Mar 17

Cal Cup 4 Results / Overall Cal Cup Results

Congratulations to Homestead A for winning the Varsity division of Cal Cup #4!

Varsity stats/results are here:
http://www.hsquizbowl.org/…/tour…/4316/stats/varsity_finals/

Congratulations to Davis C for winning the JV division of Cal Cup #4!

JV stats/results are here:
http://www.hsquizbowl.org/…/tournamen…/4316/stats/jv_finals/

Congratulations to Davis A for finishing in first place in the overall Cal Cup Varsity standings and congratulations to Davis B for finishing in first place in the overall Cal Cup JV standings!

The complete overall Cal Cup standings can be found here:
https://docs.google.com/…/1SehgLnu-KmM_NJ0KibEGrhdD5z…/edit…

Thank you to all of the team and Berkeley staff for their help!

Thank you all for a great fifth year of Cal Cup!

Dec 15

Valley Christian High School Tournament (January 14)

NCQBA and Valley Christian are pleased to announce that the Valley Christian Winter High School Tournament will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2017. This tournament will have separate JV and Varsity divisions; the field cap is 40 teams. Top 15% of Varsity teams will qualify for both Nationals (NSC and HSNCT).

Location: This tournament will take place at Valley Christian High School, 100 Skyway Drive, San Jose, CA, 95111. Registration will begin at 8:30AM in Room E206 and we plan to start round 1 at 9:00AM.

Questions: We will be using NAQT IS-157A for JV and NAQT IS-158 for Varsity. Please note: if you play at the Sacramento Fall tournament and wish to play in this tournament then you must play in the Varsity division in at this tournament.

Eligibility: All high schools (public, private, charter, religious, homeschool, etc.) are eligible to play in this event.

Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams, but please note that participants must play for the same team throughout the tournament.

Fees:

Base fee: $80 per team

-$30 for schools that played zero quiz bowl tournaments during the 2015-2016 school year (per team)

-$10 per working buzzer system (must accommodate at least eight players) Labeled with the name of School/Team
-$10 per experienced moderator
-$10 per 100 miles traveled according to Google Maps (per team)

Minimum Entry Fee: $20 per team

Payment (cash or check) will be taken at check-in on January 14.

How to register: Please fill out this google form no later than Wednesday, January 11 indicating how many teams, buzzers, and staff your school plans to bring:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIp … A/viewform

Jeff Hoppes is the Tournament Director. If you have any questions, contact him at jeff.hoppes@gmail.com

Nov 29

Community College Tournament @ Berkeley (Jan 21)

What: Quiz Bowl is a buzzer competition (similar to Jeopardy!) in which teams of four students compete to answer questions in all academic subjects (such as science, history, literature) against teams from other schools. More information about Quiz Bowl can be found at our website, norcalquizbowl.org.

Where: UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

When: Saturday, January 21, 2017. Registration will begin at 9:00AM and the competition will run until 4PM. We will have a lunch break in the early afternoon (there are many places to get food close to campus)

Eligibility: All community colleges are allowed to compete. Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams but please note that players must play for the same team throughout the tournament.

Fees:

$40 per team

Discounts:

Travel discount: -$10 (for 50 miles traveled one-way)

How to register: Please email njsking@hotmail.com indicating how many teams your school plans to bring. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Sample packet: https://www.naqt.com/samples/introductory-invitational-series.pdf

The top team will qualify for the 2017 Community College Championship tournament, to be held in Minnesota in February.

Quiz Bowl is a great opportunity for students to reinforce what they have learned in the classroom, to work together as a team, to meet students from other schools, and to have fun!

Thank you and we hope you will be able to join us in January!

 

Nov 21

Stratford-Sunnyvale Middle School Tournament (Jan 7)

The Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance and the Stratford School are pleased to announce that Stratford will host its fifth annual middle school quizbowl tournament on Saturday, January 7th, 2017.

Location: This tournament will take place at Stratford’s Sunnyvale Raynor Middle School, 1500 Partridge Avenue, Sunnyvale, California. (Please note that this is a newly-opened Stratford campus, so it is a different physical location from our past events on Pomeroy Avenue in Santa Clara.)

Questions: We will be using NAQT Middle School Series #19. (Note that this is the same set used at our Sacramento Fall Tournament, so teams that played that event may not compete at Stratford.) (For practice material similar to the questions we will use at the tournament, please consider the NAQT New Middle School Package.)

The top 15% of teams will qualify for the 2017 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament, to be held in Dallas, Texas on May 13-14, 2017.

Eligibility: All middle schools (public, private, charter, religious, homeschool, etc.) are eligible to play in this event. This tournament is open to any players who have not yet completed 8th grade, though the questions are targeted at 7th and 8th graders.

Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams, but please note that players must play for the same team throughout the tournament.

Fees:

Base fee: $60 per team

-$10 second or subsequent team from the same school

-$10 working buzzer system (must accommodate at least eight players)

-$20 experienced moderator

-$10 scorekeeper (We will hold a brief training session during check-in for those volunteers who have never kept score before.)

Payment will be taken at check-in on January 7th. Please make checks out to Stratford School.

How to register: please contact the tournament director, Jeff Hoppes (jeff.hoppes@gmail.com), on or before Monday, January 2nd, indicating how many teams, buzzers, and staff your school plans to bring.

Nov 21

Sacramento Spring Middle School Tournament (March 25)

The Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance and Churchill MS are pleased to announce that Churchill will host the Sacramento Spring MS tournament on Saturday, March 25, 2017. We will have a field cap of 14 teams. Until 1 week prior to the start of the tournament we are reserving 2 spots in the field for schools that played zero Quiz Bowl tournaments during the 2015-16 school year.

Location: This tournament will take place at Churchill MS, Carmichael, California. Registration will begin at 9:00AM and we plan to start round 1 at 9:30AM.

Questions: We will be using NAQT Middle School Series #22. (For practice material similar to the questions we will use at the tournament, please consider the NAQT New Middle School Package and the 2013 Collaborative Middle School Tournament.)

The top 15% of teams will qualify for the 2017 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament, to be held in the Dallas, Texas area on May 13-14, 2017.

Eligibility: All middle schools (public, private, charter, religious, homeschool, etc.) are eligible to play in this event. This tournament is open to any players who have not yet completed 8th grade, though the questions are targeted at 7th and 8th graders.

Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams, but please note that players must play for the same team throughout the tournament.

Fees:

Base fee: $60 per team

-$30 for schools that played zero quiz bowl tournaments during the 2015-2016 school year (per team)

-$10 per working buzzer system (must accommodate at least eight players)

-$15 per staffer (We will hold a brief training session during check-in for those volunteers who have never kept score before.)

Minimum entry fee: $0

Payment will be taken at check-in on March 25.

How to register: please contact the tournament director, Nicholas Karas (njsking (at) hotmail (dot) com), on or before Wednesday, March 22, indicating how many teams, buzzers, and staff your school plans to bring.

Nov 15

Sacramento Winter HS Tournament (January 28)

NCQBA and Rio Americano HS are pleased to announce that the Sacramento Winter HS Tournament will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2017. This tournament will have separate JV and Varsity divisions; the field cap is 18 teams. Until 1 week prior to the start of the tournament we are reserving 6 spots in the JV field for schools that played zero Quiz Bowl tournaments during the 2015-16 school year.

Location: This tournament will take place at Rio Americano HS, Sacramento, California. Registration will begin at 9:00AM and we plan to start round 1 at 9:30AM.

Questions: We will be using NAQT IS-163A for JV and NAQT IS-162 for Varsity.

Eligibility: All high schools (public, private, charter, religious, homeschool, etc.) are eligible to play in this event.

Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams, but please note that participants must play for the same team throughout the tournament.

Fees:

Base fee: $65 per team

-$10 second and subsequent team(s) from the same school (for non-new schools)

-$35 for schools that played zero quiz bowl tournaments during the 2015-2016 school year (per team)

-$10 per working buzzer system (must accommodate at least eight players)

-$10 per scorekeeper (We will hold a brief training session during check-in for volunteers who have never kept score before.)

-$15 per experienced moderator

Minimum Entry Fee: $0 per team

Payment (cash or check) will be taken at check-in on January 28. Please make checks out to Rio Americano HS.

How to register: Please fill out this google form no later than Wednesday, January 25 indicating how many teams, buzzers, and staff your school plans to bring:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIp … A/viewform

 

Oct 18

Cal Cup #1 and #2 Results

Congrats to Davis A for winning the Varsity division of Cal Cup #1 and congrats to Davis B for winning the JV division of Cal Cup #1. Results are here.

 

Congrats to Davis A for winning the Varsity division of Cal Cup #2 and congrats to Bellarmine C for winning the JV division of Cal Cup #2! Results are here.

 

 

Cal Cup #3 is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 and Cal Cup #4 is scheduled for Saturday, March 4.

 

More information about Cal Cup can be found here.

Aug 30

Sacramento Fall MS Tournament (Sept 18)

The Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance and Churchill MS are pleased to announce that Churchill will host the Sacramento Fall MS tournament on Sunday, September 18. We will have a field cap of 14 teams. Until 1 week prior to the start of the tournament we are reserving 2 spots in the field for schools that played zero Quiz Bowl tournaments during the 2015-16 school year.

Location: This tournament will take place at Churchill MS, Carmichael, California. Registration will begin at 9:00AM and we plan to start round 1 at 9:30AM.

Questions: We will be using NAQT Middle School Series #19. (For practice material similar to the questions we will use at the tournament, please consider the NAQT New Middle School Package and the 2013 Collaborative Middle School Tournament.)

The top 15% of teams will qualify for the 2017 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament, to be held in the Dallas, Texas area on May 13-14, 2017.

Eligibility: All middle schools (public, private, charter, religious, homeschool, etc.) are eligible to play in this event. This tournament is open to any players who have not yet completed 8th grade, though the questions are targeted at 7th and 8th graders.

Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams, but please note that players must play for the same team throughout the tournament.

Fees:

Base fee: $60 per team

-$30 for schools that played zero quiz bowl tournaments during the 2015-2016 school year (per team)

-$10 per working buzzer system (must accommodate at least eight players)

-$15 per staffer (We will hold a brief training session during check-in for those volunteers who have never kept score before.)

Minimum entry fee: $0

Payment will be taken at check-in on Sept 18.

How to register: please contact the tournament director, Nicholas Karas (njsking (at) hotmail (dot) com), on or before Wednesday, September 14, indicating how many teams, buzzers, and staff your school plans to bring.

Aug 30

Sacramento HS Fall: September 17, 2016

NCQBA and Rio Americano HS are pleased to announce that the Sacramento Fall HS Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016. All teams will play in 1 division; we will not have separate JV and Varsity divisions. The field cap is 18 teams. Until 1 week prior to the start of the tournament we are reserving 6 spots in the field for schools that played zero Quiz Bowl tournaments during the 2015-16 school year.

Location: This tournament will take place at Rio Americano HS, Sacramento, California. Registration will begin at 9:00AM and we plan to start round 1 at 9:30AM.

Questions: We will be using NAQT IS 157-A.

Eligibility: All high schools (public, private, charter, religious, homeschool, etc.) are eligible to play in this event.

Schools are encouraged to enter multiple teams, but please note that participants must play for the same team throughout the tournament.

Fees:

Base fee: $65 per team

-$10 second and subsequent team(s) from the same school (for non-new schools)

-$35 for schools that played zero quiz bowl tournaments during the 2015-2016 school year (per team)

-$10 per working buzzer system (must accommodate at least eight players)

-$10 per scorekeeper (We will hold a brief training session during check-in for volunteers who have never kept score before.)

-$15 per experienced moderator

Minimum Entry Fee: $0 per team

Payment (cash or check) will be taken at check-in on September 17. Please make checks out to Rio Americano HS.

How to register: Please fill out this google form no later than Wednesday, September 14 indicating how many teams, buzzers, and staff your school plans to bring.

Feb 27

California Cup #4 @ UC Berkeley: March 5, 2016

The Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance and Quiz Bowl Club at UC Berkeley are pleased to announce that we will be holding the fourth annual California Cup. The California Cup consists of four quiz bowl tournaments held throughout the year, and it is widely considered the premier academic competition event in Northern California. Cal Cup #4 will take place on Saturday, March 5. For the tournaments we will have registration at 8:30AM, the event will start at about 9:00AM, we will have a lunch break around noon, and we hope to finish around 5:00PM.

We hope to attract many teams from across the state and elsewhere. We have previously attracted teams from as far away as Southern California and Mississippi. As we have in the past, we will guarantee teams a high number of games (8 or more) per tournament and ensure that teams are able to play others of the same skill level after preliminary placement rounds. We use only the highest quality questions in our tournaments to ensure that players are rewarded not only for paying attention to what is taught in the classroom but also for their intellectual exploration outside a school setting. You can find out more about what quiz bowl is here: (http://www.norcalquizbowl.org/?page_id=18) and you can find more quiz bowl-pertinent resources here (http://www.norcalquizbowl.org/?page_id=51).

The top teams at each tournament will qualify for the 2016 PACE National Scholastics Championship (NSC; http://www.pace-nsc.org/2016-nsc-june-4-5-chicago/), which will be held June 4-5 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois. California Cup tournaments have historically held the highest possible certification from PACE (Platinum), and should we continue to meet that threshold, the number of Varsity qualifiers will be 25% of the entire size of the field (inclusive of both varsity and JV) rounded up. For instance, if the combined Varsity and JV teams add up to 49, then the number of NSC qualifiers from Varsity will be 13 (25% of 49 is 12.25, which is then rounded up). Additionally, teams that perform well on NAQT sets during the California Cup will qualify for the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT; details TBA), held May 28-29 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas. The formula for HSNCT qualification is 15% of the entire field size rounded up. Note that only Varsity teams are eligible to qualify for either nationals directly. Teams that do well at the non-NAQT California Cup competitions can also apply for wildcards to HSNCT and PACE, and many have historically received them. JV teams may apply for nationals via wild card when wild card applications open. These wild cards are generally evaluated on statistical metrics like the average points per bonus (PPB) of a team.

Question sets:
Cal Cup 4 we are using BASK for JV and Varsity.
In order to qualify for nationals your team must play in Varsity. Only Cal Cup 2 is a direct qualifier for HSNCT but all 4 are direct qualifiers for PACE.

New for this year:
To expand on the Varsity and JV designations listed here, the NCQBA has decided that freshmen and sophomores can freely play JV at California Cup regardless of prior middle school experience, but any team with at least one junior or senior who played quiz bowl (defined as pyramidal all-subject tossup-bonus style quiz bowl, which is not inclusive of Quiz Kids, History Bowl, or Science Bowl), in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school year must play Varsity. Exceptions to this rule will be granted on a case-by-case basis and must be emailed to us at californiacupquizbowl@gmail.com. In addition, if a JV team clinches the overall JV California Cup championship in the first three tournaments of the season, as was the case with California Crosspoint last year, they will be obliged to move up to Varsity at California Cup #4 should they choose to participate.

Please bring appropriate payment with you when coming to a tournament. We will be far less lenient this year on people who do not pay prior to the start of the first tournament, and the earlier you pay, the higher priority you get for tournament registration. In particular, for the first tournament, we will enter teams into the field with the following priority: 1) paying in advance via Square for the package, 2) paying in advance via Square for the first tournament, 3) pledging to pay onsite for the package, 4) pledging to pay onsite for the first tournament. For subsequent tournaments, people who paid for the package will get priority into the field up to a week before the tournament, at which point the field entry becomes first-come-first-serve. If you purchased a package, please inform us as soon as possible if you are missing a particular tournament. We have also modified our drop policy. We offer a lot of flexibility in allowing drops from the field right up to 6 pm PST of the day before the tournament. Failing to inform us of a drop up to 6 pm the day before the tournament will merit you being liable for 50% of the cost of the upcoming tournament. If you then fail to inform us of the drop until after 8 pm the day before the tournament, you will be liable for 75% of its cost. If you do not show up at a tournament without informing us, you are liable for the full price of the tournament. Exceptions to these policies will be made only in case of emergency. This policy will also apply to package holders, though it will be scaled to account for the discount associated with the package. By signing up for the California Cup tournament series, you agree to these policies.

We will not offer buzzer and staffer discounts directly via Square. We will instead offer cash at the tournament site itself once we verify that the appropriate number of buzzers and staffers have been brought. Discounts for onsite payment will be assessed onsite.

Registration
Teams may choose to register separately for each tournament within the series, though we recommend registering for all four tournaments at once (the “package”), which ensures a significant discount. Each of the four tournaments will have its own champion and ranking. We will allow teams who wish to purchase the package up to the second tournament to decide whether to purchase it. For instance, you may attend the first tournament for only the price of the first tournament and then decide at the second tournament to purchase the entire package, at which point you will pay the discounted package price. We will split the field into junior varsity and varsity divisions and evaluate each separately. After the cup results are tallied, we will crown a California Cup (Northern California) state champion! There will be book prizes and gift cards for the highest-performing teams and individual scorers at each tournament, and other prizes are in store for the top California Cup teams. When calculating final Cup standings, we will count the top three performances by each team, allowing teams to account for extenuating circumstances at one tournament (either a lower-than-expected performance or non-attendance). Only teams that register for the entire series of tournaments will be eligible for the overall title as well as prizes at the end. With four guaranteed tournaments and plenty of gameplay, this series will offer the best prizes, greatest value, and most national qualification opportunities available anywhere in the country!

Entry Fees:
Base fee per team for package of all four tournaments (paying by cash or check): $270
Base fee per team for package of all four tournaments (paying via Square): $260 (details of payment via Square will be released later)
If your school played zero Cal Cup events last year and nobody on any of your school’s teams has played Cal Cup in the past (i.e. new team discount): -$70 off the price of the package
Buzzer discount: -$10 per tournament (We will test buzzers and NOT accept them if they do not have four fully functioning units on each “side,” so do not try to claim discounts on buzzers that are not in full working order. Also, PLEASE LABEL your buzzers with your school/team name so that you can promptly pick them up at the tournament’s conclusion. Lastly, we will no longer accept buzzers that require a laptop to operate unless we really need them.)
Referral discount: An established team can pay the new team price if they refer a previously non quiz bowl-playing school to the California Cup and that school ends up purchasing the package. This will be -$25 if that new school only ends up purchasing a single tournament.

Staff discount: -$10 per tournament for experienced, competent moderator (if needed)
-$5 per tournament for scorekeeper
Travel discount: -$20 per 75 miles one-way (determined by Google Maps)
Registering for a single tournament: $90
New school registering for a single tournament: $65
Minimum entry fee: $20 per tournament

*Buzzers and staff discounts apply on an as-needed, first-come, first-serve basis. When registering, please detail how many staff and/or buzzers you may be able to bring. As the tournament approaches, we will let you know whether they are needed or not. Payment will be taken either online via Square or at registration; please make checks payable to “Quiz Bowl Club”. Note that discounts for future tournaments will NOT be given at any particular tournament. What this means is that if, for example, at the first tournament you claim a buzzer discount for all four tournaments, you must still pay as if you only claimed it for one tournament. Then, for each subsequent tournament in which you actually bring the buzzer, we will refund you $10 in cash. The same goes for the staffer discount. The entire distance discount may be claimed at the first tournament, though (that is, teams more than 75 miles away from UC Berkeley will pay $80 less as long as they are purchasing the entire package).

We are setting a field cap of 48 teams (overall, not per division). Schools may register multiple teams–there is no limit. We might be able to expand if there is enough interest, but until that point, we will accept teams on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fields can fill fast, so sign up soon to reserve your slot!

To register for March 5, please fill out this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1j08yudwMR4M0aMkarY3_TN3ZR_P7oqiTuN4nvqxOlM4/viewform

The registration deadline for Cal Cup #4 is Wednesday, March 2. Please bring the cash or check for full payment of the series of tournaments to the first tournament unless you are paying via Square. You can still pay the base fee for three tournaments if you register by the second tournament.

Scoring and Gameplay

The California Cup assigns points to schools based on their performance at the tournaments that take place throughout the year. We have decided to adopt the following scoring system: 10 points for 1st place, 8 points for 2nd place, 6 points for 3rd place, 4 points for 4th place, 3 points for 5th place, 2 points for 6th place, and 1 point for 7th place. Since the scoring automatically drops the lowest result of a team, only three of the tournaments will end up counting in the final evaluation of a team’s standing. Of course, attending all four tournaments will ensure that your team’s worst performance is disregarded. This means, for example, if a team wins the first three California Cup tournaments, they will be declared the California Cup champion for that division. If a team that does not purchase the full package ends up placing high enough on the scoring system, then we will simply skip them in the California Cup overall ranking (but they will still retain their ranking for that individual tournament). At the end of the year, we will break ties by evaluating (1) the performance in the 4th tournament and (2) statistics from each team’s performances throughout the year. We will maintain separate standings for JV and Varsity teams.

We will enforce all the gameplay rules as they are written in Sections D-H of the official rules of the Academic Competition Federation (http://acf-quizbowl.com/documents/official-acf-rules/), so all players must fully familiarize themselves with these rules before playing these tournaments. If you are having trouble remember them, we recommend you print out a copy and refresh your memory immediately prior to the tournament. Pay special attention to timing, pronunciation, and protest guidelines, as players often lose out on points by not knowing these. Teams that owe the Berkeley club money from last year must reimburse us before paying for this tournament.

Thank you for your interest, and please spread the word to other high schools that are interested in quiz bowl or are heavily involved in other academic events like debate, AcaDeca, or Science Bowl. We look forward to another exciting year of academic competition!

Contact Information

Please contact us at californiacupquizbowl@gmail.com with any questions that you have. There will be a section on the NCQBA website (http://www.norcalquizbowl.org/) specifically devoted to the California Cup as well.

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