2020 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament: Canceled
NAQT and LetterOne regret to inform the quiz bowl community of the cancellation of the 2020 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, which had been scheduled to take place April 3–4, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, NAQT determined that hosting an event with a geographically diverse field at this time would pose an unacceptable risk to the health of attendees and their communities. In addition, the increasing restrictions on university-sponsored travel make it difficult or impossible for an event held this April to have the size and strength of field that we expect at our flagship collegiate event.
All registered teams who have already paid will receive a refund. No cancellation fees will be charged for the 2020 ICT; any cancellation fees we have collected will be returned.
We have not yet decided on a policy regarding Division II eligibility for players who qualified for the 2020 ICT. We will announce a policy covering this (and other outstanding questions posed by the tournament’s cancellation) by late summer 2020.
Invitations issued for the 2020 ICT will not carry over to the 2021 ICT. We expect that we will be able to run Sectional Championship Tournaments in February 2021, and teams should plan to qualify normally for the 2021 ICT.
We have also canceled the Individual Player National Championship Tournament, which was scheduled for the same weekend and site, and the Small School National Championship Tournament and Middle School National Championship Tournament, which were scheduled for later in April and May, respectively, in Chicago. We still hope to run the 2020 High School National Championship Tournament, but we will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks. If we feel confident that we can run this event in a way that is safe for the participants and responsible from a public health perspective, we will do so. Please read about our safety procedures and refund policies for the HSNCT.
We know this decision is disappointing to everyone who was looking forward to competing at the 2020 ICT. We hope the quiz bowl community stays safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing all of you at future NAQT events.