If you are reading this blog, you hopefully know that the Clague teams will be competing at the Michigan Super Tournaments (“States”) in Grand Rapids in March. You might not, however, know how the tournament works.
The State Tournament is something the team looks forward to all year. The team members have a lot of fun but also are working very hard. Hundreds of students from around the state come to demonstrate the academic skills that they have developed all year.
The “Elementary” teams (this group includes 5th and 6th grades) will compete March 2-4 and the “Middle” teams (7th and 8th grades) will compete March 9-11. Both tournaments are similar in structure.
- We take a bus to Grand Rapids and then the entire tournament takes place in the hotel. Competition and meals all take place in the hotel’s meeting rooms.
- Players compete in teams of five. We form these teams in January. Last year, we had four Elementary teams and eight Middle teams.
- We compete in two types of games. First, “cube” games include Equations, On-Sets, Linguishtik, and Wff ‘n’ Proof. Each of these competitions consist of four “rounds”. We play two rounds of each game on Wednesday and two on Thursday. Results are posted each day, so if you follow our Twitter @clagueag you will see first the scores after the first two rounds and then the final standings. Teams that do extraordinarily well go to playoffs either Thursday evening or Friday morning to determine champions.
- Second, “reading” games we compete in are Presidents and Propaganda (there is also World Card). We play Propaganda on Wednesday and then Presidents is either Thursday (Middle) or Friday (Elementary).
- We will try to keep our twitter page @clagueag updated with results.
- No matter the results, we are all proud of every member of the Clague team for their hard work and the integrity they show in competition.