SuMO IX: Nein Times (??)

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SuMO IX: Nein Times (??)

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This is the preliminary announcement for the 2024 Summer Mixed Open (SuMO) to be hosted by East Tennessee Quiz Bowl the weekend of 7/13-14 in Knoxville, TN. We are still locking down specific (location, question sets, etc.), but we hope to have these details in place in the near future. As always, Saturday is Academic and Sunday is TRASH (Happy Trashtille Day). Due to the rising costs of doing business (mirror fees, etc,), we have made the difficult decision to increase the entry fee to $60 (CASH ONLY) per pair.

For those who are not familiar with the Summer Mixed Open, SuMO is the brainchild of former Bainbridge (GA) High School coach J. Mitchell Alday and has been subsequently run by Dr. Chuck Pearson (Tusculum Univ.) and Dren Rollins of ETQB for the past several years. The competition is a pairs format. Two players join together and are randomly paired with another pair to form ad hoc teams for the competition. The pairs are flighted based upon experience and (known) ability level with the goal of creating balanced teams. The winning team takes home 50% of the prize pool (after expenses), 30% for second, 20% for third. It's a fun and exciting competition which has grown in popularity each year.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us @ [email protected]
Dren Rollins, Executive Director
East Tennessee Quizbowl
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Re: SuMO IX: Nein Times (??)

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This is the formal announcement of and invitation of registrations for SuMO IX: NEIN TIMES (??), happening on July 13, 2024.

We could have subtitled this “The Migration II”. We’re returning to the place we started when we moved SuMO to East Tennessee: the Roane State Community College campus in Oak Ridge. We hope you’ll join us for a weekend of mixed-team play.

Details below, or you can just go ahead and bypass the details and sign your partnership up.
<https://forms.gle/WxjsPxyrGBBXhqK4A>

FORMAT
You register as a partnership of two, not as a team of four. On the morning of the tournament, you and your teammate will be paired with another partnership, roughly based on your experience and skill level. You will play the tournament with that other partnership, two partnerships paired as a four-player team. We do this to try to build the most evenly-paired field possible; we want every game to be as competitive as possible.

We’ll establish a schedule when it’s clear how many partnerships will register; in the past, we’ve been able to guarantee nine games before playoffs.

SET
SuMO IX will be a mirror of Maryland Spring, a high-quality set at the high school regular-plus level. We’re grateful to the quizbowl teams at the University of Maryland and Indiana University for their work on the set, and especially to Connor Mayers for his communications in the runup to the event.

FEE
The registration fee is $60 per partnership (inflation hits this year!). If at all possible, we need the registration fee in cash, because…

PRIZES
…SuMO remains a cash game, and the prizes for the top teams are cash. There’s roughly a 50/30/20 split of the tournament prize pool among the top three teams. Again, the final prize pool will be established when we get picture of the field.

The initial field cap is 20 partnerships. Our recent past has seen the equivalent of 28 partnerships/14 teams in the tournament field, so we’re quite able to extend the cap with sufficient staffing support.

TRASH
There is a Sunday trash game to serve as a counterpart to the Saturday academic game! Find out more here.

STAFF, BUZZERS
We benefit from the good quizbowl community in this region to help make this tournament work! We historically haven’t given a staff or buzzer discount for the tournament to keep the division of the funds clean, but we do want the best staff possible, and we have confidence in readers of the region to provide support.

We’ve got a short registration for staffers to make sure you’re placed where you need to be <https://forms.gle/exehnZ2jmoZdCcBh9>.

CONTACT
This is an East Tennessee Quizbowl event, and all questions and concerns should be shuttled through the East Tennessee Quizbowl email address ([email protected]). The tournament direction team is Dren Rollins (lead reader, chief of the treasury, head of protest committee) and Chuck Pearson (logistics director, stats-book wrangler).

Our site contact at Roane State-Oak Ridge is Sandy Vann, who has been invaluable to East Tennessee Quizbowl for many years and who we thank for her support.

REGISTER NOW
<https://forms.gle/WxjsPxyrGBBXhqK4A>

DISCLAIMERS
Some information is subject to change; if changes occur, they will be posted on this thread.

And, as always, in the words of the genial quizmaster, all decisions of the tournament director are arbitrary, capricious, and final.

Come join us at our return to Oak Ridge on July 13th.
Dren Rollins, Executive Director
East Tennessee Quizbowl
Striving to keep academic competition in our area vibrant
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Re: SuMO IX: Nein Times (??)

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Looking forward to what is sure to be another very interesting weekend! Could we get a field update?
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