MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

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MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

Postby alinktothefuture » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:52 am

Hello, everyone! I am pleased to announce the fifth annual MIT Fall Academic Tournament, which will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016.

LOCATION AND SCHEDULE: The tournament will take place on MIT's campus in Cambridge, MA. Teams should report to room 2-190 (located in Building 2) in the morning for registration and opening announcements. We ask that teams arrive between 8:15 and 8:45 in the morning for registration; the opening meeting will start as soon as all teams have arrived, with games beginning immediately following the meeting's conclusion. Games will take place in Buildings 2 and 4. A map with these locations highlighted can be found here.

Teams will play a minimum of 9 games. If everything runs smoothly, we expect the tournament to conclude around 5 PM.

GETTING TO MIT: MIT is easily accessible via the Boston T system by taking the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT stop. We recommend teams avoid driving if possible, as parking is very difficult to find on the MIT campus. Driving directions are available here, and a list of parking locations on campus can be found here.

FORMAT: Rounds will consist of 20 tossup questions that can be answered by members of either team. If a team answers a tossup question correctly, they will then play an unrelated three-part bonus question that only their team can answer.

Each team can have up to six players on its roster, but only four players may play at any one time. Schools planning to bring seven or more players should register a second team.

QUESTION SET: We will be using NAQT's IS-158 question set. A sample question packet is available here.

Teams placing in the top 15% of the tournament will qualify for NAQT's High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT). This tournament is also a Platinum Qualifier for the PACE National Scholastic Championship (NSC), meaning that teams placing in the top quarter of the tournament will qualify to attend the NSC.

FEES: The registration fees for this tournament are as follows:

+$75: first team from a school
+$70: each additional team from a school
-$10: each volunteer staffer provided by a school.
-$5: each buzzer set provided by a school. In order to receive this discount, the buzzer system must be fully functional.
-$10: for teams traveling in excess of 200 miles one-way, as determined by the distance Google Maps provides between MIT and your school.
+$10: to purchase a paper copy of the questions used.
The minimum fee for a school is $0.

PAYMENT: Teams may pay either in advance or on the day of the tournament. Either cash or check is acceptable; please make checks out to "MIT Quiz Bowl Team." If your school requires an invoice prior to payment, please let us know as soon as possible.

REGISTRATION: This tournament is open to teams from all geographic areas and levels of experience. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The field cap is 24 teams and will likely stay at that number. Once the cap is filled, new teams will enter a waitlist and be added to the field if registered teams drop.

In order to register for this tournament, please email ALL of the following information to me at saumilb [AT] mit [DOT] edu:
1. School name
2. Number of teams you are registering
3. The name, email, and cell phone number of a coach or responsible adult who will be present at the tournament.
4. The number of buzzers and staffers you are intending to bring.
5. If you would like to purchase a paper copy of the questions (maximum one per school).

Although expressions of interest in this forum are appreciated, the only official channel for registration is to email the above information to me. Registering teams should receive an email of confirmation within a day.

Please feel free to contact me at saumilb [AT] mit [DOT] edu if you have any questions or concerns about the tournament. We look forward to hosting your team for an exciting day of quizbowl!
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

Postby alinktothefuture » Thu Aug 25, 2016 12:56 am

REGISTERED TEAMS
Acton-Boxborough (2 teams)
AMSA (2 teams, 2 buzzers)
Andover (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Belmont (1 team, 1 buzzer)
Brookline (2 teams, 1 buzzer, 1 staffer)
Framingham (1 team, 2 buzzers)
Lexington (2 teams, 1 buzzer)
Phillips Academy (3 teams, 3 buzzers)
Phillips Exeter (3 teams)
Plymouth Regional (2 teams, 1 buzzer)
Shrewsbury (2 teams, 1 buzzer)

TOTAL: 21 teams, 13 buzzers, 1 staffer
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

Postby troyharris » Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:32 am

I just wanted to note that Plymouth Regional qualifies as a small school. I am assuming that if this is an open invitational for nationals (all-school), that it is also a qualifier for the SSNCT, correct?

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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

Postby Important Bird Area » Thu Sep 01, 2016 12:40 am

troyharris wrote:I just wanted to note that Plymouth Regional qualifies as a small school. I am assuming that if this is an open invitational for nationals (all-school), that it is also a qualifier for the SSNCT, correct?


Yes, this tournament is a qualifier for the 2017 SSNCT.
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

Postby alinktothefuture » Sat Sep 24, 2016 3:31 pm

Prelim statistics are now available here.
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

Postby alinktothefuture » Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:52 pm

Congratulations to Lexington A for winning the 2016 MIT Fall Academic Tournament! Lexington A defeated Phillips Academy B in an advantaged final to win the tournament.

The top six teams were:
1. Lexington A
2. Phillips Academy B
3. Phillips Academy A
4. Belmont
5. Brookline A
6. Framingham

All statistics are available on the database entry here.

Thanks again to all the teams who joined us on Saturday! We look forward to seeing you again at one of our tournaments in the future.
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

Postby troyharris » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:02 pm

Jeff,
Thank you for your previous response about SSNCT qualification. I had asked the tournament director about the qualification standards for SSNCT but he wasn't sure of how that would work. As Plymouth Regional High School A posted an 8-2 record and was the first team out of the championship bracket, I believe they were the highest-finishing small school team. Could you give me some clarification as to whether this would qualify them for SSNCT? It would be a big help in trying to organize what tournaments to try to play this year. Thank you.

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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

Postby troyharris » Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:03 pm

Jeff,
If you would prefer to send an email to me directly, it is tharris@pemibaker.org.
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Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (September 24, 2016)

Postby Important Bird Area » Tue Sep 27, 2016 5:44 pm

Email sent.
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