ACF Fall is the premier easy tournament in college quizbowl. Designed as an introduction to college quizbowl for novices and players with limited high school experience, over 200 teams compete on ACF Fall each year, making it the most widely-played set in the calendar.
ACF Fall 2019 will be held on November 2nd, 2019.
Rahul Keyal, of the University of California - Berkeley, will be head editor, with assistance from Rohin Devanathan and various ACF members.
The tournament will be edited by Ganon Evans, Justin French, Halle Friedman, Katherine Lei, Caroline Mao, Ben Miller, Tracy Mirkin, Clark Smith, and Kevin Yu.
The registration form for ACF Fall will be made available once hosts are selected. We anticipate that most sites will be selected by August 24 (see Hosting).
The fee structure will be as laid out in ACF’s revised hosting guidelines:
- Base fee: $150
- New to quizbowl discount: –$100
- Shorthanded discount (1-2 players): –$75
- Buzzers: –$10 per functional system
- Staffers: –$15 per staffer with functional laptop
- Travel: –$10 per 200 miles traveled one-way
Host sites will bill teams as soon as possible after the teams register. Teams should pay their host sites by whatever method is convenient for the hosts, who will in turn pay ACF by check, bank transfer, cash, or by PayPal for an additional fee.
The fee structure will likely differ for teams attending sites outside of the United States, and will be determined by ACF and the host sites by August 24.
Any team with at least two people on it who played a regular, collegiate, academic quizbowl tournament (either as a college student or as a high school student) prior to September 1, 2018, is required to submit a half-packet, unless it is a high school team attending a high-school-only mirror. If you are unsure whether your team is required to submit a half-packet, please email us at email@example.com.
- For these purposes, all ACF tournaments, NAQT SCT (Division I or Division II), NAQT ICT, and typical college-level academic invitationals count as regular collegiate academic tournaments. Pop culture or “hybrid” tournaments, HCASC, and tournaments played on NAQT’s Collegiate Novice series sets do not.
The submission schedule is as follows (your submission must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11:59 PM PDT):
- September 7: –$30
- September 21: –$15 (–$30 if optional)
- October 5: no penalty (–$15 if optional)
- October 12: +$25
- October 19: +$50
Packets submitted later than October 20 will receive an additional penalty of +$10 per day starting on October 21.
The submission discounts and penalties – but not the schedule – will likely differ for teams attending sites outside of the United States, and will be determined by ACF and the host sites by August 24.
If your team is obligated to submit a half-packet or wishes to do so, email email@example.com to request a 12/12 distribution. It’s never too early to start writing!
If you are interested in hosting a mirror of ACF Fall, please contact ACF’s Mirror Coordinator, Alex Damisch, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hosts will be expected to abide by ACF’s Hosting Guidelines, which have been extensively revised for 2019–2020.
ACF intends to mirror ACF Fall in the following regions:
- Upper Mid-Atlantic
- Lower Mid-Atlantic
- Great Lakes
- South Central
- Mountain West
- Northern California
- Southern California
- Eastern Canada
- United Kingdom
High school teams and high-school-only mirrors
In order to encourage growth in small circuits that would benefit from a larger field, ACF will allow high school teams to attend select collegiate mirrors of ACF Fall. Collegiate hosts interested in having high school teams attend their mirror should contact email@example.com to apply for an exemption. If this exemption is granted, hosts will work with the ACF mirror coordinator to assess high school teams’ requests to play the tournament on a case-by-case basis. This policy is not intended to let strong high school teams play against new collegiate teams, but rather to strengthen small collegiate circuits that would benefit from a larger field with local high school teams of comparable strength.
ACF is also willing to provide the set for high-school-only tournaments. Those interested in hosting a high-school-only mirror of 2019 ACF Fall should express interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACF will not delay the discussion or public availability of ACF Fall questions after the weekend of November 2. High school sites are welcome to express interest in holding mirrors on other dates, but they do so at their own question security risk.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please forward them to email@example.com.