Eligibility Overview

College

NAQT’s official intercollegiate tournaments are its Sectional Championship Tournaments and the Intercollegiate Championship Tournament. These events are run according to the NAQT Collegiate Eligibility Rules and feature separate competition for Division I and Division II teams. Open and Undergraduate teams compete together in Division I, but separate titles are awarded.

Other intercollegiate events using NAQT questions may (but do not need to) use the NAQT Collegiate Eligibility Rules.

The eligibility rules of non-intercollegiate events using NAQT questions (namely, intramural tournaments) are entirely at the discretion of the host.

Community College

NAQT’s official community college tournaments are its Community College Sectional Championship Tournaments and the Community College Championship Tournament. These events are run according to the NAQT Community College Eligibility Rules.

Other community college events using NAQT questions may (but do not need to) use the NAQT Community College Eligibility Rules.

High School

The High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) and Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT) use the NAQT High School Eligibility Rules. The SSNCT additionally uses NAQT’s definition of Small Schools.

Other high school events—including but not limited to invitational tournaments; conferences; leagues; and district, state, and sectional championships—may (but do not need to) the NAQT High School Eligibility Rules. Events that permit teams or players that wouldn’t be eligible under the NAQT High School Eligibility rules should notify NAQT of this no later than when they submit results so that NAQT can properly handle invitations to national championships.

Middle School

The Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT) uses the NAQT Middle School Eligibility Rules.

Other middle school events—including but not limited to invitational tournaments; conferences; leagues; and district, state, and sectional championships—may (but do not need to) the NAQT Middle School Eligibility Rules. Events that permit teams or players that wouldn’t be eligible under the NAQT Middle School Eligibility rules should notify NAQT of this no later than when they submit results so that NAQT can properly handle invitations to national championships.

Questions

NAQT has a collection of Frequently Asked Questions about Eligibility (focused on collegiate eligibility).

Other questions about NAQT’s eligibility policies, and requests for exceptions, should be directed to eligibility@naqt.com. Requests for exceptions must be received at least 14 calendar days prior to the start of the first relevant competition; requests submitted later than that will be denied.