COTKU (THUNDER mirror) at UT-Chattanooga 10/24/09

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COTKU (THUNDER mirror) at UT-Chattanooga 10/24/09

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The UTC Academic Trivia Association will host our 12th annual Center of the Known Universe Open (COTKU) on Sat., Oct. 24th, 2009. This will be a one-day academic quizbowl tournament in modified-ACF format, held on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It will be followed on Sun. 10/25 with the Big Lots Open trash tournament; details will follow in a separate announcement in the Trash forum on this website.

THE BASICS:
1) This year’s COTKU will be a mirror of THUNDER, so packet submission is not required.
2) We will have two divisions, based on experience level, with the same questions used for both divisions.
3) Base fee is $120 per team, with discounts available for providing officials and/or writing questions for various UTC tournaments.
4) The tournament is designed for collegiate teams, but we will accept open teams, space permitting.

Full details follow below.

SCHEDULE: Registration will begin at 9 AM EDT 10/24/09, with announcements and schedule adjustments at 9:45 and tournament play beginning at 10 AM. Tournament HQ will be 129 Grote Hall on the UTC campus; see directions below. We hope to be into playoffs by 7:30 PM and finished by 8:30, but experience has taught us never to make any promises on when we finish. Actual tournament play will be in Brock and Holt Halls (the classrooms in Grote are being renovated this semester.) So if any of your players have disabilities or access issues, please let us know in advance. That way we can take it into account when scheduling (building changes, etc.)

REGISTRATION: Our only pre-registration requirements are that you tell us:
- How many teams to expect
- In which division each team will compete
- How many buzzers and officials (if any) you expect to bring
Please e-mail this information to utcquizbowl [at] gmail [dot] com.

Payment, rosters, etc., can be handled on the day of the tournament. Payment is expected on tournament day unless arranged otherwise in advance. If you need an invoice or other official paperwork in advance, let us know and we'll be happy to oblige.

ELIGIBILITY: This tournament is designed for teams of current college students, with all players on a given team affiliated with the same university. If space permits, we will accept mixed-affiliation or purely open (i.e., non-collegiate) teams. However, the field is limited to 32 teams, and collegiate teams will be given first priority.

The tournament field will be divided into two divisions for separate play and awards. Division II will be limited to players in their first and second year of intercollegiate quizbowl play, with one extra year of eligibility allowed for players on teams from 2-year schools. (Note: due to the difference in formats, prior experience in College Bowl Inc., Honda Campus All-Star Challenge, or tournaments restricted to junior colleges will not count as prior experience when determining Division II eligibility.)

FEES: Base fee: $120; assumes no buzzers, officials, or questions are provided.

DISCOUNTS: (Note that fees can be reduced to zero!)
* Question discounts:
- $2 discount for every usable, original, high-school-level question sent to us by Friday 10/23/09.
- $2 discount for every usable, original trash (pop culture) question sent to us by Friday 10/23/09.
Questions should be submitted in MS Word or RTF format to utcacfediting [at] gmail [dot] com.

* Other discounts:
- $ 5 for working lockout buzzer system (up to three discounts per team)
- $10 [plus dinner at Provino's or equivalent gas money] for each competent full-time official for either COTKU itself, or the Big Lots trash tournament on 10/25
- $25 [plus dinner at Provino’s or equivalent gas money] for each competent full-time official provided for UTC’s high school tournament on Sat. 9/26/09

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
From Atlanta and points south -- take I-75 to Chattanooga, then I-24 west towards downtown, then follow the freeway splitoff for U.S. 27 North, downtown Chattanooga. From 27 North take the 4th Street exit, within sight of the Tennessee Aquarium. Go right on 4th St. (you have no choice) and follow it for ca. 1 mile. Go past the UTC Arena, after which E. 4th St. becomes part of E. 3rd St. After that, take the second right on Palmetto St. Go two blocks and turn right on Vine St. (just past the EMCS Building.) Just before the place where Vine St. is blocked off, the parking lot for Grote and Holt Halls is on the right. Try the door by the dumpster first, but it may be locked due to security issues. If it's locked, look to your left and enter Grote by the door closest to Vine St.

From Knoxville and points north -- take I-75 to Chattanooga, then I-24 West; directions from there same as above.

From Nashville and points west/north: Take I-24 east to Chattanooga. As you round Moccasin Bend (freeway goes alongside river) watch for two exit lanes on the right; take the less rightward of the two, which will have signs above it for U.S. 27 N. Rest of directions are the same as above.

From Birmingham and points southwest: Take I-59 to the outskirts of Chattanooga, where it dead-ends into I-24. Get on I-24 East and follow the Nashville directions from there.

CONTACTS:
All e-mail except submission of freelance questions for other tournaments: utcquizbowl [at] gmail [dot] com
Question submission: utcacfediting [at] gmail [dot] com
Snail mail: UTC A.T.A., c/o Charlie Steinhice, 8821 Winterberry Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421.
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Might there be a field update posted sometime soon?
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Here's a somewhat vague field update for COTKU, with what we have officially so far. (Mark, is Snead State coming? I think you told me you were, but I didn't find an e-mail trail.)

Alabama (# of teams and divisions not established yet)
Berry 1 (Div. I)
GPC 2 (both Div. II)
Louisiana-Lafayette 1 (Div. I?)
Northeast Mississippi CC 1 (Div. II)
Samford 1 (Div. II)
Tulane 2 (Div. ??)
Virginia Tech 1-2 (1 Div. I, possibly 1 Div. II)
UTC will probably also field house teams in each division.

Please send any additions or corrections to utcquizbowl [at] gmail [dot] com.
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Oops -- I left off Dalton State (1 Div. II team.)
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Yes Charlie we'll have 1 Division 2 team, but can you call us like "Brindlee Mountain Reunion" or something. Our coach has requested we not use Snead State due to certain complications and the fact he won't be with us. I sent an e-mail to the utc gmail account but you may not have gotten it.

EDIT- I resent an e-mail just to confirm Charlie
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It's me and my freshman teammate coming, so I suppose we'll be D1 for this tourney.
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I'll post a quick results and let Charlie get the full thing later

Division I:
1st-Alabama
2nd-ULL
3rd-Va.Tech
4th-GPC Division I

Division II
1st-GPC Division II
2nd-Brindlee Reunion a.k.a. Snead State
3rd-Berry
4th-I honestly can't remember but I wanna say Shorter???
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Could we get a link to stats from this event? Thanks.
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mhayes wrote:Could we get a link to stats from this event? Thanks.
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Stat link, please? Thanks a bunch.
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DarkMatter wrote:Stat link, please? Thanks a bunch.
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Mark wrote:
DarkMatter wrote:Stat link, please? Thanks a bunch.
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You don't need to bump this every 12 hours.
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Congratulations to the winners at COTKU 2009, held at UTC on Sat. 10/24/2009.

Division I
1st - Alabama
2nd - UL-Lafayette
3rd - Virginia Tech
4th - Georgia Perimeter College D-I

In a triple round robin, Alabama and ULL slugged it out in three epic matches (ULL 120-100; Ala. 125-115; ULL 120-115.) However, an upset of ULL by Virginia Tech in the last round forced a playoff, in which Alabama edged ULL 95-85.

Division II
1st - Georgia Perimeter College D-II
2nd - Brindlee Mtn. Reunion Tour
3rd - Berry
4th - Shorter

After 10 rounds, GPC and Brindlee Reunion (an unofficial team of students from Snead State) were tied, forcing a playoff; GPC prevailed 155-80.

Thanks again to Trygve, Erik, and George for allowing us to mirror the THUNDER set, and to all our volunteer officials: Ruth Jackson, Patrick Nelson, Chuck Pearson, Erskine Thompson, Emily Neal, Scott Sherman, Michael Kearney, Chris Hendry, Carmen Shepherd, Tiffany Willis, and Jacob Vannucci.

Stats are now available at http://results.scobo.net/UTCQuizbowl.
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Any chance of some round report?
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There were 12 teams total, so I wonder if the field could have been merged to avoid the triple round robin in DI. Seems like the tournament went well, though.
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We considered merging the field, but over half the players in Division II were first-year players, many attending their first intercollegiate tournament, so we opted to keep the field split by experience level.
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