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Franklin Invitational
29 March 2003

Registration Form

The University of Pennsylvania Academic Team, which has hosted Penn Bowl, the nation’s largest collegiate invitational, since 1991, is proud to announce its first high school tournament, the Franklin Invitational. The Franklin will be a one-day tournament held on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, on Saturday, 29 March 2003.

Exact times and locations will be announced later, but we expect game play to start around 9 AM on Saturday and end around 5 PM.

The tournament will use a round-robin format to guarantee each team a minimum of six games. The top teams will be eligible for both the NAQT HS Championship Tournament and the PACE National Scholastics Championship. Prizes will be given to the top teams and individuals.

Who Can Play?

PB12 is open to teams of high school students enrolled for the 2002-2003 academic year. "Chimera" and other "non-traditional" teams may be allowed to compete with permission of the tournament director, but, in general, will not be eligible to win the tournament.


The Franklin Invitational will be an unofficial NAQT event, using NAQT Invitational Series #34. That set is also being used at the following tournaments, so you may not compete in the Franklin if you will be competing at any of the following events:

Game Format

The Franklin Invitational will have untimed halves of 10 tossups each. In general, we will use NAQT rules, though with some variations.

Base fees
Buzzer discount (limit 3 per team)
Moderator discount (no limit)
Travel discount
Minimum fee
$75 per team
-$10 each
-$15 each
-$20 per team
$40 per team

Travel discounts are available for teams that drive over 500 miles as determined by Yahoo! Maps (Penn's ZIP code is 19104), or for any team that flies into Philadelphia International Airport.


Schools may register as many teams as they want, and are urged to register as soon as possible. Registration will begin immediately.

The field is currently capped at 32 teams, with a limit of two teams per school. Additional teams will be wait-listed. (If we have sufficient staff and equipment available, we may raise that limit, provided we can still guarantee each team six games.)

Until 1 March 2002, we will only accept two teams per school into the field. After that date, we will accept teams on a first-come, first-serve basis, with the caveat that the PADT reserves the right to give priority in registration for schools bringing equipment and/or moderators. Should the field be filled, a wait-list will be created, with teams admitted into the field in the order they appear on the wait list.


Payment is due on the day of the tournament. Payments made after April 15, 2003 are subject to a $10 late fee.

Teams may cancel without penalty through March 22, 2003; any entrance fees paid will be completely refunded. After that date, a $10 cancellation fee (per school) will be charged; if a school has not paid the entrance fee at the time of cancellation, that fee will be added to their invoice the next time they register for an event at Penn.

If you find you are unable to make the tournament within the last 24 hours before the event, you must notify the Penn Academic Team by e-mail or phone. Any team that does not show up for the tournament, and does not notify us of their absence by noon on Sunday, March 30, 2003 (yes, noon on the day after the tournament), will not receive a refund; if the entrance fee has not been paid, the complete registration fee owed must be paid before a school will be allowed to register at future Penn events.


If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail the Penn Academic Team.

We look forward to seeing all of you in March. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us by clicking on the link below.

Samer T. Ismail and Nick Walters
Advisor and Captain, Penn Academic Team