04/08 Texas Invitational VIII

Texas Quiz Bowl will host its eighth annual Texas Invitational Weekend of Quiz Bowl on April 8-9, 2017. The weekend will include a mirror of the 2017 NAQT ICT Division II and the Eisenhower Memorial Tournament.

Schedule
Saturday 8:00 a.m. Check-in: Cameron Hall (#1 on the map)
Saturday 8:30 a.m. Opening Meeting: Dining Hall (#12 on the map)
Saturday 9:00 – 1:00 Rounds 1 – 7
Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
Saturday 2:00 – 5:30 Rounds 8 – 13
Saturday 5:45 – 6:45 Finals (Rounds 14 – 15, if necessary)

Sunday 8 a.m. Check-in: Agee Hall (#14 on the map)
Sunday 8:30 – 11:30 Rounds 1 – 6
Sunday 11:30 – 12:00 Lunch
Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 Rounds 7 – 16

Location
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (8900 Bellaire Blvd, Houston 77036) will host the 2017 Texas Invitational. A campus map is shown below. Strake Jesuit is located on the corner of Bellaire Blvd (bottom left off the map) and Gessner Road (bottom right on the map).

On Saturday, we will play in Cameron (#1 on the map) and Strake Halls (#2). Please enter off Bellaire and park next to #1 and #2 behind the Fiesta complex.

On Sunday, we will play in Agee Hall (#14). Please enter off Gessner Road onto George Drive (opposite Clarewood) and park in the lot next to the Lilly Field House (#21) across George Road from Agee Hall.

Strake_Campus_Map

Event I: Texas Invitational: Eisenhower Memorial Tournament
Event I is a power-marked “regular-minus difficulty” undergraduate question set and will feature 16 teams. We will be using ACF timing rules on Saturday. The format for EMT will be split round robin (2 groups of nine teams for 8 matches) followed by cross-matches (5-4 for 5 matches) and finals (if necessary). The top 8 teams at this event will receive plaques.

Event II: Texas Invitational: NAQT ICT Division II
Event II is a mirror of the 2016 NAQT ICT Division II. The field will feature 20 teams for this event. The format for NAQT will be similar to that of HSNCT, and we will be using NAQT timing. We will start the morning with a preliminary card system designed such that teams will play other teams with the same or similar records. After lunch, we will play a double-elimination playoff with built-in consolation matches. Though some teams will be eliminated from contention early, every team will play at least 12 games. The top 8 teams at this event will receive plaques.

Overall Championship
A trophy be awarded to the overall champion of Texas Invitational. Every team that places among the top 8 in either competition will be awarded championship points corresponding to their place (1 point for first, 2 points for second…). The team that places in both tournaments AND finishes with the fewest championship points will received the trophy. If two (or more) teams are tied in points, then the first tiebreaker will be total points in matches between the teams that are tied. The second tiebreaker will be combined bonus conversion across all matches over the two days. The third tiebreaker is the lowest Herfindahl index.

Lunch
Lunch will be included with entry fees for all teams. Saturday’s lunch will be chips and sandwiches. A variety of bread, meats, cheeses, and condiments will be available. Sunday’s lunch will be pizza. Vegetarian options will be available each day.

Concessions
Drinks and Snacks will be available throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. Available items with price lists are given below:

  • $2: Bottled Soda, Sour Candy
  • $1: Bottled Water, Chocolate Candy, Salty Snacks

Registered Teams (EMT/NAQT) (14/19):

  • #1/#1 Detroit Catholic Central (MI) (1/1)
  • #2/#2 Hunter (NY) (1/1)
  • #3/#6 Stevenson (IL) (1/1)
  • #4/#5 Barrington (IL) (1/1)
  • #7/#3 Taylor (1/1)
  • #11/#10 Dorman (SC) (1/1)
  • #18/#11 St. John’s (1/1)
  • #27/#18 LASA (1/1)
  • #61 Seven Lakes (0/1)
  • #75 DeBakey (0/1)
  • #81 Strake Jesuit (1/1)
  • #88 Carnegie Vanguard (0/1)
  • #141 Village (1/1)
  • #154 Cinco Ranch (1/1)
  • Ohio Country (IL) (1/1)
  • Preston Hollow (0/1)
  • Willow Bend (0/1)
  • Ed Clark (NV) (1/1)
  • Louisiana Pelicans (1/1)
First rankings cited are from HSQBrank.com’s April 4 rankings. Second rankings are from midseason voters’ poll.

Past Entrants
Previous iterations of TI have seen participants from Auburn (IL), Bellarmine (CA), Centennial (GA), Chattahoochee (GA), Detroit Catholic Central (MI), Dorman (SC), Georgetown Day (DC), Hinsdale Central (IL), Hunter College (NY), Loyola (IL), Northmont (OH), Ransom Everglades (FL), Western Albemarle (VA), and Wilmington Charter (DE).

Live Scores
If you’re trying to follow Texas Invitational from afar, or trying to keep track of your competition’s status as you go from round to round, you’ll be able to follow our live updates via a TI schedule Google sheet.

Fees
Both events: $450
Eisenhower Only: $250
NAQT Only: $250

Hotel
The Crowne Plaza at 59 and Gessner is about five minutes from Strake Jesuit and offers a weekend shuttle that may be useful. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the availability or convenience of shuttle service.
The La Quinta Westchase at Harwin and Sam Houston Tollway is also a convenient option, 10 minutes north of Strake Jesuit.