Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

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Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by lchen » Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:22 pm

Hunter College High School is proud to announce its fifth annual Prison Bowl (named after its locale, the "Brick Prison"), to be held on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

To register, please email me at lilychen3.14159@gmail.com with "Prison Bowl registration" and your school's name in the subject line. The field will be capped at 36 teams. Schools can only register up to three teams at this time, with any additional teams going on a waiting list. Edit (2/24/12): Schools can register any number of teams.

Edit (1/8/12): This tournament is now platinum-certified by PACE, so the top 25% of teams will qualify for NSC.

Questions
The questions will be written by the Hunter team in standard mACF format (20 pyramidal tossups, 30-point 3-part bonuses, no computational math). We are aiming for regular difficulty, similar to last year's Prison Bowl set. The distribution this year will be as follows:

4/4 Literature
4/4 History
4/4 Science
3/3 Fine Arts
2.5/2.5 Religion, Mythology, and Philosophy
1/1 Social Science
1.5/1.5 Geography, Pop Culture, Current Events

Last year's set can be found at quizbowlpackets.com.

Tournament Format
Rounds will consist of an untimed 20/20, with neg-fives, no powers, and no rebounding bonuses. There will probably be about 12 rounds, depending on the final tournament format. Teams will play a bracketed round-robin prelim and re-bracketed round-robin playoffs, with the top two teams playing an advantaged final if necessary.

Fee Structure
$80 for first team
$70 for subsequent teams
-$10 for each working buzzer system
-$10 for each experienced moderator
Minimum fee: $40 per team
Other discounts, such as for travel, can be negotiated on a case-by-case basis (just email me).

Mirrors
We are also looking for mirror sites in various regions across the U.S. Please email me if you are interested in mirroring Prison Bowl.

Field as of 3/1/2012 (24 teams, 21 buzzers, 2 moderators)
St. Joseph HS (2, 2, 1)
Preston HS (1, 1, 0)
Georgetown Day School (2, 3, 0)
Ridgewood HS (3, 3, 0)
Ardsley HS (2, 1, 0)
Team Tribeca (3, 2, 0)
Irvington HS (1, 0, 0)
Bergen County Academies (1, 1, 0)
Trinity School (2, 0, 0)
Bronx HS of Science (2, 0, 0)
Thomas Jefferson HS (2, 2, 0)
Great Neck South HS (1, 1, 0)
Seton Hall Prep (1, 4, 1)
Kellenberg Memorial HS (1, 1, 0)

Waiting List (0 teams)

Expressing Interest
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by Great Bustard » Mon Dec 26, 2011 6:46 pm

I'll be in California on the Magical History Tour, but put Ridgewood down for 3 teams, and I guess 3 buzzers. Esther can't wait.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by DrCongo » Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:26 pm

Detroit Catholic Central is tentatively interested in sending one team
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by lchen » Mon Jan 30, 2012 8:50 pm

Hey everyone,

Prison Bowl is coming up in about a month. If you are interested, could you please register soon (or express interest) so that we can have a better idea of how many teams are coming? Thanks.
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Post by Kouign Amann » Mon Jan 30, 2012 9:18 pm

Although St. Anselm's has greatly enjoyed our trip up to Prison Bowl in previous years, we will be unable to attend this year. Best of luck to everyone!
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by jonpin » Mon Jan 30, 2012 10:51 pm

Preliminary registration of two teams, one buzzer. I, personally, will be at Lehigh's math tournament that day, so no mods. I'll confirm these numbers hopefully by next week.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by Edward Powers » Thu Feb 16, 2012 4:07 pm

Bumped for a field update, since this is only weeks away.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by lchen » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:14 pm

The field list in the top post is up to date. If you're a team on the "Expressing Interest" list, or if you've given me a range of team/buzzer/moderator numbers, please let me know as soon as possible what your final numbers are.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by SHP Pirate » Thu Feb 16, 2012 8:40 pm

Seton Hall will be there! Final numbers to be determined. One moderator, four buzzers.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by MWYang » Fri Feb 17, 2012 9:37 pm

At around what time would the preliminaries conclude? There's an event at my school on that date for which some of my team's players have to be back for, so we would be leaving at around 2:30 PM.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by lchen » Sat Feb 18, 2012 11:34 pm

MWYang wrote:At around what time would the preliminaries conclude? There's an event at my school on that date for which some of my team's players have to be back for, so we would be leaving at around 2:30 PM.
Prelims should conclude around 12-1 PM.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by Scaled Flowerpiercer » Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:14 pm

By the way, Irvington is marked as bringing 1 buzzer set, but we won't be able to bring any. It seems like teams are bringing plenty of buzzers as it is anyway.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by BroNi » Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:24 am

Kellenberg will attend with one team and one buzzer, no moderators.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by SHP Pirate » Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:36 am

SHP will have a final number this evening. I will e-mail you tonight. Sorry for the delay. St. Joe's should be bringing our four buzzers.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by Edward Powers » Thu Mar 01, 2012 3:45 pm

That is correct---Saint Joe's will be bringing Seton Hall's 4 buzzer systems.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by lchen » Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:16 pm

SHP Pirate wrote:SHP will have a final number this evening. I will e-mail you tonight.
Mr. Zinsmeister, any word on this?
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by SHP Pirate » Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:58 pm

Lily ... I am so sorry for the delay. I have one team, our 4 buzzers which St. Joe's will bring, and I will be happy to mod if needed. If you need an additional team, I can scare one up by lunchtime tomorrow. Again ... I am sorry. This should even out the field at 24, correct?
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by lchen » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:53 pm

Email sent to registered teams wrote: Hi everyone,

The field is now closed. The final field for this Saturday will be:
(24 teams, 21 buzzers, 2 moderators)
St. Joseph HS (2, 2, 1)
Preston HS (1, 1, 0)
Georgetown Day School (2, 3, 0)
Ridgewood HS (3, 3, 0)
Ardsley HS (2, 1, 0)
Team Tribeca (3, 2, 0)
Irvington HS (1, 0, 0)
Bergen County Academies (1, 1, 0)
Trinity School (2, 0, 0)
Bronx HS of Science (2, 0, 0)
Thomas Jefferson HS (2, 2, 0)
Great Neck South HS (1, 1, 0)
Seton Hall Prep (1, 4, 1)
Kellenberg Memorial HS (1, 1, 0)

Some final updates:

1. Registration will be from 8:00 to 8:45. Come to Room 402 when you arrive (someone will be stationed in the lobby to direct you there). We will provide breakfast. Please arrive on time so that we can start Round 1 at 9:00.

2. The tournament format will be as follows: The 24 teams will be broken up into 4 prelim brackets of 6 teams each. After a 5-round round robin within each prelim bracket, teams will be rebracketed by prelim record into 3 playoff brackets. The top two teams from each prelim bracket (8 teams total) will advance to the championship bracket, the next two to the second bracket, and the last two to the third bracket. Each team will play 6 more rounds against the teams in its playoff bracket that it has not already played, with the game against the team from its morning prelim bracket carrying over into their playoff record. The top two teams in the championship bracket (based on playoff record) will advance to an ACF-style final. If the top team has 2 wins more than the second team, it will win the tournament automatically. If the top team only has 1 more win than the second team, they will play an advantaged final. If the top two teams have the same record, there will be a one-game winner-takes-all final round between the two. Each team will be guaranteed 11 games.

3. Because Prison Bowl V has been platinum-certified by PACE, the top 25% of teams (6 teams) will qualify for PACE NSC at the platinum level.

4. Lunch will be after Round 5. We will not be providing lunch; there are many restaurants within walking distance of Hunter.

5. Please bring a check on Saturday for the registration fee, made out to "HCHS Quiz Bowl." I will give you an invoice/receipt. If you would like a copy of your team's invoice now, please email me.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by lchen » Sat Mar 03, 2012 5:49 pm

Currently: GDS A vs. TJ A in a one-game final, Ardsley A vs. St Joseph B in a third-place game.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by Adventure Temple Trail » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:17 pm

Ardsley def. St. Joseph's to take third.

GDS A def. TJ A to take first.

A fun day of staffing on the whole.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by Edward Powers » Sat Mar 03, 2012 8:02 pm

Congratulations to GDS for yet another Championship; seems like this is becomiong a banner year for our friends from DC. And congratulations as well as to TJ and Ardsley for their excellent performances throughout the day. And we woud like to thank all at Hunter for another outstanding tournament and question set. My kids had fun, especially my youngsters on my C Team.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by lchen » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:40 pm

Thank you, everyone, for coming! Thanks especially to our moderators and scorekeepers and our advisor Mr Young, without whom this tournament could not have happened. I hope you enjoyed the tournament as much as we enjoyed hosting it.

Congratulations to GDS A for a great win, and to TJ A for a close second. The final round came down to the last tossup and was truly very exciting. The top 8 teams were:
1. GDS A
2. TJ A
3. Ardsley A
4. St Joseph B
5. Great Neck South
6. Irvington
7. Tribeca A
8. Trinity A
And a special shout-out to the Bronx High School of Science, who played their first tournament today. You inspired us all with your enthusiasm!

Stats can be found here: Prelims, Playoffs, Combined (Nominal) including all games, Combined (Real) without forfeited games.

Finally, I would like to extend a sincere apology to the teams in the Rikers Island and Sing Sing brackets who were affected by the schedule changes and did not get to play all 11 rounds. I realize I could have done more to regroup the consolation brackets once we realized that the teams who had left were gone. I hope everyone still enjoyed the tournament regardless.

To the teams who left early: I understand that sometimes plans change and people have to leave, but 3 out of 4 of you indicated that you would be returning after lunch when I specifically asked on the roster sheets. In the future, if you have to leave a tournament early, please let the TD know to avoid delaying the tournament.

If you have any comments on the question set, I would really appreciate it if you could email me at lilychen3.14159@gmail.com. Please don't discuss question specifics until the set is cleared in May.
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by Great Bustard » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:53 am

Hi Lily and Hunter,
Thanks for hosting this, Ridgewood had a great time! Let me know if you'd like to chat at some point this June about outreach to NYC schools; I'm planning on spending a week or so visiting schools for NHBB in NYC at some point next year. Great to see Bronx Science on board too!
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Re: Prison Bowl V @ Hunter HS, NYC (3/3/2012)

Post by Adventure Temple Trail » Mon Mar 05, 2012 7:37 pm

Yeah, now that I'm home I want to be sure to congratulate Hunter on a very well-run tournament; it's really not easy to write a fifteen-packet set and then finish twelve rounds by 5 PM, but Hunter managed to do it and make it seem effortless.

If you received a paper flyer from us about BHSAT, either at this tournament or at MIT, and you can go, don't hesitate -- email us registering for the tournament! If you can't, tell your friends!
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