ACF Fall 2010


ACF Fall 2010 will take place on the weekend of November 6, 2010. (Link to Global Announcement.)

Editor-in-Chief: Evan Adams (VCU)

Assistant Editors: Dallas Simons (Harvard), Carsten Gehring (Carleton), Will Butler (UVA), Guy Tabachnick (Brown), and John Lawrence (Yale).

We are currently seeking ACF Fall hosts. Hosting is an excellent way to raise money for your club, and allow new quizbowlers in your club to gain exposure to well-written, accessible questions. If you are interested in hosting, please read through the official ACF Hosting Guide and then email Evan Adams at

The deadline for bids is September 18, 2010. Bids will not be accepted after September 18. Earlier bids will have priority over later bids, all else being equal.

Packet Submission
As per the ACF submission rules, any team with at least one person on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament prior to September 1, 2009 is required to submit a packet in order to participate in an ACF tournament in 2010-2011. This includes ACF Fall. Teams required to submit packets who do not submit one by the final deadline will be dropped from the tournament.

Please submit packets to and use “ACF Fall 2010: [Team Name]” in the subject line.

Submission schedule and additional discounts:
This year’s submission schedule is as follows:
Packet submitted before 11:59 PM on:
Sept 19, 2010: -$50
Sept 26, 2010: -$25 (-$50 for teams not required to submit packets)
Oct 10, 2010: No penalty (-$25 for teams not required to submit packets)
Oct 17, 2010: +$25
Oct 24, 2010: +$50
After Oct. 24, 2010: The editors may grant one or more 24-hour extensions at an additional penalty of $10 per day.

Additional discounts are offered for travel, buzzers, staffers, etc. Please refer to the tournament fees and discounts section of the ACF guidelines for further information.

Packet penalties
Teams will incur penalties for the following offenses:

  • Incorrect formatting: Several teams continue to submit incorrectly formatted packets despite the guidelines clearly stated on the ACF Question Formatting Guidelines document. Please take a moment to review the guidelines and format your packet accordingly.
  • Plagiarism: Please do not attempt to plagiarize. It is often very easy to catch. Please also refer to this thread excoriating those who attempted to plagiarize at ACF Fall 2008. This happened a lot in 2008, and if it happens again the consequences will be enforced.
  • Writing specific types of forbidden questions: Types of questions prohibited at ACF events include spelling questions, binary matching bonuses, 5-10-15 bonuses, etc.

Please see the additional packet penalties section for more info.

Friendly reminders
Please refer to the ACF Packet Submission and Fee Information document for a more detailed explanation of submission and fee-related information.

If you are sending multiple packet writing teams, PLEASE make sure you don’t collaborate on your packets, or talk about their contents.

The difficulty level of ACF Fall 2010 is the same as that of the last two years, so teams are encouraged to follow the difficulty levels of ACF Fall 2008 and ACF Fall 2009. Those tournaments can be found here:

Remember above all that this tournament is supposed to be accessible to new teams who have never played quizbowl before. If you suspect one of your answer choices may be too hard, it probably is.

If you have any other questions, please contact Evan Adams at