Need new buzzers?
The annual Matt's Buzzers drawing is Saturday, December 5! Ten applicants will be randomly selected to receive $250 grants toward the purchase of new buzzers.
Oakville Senior High School (Address: 5557 Milburn Road, St. Louis, MO, 63129) will be hosting a mirror of the SCOP Novice Tournament on November 1, 2014. I, Christina Whelehon, will be serving as the tournament director.
The novice tournament will be a mirror of a set produced by the Scholastic Community Outreach Program (SCOP) of Illinois, which is specially written to appeal to newer or inexperienced players. This tournament is using the same question set as Tuscumbia's Invitational on January 17, 2015, so teams may not register for both tournaments. Each round will consist of 20 tossup questions with 20 3-part bonuses should a team answer a tossup correctly. The tournament will use 15-point "powers" (reward for an early enough buzz), along with -5 point "negs" (penalty should a player buzz in during the question and answer incorrectly). Bonuses will not rebound. There is no computational math in the SCOP Novice Tournament set.
Previous iterations of the SCOP Novice Set can be found here:
SCOP 2013: http://www.quizbowlpackets.com/610/
SCOP 2012: http://www.quizbowlpackets.com/582/
SCOP 2011: http://www.quizbowlpackets.com/70/
SCOP 2010: http://www.quizbowlpackets.com/64/
The set includes eleven rounds of 20/20 (tossups/bonuses). SCOP Novice 5's distribution per round is:
5/5 Science (including 1/1 Noncomputational Math)
2/2 Religion and Mythology
2/2 Fine Arts
1/1 Current Events, Philosophy, and Social Science
The tournament, since it is a novice set, will have eligibility restrictions. These restrictions are basically the same as Oakville’s previous novice tournaments:
All freshmen can play.
Sophomores can play if they did not score more than 15 points per game at either NAQT HSNCT or PACE NSC in their freshman year.
Juniors can play if this is their first year of quizbowl.
No seniors can play.
This tournament will also be using a rule where a single team can have no more than six players on a team. If you have more than six players, please do not feel hesitant about signing up a second or even third team! The extra playing time will be an invaluable experience for your novice players!
First team from a school: $50
Every subsequent team from a school: $45
Buzzer Discount: $5 per system
Staffer Discount: $10 per staffer
Minimum Fee: $20 per team
There will be a field cap of 18 teams at this tournament.
This tournament will be affiliated with the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance (http://moqba.org), an organization dedicated to promoting high quality quizbowl throughout the state of Missouri.
Since there are no viable lunch options within walking distance of Oakville Senior High School, we will be ordering pizza at a minimal cost (pepperoni/cheese) for all players and coaches. Lunch is free for all staffers.
Registering teams should email me, Oakville's coach, Christina Whelehon (email@example.com) with their signup information and any questions.
We hope to see many up-and-coming quizbowlers in November!
CBC 2 teams
Mehlville High School 1 team, 1 buzzer
Webster Groves 1 team, 1 buzzer
Eureka High School 2 teams, 1 buzzer
Hannibal High School 1 team
DeSmet High School 1 team, 1 buzzer
Lutheran South 1 team
Poplar Bluff 2 teams, 1 buzzer
Parkway Central 1 team, 1 buzzer
Warrenton 1 team
Please PM me if you are interested in staffing this tournament. We will be paying moderators and providing lunch.
Brandon Daake (?)
Michael Prablek (Ladue coach)
Full stats and explanations will follow courtesy of Jacob O'Rourke .