2020-2021 Collegiate Tournament Calendar

This is the current Southern California college tournament schedule for the 2020-21 school year. The dates and question sets are subject to change. The upcoming year is especially uncertain due to COVID-19, so many regional tournaments will be taking place online. In addition, SoCal tournaments will likely regularly include teams from outside SoCal and even outside California in order to expand fields and level of play. As of July, this has only been seriously proposed for our college tournaments, but we will provide updates if something similar is brought up on the high school or middle school level. Tournaments will be added as the situation develops. Contact ajgray@ucsd.edu for more info.

DateTournament NameHost Question Set
17 Oct ACF Fall West TBD ACF Fall
 24 OctNAQT Novice WestUCSDNAQT Novice
7 Nov ACF Winter West TBD ACF Winter
 21 NovSUN West TBD SUN

PPT 3: Shorthanded Westview A Wins PPT After Tense Final Against Santa Monica, Westview C Clears JV Field.

Teams Individuals
Rank Team PPB Record Rank Player Team  PPG
1 WV A 21.95 10-1 1 Shahar WV A 100.91
2 SanMo A 23.53 8-3 2 Josh X. SanMo A 96.36
T3 DN A 21.71 8-2 3 Amogh Arcadia 86.50
T3 WV B 19.74 8-2 4 Kyle DN B 77.00


Lots of questions were still in the air going into PPT, the first competition of the year in SoCal. Westview and Del Norte would both try to double qualify while Santa Monica and Arcadia would fight to stay in contention. There’s a lot to unpack from our most recent tournament, so let’s go down the list of teams and try to make sense of the initial results.

Westview A: As with last year, Westview looked to double qualify at SoCal’s first tournament. In contrast to last year’s successful qualification, which relied on an unresolved tiebreaker to barely squeeze both teams in, Westview managed to double qualify for HSNCT and PACE by a much more comfortable margin at this year’s PPT. Despite losing history and geography player Daniel Shaw (11) for the last four games of the day and current events / American history specialist Daniel Sjoholm (11) for the last two, literature and science centered generalist Shahar Schwartz (12) and math/physics specialist David Huang (12) managed to beat Santa Monica A in a close match to finish the day in first place with a 10-1 record. The main concern for Westview will be their neg problem, as yours truly negged more than any other team in the field on my own. If I can get that under control in the coming months, I think Westview is going to be able to keep the streak alive going forward.

Santa Monica A: There were a lot of questions going into this year for SanMo. They kept their extremely strong history player Josh Xu (11) but lost the other 3/4 of their A team to graduation. Luckily, it seems that SanMo’s roster expanded massively over the summer, as they ended up sending four teams to the competition. Not only did Josh improve significantly, but it also appears that the team has managed to find support in the form of literature player Alexandra Raphling (10) and science players Josh Kong (12) and Teddy Berger (11).  It’s due in large part to these support players that Santa Monica A was able to top the field with a very impressive 23.5 PPB. Santa Monica also has the advantage of having a carry with both a high power rate and a very low neg rate, which is fairly rare in SoCal. SanMo is in a position to make serious marks on a circuit that already contains national contenders Westview and CCA, as well as powerhouses Del Norte and Arcadia. If yesterday was any indication, Santa Monica should join that top tier soon if they keep making impact at competitions.

Del Norte A: Like Westview, Del Norte successfully qualified both of their teams for HSNCT, with their A team tying with Westview B for third place and their B tying with Arcadia for fifth. DN A had three of it’s A team members from last year on it, literature and myth specialist Manasvi Vora (12), science player Joshua You (11), and history main Ajai Banaiah (12). All three managed to crack one powers a game, while the team collectively managed to keep it’s negs under 2 per game. This “let the other team make the mistakes” has been successful for Del Norte in the past, but they’ve now added more depth, getting one more power per game with a split team at this year’s PPT than they did with a full A team last year. I want to see how well these stats line up when Kyle plays alongside the other three, but if Del Norte can continue to build depth without sacrificing their accuracy, they’re going to be one hell of a scary team going forward.

Westview B: PPT was a good chance for some of Westview’s juniors to show what they can do ahead of the next year, which is important because Westview’s “official” A team hasn’t actually been determined fully yet. A team featured solid performances by both Daniel S’s, and B team gave exposure to history and general NAQT player Gary Lin (11), myth and science main Andrew Jia (11), and the endlessly undefinable maverick Connor Rankin (11). The three of them were led by Westview’s chief history player Junu Song (12), who put up predictably stellar stats with nearly 3 powers a round and over 70 points per game. Andrew and Connor also came into their own, each getting over 1 power a round, while Gary had to leave prematurely. The team ended up preforming solidly, finishing in a tie for third place, and with relatively little negs, which was a concern going into the competition. The one point of concern for the group may be their PPB, which was the only one in the top 6 of teams not to crack 20. However, considering that they were dealing with holes in subjects that would normally be covered by Rohan or myself, I wouldn’t consider that a big issue going forward.

Arcadia: I don’t really understand how Arcadia finished as low as they did. They put up incredible stats the whole day only to lose game after game by minute margins in the morning. Luckily, their annihilation of Westview A in their last game managed to push them into a tie for 5th place with Del Norte B, allowing them to qualify for HSNCT yet again. Their high scoring history player, Amogh Kulkarni (10), put up one of the most dominant breakout sophomore performances I’ve seen at a SoCal tournament in a long time, nearly cracking 4 powers a game. What’s even scarier is that Arcadia managed to break 21 PPB and 6 powers a round without a full team, making them yet another seriously scary contender in the circuit going into this year. I don’t think they’ll match the dominance Arcadia did last year, but I see a lot of the same enthusiasm and passion in this team as I did in the A team last year. The entire team is going places, fast. Mark my words, they will dominate one day.

Del Norte B: Del Norte also managed to qualify both teams for nationals thanks primarily to the leadership of Kyle Ke (12). It was the first time the fine arts centered generalist managed to break three powers a game at an NAQT competition, and he chose a good competition to do it. Del Norte B was actually the only team to qualify for nats at PPT that didn’t break 5 powers per game (they were painfully close, 49 powers in 10 games). However, considering the teams were split and the “A” team did manage to (barely) meet that benchmark, I don’t foresee lack of powers/depth being as much of an issue for Del Norte this year as it was last.

Returning teams Rancho Bernardo and Bonita also attended yesterday’s tournament in the varsity division, as well as newcomers to the circuit Our Lady of Peace and Mt. Everest. It was a blast getting to meet and play against all of these wonderful teams, and we look forward to seeing you all again soon!

JV was also interesting in terms of new teams emerging. The tournament was swept by Westview’s C team, with Del Norte E, Scripps Ranch, and Westview D taking the next three spots respectively.

This year’s circuit looks to be one of the most competitive in SoCal yet, and we haven’t even gotten to see Westview, CCA, Del Norte, or Arcadia at full force yet. I have confidence that we’ll get a chance to see some next level gameplay in a few weeks time, but for now we can only wait for the next bout.

Finally I wanted to thank CCA for doing such a great job hosting this tournament, and to say thank you to all the teams that played yesterday. I look forward to playing you all again soon!

-Shahar Schwartz, Westview Class of 2020

2020-2021 High School Tournament Calendar

This is the current Southern California high school tournament schedule for the 2020-21 school year. The dates and question sets are subject to change. The upcoming year is especially uncertain due to COVID-19, so many regional tournaments will be taking place online. Tournaments will be added as the situation develops. Contact ajgray@ucsd.edu for more info.

DateTournament NameHostQuestion Set
10 OctCalifornia NoviceSCQBA + NCQBATAILS
14 NovTriton FallUCSD LONE STAR, IS 194-A

Southern California 2019-2020 Tournament Bids

My time organizing Southern California Quizbowl is coming to a close, and I just want to start by thanking everyone for the most amazing last few quizbowl seasons! Quizbowl has definitely become a community that I love and feel such a sense of belonging in, and it has definitely played a big role in shaping the last 3 years of my life. Our friend Rohan Venkateswaran will be directing SoCal Quizbowl next season. After summer, he will be our main person of contact for the HS and MS circuits for this upcoming season! He can be reached via Facebook and/or at rohan02.us@gmail.com

With that being said, I would like the start getting the ball rolling for next year’s schedule. Let’s aim to have around one tournament a month for the high school circuit, and three tournaments total for the middle school circuit. We also should try to have 3 NHBB tournaments this season with one in OC, SD, and LA. Additionally, let’s do our best to avoid hosting tournaments on major holidays, SAT, and ACT dates. Two tournaments should not be hosted on the same day, whether it be NHBB+HS, HS+MS, or MS+NHBB. A shortage in staffers and/or buzzers would not be good.

If your school is interested in hosting a tournament, please reply to the forum post here and comment what date as well as a few backup dates that your school would be interested in hosting on. Prospective hosts, please keep in mind a few things for this season:

  • If you are a school with a smaller quizbowl program, finding a sufficient number of staffers will be a challenge. Ideally, field sizes should be no less than 10-12, allowing schools and teams more opportunities to compete. Pulling staffers from non quizbowl programs (i.e. NHS, Key Club) is OK, but you MUST make sure they know the rules in and out before the day of the tournament, not the morning of.
  • On the topic of field sizes, PLEASE be sure to DO OUTREACH. If you do not email teams, message people, post on the Facebook group, or announce your tournament at least 1.5 months ahead of time, you may struggle filling up your field. Announcing tournaments late and a lack of outreach harms the growth of the circuit as it makes it significantly more difficult for newer teams to register and prepare for a tournament last minute. Our circuit grows and thrives with new teams and bigger tournaments, please announce tournaments early and do outreach!
  • Want to host a tournament but you’re unsure if you will be able to do it all? There are numerous resources on socalquizbowl.org for new and experienced hosts. Please be sure to refer to the tournament hosting guides as they have a lot of incredibly helpful and crucial information!

Feel free to contact me (kdhsu24@gmail.com) with any questions, concerns or comments! I hope you all have the best season!