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BEST I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (5/19/18)

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:53 pm
by nycaqb1999
Hej! Due to popular demand, Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) Manhattan will be hosting the Battle for the Eastern Seaboard in Totality (BEST) I on Saturday, May 19th, 2018, using the NAQT DII SCT-18 question set. We plan for this tournament to be very intimate and very challenging, so we are currently issuing a soft field cap at 12 teams, however we do have room to expand if there is enough interest. Also, since Bard plans to field a full A team for this tournament, I will be co-tournament directing with my B team captain, Sophie Fleysher. She will be running the tournament the day of, and I will handle the set-up etc. If you have any questions, please email us both at [email protected].

Registration and Fees:
First team: $80
Each subsequent team: $75
Buzzer discount: -$5
Staffer discount: -$10
Minimum charge per team: $60

Please register using this Google Form:

Teams will play in round-robin preliminary pools in order to qualify for playoff rounds after lunch. Those who do not qualify will play consolation rounds. The tournament will operate using NAQT rules, with the following exceptions:
Rounds will be untimed and will consist of twenty tossups and twenty bonuses.
There will be no computational math bonuses or tossups.
We will be using ACF timing rules for answering: (available here at 5 seconds for answering tossups and bonuses, as well as 5 seconds before a tossup goes dead after being read, etc.


The tournament will be held at BHSEC Manhattan, at 525 East Houston Street, 10003, New York, NY. The entrance to the school is on Mangin Street, the last street heading east before the FDR Drive.

Check In:
Check in will begin at 8:00 AM, and will close at 8:45 AM. The first match will begin at 9:00 AM.

Directions via Car:
If approaching from the North, South, or East, simply make your way to the FDR Drive, exit at the Houston Street exit, make the first left onto Baruch Place, turn left onto Stanton, and then left again onto Mangin, and the school entrance should be on your left.
If approaching from the West, take exit 5 (Canal Street) off of the Holland Tunnel, head east until West Broadway (2 blocks) and make a left, then make a right on Houston and drive east until the corner of Mangin and Houston.

As the majority of residents around BHSEC park in housing project lots, street parking is more readily available than in other parts of Manhattan. However, we still suggest you leave some extra time to find parking in case complications arise.

Directions via Public Transit:
There are several ways to get to BHSEC via public transportation. Two buses stop directly outside the school. The M21 runs east along Houston, connecting with the 1 train at Houston Street, the B, D, F, M, and 6 at Broadway Lafayette/Bleecker Street and the F at 2nd Avenue. The M14D runs eastward along 14th Street before heading down Avenues C and D to BHSEC. It connects to the A, C, E, B, D, L at 14th Street and 8th Avenue, the 1, 2, 3 at 14th Street and 7th Avenue, the F, M, L, at 14th Street and 6th Avenue, the N, Q, R, W, 4, 5, 6, L, at 14th Street-Union Square at 14th and Broadway as well as 14th and 4th Avenue (depending on your exit) and the L at 14th Street and 3rd Avenue as well as at 14th Street and 1st Avenue. As you can probably tell, the M14D has many more connections and also stops very frequently, so we suggest you take that bus over the M21. Alternatively, the school is about a mile walk from the Delancey Street station (F, J, Z, M) and the 2nd Avenue Station (F). We do it every day, you can too!
NOTE: The B train does not run on weekends. Unforseen service changes may affect other lines as well. Please check for further info before the tournament.

We will be ordering in pizza for those interested. We will be sending a form to registered teams. If you do not use this form, we cannot guarantee you pizza.

Database link:

Re: BEST I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (5/19/18)

Posted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:07 pm
by nycaqb1999
Current Field: (Teams/Buzzers/Mods)

Bard (1/1/Many)
Downingtown STEM (1/0/0)
Wilmington Charter (1/0/0)
Mather (1/1/0)
Lehigh Valley Academy (1/1/0)
Hunter (2/2/0)
Penn Manor (1/1/0)
Gotham (1/0/0)
Island Trees (1/0/0)
Troy (1/1/0)

TOTAL (11/7/0)

Re: BEST I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (5/19/18)

Posted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:04 am
by nycaqb1999
Since this field is so tiny, and I'm sure all teams involved would like a chance to play each other, we will be amending the format above to playing a full round robin if the field doesn't expand beyond 12.

Re: BEST I @ BHSEC Manhattan, New York, NY (5/19/18)

Posted: Sat May 19, 2018 5:11 pm
by Antrobus63
Many thanks to Bard for running this pre-Nats tournament and getting us out at an early hour.