ACF Fall

Last updated: October 31, 2021

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 quizbowl experience, over 200 teams compete on ACF Fall each year, making it the most widely-played set in the college calendar.

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2021 ACF Fall

2021 ACF Fall was held on October 16, 2021.


2021 ACF Fall is head-edited by Katherine Lei and edited by Sarah Benner, Justin Duffy, Karan Gurazada, Mitch McCullar, Gov Prabhakar, Ethan Strombeck, and Ned Tagtmeier. Justin Duffy, Matthew Lehmann, Matthew Bollinger, and other ACF members are offering oversight.

Online format

We hope that ACF Fall can be held in person. However, we acknowledge that many schools are uncertain about the possibility of allowing large events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, it is possible that some mirrors of ACF Fall will be held online, and we will work to create the most authentic and engaging quizbowl experience possible under these circumstances. We will continue to post updates as we learn more.


This tournament will follow ACF’s official gameplay rules. Rules specifically pertaining to online tournaments are in blue.


To register for 2021 ACF Fall, fill out the central 2021 ACF Fall registration form with all relevant information.

If possible, teams should register for the site that is geographically closest to them and/or is in the region they would normally attend.


The field (list of registered teams) for each site can be found here.


Team entry fee or discount  
Base fee per team $120
New to quizbowl discount −$80
Shorthanded discount (1–2 players) −$60
Travel discount −$10 per 200 miles traveled one-way
Buzzers −$10 per functional buzzer system
Staffers (in-person) −$15 per staffer with functional laptop. Staffers must register with ACF in advance.
Staffers (online) −$25 per staffer with functional laptop. Staffers must register with ACF in advance.

The “new to quizbowl” discount is for schools that have not sent a team to any mainstream collegiate academic tournament (not counting exclusively novice tournaments) since September 2020, and which have no players who competed in non-novice collegiate tournaments during that same period.

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, cash, or PayPal.

See below for packet submission discounts.

The minimum fee is $0 per team.

Packet submission

Like 2020 ACF Fall, no teams are required to submit questions in order to play the tournament. However, ACF still needs high-quality, half-packet submissions from teams to complete the set.

Below is the submission schedule for ACF Fall. All deadlines are at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time. All submitting teams are eligible for an additional −$20 quality discount if their questions are particularly polished and usable, up to a maximum discount of −$60. Teams may submit a maximum of one half-packet.

Submission deadline Packet discount
August 21, 2021 −$50
August 28, 2021 −$40
September 4, 2021 −$30
September 11, 2021 −$20
September 18, 2021 −$10

If you would like to submit a half-packet, fill out this form. ACF will respond with a half-packet template specifying which categories you are assigned to write.

Each submission consists of 12 tossups and 12 bonuses. Before writing, please review ACF’s packet submission guidelines and stick to the format provided. Answers should generally emphasize playability over creativity – aim for creative and interesting clues with straightforward answerlines. These 5 model tossups reflect the difficulty and style to aim for. When finished, submit your half-packet by emailing it to

Your assigned half-packet may ask you to write questions from specific categories within the distribution. For instance, instead of being assigned an “American Literature” tossup, you might be asked to write a question on a 20th-century American poem, or an Economics bonus instead of “Social Science/Philosophy.” This should reduce redundancy in submissions and maximize the number of submitted questions we can use, without being too constraining. The submission form offers space to indicate your writing interests in each category, which we will do our best to accommodate.


ACF Fall uses the standard ACF distribution.


To make this tournament more accessible to new teams and players, ACF is enforcing eligibility guidelines for ACF Fall (new as of 2021). Players are not eligible to compete at 2021 ACF Fall if, at any point, they:

  • Scored more than 50 PPG in the prelims of a college mirror of ACF Fall, OR
  • Were the top scorer (highest overall PPG) on a team that finished in the top 15% of the field, rounded up, at ACF Fall, OR
  • Scored more than 40 PP20TUH in the prelims of HSNCT or 60 PPG in the prelims of PACE NSC, OR
  • Were the top scorer (highest overall PPG) on a team that finished in the top 30 at HSNCT or top 10 at PACE NSC, OR
  • Finished in the top 12 in IPNCT

The eligibility restrictions do not apply to high-school-only mirrors.

Players are responsible for determining their own eligibility. If you have questions, email Failure to abide by these eligibility guidelines may result in disqualification from ACF Fall and/or future ACF tournaments.


To staff ACF Fall, please fill out the staffer registration form.


If you are interested in hosting a mirror of ACF Fall, fill out this form. If you have any questions about hosting or about the form, email ACF’s Site Coordinator at and CC Hosts must abide by ACF’s Hosting Guidelines.


Mirrors will by default be regional. ACF reserves the right to move teams and staffers between sites. ACF intends to mirror 2021 ACF Fall in the following regions:

Region Site Type
Northeast MIT in person
Upstate New York RIT in person
Upper Mid-Atlantic UMD in person
Upper Mid-Atlantic Overflow NYU online
Lower Mid-Atlantic Duke in person
Southeast Georgia Tech in person
Great Lakes Case Western in person
Midwest UIUC in person
North Minnesota in person
South Central UT-Austin  
Mountain West    
California and Northwest Berkeley online
Eastern Canada McGill online
United Kingdom Warwick online
High-school-only California and Georgia  
High-school-only National online

High school teams and high-school-only mirrors

ACF is willing to provide the ACF Fall set for high-school-only tournaments. If you are interested in hosting a high-school-only mirror of 2021 ACF Fall, email and CC However, we do not plan to offer mixed mirrors that include high school and college teams.

If you have any questions, email

Past tournaments

Sample questions from previous iterations of ACF Fall are on the Collegiate Quizbowl Packet Archive.

Announcements and information about previous iterations of ACF Fall are archived below:

Dates of note

Event Date
ACF dates announced June 7, 2021
ACF Fall announced August 13, 2021
Bidding opened September 10, 2021
Bidding closed September 17, 2021
Host sites announced September 17, 2021
Registration opened September 17, 2021
Registration closed October 11, 2021
ACF Fall held October 16, 2021