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 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

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

We predict that the contending high school teams of the future will be those that have developed solid farm systems on the lower grade levels. You may wish in addition to bring a team from the elementary school that feeds into your school – or bring a 6 th grade team from your school to compete in the Elementary division.

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.

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.
  • Arjun Plakkat

    Winner of 2007 "Who Wants to Be a Game Show Host?" contest. With 3D Systems, he works on 3D printers as a "Stereolithography Process Development Engineer."
  • 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

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.

Regardless of venue, the entry fee is $300 per team before April 15 and $700 per team after April 15 ($800 per team if we accept your registration after May 15). Staying with us at the competition venue in each city is recommended but not required.

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.

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.