Location and directions:
The tournament will take place in Buttrick Hall, 2400 Vanderbilt Pl, Nashville, TN 37212, approachable easily from I-440's exit 1A onto West End heading north, or I-40's exit 209B on Broadway heading South towards the Medical Center, or just from Charlotte Ave. to West End heading towards the West side of campus near the roundabout near Kirkland Hall. Note: you can't actually park near Buttrick, but you can drive up close to it (for drop-off) via West Side Row (off 24th Ave S) which will put you behind Rand Dining hall with a 2 minute walk to Buttrick. Stevenson is right across from Buttrick, so no worries there.
Parking: Is quite limited, so I've linked the campus map: http://www.vanderbilt.edu/traffic_parking/visitor-parking.php. This should give adequate guidelines for parking and locations. Tip: I'd suggest parking in either the Terrace Place or Wesley Place garages, which are about 7-10 minutes from Buttrick, but free and likely large enough, as opposed to the reserved lots that surround the area.
This tournament will use NAQT's Invitational Series set 134. Questions are 20/20 format with 20 tossups in a round accompanied each by a 3-part, 30 point bonus. Powers and negs are in play with no bouncebacks, and we will probably skip comp math.
The top 15% of the field will qualify for the HSNCT or High School National Championship Tournament hosted by NAQT in Rosemont, IL! With 32 teams, this is the top 5 teams in the field.
Edit: Also, this tournament is PACE Platinum certified! This means that the top 8 teams will qualify for the PACE National Scholastics Championship in the Reston outside Washington, D.C.
This tournament will use the 20 tossup/20 bonus format. Preliminary brackets will be seeded and then playoff brackets will be determined based on record. All teams will be offered a minimum of EDIT:10 games. Rounds will not be timed, but we will need to get through most of the 14 packets so no round should be longer than 35 minutes. Statistics will be kept in full. Trophies will be awarded to the top (likely four) teams, and book prizes will be awarded to the top individual scorers. The Vanderbilt team reserves the right to cap the field based on availability of space and staff; the final cap is Edit: 32! teams.
Base fee: $80 per first team, $70 per second team, so on. There is no limit to the number of teams who can attend from one school, but schools sending more than two teams are REQUIRED to provide a competent staffer. This will change if we get more than 15 or so total staffers.
Buzzer discount: $10 off school's total fee for each fully functional system (control unit and eight activators all work). There is no limit to the number of systems you can bring. Bring tape if any latching tabs are broken. As such we cannot give you the discount if your system doesn't work when you bring it to us.
Staffer/Moderator discount: $10 off school's total fee. Coaches, parents, and students all count so long as they don't play. Volunteering staffers will likely keep score, and they must stay through all the games (except finals) in order to receive credit for their school. There is no limit to the number of staffers you can bring.
Travel: $10 off the school's fee for every 150 miles traveled one-way from your school's address to Vanderbilt University, according to Google Maps.
Minimum fee: The minimum fee is $40.
Have not competed in a pyramidal, ACF- or NAQT-style tournament in the past two (2) years: $40 off per team (schools that claim this discount have no minimum fee).
For this tournament, you MUST e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- 1. The number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you intend to bring,
2. An email address where you can be contacted with details,
3. A cell phone number belonging to someone who will be attending the tournament, so that we can track you down if you are running late.
Anything that is not an email to email@example.com (Facebook PM, email to my personal account, forum post/PM) will only be taken as an expression of interest and I will verify with coaches if they actually want to register. However, feel free to contact us if you need anything. If you know of any schools that would like to attend, just forward them the link to this announcement or the email I've sent that also contains this entire announcement!
We prefer payment on the day of, but feel free to send checks to us ahead of time (Email us for the address to send the check to!) All teams must pay by 2/22/14. Cash, personal checks, funds from an organization, or checks are all fine. Purchase orders, credit cards, Paypal, or anything else that we can't process will not be counted as payment and you will have to pay late fees of 25$. All checks must be made out to "Vanderbilt Quiz Bowl". If you need a pre-tournament invoice or W-9 form in order to have a check written, you must let us know by February 1st, so that we can send you the paperwork in time and so your payment can be on time.
If you bring more than six players for one team, you need to register a second team to have all students play. Chances for substitutions always occur after Bonus 10 in each round (half-time), and if your moderator doesn't ask you, just briefly tell them the name of the player(s) you are substituting in/out. Each player may appear on only one team's roster throughout the day, and we will keep stats as such. Teams with one to four players are welcome.
Neither breakfast nor lunch (and definitely not dinner, because we won't be going that late) will be provided. However, here's a list of places, from fast-food to sit-down, that are open during lunch break which will likely be around an hour. Note: these are NOT in order of distance from Buttrick, and some are about a 15 minute walk, but Jimmy John's, Moe's, and Quiznos, San Antonio Taco Company, Panera, and Subway are closest to Buttrick.
- Along West End
Jack in the Box
Bread & Company
- Along 21st Ave S
San Antonio Taco Company
Please email me if you have any further questions. I'm looking forward to seeing a wide variety of teams from Tennessee and surrounding states on the 22nd!
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Member/Logistics, Vanderbilt Quiz Bowl
List of registered teams, buzzers, staffers (32 total, 16 buzzers, 12 staffers):
Ballard High [KY] (1,0,1)
Baylor School (1,1,0)
Blackman High (1,0,0)
Bolton High (2,0,0)
Brentwood High (1,1,0)
Calloway County High [KY] (3,1,2)
Central Magnet (1,1,0)
Eastern High [KY] (1,1,0)
Farragut High (1,2,0)
Germantown High (2,1,1)
Glasgow High [KY] (1,0,0)
Itawamba High [MS] (1,1,0)
Lawrence County High (1,0,0)
Lincoln County High (1,0,0)
L&N STEM Academy (2,0,0)
Mercy Academy [KY] (1,0,0)
Morristown-Hamblen West High (1,0,0)
Munford High (1,2,1)
Paintsville High [KY] (1,2,1)
Tupelo High [MS] (1,0,2)
University School of Nashville (3,1,1)
White Station High (2,0,1)