able to reserve rooms with the university in the month of May, so I hope this setup does not severely impact attendance.

The base cost for this tournament will be $70 per team and $60 for each subsequent team per school.

The following discounts are also available:
-$5/buzzer system
-$10/moderator
-$5 for early registration (by April 19th)

Currently, the rooms and meeting times (as well as specifics in the format) are TBA but I will be sure to post these as soon as humanely possible.

For more information or registration, please e-mail Jeremy Eaton at Jay5006@aol.com.

Thanks and we hope to see you in May,
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Sat Apr 04, 2009 1:59 pm

What format will be used at this tournament? House-written questions?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by Jeaton1 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:11 pm

The tournament will be played on housewritten questions. The specifics on number of rounds and bracketing will be announced as we get a better gauge on the number of teams attending.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Sat Apr 04, 2009 2:36 pm

ACF rules, i assume?

We would be interested in attending, but we'd have to decide this week to have an out-of-state "trip" approved by our school.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by Fucitol » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:38 pm

Board index ‹ High School Quizbowl ‹ Regular Season Tournament Announcements

Taken from the top of the page of this topic
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by at your pleasure » Sat Apr 04, 2009 8:58 pm

Jamie L. wrote:Board index ‹ High School Quizbowl ‹ Regular Season Tournament Announcements

Taken from the top of the page of this topic
Jeremy Eaton wrote:The University of Maryland's Spring Classic High School Tournament 2009
Er, I have trouble seeing how it is problematic to post the announcement for a tournament targeted at high schoolers in the high school section of the forums.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by BuzzerZen » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:10 pm

This thread is now confusing because I made a terrible hash of things by deleting a post accidentally. Please carry on as if nothing ever happened.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by Fucitol » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:44 pm

Anti-Climacus wrote:
Jamie L. wrote:Board index ‹ High School Quizbowl ‹ Regular Season Tournament Announcements

Taken from the top of the page of this topic
Jeremy Eaton wrote:The University of Maryland's Spring Classic High School Tournament 2009
Er, I have trouble seeing how it is problematic to post the announcement for a tournament targeted at high schoolers in the high school section of the forums.
I was explaining to the guy above me that he should read the page before asking questions like, "is this a high school tournament?"

That is the aforementioned deleted post, sorry for adding one more post about something that never happened.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by Adventure Temple Trail » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:50 pm

ACF-format rules (20/20 untimed tossups/bonuses, etc.) don't necessarily imply an ACF tournament, if that's the confusion here.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by at your pleasure » Sat Apr 04, 2009 10:38 pm

ACF-format rules (20/20 untimed tossups/bonuses, etc.) don't necessarily imply an ACF tournament, if that's the confusion here.
I suspect that is the case, altough the source of the confusion could also have been the fact that it is a housewrite by a college team. I suspect the former is more likely.
Now to be topical: What will the distribution be?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by Jeaton1 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 11:28 pm

The distribution will be more or less the standard ACF distribution; that is to say:

4/4 Science
4/4 Literature
4/4 History
2/3 or 3/2 Fine Arts
3/2 or 2/3 Religion, Myth, Philosophy
1/1 Social Science/Psychology
1/1 Geography
1/1 Trash/Other

And yes for the record, this tournament will be aimed at high school level difficulty.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Sun Apr 05, 2009 12:45 pm

Maryland likes to host things on Sundays, apparently?

This is also Mother's Day, so it may be a problem for some people. Regardless, i think we'd like to come. We'll see.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by Jeaton1 » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:30 pm

This is also Mother's Day, so it may be a problem for some people.
Drat, I didn't even think of that. I will talk to scheduling to see if it is feasible to change the date to the previous Saturday (May 9th) -- but until then this date stands.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:47 pm

Jeaton1 wrote:
This is also Mother's Day, so it may be a problem for some people.
Drat, I didn't even think of that. I will talk to scheduling to see if it is feasible to change the date to the previous Saturday (May 9th) -- but until then this date stands.
Well, you're male college student. It's somehow injected into your DNA to ignore/forget Mother's Day for those 4 (or more) years. I was once there...
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Post by Haaaaaaaarry Whiiiiiiiiiite » Sun Apr 05, 2009 3:48 pm

Jeaton1 wrote:Drat, I didn't even think of that. I will talk to scheduling to see if it is feasible to change the date to the previous Saturday (May 9th) -- but until then this date stands.
That would conflict with Virginia NAQT States though.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/10/09)

Post by Jeaton1 » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:25 pm

Sorry to confuse everybody, but since our our scheduling department is more impossible than ACF, this tournament will most likely be held on May 2nd. This is the week before AP exams start so there may be conflict there, but this way there is less conflict with the VCU tournament as well as it gives everyone the opportunity to spend time with dear old mom.

Again, I apologize for the disorganization of this announcement and hope this date works better for everybody.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Tue Apr 07, 2009 10:14 pm

I'm pretty sure we would want to come to this now, bringing one team, one buzzer set, and myself to moderate.

You should edit the thread title so teams aren't confused about the date. But this one works better for us at the moment. I hope other teams will attend as well.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by DumbJaques » Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:21 pm

I am looking into organizing some kind of individual side competition to go along with this event (similar to what ran at Weekend of Quizbowl this year). I'm not sure yet what questions would be used, but I'm trying to figure out when people would like to see this run. The options are pretty much after the tournament, during a slightly extended lunch, or beginning during normal lunch and concluding after the tournament. If people have thoughts on this, please let me know.

Oh yeah, if for some reason this wasn't clear, this would be for high school players, of course.
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Post by at your pleasure » Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:24 pm

A slightly extended lunch would be preferable, since not many people will want to stay late during AP week.
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Post by Kouign Amann » Sun Apr 12, 2009 12:28 am

Anti-Climacus wrote:A slightly extended lunch would be preferable, since not many people will want to stay late during AP week.
While I wouldn't mind staying late, I also think the extended lunch option would be best. That or the split option.
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Post by BroNi » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:00 pm

Kellenberg is considering sending 1 or 2 teams to this.
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Post by Jeaton1 » Sun Apr 19, 2009 7:03 pm

Tentative Field thus far:

Caesar Rodney
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Georgetown Day School (1-2)
Churchill (1-2)
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:23 pm

Caesar Rodney HS wrote:I'm pretty sure we would want to come to this now, bringing one team, one buzzer set, and myself to moderate.
I can confirm that we're definitely coming, by the way, in case it wasn't clear enough before this. This'll be our last tournament of the year before Nationals, so we hope it's a successful one with a good/tough field.
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Post by at your pleasure » Sun Apr 19, 2009 10:31 pm

I will have to confirm whether Whitman will be able to send a team tomorrow, but this should not be a problem.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Mon Apr 20, 2009 3:37 pm

Any word on the official starting and unofficial ending times for this tournament? I'd like to know how early we need to start our drive.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by Jeaton1 » Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:29 pm

Registration will begin at 8:15am and we hope to begin rounds promptly at 9:00am. The end of the tournament will most likely be around between 5 and 6pm.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:42 pm

Awesome, thanks. We'll try to be there early.
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Post by Kouign Amann » Mon Apr 20, 2009 5:43 pm

I think we're going to talk about this during practice this week. I'll have our coach let you know.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Thu Apr 23, 2009 11:00 pm

Got another field update? Looking strong so far, albeit small.
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Post by Nine-Tenths Ideas » Fri Apr 24, 2009 7:44 am

I can say we're interested in coming to this and should have a definite answer by Monday.
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Post by Nine-Tenths Ideas » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:34 pm

While Blake cannot attend, I have been given permission to attend alone. I will cover the full registration fee; that said, if any team has extra players or something, I would hope for "scab team" status. A one-man team I am not.
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Post by at your pleasure » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:02 pm

Whitman will be somewhere between "shorthanded" and "1-man team". If UMD and whoever from Whitman is playing approves, you're welcome to form a Whitman-Blake hybrid.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:18 pm

This tournament is just getting harder and harder! :smile: At least it'll be good practice for late May.

EDIT: Jeremy, how many rounds do you think we'll fit into the day? Lots and lots i hope, including consolations rounds, since i see the teams that are attending this as ones that will not mind staying "later" than many other schools would normally enjoy. We do have a 90-120 minute drive, but it's worth it for our last tournament before Nationals.
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Post by paulsausville » Mon Apr 27, 2009 8:28 pm

Isaac and Whitman person: I would like to make this hybrid team. we just need to split the cost three ways
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Post by Sir Thopas » Mon Apr 27, 2009 9:11 pm

We'll almost certainly be there. I'll email you when we have a mode of transportation and whatnot set.
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Post by Jeaton1 » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:19 pm

Right now we are looking at 10-11 rounds. The exact schedule is TBA at this moment (will be decided later this week as the number of attending teams becomes concrete) but consolation rounds will be available to anyone who wishes to stay after the prelims.

P.S. -- I have no qualms with a Whitman/Blake hybrid team.
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I know it's unrealistic and selfish to ask for the accommodation of one particular team over another, but is there any way for whoever is in charge of schedules to give St. Anselm's a first or second round bye if byes must be used? I have my little brother's First Communion that morning and will be hurrying over to UMD afterwards, and I would like to miss as few games as possible. If there aren't any byes, or it just isn't feasible to do so, I understand. Just thought I'd ask.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by Tower Monarch » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:44 pm

Jeaton1 wrote:Right now we are looking at 10-11 rounds. The exact schedule is TBA at this moment (will be decided later this week as the number of attending teams becomes concrete) but consolation rounds will be available to anyone who wishes to stay after the prelims.

P.S. -- I have no qualms with a Whitman/Blake hybrid team.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:49 pm

Prof.Whoopie wrote:I have my little brother's First Communion that morning...
On a Saturday?
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

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Prof.Whoopie wrote:I know it's unrealistic and selfish to ask for the accommodation of one particular team over another, but is there any way for whoever is in charge of schedules to give St. Anselm's a first or second round bye if byes must be used? I have my little brother's First Communion that morning and will be hurrying over to UMD afterwards, and I would like to miss as few games as possible. If there aren't any byes, or it just isn't feasible to do so, I understand. Just thought I'd ask.
I will keep this in mind when making the schedule.
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Post by Kouign Amann » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:54 pm

Caesar Rodney HS wrote:
Prof.Whoopie wrote:I have my little brother's First Communion that morning...
On a Saturday?
That's when they usually are, actually.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by Kouign Amann » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:54 pm

Jeaton1 wrote:
Prof.Whoopie wrote:I know it's unrealistic and selfish to ask for the accommodation of one particular team over another, but is there any way for whoever is in charge of schedules to give St. Anselm's a first or second round bye if byes must be used? I have my little brother's First Communion that morning and will be hurrying over to UMD afterwards, and I would like to miss as few games as possible. If there aren't any byes, or it just isn't feasible to do so, I understand. Just thought I'd ask.
I will keep this in mind when making the schedule.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Mon Apr 27, 2009 10:58 pm

Prof.Whoopie wrote:
Caesar Rodney HS wrote:
Prof.Whoopie wrote:I have my little brother's First Communion that morning...
On a Saturday?
That's when they usually are, actually.
Mine wasn't. But okay.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by DumbJaques » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:22 am

I think there actually might need to be a discussion about the whole hybrid team when it's going to see putting some of the top players from two NSC-attending teams together for a regular high school invitational. That seems like a silly idea to me, and I don't think it has much precedent in high school quizbowl (which is likely related to why it is not qualm-inducing to Jeremy, as his experience with actual quizbowl is pretty much exclusively collegiate, where such things are no big deal at all). So, don't count on it right now, but that doesn't mean scab teams can't be arranged to prevent people from playing solo or anything like that.

I wish that the MARYLAND SCHEDULING DEPARTMENT had allowed us to hold this event a bit later in May, so that we could produce more rounds for a tournament many teams are using for nationals prep. As previously posted, I am happy to organize a side event (doubles, or whatever) to run after the tournament itself concludes, which would be very early if we only run 10 rounds. Hopefully that will provide some more quizbowl for interested parties, so please let me know within the next few days if you'd like to sign up.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by Nine-Tenths Ideas » Tue Apr 28, 2009 8:27 am

DumbJaques wrote:I think there actually might need to be a discussion about the whole hybrid team when it's going to see putting some of the top players from two NSC-attending teams together for a regular high school invitational. That seems like a silly idea to me, and I don't think it has much precedent in high school quizbowl (which is likely related to why it is not qualm-inducing to Jeremy, as his experience with actual quizbowl is pretty much exclusively collegiate, where such things are no big deal at all). So, don't count on it right now, but that doesn't mean scab teams can't be arranged to prevent people from playing solo or anything like that.
Blake isn't attending NSC, firstly.
Secondly, I can understand possible objections, but I'm not sure that there are many people attending this tournament who have objections to this. If there are, I guess we can address it, but I was wondering what everyone else thinks.
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Post by Down and out in Quintana Roo » Tue Apr 28, 2009 9:31 am

Quint Carr and Cameron Orth played on a team at the last tournament at WJ in February. They were quite awesome. We didn't have a problem with it, and they were fairly nice guys, but they pretty much beat the crap out of us. Again, as long as we are playing good quizbowl against good teams, we don't really mind if we have to play a scab team here and there, but only if they take things seriously. Blake and Doug, though, are good dudes who we'll definitely have no problem playing.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by aestheteboy » Tue Apr 28, 2009 2:35 pm

Wow, I didn't even realize that this event was on a Saturday. This is quite an awesome discovery, and WJ will attend with one team.
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Post by paulsausville » Tue Apr 28, 2009 3:04 pm

Johannes Climacus wrote:
DumbJaques wrote:I think there actually might need to be a discussion about the whole hybrid team when it's going to see putting some of the top players from two NSC-attending teams together for a regular high school invitational. That seems like a silly idea to me, and I don't think it has much precedent in high school quizbowl (which is likely related to why it is not qualm-inducing to Jeremy, as his experience with actual quizbowl is pretty much exclusively collegiate, where such things are no big deal at all). So, don't count on it right now, but that doesn't mean scab teams can't be arranged to prevent people from playing solo or anything like that.
Blake isn't attending NSC, firstly.
Secondly, I can understand possible objections, but I'm not sure that there are many people attending this tournament who have objections to this. If there are, I guess we can address it, but I was wondering what everyone else thinks.
Again, I pretty much echo Isaac.
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Re: ANNOUNCEMENT: Maryland Spring Invitational (5/2/09)

Post by Kouign Amann » Tue Apr 28, 2009 4:46 pm

DumbJaques wrote: As previously posted, I am happy to organize a side event (doubles, or whatever) to run after the tournament itself concludes, which would be very early if we only run 10 rounds. Hopefully that will provide some more quizbowl for interested parties, so please let me know within the next few days if you'd like to sign up.
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Post by maxemuschs » Tue Apr 28, 2009 6:28 pm

As previously posted, I am happy to organize a side event (doubles, or whatever) to run after the tournament itself concludes, which would be very early if we only run 10 rounds. Hopefully that will provide some more quizbowl for interested parties, so please let me know within the next few days if you'd like to sign up.
As another interested party, I would enthusiastically sign up for this. I'll let my teammates know in the hope that they feel similarly.
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