MYST will consist of at least eight games for all teams in a modified NAQT/national format:
- Each game shall consist of two halves of ten tossups each, with each correct tossup followed by a three-part bonus.
- Correct tossup answers are ten points each, with an additional five-point “power” awarded for a correct answer given before a pre-determined point in the tossup. We are not assessing a five-point penalty for interrupting the moderator during the tossup with an incorrect answer.
- Unless otherwise specified in a bonus set, each bonus part shall be ten points each. Incorrect bonus parts shall immediately rebound.
- MSHSAA timing rules shall apply with two exceptions. First, teams shall receive only five seconds to answer a bonus. Moderators will be instructed to prompt after four seconds. Second, teams will receive 10 seconds to answer math calculation tossups and bonus parts.
- In the event a game is tied after regulation, additional tossups shall be read until the next change in score.
- Each team shall have one 30 second timeout per half. Substitutions, scorechecks, and team conferences may occur at the half, prior to overtime, or during any timeout called by either team.
- Teams rosters shall be limited to seven players. Teams may play with fewer than four players but should have at least two. Rosters shall be submitted in advance and finalized at registration the morning of the tournament. Players may not change teams during the tournament.
MYST will serve as a qualifier for the NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament, set for Mother’s Day weekend in Chicago. For that reason, rosters are limited to 7th and 8th graders. Wherever possible, 9th graders are encouraged to compete on their corresponding high school team in the lower division of the Outstate Missouri Academic Rendezvous, scheduled for April 4th. Programs whose middle school teams play in MYST will be able to apply a $10 discount to their OMAR registration fee.
Teams will play five morning rounds, break for lunch, then return for up to four afternoon games. This setup is subject to change, depending on the number of teams signed up. We plan to start the team meeting at 8:30 a.m., with the first round set for 8:50 a.m. and afternoon rounds slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. We anticipate the last game ending around 4 p.m.
Fee structure is as follows, per school:
- Each team: $65
- Discount for travelling more than 100 miles each way (determined by Google Maps): $10
- Discount for providing a working buzzer set: $5
- Discount for providing a competent scorekeeper: $10
- Discount for providing a competent moderator: $15
Moberly High School is located at 1625 Gratz Brown Road. MHS is best accessed by taking Highway 63 to the Route M (Middle Grove) exit, then turning west into town about a half mile before turning right onto Gratz Brown Road. The high school will be on your left. Most lunch options will be on North Morley/Business 63.
The tournament is under the direction of Moberly High School Coach Kathy Brandon and veteran scholar bowl moderator Kyle Hill of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting quality scholar bowl tournaments around the state. Again we anticipate receiving certification and assistance from their membership.
To register for this tournament, please visit http://tinyurl.com/MYST2020. Questions concerning the tournament may be directed to either Kathy Brandon at KathyBrandon@moberlyspartans.org or Kyle Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “MYST 2020” in the subject line.
We look forward to seeing you at Moberly High School on February 15th.