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ACF Nationals 2016 Automatic Bid Applications Open

Posted: Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:46 pm
by t-bar
Hello everyone,

ACF is now accepting applications for automatic bids to attend ACF Nationals 2016 (sorry for the delay!). The following teams are eligible to submit bids:
  • Teams from clubs hosting ACF Regionals. Each such club will be granted no more than one automatic bid; if it wishes to send more teams, they must qualify as house teams “at the buzzer.”
  • Teams with an ACF Regionals editor that are not hosting an ACF Regionals site.
  • Teams that are more than 400 miles away from the nearest Regionals site.
To apply, please send an email to [email protected] with “automatic bid” in the subject line, containing the following information:
  • A proposed roster representing your likely actual Nationals A team.
  • Links to results for tournaments at which your team competed this semester.
  • Any other information that may be relevant.
Applications should be submitted by Saturday, January 9---the reason for the quick turnaround is so that teams whose applications are denied still have a chance to register for and participate in ACF Regionals. Applications will be evaluated by ACF Nationals head editor Rob Carson. We will aim to have all applications evaluated by January 12, 2016.

Clubs that are hosting ACF Regionals may attempt to qualify additional teams for Nationals by playing house teams. However, such a team that is trying to qualify for Nationals (i.e., as the club’s B team or lower) may not contain any of the members of the roster submitted for automatic bid consideration. ACF expects that experienced team members will be staffing the tournament rather than playing.

Note that this process is completely independent from the packet-submission process for both ACF Regionals and ACF Nationals. If a team applies for an automatic bid and is denied, and would be required to write a packet to play ACF Regionals, it must still write the packet in order to play. Teams may submit packets on a contingency basis to take advantage of earlier packet deadlines; if they end up not playing the tournament, these packets will be treated as freelance submissions.

If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected] or post them in this thread.

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Automatic Bid Applications Open

Posted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 9:23 pm
by t-bar
If you intend to submit an automatic bid application, please remember to do it by midnight tomorrow! We will endeavor to process and respond to all applications quickly, so that teams can revise their Regionals attendance plans if necessary.

Re: ACF Nationals 2016 Automatic Bid Applications Open

Posted: Mon Jan 11, 2016 6:51 pm
by t-bar
All applications have been considered. The following teams have received automatic bids to ACF Nationals:
  • Harvard University (Mark Arildsen, Robert Chu, Will Holub-Moorman, Vimal Konduri, and Raynor Kuang)
  • Stanford University (Austin Brownlow, Nikhil Desai, Stephen Liu, and Benji Nguyen)
  • University of California, San Diego (Parikshit Chauhan, Jason Cheng, Robin Heinonen, Ashok Kunda, and Jonathan Luck)
  • University of Chicago (John Lawrence, Chris Ray, and Max Schindler)
  • University of Minnesota (Jason Asher, Sam Bailey, Shan Kothari, and Sam Levin)
  • University of Virginia (Vasa Clarke, Jack Mehr, Lawrence Simon, and Eric Xu)