2008 ICT Logistics Information


National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC, is pleased to provide additional logistical information about its twelfth Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.

Date:

April 11-12, 2008 (Friday/Saturday)

Location:

Washington University in St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri (campus map)

The team registration and players' meeting will be held in May Auditorium in Simon Hall. Games will be held in Simon Hall, Eads Hall, Busch Hall, Duncker Hall, Cupples I Hall, and Ridgley Hall, with Louderman Hall also being utilized during the finals on Saturday.

Approximate Schedule:

This schedule is currently tentative, but registration will not start earlier than 5:00 nor will the player/moderator meetings start earlier than 6:30.

Friday (evening)
5:00-6:30Check-in (Simon Hall)
6:30-7:00Player meeting
6:30-7:00Moderator meeting
7:00-10:00Evening Rounds
Saturday
8:15-8:30Announcements
8:30-12:00Morning Rounds
12:00-1:30Lunch (not provided)
1:30-3:00Afternoon Rounds
3:00-3:15Break
3:15-4:45All Finals (simultaneously)
4:45-5:30Awards

Qualification:

Schools qualify to send teams to the ICT through the performance of their teams at Sectional Championship Tournaments in February and at select international events. Details about the way in which schools qualify for ICT and which players may represent a school at the ICT may be found on the ICT Qualification Page. This page also details the effects on players' Division II eligibility of playing in an SCT or qualifying for or playing at an ICT. NAQT has answers for some frequently asked questions about eligibility online.

Field Size:

The field will consist of 32 Division I teams and 32 Division II teams, with 8 of the Division II slots reserved for teams that participated at a Community College Sectional.

Invitations:

All invitations, waitlists, and standby lists for the ICT for Division I teams and Division II teams are available online. Schools have one week from their reception of an invitation to accept or decline, though they may request an extension from NAQT if additional time is required. The initial bids must therefore be accepted or declined by Friday, February 22, 2008. The acceptance period may be shortened if invitations are awarded nearer to the actual tournament.

To decline an invitation, send e-mail to ict@naqt.com. To accept an invitation, see the section below on Registration.

Format:

In both divisions teams will be initially divided into four pools of eight teams, each of which will play a round-robin (rounds 1-7). These teams will be repooled into four new groups of eight (the top two advance to the top pool, numbers three and four advance to the second pool, and so forth) for a second round-robin. Advancement will be determined by overall record with tiebreaker games or partial-games during round 8 as required by NAQT's tiebreaker policy.

In the second round-robin teams will play the six teams they haven't yet faced (rounds 9-14). At the conclusion of round 14, the top two teams will advance to the finals. This will be determined based on overall record (i.e., teams' records from the first round-robin carry over). Ties for the top two spots will be broken during round 15, if necessary. Tiebreaker games do not count in final records.

If the top two teams have identical records, they will play a one-game final for the championship. If one team has an advantage, they will need to win one game while the other team will need to win two.

In Division I, if the top two undergraduate teams are eight or fewer spots apart in the rankings after round 14, they will play a similar one- or two-game final. If either of the top undergraduate teams is involved in the overall division final, it will be declared the undergraduate champion outright. If both are involved, one final will be played for both crowns.

An analogous procedure will be followed in Division II to decide the Community College title.

Tiebreaker games will also be played during round 15 if necessary to decide third place in either division or subdivision.

Registration:

The registration fee and discounts for the tournament are as follows:
  • Base fee: $240
  • Staff member: $100 discount (per dedicated staff member; a team may claim this discount by bringing five members and having one assigned to scorekeep each round. This staffer will not, in general, scorekeep for his own team's matches.)
  • Buzzer System: $10 discount (per fully-functional system)

Staff member discounts are only automatically available to teams who notify NAQT before March 14, 2008, that they will be bringing a staff member. Teams indicating an interest after that date may be extended the discount at NAQT's discretion. Teams are responsible for the travel and housing costs of staff members for which they receive discounts.

Payments should be sent to:

National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC
Chad Kubicek, CFO
11521 W 69th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203

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 ICT so it is neither necessary (or 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.

Copies of the questions used at the tournament will be available for $25 (or $35 for the sets from both divisions). There will be 18 rounds of 26 tossups and 26 bonuses each in Division I, and 18 rounds of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses each in Division II.

These may be purchased at the time of registration or immediately after the completion of the tournament. Please note that these questions must be picked up at the tournament itself, after the finals. Teams that leave early or which forget to pick up their questions will be charged a shipping and handling fee of $10 (one set) or $15 (both sets) to have them mailed.

IMPORTANT: This fee assumes that payment is postmarked (or a purchase order is supplied) no later than Friday, April 4, 2008. Teams paying after this date, including at the tournament itself, will be charged an additional $20.

In addition, after March 7, 2008, invitation acceptances will be considered final. Should a team cancel before March 21, 2008, it will still be liable for one-half of its base registration fee. Teams that cancel after March 21, 2008, (including tournament no-shows) will be liable for the entire base registration fee.

Prizes:

The top three teams in Division I (Overall), Division I (Undergraduate), Division II (Overall), and Division II (Community College) will each receive team trophies and their members (and coaches) will receive individual awards. In addition, the top eight individual scorers in Division I, the top eight individual scorers in Division II, the top four undergraduate scorers in Division I, and the top four individual scorers in Division II (Community College) will be given All-Star awards.

Individual awards will be based on the preliminary rounds, not the playoff rounds.

Flights:

Teams that are flying to the ICT should plan on arrving at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL).

Driving Directions:

Directions from the Airport

Directions from Hotel (per Mapquest): Start out on Washington Avenue, turn right on Memorial, turn right on Market, turn left on South Broadway. Enter I-64 W toward I-40 W and go 6 miles. Exit at Skinker and turn right (exit 34B). Go about 2 miles and turn when you reach Forsyth, you're at one corner of the campus. If you go straight to Forest Park Parkway, you've reached the other end of the campus.

There is major construction on I-64/I-40 around the St. Louis area. Updated information may found here.

Parking:

Wash U parking map (pdf)

Parking is free on campus after 7pm and on the weekends. Before then, you can technically receive a ticket; however, your first ticket at Wash U is a warning. Teams should park in one of the red areas on the map. The majority of the game rooms will be on the quad (Buildings 28, 84, 15 for example), while the intro meeting and some game rooms will be in 95. The Forsyth Parking Garage by 95 has some areas specifically designated for Visitor Parking, but may still be under construction.

Hotel:

The official hotel for the 2008 ICT is the Hampton Inn Gateway Arch. It is also known as the Hampton Inn St. Louis Downtown at the Arch.

    Hampton Inn St. Louis Downtown at the Arch
    333 Washington Avenue
    St. Louis, MO 63102
    Phone: 314-621-7900
    Fax: 314-421-6468

Rooms are available for $119 per night. To book a room, call the hotel on or before March 13th at 314-621-7900 and specify BOTH that you are part of the National Academic Quiz Tournaments group block and that the block dates are April 10-13. It should be possible to receive the group rate both 3 days early and late, but they will need to look up the group by both name and dates.

Though the hotel is about eight miles from campus, it is only two blocks from a MetroLink station, meaning that teams will be able to get from the airport to the hotel to campus without renting a car.

Transportation:

MetroLink stops:

For teams wanting to use MetroLink to go from the hotel to the tournament site, the important stations are Arch Laclede's Landing, which is on Washington, the same street as the Hampton, and Skinker, which is the stop closest to the game site. Note that the University City Big Bend station is also considered a Washington University stop, but is on the opposite side of campus from the buildings that will be used.

Preparation:

Teams that have been invited to compete at the 2008 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament may be interested in purchasing the questions from previous years in order to prepare for the event. Division I sets are available from the nine previous ICTs, with separate Division II sets available from every year except 1997 and 2000. Teams should be aware that ICT Division I questions are typically as much harder compared to (four-year) Sectionals questions as Sectionals questions are to Invitational Series and that ICT Division II questions are approximately equal in difficulty to the Division I Sectionals questions.

NAQT is offering a special deal on its previous ICT sets, with any five sets available for just $175 (including shipping) and each additional set for just $30 each. This represents approximately a 25% discount over our standard rates. To take advantage of either offer, e-mail orders@naqt.com as they cannot be accessed through our normal online ordering form.

Merchandise:

Teams and individuals may order the official 2008 ICT T-shirt while registering online. A variety of other ICT merchandise is available at NAQT's CafePress store. Any questions about said merchandise should be sent to store@naqt.com.

Further Questions:

To ask specific questions about the ICT, e-mail ict@naqt.com.