2018 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament Logistics Information
The 2018 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT), powered by LetterOne, was held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago), on April 13–14, 2018. The 2017 ICT was also held at this site.
April 13–14, 2018 (Friday–Saturday).
Check-in will occur on Friday, April 13, but all gameplay will be on Saturday, April 14.
NAQT is thrilled to have LetterOne as the presenting sponsor of the 2018 ICT (and the 2018 HSNCT). 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. Thanks to LetterOne’s support, NAQT is expanding the Division I field of the 2018 championship to 36 teams.
All of the competition will take place on Saturday. The primary check-in time will be Friday evening, but teams may also check in Saturday morning.
This schedule is final.
Note that the Division I and Division II fields will have different schedules on Saturday to accommodate the different formats.
This schedule is tentative.
All times are listed in Central time.
|6:00 – 9:30 p.m.||Team check-in||Conference Center foyer, Lobby Level|
|7:30 – 9:30 p.m.||Staff check-in||Liberty||Lobby Level|
|7:00 – 8:00 a.m.||Secondary team check-in||Grand Ballroom foyer||Entry Level|
|7:30 – 7:45 a.m.||Secondary staff check-in||London||International Level|
|7:50 – 8:20 a.m.||Staff meeting||London||International Level|
|8:00 – 8:20 a.m.||Player meeting||Grand Ballroom D||Entry Level|
Saturday Gameplay: Division I
|8:30 – 11:30 a.m.||Preliminary rounds (1–5)||Throughout the hotel|
|After Round 5||Record confirmation||Throughout the hotel|
|11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Lunch||O'H American Grill||Lobby Level|
|12:15 – 1:00 p.m.||Tiebreakers (Round 6)||Throughout the hotel|
|1:00 – 4:00 p.m.||Playoff rounds (7–11)||Throughout the hotel|
|4:00 – 4:15 p.m.||Break for Superplayoff setup|
|4:15 – 6:00 p.m.||Superplayoff rounds (12–14)||Throughout the hotel|
Saturday Gameplay: Division II
|8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.||Preliminary rounds (1–7)||Throughout the hotel|
|After Round 7||Record confirmation||Throughout the hotel|
|12:30 – 2:00 p.m.||Lunch||O'H American Grill||Lobby Level|
|1:15 – 2:00 p.m.||Tiebreakers (Round 8)||Throughout the hotel|
|2:00 – 6:00 p.m.||Playoff rounds (9–14)||Throughout the hotel|
Saturday Finals: Both Divisions
|6:00 – 6:15 p.m.||Break/Results tabulation|
|6:15 – 6:25 p.m.||Playoff announcements||International Ballroom B||International Level|
|6:25 – 8:00 p.m.||Tiebreakers and finals (Rounds 15–17)||Ballrooms||International Level|
|After finals||Awards||International Ballroom||International Level|
|After awards||Buzzer return||Tech Center||International Level|
Note that the post-preliminary tiebreaker round (Round 6 for Division I, Round 8 for Division II) overlaps 45 minutes of lunch. Most teams will have nearly 90 minutes for lunch, but those involved in tiebreaker games will need to be back early.
During the tournament, participants may text 213‑279‑6278 (“NAQT”) with questions; tournament staff will answer incoming messages as quickly as they can. Standard messaging rates apply.
Frequently Asked Questions
NAQT has prepared answers to frequently asked questions about its national championships.
Rules and Eligibility
Teams and players in Division II are additionally subject to the Division II eligibility rules. Teams and players competing for the Undergraduate title in Division I are subject to the Undergraduate eligibility rules.
NAQT made significant changes to its ICT qualification process for the 2018 College Championship series. This includes changes to the calculation of D-Values used to compare participants at different SCTs.
Schools qualified to send teams to the ICT through their performances at Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) held in February and at the 2018 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.
All invitations for the ICT are available online.
Four Division II invitations are reserved for the top teams from the CCCT.
Schools have one week from NAQT’s issuance of an invitation to accept or decline, though they may request an extension if additional time is required. The acceptance period may be shortened if invitations are awarded nearer to the actual tournament. To accept an invitation, see the section below on Registration. To decline an invitation, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. (A team may later “un-decline” a declined invitation, in which case it will be placed first on the waitlist.)
These teams attended the tournament.
The expansion of the Division I field (from last year’s 32 teams) is made possible by the support of the ICT’s presenting sponsor, LetterOne.
The 36-team field will be initially seeded into six balanced preliminary pools of six teams. Each pool will play a round robin (Rounds 1–5). Teams will then be repooled into six new playoff pools of six teams. There will be two “top-tier” playoff pools, two “middle-tier,” and two “bottom-tier.” The top two teams from each preliminary pool will advance to the top-tier playoff pools (so that each top-tier playoff pool contains three preliminary-pool winners and three preliminary-pool runners up), numbers three and four advance to the second-tier pools, and so forth. Advancement will be determined by overall record (possibly involving tiebreaker games played during Round 6).
Each playoff pool will then play a round robin (Rounds 7–11). After Round 11, the teams will be repooled into six superplayoff pools of six teams. The top superplayoff pool will consist of the top three teams (ranked by overall win-loss record and then points per tossup heard; no tiebreaker games will be played) from each of the top-tier playoff pools, the second superplayoff pool will have the bottom three teams from each of the two top-tier playoff pools, and so on.
Each team will then play the three teams in its superplayoff pool that it did not play in its playoff pool (Rounds 12–14). At the conclusion of Round 14, the top two teams in the top superplayoff pool (by overall record) will advance to the tournament finals. Ties for the top two spots will be broken during Round 15, if necessary. (Round 6 tiebreaker games do not count in overall records.)
If the top two undergraduate teams are six or fewer spots apart in the rankings after Round 14, they will play a similar one- or two-game final (regardless of their records). If the top undergraduate team is at least tied for second place (overall), it will be awarded the undergraduate title outright. A placement game will be played in Round 15 if necessary to decide third place in the Undergraduate subdivision
A complete description of the Division I format (PDF) is available.
Division II will use the same format as the 2017 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Teams will be initially divided into four preliminary pools of eight teams, each of which will play a round robin (Rounds 1–7). These teams will be repooled into four new playoff pools 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 (possibly involving tiebreaker games played during Round 8).
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 in the top playoff pool (by overall record) will advance to the finals. Ties for the top two spots will be broken during Round 15, if necessary. (Round 8 tiebreaker games do not count in final records.)
A complete description of the Division II format (PDF) is available.
In both divisions, if the top two teams have identical records, they will play a one-game final for the championship. If one team has a one-win advantage, they will play an advantaged final (in which the second team needs to win two straight games). If one team has a two-game advantage, it will win the tournament outright (with no final).
Placement games will be played during Round 15 if necessary to decide third place.
The registration fee and discounts for the tournament are as follows:
- Base fee: $415 per team
- Buzzer System Discount: $20 each. Maximum 2 per team.
- Team-Provided Staff Discount: $75 each. Must be approved by NAQT.
- Minimum fee: $0
Important: This fee assumes that payment is postmarked (or a purchase order is supplied) no later than Friday, March 23. Teams paying after this date, including at the tournament itself, will be charged an additional $20.
In addition, as of Friday, March 9, invitation acceptances will be considered final. Should a team cancel on or after March 10, but before March 23, it will still be liable for 50% of the base registration fee. Teams that cancel on or after March 23 (including tournament no-shows) will be liable for the entire base registration fee.
Staff member discounts are only automatically available to teams who notify NAQT on or before March 9 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 9 commitments to bring staff members will be considered final. Teams who promise to bring a staff member, but who cancel that staff member on or after March 10, will be charged a $50 penalty (in addition to forfeiting the discount).
Discounts are only available for dedicated staff members; a team may not claim a single staff-member 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-provided staff members will not, in general, keep score for their own team.
Buzzer system discounts will only be for systems that NAQT can keep from the beginning of the tournament until the completion of the awards ceremony. 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).
Teams should register online to ensure that NAQT has their information. After NAQT receives that registration information, an invoice will be generated. Rosters may be changed at any time before the start of the ICT, so it is neither necessary nor desirable to wait to register until a team’s composition has been definitively decided. Register as soon as possible and update that registration if and 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. There will be 16 packets of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses each in Division I, and 16 packets of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses each in Division II. Note that these questions must be picked up at the tournament itself, after the finals. Teams that leave early or that 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.
If a school only qualified teams in one division, copies of the questions used in the other division will be available for $10.
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 email@example.com.
The primary check-in period will be from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Conference Center (Lobby Level) on Friday, April 13. During this period NAQT will be distributing information folders, answering questions, receiving payments, 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 representative 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.
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. in the Grand Ballroom Foyer (Entry Level). Teams that checked in on Friday do not need to check in again on Saturday.
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.
Individual All-Star awards will be based solely on the preliminary rounds, not the playoff rounds.
Participants are strongly encouraged to fly into Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), which is extremely close to the hotel. They may also fly into Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), but it is much less convenient.
The hotel runs a free shuttle every 15 minutes to transport people from O’Hare to the hotel (and vice versa). There is no such shuttle for Midway. A taxi between Midway and the hotel will cost $35 or more, or you can take the CTA’s Orange and Blue Lines for $2.75 per person (getting on at the Midway Orange Line station, transferring to the Blue Line downtown, and getting off at the Rosemont Blue Line station, which is about one block from the hotel).
The hotel’s address is 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois.
Parking standard vehicles at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare costs $15/day, including in-and-out privileges. Participants traveling to the tournament in buses should contact the hotel in advance to discuss parking options.
To receive the discounted parking rate, participants staying at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare should mention when checking into their guest rooms (not the tournament) that they have parked at the hotel and validate their ticket. Participants not staying at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare should use the manual validator box to validate their parking ticket at NAQT’s check-in desk (Friday) or outside the control room (Saturday). Do not use the manual validator box if you are an overnight guest of the hotel!
The Hyatt Regency O’Hare (9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois) is both the official hotel and the competition site for the tournament.
Rooms with one king bed are available for $114 per night; rooms with two double beds are available for $122 per night.
Rooms may be booked online or reserved by calling the hotel at 847-696-1234.
Teams that book rooms at the 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).
Thanks to the support of LetterOne, a buffet lunch at the hotel’s O’H American Grill will be provided to all tournament players, coaches, and staff. Teams will receive food tickets at their Record Confirmation meeting (right before lunch) that can be tendered as payment. Teams that have tiebreaker games will be given “Priority” tickets allowing them to skip ahead of other tournament participants (but not other hotel guests) in the lunch line.
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). 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Spectators are welcome to attend any and all parts of the tournament. No registration or tickets are required.
Chicago has a variety of world-class attractions that should appeal to anybody, especially to quiz bowlers!
The easiest way to reach most of Chicago’s downtown attractions is to ride the Chicago Transit Authority’s (CTA’s) ‘L’ trains, for which there is a stop within easy walking distance of the hotel: Exit the hotel and walk west on Bryn Mawr; turn right on River Road and pass under I-190 and the CTA tracks. The entrance to Rosemont station on the CTA Blue Line will be on your right. Board trains bound for “Loop” or “Forest Park” (not for O’Hare!) for the 35-minute ride into downtown Chicago.
Once you’re downtown, the Art Institute of Chicago (Blue Line to Monroe, walk 1 block south to Adams and 3 blocks west) features dozens of tossup-worthy works, including Nighthawks and American Gothic, and adjoins both Millennium Park and Grant Park, home to Cloud Gate (“The Bean”) and Buckingham Fountain. Just a bit further south is the Museum Campus (Blue Line to Jackson, walk 1 block east to State Street and Jackson and catch bus 146 toward Museum Campus), which is home to three major institutions: the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the historic Adler Planetarium, which was the first planetarium in the Americas.
The Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower; Blue Line to Jackson, walk 4 blocks west) offers stunning views of the Chicago skyline; so does 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly the John Hancock Center; Blue Line to Chicago station, bus 66 toward Navy Pier), located on Michigan Avenue in the heart of famed Magnificent Mile. Further afield are the Lincoln Park Zoo (Blue Line to Western, bus 73 to Clark/North), the Chicago History Museum (5 minutes walk from the zoo), and the Museum of Science and Industry (Blue Line to Jackson, walk 1 block east to State Street and Jackson and catch bus 6 toward 79th/South Shore), which is housed in a structure originally built for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.
To ask specific questions about the ICT, write to email@example.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!