I am pleased to once again announce our annual Louisiana Academic Games Invitational will take place this year. Over the past seven years, with help from other dedicated moderators like yourself, we have offered an enriching experience for all Academic Games players from Louisiana. This year, the event will take place on Saturday, April 8, 2017.
Students do not need to have qualified for the 2017 AGLOA National Tournament (Nationals), nor does a student’s attendance at the invitational affect their Nationals rankings or qualification. This is simply a friendly competition for all students who love Academic Games and a practice tournament for those who will continue on to Nationals or want to improve their skills for next year. Only On-Sets and Equations will be played since those are the two cubes games played by all Louisiana Academic Games leagues. Different from past years, there will be no awards distributed and, subsequently, no registration fee to participate.
The 2017 Louisiana Academic Games Invitational will take place at Brother Martin High School (4401 Elysian Fields Ave., New Orleans, LA, 70122) in the Benson Mall (cafeteria). The gym entrance on St. Aloysius Dr. (formerly Stephen Girard Ave.) is the only way to enter the building on the day of the tournament. Moderators, please tell your players to arrive during check-in.
|8:15 – 8:50 a.m.||Team / Volunteer Check-in|
|9:00 – 10:30 a.m.||On-Sets Rounds 1 & 2|
|10:30 – 11:00 a.m.||Break & results posted|
|11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Equations Rounds 1 & 2|
12:45 – 1:00 p.m.
|Final results posted|
Team sponsors or league coordinators are responsible for registering their students as teams of five or individual players when a team cannot be formed. Students should be registered in the division in which they played during the current season. (There will not be a Learners Division, so those students may participate in Elementary Division.) Registration for all divisions is due by 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 5. This will give enough time to develop seating arrangements that will allow for diverse competition. Your promptness in registering is greatly appreciated.
Sponsors can enter students who have qualified for or are attending the AGLOA National Tournament, but all Academic Games players may participate in the invitational whether they are attending Nationals or not.
Teams for this competition are not required to have the same players as your teams registered for the national tournament, but they can be.
Fees & Awards
This year, I have decided to not give out individual awards after the invitational. I know that it can be really special for the younger students who may not have won an award at their local tournaments to walk away with something from the LA AG Invitational; however, by not having to pay for awards, more teams can enter more players without any monetary restraints.
Groups are encouraged to bring all of their cube game kits to ensure that the tournament can start on time. At a minimum, one Equations and On-Sets game is needed for every two students a sponsor registers.
This tournament will abide by the AGLOA On-Sets and Equations Tournament Rules for 2016-17. Nationals timing (30 minutes plus a 5-minute warning) will be used. During each round, students may choose from all variations played at the 2017 AGLOA National Tournament for their division. All of the rules and variation lists can be found online at www.agloa.org. Individual groups should supply their own paper, approved On-Sets charts, and pencils/pens; these items will not be supplied by the tournament coordinator
Players will compete against different students from all leagues present. We will try to avoid having players from the same school and league playing each other, when possible. Seating assignments will be distributed to each group’s moderator at check-in. Notify the tournament coordinator as soon as you know if a student will not be able to make the competition so that seating can be rearranged.
Scorekeepers and certified judges will be needed to run the tournament. Anyone interested in assisting should indicate so when registering students. All EQ/OS judges must have passed the AGLOA certification test sometime during or after 2012. All officials and assistants should report to the tournament coordinator by 8:45 a.m. on the day of the tournament to receive any special instructions.
I hope we have another successful and fair tournament for all participants involved.
Craig Zeller (email@example.com)