2021 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament Logistics Information

The 2021 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT), powered by LetterOne, will be held online on April 10, 2021.

The field is full (in both divisions), but waitlist registration is open.

Register for the Waitlist

No commitment is involved in joining the waitlist, and teams will be notified promptly if a spot opens up. Write to ict@naqt.com for more information on the likelihood of waitlisted teams making it into the field.



    April 10, 2021 (Saturday).

    Presenting Sponsor

    NAQT is thrilled to have LetterOne as the presenting sponsor of the 2021 ICT (as well as the 2021 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.


    Online, via Zoom and in accordance with the rest of NAQT’s Online Tournament Guide.

    Technical Requirements

    Players should read and must follow the rules and procedures in NAQT’s Online Tournament Guide. This includes, but is not limited to, the requirements that players must…

    Furthermore, we very strongly recommend that players…


    The exact schedule will be determined based on the final field sizes.

    Games will begin no earlier than 9:00 a.m. Central time, and games will be scheduled to end no later than 10:00 p.m. Central time. There will be a lunch break and possibly additional breaks.

    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 as modified for online play. Player eligibility is governed by the 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.


    NAQT will reserve eight spots in the Division I field and eight spots in the Division II field for teams to be invited at NAQT’s discretion. Those spots will be reserved through February 7 at 11:59 p.m. Central time.

    Three spots in the Division II field will be reserved for the top three teams from the 2021 Community College Championship Tournament. Those teams will have until March 3 to claim their spots, unless they request and receive an extension.

    The remaining spots will be available for registration beginning on February 8. Any team consisting of eligible players (respectively by division) may register for these spots. For the first 24 hours of open registration, each school will be limited to no more than three teams total and no more than two per division (including teams that were invited in the first group).

    All teams (regardless of which type of slot they register for) must pay their registration fees within one week of registering or provide evidence of progress toward doing so. Otherwise, they will be dropped from the field. (Read more)

    Teams interested in playing the ICT may wish to read about Division II eligibility. In 2021, being invited to or registering for the ICT does not itself count as qualifying for the ICT in the sense of causing players to lose their Division II eligibility. The only way to lose Division II eligibility in 2021 is to actually play in the ICT.


    The field for Division I is limited to 24 teams; these teams have registered. NAQT may expand the field depending on the level of interest and the availability of resources.

    The field for Division II is limited to 24 teams; these teams have registered. NAQT may expand the field depending on the level of interest and the availability of resources.


    The exact format has not yet been determined. There will be no more than 11 rounds before finals. NAQT may (indeed, is likely to) relax its usual rules against statistical tiebreakers for the sake of an expedient online tournament.

    Registration and Fees

    The field is full (in both divisions), but waitlist registration is open.

    Register for the Waitlist

    No commitment is involved in joining the waitlist, and teams will be notified promptly if a spot opens up. Write to ict@naqt.com for more information on the likelihood of waitlisted teams making it into the field.

    The registration fee is $360 per team.

    Registration will definitely close no later than April 3, but the field may fill earlier.

    The registration fee only covers participation in the tournament. It does not cover equipment or other expenses.

    Discounts by Providing Staff for Other Championships

    There is no discount available for providing staff for the ICT. Instead, schools may earn discounts on their ICT registration fee by providing staff for some of NAQT’s later national championships—specifically, the Small School National Championship Tournament and/or the Middle School National Championship Tournament. The discount is $100 per staff member per event, and there is a maximum of three discounts per ICT team.

    Teams who wish to take advantage of this discount must notify NAQT, on or before March 15, by writing to ict@naqt.com. In addition, beginning March 16, commitments to provide such staff will be considered final. Teams who promise to provide a staff member for a future tournament, but who renege on that commitment on or after March 16, will be charged a $50 penalty in addition to forfeiting the discount.

    People who pledge to work at a later championship must be available to work all day on Saturday, April 24 (Small School National Championship Tournament) or Saturday, May 1 (Middle School National Championship Tournament), and must complete NAQT’s online training sufficiently far in advance of those tournaments. Discounts are only available for dedicated, full-day staff members; a team may not claim a discount by having one person work for part of the day and another person work for another part of the day. If a non-team staff member would earn more than $100 for the work done by a team staff member, NAQT will pay the team staff member the excess above $100.

    People acting as staff to receive this discount must be approved by NAQT. This is at NAQT’s discretion, but no staff member can be under 18 years old, eligible to play in the tournament they would work at, a California resident, or in California at the time of the tournament.


    Invitation acceptances will be considered final on March 1. If a team cancels on or after March 2 but before March 15, it will be liable for 50% of the base registration fee as a cancellation penalty. Teams who cancel on or after March 15 (including tournament no-shows) will be liable for the entire base registration fee. Failure to submit participation releases on time may be treated as a cancellation, including incurring a cancellation fee, at NAQT’s discretion.


    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

    Within one week of registering, all teams must pay their registration fee or provide evidence of progress toward doing so. For teams who will pay through their schools, this can be a scan, screenshot, or photograph of forms initiating the school’s process for doing so. For teams paying by check that doesn’t go through school bureaucracy, a photo of the check suffices.

    Please send questions about billing to billing@naqt.com.

    Participation Releases

    Every player will be required to sign a participation release covering expectations, media coverage, etc. All releases must be submitted to release@naqt.com by Saturday, April 3, 2021. Release forms will be made available via the registration process.

    Participants who are not at least 18 years old as of the start of the tournament must notify NAQT (including their date of birth) so that arrangements can be made to have parents/legal guardians sign the release.

    If you’re not sure of your roster in advance, enter everyone who might play and submit releases for all of them. It’s fine to drop players, but if a player’s release is not submitted on time, they may not play. For the purposes of participation releases, it doesn’t matter which team from your school they’re on (if you enter multiple teams).

    Please be sure that the signer initials the first page in the lower-right corner!

    An example participation release is available.


    The top teams will receive plaques. The number of teams receiving plaques has not yet been determined, nor has the nature of individual awards.

    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 select tournament staff are available to hear reports about problematic behavior and comments by anyone at the tournament.

    Please send concerns to advocate@naqt.com, ideally as soon as practical after any incident.

    There are other suitable channels for reporting concerns, such as the Misconduct Reporting Form, but the Advocate Program is intended to allow for immediate reporting of sensitive complaints so they can be handled during the tournament.

    Reports are confidential to the extent permitted by law and NAQT’s agreements to share critical information with other quiz bowl organizations.


    In general, spectators are welcome to attend any and all parts of the tournament (and no registration or tickets are required). However, players at the following day’s High School Individual Player National Championship Tournament and their friends, relatives, coaches, and chaperones may not watch games or otherwise communicate with anyone about the questions, nor may they be in the same room as anyone participating in games, nor may they be in any location where they could hear any sound from games.

    Prospective spectators should read NAQT’s advice for spectators of online tournaments. To ensure the quality of the tournament experience for players, spectators may be removed from games if they are disruptive or if the moderator believes that their presence is degrading audio or video quality.

    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).

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    Companion Mobile App

    NAQT has created a companion mobile app for attendees. The app includes the tournament schedule (with the ability to set reminders for various events), links to results, connections to social media, and other important documents related to the tournament.

    Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play

    Further Questions

    To ask specific questions about the ICT, write to 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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