2013 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament

National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC, is pleased to provide logistical information about its 17th Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.

Date:

April 12-13, 2013 (Friday/Saturday; the actual competition will take place entirely on Saturday)

Location:

Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois (a western suburb of Chicago near O'Hare International Airport). This is the same site as the 2012 ICT.

Schedule:

All of the competition at the 2013 ICT will take place on Saturday. The primary check-in time will be Friday evening, but teams will be able to check in Saturday morning as well.

This schedule is final.

Friday (evening)
6:00-9:00Team Check-inConference Center
6:00-9:00Staff Check-inTBA
9:00-10:30Team Check-inCall 888.411.6278
Saturday
7:00-7:45Secondary Team Check-inInternational Foyer
7:15-7:45Secondary Staff Check-inMcCarran
7:45-8:00Retrospective Award CeremonyInternational Ballroom
8:00-8:30Player meetingInternational Ballroom
8:00-8:30Staff meetingMcCarran
8:30-12:00Preliminary Rounds (1-7)Meeting rooms and parlors
12:00Record ConfirmationMeeting rooms and parlors
12:00-1:45Lunch (not provided)-
1:15-1:45Tiebreakers (Round 8)Meeting rooms and parlors
1:45-4:45Playoff Rounds (9-14)Meeting rooms and parlors
4:45-6:30Tiebreakers and Finals (Rounds 15-17)Ballrooms
After finalsAwardsInternational Ballroom

Note that the tiebreaker round overlaps half an hour of lunch; most teams will have 1 hour and 45 minutes for lunch, but those involved in tiebreaker games will need to be back early.

Check In:

Teams (including standby teams) should arrive sometime on Friday and check in between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. They should then be at the retrospective award ceremony/players' meeting at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, with games beginning at 8:30. If teams cannot check in on Friday night, they should do so on Saturday morning between 7:00 and 7:45 a.m.

Teams that arrive between 9:00 and 10:30 at the hotel should call NAQT's toll-free number (888.411.6278) to confirm their arrival; NAQT not may be able to get them their team folder that night, but we want to know that teams have safely arrived in Chicago.

Teams that are traveling to Chicago, but not staying at the official hotel on Friday night, should also call NAQT's toll-free number between 6:00 and 10:30 to verify their arrival in Chicago.

Staff members should check in on Friday night as well. If they cannot do that, they should do so between 7:15 and 7:45 a.m. on Saturday morning. They should then attend the staff meeting from 8:00 to 8:30.

After checking in on Friday night, standby teams should go to the staff meeting on Saturday morning unless they are told on Friday night that a spot has been found for them in the tournament.

Qualification:

Schools qualify to send teams to the ICT through the performance of their teams at the 2013 Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) in February and at the 2013 Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT). Details about the way in which schools qualify for ICT and which players may represent a school at the ICT may be found on the ICT Qualification Page. This page also details the effects on players' Division II eligibility of playing in an SCT or qualifying for or playing at an ICT. NAQT has answers for some frequently asked questions about eligibility online.

Field:

The field will consist of 32 Division I teams and 32 Division II teams, with 6 of the Division II slots reserved for teams from the CCCT. Online registration is now open and the current field may be seen online.

Invitations:

All invitations, waitlists, and standby lists for the ICT for Division I teams and Division II teams are available online. After accounting for automatic bids for SCT champions and hosts, the remainder of the bids were allocated according to the Division I D-values and Division II D-values.

Schools will have one week from NAQT's issuance of an invitation to accept or decline, though they may request an extension from NAQT if additional time is required. The initial bids must therefore be accepted or declined by 23:59:59 ET Wednesday, February 27, 2013. The acceptance period may be shortened if invitations are awarded nearer to the actual tournament. To decline an invitation, send an e-mail to ict@naqt.com. To accept an invitation, see the section below on Registration.

Format:

In both divisions teams will be initially divided into four pools of eight teams, each of which will play a round-robin (rounds 1-7). These teams will be repooled into four new groups of eight (the top two advance to the top pool, numbers three and four advance to the second pool, and so forth) for a second round-robin. Advancement will be determined by overall record with tiebreaker games or partial-games during round 8 as required by NAQT's tiebreaker policy.

In the second round-robin teams will play the six teams they haven't yet faced (rounds 9-14). At the conclusion of round 14, the top two teams will advance to the finals. This will be determined based on overall record (i.e., teams' records from the first round-robin carry over). Ties for the top two spots will be broken during round 15, if necessary. Tiebreaker games do not count in final records.

If the top two teams have identical records, they will play a one-game final for the championship. If one team has an advantage, it will need to win one game while the other team will need to win two.

In Division I, if the top two undergraduate teams are eight or fewer spots apart in the rankings after round 14, they will play a similar one- or two-game final. If either of the top undergraduate teams is involved in the overall division final, it will be declared the undergraduate champion outright. If both are involved, one final will be played for both crowns.

The top (Division II) community college team (ranked by bracket and then by overall record) will be named the Top Community College. If there is a tie, it will be played off. Note that this is not a national championship title; that championship is awarded at the CCCT.

Tiebreaker games will also be played during round 15 if necessary to decide third place in either division or the undergraduate subdivision.

Registration:

The registration fee and discounts for the tournament are as follows:
  • Base fee: $375
  • Staff member: $100 discount (per dedicated staff member; a team may claim this discount by bringing five members and having one assigned to scorekeep each round. This staffer will not, in general, scorekeep for his or her own team's matches.)
  • Buzzer System: $30 discount (per fully-functional system)

Staff member discounts are only automatically available to teams who notify NAQT on or before March 22, 2013, that they will be bringing a staff member. Teams indicating an interest after that date may be extended the discount at NAQT's discretion. Teams are responsible for the travel and housing costs of staff members for which they receive discounts. In addition, after March 22, 2013, commitments to bring staff members will be considered final. Teams that promise to bring a staff member, but who cancel that staffer after March 22, will be charged a $50 penalty (in addition to forfeiting the $100 discount).

Buzzer system discounts will only be for systems that NAQT can keep from the beginning of the tournament until the completion of the awards. NAQT will not be giving buzzer discounts for systems that teams want to pick up prior to the completion of the tournament (which includes the awards).

Payments should be sent to:

National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC
Chad Kubicek, CFO
11521 W 69th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203

All registration for this tournament will be done online.

Teams should register online to ensure that NAQT has their information. After NAQT receives that registration information, an invoice will be generated. Please note that team rosters may be changed at any time before the start of the ICT so it is neither necessary (or desirable) to wait to register until a team's composition has been definitively decided. Register as soon as possible and, if necessary, update that registration when the composition of a team changes.

All participating schools will receive copies of the questions for the division(s) in which they have entered teams. If a school only qualified teams in one division, copies of the questions used in the other division will be available for $10. There will be 18 rounds of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses each in Division I, and 18 rounds of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses each in Division II.

These may be purchased immediately after the completion of the tournament. Please note that these questions must be picked up at the tournament itself, after the finals. Teams that leave early or which forget to pick up their questions will be charged a shipping and handling fee of $10 (one set) or $15 (both sets) to have them mailed.

IMPORTANT: This fee assumes that payment is postmarked (or a purchase order is supplied) no later than Friday, April 5, 2013. Teams paying after this date, including at the tournament itself, will be charged an additional $20.

In addition, as of March 22, 2013, invitation acceptances will be considered final. Should a team cancel on or after March 22 but before April 6, 2013, it will still be liable for one-half of its base registration fee. Teams that cancel on or after April 6, 2013, (including tournament no-shows) will be liable for the entire base registration fee.

Prizes:

The top three teams in Division I (Overall), Division I (Undergraduate), and Division II (Overall) will each receive team trophies and their members (and coaches) will receive individual awards. The Top Community College team will receive a trophy and its members will receive individual awards. In addition, the top eight individual scorers in Division I, the top eight individual scorers in Division II, and the top four undergraduate scorers in Division I will be given All-Star awards.

Individual All-Star awards will be based solely on the preliminary rounds (rounds 1-7), not the playoff rounds.

Flights:

The most convenient airport for attending the ICT is O'Hare International Airport, from which a free hotel shuttle can take you to the tournament site. Teams may also fly to Midway International Airport, but they will need to take a relatively long El ride to the hotel.

Driving Directions:

General directions.

Parking:

Parking with in-and-out privileges is available for $10/night.

Hotel:

The Hyatt Regency O'Hare is both the official hotel and the competition site for the tournament.

    Hyatt Regency O'Hare
    9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
    Rosemont, Illinois, USA 60018
    Phone: 847.696.1234
    Fax: 847.698.0139

Quadruple occupancy (double/double) rooms are available for $110 per night.

To book a room, call the hotel and use code QIZZ or book online. You must follow the immediately previous link to the registration page to receive the discounted rate. The discounted rate is available through the end of Friday, March 29, 2013. (The cut-off date was originally March 26, but it was extended by 3 days at NAQT's request.)

Teams that book rooms at the official hotel (as part of NAQT's official block) are guaranteed to have free wireless Internet access in their guest rooms and in the public areas (but not in the meeting rooms). The hotel currently provides free wireless access (in guest rooms and the public areas) to non-registered guests as well; that will probably still be true as of the date of the tournament, but it is not guaranteed to be the case.

Lunch Options:

The hotel has several restaurants offering different types of food at different prices; none of these restaurants is particularly cheap, but some are more affordable than others. NAQT recommends that cost-conscious teams consider ordering pizza.

Retrospective Awards Ceremony:

Between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. on Saturday morning, NAQT will be honoring teams that were retrospectively crowned ICT champions in 2009, '10, '11, and '12 (as a result of the original winners being disqualified by having been found to have had prior access to the question content). This will take place in the International Ballroom immediately prior to the player meeting. NAQT hopes that the entire field will be there for the belated recognition of performances now known to have been the very best in the country.

Spectators:

Spectators are welcome to attend all games at the ICT. No registration or tickets are required; feel free to just show up and watch as many of the games as you would like. If you are interested in starting a quiz bowl team at your college or high school, NAQT and ACUI personnel will be on hand to talk about the process.

Preparation:

Teams that have been invited to compete at the 2013 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament may be interested in purchasing the questions from previous years to prepare for the event. Division I sets are available from the 16 previous ICTs, with separate Division II sets available from every year except 1997 and 2000.

NAQT is offering a special deal on its previous ICT sets, with any five sets available for just $175 (including shipping) and each additional set for just $25 each. This represents approximately a 25% discount over our standard rates. To take advantage of either offer, e-mail orders@naqt.com as they cannot be accessed through our normal online ordering form.

Further Questions:

To ask specific questions about the ICT, e-mail ict@naqt.com.