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.

Date

March 2–3, 2018 (Friday–Saturday).

Location

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

Schedule

This schedule is tentative, but check-in will not start earlier than 5:00 p.m., nor will the player/staff meetings start earlier than 6:00 p.m. In addition, the awards will run no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday.

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 International Level
7:00–9:30 p.m. Preliminary round robin (rounds 1–5) Meeting rooms and parlors  
9:40–10:00 p.m. Results confirmation meeting International Ballroom B International Level

Saturday

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 International Level
After finals Awards International Ballroom International Level
5:00–5:30 p.m. ACRONYM check-in International Ballroom International Level
5:30–11:30 p.m. ACRONYM tournament Meetings 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.

Qualification

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 (2010-17) to compare the performance of teams across CC SCTs. After inviting CC SCT champions, invitations are issued strictly in order of decreasing D-Values (2010-17).

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.

Field

The field will likely consist of 24 teams; this may be increased or decreased based on CC SCT attendance and the strength of wildcard bids.

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

Invitations

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.

Format

The format has not been decided and will depend on the number of teams participating. It is likely to be similar to the format used in 2017, in which 24 teams were divided into four preliminary pools of six and then rebracketed into three playoff brackets of eight. The top two teams from the top playoff bracket advanced to the finals.

Registration

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.

Payment

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”).

Questions

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 which forget to pick up their questions will be charged a shipping and handling fee of $10 to have them mailed.

Prizes

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.

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.

Transportation

Flights

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

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.

Hotel

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

Food

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.

Preparation

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

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).

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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