MSNCT Standby Status

Teams that do not qualify for the Middle School National Championship Tournament in a given year are given the chance to attend the event on standby status.

Teams on standby status agree to attend the MSNCT with at least three eligible players. In the event of a last-minute cancellation, the standby team will replace the cancelling team in the competition field (with no registration fee charged). NAQT may request evidence of travel plans—including airline or hotel receipts—to verify that standby teams are committed to making the trip.

If there are no last-minute cancellations, the members of the standby team may become alternates for other teams from the same school, may volunteer to assist with the running of the tournament as scorekeepers, or may explore the host city during the event. Please note that standby team members do not qualify for moderator discounts (regardless of whether they end up playing), nor will their housing, travel, or other expenses be covered by NAQT.

Standby teams are welcome to participate in scrimmage rounds, consolation rounds, and side tournaments if there are any.

Teams that register for the standby list and later qualify for the MSNCT may be removed from the standby list with no penalty. If the field is full, a team may be on both the waitlist and the standby list.

The standby list is not the same as the waitlist: The waitlist consists of teams that have qualified for the MSNCT but who could not be accommodated in the tournament because the field was already full. If a team withdraws before 12:01 a.m. on the Friday on which check-in occurs, it will be replaced by the next team from the waitlist. If a team withdraws after that—including not showing up at all—it will be replaced by the first team on the standby list.

Standby registration for the 2018 MSNCT is now open.

The order of standby teams at NAQT’s national championship events who sign up in the first 24 hours after standby signup opens will be randomized. After that time, the standby list will be maintained in order of signup.

Learn More About the 2018 MSNCT

The 2018 Middle School National Championship Tournament will take place May 11–13, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Rosemont, Illinois (near Chicago).

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Standby Signup for the 2018 MSNCT

Standby team signup for The 2018 Middle School National Championship Tournament is now open.

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