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MIT Fall Academic Tournament (11/03/19)

Posted: Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:09 am
by person361
Hello, everyone! I am pleased to announce the eighth annual MIT Fall Academic Tournament, which will take place on Sunday, November 3, 2019. Please note that this tournament is on a SUNDAY.

LOCATION AND SCHEDULE: The tournament will take place on MIT's campus in Cambridge, MA. Teams should report to room 2-190 (located in Building 2) in the morning for registration and opening announcements. We ask that teams arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 in the morning for registration; the opening meeting will start as soon as all teams have arrived, with games beginning immediately following the meeting's conclusion. Games will take place in Buildings 2 and 4. A campus map can be found here.

Teams will play a minimum of 9 games. If everything runs smoothly, we expect the tournament to conclude around 5 PM.

GETTING TO MIT: MIT is easily accessible via the Boston T system by taking the Red Line to the Kendall/MIT stop. We recommend teams avoid driving if possible, as parking is very difficult to find on the MIT campus. A list of parking locations on campus can be found here.

FORMAT: Rounds will consist of 20 tossup questions that can be answered by members of either team. If a team answers a tossup question correctly, they will then play an unrelated three-part bonus question that only their team can answer.

Each team can have up to six players on its roster, but only four players may play at any one time. Schools planning to bring seven or more players should register a second team.

QUESTION SET: We will be using WAIT. This is a regular difficulty tournament and should be accessible to novices as well as more experienced players.

FEES: The registration fees for this tournament are as follows:

+$75: first team from a school
+$70: each additional team from a school
-$10: each volunteer staffer provided by a school.
-$5: each buzzer set provided by a school. In order to receive this discount, the buzzer system must have at least 8 fully functional buzzers.
-$10: for teams traveling in excess of 200 miles one-way, as determined by the distance Google Maps provides between MIT and your school.

The minimum fee for a school is $10.

PAYMENT: Teams may pay either in advance or on the day of the tournament. Either cash or check is acceptable; please make checks out to "MIT Quiz Bowl Team." If your school requires an invoice prior to payment, please let us know as soon as possible.

REGISTRATION: This tournament is open to teams from all geographic areas and levels of experience. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The field cap is 14 teams. Once the cap is filled, new teams will enter a waitlist and be added to the field if registered teams drop.

In order to register for this tournament, please email ALL of the following information to me at ericlu [AT] mit [DOT] edu:
1. School name
2. Number of teams you are registering
3. The name, email, and cell phone number of a coach or responsible adult who will be present at the tournament.
4. The number of buzzers and staffers you are intending to bring.

Although expressions of interest in this forum are appreciated, the only official channel for registration is to email the above information to me. Registering teams should receive an email of confirmation within a day.

Please feel free to contact me at ericlu [AT] mit [DOT] edu if you have any questions or concerns about the tournament. We look forward to hosting your team for an exciting day of quizbowl!

Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (11/03/19)

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2019 11:50 am
by person361
Acton-Boxborough (1/0/0)
AMSA (2/2/1)
Barrington (1/0/0)
Belmont (1/1/0)
Hingham (2/0/0)
"James Hetfield High School" (1/0/0)
Lexington (2/1/0)
Phillips Academy (2/2/0)
Plymouth (3/1/1)

Total: 15 teams (out of 16)

Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (11/03/19)

Posted: Wed Oct 30, 2019 6:54 pm
by person361
We are expanding the field to 16 teams. Get any last-minute registrations in!

Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (11/03/19)

Posted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:34 pm
by person361
Thanks to all teams for attending today! I hope you all had fun and learned a lot. I'd like to give special thanks to our external staffers who made this event possible.

These were our top 4 teams, along with their playoff records:
1. Phillips Academy A (7-0)
2. Lexington A (5-2)
3. Belmont (5-2)
4. Plymouth A (4-3)

These teams also qualified for PACE NSC. Congratulations!

Prelim and full stats are up. I will post playoff-only stats soon. If you have any stat correction requests, please email them to me.

Re: MIT Fall Academic Tournament (11/03/19)

Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:48 pm
by BenWeiner27
The private discussion forum has been set up for WAIT. Please join if you want to give feedback on and/or discuss the set!