This competition is for teams of grades 6 and below.
Each team will compete in at least six official tournament matches. Advancement to the final-day Single Elimination round will be determined by performance in the six preliminary games. All 6-0, 5-1, and 4-2 teams will make the playoffs.
Some schools choose to bring two or more teams. If you're considering this, be aware that players may not shift between teams. Also, for scheduling purposes, it will be useful for us to know whether you like to have the two (or more) teams scheduled at the same time – which would maximize sightseeing opportunities – or at different times – so the coach(es) can see everybody’s game.
Your team contingent should include four starters and one or more coaches. Alternate(s) are recommended but not required. We have only one qualification: your belief that your team will be competitive on a national level, having enjoyed a measure of success this school year on a local, regional, or state level.
The competition focuses on academic information - “significa” rather than “trivia” - and the questions are supplied by Questions Unlimited. Our emphasis is light on popular culture and heavy on the academic. Contests follow the four-quarter format created by Questions Unlimited.
We call the National Academic Championship "the finest in academic competition" because since 1983 we have boasted the best questions and a highly professional officiating staff.
Although we always ask you to send no money until you're certain your team is going to compete, we also strongly advise early enrollment. We fully expect to be “sold-out” in all three venues, as we were by April 2016. (Note that we will run out of on-site room lodgings before we run out of space to accommodate you in the tournament itself.) By late April 2016, we had run out of rooms at our hotel locations in New Orleans, DC & Chicago, a situation we expect to be repeated in 2017. To avoid the higher entry fees assessed after April 15, and to avoid having to arrange your own off-site accommodations in the event that we run out of space at the competition venue, or possibly missing out altogether, please don't wait until the last minute to send in your entry fees!
Register on or before April 15 at the flat entry fee of $600 per team. After April 15, the fee increases to $700 per team. Should we accept any last-minute registrations after May 15, the fee in that case is $800 per team.
When the entry fee is received, a place for your team will be reserved and registration materials emailed to you. (You are advised to “white-list” our email address NAC1983@comcast.net, otherwise this email with attachments might be caught in your spam filter.) Purchase orders will not reserve a spot for any team. After April 15, you must send either a cashier's check or a school check, and should use overnight mail. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS (unless, of course, we run out of space and have to turn you away), so please send no money until you are certain that your team will be participating. All fees are due by May 15.
Make your check payable to NATIONAL ACADEMIC ASSOCIATION, send to NAA, 8856 Shady Meadow Dr.
Sandy, UT 84093.
All fees must be received by May 15, 2017.
Competition will start on the morning of June 10. The final match will take place no later than 4:00 Monday.
Sheraton Four Points Hotel will be the site of all competitions. They offer a free shuttle from O'Hare. Staying at this hotel is recommended, but not required, for participation in the National Academic Championship. There are countless things to do in Chicago, and you may wish to arrive a day early or leave a day late in order to enjoy some tourist activities; the $117 room rate will apply if you choose to do so. Make reservations online at this special website the hotel has created for us.
or you may call 800-323-1239 and ask for the National Academic Championship special group discount rate of $117 per room, which applies for 1-4 people per room. No meals are provided.
Although we have announced Chicago as the sole venue for the first annual Elementary National Academic Championship, some elementary teams will opt to join us in DC or New Orleans. At these venues, elementary teams will be first scheduled to compete against any other elementary teams that have chosen that venue, but may have a few games against "newbie" middle schools.
Update: king rooms are still available, but we’re sold out of rooms with two beds at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel. We have contracted with the nearby Comfort Suites O'Hare Airport Chicago for the room rate of $110. These rooms include a free hot breakfast. To book rooms, call 847-233-9000
Regardless of venue, the entry fee is $600 per team before April 15 and $700 per team after April 15 ($800 per team if we accept your registration after May 15). Staying with us at the competition venue in each city is recommended but not required.
We do plan to have an orientation session relative to the game format at 8 p.m. the evening before the competition starts, for those who are arriving the day before. This is offered for your convenience, and is not required.
Contact the National Academic Association Phone:801-699-3424, Chip Beall, Director