Division II is the lower of the two echelons of play recognized by NAQT at the collegiate level. Division II is intended to provide new schools and new players with an arena in which they can compete against other developing teams.
It is important to note that the classification of a team as “Division II-eligible” is a function of its players, not of the school itself; it’s commonplace for the same school to field a Division I team of experienced players at the same tournament as it fields a Division II team of newer players.
In general, Division I and Division II teams compete separately.
Students at four-year institutions qualify to play in Division II if they meet the following requirements:
- Prior to the current competition year, they have never played on a Sectionals team for a four-year school that earned an invitation to the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament in either division,
- Prior to the current competition year, they have never played at the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament for a four-year school at either the Division II or Division I levels.
Students at community colleges qualify to play in Division II if they meet the same requirements except that they must not have completed their third distinct academic year of competition in NAQT collegiate events.
There are some subtle aspects to community college eligibility:
- Community college students that already have two-year degrees may not compete at a Community College Sectional Championship Tournament (CC SCT) or the Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT), but they are eligible to compete in Division II should the community college choose to attend a four-year Sectional and/or qualifies for the ICT through the CCCT.
- Community college students that attend the CCCT (or even the ICT) retain Division II eligibility at a four-year college since they didn’t compete in the CCCT or the ICT for a four-year school.
A team qualifies to play in Division II if all of its members do.
In short, the policy is that an undergraduate retains Division II eligibility until he or she is on a team that qualifies for the ICT or he or she competes at the ICT. Students at two-year institutions may play Division II for up to three years (regardless of how well their teams do).
Students that are eligible for Division II but who graduate in the middle of a competition year may continue to play Division II for the rest of the year (assuming they continue to meet the other criteria for eligibility).
NAQT has a collection of Frequently Asked Questions about Eligibility.