2019 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament Logistics Information

The 2019 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, powered by LetterOne, will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago), on April 5–6, 2019. The 2018 ICT was also held here.

Registration will open on February 9, 2019.

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    Date

    April 5–6, 2019 (Friday–Saturday).

    Check-in will occur on Friday, April 5, but all gameplay will be on Saturday, April 6.

    Presenting Sponsor

    NAQT is thrilled to have LetterOne as the presenting sponsor of the 2019 ICT (as well as the 2019 IPNCT and the 2019 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.

    Location

    The Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago). This building is the official hotel, and it contains all of the competition rooms. An online floor plan (PDF) is available.

    Schedule

    This schedule is currently tentative, but check-in will not start earlier than 6:00 p.m. (on Friday), nor will the player/moderator meetings start earlier than 7:45 a.m. on Saturday.

    Note that the Division I and Division II fields will probably have different schedules on Saturday to accommodate different formats (due to the differing number of teams).

    Friday Evening

    Time Event Location Area
    6:00 – 9:30 p.m. Team check-inConference Center foyer Lobby Level
    7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Staff check-inTBA TBA

    Saturday Morning

    Time Event Location Area
    7:00 – 8:00 a.m. Secondary team check-inGrand Balllroom foyer Entry Level
    7:30 – 7:45 a.m. Secondary staff check-inTBA TBA
    7:50 – 8:20 a.m. Staff meetingTBA TBA
    8:00 – 8:20 a.m. Player meetingTBA TBA

    Saturday Gameplay: Division I

    Time Event Location Area
    8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Preliminary rounds (1–5)Throughout the hotel
    After Round 5 Record confirmationThroughout the hotel
    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. LunchTBA TBA
    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

    Time Event Location Area
    8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Preliminary rounds (1–7)Throughout the hotel
    After Round 7 Record confirmationThroughout the hotel
    12:30 – 2:00 p.m. LunchTBA TBA
    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

    Time Event Location Area
    6:00 – 6:15 p.m. Break/Results tabulation 
    6:15 – 6:25 p.m. Playoff announcementsTBA TBA
    6:25 – 8:00 p.m. Tiebreakers and finals (Rounds 15–17)TBA TBA
    After finals AwardsTBA TBA
    After awards Buzzer returnTBA TBA

    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.

    The finals (and awards) will start as soon as possible; 6:25 is an estimate of when the finals will begin, but it might be earlier.

    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

    This tournament will use NAQT’s Official Gameplay Rules and College Eligibility Rules. 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.

    Qualification

    Schools qualify to send teams to the ICT through their performances at Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) held in February and at the 2019 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.

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

    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, send an e-mail to decline@naqt.com. (A team may later “un-decline” a declined invitation, in which case it will be placed first on the waitlist.)

    Field

    The field for Division I will be limited to 36 teams.

    The field for Division II will be limited to 32 teams.

    The expansion of the Division I field (from 2017’s 32 teams) is made possible by the continuing support of the ICT’s presenting sponsor, LetterOne.

    Format

    The exact format has yet to be determined.

    Both Division I and Division II will probably use formats very similar (and likely identical) to those used in 2018. Complete descriptions of the 2018 Division I format and the 2018 Division II format are available.

    Registration

    Registration will open on February 9, 2019.

    The registration fee is $415 per team.

    The registration fee only covers participation in the tournament. It does not cover transportation, lodging, food, or other expenses.

    Teams bringing a working buzzer system to the tournament will be eligible for a $20 discount on the registration fee if it meets NAQT’s national-championship standards. There may be some surprises in that policy! Please read it in advance to make sure your system qualifies.

    Unless otherwise approved by NAQT, no team may receive more than two buzzer-system discounts.

    NAQT will only award the discount for buzzer systems that it may keep until the completion of the awards ceremony; if these terms do not work for you, do not register to bring a buzzer system!

    Staff member discounts ($75) are only automatically available to teams who notify NAQT on or before March 1 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 1, 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 2, 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.

    In addition, as of Friday, March 1, invitation acceptances will be considered final. Should a team cancel on or after March 2, but before March 15, it will still be liable for 50% of the base registration fee. Teams that cancel on or after March 15 (including tournament no-shows) will be liable for the entire base registration fee.

    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. Each Division will have 16 packets of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses each. Note that these questions must be picked up at the tournament itself, after the awards. Teams that leave early or that forget to pick up their questions may have them shipped after the completion of the tournament at no extra charge.

    Payment

    Once you have entered all the information that can affect costs (but not necessarily entered your roster), at the bottom of your team’s 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. If the information is not correct, write to billing@naqt.com with the details.

    You can also pay by sending a check, payable to “NAQT,” to

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

    Checking In

    The primary check-in period will be from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m. in the Conference Center (Lobby Level) on Friday, April 5. During this period NAQT will be distributing information folders, answering questions, receiving payments, verifying rosters, and taking care of other administrative matters. There is a late check-in period on Saturday morning, 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.

    Check-in will start at 6:00 p.m. 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.

    Awards

    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.

    Transportation

    Flights

    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.

    Ground Transportation

    The hotel runs a free shuttle every 15 minutes to bring people between the hotel and O’Hare. 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 $2.25 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).

    Driving Directions

    The hotel’s address is 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois.

    Parking

    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. 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!

    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 $115 per night; rooms with two double beds are available for $123 per night. To receive this rate, rooms must be booked before March 18, 2019 (and before the room block fills).

    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).

    Advocate Program

    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 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 e-mail (advocate@naqt.com) 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

    Spectators are welcome to attend any and all parts of the tournament. No registration or tickets are required.

    Sightseeing

    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 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.

    Social Media

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

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

    We will post highlights from the tournament on NAQT’s social media, especially Twitter (@NAQTLive) and Instagram (@NAQTqb).

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

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