Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

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Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Tue Jun 02, 2015 11:15 am

Hi everyone!

The Yale University quizbowl team is pleased to announce that this year's Bulldog High School Academic Tournament (BHSAT XXV :party: ) will be available for tournament mirrors in the spring of 2016. As is traditional, BHSAT 2016 will be written and edited by members of the Yale quizbowl team. I (Jacob Reed) will be returning to head-edit the tournament this year. Last year was something of a learning experience in terms of both production schedule and actual question-writing, so I promise a set that has much more of its strengths and many fewer of its weaknessses; we're aiming to meet or exceed the lofty quality standards of years past.

The main site of the tournament will (tentatively) be hosted on Saturday, 13 February at Yale University in New Haven, CT. We are currently seeking mirror sites in as many locations as possible (previous iterations of this post have said "all across the country," but given quizbowl's international explosion, I wonder if that's aiming too low!).

The set will be available for use from the weekend of February 6th onwards. After the last mirror, the set will be uploaded to the archive for public reference.

If you are interested in mirroring BHSAT 2016, please email me at jacob.reed@yale.edu and wait for confirmation (if you don't receive it within 3 business days, feel free to send another). We're also happy to have BHSAT used at singles tournaments, state All-Star Team tryouts, etc. - just email me at the above address and we'll work out a suitable arrangement.

The mirror fee, payable to "Y. Student Academic Competitions" (exactly as written) is $10 per non-house team in attendance. In the case of multiple bids, we will, as in previous years, show a preference for hosts who demonstrate their capacity for outreach to a wide range of teams in their area.

Set details:

The set will consist of fourteen (14) packets of equal difficulty (no special "finals" packets). Tossups will be five to six lines long in 10 point Times New Roman. Before powermarking, all tossups will be six lines long, or shorter; no bonus part will be longer than two lines. All tossups will be powermarked. Host sites must agree not to modify, subtract from, add to, or edit the set. We are certainly open to any reasonable changes (i.e. playing the set without powers)—just send me an email at jacob.reed@yale.edu.

This set is not to be distributed electronically by anyone except the editors of the set. While paper copies may be given out to tournament attendees by tournament directors, requests for electronic copies of packets should be submitted to jacob.reed@yale.edu. (Exceptions will be made for tournaments run on electronic packets, insofar as tournament directors will be permitted to distribute electronic packets to staff readers.) Recipients of electronic copies are not permitted to share them. Please do not discuss any question content publicly until BHSAT mirrors have concluded for the year. After the first mirror, we will set up a private discussion forum, to which you can direct any discussion, comments, errata, etc. (To join the forum: find "User Control Panel" near the top left, then go to Usergroups > BHSAT 2016 Discussion. We will verify that anyone who is attempting to join has either played or read the set before joining.)

The difficulty of this year's BHSAT will be in the same range as the BHSAT sets from past years (2011-2015), i.e. aiming at the "core" of an advanced high school curriculum. You can peruse those to your heart's content on quizbowlpackets.com.

Packets will be distributed as follows:
4/4 Literature (at least 1/1 each American, British, European, .5/.5 one more of the above, .5/.5 World)
4/4 Science (1/1 biology, 1/1 chemistry, 1/1 physics, 1/1 other science, with a heavy focus on math)
4/4 History (1/1 American, 2/2 European/British/Ancient, 1/1 "World"; Canadian/Australian where appropriate in context)
3/3 Fine Arts (1/1 Visual, 1/1 Auditory including jazz, 1/1 "audiovisual"—ballet, film, opera—and "usable"—architecture, design, ceramics, etc.)
2/2 "Beliefs" (1/1 Religion, 1/1 Mythology)
1/1 "Thought" (roughly .5/.5 each Social Science and Philosophy)
2/2 "Modern World" (1/1 split approximately 2:1 between geography and current events, 1/1 pop culture/Trash)

Each packet will feature an extra tossup and bonus for use as tiebreakers and/or replacements; these could come from any academic (non-Trash) category.

We hope you'll help us make BHSAT a nationwide success again in Spring 2016. Please contact me at jacob.reed@yale.edu to secure a mirror in your region. Thanks!

Scheduled sites:
Eastside (Covington, GA) Spring Tournament (6 February)
Yale BHSAT (13 February)
WUSTL (MO) WUHSAC (13 February)
University of Kentucky Spring Championship (27 February)
Michigan State tournament (13 February)
Galesburg (Western IL) (27 February)
University of Minnesota (2 April)
Northern Illinois ATROPHY (16 April)
Homestead High School [Cupertino, CA] (16 April)
University of South Carolina tournament (date TBD)
IHBB Canadian Championship (Ottawa; 2 May)
IHBB European Championship (Berlin; 30 May)
IHBB Asian Championship (Khao Lak, Thailand; 14 June)
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:31 pm

UCSD will be hosting their traditional mirror of this. We're looking for mirrors from all around the country, so if you're interested, please let us know!
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Fri Jun 19, 2015 10:40 am

Northern Illinois will be mirroring at ATROPHY in April.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Mon Jun 29, 2015 9:22 pm

New Kent (VA) will be hosting a mirror on February 13th. We're excited to have mirrors in as many regions as possible!

A point of clarification: the set will be available starting February 6th.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:22 pm

BHSAT will be used, as per tradition for WUSTL's WUHSAC!
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:50 pm

University of Kentucky's Spring Championship (2/26) will be held using BHSAT XXV!
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Mon Oct 12, 2015 10:31 am

Michigan State and University of South Carolina will both be hosting mirrors of BHSAT! (Dates to be determined.)
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Mon Jan 18, 2016 4:36 pm

UPenn will host a mirror of BHSAT in February!
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:23 pm

I'm delighted to announce that a modified version of BHSAT will be run alongside the IHHB championships in Canada, Europe, and Asia!

EDIT: Due to the late date of the Asian championship, I've modified the timeframe in the original post.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Wed Jan 27, 2016 6:03 pm

Like last year, Western Illinois will have its own mirror, at Galesburg on 27 February.
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:54 pm

Unfortunately, New Kent has had to cancel its mirror. If you're in the Virginia/DC area looking to host a high school tournament, and haven't picked a quesiton set, we hope you'll consider BHSAT!
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:01 am

The University of Minnesota will be hosting a mirror of BHSAT!
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Wed Feb 10, 2016 12:02 am

Penn has also had to cancel its BHSAT mirror, so if any teams in the Eastern Ohio/Pennsylvania area are looking to host, we'd be happy to hear from you!
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Re: Yale's BHSAT XXV available for hosting in Spring 2016

Postby vinteuil » Tue Mar 15, 2016 4:47 pm

Homestead High School in Cupertino will be hosting the Northern California BHSAT mirror on 16 April!
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