2009 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament
Detailed Announcement


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

Date:

April 3-4, 2009 (Friday/Saturday)

Location:

Hyatt Regency DFW at Dallas-Forth Worth airport in Dallas, Texas.

The team registration and players' meeting will be held in the Made in Texas Room. Games will be held in meeting rooms throughout the hotel. The finals will be held in sections of the Enterprise Ballroom.

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 (Made in Texas Room)
6:30-7:00Player meeting (Made in Texas Room)
6:30-7:00Moderator meeting (TBA)
7:00-10:00Evening Rounds
Saturday
8:30-11:30Morning Rounds
11:30-1:00Lunch (not provided)
1:00-2:30Afternoon Rounds
2:30-2:45Break
2:45-4:15All Finals (various)
4:15-5:00Awards (Enterprise 1-2)

Qualification:

Schools qualify to send teams to the ICT through the performance of their teams at the 2009 Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) in February, at the 2009 Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT), 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 6 of the Division II slots reserved for teams from the CCCT.

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 20, 2009. 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.

The top community college team (determined by playoff bracket, then record, then points-per-tossup-heard) will be honored as the ICT's Top Community College. This is not a national championship title. There will be no community college playoffs or finals.

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

Registration:

The registration fee and discounts for the tournament are as follows:
  • Base fee: $350
  • Staff member: $175 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 5, 2009, 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. In addition, after March 5, 2009, commitments to bring staff members will be considered final. Teams that promise to bring a staff member, but who cancel that staffer after March 5, will be charged a $50 penalty (in addition to forfeiting the $175 discount).

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.

All participating schools will receive copies of the questions for the division(s) in which they have entered teams. If a school only qualified teams in one division, copies of the questions used in the other division will be available for $10. 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, March 27, 2009. Teams paying after this date, including at the tournament itself, will be charged an additional $20.

In addition, after March 6, 2009, invitation acceptances will be considered final. Should a team cancel before March 20, 2009, it will still be liable for one-half of its base registration fee. Teams that cancel after March 20, 2009, (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), and Division II (Overall) will each receive team trophies and their members (and coaches) will receive individual awards. The Top Community College team will receive a trophy and its members will receive individual awards. In addition, the top eight individual scorers in Division I, the top eight individual scorers in Division II, and the top four undergraduate scorers in Division I will be given All-Star awards.

Individual All-Star 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 Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The tournament site is located at the airport itself; teams can take a complimentary shuttle from the other terminals to the hotel. Please be aware that there is also a Grand Hyatt at the airport with free shuttles; the tournament is at the Hyatt Regency.

Driving Directions:

General directions.

Parking:

General parking at the Hyatt Regency is complimentary to all guests and tournament attendees. There is also expensive valet parking.

Hotel:

The Hyatt Regency DFW is both the official hotel and the competition site for the 2009 ICT.

    Hyatt Regency DFW
    International Parkway, P.O. Box 619014
    DFW Airport, Texas, USA 75261
    Phone: 972-453-1234
    Fax: 972-615-6826

Quadruple occupancy (double/double) rooms are available for $102 per night. To book a room, call the hotel on or before March 23 or book online. You must follow the immediately previous link to the registration page to receive the discounted rate.

Transportation:

Since the hotel is at the airport itself, it is not anticipated that teams will need to rent a car if they are flying in. When teams arrive at the airport, they should take the complimentary shuttle to the Hyatt Regency (not the Grand Hyatt, which is a different hotel).

The hotel offers car service priced similar to a taxi for excursions into the Dallas metropolitan center.

Lunch Options:

The hotel has several restaurants offering different types of food at different prices; none of these restaurants is particularly cheap, but some are more affordable than others. The hotel will also be offering cash sales of sandwiches, burgers, and side-dishes during the day. NAQT recommends that teams consider ordering pizza.

Preparation:

Teams that have been invited to compete at the 2009 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament may be interested in purchasing the questions from previous years 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 $25 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.

Further Questions:

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