2022 High School National Championship Tournament Logistics Information

The 2022 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 27–29, 2022. The tournament will also partly take place at the Hilton Atlanta, which is connected to the Atlanta Marriott Marquis by a short skybridge. NAQT has guest room blocks in both hotels.

The HSNCT is NAQT’s overall high school championship event. NAQT also runs a Small School National Championship Tournament for small high schools. Make sure you are looking at information for the correct tournament. (Qualified Small Schools are welcome to attend the HSNCT, even if they also attend the SSNCT!)

Registration is now open for qualified teams. 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 later if necessary.

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    Date

    May 27–29, 2022 (Friday–Sunday). This is Memorial Day weekend.

    Participants will check in on Friday, May 27 and have the opportunity to meet each other and play scrimmage matches.

    NAQT has not yet decided whether the tournament’s preliminary games will take place on both Saturday and Sunday morning (in the “sessionized” format from 2018 and 2019) or just on Saturday (in the format from 2017 and prior); that decision will be made based on field size and other factors. The playoffs will take place on Sunday, possibly extending fairly late into the evening. Regardless, teams may arrive earlier or stay later to explore Atlanta at the discounted hotel rates negotiated by NAQT. Teams that cannot arrive on Friday night will have a chance to check in on Saturday.

    Location

    The Atlanta Marriott Marquis hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

    The Atlanta Marriott Marquis contains many of the competition rooms; other competition rooms will be in the Hilton Atlanta, which is connected to the Marriott by a short skybridge.

    COVID-19 Safety

    To protect all participants and their communities, NAQT has established the following policies pertaining to COVID-19 safety:

    Vaccination Requirement

    All participants must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

    • This applies to everyone attending the championship in person—players, coaches, chaperones, staff, and spectators.
    • “Fully vaccinated” means, as of the beginning of the tournament, being vaccinated in accordance with the definition of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of March 1, 2022. If as of March 1 the CDC considers boosters to be a required part of full vaccination for some (or all) people, then boosters will be required to participate in the tournament. The definition could be different for different people (e.g., depending on age).
    • The vaccine must be one approved or authorized for emergency use in the United States (Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) or a multiple-dose mix thereof. Prospective participants who have received a different COVID-19 vaccine should discuss their situation with NAQT.

    NAQT has prepared responses to frequent questions and comments about this policy as well as suggestions for coaches with challenges navigating this policy in the context of their school.

    Implementation of Vaccination Requirement

    Before the tournament, all participants must sign a participation agreement covering several topics, including an attestation that the participant meets the above requirements. For participants who are minors, the minor’s parent/guardian must also sign, and for high school students who have attained the age of majority, the student’s parent/guardian is still strongly encouraged to sign. This agreement will include specific penalties for misrepresentation of vaccination status. Participation agreements must be submitted electronically by Friday, May 13, 2022.

    At the tournament, staff will examine each participant’s proof of vaccination (official vaccination card) and photo identification, verifying vaccination status and that the photo identification matches both the person presenting it and the person identified on the proof of vaccination. Photographs of proof of vaccination are acceptable, but other electronic “passes” are not, nor are documents other than official vaccination cards.

    Once a participant’s documents have been checked, staff will place a wristband on the participant as evidence of completion of the verification process. The wristband must be worn throughout the tournament; no one without such a wristband (other than hotel staff) will be permitted in tournament areas. If a wristband must be removed, there will be a procedure for replacing it (including re-checking of documents), but it is expected that players should keep the same wristband throughout the weekend; wristbands will be safe to shower with.

    Participants must complete the above steps (proving vaccination status and receiving a wristband) before partaking in any other tournament activities, such as scrimmages, or otherwise being in any other space used by the tournament.

    If a participant is unable or unwilling to provide the requisite documents (participation agreement in advance; proof of vaccination and photo identification on-site), they will not be permitted to attend. If they are already on-site, they will not be permitted in areas of the hotel used by the tournament.

    Mask Requirement

    All participants must wear well-fitted masks that fully cover their nostrils and mouth at all times when in indoor spaces used by the tournament. The sole exception is when a participant is actively eating or drinking. Participants should not eat or drink during games or when in close proximity to others.

    Tournament staff will be understanding of momentary, inadvertent lapses due to masks falling, with reminders issued as necessary. However, participants should be aware of their mask situation and adjust the mask promptly if it falls, without having to be reminded. (A well-fitted mask should not fall often.)

    Players may want to wear the type of mask they plan to use in advance of the tournament to ensure it is comfortable, well-fitting, and easy to speak through. (Reusable masks should be laundered before use at the tournament if previously worn.)

    Frequent or prolonged lapses in mask-wearing, or the failure to make a good-faith effort to comply with the mask requirement, will not be tolerated.

    NAQT recommends N95, KN95, KF94, or similar masks. Surgical and cloth masks are acceptable but not preferred. Vented masks, bandannas, or other items not designed for the purpose of proper masking are not acceptable. Face shields are not acceptable on their own (but may be used in addition to a mask). Participants are expected to provide their own masks.

    Other

    NAQT will be able to support contact tracing with its records of what teams (and players and other participants) are involved with games at what times and with what other people, including scrimmage and consolation games. NAQT is not able to track locations and interactions that are not part of these records, such as specific paths of inter-game travel, people not being with their team, and informal interactions.

    NAQT will adapt its ordinary procedures, such as opening meetings, to avoid the need for large, close gatherings. This may include (but not be limited to) assignments for lunch locations. Further details will be determined closer to the tournament.

    All participants are encouraged to wash their hands frequently, cough or sneeze into their elbow, and maintain other standard hygienic practices.

    Changes

    NAQT reserves the right to modify these plans as conditions change closer to the tournament. However, in the interest of allowing for participants to plan with confidence, NAQT is unlikely to make changes unless absolutely necessary.

    Schedule

    The general schedule for the tournament will consist of vaccination status checks on Friday afternoon and evening, overall check-in and (optional) scrimmage games on Friday night, preliminary games on Saturday and possibly Sunday morning, and playoffs on Sunday (possibly morning, certainly afternoon, and possibly evening). A more specific schedule will be announced well before the tournament.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    NAQT has prepared answers to frequently asked questions about its national championships.

    Information Desk

    Starting Friday evening, NAQT will operate an Information Desk. The Information Desk should be the first destination for any questions about or issues with the tournament (other than protests, which must be lodged within the game room). NAQT will also be selling practice material at the Information Desk.

    Participants may also text 213‑279‑6278 (“NAQT”) with questions if it is inconvenient for them to get to the Information Desk (standard messaging rates apply). Tournament staff will answer incoming messages as quickly as they can.

    The Information Desk cannot easily help locate teams while they are playing because of the power-matched format. We will try to find lost teams if necessary, but it would likely be no faster a process than calling or texting the chaperone. Make sure your players and chaperones have each others’ numbers.

    Rules and Eligibility

    This tournament will use NAQT’s Official Gameplay Rules. Player eligibility is governed by the High School Eligibility Rules.

    Qualification and Registration

    Registration is limited to invited teams through Monday, February 28, 2022. Beginning Tuesday, March 1 at midnight Central time, any high school may register, with a limit of two teams per school. Beginning Tuesday, March 15 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 1.

    Field

    The field is limited to 192 teams; these teams have registered. NAQT may expand the field depending on the level of interest and the availability of resources.

    Format

    The precise format will be determined by the final size of the field. Teams are guaranteed ten preliminary matches, which may occur only on Saturday or on both Saturday and Sunday morning. The playoffs will take place on Sunday.

    The preliminary games will be scheduled by power-matching, so that teams with similar records will be playing each other in every round. Every team with a winning record (6–4 or better) will advance to the playoffs. The elimination playoffs will be held on Sunday; teams that finished 7–3 or better in the preliminary games can lose once without being eliminated (and will be eliminated upon their second loss); teams that finished 6–4 in the preliminary games may be eliminated by a single loss, depending on the field size.

    Fees and Discounts

    Registration is now open for qualified teams. 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 later if necessary.

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    The registration fee is $715 per team.

    The field has historically filled. Receiving an invitation to the tournament does not guarantee a spot in the field, it merely allows your team to register for a spot if one is available. Once you have qualified, you should register as soon as you can to ensure your team a spot in the tournament.

    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 $20 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 two buzzer-system discounts.

    NAQT will only award the discount for buzzer systems that it receives by 9:30 p.m. Friday and may keep until 7:00 p.m. Sunday; if these terms do not work for you, do not register to bring a buzzer system!

    NAQT will begin returning team-provided buzzer systems at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday (and not before, except in emergencies). As mentioned above, this might make it impractical for teams planning to leave as soon as they are eliminated to receive buzzer-system discounts (as their systems will not have been returned at that point). Buzzer return will stay open until 9:30 p.m. on Sunday. If a team knows in advance they will be unable to pick up their buzzer system in time, it should make special arrangements at check-in; barring other arrangements, unclaimed buzzer systems will be left with the hotel bell desk.

    Other Discounts

    Teams attending both the HSNCT and the SSNCT will receive a $100 discount on their HSNCT registration fee.

    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.

    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.

    Cancellation

    Teams who cancel on or after April 1, but on or before April 30, will owe a cancellation fee of $71.50. Teams who cancel on or after May 1, but on or before May 19, will owe a cancellation fee of $357.50. Teams who cancel on or after May 20 (including no-shows) will owe a cancellation fee of $536.25. These deadlines notwithstanding, teams will always have a seven-day grace period after registering (or being promoted from the waitlist) during which they can cancel without incurring a fee.

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

    Participation Agreements

    Every person attending the tournament—including players, coaches, chaperones, and spectators—will be required to sign a participation agreement covering expectations, the vaccination requirement, media coverage, etc. All agreements must be submitted to participate@naqt.com by Friday, May 13, 2022.

    For participants who are under age 18, both the participant and their parent/guardian must sign the agreement. For participants who have reached age 18, NAQT recommends and requests that the parent/guardian sign in addition to the participant.

    Download Agreement Form

    Chaperones

    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.

    Checking In

    There are two parts of check-in, which need not be completed at the same time.

    Everyone (players, coaches, chaperones, and spectators) must prove their vaccination status and receive a wristband before participating in any other aspect of the tournament (including, but not limited to, scrimmages and the remainder of the check-in process) or being in other space used by the tournament. This process will be available starting early Friday afternoon. All participants will need their official vaccination card (or photograph thereof) and a photo ID for this step. The remainder of this section covers the “traditional” tournament check-in process, for which only one person per team is required.

    The primary check-in period will be from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, May 27. During this period NAQT will be distributing information folders, answering questions, receiving payments, verifying rosters, and taking care of other administrative matters. There is a “late” check-in period on Saturday, but NAQT would prefer that as many teams as possible check in on Friday night.

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

    In past years there has been a long line just after check-in opens, so we encourage teams to keep an eye on the line and send one person to check in when the line is short. There is no need to check in immediately. In particular, it is not necessary to check in before playing scrimmage rounds (but it is necessary to have completed the vaccination-proof step).

    Teams that don’t arrive at the hotel until after 9:30 p.m. on Friday may check in between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. Saturday at the Information Desk. Teams that checked in on Friday do not need to check in again on Saturday.

    Scrimmages

    Between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. on Friday night, game rooms will be set up for teams to scrimmage against each other on questions from previous championships and/or the regular season. This scrimmaging is free and will be moderated by tournament staff.

    Before playing scrimmage games, every person with a team (players, coaches, chaperones, and spectators) must prove their vaccination status. It is not necessary to complete the remainder of the check-in process first.

    Teams that want to participate in scrimmage games must register for those games in advance. Details will be disseminated to teams registered for the tournament.

    Scrimmages are open to all players, including alternates and standby teams.

    Teams will be offered up to two scrimmage games.

    Awards

    The top teams will receive trophies or plaques, and the members of those teams will receive medals (up to five per team). The number of teams receiving these awards will depend on the final field size.

    The top individual scorers (determined by points per tossup heard in the preliminary rounds) will receive All-Star medals. The number of All-Star medals given will depend on the final field size.

    Consolation Games

    Teams who do not qualify for the playoffs are encouraged to return at the beginning of the playoffs to play consolation games on the playoff questions. These games will be moderated by tournament staff. Teams will be notified of how to sign up for consolation.

    Consolation matches have no effect on a team’s final rank in the tournament. They are played solely for fun.

    Transportation

    Flights

    Participants should fly into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (airport code ATL).

    Ground Transportation

    The hotels do not operate a shuttle to or from the airport.

    NAQT recommends that participants take the MARTA train to reach the tournament. It is safe and convenient; there are also taxi and shuttle options, but MARTA will probably be the easiest and cheapest way to travel. It is approximately a 20-minute trip.

    Taking the MARTA train costs $5 per person round trip (plus $2 per person for a reusable Breeze Card). To reach the Marriott Marquis, take a northbound Red Line or Gold Line train (it doesn’t matter which one) from the airport to Peachtree Center Station (one stop north of the Five Points transfer station). After getting off the train, take the escalator labeled “John Portman Blvd.” to the mezzanine, then follow the signs to “Peachtree Street East” after walking through the fare gate. At street level, turn right (north) on Peachtree Street then right (east) on John Portman Boulevard. The hotel is one block down at the intersection of John Portman Boulevard and Peachtree Center Avenue. Here is a map of the walking directions. Between roughly 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., you can also walk through the Peachtree Center mall and cross the skyway to the Marriott Marquis. The Hilton is through a further walkway after crossing the Marriott Marquis.

    Driving Directions

    The Hilton Atlanta’s address is 255 Courtland Street Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia.

    The Atlanta Marriott Marquis’s address is 265 Peachtree Center Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, Georgia.

    Parking

    Parking standard vehicles at the Hilton Atlanta is $27/day (without in-and-out privileges) for overnight guests who book in NAQT’s block; it is $32/day (without in-and-out privileges) for people not staying at the hotel.

    Parking standard vehicles at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is $16/day, including in-and-out privileges. The hotel only offers valet parking, so participants should be prepared to hand over their keys in exchange for a valet ticket when they reach the hotel. The details of how to park will be posted here when they are ready.

    Groups with large vehicles (vans, buses) should contact their hotel to discuss options for parking. They will likely have to park off-site.

    Despite the in-and-out privileges at the Marriott, retrieving cars will be rather slow. Participants are encouraged to explore the Atlanta area, but also to plan for delays in retrieving their vehicles.

    Hotel

    The official hotels for the tournament are the Atlanta Marriott Marquis and the Hilton Atlanta. Quadruple-occupancy rooms (with two double beds) are available for $123 per night. There are several hotels with similar names in the Atlanta area; make sure you are reserving rooms at one of the correct, downtown hotels!

    To receive the group rate at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis, book online (preferred) or call 866-469-5475 and mention “NAQTChampionships2022.” To receive the group rate at the Hilton Atlanta, book online. The last day to reserve rooms at our rate is May 11.

    There is little difference between the hotels’ accommodations; teams should book in either.

    Between the HSNCT and the other events scheduled to be held at the hotels, it is expected that the hotels will run out of rooms. NAQT strongly recommends that teams book their rooms as early as possible, particularly if they want quadruple-occupancy rooms (with two double beds).

    We have room blocks that are calculated to cover the entire tournament, but we encourage teams to reserve their rooms as early as possible; if we end up needing more space, we would like as much time as possible to negotiate that!

    As part of the contracts negotiated by NAQT, the hotels will offer complimentary guest room Internet access to tournament participants and their families. This only applies to rooms booked using the NAQT group codes.

    The standard checkout time at both hotels is 11:00 a.m. Teams that are not staying Sunday night should make sure to check out of their rooms before their Sunday-morning games.

    Food

    The hotel is connected by skyway to a 60-restaurant food court at Peachtree Center that offers a variety of affordable meals (sandwiches, Thai, pizza, Chinese, cheesesteaks, etc.). There are also restaurants in the hotel itself, and more within walking distance, that should satisfy any combination of appetite and price range.

    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.

    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). At least one such staff member will generally be available at the Information Desk during tournament hours; if no such person is available (e.g., due to being on a break), the other Information Desk staff can be asked to have a senior tournament official come to the Information Desk to hear the report. Additional 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 email (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 (though some portions may have limited capacity).

    Spectators are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including the requirement to complete a participation agreement and submit it before the tournament, and to prove their vaccination status before spectating.

    Sightseeing

    The hotel is downtown and within walking distance (10–15 minutes) of many of Atlanta’s major attractions, including the Georgia Aquarium, the High Museum, Centennial Olympic Park, and the World of Coca-Cola.

    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).

    We will post highlights from the tournament on NAQT’s social media, especially Twitter (@NAQTLive) and Instagram (@NAQTqb).

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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, help reaching the Information Desk, connections to social media, and other important documents related to the tournament.

    Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

    Relationship to the SSNCT

    Small schools are eligible and welcome to attend the HSNCT (if qualified), regardless of whether they attend the Small School National Championship Tournament. The SSNCT and HSNCT will use different question sets, and a school that attends both will receive a $100 discount on its HSNCT registration fee.

    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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