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. Team and Player of the Week: February 11, 2017 http://www.naqt.com/highlights/2016-2017.jsp#2017-02-11

For the week of February 11, 2017, NAQT is honoring the following impressive teams and players:

Read all about their accomplishments!
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Yale's Invitations to the 2017 ICT http://www.naqt.com Due to miscommunication between NAQT and the Yale team, we have changed the status of Yale's bids to the 2017 ICT. Instead of the previously-announced two Division I bids, Yale will now have one Division I bid and the #1 position on the Division II waitlist. 1568 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 Team and Player of the Week: February 4, 2017 http://www.naqt.com/highlights/2016-2017.jsp#2017-02-04

For the week of February 4, 2017, NAQT is honoring the following impressive teams and players:

Read all about their accomplishments!
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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 ICT Wildcard Request Deadline http://www.naqt.com/ict/qualification.jsp Wildcard requests for the 2017 NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament must be submitted before midnight Central Time on Tuesday, February 7. 1563 Design Contest for National Championship T-Shirts http://www.naqt.com/articles/2017-tshirt-design-contest.jsp NAQT is running a contest to solicit design ideas for the T-shirts at its national championships. Winners will receive $50 or up to $75 worth of practice material of their choice. No artistic ability is required; you can just write out your idea in words. 1562 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 CCCT Invitations http://www.naqt.com/registration/invitations.jsp?tournament_id=7403 NAQT has posted the first 23 invitations (out of a total of 24) to its 2017 Community College Championship Tournament. Invited schools have until Thursday, February 2, 2017, to accept or decline. The 24th invitation will be issued after resolving an outstanding request for a wildcard invitation. 1555 2017 CC SCT D-Values http://www.naqt.com/stats/rating-values.jsp?rating_group_id=1042 NAQT has posted final versions of the D-values for its 2017 Community College Sectional Championship Tournaments. 1554 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 SCT Registration http://www.naqt.com/schedule.jsp?coll=yes Registration for the 2017 Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) is now open. 1546 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 2017 SCT Sites http://www.naqt.com/schedule.jsp?coll=yes NAQT has begun announcing sites for its 2017 Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs). As of January 3, 2017, a total of fifteen hosts have been chosen. 1542 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 Collegiate SCTs to be held February 4 http://www.naqt.com/sct/ NAQT's four-year Sectional Championship Tournaments (SCTs) will be held Saturday, February 4, 2017. NAQT is in the process of arranging and announcing hosts. 1536 You Gotta Know These Video Game Series http://www.naqt.com/YouGottaKnow/video-game-series.html NAQT has just published its latest You Gotta Know article, featuring ten important video game series. 1535 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 2017 CCCT Popular Culture Side Event http://www.naqt.com/ccct/2017/details.jsp#acronym There will be a popular culture tournament--a mirror of Play Quiz Bowl's ACRONYM X set--on Saturday evening following the 2017 Community College Championship Tournament. This event is optional and will be directed by the set's original editor. 1522 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 CCCT Announcement and Logistics Details http://www.naqt.com/ccct/2017/details.jsp NAQT has announced tentative logistics details for the 2017 Community College Championship Tournament, which will be held on February 24–25, 2017, at the Minneapolis Airport Hilton in the Twin Cities. 1519 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 2017 SCT Guest Editors http://www.naqt.com/sct/2017/editing.jsp NAQT is pleased to announce that two Yale players, Stephen Eltinge and Jacob Reed, will be serving as guest editors for the 2017 Division I Sectional Championship Tournament set. Their program will receive automatic invitations to the ICT in exchange for their work. 1515 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 Chicago and Berkeley Win ICT Titles http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6601 The University of Chicago defeated Stanford University and the University of Michigan to win the Division I Overall title at the 2016 NAQT Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. Chicago's Division II team defeated the University of Virginia and the University of Oklahoma to win the Division II championship. The University of California, Berkeley, defeated Harvard University for the Division I Undergraduate title. Congratulations to all of these teams and the 58 others who represented the finest in collegiate quiz bowl! 1486 Jefferson (KY) Wins 2016 CCCT http://www.naqt.com/stats/tournament-teams.jsp?tournament_id=6603 Jefferson Community & Technical College (Louisville, KY) defeated State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota 225-185 in the finals to win the 2016 NAQT Community College Championship Tournament. Chipola A (FL) took third. Faulkner State (AL) finished fourth; the top four teams earned invitations to the 2016 Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. 1468 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