2015 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament

National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC is pleased to provide logistical information about its 19th Intercollegiate Championship Tournament.

Date:

March 27–28, 2015 (Friday/Saturday; the actual competition will take place entirely on Saturday)

Location:

The Hilton Atlanta hotel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Schedule:

All of the competition at the 2015 ICT will take place on Saturday. The primary check-in time will be Friday evening, but teams may check in Saturday morning instead.

This schedule is final.

Friday (evening)
6:00–10:00Team Check-inCrystal Ballroom Foyer
6:00–10:00Staff Check-inCrystal Ballroom Foyer
Saturday
7:00–8:00Secondary Team Check-inCrystal Ballroom Foyer
7:30Secondary Staff Check-inRoom 310
8:00–8:30Player meetingCrystal Ballroom
8:00–8:30Staff meetingRoom 310
8:30–12:00Preliminary Rounds (1–7)Meeting rooms and parlors
12:00Record ConfirmationMeeting rooms and parlors
12:00–1:45Lunch (not provided)-
1:15–1:45Tiebreakers (Round 8)Meeting rooms and parlors
1:45–5:00Playoff Rounds (9–14)Meeting rooms and parlors
5:00–5:15General AnnouncementsCrystal Ballroom
5:15–7:00Tiebreakers and Finals (Rounds 15–17)Various
After finalsAwardsCrystal Ballroom

Note that the tiebreaker round overlaps half an hour of lunch; most teams will have 1 hour and 45 minutes for lunch, but those involved in tiebreaker games will need to be back early.

Check In:

Teams (including standby teams) should arrive sometime on Friday and check in between 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. If teams cannot check in on Friday night, they should do so on Saturday morning between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m.

Staff members should check in on Friday night as well. If they cannot do that, they should do so at 7:30 on Saturday morning. They should then attend the staff meeting from 8:00 to 8:30.

After checking in on Friday night, standby teams should go to the staff meeting on Saturday morning unless they are told on Friday night that a spot has been found for them in the tournament.

Qualification:

Schools qualify to send teams to the ICT through the performance of their teams at the 2015 Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) in February and at the 2015 Community College Championship Tournament (CCCT). 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.

NAQT will also consider wildcard applications from international teams or teams in areas of the country that did not have an SCT at which to qualify. Wildcard bids must be submitted online by 5:00 p.m. CT on February 9.

Field:

The field will consist of 32 Division I teams and 32 Division II teams, with 4 of the Division II slots reserved for teams from the CCCT. The current field may be seen online.

Invitations:

Invitations will be issued electronically as quickly as possible after the completion of the last Sectional Championship Tournament.

All invitations for the ICT are available online. After accounting for automatic bids for SCT champions and hosts, the remainder of the bids were allocated according to the Division I D-values and Division II D-values. Four Division II invitations are reserved for the top teams from the CCCT.

Schools will have one business week from NAQT’s issuance 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 23:59:59 ET Friday, February 20, 2015. The acceptance period may be shortened if invitations are awarded nearer to the actual tournament. To decline an invitation, send an e-mail to ict@naqt.com. To accept an invitation, see the section below on Registration.

Format:

The exact format has yet to be determined, but it will probably be very similar, if not identical, to the format used in 2014 (PDF). In 2014 each division was divided into four pools of eight teams, which played round robins. The pools were then rebracketed into four pools of eight to play another round robin. At the end of the playoff round robin, the top two teams in the top playoff bracket advanced to the finals.

Registration:

The registration fee and discounts for the tournament are as follows:
  • Base fee: $395
  • Staff member: $100 discount (per dedicated staff member; unlimited)
  • Lockout system: $20 discount (per fully-functional system; max two per team)

Staff member discounts are only automatically available to teams who notify NAQT on or before March 6, 2015, 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 6, 2015, commitments to bring staff members will be considered final. Teams that promise to bring a staff member, but who cancel that staffer after March 6, will be charged a $50 penalty (in addition to forfeiting the $100 discount).

A team may claim a single staffing discount by having one team member keep score for the morning rounds and a different team member keep score for the afternoon rounds. Note that team staffers will not, in general, keep score for their own team.

Lockout system discounts will only be given for systems that meet NAQT’s national-championship standards. Those standards are new; teams should read them to make sure their systems qualify. In addition, NAQT must be able to keep the system until the completion of the awards. NAQT will not be giving buzzer discounts for systems that teams want to pick up prior to the completion of the tournament (which includes the awards ceremony).

Payments should be sent to:

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

Registration will open after the completion of the 2015 SCTs.

Teams should register online to ensure that NAQT has their information. After NAQT receives that registration information, an invoice will be generated. 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, update that registration 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 17 rounds of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses each in Division I, and 17 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 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 20, 2015. Teams paying after this date, including at the tournament itself, will be charged an additional $20.

In addition, as of March 6, 2015, invitation acceptances will be considered final. Should a team cancel after March 7 but on or before March 20, 2015, it will still be liable for one-half of its base registration fee. Teams that cancel after March 20, 2015, (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. 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.

Prior to 2015, NAQT awarded a "Top Community College" title at the ICT. NAQT has discontinued that award in 2015 to emphasize the primacy of the Community College Championship Tournament.

Individual All-Star awards will be based solely on the preliminary rounds (rounds 1–7), not the playoff rounds.

Flights:

Teams will want to fly into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (airport code ATL).

Airport-Hotel Transportation:

NAQT recommends that teams take the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) train to reach the tournament. Teams can catch either the red or gold line (it doesn’t matter which) at the airport and get off at the Peachtree Center. This is a 20-minute trip that costs $6 per person round trip (technically, $1 for a reusable MARTA card and $5 for the round trip). From the Peachtree Center it is a five-minute, indoor walk though the skyways to the Hilton Atlanta. NAQT’s members have ridden MARTA and found it to be safe and convenient; there are also taxi and shuttle options, but MARTA will probably be the easiest and cheapest way to travel.

Hotel:

The official hotel for the tournament is the Hilton Atlanta itself. Quadruple-occupancy rooms (with two double beds) are available for $89 per night. To receive that rate, teams may either book their stay online or mention the code "ICT" when making a reservation over the phone (800.445.8667). The last day to reserve rooms at this price is March 12.

The hotel does not have an airport shuttle. Teams will need to take the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) (recommended), a taxi, or use a commercial shuttle service.

Parking is $15/day and includes in-and-out privileges.

Teams that book rooms at the official hotel (as part of NAQT’s official block) are guaranteed to have free wireless Internet access in their guest rooms and in the public areas (but not in the meeting rooms).

Hilton Atlanta
255 Courtland Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30303
General Phone: 404.659.2000
Fax: 404.221.6368

Food:

The Hilton Atlanta is connected by skyways to a 60-restaurant food court at which any kind of inexpensive food (sandwiches, Thai, pizza, Chinese, cheesesteaks, etc.) may be obtained. There are also additional restaurants in the hotel itself and within walking distance that should satisfy any combination of appetite and price range.

Parking:

The hotel offers non-valet parking with in-and-out privileges for $15/day.

Spectators:

Spectators are welcome to attend all games at the ICT. No registration or tickets are required; feel free to just show up and watch as many of the games as you would like. If you are interested in starting a quiz bowl team at your college or high school, NAQT personnel will be on hand to talk about the process.

Preparation:

Teams that have been invited to compete at the 2015 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 18 previous ICTs, with separate Division II sets available from every year except 1997 and 2000.

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.

Payment:

Registration fees and discounts are listed above. Make checks payable to “NAQT” and send them to Chad Kubicek, 11521 W 69th Street, Shawnee, KS 66203. If you wish to pay by credit card, call us at 888‑411‑6278 (“NAQT”).

Further Questions:

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