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 use the NAQT Collegiate Eligibility Rules or not, at the host institutions’ discretion. Using the Collegiate Eligibility Rules is one of the requirements for a tournament to be billed as an NAQT event.

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 use the NAQT Community College Eligibility Rules or not, at the host institutions’ discretion. Using the Community College Eligibility Rules is one of the requirements for a tournament to be billed as an NAQT event.

High School

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

Other high school events, including district, state, and sectional championships, may use the NAQT High School Eligibility Rules or not, at the host institutions’ discretion. Using the NAQT High School Eligibility Rules is one of the requirements for a tournament to be billed as an NAQT event.

Middle School

The Middle School National Championship Tournament (MSNCT) will be run according to the NAQT Middle School Eligibility Rules.

Other middle school events, including district, state, and sectional championships, may use the NAQT Middle School Eligibility Rules or not, at the host institutions’ discretion. Using the NAQT Middle School Eligibility Rules is one of the requirements for a tournament to be billed as an NAQT event.

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. In particular, exception requests must be received seven calendar days prior to the start of the competition in question in order for a ruling to be made; without this advance notice, requests will be denied.