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What’s the Buzz? · News from NAQT

March 16, 2020

Plans for the 2020 HSNCT

NAQT still plans to run the High School National Championship Tournament (May 22–24, Atlanta). 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. We have posted a statement about our plans for future tournaments (including a suspension of all cancellation fees through at least April 10).

March 16, 2020

Cancellation of the 2020 MSNCT

NAQT regrets to inform the quiz bowl community of the cancellation of the 2020 Middle School National Championship Tournament, which had been scheduled to take place May 8–10, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. NAQT is following the advice from the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention to cancel events involving 50 or more people through at least May 10.

We know this decision is disappointing to everyone who was looking forward to competing at the 2020 MSNCT. We hope the quiz bowl community stays safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing all of you at future NAQT events.

March 16, 2020

Cancellation of the 2020 SSNCT

NAQT regrets to inform the quiz bowl community of the cancellation of the 2020 Small School National Championship Tournament, which had been scheduled to take place April 24–26, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. NAQT is following the advice from the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention to cancel events involving 50 or more people through at least May 10.

We know this decision is disappointing to everyone who was looking forward to competing at the 2020 SSNCT. We hope the quiz bowl community stays safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing all of you at future NAQT events.

March 11, 2020

Cancellation of the 2020 IPNCT

NAQT and LetterOne regret to inform the quiz bowl community of the cancellation of the Individual Player National Championship Tournament, which had been scheduled to take place April 5, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, we determined that hosting an event with a national field at this time would pose an unacceptable risk to the health of attendees and their communities.

We know this decision will come as a disappointment to everyone who was looking forward to competing at the 2020 IPNCT. We hope that everyone in the quiz bowl community stays safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing all of you at future NAQT events.

March 11, 2020

Cancellation of the 2020 ICT

NAQT and LetterOne regret to inform the quiz bowl community of the cancellation of the 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 national 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.

We know this decision will come as a disappointment to everyone who was looking forward to competing at the 2020 ICT. We hope that everyone in the quiz bowl community stays safe and healthy, and we look forward to seeing all of you at future NAQT events.

March 1, 2020

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