2006 High School
National Championship

The 128-team tournament field is now full and registration is closed. NAQT will continue to accept teams for a waitlist and will notify them promptly if a spot opens up.

NAQT is pleased to announce that its 2006 High School National Championship Tournament will return to Chicago’s Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare on June 2-4, 2006.


June 2-4, 2006 (Friday to Sunday). Teams will check in on Friday, June 2, and have the opportunity to meet each other and practice on official questions. The preliminary games will take place on Saturday, and the playoff games will take place on Sunday. Teams that cannot arrive on Friday night will have a chance to check in on Saturday morning if they notify NAQT of the situation in advance.


The Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare. This building contains both the official hotel and the competition rooms. Additional guest rooms are available at the overflow hotel.


This schedule is tentative.

Friday (evening)
5:00-6:00Game Official Check-InKitty Hawk
6:00-9:30Team Check-InAtrium
6:00-10:00Practice Roundsvarious
6:00-7:15Teen Jeopardy! PretestO’Hare 2
7:30-8:45College Jeopardy! PretestO’Hare 2
8:00-9:15Game Official MeetingTBA
9:00-9:30Player meetingO’Hare 5
9:30-12:00Rounds 1-5various
12:00-1:30Lunch (not provided)-
1:30-5:00Rounds 6-10various
5:30Playoff AnnouncementO’Hare 5
6:00-7:15Jeopardy! Auditions (Round 1)Midway/Kennedy
7:00-8:30National Quiz Bowl Organization MeetingO’Hare 1
7:30-8:45Jeopardy! Auditions (Round 2)Midway/Kennedy
9:00-10:15Jeopardy! Auditions (Round 3)Midway/Kennedy
8:00-8:30Game Official MeetingTBA
8:30-12:30Rounds 11-16various
8:30-12:30Scrimmage Roundsvarious
1:00-2:00Rounds 17-18various
2:00-3:00FinalsO’Hare 5
3:00-3:30AwardsO’Hare 5

On Saturday morning teams should be in the Grand Ballroom by 9:00 a.m.


Schools qualify to send teams to the HSNCT through their performance at NAQT invitational events and NAQT State Championships held throughout the year. Spots in the field are still available and qualified teams may now register online.


The current field is listed here.


At this tournament Jeopardy! will be conducting a contestant search for the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament and the Jeopardy! College Championship. Those searches are open to all competing team members (including alternates) regardless of performance. NAQT looks forward to providing this opportunity for the nation’s top quiz bowlers to qualify for America’s Favorite Quiz Show!

Teams should indicate their players’ interest in participating in the Jeopardy! tryouts when they register. Non-seniors who will be between 13 and 17 in February 2007 are eligible for the Teen Tournament while all seniors planning to attend college next year are eligible for the College Championship. The Teen pretest (a written exam) will be held at 6:00 on Friday night in the O’Hare 2 ballroom, while the College pretest will be held at 7:30 in the same room. There is a 350-person limit on both tests; if that number is exceeded, spots will be allocated in the order of teams’ registrations.

A random selection will be made from those who pass the test and Jeopardy! will invite the selected players back for an audition on Saturday evening; there will be three rounds of auditions held between 6:00 and 10:00. The appointments for each audition time will be posted by the beginning of the lunch break on Saturday for players that make the cut.

Coaches Meeting:

A group of high school coaches is planning to hold a preliminary meeting at the HSNCT with the aim of founding a not-for-profit national organization to encourage the growth of quiz bowl. The meeting is open to anybody with an interest in high school quiz bowl, but is primarily oriented toward high school coaches.

Some talking points for the meeting have been posted on the IHSSBCA’s website by David Reinstein.


The precise format will be determined by the final size of the field. Teams are guaranteed ten preliminary matches on Saturday unless the field size exceeds 64, in which case only eight matches are guaranteed. The playoffs will take place on Sunday. The format may be similar to last year’s in which 96 teams played 10 preliminary games each and the top 37 advanced to double-elimination (9 rounds) on Sunday.


Teams that do not qualify for the playoffs are encouraged to return on Sunday to play against any other teams they want (or to mix-and-match from across the country) on the playoff questions. These scrimmage rounds will be held in various game rooms of the hotel and will be moderated by NAQT staff and other volunteers. Please note that all students, even alternates or observers, are welcome to take part.


The 128-team tournament field is now full and registration is closed. NAQT will continue to accept teams for a waitlist and will notify them promptly if a spot opens up.

The registration fee is $455 per team if payment is received on or before April 28, 2006. The fee is $475 per team after April 28. Schools whose first qualifying event occurred after April 1, 2006, have until May 19, 2006, to register at the $455 rate. The deadline to accept an invitation is May 26, 2006.

Teams supplying a qualified, experienced scorekeeper for the tournament will be eligible for a $75 discount on the registration fees. This scorekeeper will not necessarily scorekeep for his or her school’s matches; he or she will be assigned at the tournament director sees fit. Also, a team claiming this discount must still have at least one adult coach/chaperone with the team at all matches.

Every competing school will receive a complete copy of the question set used at this tournament; this represents a change from previous years in which participants had to pay for the questions. Please note that teams that do not pick up their questions at the tournament itself will be charged a shipping fee by NAQT to mail them.

Teams should register online to ensure that NAQT has their information. After NAQT receives that registration information, an electronic invoice will be generated. Teams that need paper 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 HSNCT 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, if necessary, re-register when the composition of a team changes.

Checking In:

NAQT will be checking teams in, disbursing information folders, answering questions, and handling outstanding administrative matters between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. at the hotel on Friday, June 2, 2006. When teams arrive at the hotel on Friday night, the coach should check in. He or she will receive a folder containing a copy of the official rules, the schedule for the tournament, and information on local attractions. Team members are encouraged to take advantage of the social and practice opportunities on Friday night.

Friday Night:

Between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., rooms will be set up near the check-in area for teams to scrimmage against each other on questions from previous NAQT HSNCTs. This scrimmaging is free and will be moderated by tournament staff. We encourage all teams to come by to play a practice game or two.

Also from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., there will be an open room for students to chat with tournament staff, meet teams from across the country, or talk with seniors who will be attending the same college. Attendance is not mandatory, but we hope to see most of the teams there.


The top ten teams will each receive a team trophy and their members (up to five) and coach will each receive an individual award. In addition, the top three non-selective, public schools with an average daily membership (ADM) of fewer than 500 students in grades 10-12 will receive a team trophy and individual awards. The top twenty individual scorers as well as the top four sophomores and top four freshmen will receive All-Star awards. All individual awards will be based on the results of the preliminary rounds.

Japan’s High School Quiz Championship

NAQT has been contacted by TK Digital, a company producing a television show called High school Quiz Championship (translated from Japanese) for NTV (Nippon Television) in Japan. According to the producer:

This show has been running on an annual basis for the past 20 years on Japanese national television and is a program that documents the competition of hundreds of high schools in quiz contests. Every year, high schools from each prefecture in Japan amass their brightest students to qualify for entry into the Japanese national quiz tournament.

This year NTV is proposing a world quiz championship incorporating teams from Japan, Korea, and the United States. Ideally, we plan to invite past U.S. quiz tournament champion teams to Japan and have them compete with champions from other countries. We would also like to document the story of how each team became champions in their respective countries, and what kind of tournaments they competed in.

TK Digital will provide an all-expense-paid trip to Japan for the 2006 NAQT HSNCT Champion to compete in their tournament on August 18, 2006. As this would be the first time a team from the U.S. has competed, there are a large number of details that have not yet been worked out, but we look forward to seeing our champion represent the country internationally. NAQT will post more details as soon as they become available (including the structure of the tournament and type of questions being used).

A Japanese-language homepage for the tournament is available but, at present, there is no English-language site.


Teams will want to fly into one of the two major Chicago airports, either O’Hare International (airport code ORD) or Midway International (code MDW).

NAQT has arranged for a group discount on United Airlines. Teams may obtain a discount by calling
1-800-521-4041 between 8am and 10pm Monday-Friday or between 8am and 8pm Saturday-Sunday (all times Eastern) and using meeting ID number 538TO.

Hotel (Official):

The official hotel for the tournament is the Crowne Plaza O’Hare itself. Quadruple-occupancy rooms were available for $95 per night. Use group discount code HSC to receive this discounted price. The last day to reserve rooms at this special price is May 19, 2006. As of May 2, 2006, the Crowne Plaza O’Hare hotel is completely full. Teams should use the overflow hotel listed below.

Teams can book their stay online.

Parking is $10/day (discounted from the usual rate of $14/day) and includes in-and-out privileges.

The hotel has a complimentary shuttle to O’Hare. The cost of a taxi from Midway is approximately $35. For public transportation between Midway and O’Hare (via the Orange and Blue "El" train lines), the cost is $1.75 per person.

Crowne Plaza Chicago O’Hare
5440 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Telephone: 847.671.6350
Fax: 847.671.5406
E-mail: chiok@ihrco.com

Hotel (Overflow):

Since the Crowne Plaza O’Hare filled to capacity, teams still needing rooms should contact the tournament’s overflow hotel, the DoubleTree O’Hare Airport-Rosemont. Quadruple occupancy rooms are available for $95 per night. Use group discount code QZB to receive this discounted price. The last day to reserve rooms at this special price is May 19, 2006.

The DoubleTree is next door to the Crowne Plaza and can be reached via a two-minute walk from front desk to front desk.

Teams that already registered at the DoubleTree before this discounted rate was announced should contact the hotel to have their rate reduced accordingly.

Teams can book their stay online.

Parking is $11/day and includes in-and-out privileges. Busses cannot be easily parked in their ramp, but the hotel is willing to help make special arrangements with a nearby open lot. Teams planning to arrive in busses should contact Jimmy Smith at 847.292.3281 or jsmith2@destinationhotels.com.

The hotel has a complimentary shuttle to O’Hare. The cost of a taxi from Midway is approximately $35. For public transportation between Midway and O’Hare (via the Orange and Blue "El" train lines), the cost is $1.75 per person.

DoubleTree O’Hare Airport-Rosemont
5460 North River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018

Telephone: 1.800.222.TREE (registration)
Fax: 847.292.9295 (registration)
Online: Registration


The Crowne Plaza operates a complimentary shuttle between O’Hare airport and the hotel. Since the official hotel is also serving as the competition site, NAQT will not be providing additional shuttle or bus services.

Teams that want to explore Chicago are encouraged to rent a car and/or use Chicago’s public transportation, including the famed El.

NAQT has arranged for a group discount with both Avis and Budget rental car agencies. The Avis discount number is K019303 and the Budget discount number is X914201.

Practice Questions:

Teams that have been invited to compete at the 2006 High School National Championship Tournament may be interested in purchasing the questions from previous years to prepare for the event. All 51 of NAQT’s past regular-season sets are available as are the sets from all seven past national championships.

Teams may also want to purchase NAQT study guides listing the works of literature, art, and music (and their creators) that have been mentioned most frequently in NAQT questions from 1996 to the present. These are also available on our practice questions page.

Finally, teams will 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.

Further Questions:

To ask specific questions about the HSNCT, please contact us:

  1. by e-mail at hsnct@naqt.com
  2. by phone at 888‑411‑6278 (“NAQT”)
  3. by fax at 413‑473‑1617
  4. by postal mail at:
    11521 W 69th Street
    Shawnee, KS 66203