Our considered opinion, after the middle school playoffs and analyzing scores -- is that fully five teams were good enough to win the championship “on any given Friday.”
The venue will be Google Meet which is free and easy-to-use. During the prelims, your team will be
connecting for two 90-minute blocs of your choice, 3 games per bloc on any of the preliminary weekends.
Clarification: Both blocs must be on the same weekend. Team members may join from school if schools are
back in session or join from their own homes in order to stay safe.
As you can see from the above, we offer four competitive levels each weekend: High School Varsity ... High School JV ... Middle School/Junior High … Elementary School
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 Atlanta and provided with two hotel rooms, for up to two nights, to compete in the final rounds of the fourth (June 14) 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. In addition, your teams may not compete during the same time bloc so that they cannot face each other unless it happens in playoffs.
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. Middle Schools are encouraged to consider bringing a team from the elementary school that feeds into your school – or bring a 6th grade team from your school to compete in the Elementary division.
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, 10 + 10 + 11 + 12 = 43, and that's too much! 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 = 42, and that's fine. Etc. etc. JV teams will be fielding the same questions as Varsity teams. Graduating seniors are allowed to participate on a JV team only if the school is also bringing a Varsity team as well as JV.
We crown a high school 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), selecting the highest-ranking such 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.
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 2020 Nationals.
Each team must win an academic competition (local or regional) of at least 8 teams or finish in the top
15% of any varsity tournament, the top 20% of any middle grade tournament, the top 25% of any JV
tournament, the top 30% of any elementary school tournament. A high 3-2-1 or Knowledge Master score also
qualifies. Any school making the playoffs at last year's National Academic Championship automatically
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 and adapted for buzzerless contests.
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 2019. (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 our new address: NAA, 10688 S.
Dimple Dell Dr. Sandy, UT 84092.
Do not send your entry fee to the Questions Unlimited address in Tennessee!
All fees must be received by May 15, 2020.
Competition will start on the morning of May 28 and end no later than 1:00 Monday. Hampton Inn will be the site of all competitions. 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 $135 per room applies for 1-4 people per room. A hot breakfast is provided at no additional charge.
[Information on making hotel reservations will be posted here when available.]
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 29. 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 $127 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 – NAC20. 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
As for the special group rate:
Competition will start on the morning of June 4. The last match will take place no later than 4:00 Sunday.
Sheraton Four Points Hotel will be the site of all competitions. They offer a free shuttle from
O'Hare. 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
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 12. The final match will finish no later than 3:30 Sunday.
DoubleTree Atlanta Airport will be the site of all competitions. Staying at this hotel is
recommended, but not required, for participation in the National Academic Championship. Needless to
say, there are countless things to do in Atlanta, and you may wish to arrive a day early or leave a
day late in order to enjoy some tourist activities; the $129 room rate will apply if you choose to
Make reservations online at this special website the hotel has created for us, and use Group Code NAA, HERE Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at (800) 514-4296 , identifying yourself as being with the National Academic Association and the reservations agent will take it from there.
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
We are not enforcing the longstanding no-refund policy this year. Also, for the first time in 38 years, we are not requiring pre-payment. Pre-payment does carry the advantage that your team is more likely to get the time slots of your preference.
The “early bird” entry fee is $600 per team (in-person option) or
$400 per team (virtual option), due by
May 15, after which the entry fees are
$700 (in-person option) or
$500 per team (virtual option). 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
You may pay online or you can make your check payable to NATIONAL ACADEMIC ASSOCIATION. The address: NAA, tba. Do not send your entry fee to the Questions Unlimited address in Tennessee!
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. We recommend a trial Meeting of at least a few minutes before each of your time blocs. Our tech coordinator will be available to answer all questions ahead of time and will be available by phone for all matches.
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.
We like to recognize by name each contestant. For this purpose, please bring name plates for all contestants and for the team. 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.
Please see the rules, as they’ve changed since our last in-person NAC.
Contact the National Academic Association
Chip Beall, Director.
Tech support: Pat Jewell, 440-487-8781