UC Irvine will be hosting the West Regional Site for ACF Fall on November 6, 2011.
LOCATION: We have secured rooms in the Student Center (see http://uci.edu/campusmaps.php
). We will likely be squatting in various areas in and around the Student Center should we get more than 14 teams signed up.
PARKING: The Parking and Transportation Office, in its infinite wisdom, has raised the parking price to $10/day for all events. There appears to be something called Permit Reciprocity if you have a faculty/staff permit at another UC school, but I don't understand it enough to tell you about it. You should plan to park in the Student Center Parking Structure. You can also park in the University Town Center across the street if you're willing to risk being ticketed.
FOOD: Lunch options include a variety of restaurants in the Student Center and University Town Center. We have yet to figure out breakfast plans.
ELIGIBILITY: This tournament uses the gentleman's agreement eligibility rules, in which each participant is asked to judge for him/herself whether playing in this tournament is appropriate given the question difficulty and likely field strength. Non-students are ineligible to participate.
We will be using a modified ACF fee structure:
BASE FEE: $120/team
BASE FEE, one-person team funded entirely by self, writing an acceptable packet (if required) by October 9: $40
BASE FEE, two-person team funded entirely by selves, writing an acceptable packet (if required) by October 9: $60
Buzzer system: -$5/buzzer. Your buzzer must actually work to receive the discount.
Staffer: -$10/staffer. Moderating experience preferred.
Laptop: -$5. Maximum 1 per team. Must be able to read packets in whatever format we get the packets in (likely .docx). We expect to have computers available in all game rooms and would thus use your laptop only as a contingency plan.
Combo discount: teams that bring a buzzer, moderator, and laptop will receive an extra $20 discount on top of the regular $20. Up to two discounts per school.
Travel: -$10 for every 200 miles traveled one-way, as calculated by reputable online sources.
International: -$20/team for schools physically located outside the United States.
New ACF teams: -$25/team. Your team qualifies if you have not attended an ACF Fall, Regionals, or Nationals since September 2008.
New quizbowl teams: -$75/team. Your team qualifies if neither anyone on your team, nor anyone representing your school, has attended a regular collegiate academic tournament since September 2008.
In addition, all teams containing a member that participated in a regular, collegiate, academic tournament before September 1, 2010 must submit a packet of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses to play. Other teams are not required to submit a packet, but are encouraged to do so to receive feedback and take advantage of additional discounts.
Packet in by September 11: -$50 (UCI House, UCSD A, Stanford A, Claremont A, and Rancho Bernardo HS qualified for this discount).
Packet in by September 25: -$25 (-$50 for teams not required to submit a packet)
Packet in by October 9: -$0 (-$25 for teams not required to submit a packet)
Packet in by October 16: +$25
Packet in by October 23: +$50
Packet not in by October 23: +a lot, if the head editor and tournament director even allow you to play
Packet contains plagiarism: +$200, and you will be shamed publicly at the opening meeting
Packets and questions about packets should be sent to ACF Fall Head Editor Carsten Gehring at octagonjoe (at) gmail (dot) com. Packet guidelines (including distribution) can be found at http://acf-quizbowl.com/documents/packetsub.php
Minimum fee: $0
Please note that the ACF Membership voted to eliminate the high school discount, even though the website may not yet be updated to reflect that change.
PAYING US: Checks should be made out to "College Bowl Club at UCI" and brought with you the day of the tournament. If you have no checks, bring cash, but be aware that we probably won't get the full rundown of packet discounts/penalties from the editors until the night before the tournament, so you may be paying less or more than you think. If neither of those options is possible, please let us know. It is ACF policy that no team shall be turned away for an inability to pay on the date of the tournament, as long as it is trusted that the team will eventually pay.
FREELANCE MODERATORS: We cannot overemphasize how important it is to have moderators at this tournament, especially because we are trying to actually play a house team this year. Moderators will be compensated financially in some way (either through team-related discounts or by some small cash payout) and, if they choose to eat lunch with us, will have their lunch paid for by our club.
FIELD CAP: We anticipate being able to support up to 24 teams given our expected room reservations; however, our field cap will be directly determined by the number of buzzers and moderators we are able to secure.
REGISTRATION: The TD for this tournament is Dwight Wynne (dpwynne (at) gmail (dot) com). If you are planning to attend the tournament, I need to know:
1. The number of teams you plan to take to this tournament
2. The status of each team (Regular, Undergrad, Division 2, High School)
3. Any discounts you wish to claim
4. When your packet is going to be sent to Carsten, if required
Registration will close no earlier than October 24.
Additional details will be sent out as they become known. Please let me know if you have any questions.