2021 High School National Championship Tournament Logistics Information

The 2021 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT), powered by LetterOne, will be held online on May 29–30, 2021.

The HSNCT is NAQT’s overall championship tournament for high school teams. There is also a High School Individual Player National Championship Tournament for individuals on Sunday, April 10 and a Small School National Championship Tournament for teams from Small Schools.

Waitlist registration is now open, as the field is full.

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    May 29–30, 2021 (Saturday–Sunday).

    The tournament’s preliminary games will take place on Saturday, and the playoff games will take place on Sunday.

    Presenting Sponsor

    NAQT is thrilled to have LetterOne as the presenting sponsor of the 2021 HSNCT (as well as the 2021 ICT). LetterOne is a partnership of successful entrepreneurs and former CEOs aiming to create one of the world’s pre-eminent international investment firms. LetterOne believes quiz bowl encourages the team-based, innovative thinking that is valuable to the next generation of business leaders in the face of a new industrial revolution in which social media, robotics, 3D manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and new trade corridors are altering the landscape.


    Online, via Zoom and in accordance with the rest of NAQT’s Online Tournament Guide.

    To promote confidence in the integrity of online competition, NAQT has established an Integrity Policy for Online National Championships that establishes requirements for players while they are active. All players and coaches should read the policy, and all players should be prepared to comply with it during gameplay.

    Technical Requirements

    Players should read and must follow the rules and procedures in NAQT’s Online Tournament Guide. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirements that players must…

    Furthermore, we very strongly recommend that players…

    In addition to the requirements of the Online Tournament Guide, for this tournament:


    The exact schedule will be determined based on the final field size.

    On Saturday, games will begin no earlier than 8:00 a.m. Central time, and games will be scheduled to end no later than 9:00 p.m. Central time. That does not mean teams will actually play for 13 hours; it is a range of times within which games might be scheduled.

    On Sunday, games will begin no earlier than 8:00 a.m. Central time, and games will be scheduled to end no later than 8:00 p.m. Central time.

    On both days, there will be a lunch break and possibly additional breaks.

    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 as modified for online play. Player eligibility is governed by the High School Eligibility Rules.

    Qualification and Registration

    Registration is limited to invited teams through Sunday, March 21. Beginning Monday, March 22 at midnight Central time, any high school may register, with a limit of two teams per school. Beginning Monday, April 4 at midnight Central time, the two-teams-per-school limit will be lifted and any high school may register any number of teams (subject to a cap on the total field size).

    Because of the open registration window, there is no wildcard process for this tournament. Teams who do not receive invitations based on their performance may register on or after March 22.


    The field is limited to 160 teams; these teams have registered. NAQT may expand the field depending on the level of interest and the availability of resources.


    Every team will play at least eight preliminary games on Saturday. More preliminary games will be offered if the field size and other scheduling considerations permit.

    The other aspects of the format will be determined by the number of registered teams. It is possible that teams will be split between “sessions” on Saturday so as to better accommodate teams in different time zones.

    Registration and Fees

    Waitlist registration is now open, as the field is full.

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    The registration fee is $650 per team.

    The registration fee only covers participation in the tournament. It does not cover equipment or other expenses.


    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.

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

    National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC
    11521 W 69th St
    Shawnee, KS 66203–3749

    Please send questions about billing to billing@naqt.com.


    Teams who cancel their registration on or before May 16 will owe a cancellation fee of $325. Teams who cancel on or after May 17 (including no-shows) will owe a cancellation fee of $487.50. These deadlines notwithstanding, teams will always have a seven-day grace period after registering during which they can cancel without incurring a fee.

    Failure to submit participation releases on time may be treated as a cancellation, including incurring a cancellation fee, at NAQT’s discretion.

    Participation Releases

    Every player’s parent or legal guardian will be required to sign a participation release covering expectations, media coverage, etc. All releases must be submitted to release@naqt.com by Saturday, May 22, 2021. Release forms will be made available via the registration process.

    If you’re not sure of your roster in advance, enter everyone who might play and submit releases for all of them. It’s fine to drop players, but if a player’s release is not submitted on time, they may not play. For the purposes of participation releases, it doesn’t matter which team from your school they’re on (if you enter multiple teams).

    Please be sure that the signer initials the first page in the lower-right corner!

    An example participation release is available.


    Every team must have a chaperone, subject to the following rules:

    Teams who wish to request a variance from the chaperone policy should write to NAQT at hsnct@naqt.com well in advance of the tournament to discuss their situation.


    The top teams will receive plaques. The number of teams receiving plaques has not yet been determined, nor has the nature of individual awards.

    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 select tournament staff are available to hear reports about problematic behavior and comments by anyone at the tournament.

    Please send concerns to advocate@naqt.com, ideally as soon as practical after any incident.

    There are other suitable channels for reporting concerns, such as the Misconduct Reporting Form, but the Advocate Program is intended to allow for immediate reporting of sensitive complaints so they can be handled during the tournament.

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

    Prospective spectators should read NAQT’s advice for spectators of online tournaments. To ensure the quality of the tournament experience for players, spectators may be removed from games if they are disruptive or if the moderator believes that their presence is degrading audio or video quality.

    Social Media

    The official hashtag for the tournament is hsnct; 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, 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 HSNCT, write to hsnct@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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