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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We call the National Academic Championship “the finest in academic competition” because we boast the best questions and a highly professional officiating staff.
Competition will start on the morning of May 29. The final match will take place no later than 3:00 Sunday, although we usually wrap it up by 1:30.
The Hilton Alexandria Mark Center will be the site of all competitions. Staying at this hotel is
recommended, but not required, for participation in the National Academic Championship. They do
offer a free shuttle ride from Reagan National Airport. The special group discount rate of $127 per
room applies for 1-4 people per room.
There are of course countless things to do in DC, and you may wish to arrive a day early or leave a day late in order to enjoy some tourist activities; the $127 room rate will apply if you choose to do so. The toll free number to make reservations is 877-783-8258 and you must request Group Code – NAC20. If you prefer,
Competition will start on the morning of June 6. The final match will take place no later than 3:00 Monday, although we usually wrap it up by 1:30.
Sheraton Four Points Hotel will be the site of all competitions. They offer a free shuttle from
O'Hare. Staying at this hotel is recommended, but not required, for participation in the National
Academic Championship. There are countless things to do in Chicago, and you may wish to arrive a
day early or leave a day late in order to enjoy some tourist activities; the $120 room rate will
apply if you choose to do so. Make reservations online at this special website the hotel has
created for us,
or you may call 847-671-6000
Competition will start on the morning of June 12. The final match will finish no later than 3:30 Sunday.
DoubleTree Atlanta Airport will be the site of all competitions. Staying at this hotel is
recommended, but not required, for participation in the National Academic Championship. Needless to
say, there are countless things to do in Atlanta, and you may wish to arrive a day early or leave a
day late in order to enjoy some tourist activities; the $129 room rate will apply if you choose to
Make reservations online at this special website the hotel has created for us, and use Group Code NAA, HERE
Or you may call (800) 514-4296 for reservations, identifying yourself as being with the National Academic Association and the reservations agent will take it from there.
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.
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!
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.
Contact the National Academic Association Phone:801-699-3424, Chip Beall, Director