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ChathamNJ wrote:Chatham High School will hold its fourth annual Chatham Academic Tournament on Saturday, May 22. We will use NAQT set IS-95.
Our format will be similar to last year's CAT III, which featured the following:
- Premier Division: schools may enter only their A team into this, which features 5 or 6 guaranteed games against other Premier teams
- Main Division: unlimited entries featuring 5 guaranteed games against other Main teams
- single-elimination playoffs including all Premier teams and the top n Main teams
- optional consolation game for non-playoff teams during the first playoff round
- (we'll give teams the option of playing additional NAQT games after they're eliminated, but in the past nobody wanted to play more than one)
- Freshman Divison using Speed Check questions: ideal for newbies, but experienced youngsters are encouraged to enter the Main Division
---- middle school teams are requested to have at least one adult in the game room with them at all times, not just someone in the building
- house-written Jeopardy-style trash rounds for eliminated teams
- outstanding bagels
Fees are $80 for the first team, $70 for additional teams, with $10 discounts for moderators and buzzers. Moderators will also receive a free copy of both question sets.
For a registration form, please email sfinemanATchathamHYPHENnjDOTorg.
Expressions of interest are certainly welcome on this board, but only registration forms received via email, fax, or USPS will be considered official.
Carangoides ciliarius wrote:So, a team would have to pay 80 dollars just to play "5 or 6" guaranteed games?
Carangoides ciliarius wrote: Then single-elimination playoffs? This could be a really great event but some of these stipulations are just... not good.
Carangoides ciliarius wrote:Speed Check questions are not ideal for anyone, let alone new players! You eliminate teams, also, and then say "come play Jeopardy-style trash rounds!"
Carangoides ciliarius wrote:
Please please PLEASE consider a round-robin schedule and you'll have some great teams come to this. It's not even that far away for us and we'd think about coming! But not under these present conditions which are the antithesis to good quizbowl in many many ways.
Crazy Andy Watkins wrote:Yeah, the best thing New Jersey can do is move past its Jeopardy-style fixation.
I understand the criticisms of single-elimination, but it...has worked well given the size of our fields.
jonpin wrote:The Freshman Division with speed check, though, is bad. Speed Check questions are terrible. At times, it seems, intentionally so. You don't learn anything from them, and that's the whole educational point of quiz bowl. They don't distinguish the more knowledgeable team, and that's the whole competitive point of quiz bowl. And they don't get students ready for actual quiz bowl, because a team that just plays Speed Checks will get to IS series and think "These questions go on FOREVER."
jonpin wrote:Consolation games: I'm a believer in the idea of "If you schedule it, they will play." Last week, Bloomfield didn't schedule any consolation games, not even a third-place game. Teams may not have been happy, but they went home. In October, Kellenberg held three rounds of consolation games for all teams. Only a few teams went home beforehand. The problem with unscheduled consolation games "if you want them" is that most likely they are terribly unstructured.
jonpin wrote:Last but not least:
Fees are $80 for the first team. Given the 5 guaranteed games that a team in the Main division has, I invite you to compare this to the list compiled at the bottom of this post. Pinyan's Law of a rough inverse relationship between entry fee and number of games guaranteed continues to hold.
According to the main page item that announced that set's (and others') availability:t-bar wrote:Just out of curiosity, are you still using IS-95 as your question set? According to http://www.naqt.com/practice-questions.jsp?type=hs, that set is now available for purchase from NAQT, implying that it's clear for public discussion. Am I missing something here?
NAQT wrote:Invitational Series #86 through #95 and other high school and college sets from the 2009-2010 season are now available for purchase as practice material. Please note that NAQT will delay shipping orders that may compromise the security of the year's remaining tournaments.
t-bar wrote:Just out of curiosity, are you still using IS-95 as your question set? According to http://www.naqt.com/practice-questions.jsp?type=hs, that set is now available for purchase from NAQT, implying that it's clear for public discussion. Am I missing something here?
Ondes Martenot wrote:Word on the street is that Bergen is attending
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