National Academic Association

10688 S. Dimple Dell Drive Sandy UT 84092 801-6993424

IF YOU'RE REGISTERING FOR THE NATIONAL ACADEMIC CHAMPIONSHIP AND WISH TO PAY BY CHECK, DO NOT SEND IT TO OUR OLD ADDRESS, AS IT PROBABLY WON'T REACH US.


THE ADDRESS FOR QUESTION ORDERS REMAINS THE SAME, BUT THE NEW ADDRESS FOR THE NATIONAL ACADEMIC CHAMPIONSHIP IS

National Academic Association
10688 S. Dimple Dell Dr.
Sandy, UT 84092

Each team may choose one of these phases: Prelims May 23 – 25 (Sat. – Mon.), OR May 29 – 31 (Fri. – Sun),

Playoffs, June 5 – 7 (Fri. – Sun)
June 5, JV & Elementary
June 6, Middle School/Junior High
June 7, Varsity

This competition is for teams of grades 6 and below.

The venue will be Google Meet which is free and easy-to-use. During the prelims, your team will be connecting for two two-hour blocs of your choice, 3 games per bloc on either of the preliminary weekends. Clarification: You may not choose one bloc the first weekend and another the second. Both blocs must be on the same weekend. Team members may join from school if schools are back in session or join from their own homes in order to stay safe.

As you can see from the above, we offer four competitive levels each weekend: High School Varsity ... High School JV ... Middle School/Junior High … Elementary School

Six Guaranteed Matches

Each team will compete in at least six official tournament matches. Advancement to the final-day Single Elimination round will be determined by performance in the six preliminary games. All 6-0, 5-1, and 4-2 teams will make the playoffs.

Bringing Two Teams.

Some schools choose to bring two or more teams. If you're considering this, be aware that players may not shift between teams. Also, for scheduling purposes, it will be useful for us to know whether you like to have the two (or more) teams scheduled at the same time – which would maximize sightseeing opportunities – or at different times – so the coach(es) can see everybody’s game.

Consider Also Bringing Your Farm Team

Several years ago we predicted that the contending high school teams of the future will be those that have developed solid farm systems on the lower grade levels. The best example.
is Daviess County (KY), which won the JV title in 2015 and returned with the same players in 2016 and won the Varsity title.

Small School Champion

We crown a champion from among the “small schools” that come to Nationals (defined as any school with 500 or fewer students in grades 10-12 and a nonselective admissions policy). We do so after all four phases are finished, selecting the highest-ranking team.

Teams

Your team contingent should include four starters and one or more coaches. Every year we seem to have two or three 3-person teams, and that’s fine. Alternate(s) are allowed, but must remain on mute until they are in play.

Academic Emphasis

The competition focuses on academic information - “significa” rather than “trivia” - and the questions are supplied by Questions Unlimited. Our emphasis is light on popular culture and heavy on the academic. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of question quality and academic relevance. Contests follow the superb four-quarter format created by Questions Unlimited, and adapted for the buzzerless “virtual” environment.

Commitment to Excellence

We call the National Academic Championship “the finest in academic competition” because we boast the best questions and a highly professional officiating staff.


ENTRY FEES AND COMPETITION VENUES

Early Bird Gets Scheduling Preference

We are not enforcing the longstanding no-refund policy this year. Also, for the first time in 38 years, we are not requiring pre-payment. Pre-payment does carry the advantage that your team is more likely to get the time slots of your preference.

Entry Fees.

Half-price this year! Register on or before the May 15 deadline at the flat entry fee of $300 per team.
You may pay online or you can make your check payable to NATIONAL ACADEMIC ASSOCIATION, send to our new address: NAA, 10688 S. Dimple Dell Dr. Sandy, UT 84092. Do not send your entry fee to the Questions Unlimited address in Tennessee!

Training

A tutorial on using the videoconferencing program relative to the tournament will be sent to all coaches in time for them to practice with their teams. We recommend a trial Meeting of at least a few minutes before each of your time blocs. Our tech coordinator will be available to answer all questions ahead of time and will be available by phone for all matches.

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NATIONAL ACADEMIC CHAMPIONSHIP RULES AND REGULATIONS.

QUESTIONS?

Contact the National Academic Association Phone:801-699-3424, Chip Beall, Director



Note: You may submit your registration form(s) any time after you're sure your team(s) will be participating at Nationals, but the registration is not official until the entry fee(s) have been received.