2020 Community College Championship Tournament Logistics Information

The 2020 Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT) will be held at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, on February 28–29, 2020. The 2019 CCCT was also held at this site.

Registration will open on January 25, 2020.

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    Date

    February 28–29, 2020 (Friday–Saturday).

    Location

    Valencia College in Orlando, Florida. This institution contains all of the competition rooms.

    Valencia College has eight distinct campuses in the Orlando area. This tournament will be held entirely on the West Campus (1800 South Kirkman Road; Orlando, Florida 32811).

    Schedule

    This schedule is tentative.

    Friday Evening

    Time Event Location Area
    5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Team check-inTBD
    6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Team meetingHSB 105 Health Sciences Building
    6:00 – 6:30 p.m. Staff meetingTBD
    7:00 – 9:30 p.m. Preliminary rounds (1–5)Classrooms Buildings 1 and 2
    9:40 – 10:00 p.m. Results confirmation meetingHSB 105 Health Sciences Building

    Saturday

    Time Event Location Area
    9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Tiebreaker (if necessary; round 6)Classrooms Buildings 1 and 2
    9:35 – 9:45 a.m. Pick up schedulesTBD
    9:45 – 11:45 a.m. Playoff rounds 7–10Classrooms Buildings 1 and 2
    11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. LunchOn your own
    1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Playoff rounds 11–12Classrooms Buildings 1 and 2
    2:30 – 4:15 p.m. Tiebreakers and finals (rounds 13–15)HSB 105 Health Sciences Building
    After finals AwardsHSB 105 Health Sciences Building

    (All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time.)

    The round-6 tiebreaker will only be played by some teams; most teams will start play on Saturday at 9:45 a.m. 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.

    Rules and Eligibility

    This tournament will use NAQT’s Official Gameplay Rules and Community College Eligibility Rules.

    Qualification

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

    When results are available, NAQT will compute D-Values to compare teams’ performance across the various CC SCTs. Invitations will be issued to all CC SCT champions and then strictly in order of decreasing D-Values.

    NAQT is currently accepting wildcard applications from teams in areas of the country that did not have a convenient Community College Sectional Championship Tournament at which to qualify. Wildcard bids will be accepted until Wednesday, January 29, 2020.

    Field

    The field will be limited to 24 teams. NAQT may expand the field depending on the level of interest and the availability of facilities and staff.

    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 2019, 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 and Fees

    Registration will open on January 25, 2020.

    The registration fee is $400 per team.

    The registration fee only covers participation in the tournament. It does not cover transportation, lodging, food, or other expenses.

    Teams who bring a working buzzer system to the tournament will be eligible for a $30 discount on the registration fee if it meets NAQT’s national-championship standards. There may be some surprises in that policy! Please read it in advance to make sure your system qualifies.

    Unless otherwise approved by NAQT, no team may receive more than three buzzer-system discounts.

    NAQT will only award the discount for buzzer systems that it may keep until the completion of the awards ceremony; if these terms do not work for you, do not register to bring a buzzer system!

    Teams may claim a $100 discount on the registration fee for each experienced staff member they bring who can work the entire tournament (possibly excepting tiebreaker games in round 6).

    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 9 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 10 will be charged a $50 penalty (in addition to forfeiting the discount).

    Invitation acceptances will be considered final on February 17. If a team cancels on or after February 18, it will be liable for 50% of the base registration fee as a cancellation penalty. Teams who cancel on or after February 26, including tournament no-shows, will be liable for the entire base registration fee.

    Qualified teams should register online. NAQT will invoice teams. Team rosters may be changed after registration, so it is neither necessary nor desirable to wait to register until a team’s composition has been finalized. Register as soon as possible and update the registration if the composition of the team changes.

    Payment

    Once you have entered all the information that can affect costs (but not necessarily entered your roster), at the bottom of your registration page or the field page (while you’re logged in), click “View Cost.” Verify that the listed information is correct. If it is, follow the page’s instructions to request an invoice (so we have the proper billing information), and you will be offered the opportunity to pay by credit card. If the information is not correct, write to billing@naqt.com with the details.

    You can also pay by sending a check, payable to “NAQT,” to

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

    Checking In

    The check-in period will be from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28. During this period NAQT will be distributing information folders, answering questions, receiving payments, and taking care of other administrative matters.

    To check in, each team should send one coach to the check-in area. That person will be given the team’s information folder.

    Questions

    This tournament will use the 2020 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 2020 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 with different players).

    Awards

    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 2020 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, powered by LetterOne, on April 4, 2020 in Rosemont, IL.

    These are guaranteed Tier-4 invitations under NAQT’s qualification system for the ICT.

    CCCT teams that don’t finish in the top 4 will have their (SCT) 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.

    Hotel

    The official hotel(s) for the tournament have not been announced, but will be posted here.

    Transportation

    Flights

    Teams should fly into Orlando International Airport (airport code MCO).

    Ground Transportation

    NAQT recommends that teams flying to Orlando rent a car. There are no plausible public transportation options for getting from the airport to hotels (or from hotels to the campus site).

    Parking

    Parking is free on Valencia College’s campus. Teams that arrive after 4:00 p.m. on Friday should have no trouble finding a spot in a lot near the tournament building. Teams expecting to bring buses or other vehicles larger than vans should investigate parking options in advance.

    Hospitality Room

    Throughout the check-in period and the tournament itself, Valencia College’s booster club will be operating a hospitality room with free drinks and snacks for players, coaches, and tournament staff.

    Internet Access

    Tournament attendees will have access to free wireless Internet throughout the tournament via Valencia College’s Guest network.

    Advocate Program

    Because NAQT believes that quiz bowl is an activity for everybody, and in which all participants should feel welcome and respected, we have established the Advocate Program to make sure tournament staff are available to hear reports about problematic behavior and comments by anyone at the tournament.

    Staff wearing blue ribbons that say “Advocate” have been specifically selected to receive reports about inappropriate behavior (as opposed to run-of-the-mill questions about the quiz bowl aspects of the tournament). Advocate Program staff will be available in many places around the tournament site.

    Feedback about problematic behavior can, of course, always be sent to NAQT by e-mail (advocate@naqt.com) or other channels such as the Misconduct Reporting Form, but the Advocate Program is intended to allow for in-person reporting of sensitive complaints on-site so they can be handled immediately.

    Reports are confidential to the extent permitted by law and NAQT’s agreements to share critical information with other quiz bowl organizations.

    Practice Material

    Participants may be interested in purchasing questions from previous years to prepare for the event. All of NAQT’s past regular-season sets are available, as are the sets from previous championships.

    Participants may also want to purchase frequency lists, Power Up study guides, and/or Thumbs Up! question anthologies. These are also available on our practice materials page.

    Finally, participants may want to look at the information contained in NAQT’s free You Gotta Know articles before the tournament. These detail the most frequently asked-about question topics in a wide variety of areas.

    Spectators

    Spectators are welcome to attend any and all parts of the tournament. No registration or tickets are required.

    Sightseeing

    NAQT very strongly recommends renting a vehicle. Public transportation in Orlando is not a viable option, not even for going between hotels and campus.

    The Orlando area is the site of Disney World, Universal Studios, and SeaWorld.

    The Morse Museum in Winter Park is a 25-minute drive from Valencia’s West Campus and houses the world’s largest collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, best known for his lamps and other glass art. It’s a really cool little museum, and it is on Park Avenue, a brick road lined by beautiful oaks and eclectic and upscale shops and restaurants.

    Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando, with its fountain in the center of the lake, is Orlando’s most iconic place: it’s the shot used in the bumpers for every sporting event or other establishing shot of Orlando. The lake is among blocks of restaurants and shops in downtown. Lake Eola is only a 15-minute drive from Valencia’s West Campus.

    Wekiva Springs State Park is one of many parks in Central Florida featuring a natural spring fed by the Floridan aquifer on which most of Florida sits. The water remains 72°F year-round. Canoe and kayak rentals are available, and there are many hiking trails. It’s about a 30-minute drive north from the West Campus area.

    International Drive, five to ten minutes from the West Campus area, is a very touristy area with attractions like Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Indoor NASCAR Kart Racing, and WonderWorks. There are also many shops with discounted merchandise from the large theme parks. Café Tu Tu Tango is particularly recommended.

    NAQT thanks Valencia coach Chris Borglum for providing this information.

    Social Media

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

    Remember that question content for the championship cannot be posted online (or shared through other channels)! This means that players, 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).

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    Companion Mobile App

    NAQT has created a companion mobile app for attendees. The app includes the tournament schedule (with the ability to set reminders for various events), links to results, maps of the venue, connections to social media, and other important documents related to the tournament.

    Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

    Further Questions

    To ask specific questions about the 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 participants’ plans. If something’s not clear, let us know!

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