UPDATE: Field cap has been raised to 28 teams.
For a list of teams that have registered for the tournament, click here.


The Missouri University of Science and Technology Academic Competition Organization would like to invite you to the 4th Annual Missouri S&T Fall Tournament, to be held on our scenic campus in Rolla, Missouri on December 13, 2008.

This tournament is affiliated with the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance, an organization dedicated to providing high-quality quizbowl tournaments to all Missouri teams. Visit http://www.moqba.org for more information.

Format:
This tournament will be run in the college format. Games consist of twenty tossups worth ten points each, and if answered correctly are followed by non-rebounding bonuses worth up to thirty points. The questions will be written by members of the Missouri S&T Academic Competition Organization, as they have been for past tournaments.

The field is currently limited to the first 28 teams to register, though we will make every effort to include all interested teams. This year, schools will be welcome to register multiple teams.

We will be including powers and negs in this tournament. A “power” occurs when a player correctly answers a tossup extremely early into the question; this results in fifteen points instead of ten. A “neg” occurs when a team buzzes incorrectly on a tossup before the question is complete, and this results in a penalty of five points. Negs are applied only to the first team to buzz in on a tossup.

The tournament will feature a bracketed round robin and playoff, the exact specifications of which will be determined by the final field size. The field will not be divided into small and large school divisions, but the top-finishing small-school team (as well as the top four teams overall) will receive trophies.

Pricing:
Base fee for first team: $55
Base fee for second and subsequent teams: $50
Moderator discount: $5 discount for each competent moderator your school brings
Buzzer discount: $5 discount for each working buzzer system your school brings
Buzzer borrowing discount: $5 discount if we have borrowed your buzzer for an intercollegiate event
Alumnus discount: $5 discount if your school has an alumnus on the Missouri S&T team
Travel discount: $5 discount for every 100 miles your school traveled to the tournament (one-way, as determined by Google Maps)
Early registration discount: $5 discount if your registration is received before November 13, 2008
The minimum entry fee is $25 per team.

Formalities:
Please email me, Matt Chadbourne, at mwchadbourne at gmail dot com to sign up for the tournament. Registration on the morning of the tournament will begin at 8:00. Since the format we will be using is unfamiliar to many teams, we will have a short team meeting at 8:45 to review the rules. The first round of tournament play will begin at 9:00.

After the completion of the tournament, each team in attendance will receive an electronic copy of the questions used.

Pending affiliation, this tournament will be a qualifier for the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence National Scholastics Championship, to be held May 23-24, 2009 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The top four teams will automatically qualify for this national tournament, which regularly features many of the nation’s top teams.

A list of teams that have signed up for the tournament can be found on the Missouri S&T ACO webpage (http://web.mst.edu/~cbowl) and at the Missouri Academic Competition Message Board (http://www.moquizbowl.com). Both lists will be updated regularly. Our tournaments traditionally fill extremely quickly, therefore it is highly advisable to reserve your spot early, and you are more than welcome to reserve your spot in the tournament before the payment process has been completed.

We hope to see you and your team in Rolla this December and wish you the best of luck as you compete this season. As always, if you have any questions about the tournament, don’t hesitate to ask.

Sincerely,

Matt Chadbourne

President, Missouri S&T Academic Competition Organization
UMR ACO
FALL HS TOURNAMENT