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American Academic Challenge - Chattanooga, TN (5/22-5/24)

Posted: Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:16 am
by Ithaca Cricket Ump
To the board moderators: since this tournament is catering to a national field, but (at least in the first year) is not being considered a "national championship", in the true sense of the phrase, I posted it to "regular season tournament announcements". If you think that It fits better in the "national tournaments" forum, feel free to move or cross-post it.

The American Academic Challenge is an open high school quiz bowl competition with a national field. The three previous iterations of the AAC were held from 1993 to 1995 at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville. ( The 2015 AAC will be held at the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 22-24, 2015 (Memorial Day weekend), so as not to conflict with either NAQT high school tournament or PACE NSC. We anticipate sticking to this scheduling philosophy in future years, so that any team that competes in AAC does not have to miss one of the two recognized all-subject tossup-bonus format national championship tournaments to do so, at least from a scheduling standpoint.

Please note that the qualification method that was used in the 1990s version of the competition will NOT be used this time - there is no need to do anything to register for the new AAC other than to fill out the registration form (linked to on the website, below) and mail the check. No essays. :P Registration at AAC for this year is open to any interested school - in future years, qualification standards will almost certainly be implemented, but in year one we're pretty much going to take all comers.

The soft field cap for the 2015 AAC is 48 teams, and the hard cap is set at 60 teams, due to hotel space limitations.

The matches will follow an exciting multi-period format featuring pyramidally-structured tossups, bonuses, category rounds (albeit not a "sixty-second" round in the :chip: sense) and the innovative Answer Auction round. Also, unlike certain :chip: s I could name, when we say that our question distribution is "heavily academic in nature", we mean it. The exact distribution will be published during the fall of 2014, but I anticipate it being close to a "happy medium" between the NAQT HSNCT and PACE NSC distributions (less focused on current events, geography and trash than NAQT, but still containing enough of those subjects where it's not a completely academic event like NSC).

if anyone on this board would be interested in doing one of these two things:

1. Mirroring or writing an original side tournament to be played during AAC weekend, or,
2. Serving as a staffer for the 2015 AAC (you will either have travel expenses and food covered, or be paid a stipend in lieu of that, we haven't finally determined which yet)....

Please drop me an e-mail at [email protected] as soon as possible. Staff invitations will most likely start going out around the beginning of 2015, and due to the small size of the field, we'll only be bringing in a limited amount of staff, so let me know ASAP if you're interested. If you have any questions about the AAC in general, e-mailing me is probably the quickest way to get in touch, since while I check this board on a regular basis, I don't check it daily.

--Scott Blish, co-tournament director, American Academic Challenge 2015