2024 Individual Player National Championship Tournament Logistics Information
The 2024 Individual Player National Championship Tournament (IPNCT) will be held at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago), on April 7, 2024.
The IPNCT is NAQT’s championship tournament for individual players. It is targeted at high school players. Ambitious middle school players are welcome too, but there will not be a separate Middle School Division.
Registration is now open.
April 7, 2024 (Sunday). This is the same weekend (and site) as NAQT’s 2024 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, but the IPNCT is a completely separate event.
Participants will check in on Saturday, April 6.
All gameplay will occur on Sunday, April 7.
The tournament will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois (which is adjacent to Chicago and to O’Hare International Airport). A floor plan (PDF) is available.
There are two Hyatt hotels in Rosemont; the one hosting the tournament is the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago.
The hotel is twelve stories tall, and games may be held on high floors. Many of the elevators provide a view into the tall atrium.
All gameplay will take place on Sunday, from approximately 8:30 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony. The primary check-in time will be Saturday evening, but players may also check in early Sunday morning.
A more detailed schedule will be posted closer to the tournament.
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.
During check-in on Saturday evening, NAQT will take questions at the check-in tables. On Sunday, during the tournament itself, the Information Desk will be in the Lobby Level Atrium. The Information Desk should be the first destination for any questions about or issues with the tournament (other than protests, which must be lodged within the game room).
Participants may also text 213‑279‑6278 (“NAQT”) with questions if it is inconvenient for them to get to the Information Desk (standard messaging rates apply). Tournament staff will answer incoming messages as quickly as they can.
In general, lost-and-found items will be taken to the Information Desk during the tournament. We will notify owners to the extent we can identify them. At the end of the tournament, any unclaimed items will be brought to the hotel’s general lost-and-found.
- There are only tossups (no bonuses).
- Games are untimed.
- There are no notions of teammates or captains.
- Games will start with three or more (typically eight to ten) players at once.
- An interrupt penalty will be assessed for every incorrect answer given before the question is completely read.
- Players may secure a high placement and be removed from the game (“buzz out”) before it is over, depending on their performance.
- A question only “goes dead” when time expires or every active player has answered incorrectly.
- Players may not call timeouts, but there will be periodic score checks.
This tournament is open to all players eligible to compete for their school (or homeschool) team according to NAQT’s High School Eligibility Rules. This includes middle school players, though the questions will be very difficult for them.
Players with special eligibility circumstances may write to firstname.lastname@example.org for a ruling on their situations.
There is no qualification procedure for the 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.
The field is currently limited to 160 players; these players have registered. NAQT may expand the field depending on the level of interest and the availability of resources.
The tournament will consist entirely of group games, in which up to ten players compete in each room. There are special gameplay rules for the IPNCT.
The format will likely be similar to the format from 2023, in which all players played in Rounds 1–6 (48 tossups in Round 1; 72 tossups in subsequent rounds), followed by finals for the top players in Round 7.
The IPNCT format is based on the Hillemann Singles Format pioneered by NAQT Member Emeritus Eric Hillemann in 1997.
Fees and Payment
Registration is now open.
The registration fee is $260 per player.
The registration fee only covers participation in the tournament. It does not cover transportation, lodging, food or other expenses.
Players who cancel their registration between March 1 and March 14 (inclusive) will owe a cancellation fee of $130 (half of the registration fee). Players who cancel their registration on or after March 15, or who fail to show up to the tournament, will owe a cancellation fee of $260 (the full amount of the registration fee). These deadlines notwithstanding, players will always have a seven-day grace period after registering during which they can cancel without incurring a fee.
Failure to submit participation agreements on time may be treated as a cancellation, including incurring a cancellation fee, at NAQT’s discretion.
Cancellation due to COVID-19
NAQT expects all prospective participants to follow the recommendations of the CDC (and any other applicable health agencies) with regard to isolation, quarantine, not traveling, etc., based on testing positive for COVID-19, having symptoms thereof, or having been exposed to people who are symptomatic or who have tested positive, etc.—even if that means they are unable to participate in the tournament.
NAQT will waive cancellation fees for any player who is unable to participate due to following such recommendations, or whose chaperone is unable to participate due to following such requirements, though NAQT strongly prefers affected players whose chaperone is unable to participate to find an alternative chaperone if at all possible. For a cancellation fee waiver, notice should be given to NAQT as early as possible, supporting documentation or information may be required, and the offer is only available to players who are in full compliance with other requirements pertaining to payment, submission of participation agreements, etc.
Once you have finished registering, click “View Cost.” 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 email@example.com with the details.
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
Spots in the field are not guaranteed until payment is received.
The tournament will use the tossups from the Division II ICT set, plus perhaps additional (newly written) tossups. No bonuses will be used at this tournament. Players unfamiliar with college-level questions may see a sample of a past year’s Division II ICT set.
Players, coaches, and chaperones must sign a participation agreement covering expectations, media coverage, etc. All agreements must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday, March 24, 2024.
For players who are under age 18, both the player and their parent/guardian must sign the agreement. For players who have reached age 18, NAQT strongly recommends and requests that the parent/guardian sign in addition to the player.
The signature(s) on the participation agreement must be handwritten, not typed. The agreement may be submitted by sending a scan or photo to email@example.com. Only the last page is required unless the participant is indicating a preference not to be recorded (in which case the page with the checkbox to indicate that preference must be included).
Every player must have a chaperone, subject to the following rules:
- The chaperone must be a legal adult.
- The chaperone must be reachable by text message (at a number provided to NAQT) throughout the tournament, to the maximum extent possible given availability of cellular networks.
- The chaperone must be with the player at most times during the tournament, traveling, and downtime. If the chaperone is not with the player, NAQT is not obligated to contact the chaperone in situations short of an emergency. In particular, NAQT will not contact absent chaperones regarding protests.
- The chaperone must always be near enough to the player to (physically) reach them in less than ten minutes.
- The chaperone may also be the chaperone for other players at the tournament, thus potentially reducing their regular proximity to the player (but without nullifying any of these requirements).
- The chaperone must complete a participation agreement.
- The chaperone must be the same person for the entire tournament.
All players’ parents/guardians must affirm (via the participation agreement) that they accept their child’s chaperone and the chaperone’s role of responsibility.
Players who wish to request a variance from the chaperone policy should write to NAQT at firstname.lastname@example.org well in advance of the tournament to discuss their situation.
The primary check-in period will be in the evening on Saturday, April 6. During this period NAQT will distribute information folders, answer questions, and take care of other administrative matters. There will be a late check-in period on Sunday morning, but NAQT prefers that as many players as possible check in on Saturday night.
To check in, each player (or their chaperone) should come to the check-in area to receive their information folder.
In past years there has been a long line just after check-in opens, so we encourage players to keep an eye on the line and check in when the line is short. There is no need to check in immediately.
Players that don’t arrive at the hotel until after check-in closes on Saturday may check in early Sunday morning. Players that checked in on Saturday do not need to check in again on Sunday.
Since the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament (ICT) is using many of the same questions on Saturday at the same site, no competitor (or coach or spectator with ties to a competitor) in the IPNCT may watch any part of the ICT, including the awards ceremony. Similarly, no ICT participant or attendee (in any capacity) may be a coach, chaperone, or player at the IPNCT. This applies to both divisions of the ICT.
Potential players willing to travel to the tournament site without a guaranteed spot may sign up for the standby list. Such players will only play if a spot opens up, and if they play, they will play for free.
Plaques will be given to the top players overall and the top players in each subject area (history, literature, etc.). Subject awards will be based on the rounds in which all players are playing. The number of plaques given will depend on the final field size.
Each plaque will be personalized with the name of the player and have a list of their overall finish and top subject performances. These plaques will be ordered by NAQT following the tournament and shipped to the players who earned them.
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.
The hotel runs a free shuttle every 15 or 30 minutes (depending on time of day) to transport people from O’Hare to the hotel (and vice versa). 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 $3 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).
The hotel’s address is 9300 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Rosemont, Illinois.
Parking standard vehicles at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare costs $18/day plus tax, 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 and validate their ticket. Participants not staying at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare should use the manual validator box at the Information Desk to validate their parking ticket. (Do not use the manual validator box if you are staying overnight at the hotel.)
The official hotel for the tournament is the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago. (There are two Hyatt hotels in Rosemont; the one hosting the tournament is the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago.)
Rooms with one king bed are available for $123 per night, and rooms with two double beds are available for $131 per night. To receive the group rate, rooms must be booked using the group reservation link by Thursday, March 21, 2024 (and before the block fills). It is also possible to book by calling 800-544-9288 and mentioning the group code “DAMB,” but hold times are often long.
Between the IPNCT and the other events scheduled to take place at the hotel, it is expected that the hotel will run out of rooms. NAQT strongly recommends that players book their rooms as early as possible, particularly if they want rooms with two double beds.
Guests with concerns about rooms on high floors should discuss that with the hotel as early as possible. The hotel may be able to assign sleeping rooms on lower floors. However, games may still be held on high floors.
Under Illinois law, otherwise tax-exempt organizations are still required to pay hotel occupancy taxes. (Title 86, chapter 1, section 480.101, subsection b.4 of the Illinois Administrative Code; see also question and answer on the Illinois Department of Revenue’s website)
The hotel will (tentatively, but almost certainly) operate food stands for lunch near the Perks coffee shop on the Entry Level. Burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza, and similar food will be available.
There is a food court with a variety of typical food-court-style restaurants at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall at 5220 Fashion Outlets Way. 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 from the hotel.
Participants can also order carry-out or delivery from local restaurants.
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.
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). At least one such staff member will generally be available at the Information Desk during tournament hours; if no such person is available (e.g., due to being on a break), the other Information Desk staff can be asked to have a senior tournament official come to the Information Desk to hear the report. Additional 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 email (email@example.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.
Participants may be interested in practicing on questions from previous years to prepare for the event. All of NAQT’s past regular-season sets are available, as are the sets from previous championships.
Finally, participants may want to look at the information contained in NAQT’s free You Gotta Know articles before the tournament. These detail the most frequently asked-about question topics in a wide variety of areas.
Spectators are welcome to attend any part of the tournament (though some areas may have limited capacity).
No registration or tickets are required for spectators.
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 east) 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, respectively. 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 875 North Michigan Avenue (formerly 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.
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, on iOS), links to results, maps of the venue, help reaching the Information Desk, connections to social media, and other important documents related to the tournament.
To ask specific questions about the IPNCT, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!