This is the official announcement for the Earlybird Tournament, which will be held at the University of Illinois on Saturday, October 15, 2011.
Yes we are aware that on the 15th U of I will be playing OSU at football in Champaign. The ABT has run numerous tournaments on home game days. Since teams arrive around 8-830 they beat the traffic push that accompanies the game.
QUESTIONS:This tournament will be using OLEFIN, a TJ housewrite please see this thread for more details:http://hsquizbowl.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=12024
The Earlybird tournament will use mACF format, with powers *set pending*. In particular, Earlybird will be a 4-on-4 tournament; matches will be 20/20, with sudden-death tiebreakers; bonuses are three parts read one at a time, and there will be no bouncebacks.
In terms of tournament structure, we usually use some form of round robin, followed by rebracketing and an ACF-format final.
WHO WE'RE TRYING TO ATTRACT:
The University of Illinois ABT is pleased to invite all interested teams from any state to attend this tournament. In the past, we've attracted teams from not just Illinois but also Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, and Missouri; we hope those teams will return and bring their state compatriots. Everyone will have the chance to play good teams on good questions. We're also interested in receiving second, third, ... teams from the same school. This tournament will be MSHSAA certified.
The base registration fee is $65. Teams may receive a $5 discount for each working buzzer set they bring up to $10, for a minimum registration fee of $55 per team ($45 should staffers be needed). Subsequent teams after the first will be $55. Should we require staffers from schools they will receive a $10 discount per staffer off of their overall registration team.
If you're interested in registration or have any other questions in general, please e-mail me, David Garb at Dggarb at gmail dot com. Please use "Earlybird" as your subject line.
Teams who have indicated attendance:
Loyola x 2
Rock Bridge (Mo) x 2
Rockford Auburn x 2
St. Ignatious x 2
Wheaton North x 2
Whitney Young x 2
Normal Community High School
Glenwood x 3
We hope to see many of you in October!