I’m very pleased to announce that the NAQT Illinois State Championship will take place on Saturday, February 14, 2015 on the campus of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. This event is jointly hosted by the University of Illinois Academic Buzzer Team and the IHSSBCA. I have the honor of directing this tournament once again.
As with the previous 5 iterations, this year's NAQT Illinois State Championship will be the best venue of competition for Illinois’ very best teams. We award prestigious state titles (both an overall and Small School title,) as well as bids for both national title competitions, NAQT HSNCT, and PACE NSC, and we are happy to invite any excellent team, regardless of where they happen to be from. You can thus expect the highest level of competition, and commensurate moderation, facilities, and questions from this event, which will also serve as the greatest preparation for other state and national championships.
QUALIFICATION & REGISTRATION
To register for the Illinois NAQT State Championship, your team must qualify by finishing in the top 25% at a varsity event (tournament, conference, or league;) or in the top 10% at an event with a restricted field, like a turnabout tournament (freshman/sophomore-only events are not qualifiers.) If all of the otherwise-qualifying teams from an event were Large Schools by NAQT's definition, then the highest-finishing team from a Small School also qualifies, so long as they finished in the top half of the tournament.
Schools may register as many teams as they have distinctly qualified, two teams from a school being distinct if and only if they share no players.
The field is tentatively capped at 32 teams. I am aggressively looking to expand this, but need to get more staffers. Qualified registrants will be entered on a first come, first served basis, but as I am able to expand the field, I will reserve the right to admit standby teams in the order that I think best for the tournament. So, please register as soon as you can!
Mike Wong of the IHSSBCA is doing the service of verifying and contacting qualified teams, for which I thank him profusely. If you qualify, including if you have received notification from IHSSBCA, you may proceed to register by clicking here. Just like for Kickoff this year, we're using the NAQT registration system, so you'll need an NAQT account (which is free and easy to make.)
If you have questions about qualification, or especially if you think you qualify but have not been contacted, please e-mail us right away. If you want to register
TOURNAMENT QUESTIONS, RULES & FORMAT
The NAQT Illinois State Championship will be played on NAQT's 2015 Division II SCT set. Compared to an IS set, this is somewhat harder, contains more rounds, and will have no computation questions (like HSNCT,) but is otherwise substantially similar.
This tournament will be played under NAQT rules, including timed play.
The format of the NAQT Illinois State Championship will depend on the field size, so I will announce it nearer the event. I plan to use a seeded, record-matching card system (a la HSNCT,) with re-bracketed playoffs. If at all possible, meaningful record ties will be played off rather than broken statistically.
LOCATION & TRAVEL
The NAQT Illinois State Championship will take place at David Kinley Hall at the University of Illinois. Free weekend parking is available nearby in Lot E3 and several other places nearby. If you have any travel questions, including requests for directions to the tournament via public transit, please contact us.
DISCOUNTS & FEES
The registration fee for the NAQT Illinois State Championship is $75 for the first team and $65 for each subsequent team. A $5 discount is available for each working buzzer system. A $10 discount is available for each qualified reader who is able to read for the whole tournament (to be clear: we'll also pay any staffers brought by teams - the discount is for teams helping us to locate staffers and bringing them to the tournament.) Obviously, our tournament can’t happen without working buzzer systems or able staff, so please bring as many as you can!
Checks for registration fees should be made out to the IHSSBCA. If you wish to pay in advance, you can remit a check to:
Centennial High School
913 S. Crescent Dr.
Champaign, IL 61821-3435.
Otherwise, payment is due at the start of the tournament. You'll receive an invoice by e-mail after you register.
CALL FOR STAFF
The NAQT Illinois State Championship can’t happen without staff! Fortunately, our state has a large, able and supportive corps of tournament staffers. If you are one of them, please register to help at this tournament as soon as you can. Staffers will receive monetary compensation ($50 for a qualified, full time moderator!) as well as food. I may also be able to assist with travel and even lodging if those are necessary for you. If you have any questions or want to sign up to staff, please contact us.
You can post any questions not otherwise addressed here: I'll check this thread and reply daily. You can also contact us by e-mail. Please check this thread for general updates, and check your e-mail for items specific to you. You can see the field from NAQT's site.
SUMMARY & ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
NAQT Illinois State Championship 2/14 is at University of Illinois. Register your team(s) here. Register to staff here. Post questions, or e-mail us with them.
Thanks again to Michael Wong for handling qualification - that's a tough and usually thankless job! Thanks to Andrew Wang (the Younger) the the Illinois ABT for getting us space. More to follow!