This is the general announcement for the 2014 Vanderbilt University Pre-Nationals, a regular difficulty high school quizbowl tournament, to be hosted at Vanderbilt's Buttrick Hall, 2400 Vanderbilt Pl, Nashville, TN 37212, (and Stevenson 4309 auditorium) on Saturday, April 19th, 2014. It will use this year's Prison Bowl set
Registration will begin at 8:00 AM, the first round by 9 AM, and the tournament will hopefully finish by 5 PM.http://www.hsquizbowl.org/db/tournaments/2092/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 limited, so I've linked the campus map as well as the Medical Center parking map here
. These 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.Questions:
This tournament will use the 2014 Prison Bowl set
, written by Hunter College High and University of Buffalo team members. Questions are 20/20 format with 20 tossups in a round accompanied each by a 3-part, 30 point bonus, and tiebreakers. There will be negs, but no powers, and ACF rules
sections D-I will be followed.Affiliation:
We are seeking PACE Affiliation hopefully at a Platinum-level, but the field for NSC fills up quickly and will possibly be full by the time this tournament happens.Format:
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 10 games, double-elimination (liable to change as well with staffer count). Rounds will not be timed, but no round should be longer than 35 minutes. Statistics will be kept in full. Trophies will be awarded to the top (likely three) teams, and book prizes will be awarded to the top three individual scorers. The Vanderbilt team reserves the right to cap the field based on moderator availability, which we are especially short on for this tournament. The current cap is 24 teams.Fees:
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.
There will be a $15 discount for experienced staffers who can moderate, a $5 discount per buzzer, and a $5 discount for every 150 miles traveled one-way according to Google Maps.
The minimum fee is $50.Registration:This tournament is by invitation-only. We will email and contact as many teams as possible, however, if you feel that you didn't get one and deserve one, just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. (We are still contacting teams!)
EDIT: This tournament is now open to everyone.
E-mail us at email@example.com
1. The number of teams, buzzers, and staffers you can bring.
2. A phone number for a coach that will be there with you on the day of the competition.
3. An email address where you/your coach can be contacted for further details or changes.Payment:
We prefer payment on the day of, but feel free to send checks to us ahead of time (Email us for the address to send the check to!) All teams must pay by 4/19/14. Cash, personal checks, funds from an organization, or checks are all fine. Purchase orders, credit cards, Paypal, or anything else that we can't process will not be counted as payment and you will have to pay late fees of 25$. 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.Team size:
The maximum number of players on any one team is 6. 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.Food:
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
J. Alexander's 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 19th!
Member/Logistics, Vanderbilt Quiz BowlCurrent field: 12 teams/24 total, 9 buzzers, 3-4? moderator(s)
Ballard [KY] (1,1,1)
Corbin [KY] (1,0,0)
Dunbar [KY] (2,2,0)
duPont Manual [KY] (2,0,0)
L&N STEM (2,1,2)
Sidney [OH] (1,1,0)
University School of Nashville (1,1,1)