The distribution for this tournament will follow the standard ACF distribution, as laid out here.
Any team with at least two people on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament* (either as a college student or as a high school student) prior to September 1, 2018, is required to submit a half-packet. If you are unsure whether your team is required to submit a half-packet, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* For these purposes, all ACF tournaments, NAQT SCT (Division I or Division II), NAQT ICT, and typical college-level academic invitationals count as regular collegiate academic tournaments. Pop culture or “hybrid” tournaments, HCASC, and tournaments played on NAQT’s Collegiate Novice series sets do not.
The submission schedule is as follows (your submission must be sent to email@example.com by 11:59 PM PT):
- November 10, 2019: -$50
- November 24, 2019: -$25
- December 8, 2019: -$0
- December 22, 2019: +$25
- December 29, 2019: +$50
The submission discounts and penalties – but not the schedule – will likely differ for teams attending sites outside of the United States, and will be detailed on the relevant site's forum post.
If your team is obligated to submit a half-packet or wishes to do so, please register here. A half-packet distribution will be mailed to you. If you have already received a half-packet distribution, please still register, but no additional half-packet will be emailed to you. If you register and do not receive a half-packet distribution in a timely manner, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to meet a deadline, you must submit your half-packet before 11:59pm Pacific Time on that date. Half-packets should be submitted in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format. Please do not submit packets as pdfs. If a team wishes to outsource part of its packet to a player not expected to play on that team (e.g. a student who has graduated), it must first receive approval from the head editor. If anyone who works on a packet or has access to that packet ends up playing on a different team (e.g. if someone originally intended to be on McGill B instead plays for McGill A) please let the head editor and your local TD know as soon as possible.
This iteration of Regionals will be mirrored at the following sites:
- Northeast: Yale University
- Upper Mid-Atlantic: Rutgers University
- Lower Mid-Atlantic: University of North Carolina
- Southeast: Georgia Tech
- Florida: University of Florida
- Great Lakes: Carnegie Mellon University
- Midwest: University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
- North: University of Minnesota
- South Central: Rice University
- Mountain West: Kansas State University
- California: University of California - San Diego
- Northwest: University of British Columbia
- Eastern Canada: University of Toronto
- UK: Oxford Brookes University
Fill out the central 2020 ACF Regionals registration form with all relevant information. The form is here. The field for each site can be found here. Please register by January 20, 2020 at the latest.
Additional details can be found on the ACF website. Fees and discounts for this tournament are structured as follows:
- Base fee: $150
- Shorthanded discount (teams of 1-2 players): -$75
- Buzzer: -$10/functional system
- Staffers: -$15/staffer with laptop
- Travel discount: -$10 per 200 miles traveled one-way
- Packet submission discounts: As noted above
- New to quizbowl discount: -$100
This tournament is intended to be close in difficulty to ACF Regionals 2019, and easier than ACF Regionals 2018. While writing submissions, please keep the following in mind:
- At least 50% of tossup answerlines should be things that can be tossed up at ACF Fall or below. This does not mean “answerlines for which a theoretical Fall-level giveaway exists,” but rather answerlines that actually could have a Fall-level (or easier!) tossup written on them.
- The remaining tossup answerlines should be predominantly things that could be uncontroversially tossed up at regular difficulty. While you should feel free to submit tossups with unconventional answerlines that are still accessible (e.g. the trend of writing harder tossups on elements of core-canon works) these should make up no more than one or two of your overall submission.
- As Will put it last year, “Easy parts for bonuses should be genuinely easy,” gettable by around 90% of teams. However, try and avoid “curved yellow fruit” style bonuses that a) don’t reward knowledge and b) can actually obfuscate an answer.
- Tossups this year will be hard-capped at seven lines, 10-point Times New Roman with one-inch margins. Please do not submit tossups that run into the ninth line or are shorter than five full lines. For bonuses, please do not submit any bonus parts that are over three lines, and aim for 1-2 lines per part.
If you have any further questions, please send them to email@example.com.
- Berkeley A
- Colorado A
- Columbia A
- Cornell A
- Maryland A
- McGill A
- McMaster A
- NC State A
- NYU A
- NYU B
- Princeton A
- Princeton B
- Texas A
- Duke B