2018 Individual Player National Championship Tournament Logistics Information

The first-ever Individual Player National Championship Tournament (IPNCT) will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel in Rosemont, IL, on April 15, 2018.

The IPNCT is NAQT’s new championship for individual high school (and middle school) players. NAQT also runs team-based national championships for high schools in general (the HSNCT) and small high schools (the SSNCT).

The IPNCT will recognize an overall champion and will also honor the top players in individual subject areas.

Registration is now open.


April 14–15, 2018 (Saturday–Sunday; the actual competition will take place entirely on Sunday). This is the same weekend (and site) as NAQT’s 2018 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, but the 2018 Individual Player National Championship Tournament is a completely separate event.


The Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel in Rosemont, IL.


All of the competition at the 2018 IPNCT will take place on Sunday. The primary check-in time will be Saturday evening, but players may also check in Sunday morning.

This schedule is final.

Saturday (evening)

7:00–9:30 p.m. Competitor Check-in Conference Center foyer Lobby Level


7:00–7:55 a.m. Secondary Competitor Check-in International Ballroom Foyer International Level
8:00–8:15 a.m. Player Meeting International Ballroom ABC International Level
8:30–11:15 a.m. Group Matches (Rounds 1–3) Meeting Rooms International Level
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch (not provided)  
12:15–2:15 p.m. Elimination Group Matches (Rounds 4–5) Meeting Rooms International Level
2:15–3:55 p.m. Head-to-Head Matches (Rounds 6–10) Meeting Rooms International Level
3:55–4:15 p.m. Finals (Round 11) International Ballroom ABC International Level
After finals Awards International Ballroom ABC International Level

NAQT will start the finals (and awards) as soon as possible; 3:55 p.m. is an estimate of when they will begin (but it might be earlier or later).

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.

Checking In

Competitors (including standby players) should arrive on Saturday and check in between 7:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. If competitors cannot check in on Saturday night, they should do so on Sunday morning between 7:00 a.m. and 7:55 a.m.

The 2018 Individual Player National Championship Tournament will use the Division II packet set from the 2018 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT), which is being held Saturday at the same site. Competitors should be aware that ICT gameplay may run as late as 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. No competitor (or coach or spectator with ties to a competitor) in the 2018 IPNCT championship may watch any part of the ICT except the awards ceremony. (This includes the Division I matches, since the Division I and Division II question sets will share question content.)

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


All players eligible to compete for their school (or home-school team) according to NAQT’s High School Eligibility Rules are eligible to enter the 2018 IPNCT. In general terms, this tournament is open to all students in twelfth grade or below from any kind of school anywhere in the world. Players with special eligibility circumstances may e-mail eligibility@naqt.com for a ruling on their situations.


There is no qualification procedure for the first 2018 Individual Player National Championship Tournament. NAQT welcomes all players who want to see how their knowledge, anticipation, and buzzer speed stack up against the very best. NAQT encourages players unfamiliar with its college-level questions to review the sample packet of Division II ICT questions so they have an idea of the likely difficulty level of the tournament.


The field is limited to 100 competitors. The current field can be viewed online. (The field was originally limited to 32 competitors, but it was expanded to 40 on December 22, to 48 on January 7, to 56 on January 17, to 64 on January 18, to 80 on January 19, to 96 on January 29, and to 112 on February 28, then changed to 100 on March 30 due to cancellations.)


The championship will begin with three group matches rounds of 48 or 72 tossups each in which ten players will compete to be the first to buzz out by hitting a given point threshold (60 or 90 points). The order in which players buzz out determines their seeding for the next group match (players that don't buzz out are ranked by points scored).

After lunch there will be two elimination group matches of 72 questions each. Following the elimination group matches, the final 32 competitors will play head-to-head matches on 24-tossup packets to determine the champion. (These matches will be single elimination with some placement games). No competitor will be eliminated from contention prior to the end of the first elimination group match.

A detailed description of the format is available.

The IPNCT format is based on the Hillemann Singles Format pioneered by NAQT Member Emeritus Eric Hillemann in 1997.

The championship will use the tossups from the Division II ICT set. (Bonuses will not be used.)

In general, the competition will follow NAQT’s rules of play, though slight changes will be made to accommodate the individual-based aspect of the event. In particular, during the group matches, more than two competitors will be playing in each room, and multiple incorrect answers will be allowed (and multiple interrupt penalties may be assessed).

The complete IPNCT rules are available.

Consolation Group Matches

Starting in Round 5, once some players have been eliminated, NAQT will make surplus rooms, staff, and lockout systems available for consolation group matches for interested players. These will be organized informally, and there may not be enough spaces to accommodate all interested players in each round.

Registration & Fees

The registration fee for the championship is $160 per competitor provided that payment is postmarked or received no later than Friday, March 23, 2018. Competitors paying after this date, including at the championship itself, will be charged an additional $20.

In addition, as of Friday, March 9, registration will be considered final. Should a competitor cancel on or after March 10, but before March 23, he or she will still be liable for one-half of the registration fee. Players that cancel on or after March 23 (including no-shows) will be liable for the entire registration fee.

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”).

Registration is now open. The current field can be viewed online.

All participating competitors will receive copies of all the questions used at this championship, regardless of when they are eliminated. (This is the full Division II set—including bonuses.) These questions must be picked up at the championship itself, after the finals. Competitors who leave early or who forget to pick up their questions will be charged a shipping-and-handling fee of $10 to have them mailed. In addition, each competitor may also pick up a separate copy of the questions for the use of his or her school’s quiz bowl program.

Standby List

Players who can be at the tournament site even without a guaranteed spot may sign up for the standby list by e-mailing ipnct@naqt.com. Such players will only play if a spot opens up, and if they play, they will play for free.


Each player who is not yet 18 years of age (as of April 15, 2018) must be accompanied by an adult chaperone. Multiple players may share the same chaperone.


All players who survive the elimination group matches and qualify for the head-to-head rounds will receive plaques. In addition, the top players in each subject area (history, literature, etc.) will also receive plaques.

Each plaque will be personalized with the name of the competitor and have a list of his or her overall finish and top subject performances. These plaques will be ordered by NAQT following the tournament and shipped to the players who earned them.


Players will want to fly into one of the two major Chicago airports, either Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD; much more convenient) or Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW; much less convenient).

There is a free shuttle that runs every 15 minutes to bring players between the hotel and O’Hare. There is no such shuttle for Midway, from which trip a taxi to the hotel will cost approximately $35, or players 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).


Parking is $15/day and includes in-and-out privileges.

To receive the discounted parking rate, players staying at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare should bring their parking ticket to the hotel’s front desk for validation. Players not staying at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare should validate their parking ticket at NAQT’s check-in desk (Saturday) or outside the Gatwick room (Sunday).


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, Illinois 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. The last day to book rooms at this group rate is March 28.

To book a room, call the hotel or book online. (NAQT recommends booking online.) Note that the hotel has only a single room block for both the ICT and the 2018 IPNCT; you should not be concerned by the fact that you are booking as part of a guest-room block named for the college championship.)

Competitors who 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).


The hotel has several restaurants offering different types of food at different prices. In particular, its O’H American Grill (Lobby Level) will be offering breakfast and lunch buffets for $14.95 (plus beverage and tax) per person.

There is a food court at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall at 5220 Fashion Outlets Way. Its restaurant choices include Freshii (vegetarian), tacos, burgers, and Chinese. To get to the Fashion Outlets from the hotel, walk west on Bryn Mawr, turn left onto River Road, then turn right onto Balmoral Avenue until you get to Fashion Outlets Way. The food court is a 15-minute walk away.

There are also a few restaurants offering more formal dining at the MB Financial Park at Rosemont. These include Adobe Gila’s, Bogart’s, Hofbräuhaus Chicago, and Fogo de Chão. These are more suited to evening meals and are a 15-minute walk away.

Attendees can also order pizza or Chinese food and have it delivered to the hotel.


Spectators are welcome to attend all games at the 2018 IPNCT. No registration or tickets are required; feel free to just show up and watch as many of the games as you would like.


Competitors at the 2018 Individual Player National Championship Tournament may be interested in purchasing questions from previous years to prepare for the event. NAQT recommends starting with any (or all!) of the Division II sets from the previous five ICTs.

Social Media

The official hashtag for the tournament is ipnct; 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 players, coaches, spectators, and moderators should not discuss clues, answers, or even overall themes (e.g., “Lots of opera”) with anyone else at all.

Further Questions

To ask specific questions about the IPNCT, e-mail ipnct@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 players’ plans. If something’s not clear, let us know!