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

14th Annual JUNIOR NATIONAL ACADEMIC CHAMPIONSHIP

Each team may choose one of these phases: Prelims May 22 - 23 (Sat. - Sun.), OR May 29 - 31 (Sat. - Mon), OR June 5-7 (Sat. - Mon)

Playoffs June 11 – 13 (Fri. – Sun)
June 11, JV & Elementary & Middle School/Junior High
June 12-13 Varsity

The venue will be Google Meet which is free and easy-to-use. During the prelims, your team will be connecting for two 90-minute blocs of your choice, 3 games per bloc on any of the preliminary weekends. Clarification: 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 playoff weekend (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.

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. Middle Schools are encouraged to consider bringing a team from the elementary school that feeds into your school – or bring a 6th grade team from your school to compete in the Elementary division.

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 since 1983 we have boasted the best questions and a highly professional officiating staff.

Officials

Our superb team of moderators includes:

  • Charles Beall

    Executive Director of the National Academic Association and President of Questions Unlimited
  • Brick Barrientos

    Creator of the long-running Maryland Classic tournament.
  • Ernie Anderson

    Creator and Host of the High-Q TV program (Huntington, West Virginia)
  • Chris Hunter

    host of the South Louisiana Quiz Bowl, a production of KWBJ-TV in Morgan City.
  • Rob Grierson

    Project Manager for Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity.
  • Sierra Mannie

    is a freelance journalist and Reveal Fellow with the Center for Investigative Reporting.
  • Caitlin O’Neill

    is the only “Who Wants to Be a Game Show Host” winner to also have played on a national championship team.
  • Les Roby

    former coach of the White Plains HS team; the winningest coach in the history of our tournament, qualifying 28 consecutive years; Creator and Director of two Westchester County tournaments: has hosted over 150 tournaments since 1991.
Meet the Pros

Pictures and descriptions of our unsurpassed staff of moderators and judges.


ENTRY FEES AND COMPETITION VENUES

Entry Fees.

The entry fee is $400 per team, due by May 15.
You may pay online or you can make your check payable to NATIONAL ACADEMIC ASSOCIATION. The address: NAA, 10688 S. Dimple Dell Dr. Sandy, UT 84092. Do not send your entry fee to the Questions Unlimited address in Tennessee!

QUESTIONS?

Contact the National Academic Association Phone:801-699-3424, Chip Beall, Director, Tech support: Pat Jewell, Phone:440-487-8781



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.