With an option of locales, teams can choose a place that's fun to visit. With a choice of dates, schools with a conflict (e.g. graduation) in a given time frame may simply select another date.
At the expense of Questions Unlimited ($500 max. air fare per person, although we’re usually able to arrange for convenient flight times for less than $350), the winners of the New Orleans and D.C. and Chicago phases of the high school varsity tournament (four players and a coach) will be transported to Orlando and provided with two hotel rooms, for up to two nights, to compete in the final rounds of the fourth (June 16) phase of the competition.
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.
Several years ago we predicted that the contending high school teams of the future will be those that have developed solid farm systems on the lower grade levels. The best example is Daviess County (KY), which won the JV title in 2015 and returned with the same players in 2016 and won the Varsity title.
At each venue we plan to run discrete JV tournaments. JV teams will be limited by the "Rule of 42." That is, the total grade numbers of the four players at any given time shall not exceed 42. For example, 9 + 11 + 11 + 12 = 43, and that's too much! 9 + 9 + 10 + 11 = 39, and that's within the limit of 42. 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 = 42 and that's fine. Etc. etc. JV teams will be fielding the same questions as Varsity teams, but will only face each other. Graduating seniors are allowed to participate on a JV team only if the school is also bringing a Varsity team as well as a JV.
We crown a champion from among the “small schools” that come to Nationals (defined as any school with 500 or fewer students in grades 10-12 and a nonselective admissions policy). We do so after all four phases are finished, selecting the highest ranking team.
We again plan to conduct our popular reality show at each site, the winner of which will be invited to join us as a moderator for 2019 Nationals.
Your team contingent should include four starters and one or more coaches. Every year we seem to have two or three 3-person teams, and that’s fine. Alternate(s) are recommended but not required. Each team must win an academic competition (local or regional) of at least 8 teams or finish in the top 15% of any tournament. The winning team from any preliminary round match in the Questions Unlimited QuizNet online tournament qualifies. A high 3-2-1 score also qualifies. Any school making the playoffs at last year's National Academic Championship automatically qualifies.
Wild card entry may be offered to teams that wish to apply to compete at the National Academic Championship. Teams from areas without easy-to-reach tournaments, and teams who seem always to finish just under the qualification guidelines in areas with a number of qualifying teams are advised to apply for wild-card entry. To apply for wild card entry into the field at the National Academic Championship, email us at NAC1983@comcast.net with a one or two paragraph summary of your tournament finishes during the school year.
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. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of question quality and academic relevance. Contests follow the superb four-quarter format created by Questions Unlimited.
We call the National Academic Championship “the finest in academic competition” because we boast the best questions and a highly professional officiating staff.
Our superb team of moderators includes:
Pictures and descriptions of our unsurpassed staff of moderators and judges.
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 late March/early April 2018. (Note that we will run out of on-site room lodgings before we run out of space to accommodate you in the tournament itself.) 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, P.O. Box 980686 Park City, UT 84098
Do not send your entry fee to the Questions Unlimited address in Tennessee!
All fees must be received by May 15, 2019.
Competition will start on the morning of May 25. The final match will officially take place no later than 3:00 Monday, although we’re usually done by 1:30. Hampton Inn will be the site of all competitions. Staying at Hampton Inn is recommended, but not required, for participation in the National Academic Championship. Your competition schedule will allow some time for exploring. There are countless things to do in the New Orleans area, and you may wish to arrive a day early or leave a day late (or both) in order to enjoy some tourist activities. The special group discount rate of $125 per room applies for 1-4 people per room. A hot breakfast is provided at no additional charge.
Call 1-800-292-0653 and request to make a reservation under the National Academic Association room block, coded NTA in their system. Or you can do it online: Please make your reservations as early as possible, by April 27, 2019 at the latest.
Update: We expect to run out of sleeping rooms at the Hampton Inn (but not room to accommodate teams in the tournament itself) sometime the first week in April. Fortunately, we have an "overflow" hotel nearby at nearly the same rate:
Hilton Garden Inn New Orleans Convention
1001 S Peters Street
New Orleans LA 70130
(request the National Academic Association rate of $129.00 per night)
Competition will start on the morning of May 31. The final match will take place no later than 3:00 Sunday, although we usually wrap it up by 1:30.
The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center will be the site of all competitions. Staying at this hotel is recommended, but not required, for participation in the National Academic Championship. They do offer a free shuttle ride from Reagan National Airport.
There are of course countless things to do in DC, and you may wish to arrive a day early or leave a day late in order to enjoy some tourist activities; the $119 room rate will apply if you choose to do so. The toll free number to make reservations is 877-783-8258 and you must request Group Code – NAC19. If you prefer,
Update: We expect to run out of sleeping rooms at the Hilton (but not room to accommodate teams in the tournament itself) sometime the first week in May. Fortunately, we have an "overflow" hotel nearby at nearly the same rate. Here is the reservation link you can use to make online reservations:
As for the special group rate:
Competition will start on the morning of June 8. 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 $119 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 847-671-6000 and ask for the National Academic Championship special group discount rate of $119 per room, which applies for 1-4 people per room. No meals are provided.
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 Crown Plaza O'Hare for the room rate of $129.
By providing the name "National Academic Championship" or the group code “NJG” you may make reservations Here
You may also make reservations by calling 1-877-337-5793. Reservations must be made on or before the cutoff date of May 17th, 2019 in order to be eligible for the group rate.
Competition will start on the morning of June 14. The final match will finish no later than 3:30 Sunday.
Ramada Kissimmee Gateway Hotel will be the site of all competitions. Staying at this hotel is recommended, but not required, for participation in the National Academic Championship. The price per room is lower than at our other venues: $74 per room at the Inn or $94 per room at the Tower. Needless to say, there are countless things to do in Orlando, and you may wish to arrive a day early or leave a day late in order to enjoy some tourist activities; the $74/94 room rate will apply if you choose to do so.
Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at (800) 327-9170 daily between the hours of 9am-5pm, EST. Please identify your group as attending the National Academic Association event.
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).
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.
How to Raise Money for your Team to Attend Nationals.
It’s not necessary to bring a buzzer system for our use, but name plates are required. We like to recognize by name each contestant as they ring in to answer a question. For this purpose, please bring name plates for all contestants and for the team. Printed names must be large enough to be visible from 30 feet. Here are a couple of examples of acceptable name plates (although these examples lack the team name plate) …
The Final Four, featuring varsity winners of each venue, will be double-elimination, using the same game length as during the preliminaries: double-elimination, because we'd like to give the winners of New Orleans, DC, and Chicago at least two Final Four games; abbreviated, so that Sunday playoffs in Orlando need not go past 4:00 p.m.
Contact the National Academic Association Phone:801-699-3424, Chip Beall, Director