Louisiana Tech Winter Tournament Announcement


Louisiana Tech University is proud to announce that we will be holding our fifth annual Louisiana Tech Winter Tournament on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Registration/check-in for the tournament will take place from 8:00-8:30 a.m., with a welcome meeting for coaches & players at 8:30. Preliminary games will take place following the welcome meeting (no later than 9am) to noon. Lunch will not be provided, as there are many local food options near the Louisiana Tech campus. The field is capped at 24 teams, with every team being guaranteed to play 7 games. Standings will be determined by win-loss record. Ties will be broken by Points per Bonus, and then Points per Game. Teams can expect the final rounds and trophy ceremony to be finished by 6pm at the latest, but if the tournament is on-schedule then it should be complete by 5pm (or earlier). Prizes will be provided to the winning and second-place teams, as well as the top 3 individual players.

This tournament will use NAQT IS-171A for its questions. The questions will be similar in length, difficulty, and content to previous NAQT A-sets, a sample packet of which can be found at https://www.naqt.com/samples/introductory-invitational-series.pdf.

The entry fee is $70 per team. There is no maximum number of teams a school may bring. There is a $10 discount for each buzzer system a school brings. We reserve the right to stop offering this discount once a certain number of buzzer systems have been acquired. Each team can have at most 6 players, although only 4 players will play at one time. Payment may be made in cash or check on the day of the tournament. Further payment information and specific tournament location details will be sent to registered teams.

Again, we are limiting the field to 24 teams. There will be no separate JV bracket. The tournament is open to any public, private, or parochial schools that wish to attend.

The format of the matches will be 20 toss-ups and bonuses. On toss-ups, players will buzz in. Teammates are not allowed to consult on toss-ups. If a player gives the correct answer, he or she will normally earn 10 points. If the player buzzes in early enough, he or she will receive 15 points. If a player interrupts the question with a wrong answer, he or she will lose 5 points and the toss-up will be finished for the other team. There is no penalty for an incorrect answer after the end of the question, or if the second team interrupts with an incorrect answer after the other team already lost five points.

A team that correctly answers a toss-up will then be given a three-part bonus question. The moderator will read the first part of the question; the team will then have five seconds to consult and answer the question. After the team responds, the moderator will say whether the answer was correct, and will give the correct answer. The moderator will then read the next part, and so on. Each bonus part is worth 10 points. Only the team that answers the toss-up correctly will have a chance to answer the bonus parts.

The rules will be similar to the ones used by NAQT. Those rules are available at: http://naqt.com/rules.html

Teams finishing in the top 15% will qualify for NAQT’s High School National Championship Tournament. Some teams may qualify for NAQT’s Small School National Championship Tournament. Teams finishing in the top 20% will qualify for PACE NSC.

To register, please e-mail jebrhouston@gmail.com with your school’s name, the number of buzzer systems you will be bringing, and a contact phone number of a coach/chaperone for your school on the tournament day. Registration is first come, first serve. The registration deadline is Thursday, December 7th, but please register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.