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FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:51 pm
by pleasewalkforward
Yale Student Academic Competitions will be hosting our ninth annual Fall Academic Tournament (FAcT), on Yale's campus on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The tournament will use untimed rounds of 20 tossups and bonuses from NAQT's Introductory Invitational Series set (IS-131A).

In-person registration will begin at 8 A.M. with the aim of starting the opening meeting at 8:45 A.M. and the first round by 9 A.M. The tournament will take place in the Hall of Graduate Studies (HGS) on Yale's main campus (map), located at 320 York Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Teams are strongly encouraged to arrive at 7:45 A.M. to leave time to find parking--multiple other events, including the inauguration of Yale's new president, will also be occurring around the same time.

Many Yale parking lots within two to three blocks of HGS are open to the public on weekends for free, including Lots 51, 77, 78, and 78W, shown here. Street parking is also available, as is garage parking in the Grove Street and Audubon Court garages, shown here. For further information about transportation to and from the tournament, feel free to e-mail me.

Teams that finish in the top 15% of the field will automatically qualify for NAQT's 2014 HSNCT (High School National Championship Tournament), held on the weekend of May 30th in Chicago Illinois. FAcT will also be affiliated with, and will be "Gold-Certified" by, the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE), which will allow as the top 20% of the field to qualify for this year's PACE National Scholastics Championship in Reston, Virginia, on Memorial Day weekend 2014.


If you would like to register your high school for FAcT or have other questions about it, please email me, Jacob Wasserman, at <[email protected]>, with "FAcT" in the subject line and the following information:

-- The number of teams you will be bringing
-- Any discounts you plan to qualify for
-- Whether you require an invoice by e-mail prior to the tournament
-- Your preferred e-mail address
-- A phone number by which your team can be called day-of

We are capping the FAcT field at 20 teams, and will be maintaining a waiting list for teams beyond that. Spots will likely go quickly, so please register as soon as is possible. Posts in this thread are fine for "expressing interest" but will not count as registrations.


Base fee: $80
Base fee for additional teams (B team, C team, etc.): $75
Buzzer discount: -$5 per operative buzzer system with at least eight working buzzers
Moderator discount: -$10 per competent moderator
Minimum fee per school: $60

If you plan to pay by check, the check must be made out to “Y. Student Academic Competitions.” Do NOT make checks payable to “Yale Student Academic Competitions.” Checks should be given to us on the day of the tournament, or, if that's not possible, can be sent to:
Yale Student Academic Competitions
c/o Jacob Wasserman
P.O. box #204762
Yale University
New Haven, CT 06520
Please ignore any other addresses you may have on file.

Field (Teams/Buzzers/Team-Provided Moderators) (20/10/4 total)

AMSA (1/2/1)
Arlington (1/1/0)
Darien (2/0/0)
Greens Farms Academy (1/1/1)
Grove School (1/0/0)
Kellenberg (2/3/1)
Half Hollow Hills East (2/1/0)
Half Hollow Hills West (1/0/0)
Mountain Lakes (3/0/1)
Newtown (2/0/0)
North Babylon (1/2/0)
"Northern Delaware Academy" (1/0/0)
Sharon (2/0/0)

Waiting List

Mountain Lakes D
Mountain Lakes E
Portsmouth Christian Academy
Northampton A
Northampton B

Expressed Interest


P.S.: New England teams looking to warm up for FAcT should register for MIT's Fall Academic Tournament on September 21, directed by Stephen Eltinge.

Yale also plans to host its annual BHSAT on February 1, 2014. More details to follow in the coming months.

Re: FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:22 pm
by Schmidt Sting Pain Index
Wilmington Charter is expressing interest in bringing a team.

Re: FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 2:59 pm
by rpirrie
Hello--E. O. Smith would like to bring 2 teams, 2 buzzers, 1 moderator. Thanks.

Re: FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:56 pm
by pleasewalkforward
After I received an absolutely astounding number of registrations within two days, the field for FAcT is now full, at 20 teams. Unfortunately, try as we might, our room reservations are strictly limited due to other events on campus, so a field expansion will not be possible. The waiting list is already filling--if you would like to be added, just send me an e-mail with your number of teams, buzzers, and staffers; your day-of e-mail address and phone number; and whether you need an invoice e-mailed beforehand.

The silver lining from this is that New England quizbowl is looking more and more active. I certainly hope teams unable to attend FAcT will be able to compete at other events down the road.

Re: FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 6:03 pm
by vcpavao
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School - 1 team, 1 buzzer system - put on waiting list please

Re: FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:29 am
by pleasewalkforward
Field update:
Two teams have already entered the field from the waiting list, but it remains unlikely that there will be too much more movement in the field. As a courtesy to the other teams waiting, please e-mail me as soon as possible if your team will be unable to make it. A full set of logistical information for FAcT will be sent out shortly.

Re: FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:23 pm
by Edward Powers
Any updates on how the tournament is going?

Re: FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 4:47 pm
by Excelsior (smack)
I wasn't at the tournament, but it looks like these things are stats: ... /combined/

Re: FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2013 6:15 pm
by pleasewalkforward
Congratulations to Kellenberg A for taking first place and to "Northern Delaware Academy" for a hard-fought second. The full order of finish is as follows:

1. Kellenberg A
2. "Northern Delaware Academy"
3. Darien A
5. Mountain Lakes A
6. Arlington
7. Sharon A
8. North Babylon
9. Greens Farms
10. Half Hollow Hills West
11. Mountain Lakes B
12. Darien B
13. Half Hollow Hills East A
14. Mountain Lakes C
15. Kellenberg B
16. Half Hollow Hills East B
17. Newtown A
18. Newtown B
19. Sharon B
20. Grove School (left early)

The top 8 prelim scorers were:

1. Joseph Levano of Kellenberg A
2. Michael Wang of Mountain Lakes A
3. Michael Borecki of Darien A
4. Siddharth Singh of Sharon A
5. Arthur Ramsay of Half Hollow Hills West
6. Varun Wadhwa of "Northern Delaware Academy"
7. Shashank Madhu of AMSA
8. Molly Bell of Darien B

The full stats for the tournament can be viewed here:


Thanks to all the teams who came today. A special thanks to the staffers, especially team coaches, who volunteered their Saturdays at FAcT.

Re: FAcT IX at Yale (New Haven, CT, 10/12/13)

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:53 pm
by PopThatFeist
I enjoyed playing and especially commend Joe for a great finals match!