2018 Community College Championship Tournament Logistics Information

The 2018 Community College Championship Tournament will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel in Rosemont, IL, on March 2–3, 2018.


March 2–3, 2018 (Friday–Saturday).


The Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel in Rosemont, IL.


This schedule is final:

Friday (evening)

5:00–6:00 p.m. Check–in Conference Center Foyer Lobby Level
6:00–6:30 p.m. Player and coach meeting International Ballroom AB International Level
6:00–6:30 p.m. Staff meeting Tech Center International Level
7:00–9:30 p.m. Preliminary round robin (rounds 1–5) Meeting rooms  
9:40–10:00 p.m. Results confirmation meeting International Ballroom AB International Level


9:00–9:30 a.m. Tiebreaker (if necessary; round 6) Meeting rooms  
9:45–11:45 a.m. Playoff round robin (rounds 7–10) Meeting rooms  
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Not provided  
1:30–2:30 p.m. Playoff round robin (rounds 11–12) Meeting rooms  
2:30–4:15 p.m. Tiebreakers and finals (rounds 13–15) International Ballroom AB International Level
After finals Awards International Ballroom AB International Level
5:00–5:30 p.m. ACRONYM check-in International Ballroom AB International Level
5:30–11:30 p.m. ACRONYM tournament Meeting rooms  

The round-6 tiebreaker will only be played by some teams; most teams will only need to arrive in time for their 9:45 a.m. game on Saturday. Even if there are no round-6 tiebreakers to be played, the playoff round robin will not start until 9:45 a.m.

During the tournament, participants may text 213‑279‑6278 (“NAQT”) with questions; tournament staff will answer incoming messages as quickly as they can. Standard messaging rates apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

NAQT has prepared answers to frequently asked questions about its national championships.


Schools qualified to send teams to the CCCT through their performances at Community College Sectional Championship Tournaments (CC SCTs) held in January.

NAQT has computed D-Values to compare the performance of teams across CC SCTs. After inviting CC SCT champions, invitations are issued strictly in order of decreasing D-Values.

Schools also had a chance to qualify through a wildcard process; the deadline for submitting such requests was Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central Time, and all submitted requests have been processed.

The results of this year’s CC SCTs are now available (at the bottom, below the four-year SCTs). So are the D-values used to determine the invitations and waitlist order.


The field will consist of 24 teams.

The current field of registered teams and list of invited teams may be viewed online.


The invitations, waitlist, and standby list are available online. Invited teams may register.

Schools have one week from their reception of an invitation to accept or decline, though they may request an extension from NAQT if additional time is required. The acceptance period may be shortened if invitations are awarded nearer to the actual tournament.


The tournament will use the same format as in 2017:

Teams will be initially divided into four pools of six teams, each of which will play a round-robin (rounds 1–5) on Friday night. These teams will be repooled into three 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 (rounds 7–12) on Saturday morning and afternoon. Advancement will be determined by overall record with any tiebreaker games required by NAQT’s tiebreaker policy being played during round 6.

Teams will need to remain at the tournament site on Friday night until it has been determined whether or not they will be in a tiebreaker during round 6. This is anticipated to be about 15 minutes past the end of the last game. Teams should come to the Results Confirmation Meeting after their fifth game (around 9:40 p.m.) to learn whether they are in a tiebreaker (and receive their Saturday schedule). If a team cannot stay, it has the option of providing a phone number or e-mail address that can be used to convey the information to them.

Teams who have a round-6 tiebreaker must be back, ready to play, at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Those without a tiebreaker game will have their first game at 9:45 a.m.

In the second round-robin, teams will play the six teams they haven’t yet faced (rounds 7–12). At the conclusion of round 12, 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 13, 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.

Tiebreaker games will also be played during round 13 if necessary to decide third through sixth places (as these are the final ranks that earn trophies).

Here is NAQT’s official format document for the championship.


The registration fee and discounts for the tournament are as follows:

Team-provided staff members are subject to NAQT’s approval, and NAQT does not reimburse travel, lodging, or any other expenses for them. Staff-member discounts are only automatically available to teams who notify NAQT on or before February 10, that they will be bringing a staff member. Teams indicating their interest in doing so after that date may be extended the discount at NAQT’s discretion. Teams who promise to bring a staff member but who cancel that staff member on or after February 11, will be charged a $50 penalty (in addition to forfeiting the $100 discount).

Important: This fee assumes that payment is postmarked (or a purchase order is supplied) no later than Wednesday, February 21. Teams paying after this date, including at the tournament itself, will be charged an additional $25.

Invitation acceptances will be considered final on February 19. Should a team cancel on or after February 19, it will still be liable for one-half of its base registration fee. Teams who cancel on or after February 28, including tournament no-shows, will be liable for the entire base registration fee.

Teams should register online to guarantee their spot at the championship. After NAQT receives that registration information, an electronic invoice will be generated. Teams who need paper (or faxed) invoices may request them in the “additional information” box on the registration form. Please note that team rosters may be changed at any time before the start of the CCCT so it is neither necessary nor desirable to wait to register until a team’s composition has been definitively decided. Register as soon as possible and update the registration if the composition of the team changes.


Make checks payable to “NAQT” and send them to

National Academic Quiz Tournaments
11521 W 69th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203

If you wish to pay by credit card, call us at 888‑411‑6278 (“NAQT”).


This tournament will use the 2018 NAQT Division II SCT set (16 packets of 24/24). This is the same set that will be used for the Division II competitions at the 2018 four-year Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs), so community college teams who choose to participate in that tournament will not be allowed to compete in the CCCT (even if they want to send different players).

Each school in attendance will receive a copy of the entire packet set. Please note that these questions must be picked up at the tournament itself, after the finals. Teams who leave early or forget to pick up their questions will be charged a shipping and handling fee of $10 to have them mailed.


The top six teams will receive team trophies, and their members and coaches will receive individual awards.

In addition, the top twelve individual scorers will be given All-Star awards. Individual awards will be based on the preliminary rounds only, not the playoff rounds. Players must have at least 70 tossups heard (in the preliminary rounds) to be eligible for individual prizes.

Qualifying for the ICT

The top four teams from this tournament will qualify to compete for the overall Division II collegiate championship at the 2018 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, powered by LetterOne, on April 14, 2018 in Rosemont, IL.

These are guaranteed Tier-4 invitations under NAQT’s new (as of 2018) qualification system for the ICT.

CCCT teams that don’t finish in the top 4 will have their D-Values computed as if the CCCT were a (four-year) Sectional Championship Tournament, and they will be inserted into the waitlist for Tier-7 invitations. It is thus possible for more than four CCCT participants to earn invitations to the ICT. Note that if one of the top four CCCT teams declines its ICT invitation, the spot will go to the next team in the overall (SCT-plus-CCCT) invitation order, not necessarily the fifth-place team at the CCCT.

Popular Culture Side Event (ACRONYM)

NAQT has arranged with Erik Nelson of Play Quiz Bowl to host a mirror of its ACRONYM popular culture tournament as a “side event” on Saturday evening. This event is not part of the official championship and is entirely optional.

The mirror is open to the general public (including current players at any level). In particular, all people at the national championship (including players, coaches, and staff) are encouraged to play. People affiliated with different schools may play together.

There is a separate registration fee ($90) for the ACRONYM mirror. Most side events have a lenient registration policy that allows teams to sign up immediately prior to an event’s start, but NAQT suspects that the ACRONYM field will fill (and thus encourages teams to register as soon as they can commit).

There will be short breaks in the ACRONYM schedule, but teams planning to compete in it should eat as quickly as possible between the end of the national championship at the opening meeting of ACRONYM. This will be tight, but it will not be possible to get more than a quick snack once ACRONYM has begun.

Registration for ACRONYM is now open. If you are registering a mixed team or a team that wants to play under a nonstandard name, you may need to create a new organization, affiliate yourself with it, and then register under its name.



Teams will want to fly into one of the two major Chicago airports, either Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD; much more convenient) or Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW; much less convenient).

Airport to Hotel

There is a free shuttle that runs every 15 minutes to bring teams between the hotel and O’Hare. There is no such shuttle for Midway, from which a taxi to the hotel will cost approximately $35, or teams can take the CTA’s Orange and Blue Lines for $2.25 per person (getting on at the Midway Orange Line station, transferring to the Blue Line downtown, and getting off at the Rosemont Blue Line station, which is about one block from the hotel).

Driving Directions

The hotel provides a map and driving directions.


Parking is $15/day (for both overnight guests and tournament participants not staying at the hotel) and includes in-and-out privileges. Teams traveling to the tournament in buses should contact the hotel in advance to discuss parking options.

To receive the discounted parking rate, teams staying at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare should bring their parking ticket to the hotel’s front desk for validation.


The official hotel for the tournament is the Hyatt Regency O'Hare itself. Rooms with one king bed are available for $114 per night, and rooms with two double beds are available for $122 per night. Those rates assume that the rooms are booked as part of the NAQT block no later than February 16. To receive that rate, teams may either book their stay online or mention "NAQT" when calling the hotel directly.

The hotel provides an airport shuttle; teams should call the front desk when they touch down at the airport so that it can be dispatched.

Parking is $15/day.

Teams who 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 game rooms).

Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Phone: 847-696-1234
Fax: 847-698-0139


The hotel has several restaurants offering different types of food at different prices.

There is a food court at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall at 5220 Fashion Outlets Way. Its restaurant choices include Freshii (vegetarian), tacos, burgers, and Chinese. To get to the Fashion Outlets from the hotel, walk west on Bryn Mawr, turn left onto River Road, then turn right onto Balmoral Avenue until you get to Fashion Outlets Way. The food court is a 15-minute walk away.

There are also a few restaurants offering more formal dining at the MB Financial Park at Rosemont. These include Adobe Gila’s, Bogart’s, Hofbräuhaus Chicago, and Fogo de Chão. These are more suited to evening meals and are a 15-minute walk away.

Teams can also order pizza or Chinese food and have it delivered to the hotel.


Teams who have been invited to compete at the 2018 Community College Championship Tournament may be interested in purchasing questions from previous years, or other practice material, to prepare for the event.

NAQT is offering a special deal on its previous CCCT question sets, with any five sets available for just $139 (including shipping) and each additional set for just $25 each. This represents approximately a 20% discount over our standard prices. To take advantage of this offer, e-mail orders@naqt.com as it cannot be accessed through our normal online ordering form.


Spectators are welcome to attend all games at the 2018 CCCT. 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 school, NAQT personnel will be on hand to talk about the process.

Social Media

The official hashtag for the tournament is ccct; please use this tag for all messages about the tournament.

Remember that question content for the championship cannot be posted online (or shared through other channels)! This means that team members, coaches, spectators, and moderators should not discuss clues, answers, or even overall themes (e.g. “Lots of opera”) with people on other teams (even those from the same school).

NAQT will be taking photographs of staff members, players, coaches, and spectators during the tournament for use on its social media platforms, website, and future marketing materials.

Further Questions

To ask specific questions about the 2018 CCCT, e-mail ccct@naqt.com.

We look forward to answering any and all questions, no matter how expansive or trivial, in the hopes of eliminating any possible confusion or mistakes in teams’ plans. If something’s not clear, let us know!

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