Please note the change to our typical registration process, below, which involves registering via a Google Form. If you need any assistance, please e-mail Sean at the e-mail at the end of this post.
Location, directions & parking:
The tournament will most likely take place in Grace E. Harris Hall, located at the intersection of Main Street and Harrison Street, in Richmond, Virginia. One will want to park either on the street, or in the West Main Street Parking Deck, which has entrances on Cherry Street and Laurel Street and is nominally located at 801 W Main St. A campus map is accessible here.
The opening meeting will likely occur in Harris 101.
This tournament will use two question sets: WAO II and Delta Burke, a novice-level set produced annually by Valencia College.
We will run parallel Division I and Division II tournaments on WAO and Delta Burke respectively. To be eligible for Division II, teams must meet NAQT’s Division II eligibility restrictions AND contain no player who has ever scored more than 40 ppg at any high school or college academic tournament prior to this academic year. Teams who meet the Division II guideline but wish to play in Division I will be permitted to do so.
High school teams who wish to participate in this tournament must play in Division I.
All teams in the tournament must represent a single school – no unenrolled players or mixed teams will be permitted.
This tournament will use the standard collegiate untimed 20/20 tossup/bonus format and the ACF ruleset. Power marks will be used if they are provided in the question set by the editors.
Registration & fees:
base fee: +$120 per team to your school's total fee. There is no limit to the number of teams who can attend from one school.
buzzer discount: -$5 to your school's total fee for each fully functional system. There is no limit to the number of systems you can bring. A fully functional buzzer system is defined as follows:
- A buzzer system that clearly indicates which player has buzzed.
- The control unit and at least 8 activators work, including lights on either or both of the 8 activators and control unit.
- If the activators plug into a control unit via a modular connector, such as a telephone plug, tape must be provided if any latching tabs are broken.
travel discount: -$10 to your school's total fee for every 200 miles traveled one-way from your school's address to VCU, according to Google Maps.
minimum fee: The minimum fee is $0. You can bring enough buzzers and staffers to eliminate your fee, but you cannot have a negative fee.
To register for this tournament, fill out this form. Once you have submitted the form, there is no further action needed on your part in order to be officially registered. You will receive periodic e-mail updates from us after you have registered. Posts made in this thread do not count as official registrations.
Please feel welcome to share this announcement with any schools that you think would be interested in attending.
Method of payment:
All teams must pay by the day of the tournament. We prefer to accept payment in person right before the tournament starts, but we will accept checks by mail ahead of time if required by your school. Teams who do not pay by the day of the tournament will be charged a $25 penalty and will have two weeks to pay their total amount.
We can accept cash, personal checks, or checks from a school, school district, quizbowl club, or other source. We have no ability to process purchase orders, credit cards, Paypal, or any other forms of payment. Bringing forms of payment outside of the three listed will be considered nonpayment and subject you to the $25 late payment penalty.
All checks must be made out to "Quizbowl at VCU". If you require an invoice or W-9 form in order to have a check cut, you must let us know by October 28, so that we can send you the paperwork in time. If you do not let us know about this requirement by October 28, and it causes you to come to the tournament without your payment, then you will be subject to the $25 late payment penalty.
Team & roster size:
There may be a maximum of six players on one team's roster, up to four of whom may play at one time. There will be no exceptions to this rule. If you bring more than six players, you must register a second team to have all of them play. There is a halftime substitution opportunity in each game. Each player may appear on only one team's roster throughout the day; there is no switching from the B team to the A team, etc. Teams may play shorthanded, with fewer than four players.
The VCU team reserves the right to cap the field based on availability of space and staff; the current cap is 23 teams. Teams registering after the field is full will be placed on a waitlist and will enter the field as we expand or as teams drop.
Neither breakfast nor lunch will be provided by the tournament. We will provide a list of suggested eateries for the lunch break, which will be some time after 12 PM.
Tournament Director, VCU Fall College Tournament