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2006 Stanford and Menlo School Tournament

2006 March 5 (Sunday)

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Current Field:
Menlo School - 2 teams (2 buzzers. hosting = free!)
Monta Vista - 1 team ($75)
Evergreen Valley - 2 teams (one buzzer, $135)
St. Joseph Notre Dame - 1 team ($75)
Edison - 1 team (question set. $95)
Lynbrook High School - 1 team (new school. one buzzer. $35.)
Mission San Jose - 3 teams (one buzzer. $200.)
San Mateo - 2 teams ($140)
Hillsdale High School - 1 team (new school. one buzzer. $35.)
Sacred Heart - 1 team (new school. one buzzer. $35.)

On Sunday, March 5, 2006, the Stanford Quiz Bowl Club and the Menlo School will host a quiz bowl tournament for high schools. The tournament will take place at the Menlo School in Atherton, CA. (Note: This is *not* the same school as Menlo-Atherton High School !)

The tournament is an NAQT qualifier; the top 15% of the field will qualify for the NAQT 2006 High School National Championship Tournament. Team and individual prizes will be awarded.

The questions will be provided by NAQT. The tournament will use Invitational Series #58. The questions should be enjoyable for the top teams but should also be suitable for less-experienced teams and players. Here is a sample packet of the same difficulty level.

Each team must consist of players from the same high school. Only four team members may play at once, but substitutions may be made during the match. (Teams with fewer than four players are fine.) There is no limit to the number of teams a school can send! We encourage sending multiple teams instead of sending teams with alternates.

The tournament will be in untimed "tossup/bonus" format. The exact schedule of the tournament depends on how many teams register, but teams should expect to play at least 6 games.

The tournament will start at 9am. It may run as late as 6pm (though we hope to finish earlier). Please be at the tournament on time; we'll check-in, have a brief rules meeting, and then start play as soon as the rules meeting is over. Teams arriving late risk forfeiting matches.

The event will take place at the Menlo School, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton CA. 94027. See: for directions. Though not mentioned in the directions, there is now a traffic light at the entrance.

After turning into the school entrance, the first right takes you to the parking lot. Park anywhere in that lot. The two story building with its back to the parking lot is Building A where we'll have the event.

$75 for the first team from a non-new(*) school
$65 for each additional team from a non-new(*) school
$40 for each team from a new(*) school
$20 for a full copy of the questions (NAQT's IS-58: hundreds of recent, high-quality questions)
(Email us if you'd like to buy other NAQT practice sets on Sunday and save the shipping charges!)
-$5 discount per working buzzer system that you bring (This discount may be limited and must be claimed in email by the regsitration deadline.)
-$10 discount per tournament volunteer we actually use (Since we won't know until check-in time whether we need volunteers, these should be people who will accompany your team anyway.)
(*) A new school is one which did not attend a weekend quiz bowl tournament during this school year. Quiz Kids and weeknight BAAL matches don't count against you.

All teams must register via email. The deadline to register (or cancel) is 5pm on Friday, March, 3. To register, email the following information to
1. your school name
2. the number of teams you're bringing
3. whether you are a "new" school (see above)
4. the number of working buzzer systems you plan to bring (these discounts are first-come-first-served)
5. whether you'd like to buy a copy of the questions for $20.
6. whether you are interested in purchasing other practice sets from NAQT
7. a cell-phone number we can use to contact your team on the tournament morning (if you have one)
Please let us know if money problems are keeping your team from attending.

Late registration must be approved by the tournament director. And please, please don't cancel at the last minute.

Payment will be due at check-in. You can pay in cash or with a check made out to "Stanford Quiz Bowl Club". Teams who don't pay on the day of the event will be subject to a $20 late payment penalty, unless prior arrangements have been made.

Question Security
This tournament will use questions provided by National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC. We are using Invitational Series #58 and have purchased geographic exclusivity for Northern California. It is the responsibility of participating teams to make sure that they have not attended (and do not plan to attend) another tournament anywhere in the country that is using the same packet set. Teams can find a complete explanation of geographic exclusivity on NAQT's website at and of their responsibility in maintaining question security at Teams that don't know which packet sets were used at previous tournaments may find this information at Teams with questions about exclusivity or security should contact NAQT at immediately.

Dress for the event is casual. Parents and supporters of the teams are very welcome to come and cheer the teams on!

You can reach us on the tournament morning by calling Stanford quizbowler Eric Smith (cell phone: 650-704-2556). Feel free to call if you get lost or have problems. Also, please feel very free to email us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Here is the main page for Bay Area High School Quiz Bowl, including information on obtaining practice questions.

This tournament homepage is