SCOP Novice @ Hunter College High School, NYC (11/7/15)

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SCOP Novice @ Hunter College High School, NYC (11/7/15)

Post by atai » Sat Aug 08, 2015 1:16 pm

Calling all new players or coaches with new players on their teams: Hunter College High School ( 71 East 94th Street, New York, NY, 10128, between Park and Madison Avenues) will be hosting the fifth iteration of its annual fall novice tournament on Saturday, November 7, 2015. This tournament will use the SCOP Novice 6 set. For questions and/or concerns, email tournament director Albert Tai at hchsqb@gmail.com.

Eligibility

This is a novice tournament, so eligibility is limited to players in their first or second year of playing high school quiz bowl. This does not include single-subject tournaments like NHBB, National Science Bowl, and Bible Bowl. To create a level playing field, we are also barring players who have attended either PACE NSC or NAQT HSNCT. Please use your own judgement when deeming yourself a novice (e.g, if you are a middle school quizbowl veteran, playing in this tournament may be unsportsmanlike, and we highly suggest that you volunteer to moderate instead). Email us if you have any questions or concerns about eligibility.

Registration
To register for this tournament, email hchsqb@gmail.com with how many teams, buzzers, and moderators you are bringing. We will try to email you back with a confirmation and an invoice as soon as possible.

Fee Structure
Registration fees are the same as last year's:
$55 for the first team from a school
$45 for each subsequent team
-$5 for each working buzzer system
-$10 for each experienced moderator

Minimum fee for schools bringing n teams = $25 x n

Further discounts (such as for travel) can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis with the tournament director.

We prefer payment through a check made out to HCHS Quiz Bowl on the day of the tournament. If this is absolutely impossible for any reason, we will also accept cash. A bucket of pennies presented on the day-of will NOT be accepted.

Question Set
The SCOP set is novice difficulty. More information including its distribution (which does not include computational math) can be found here. Click here for all past SCOP sets.

Please do not discuss the questions played at this tournament until this year's set is cleared by the writers.

Tournament Format
Tournament games will follow standard ACF rules of untimed rounds consisting of 20 tossups and 20 three-part, 30 point bonuses (without bouncebacks). There will be powers and negs (+15 points and -5 points, respectively).

The tournament itself will consist of bracketed round-robin prelims and rebracketed round-robin playoffs, the details of which will be decided and announced after the field is determined. Depending on field size, teams should expect to play anywhere from 8 to 11 rounds. We'll have trophies for top teams and book prizes for top scorers!

Registration and breakfast will be ongoing from 8:00 am to 8:45 am, with the first round beginning at approximately 9:00 am and the tournament ending at around 5:30 pm.

Transportation
Our school is located at 71 East 94th Street, New York, NY, 10128, between Park and Madison Avenues. It is very close to the 96th street stop on the 6 train line, and can also be reached by the m1-4 buses along Madison and the crosstown m96 bus along 96th. Look for the large, red castle. There is a bus drop-off area at our school on Park, and cars can park at Majestic Car Park on 94th between Park and Lexington.

Please note that Hunter is located in the center of the incredibly dense urban jungle that is Manhattan. In the past, a few teams have notified us that they encountered parking troubles during tournaments with especially large fields. We hope that such inconveniences do not detract from teams' overall experiences, so here is a list of other nearby car parks in case the curb around our school or Majestic Car Park is crowded:

Gallery Garage Corporation (>1 block away, 94th and Madison)
Icon Parking Systems (~2 blocks away, 94th and 3rd)
Icon Parking Systems (~3 blocks away, 95th between 2nd and 3rd)
Garage Management Company (~3 blocks away, 94th between 2nd and 3rd)

Food
For breakfast, we'll provide the standard quizbowl fare of juice and bagels (hopefully, these will be the only type of bagels present at the tournament), and release teams for about an hour to explore the local eateries for lunch. Don't worry about getting lost; we'll provide a map detailing the many nearby lunch options.

Current Field (Teams/Buzzers/Staff)
Theoretically, if provided with enough staff members, we can host up to 36 teams.

Gotham (2/0/0)
Wheatley (1/2/0)
North Babylon (3/3/2)
St. Joe's (2/2/0)
East Brunswick (2/1/1)
Trinity (2/1/0)
West Egg (4/0/3)
High Tech (1/3/2)
Ridgewood (4/2/1)
Middlesex (1/0/0)
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Re: SCOP Novice @ Hunter College High School, NYC (11/7/15)

Post by atai » Thu Sep 24, 2015 7:17 pm

Shameless self-bump.

We're approximately 1.5 months away from this tournament and have room for many more teams!
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Re: SCOP Novice @ Hunter College High School, NYC (11/7/15)

Post by atai » Mon Oct 12, 2015 1:14 pm

This tournament is approximately 2/3 full!
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Re: SCOP Novice @ Hunter College High School, NYC (11/7/15)

Post by atai » Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:00 pm

Morning prelim stats can be found here!:
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Re: SCOP Novice @ Hunter College High School, NYC (11/7/15)

Post by atai » Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:51 pm

Combined stats are up!

Thanks for coming to our tournament! In a hard fought finals match for 1st place, Saint Joe's A narrowly beat Middlesex 315-310. Trinity defeated Wheatley 255-220 to snag 3rd place. I'd like to publicly thank this competent bunch of staffers for making this tournament possible:

-Caroline, Allan, Jacqueline, and Lucia from West Egg
-Kathryn and Andrew from High Tech
-Haggai and Zachary from North Babylon
-Geoffrey from Ridgewood

If you think you've found an error in our stats that's worth fixing (or have any questions or concerns about the tournament in general), please email hchsqb@gmail.com (which I check way more often than the forums)!
Albert Tai
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