BAT 2010

29th Annual Boston Area Tournament

2010 BAT Rotisserie

It's back, and better than ever! In conjunction with the 2010 Boston Area SCRABBLE® Tournament, it's the BAT Rotisserie! Highly addicting, almost as fun as that crossword game all us crazy qats like to play. Last year we had 121 entries and handed out more than $1,000 in prize money. So how does it work?


  1. Pick two players in the Premier division, three players in Division A, and two players in Division B. Those seven players form your "team."
  2. Each division is divided by one or two "rotisserie lines", set by dividing Division P into two equal parts, Division A into 3 equal parts, and Division B into two parts as of March 31st.
  3. In each division, one of your selections must be from a different portion of the division, set by those rotisserie lines. These lines are Top 8/Bottom 8 in Division P, 1786 and 1749 in Division A, and 1500 in Division B.
  4. The team with the most wins wins. It's as simple as that. Ties are broken by spread.

The Rotisserie entry that collects the most wins will take home a generous first prize; the total number of entries will determine additional prizes.

The preferred payment option is a check to the address given in the email you'll receive when you register your team. Because the roto opened so late this year, the postmark deadline is very soon. Please make sure your entry is postmarked by Saturday, April 10th, 2010. NO LATER. I must RECEIVE all entries by Thursday, April 15th, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. After the 10th date, I don't advise attempting to send me a payment by snail mail. After then, I'll only take payments via PayPal. If you happen to send in an entry that gets lost in the mail, you must pay me via PayPal or in cash at the tourney site, and I will gladly void and destroy your check if it happens to turn up at a later date. If your payment is not received before the event begins, your entry will be voided. The sooner you send your picks in, the better.

The roto will open on Friday, April 2nd, 2010. Register your team online here. You will receive a confirmation email address with instructions on how to change your team if you so desire. It's essentially your receipt. Stay tuned to this page, as we'll continue to update it with details, a full list of teams and complete results!

Rotisserie FAQ

  1. May I participate in the Roto if I'm not playing at the Boston Area Tournament this year?
    Of course!
  2. How much is it to play? How do I pay?
    $10 USD, payable by check, cash in person, or by PayPal, with a $.59 processing fee.
    If you will be attending the BAT, you may pay in person prior to the event, no later than 5 PM on Friday. If you are a remote entry, acceptable arrangements must be made to pay in advance.
  3. What is the entry deadline?
    Picks and funds are due by 5 PM on Friday.
  4. What's the rake?
    85% is returned as prizes. The other 15% goes to John Chew and Ryan Fischer for the work that went in to writing the Perl and PHP scripts to make the Roto run as smoothly as possible, and for handling the many inquiries that come with the territory. View the Roto Picks page for up-to-the-minute estimates of the prize pool!
  5. Do I have to pick myself?
    If you think you've got the goods! It's quite a good feeling when you find other people have picked you, too!
  6. Can I have more than one Rotisserie entry?
    As many as you want! I've capped the system at 5 entries, though, but if you wish to add more, contact me, and after you've paid for the ones you've got, I'll allow it. This is basically an effort to reduce entropy in the system, which, as we all know, leads to chaos.
  7. Who were the past Rotisserie winners?
    1. Frank Tangredi
    2. David Pearl and Jamie Ryan
    3. Ron Tiekert (one pick off a perfect sheet!)
    4. Dielle Saldanha
    5. Cecelia Le
    6. Ember Nelson
    7. Rod MacNeil
  8. How do I keep up-to-date on my team's progress?
    Along with tournament reports, John Chew has tweaked TSH to generate roto reports, which can be found under event coverage. Closer to the event date, this page will be updated to provide a link there.
  9. When and how will the winners be paid?
    John Chew's TSH program has made the roto infinitely more efficient, but there will still be a 72-hour waiting period before checks go out so we can double-check the results.
  10. What if one of my picks drops out late or shifts within the roto placement late?
    That Rotisserie selection will automatically default to the highest-seeded player in that pool of players. You may alter your team at any time up until 11:59 PM Thursday night.** If one of your picks starts the tournament but does not finish, your roster will not be adjusted to another player. Choose your team carefully!

    ** Please note that this time is subject to change until my travel plans are finalized. I will try to arrive at the venue as early as possible on Friday.

    Also, please note that it is your responsibility to make sure your team picks stay within the Rotisserie Line boundaries. You are only allowed one pick per group. The available players/ratings used will be finalized when the divisions are seeded: using the April 8th 2010 ratings list. No one registering for BAT after that time will be available for selection.
  11. What qualifies you to run this roto?
    Sherrie asked me to? :) All kidding aside, I've directed several tournaments, and I'm technologically skilled and respond to queries quickly and friendlily. A beautiful flower, the friend-lily. This is me (you know, for ID purposes come event time).

You have more questions? Contact Ryan Fischer.