NAQT Community College Eligibility Rules


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A. Events

  1. These rules apply to the Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT) and Community College Sectional Championship Tournaments (CC SCTs).

  2. Schools that are eligible to compete in the CCCT and CC SCT are also eligible to compete, as generic post-secondary institutions, under NAQT's Collegiate Eligibility Rules. Players and schools may compete in both college and community college tournaments during the year according to the appropriate eligibility rules. Note that some players may be eligible to compete for a school at a tournament governed by the Collegiate Eligibility Rules but not for a tournament governed by the Community College Eligibility Rules (or vice versa).

  3. Other events may also be run according to these Eligibility Rules in accordance with the desires of their tournament directors.

  4. When using these rules at an event, it is necessary to credit NAQT as the source of the Eligibility Rules, but it is not necessary to explicitly notify NAQT that its rules are being used.

B. Schools

  1. Tournaments run according to these Eligibility Rules are open to students at all accredited post-secondary educational institutions that offer two-year associate's degrees. This includes public and private junior colleges and community colleges.

  2. Canadian CEGEPs are eligible.

  3. Junior-Senior colleges, despite being "two-year colleges," are not eligible

  4. Institutions that grant both bachelor's degrees and associate's degrees are eligible to compete, but may only send teams of players pursuing associate's degrees.

  5. All schools and players participating in Official NAQT events are assumed to know these Eligibility Rules, and will be held responsible for violations thereof.

C. Individuals

  1. To be eligible, a player must not have an associate's degree, a bachelor's degree, or any other post-secondary degree.

  2. For the purpose of determining eligibility, the competition year is defined to extend from August 1 through July 31 of the following calendar year. For eligibility purposes, courses or other degree work must be undertaken in an academic term for which the majority of its days falls within the competition year.

  3. To be eligible, a player must not have competed in an NAQT Sectional Championship Tournament, Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, Community College Sectional Championship, or Community College Championship Tournament in more than two prior competition years. Less precisely, community college players are limited to three years of intercollegiate competition.

  4. A player establishes a student affiliation at an institution for a given competition year by registering in at least one course normally offered for degree credit during the competition year at that institution.

    a. Unless otherwise permitted, a player must be registered for the equivalent of three semester or quarter hours.

    b. A player who engages in a lower course load may be eligible, so long as the player is certified by his or her degree program(s) as making normal progress toward the degree(s) or that the lower course load is all that is necessary for the player to finish the degree(s). These exceptions must be approved in advance, under Eligibility Rule 14.

    c. A player who engages in work other than courses (including, but not limited to, thesis research) necessary for attaining the degree(s) the player is pursuing establishes an affiliation even if the player takes no courses in the competition year.

    d. Players taking courses in non-degree programs are not eligible unless approved in advance, under Eligibility Rule 14.

  5. If for the purpose of establishing a student affiliation a player is using a course undertaken in an academic term prior to the given event, such course must have been satisfactorily completed, or the player must have an approved extension or acknowledgment of satisfactory progress toward completion from the player's institution.

  6. A player may appear in an event prior to undertaking the course or engaging in non-course work; teams should note that failure to undertake the required course or non-course work renders a player retroactively ineligible and subjects the team to the penalty described in Eligibility Rule 12.

  7. A squad consists of all players permitted to play on teams representing an eligible institution.

    a. To be eligible to represent an institution, a player must have a student affiliation at an eligible institution or a branch or associated campus.

    b. An eligible institution is defined in Section B.

  8. A student that has an affiliation with a community college may also have an affiliation with a primary or secondary school and thus be eligible to join its high school squad in accordance with NAQT's High School Eligibility Rules.

    a. A student in such a situation may compete for both the high school squad and the community college squad in the same competition year. In some cases, the use of the same questions in high school and community college tournaments may force such a player to forgo a tournament for which s/he is otherwise eligible.

    b. A player in such a situation must notify NAQT 7 calendar days before s/he competes for the second squad.

  9. A player may appear for only one community college squad in a given competition year. If a player has, or will have, a student affiliation with more than one school or campus in a given competition year, the player must choose the squad for which s/he will play.

  10. If a player's home campus has an active academic competition program, a player from that campus must play with that campus' squad.

    a. If a player's campus does not have an active program, that player may appear for the squad of any of that institution's branch or associated campuses. If a player exercises this option, per Eligibility Rule 9, the player may only appear for the chosen campus' squad in subsequent events in the same competition year, except as outlined in Eligibility Rule 10.b.

    b. If a player exercises the option described in Eligibility Rule 8.a to appear in an event, and subsequently in the same competition year that player's campus organizes an active program, that player must appear for her or his campus' playing unit in subsequent events in that competition year. [This rule supersedes Eligibility Rule 11.]

  11. A team must be composed solely of players eligible to represent that squad. In no case may a team consist of players from more than one school or campus (except as noted in Eligibility Rules 9 and 10.a). In no case may a player without a student affiliation participate on a team.

  12. A team which used an ineligible player in an event must retroactively forfeit all matches in which that player appeared along with any benefits (e.g. ICT invitations) based on those matches.

  13. NAQT may bar specific players, coaches, squads, and organizations from NAQT events for a period of time determined by NAQT in accordance with its rules and procedures regarding improper conduct.

  14. Appeals for exceptions to these Eligibility Rules must be made in advance to the NAQT Eligibility Committee. Please send e-mail to eligible@naqt.com. Requests must be received at least 7 calendar days in advance of the start of the competition or they will be summarily denied.

D. Experience

  1. Tournament Directors may, at their discretion and without contradicting these Eligibility Rules, place limits on the prior experience of players or on the composite experience of teams as long as the limitations:

    a. Treat all otherwise eligible institutions equally.

    b. Are reasonably seen to further the overall interests of quiz bowl and the quiz bowl community.

    c. Are publicized along with other details of the tournament.

    d. Depend only on reasonable measures of a player's experience and not on irrelevant factors (sources of plausible limitations include, but are not limited to, years of competition, events, scoring average, and CCCT attendance).

  2. Tournament Directors may also, at their discretion and without contradicting these Eligibility Rules, divide teams into divisions based on reasonable measures of the teams' prior experience. The teams may or may not play interdivisional games and certain prizes may be reserved for teams or players in specific divisions.