Great Lakes Academic Challenge

Date: January 29, 2022

Levels:high school & middle school.
Open to:teams in states touching any one of the Great Lakes.
Time:Games start at 9 a.m. Eastern; we should be finished with playoffs around supper time.
Place:The venue will be Google Meet which is free and easy-to-use.
Entry Fee: $75 per team
Team: Your team contingent should include three or four starters and one or more coaches. Alternate(s) are allowed but must remain on mute until they are in play. Substitutions are allowed during the three breaks in each contest.
Training A tutorial on using the videoconferencing program relative to the tournament will be sent to all coaches in time for them to practice with their teams. Our tech coordinator will be available to answer all questions ahead of time and will be available by phone for all matches. In the meantime, have a look at an 8-minute clip from the Middle School championship game: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C1gF2ht1MBYV-jkFh_dt-DDChLkg-NX-/view
Cap For this one-day tournament we will be limiting the field to no more than 36 teams.
Register Online or by phone, 800-868-1518.
The Questions: We hold ourselves to the highest standards of question quality and academic relevance, with tossups largely pyramidal.
Format:four-quarter NAC format, adapted for buzzerless contests in videoconference, see Rules.
Top Teams: will qualify for the National Academic Championship.

Advancing to the playoffs: both Southern Lehigh (PA) teams, No. 1 ranked Byram Hills (NY), Huron (OH), Lakeshore (OH), Detroit Jesuit (MI), Houghton (MI), Allentown Central Catholic (PA), and Penn-Trafford (PA). Both Southern Lehigh teams advanced to the Final Four. Byram Hills defeated Southern Lehigh 2, 320-150; Southern Lehigh 1 overcame Houghton (MI) 230-165. Byram Hills won the Finals over Southern Lehigh, 305-230. That’s another accolade for the Westchester County, NY school that won the JV division at the 2020 National Academic Championship.

In the middle school division, it was all-Michigan, as Emerson, defending Junior National Champs, edged Detroit Jesuit, 225-205.