National Academic Quiz Tournaments Announcements http://www.naqt.com Announcements and news from National Academic Quiz Tournaments relating to its question sets, study guides, and state, regional, and national championship tournaments. Teams and Players of the Week: April 15, 2017 http://www.naqt.com/highlights/2016-2017.jsp#2017-04-15

NAQT recognizes the following impressive teams’ and players’ outstanding performances from the week of April 1, 2017:

Read all about their accomplishments!
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Teams and Players of the Week: April 8, 2017 http://www.naqt.com/highlights/2016-2017.jsp#2017-04-08

For the week of April 8, 2017, NAQT recognizes the outstanding performances of Montgomery Blair A (Silver Spring, Maryland) and Venu Reddy (Springwood School, Lanett, Alabama).

Read all about their accomplishments!

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SSNCT Traditional Public School Field Closes; Waitlist Opens http://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=7402 The field for the Traditional Public School division of the 2017 Small School National Championship Tournament was officially closed on Wednesday, April 12. Teams may sign up for the waitlist; waitlisted teams will be added to the field in order of sign-up if teams cancel. As of Thursday, April 13, the Charter and Private School division still has two spots available. 1594 Michigan, Oklahoma, and Berkeley Win ICT Titles http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=7401 The University of Michigan defeated Northwestern University to win the Division I Overall title at the 2017 NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. UC Berkeley's Division II team defeated the University of Illinois to win the Division II championship. The University of Oklahoma defeated the University of Virginia for the Division I Undergraduate title. Congratulations to all of these teams and the 58 others who represented the finest in collegiate quiz bowl! 1593 2017 ICT Statistics http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=7401 Statistics from the 2017 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament will be updated regularly throughout the day. 1592 HSNCT Field Expanded to 304 Teams http://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=7400 The field for the 2017 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament has been expanded to 304 teams to accommodate more schools. After adding those sixteen spots, one team remains on the waitlist. 1591 You Gotta Know These Revolutionary War Battles http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/revolutionary-war-battles.html From Lexington and Concord to Yorktown, You Gotta Know these eleven battles of the Revolutionary War. 1589 2016 SSNCT Podcasts http://www.naqt.com/ssnct/2016/podcasts.html Podcasts are now available of selected matches from NAQT's 2016 Small School National Championship Tournament. 1587 MSNCT Field Closes; Waitlist Opens http://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=7399 The field for the 2017 Middle School National Championship Tournament was officially closed on Monday, March 20. Teams may sign up for the waitlist; waitlisted teams will be added to the field in order of sign-up if teams cancel. 1585 St. Mark's School of Texas Results http://www.naqt.com/articles/st-marks-results.jsp NAQT has vacated wins by Windhaven Park teams at the recent St. Mark's School of Texas Invitational held on February 25, 2017. 1584 2017 MSNCT Overflow Hotel http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2017/details.jsp#overflow The official hotel of the 2017 Middle School National Championship Tournament, the Hyatt Regency DFW, is now effectively full. NAQT has signed a contract with a nearby Embassy Suites to act as an overflow hotel. 1581 MSNCT Hotel is Full; Overflow Block in the Works http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2017/details.jsp All of the rooms with two double beds at the host hotel for the 2017 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament have been sold. NAQT is in the process of arranging a block of rooms at an overflow hotel. As soon as that block is open for reservations, the details will be sent to registered teams and posted on the NAQT website. 1578 You Gotta Know These Mountains http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/mountains.html These ten mountains come up frequently in quiz bowl, so learn a little about them in our article and, perhaps, be inspired to learn more! 1576 Valencia A (Florida) wins 2017 CCCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=7403 Valencia College A (Orlando, Florida) defeated Chipola College A (Marianna, Florida) 255-235 in a championship match that came down to the last question, winning the 2017 NAQT Community College Championship Tournament. The State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota took third place, and Enterprise State Community College (Enterprise, Alabama) finished fourth; the top four teams of the 24-team field earned invitations to the 2017 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. 1574 2017 CCCT Statistics http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=7403 Statistics and results from the ongoing Community College Championship Tournament are being updated regularly. 1572 HSNCT Field Closes; Waitlist Opens http://www.naqt.com/registration/field.jsp?tournament_id=7400 The field for the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament was officially closed on Tuesday, February 21. Registered teams have a grace period of one week to drop without financial penalty. After 5:00 p.m. Central Time on Tuesday, February 28, teams that drop from the field will incur a cancellation fee equal to 50% of the registration fee. This fee will increase as the tournament approaches. Teams may sign up for the waitlist; waitlisted teams will be added to the field in order of sign-up if teams cancel (or if the field is expanded). 1570 2017 ICT Invitations http://www.naqt.com/registration/invitations.jsp?tournament_id=7401 NAQT has released the initial batch of 64 invitations for its 2017 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Invited teams have until the end of Monday, February 20, to accept, decline, or extend their invitation. Teams have also been invited by e-mail. 1567 2017 SCT Division II Preliminary D-Values http://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp?rating_group_id=1041 NAQT has posted preliminary calculations of D-values from its 2017 Sectional Championship Tournaments for teams in Division II. Some known data issues remain, but they will be fixed as soon as possible (and we expect their overall impact to be small). Teams should review their data and report any errors (or questions) to NAQT by 5:00 CT on Thursday, February 9. 1565 2017 SCT Division I Preliminary D-Values http://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp?rating_group_id=1040 NAQT has posted preliminary calculations of D-values from its 2017 Sectional Championship Tournaments for teams in Division I. Some known data issues remain, but they will be fixed as soon as possible (and we expect their overall impact to be small). Teams should review their data and report any errors (or questions) to NAQT by 5:00 CT on Thursday, February 9. 1564 2017 HSNCT Wildcard Applications and Standby Registrations http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2017/details.jsp NAQT is now accepting wildcard applications and standby registrations for its 2017 High School National Championship Tournament. To submit an application, follow the above links to the appropriate online form (this will require having or creating an account on NAQT's website). 1560 You Gotta Know These Scientific Experiments http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/scientific-experiments.html Read about these ten experiments from the last 200-odd years that are frequent topics of quiz bowl questions. 1559 2017 Rules Revisions http://www.naqt.com/rules.html Effective February 1, 2017, NAQT has made a number of minor changes to its official rules for all levels of play. The changes principally clarify how and when the clock can be stopped, when score checks can take place, and the details of when a player may change his or her answer midstream. 1558 Packet Set Sharing Caution: IS #166 and the Division II SCT http://www.naqt.com/articles/2017-is166-diisct-sharing.jsp

NAQT’s Invitational Series #166 will be based, in part, on the Division II Sectional Championship question set. This set will be used for many 2017 state championships and some other tournaments in spring 2017 and possibly fall 2017.

In order to preserve question security, this means that high school teams and coaches will need to take the following steps:

  • No team and no player may play both a tournament using Invitational Series #166 and a tournament using either Sectional Championship set. (“Either” because the Division II Sectional Championship set is itself based in part on the Division I Sectional Championship set.)
  • High-school players and coaches may not staff NAQT’s Sectional Championship Tournaments (either division) or NAQT’s Community College Championship Tournament.
  • As a specific case of the first point, dual-enrolled students may not play Invitational Series #166 and a Sectional Championship, nor Invitational Series #166 and the CCCT, even if they would otherwise be eligible to do so.

Note that this is a departure from past years’ practice: for instance, Invitational Series #156 was not based on the 2016 Sectional Championship.

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2017 HSNCT Popular Culture Side Event http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2017/details.jsp#acronym There will be a popular culture tournament--a mirror of the ACRONYM set--on Sunday evening following to the 2017 High School National Championship Tournament. This is optional and will be overseen by the set's original editor. 1551 Power Up: Focus on Chinese History http://www.naqt.com/study-guides/chinese-history.html NAQT's fourth Power Up guide, Focus on Chinese History, is now available for ordering. 1548 Player and Team Highlights http://www.naqt.com/articles/2017-highlights.jsp Every Wednesday for the rest of the season, NAQT will choose one middle school player, one high school player, one middle school team, and one high school team whose performance is particularly meritous. We will congratulate winners on our website and social media, and by notifying schools and their media contacts. 1547 2017 MSNCT Wildcard Applications and Standby Registrations http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2017/details.jsp NAQT is now accepting wildcard applications and standby registrations for its 2017 Middle School National Championship Tournament. To submit an application, follow the above links to the appropriate online form (this will require having or creating an account on NAQT's website). 1545 2017 SSNCT Wildcard Applications and Standby Registrations http://www.naqt.com/ssnct/2017/details.jsp NAQT is now accepting wildcard applications and standby registrations for its 2017 Small School National Championship Tournament. To submit an application, follow the above links to the appropriate online form (this will require having or creating an account on NAQT's website). 1544 You Gotta Know These American Third Parties http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/american-third-parties.html From the Anti-Masonic Party nearly 200 years ago to today's Green Party, you gotta know these 15 third parties in U.S. politics. 1543 MSNCT Room Reservation Link Available https://aws.passkey.com/event/48989599/owner/11060/home Teams may now book rooms at the Hyatt Regency DFW for the 2017 NAQT Middle School National Championship Tournament. 1541 You Gotta Know These Space Missions http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/space-missions.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, featuring seventeen important missions to space. 1540 New Policy On Pseudonymous Teams http://www.naqt.com/articles/pseudonym-policy.jsp NAQT has posted an official policy on teams from high schools and middle schools competing in tournaments under pseudonyms. 1538 HSNCT Room Reservation Link Available https://aws.passkey.com/event/16484099/owner/321/landing Teams may now book rooms at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis for the 2017 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament. 1537 2017 HSNCT Announcement and Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/hsnct/2017/ NAQT has announced tentative logistics details for its 2017 High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT), which will be held May 26–28, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. 1534 2017 SSNCT Announcement and Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/ssnct/2017/ NAQT has announced tentative logistics details for its 2017 Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT), which will be held April 28–30, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel near Chicago. 1533 SSNCT Eligibility Changed http://www.naqt.com/hs/small-school.html NAQT has updated its definition of small schools to incorporate two divisions, one for traditional public schools and one for charter schools and private schools. 1532 2016 Correctness Guidelines Revisions http://www.naqt.com/correctness-guidelines.html NAQT has made a number of changes (marked in red) to its correctness guidelines for all levels of play. 1529 End of Bidding Process for State Championships http://www.naqt.com/articles/state-championship-bidding-ending.jsp NAQT will no longer be running an annual bidding process to host NAQT-branded state championships or state qualifiers at the high school level. 1528 Thumbs Up for History http://www.naqt.com/practice-questions.jsp#pst_1030 NAQT is now offering Thumbs Up for History practice sets, which contain questions on history and other important topics from the past. The questions are drawn from NAQT's existing high school and middle school practice-question sets and are available at a variety of difficulty levels. Each set contains six packets of 30 tossups, and a sample packet of the high school-level questions is available.

The sets appear about three-quarters of the way down on our online ordering page.

Depending on demand, NAQT may produce more Thumbs Up for History sets and/or Thumbs Up sets in other subject areas.
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2017 MSNCT Announcement and Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/msnct/2017/ NAQT has announced tentative logistics details for the 2017 Middle School National Championship Tournament, which will be held May 12–14, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency DFW hotel in Dallas. 1525 Power Up: Focus on Earth Science http://www.naqt.com/study-guides/earth-science.html NAQT's third Power Up guide, Focus on Earth Science, is now available for ordering. The guide will ship starting September 6, 2016. 1524 NAQT's Tournament Notification System http://www.naqt.com/notifications NAQT is pleased to announce its new tournament notification system. Coaches and players can now subscribe to email notifications of nearby tournaments. You can choose what level(s) of tournament (middle school, high school, community college, and/or four-year college) you would like to receive notifications about and set what distance your team is willing to travel. 1521 Regular Invitational Series Reconfiguration http://www.naqt.com/hosting/2016-is-reconfiguration.jsp NAQT is reconfiguring its Introductory and Regular Invitational Series so that the standard size of both is 12 packets of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses each. However, an alternate 13-packet version with packets of 22/22 will be available to hosts that want it. 1520 2017 ICT Announcement and Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/ict/2017/details.jsp NAQT has announced tentative logistics details for the 2017 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament, which will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare hotel near Chicago. 1518 2016 ICT Podcasts http://www.naqt.com/ict/2016/podcasts.html Podcasts are now available of selected matches from NAQT's 2016 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. 1517 2017 NAQT Officer Elections http://www.naqt.com/biographies.jsp NAQT would like to congratulate its members who were elected to new offices in 2016: Andrew Hart was named Chief Editor, and Jonah Greenthal was chosen to be Vice President of Marketing. The elections for all other offices were won by their incumbents. In addition, Seth Teitler was named Director of Writer Development. 1516 2016 HSNCT Survey Results Now Available http://www.naqt.com/survey/2016-hsnct-survey-results.html Results of the survey conducted at NAQT's 2016 High School National Championship Tournament have now been posted. 1514 2016 MSNCT Survey Results Now Available http://www.naqt.com/survey/2016-msnct-survey-results.html Results of the survey conducted at NAQT's 2016 Middle School National Championship Tournament have now been posted. 1513 2016 SSNCT Survey Results Now Available http://www.naqt.com/survey/2016-ssnct-survey-results.html Results of the survey conducted at NAQT's 2016 Small School National Championship Tournament have now been posted. 1512 2016 HSNCT and 2015 MSNCT Podcasts http://www.naqt.com/podcasts/ Podcasts are now available of selected matches from NAQT's 2016 High School National Championship Tournament and 2015 Middle School National Championship Tournament. 1507 You Gotta Know Lists Now Categorized http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/by-category.jsp NAQT's You Gotta Know lists can now be browsed by category. 1505 Congratulations to Hunter, 2016 HSNCT Champions! http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6600 Congratulations to the A team from Hunter College High School of New York, New York, for winning the 2016 High School National Championship Tournament! Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology of Alexandria, Virginia, finished second; Detroit Catholic Central High School (Novi, Michigan) was third; and the Liberal Arts and Science Academy (Austin, Texas) was fourth. 272 teams attended. 1502 Middlesex Wins 2016 MSNCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6599 Congratulations to Middlesex Middle School of Darien, Connecticut, for winning the 2016 Middle School National Championship Tournament! Longfellow Middle School of Falls Church, Virginia was second; Challenger School, Ardenwood Campus of Newark, California was third; and Chamblee Middle School of Chamblee, Georgia was fourth. 160 teams attended. 1498 Advanced Math & Science Wins 2016 SSNCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6602 The Advanced Math & Science Academy of Marlborough, Massachusetts won the 2016 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament by defeating Macomb (IL) High School 575-220 in the championship. Lehigh Valley Academy (PA) claimed third place. Full team and individual statistics are now available. 1491 Online Registration Option For All Hosts http://www.naqt.com/registration/registration-system.jsp Starting in 2016, NAQT is making its online registration system available for use by any host running a tournament using NAQT questions. This is entirely optional and entirely free. 1456 NAQT Launches Power-Up Study Guides http://www.naqt.com/study-guides/power-up.html In September 2015, NAQT is launching a new series of Power Up study guides to help coaches fill holes in their teams' knowledge by bringing players up to speed in specific areas. Each study guide will focus on a subject like "Italian Renaissance Art" or "Organic Chemistry" and have the goal of getting a completely new player to a level of consistently scoring points on questions typical of NAQT's Regular Invitational Series. 1431 Authorized-Use Policy for Question Packets http://www.naqt.com/licensing-policy.html NAQT has posted an overview of its authorized-use policy for practice questions and other licensed materials. This covers questions like, "Can I make copies for other people?" and "Can I scan this packet set?" 1378