After a four-year hiatus, it is with great joy that I announce our tenth annual Louisiana Academic Games Invitational to take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023. For nine years prior to the restrictions placed on all schools due to COVID, the New Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Bernard Academic Games leagues came together to participate in a tournament designed to prepare players attending the AGLOA National Tournament and to give students who love Academic Games one last chance to compete before the end of the school year.
The biggest change for this year is that the event will not be a formal competition but an informal practice for any interested students.
Students do not need to have qualified for the AGLOA National Tournament, nor does a student’s attendance at the invitational affect their Nationals rankings or qualification. This is simply a friendly, open practice for all students who love Academic Games. Only On-Sets and Equations will be played since those are the two cubes games played by all Louisiana Academic Games leagues. There is no cost associated with participating.
The 2023 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 practice. Moderators, please tell your players to arrive during check-in.
|8:30 – 9:00 a.m.||Check-in|
|9:00 – 10:30 a.m.||On-Sets Rounds 1 & 2|
|10:30 – 11:00 a.m.||Break & scores tallied|
|11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Equations Rounds 1 & 2|
|12:30 – 1:00 p.m.||Scores tallied and the dismissal|
Team sponsors or league coordinators are responsible for registering their students (so that we know how many players to expect). 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 Thursday, March 30. This will give us enough time to develop potential seating arrangements and make copies of necessary playing forms. Your promptness in registering is greatly appreciated.
Groups are encouraged to bring all of their cube game kits to ensure that the practice can start on time. At a minimum, one Equations and one On-Sets game are needed for every two students a sponsor registers. If you can bring every game your school has, then please do so.
This practice will abide by the current AGLOA On-Sets and Equations Tournament Rules. Nationals timing (30 minutes plus a 5-minute warning) will be used. During each round, students may choose from all variations to be played at the AGLOA National Tournament for their division. All of the rules and variation lists can be found online at www.agloa.org. Groups should supply their students with scratch paper, approved On-Sets charts, and pencils/pens; these items will not be supplied by the practice coordinator.
Players will compete against different students from all leagues present. We will try to avoid having players from the same school and/or league playing each other, when possible. If possible, seating assignments will be distributed to each group’s moderator at check-in. Notify the practice 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 practice. 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 2017. All officials and assistants should report to the practice coordinator by 8:45 a.m. on the day of the practice to receive any special instructions.
Feel free to bring snacks or drinks for your own players. There will not be anything available for purchase on campus.
We plan to have another beneficial event for all participants involved. I hope that you and your players can be a part of this event.
Craig Zeller (firstname.lastname@example.org)