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PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 2:38 pm
by Aaron's Rod
Effective April 4, 2018, PACE has made a few important changes in our ruleset. PACE's current gameplay and eligibility rules are available here. The two rules changes are in the gameplay rules, sections H.3 ("Protests") and I.5 ("Ethics and Conduct").

In short:
  • Protests concerning a tossup or bonus in regulation play may be lodged either at halftime or within one minute after regulation play (previously, protests in the first half could only be lodged at halftime)
  • The use of epithets insulting a participant's race, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. constitutes severe misconduct, for which the tournament director can eject the offender from the tournament immediately (it had previously constituted minor misconduct)
Any questions about the rules change can be directed here or to me at [email protected].

Re: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 9:43 pm
by alexdz
Aaron's Rod wrote: [*] The use of epithets insulting a participant's race, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, etc. constitutes severe misconduct, for which the tournament director can eject the offender from the tournament immediately (it had previously constituted minor misconduct)[/list]
I wholeheartedly support this change. Anything we can do to encourage and support a diverse community in quizbowl is welcome.

Re: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:09 pm
by Cheynem
Sorry if this is obvious, but does this mean you can file a protest on something in the first half after the game is over?

Re: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:32 pm
by ryanrosenberg
Cheynem wrote:Sorry if this is obvious, but does this mean you can file a protest on something in the first half after the game is over?
Yes, but only within a minute of the end of the game.

Re: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:55 pm
by Rather Wild Indeed
Geriatric trauma wrote:
Cheynem wrote:Sorry if this is obvious, but does this mean you can file a protest on something in the first half after the game is over?
Yes, but only within a minute of the end of the game.
Is this limited to content protests or procedural protests as well?

Re: PACE NSC 2018 Rules Changes

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 11:08 pm
by Stained Diviner
Our rules state the following in a section titled "Nothing else is protestable."
Procedural complaint​s are not protests. If a participant on either team notices that a game official has made a mistake in adhering to the procedures laid out in these rules, that participant may bring the mistake to the moderator's attention between the reading of one question and the next; the moderator shall then note the issue and determine immediately how to proceed from that point onward. (Some examples of situations that might warrant a procedural complaint include: giving players a one-second warning on tossups, See C.9; failing to give a bounceback opportunity in the event that bouncebacks are being used at the tournament, See Section EX; taking a given answer directed by the wrong player, See Section D; improvising clues not provided in the packet or giving extra hints after all clues to a question have been read, See C.16.) A procedural complaint is never grounds to "restart" the game or replace any questions outside the ongoing cycle or, if it arises between cycles, outside the most recently concluded cycle. (Moderator judgment calls of any kind, such as timing calls, rulings that a buzz was accidental, discovery of conferring, and the levying of sanctions for misconduct, are never protestable.)