Asian Championship Tournament

NAQT is pleased to announce a high school quiz bowl championship tournament at the Singapore American School in Singapore on March 10, 2018.

Quiz bowl is an academic game in which teams of four players compete against each other to “buzz in” to answer questions about history, science, literature, mathematics, geography, current events, popular culture, and pretty much any other conceivable subject.

To qualify for the Asian Championship, a school must not be located in North America and must have finished in the top half of a tournament using NAQT questions or receive a wildcard invitation.

The top teams will qualify for the 2018 High School National Championship Tournament, powered by LetterOne, which will be held May 25–27 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The top teams from small schools will qualify for the 2018 Small School National Championship Tournament, which will be held April 27–29 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Location

The tournament will take place on the campus of the Singapore American School in the Woodlands neighborhood, Singapore.

Schedule

Bus from Parc Sovereign Hotel to Singapore American School 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Opening meeting 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Preliminary games 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Playoffs 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Awards As playoffs finish
Bus from Singapore American School to Parc Sovereign Hotel 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

During check-in, teams will receive a copy of the rules and their schedule for the day, and will be asked to verify the roster of players they entered when registering.

The opening meeting will go over the rules, format, and schedule. Coaches, players, and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions. Teams are also encouraged to ask questions in advance by e-mailing Joyce Sun (joyce.sun@naqt.com).

Each team will play five preliminary rounds; the top teams from those round will advance to afternoon playoffs. The criteria for advancement will be determined by the final field size.

The playoffs will be single-elimination and will last three to four rounds.

After the playoffs, there will be a brief awards presentation.

Eligibility

This tournament will use NAQT High School Eligibility Rules. To qualify for the Asian Championship, a school must not be located in North America and must have finished in the top half of a tournament using NAQT questions; teams may also request wildcards beginning on January 1, 2018 by writing to Joyce Sun (joyce.sun@naqt.com). If you have any questions about eligibility, contact eligibility@naqt.com.

Staff

Coaches are not required to assist with the running of the tournament, but may moderate (read questions) in exchange for a $50 (S$67) stipend. Alternatively, any team who provides a staff member (which could be the coach or someone else) can receive a $50 (S$67) discount.

Format

The format of the tournament will be determined by the number of teams that register. All participants are guaranteed at least ten games.

Registration

Coaches may register online. A free account on naqt.com is required.

Coaches may (and should) register without knowing which players will be coming; they can update the roster at any time before the tournament begins.

Fees & Payment

The base registration fee is USD 400 (S$542) per team. There is a $50 (S$67) discount for bringing a working buzzer system. The fee covers registration and one printed copy of the questions. The questions will be NAQT Invitational Series #174AS, an English-language question set designed for teams in Asia, based on Invitational Series #174 and the 2017 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament. The questions will not be distributed until the conclusion of the tournament; teams that leave early may pay $10 (S$14) to have the question set shipped to them.

Teams will pay at check-in. Checks should be made out to “National Academic Quiz Tournaments”; if you prefer to pay by credit card or PayPal, contact Joyce Sun (joyce.sun@naqt.com).

Transportation from the Airport to the Hotel

The hotel does not operate a shuttle to or from the airport.

NAQT recommends that teams take the MRT train to reach the tournament. NAQT staff have ridden MRT and found it to be safe and convenient; there are also taxi and shuttle options, but MRT will probably be the easiest and cheapest way to travel. It is approximately a 30-minute trip.

Taking the MRT train costs S$1.16 per student/S$3.30 per adult round trip (plus S$.10 fee for a ticket). To reach the Parc Sovereign Albert Street, take the Green Line train from the airport to Bugis. After getting off the train, switch to the Blue Line going north to Rochor. You can find a map with the walking directions from Rochor station to the Parc Sovereign here.

Transportation from the Hotel to the Tournament

NAQT will be providing a coach bus for transportation from the hotel to the tournament site. Please update your rosters accordingly so we may provide enough buses to get everyone to the tournament.

The bus will leave the hotel at 7:30 AM Saturday morning, and return to the hotel at 6:00 p.m. Saturday night. If you wish to leave the site earlier than 6:00 p.m. for meals or sightseeing, you may do so on your own.

Hotel

The official hotel for the tournament is the Parc Sovereign Albert St. Hotel. Double-occupancy rooms (with two double beds) are available for S$141 per night: this rate includes breakfast, wifi, and tax. To receive that rate, book online. Note that there are two Parc Sovereign hotels in Singapore; make sure you are reserving rooms at the Albert St. hotel!

Parc Sovereign Albert St. Hotel
175 Albert Street
Singapore 189970
+65 6337 6888

Prizes

The top three teams will receive trophies. Additionally, the top six individual scorers will receive All-Star awards.

Players must have heard at least 60 tossups during the tournament to be eligible for individual awards. Individual awards are based entirely on performance during the preliminary (not playoff) games.

Questions

This tournament will use questions from National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC, specifically Invitational Series #174AS, which was written (in English) especially for Asian schools. Teams from outside China are welcome, but must make sure they are not planning to attend another tournament using Invitational Series #174 or the 2017 Small School National Championship Tournament set. A list of other tournaments using this set is available.

Preparing for the Tournament

We recommend reading the brief rules and then maybe the full rules.

NAQT sells practice questions for teams that would like to prepare more fully for the event. These are tournament questions from previous years, so they are identical in structure and format (but different in content) than the questions that will be asked at this tournament. The most similar questions are the ones named “Invitational Series #xxx” (not ending in “A”). All of these questions are written for an American audience, though, so they will have more American and less Asian content than the questions at this tournament.

Teams may also be interested in frequency lists and Power Up study guides or free You Gotta Know articles that give brief overviews of topics that come up very frequently (e.g. “You Gotta Know these ancient empires”).

Further Questions

Contact Joyce Sun (joyce.sun@naqt.com) with any questions.