Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

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Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Postby theMoMA » Fri Oct 13, 2017 2:12 am

Hi all. This is the announcement of ACF Nationals 2018, to take place on April 21-22 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

I'll be head editor for this tournament; Jordan Brownstein, Stephen Liu, Andrew Wang, Aaron Rosenberg, and Ryan Westbrook are also editing. Cody Voight and Sarah Angelo will be the tournament directors.

Eligibility

Information on who is eligible to play ACF tournaments and details regarding packet submission can be found at the ACF Packet Submission Guidelines.

Qualification

This tournament will use the A-value qualification system, an explanation of which can be found here.

Packet submission

To ensure a fair format and adequate tiebreakers, the editors are committing to writing 14 packets this year. We will produce an additional 10 packets based on submissions that will be used in the preliminary phase of the tournament.

In response to general ACF feedback regarding frustration with submitted packets not being used, I'm hoping that I can coordinate with teams on their packets so that we get somewhere around 15 quality submissions. I have set up a second thread for packet coordination here.

Under this arrangement, packet submission will not be mandatory, but we're counting on teams capable of writing quality packets to work with us to ensure that we have enough submissions to edit the tournament. If we can't be sure that we'll have enough packets to make this work, we'll consider other options.

Fee schedule

Base fee: $320
-$100 discount: Monday, January 22
-$50 discount: Monday, February 17
Buzzer discount: -$10 per working system
Staffer discount: -$100 for each staffer capable of reading a round in under a half hour

I will work with teams to coordinate their submissions. We will continue to offer an additional $50 dollar discount to any team that writes at least 20/20 that doesn’t need any major editing (packets requiring relatively few changes to clues, answer lines, or grammar will qualify).

In the unlikely event that a team submits a packet but does not qualify for ACF Nationals, their school will receive whatever discount they earn as a discount at a future ACF tournament.

Field size

Once we know more about the logistics and available rooms, we will announce a field cap.

If every team that played ACF Regionals, and thus has an A-value, is offered a spot in the Nationals field and there are still spots remaining, they will be filled first come, first served.

Please stay in touch with me or other ACF members if we are trying to verify your attendance at this event. We may be forced to drop teams from the field if they do not confirm their attendance in a timely manner.

Distribution

We've made minor changes to the distribution for this tournament; please see below for specifics.

5/5 literature: this includes 1/1 American, 1/1 British, 1/1 European, 1/1 world, and 1/1 other (which can include any of the preceding categories). Vary your questions by time, place, and genre, and please make sure that drama and poetry are represented.

5/5 history: this includes 1/1 American, 2/2 European, 1/1 world, and 1/1 other (which can include any of the preceding categories or questions spanning multiple places). Please make sure that your questions aren’t all from the same time period or place and aren’t all one type of history (for instance, try not to submit 5/5 political history or 5/5 military history).

5/5 science: this includes 1/1 biology, 1/1 chemistry, 1/1 physics, 1 math or computer science, 1 astronomy, earth science, or other science, and 1/1 other science.

3/3 Arts: 1.5/1.5 visual arts (at least 1 question, but no more than 1/1, on painting), 1/1 classical music, and the remaining question in other auditory arts (jazz, ballet, opera, etc.). Vary by genre, place, and time period.

1.5/1.5 belief: this includes 1 religion question, 1 myth question, and a third question that is either a religion question of a different kind (i.e. if you focused on religious practice for your first question, focus on religious text or scholarship for the second), a question on "thought about belief" (a question on religious philosophy that is more religious than philosophical, for instance, or a question about mythography), or a question on "legends" (myths that are more cultural than classical, such as American lore, European folktales, or similar stories that are less likely to show up in the canonical "mythology" category).

2.5/2.5 thought: this includes 1/1 philosophy, 1/1 "hard social science" (i.e. economics, linguistics, psychology, anthropology, political science, or other social science that is rooted mainly in empirical, scientific methods, ideally topics that are still relevant in their fields today), and 1 question on "soft thought" (this category encompasses cultural criticism, theory, and texts or people of interest primarily for historical reasons rather than current relevance).

1/1 geography/current events: these questions should be about different parts of the world. Geography questions that incorporate cultural and environmental clues instead of purely discussing physical features, and current events questions that describe interesting and relevant contemporary issues without devolving into a list of politicians and political parties or focusing on flavor-of-the-day stories, are particularly welcome.

1/1 other academic: please try to use this category to write questions that don't fit other categories or blend clues from varying categories, as opposed to submitting "extra" questions from the preceding categories. Clues that place academic topics in a popular-culture context are welcome in this category, if done sparingly and well.

Keep in mind that ACF Nationals does not have question on purely popular culture.

As overriding principles, please vary your questions by time, place, and subject matter, so that there aren't strange clusters of related questions in your packets; please think twice before submitting tossups on very difficult answer lines; and please try to write your questions on simple answers, using interesting clues, rather than writing on complex answer lines that may confuse readers or players and lead to protests.

How to submit your packet

All packets should be sent to hartam@gmail.com. If you have any questions about packet writing, you can send them to that email address as well.

This announcement will be edited as the logistics are finalized.
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Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22, site TBD)

Postby Lagotto Romagnolo » Mon Oct 30, 2017 4:09 pm

As an addendum to the above, I have a request for the science distribution: please remember to vary the types of answer line. In particular, please do not fill the 5 tossups with answer lines on individual scientists. One per packet is fine (as is zero!), but often those questions are just elaborated lists of accomplishments in paragraph form. I've been guilty of writing those too, but they get dull fast and there are often far better ways to engage with the material anyway. I'm not against scientist tossups in principle, and I won't turn down an interesting, well-executed one that's balanced by the rest of the packet. But there is no way to balance when all the answerlines (in any category, really) are individual people. So please, use those scientist tossups sparingly.
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Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22, site TBD)

Postby theMoMA » Tue Nov 07, 2017 7:38 pm

ACF is now accepting applications for automatic bids to attend ACF Nationals. At this time, the only schools that are planning to host ACF Regionals, or schools with players editing ACF Regionals, may submit applications, but we will open applications up to teams more than 400 miles away from the nearest Regionals site once the sites are announced. Any club that hosts a Regionals site will be granted no more than one automatic bid; if those clubs wish to send more teams, they must qualify as house teams "at the buzzer." All bids for Regionals hosts are contingent on that school actually hosting.

To apply, please send an email to hartam@gmail.com with "automatic bid" in the subject line, containing the following information:

* A proposed roster of up to four players.
* Links to results for tournaments at which your team competed this semester (or last year, if it's with a substantially similar roster).
* Any other information that may be relevant.

Applications will be evaluated by ACF Nationals tournament directors Sarah Angelo and Cody Voight and the head editor (me). We will try to rule on your application as quickly as possible so you can make your hosting plans with full information.

Clubs that are hosting ACF Regionals may attempt to qualify additional teams for Nationals by playing house teams. Any such team trying to qualify for Nationals (i.e., as the club’s B team or lower) may not contain any of the members of the roster submitted for automatic bid consideration. (Teams also may not submit "proposed rosters" of fewer than four players in an attempt to game the system; if we suspect this is happening, we will investigate, and we reserve the right to cancel an automatic bid once a team has also qualified at the buzzer if we conclude that the "proposed roster" was in any way intended to game the system.) ACF expects that experienced team members will be staffing the tournament rather than playing.

If you have any questions, please contact me at hartam@gmail.com or post them in this thread.

We have granted autobids to the following teams (I will update this as needed):

Virginia (Regionals host): Eric Xu, Vasa Clarke, Nick Collins, Lawrence Simon, Jack Mehr
Michigan (Kenji is editing Regionals): Saul Hankin, Kenji Shimizu, Noah Chen, Austin Foos
Illinois (Regionals host): Mike Etzkorn, Cole Timmerwilke, Brad McLain, Steven Vo
MIT (Nationals host): roster TBA
Toronto (Regionals host): Rein Otsason, Aayush Rajasekaran, Patrick Liao, Christopher Sims
Penn State (Regionals host): Bruce McAninch, Victor Prieto, Colton Sanden, Saimun Shahee
Rice (Regionals host): Burke Garza, Vi Nguyen, Ben Jones, Matthew Frizzell
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Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22, site TBD)

Postby theMoMA » Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:07 am

Hi all. I'm pleased to announce that ACF Nationals will take place at MIT. We will update the initial post with additional logistical information once we have our room reservations confirmed.
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Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Postby Tornrak » Mon Dec 11, 2017 10:18 am

To be clear, will Regionals champions and Undergraduate champions receive automatic bids?
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Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Postby theMoMA » Thu Dec 14, 2017 4:04 pm

Here is the full explanation for how qualification for the 2018 ACF Nationals will work.

1) Clubs that are hosting ACF Regionals: Each host may apply for one host bid, which will be evaluated by an ACF committee consisting of the tournament directors and me. This will be done according to the process set forth in my post above.

1a) Teams with an ACF Regionals editor who do not host a tournament site and teams that are more than 400 miles from the nearest Regionals site may apply for bids through the same process set forth above.

2) Any team that wins an ACF Regionals tournament at which at least four total teams from at least two total schools are present will receive an automatic bid.

3) Any team that wins the Undergraduate title at an ACF Regionals tournament at which at least four total Undergraduate teams from at least two total schools are present will receive an automatic bid.

4) All remaining teams are ranked on their “A-value.” The A-value will be computed in a substantially similar way to the NAQT D-value (explanation here). Since there is currently no separation of Division I and Division II fields or questions in ACF, there will be no division-based correction factors in the A-value.

5) Upon the conclusion of Regionals, all teams receiving an A-value will be sent a form asking "if you qualify, will you accept your bid?" This form will be sent to the email your team used to register, and will include a deadline for response.

6) Teams that have not received an automatic bid will be invited to join the ACF Nationals field in descending order of A-value until the field is full.

7) If a spot in the field opens up for any reasons, the next team that has said "yes" to the question "if you qualify, will you accept your bid?" will be invited to play Nationals. If the next team is now unable to attend, teams will be invited in descending order of A-value until the spot is filled.

There are no restrictions on what Regionals site a school may attend. There are no special considerations or penalties given to B teams, with the exception of the host roster rule explained above.
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Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Postby Aaron Manby (ironmaster) » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:57 pm

Neither January 22nd nor February 17th are Sundays.
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Re: Announcement: 2018 ACF Nationals (April 21-22 at MIT)

Postby theMoMA » Mon Jan 15, 2018 5:21 am

Aaron Manby (ironmaster) wrote:Neither January 22nd nor February 17th are Sundays.


Changed to Monday.
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