Maryland Fall Classic

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The Maryland Fall Classic Tournament, or the Maryland High School Invitational Tournament, is a house-written high school quizbowl tournament held annually in the early fall by the University of Maryland.

Old Format

The Maryland Fall Classic is usually modeled on the It's Academic format, although there are some changes. In recent years, the tournament has not featured the visual questions found on the It's Academic TV show, nor has there been any computational math in the tournament. Also, a category round is still included despite the category round no longer being used on the It's Academic TV show.

The basic structure of each round is:

  • 10 "Letter Round" Tossups
  • 7 "Team Round 1" Questions given to each team separately
  • 10 "Category Round" Tossups
  • 7 "Team Round 2" Questions given to each team seperately
  • 15 "Grab Bag" Tossups

None of the tossup rounds feature bouncebacks. The Grab Bag questions tend to be longer and more pyramidal than the speed-heavy Letter and Category Rounds.

New Format

From 2008, the tournament was run on pyramidal questions. The 2008 and 2009 sets were provided by HSAPQ. NAQT provided the 2010, 2011 and 2014 sets. The 2015 set was a housewrite.

Per Year Breakdown

In 2007, the tournament was directed by Mike Bentley, who also served as the chief editor. The questions for this year were also allegedly mirrored at an Illinois junior high school tournament. TJ defeated Whitman in the finals to win.

In 2006, the tournament was directed by Casey Retterer, who also served as the chief editor.

In 2005, the tournament was directed by Casey Retterer, who also served as the chief editor.

The tournament has been running for many years, probably extending back to the mid-80s.

Results

It is possible, almost certain, that results for this tournament exist prior to 2000.

Year # of Teams Champion Second Third Fourth
11/19/2000 56 Thomas Jefferson A Georgetown Day St. Anselm's Walter Johnson A
11/18/2001 56 Eleanor Roosevelt A Thomas Jefferson B St. Anselm's A Thomas Jefferson A
11/24/2002 64 Thomas Jefferson A Eleanor Roosevelt Maret A St. Anselm's A
2003? Unknown results needed results needed results needed results needed
10/1/2004 (Results) 48 [1] Blake Kellenberg Walter Johnson A Centennial A
2005 Unknown results needed results needed results needed results needed
2006 Unknown results needed results needed results needed results needed
9/30/2007 32 Thomas Jefferson A Walt Whitman A Seton Hall Gonzaga
9/28/2008 30 Wilmington Charter A Georgetown Day Hunter Walter Johnson
9/26/2009 24 Georgetown Day A Richard Montgomery Thomas Jefferson A St. Anselm's
9/25/2010 16 Richard Montgomery A St. Anselm's Thomas Jefferson A Georgetown Day
9/24/2011 18 Georgetown Day Richard Montgomery A Montgomery Blair St. Joseph A
10/10/2015 21 Quince Orchard Thomas Jefferson A Wilmington Charter Manheim Township A