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2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!

Post by Important Bird Area » Fri Sep 20, 2013 11:08 am

naqt.com wrote:Starting with the 2013-14 competition year, NAQT will run a Small School National Championship Tournament (SSNCT) to crown the top quiz bowl team from a small, public high school. The 2014 championship will be held on the weekend of May 3, 2014, in Minneapolis.

The field is capped at 50 teams.

Registration for standby teams will open on January 15, 2014.

Wildcard applications will be accepted beginning January 15, 2014.
Announcement and full details.

Registration is now open.

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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by kittysundae » Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:50 pm

I think it should be canceled and put back with hsnct because it overlaps AP exams and so some teams cant go

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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by KnicksRule » Sat Oct 19, 2013 8:02 pm

Will the field size be expanded from 48 teams?
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Sun Oct 20, 2013 12:50 am

Field expansion is a possibility. We will see what level of demand exists closer to the date of the tournament.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by KnicksRule » Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:34 pm

Will SSNCT happen if the field (48 teams) isn't reached.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:09 am

48 is a tentative field cap, not a minimum. We will run SSNCT as long as there is a reasonably competitive field. (Note that there are quite a few states that haven't even qualified any teams for SSNCT yet.)
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Magritte's Pipe » Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:28 pm

Call me insane (given the response this seems to be getting from many (most?) other schools) but I'm looking forward to this. My school has 500 students in it from grades 9-12. We are quite tiny compared to the average high school. We have to play teams from schools four or more times larger than us throughout the year. It's a nice change of pace to play teams our size for a change. When we used to attend the HSNCT in Atlanta, we always were more focused on getting at least four wins on Saturday so that we could get to the small schools playoff on Sunday. Now I don't mind having to play teams from large schools throughout the year - that's just part of the sport. But I don't see the fun in getting mauled by big schools at Nationals. Nationals is supposed to be a special event. It's not just another tournament (it's a lot more expensive and takes a lot more of a time commitment).
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Jan 15, 2014 6:20 pm

NAQT is now accepting wildcard applications for the 2014 Small School National Championship Tournament. To submit an application, please use our online form.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by KnicksRule » Tue Jan 21, 2014 5:38 pm

Can Geography Monstrosity be played here as well? I heard that it is being played at HSNCT.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Tue Jan 21, 2014 6:29 pm

It is unlikely that GM will be finished as early as the first week of May.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by quizbowllee » Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:10 pm

Has there been any more discussion or clarification about where the difficulty of the SSNCT questions will fall on the current "NAQT Difficulty Spectrum?"

Roughly equal to IS?
Harder than IS, but easier than Div. II SCT?
Harder than Div. II SCT, but easier than HSNCT?
Roughly equal to HSNCT?

I just want to know the target difficulty to be preparing my team.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Tue Jan 28, 2014 4:03 pm

quizbowllee wrote:Has there been any more discussion or clarification about where the difficulty of the SSNCT questions will fall on the current "NAQT Difficulty Spectrum?"

Roughly equal to IS?
Harder than IS, but easier than Div. II SCT?
Harder than Div. II SCT, but easier than HSNCT?
Roughly equal to HSNCT?

I just want to know the target difficulty to be preparing my team.
We expect that the SSNCT will be somewhat more difficult than an IS set, but easier than Division II SCT.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by quizbowllee » Thu Feb 20, 2014 11:55 am

Wow! 28 teams so far. That escalated quickly. We're very much looking forward to this!

Just to gauge the "success" of the situation, I noticed that many of the current field has never competed in HSNCT before. Congrats on bringing in more teams.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Sniper, No Sniping! » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:30 pm

So if you're the only small school in a tournament, you can automatically qualify for SSNCT,as seen here ?
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Thu Mar 06, 2014 2:41 pm

Yes.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by AKKOLADE » Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:08 am

So, with all respect to Miami Community Charter, which should be encouraged to continue playing quiz bowl as much as possible, what's the benefit of getting a brand new team that put up 5 ppb and finished in last place at its local tournament to spend $545 for the entry fee, $330.50 per person for a flight and $89 per room for two nights (likely two rooms) to go to a tournament where they likely will do poorly? We're talking about $3000 out of the pocket of a completely brand new team.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by quizbowllee » Fri Mar 07, 2014 4:33 pm

I thought that, even if you are the only Small School, you would have to at least finish in the top 50% of a field to qualify for SSNCT. I'm with Fred. I mean absolutely no disrespect to ANY team, but automatically inviting a team that went 0-6, averaged less than 25 ppg, and 5 ppb sort of calls the integrity of a NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP into question, especially when some teams who come from areas with many Small Schools have to struggle to qualify.

Again, I wish MCC all the luck in the world and I hope that they continue to play and improve. But, I don't understand how they qualified for SSNCT without winning a single match....
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Fri Mar 07, 2014 5:49 pm

quizbowllee wrote:you would have to at least finish in the top 50% of a field to qualify
This was the rule for small-school qualification for the 2013 and earlier HSNCTs. For the first year of SSNCT, we decided to be more lenient. It is likely that the qualification system will be adjusted for the 2015 SSNCT.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:13 pm

naqt.com wrote:As of March 18, 43 teams have registered for the 2014 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament. There are still 5 spots available, but NAQT recommends that schools hoping to attend register within the next week.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

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KnicksRule wrote:Will the field size be expanded from 48 teams?
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Post by quizbowllee » Wed Mar 26, 2014 1:03 pm

Is there any news in regards to the format of this tournament? Will we be using the card system that is used at HSNCT? Is a winning record on Saturday what determines playoff teams?
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Mar 26, 2014 2:08 pm

We have not yet finalized the format for the SSNCT. (In particular, it is quite possible that we might expand the field.)
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Post by Cheynem » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:22 pm

Do you still need staff for this?
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:55 pm

We do. Expect to hear from R. in the near future.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:53 pm

KnicksRule wrote:Will the field size be expanded from 48 teams?
The field has been expanded to 50 teams; it may expand further, depending on demand.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by quizbowllee » Mon Apr 14, 2014 9:51 am

As I continue preparing my teams for this event, a couple more questions have come up. I thought I would pose these questions in this public forum, as they are pertinent to all attending teams:

1) Will there be computational math at this tournament? If so, will it be only in bonuses?
2) Will this event follow the same subject distribution as HSNCT?

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Yes on all counts.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by KnicksRule » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:13 pm

In terms of the format of SSNCT, is there any more detailed information available? For instance, is the card system from HSNCT going to be used ?

Also, how many games can we expect to play at the tournament?
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Post by Important Bird Area » Mon Apr 14, 2014 5:20 pm

We're still working on the details, but we do not expect to use the card system for this tournament.
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bird bird bird bird bird wrote:We're still working on the details, but we do not expect to use the card system for this tournament.
No card system? That's sort of a bummer. :sad:
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Apr 16, 2014 9:48 pm

naqt.com wrote:The official hotel of the 2014 Small School National Championship, the Minneapolis airport Hilton, is now effectively full. NAQT has signed a contract with the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis International Airport to act as an overflow hotel.
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I haven't heard anything about (officially) staffing this yet--has any info been sent out?
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Our 50-team field is now full. Teams may join the waitlist.
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Cheynem wrote:I haven't heard anything about (officially) staffing this yet--has any info been sent out?
We haven't sent out the staffing information yet (but you are on our list).
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Post by Important Bird Area » Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:35 pm

KnicksRule wrote:In terms of the format of SSNCT, is there any more detailed information available?
This has now been finalized.
naqt.com wrote:On Saturday, the 50 teams will be divided into five preliminary brackets of 10 teams each. Each of those brackets will play a round-robin schedule (9 games). Each team will also have 1 bye round on Saturday. Every team with a winning record (5–4 or better) will advance to Sunday playoffs.

On Sunday, the playoff teams will play a double-elimination tournament; either 8 or 9 rounds will be played, depending on whether the champion finishes with a playoff loss or not.
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Are any side tournaments being played at SSNCT?
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

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KnicksRule wrote:Are any side tournaments being played at SSNCT?
I'm definitely down for a side tournament - preferably an "open" event where an old timer like myself can play.
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I would also most likely play in any available open side tournament.

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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Cheynem » Thu May 01, 2014 9:12 pm

I have no idea if anything is available to be run, but I can staff if needed (I don't have the time or energy to take the lead in anything). Aside from actual side events that could be mirrored, people could also run an informal, free (let me be clear--very informal and free) playing of some already run sets, like history bowl or theme packets or whatever.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

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I have a packet of (somewhat hard) Star Wars mashup tossups if you're looking to bundle together a bunch of unused packets into some kind of event.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

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Mewto55555 wrote:I have a packet of (somewhat hard) Star Wars mashup tossups if you're looking to bundle together a bunch of unused packets into some kind of event.
I demand to be able to hear these at some later time if this happens.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

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vinteuil wrote:
Mewto55555 wrote:I have a packet of (somewhat hard) Star Wars mashup tossups if you're looking to bundle together a bunch of unused packets into some kind of event.
I demand to be able to hear these at some later time if this happens.
I second this motion.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by remake20 » Fri May 02, 2014 1:41 pm

Several people from our team would definitely play a Star Wars set.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by AKKOLADE » Sat May 03, 2014 11:53 am

I nearly forgot this started today, so here are my projections for the SSNCT.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Sat May 03, 2014 5:54 pm

Statistics for the Saturday prelim rounds.

The teams that are 5-4 or better will advance to tomorrow's double-elimination playoffs.
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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: May 3-4, Minneapolis

Post by Important Bird Area » Sun May 04, 2014 4:36 pm

Congratulations to Hallsville (MO), which defeated AMSA (MA) 350-275 in the second game of an advantaged final to win the inaugural SSNCT!

Full statistics are now available.
Jeff Hoppes
President, Northern California Quiz Bowl Alliance
former HSQB Chief Admin (2012-13)
VP for Communication and history subject editor, NAQT
Editor emeritus, ACF

"I wish to make some kind of joke about Jeff's love of birds, but I always fear he'll turn them on me Hitchcock-style." -Fred

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Re: 2014 NAQT Small School NCT: Congratulations Hallsville!

Post by naesorman555 » Tue May 06, 2014 6:41 pm

Will questions be made available to those that did not attend?
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