Coaches may also post here with registrations or relevant questions.Dan-Don's invitation email wrote: Northwestern University in Evanston, IL will be hosting a middle school scholastic bowl tournament on 3/5/11 called Junior Wildcat. Your school is invited to enter a team (or teams) in the tournament. Check-in will occur between 8 and 8:30 am, with matches starting at 9 and ending around 2:30. The questions will be written by members of Northwestern's team, and books will be awarded to the top teams and the top individual scorers.
There will be some changes made to standard IESA rules:
*Tossup play will remain the same, but there will be no computational math questions in tossups or bonuses. There will be 16 or 20 tossups per match depending on how productive our writers are. There is no conferring among players on tossups.
*All bonus questions will be 3 parts, each worth 10 points for a total of 30 points. Each part is asked one at a time, with the controlling team having up to 5 seconds to respond. (Teams will be prompted for an answer at 4 seconds.) If a bonus part is answered incorrectly, the other team may answer it within 1 second. Both teams are encouraged to confer during the reading of a bonus.
*Any player may answer a bonus, but the first answer clearly directed at the moderator will be treated as the official answer. If two different answers are directed simultaneously, the captain will choose which answer the moderator should consider to be the official answer.
*Teams will be allowed one "timeout" per match.
*If a match is tied, a single tiebreaker tossup will be read. The team to answer it correctly wins the match.
*Substitutions will only be allowed at halftime or before the reading of a tiebreaker tossup.
*Matches will be played 5 v. 5, but each team is limited to 7 players total. If you have more than 7 players, you must enter a B team.
If you have any questions about these rules, please email me. If you have attended previous Jr. Wildcats or last year's Barrington Invitational, you may already have some familiarity with these rules. You are strongly encouraged to use other modified ACF question sets for practice. I have attached two: the 2009 Jr. Wildcat and the 2010 Collaborative Middle School Tournament.
The tournament will make use of round-robin pools, the size of which will be determined by the size of the field. After the prelimanary round-robin pools, there will be playoff and consolation pools. There will be no single elimination, and teams must stay the whole day and play all their matches. At most, there will be 10 matches.
+$60 for a team.
+40 for each subsequent team (B, C, D....)
-$5 for each functional buzzer system brought by a school, up to a maximum of -$10
Other discounts, for example if your team cannot afford the fees or you are traveling a great distance or you are playing shorthanded, can be negotiated privately. Checks made out to Northwestern Quizbowl should be brought on the day of the tournament or mailed in advance.
Please respond to this email by telling me the number of teams and buzzers your school intends to send to Jr. Wildcat. If you believe a coach should have received this invitation but hasn't, please let me know. If you have any other questions, please ask.
Barrington Prairie x 2
Barrington Station x 2
Daniel Wright x 3
Holy Cross of Deerfield x 2
Liberty (Burbank) x 2
Maneteno x 2
Marlowe x 2
St. Mary's Visitation (WI) x 2
St. Raymond x 2
Sunset Ridge x 2
Thomas Metcalf x 2
Union Ridge x 2