2018 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament Logistics Information

The 2018 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, powered by LetterOne, will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel in Rosemont, IL, on April 14, 2018. This is the same hotel that hosted the 2017 ICT.


April 13–14, 2018 (Friday/Saturday; the actual competition will take place entirely on Saturday).

Presenting Sponsor

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 so 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.


The Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel in Rosemont, IL. This is the same hotel that hosted the 2017 ICT.


All of the competition at the 2018 ICT 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 now final.

Note that the Division I and Division II fields will have different schedules on Saturday to accommodate the different formats.

Friday (evening)

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)

8:30a.m.–11:30a.m. Preliminary Rounds (1–5) Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and parlors
After Round 5 Record Confirmation Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and parlors
11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Lunch O'H American Grill  
12:15–1:00 p.m. Tiebreakers (Round 6) Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and parlors
1:00–4:00 p.m. Playoff Rounds (7–11) Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and parlors
4:00–4:15 p.m. Break for Superplayoff set-up  
4:15–6:00 p.m. Superplayoff Rounds (12–14) Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and parlors

Saturday Gameplay (Division II)

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Preliminary Rounds (1–7) Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and parlors
After Round 7 Record Confirmation Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and parlors
12:30–2:00 p.m. Lunch O'H American Grill  
1:15–2:00 p.m. Tiebreakers (Round 8) Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and parlors
2:00–6:00 p.m. Playoff Rounds (9–14) Ballrooms, meeting rooms, and parlors

Saturday Finals (Both Divisions)

6:00–6:15 p.m. Break/Results Tabulation    
6:15–6:25 p.m. Playoff Announcements International Ballroom B
6:25–8:00 p.m. Tiebreakers and Finals (Rounds 15–17) Ballrooms  
After finals Awards International Ballroom  
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.


Teams (including standby teams) should arrive on Friday and check in between 6:00 and 9:30 p.m. If teams cannot check in on Friday night, they should do so on Saturday 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 between 7:30 and 7:45 a.m. on Saturday. They should then attend the staff meeting from 7:50 to 8:20 a.m.

Standby teams should make sure to attend the morning player meeting (unless they have been previously told that all teams have checked in, and there is no spot for them in the tournament).


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.


The field will consist of 36 Division I teams and 32 Division II teams, with 4 of the Division II slots reserved for teams from the CCCT.

The expansion of the Division I field (from last year’s 32 teams) was made possible by the support of the ICT’s presenting sponsor, LetterOne.

Registration is now open and the current field may be seen online.


All invitations for the ICT are available online. Invitations were issued according to the tiers of NAQT's ICT qualification system, with the first 20 spots going to the teams with the highest D-Values.

Four Division II invitations are reserved for the top teams from the CCCT.

Schools will have one 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 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, send an e-mail to decline@naqt.com. (A team may later "un-decline" a declined invitation with the result that it is added to the top of the current waitlist.)


Division I

The 36-team field will be initially seeded into six equal 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) 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.)

A complete description of the Division I format (PDF) is available.

Division II

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&nbbsp;8 tiebreaker games do not count in final records.)

A complete description of the Division II format (PDF) is available.

Both Divisions

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).

In Division I, 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.

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


The registration fee and discounts for the tournament are as follows:

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 $75 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. Please note that team 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, 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. 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.


Make checks payable to “NAQT” and send them to:

National Academic Quiz Tournaments
11521 W 69th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203

If you wish to pay by credit card, call us at 888‑411‑6278 (“NAQT”).


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.


The most convenient airport for attending the ICT is O’Hare International Airport, from which a free hotel shuttle can take you to the tournament site. Teams may also fly to Midway International Airport, but they will need to take a relatively long ‘L’ train ride to the hotel.

Ground Transportation

The Hyatt Regency O’Hare operates a complimentary shuttle from O’Hare International Airport to the hotel (and back again). Teams wishing to visit downtown Chicago can get there using the Blue ‘L’ line, which is a 13-minute walk from the hotel. It should not be necessary to rent a car, unless a team wishes to visit attractions that are not accessible via the ‘L’.

Driving Directions

The hotel provides directions for driving to it.


Parking with in-and-out privileges is available for $15/night.


The Hyatt Regency O’Hare is both the official hotel and the competition site for the tournament.

Hyatt Regency O’Hare
9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 847-696-1234
Fax: 847-698-0139

Rooms with one king bed are available for $114 per night; rooms with two double beds are available for $122 per night.

To book a room, either call the hotel or book online.

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).

Lunch Options

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.


Spectators are welcome to attend all games at the ICT provided they are not participating in any way at the 2018 Individual Player National Championship Tournament the next day. 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 school, NAQT personnel will be on hand to talk about the process.

Social Media

The official hashtag for the tournament is ict; please use this tag for all messages about the tournament.

Remember that question content for the championship cannot be posted online (or shared through other channels)! This means that team members, 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).


Teams who have been invited to compete at the 2018 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament may be interested in purchasing the questions from previous years to prepare for the event.

NAQT is offering a special deal on its previous ICT sets, with any five sets available for just $160 (including shipping) and each additional set for just $30 each. This represents a 20%-to-28% 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.

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 teams’ plans. If something’s not clear, let us know!

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