The University of Sioux Falls is pleased to announce that it is working with National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC to host a high school quiz bowl tournament on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. The top finishers (including the Top Small School) will qualify for the NAQT High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) to be held during the 2012 Memorial Day weekend at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Atlanta.

To learn more about the this year's event, please click on the navigation links at the left.


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The base registration fee is $75. There is a $10 discount for bringing a working lockout system. There is a $10 penalty for waiting to register until after November 3. This fee includes one printed copy of the questions used at the tournament. Please note that the questions will not be distributed until the conclusion of the tournament; teams that opt to leave early may pay ($5) to have their sets shipped to them.

Teams will be able to pay when they check in at the tournament site. Please make checks payable to "University of Sioux Falls."

Teams that want to send a check in advance should mail it to the following address:

University of Sioux Falls
c/o Chad Birger
1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD  57105

Tournament Information

Eligibility and Qualification:

All high schools (public, private, magnet, charter, religious, etc.) are eligible to compete in this event and no prior qualification is necessary. Teams from home school collectives are also welcome. If you have a special situation, feel free to This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it in advance for a ruling.


The tournament will be staffed entirely by current or former college players, volunteers or university personnel. Coaches will not be required to assist with the running of the tournament and will be able to watch their team(s) throughout the event.


The format of the tournament will be determined by the number of teams that register, but all participants are guaranteed at least six games.


The top four teams overall will receive team trophies, and the members of the winning team will receive individual trophies. The top team from a small public school (with non-selective admission policy and fewer than 500 total students in grades 10-12) will receive a trophy. The top eight individual scorers will receive All-Star awards as will the top freshman and sophomore scorers.

Question Security

This tournament will use questions provided by National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC. We are using Invitational Series #99A and have purchased geographic exclusivity for South Dakota. It is the responsibility of participating teams to make sure that they have not attended (and do not plan to attend) another tournament anywhere in the country that is using the same packet set. Teams can find explanations of geographic exclusivity and their responsibility in maintaining question security on NAQT's website. Teams can also look up the sets assigned to past and future tournaments. Teams with questions about exclusivity or security should contact NAQT at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Preparing for the Tournament

Teams that are completely new to NAQT may be interested in purchasing NAQT's New High School Package and in reading its online article about starting a new quiz bowl team.


Teams that do not qualify for the playoffs after the first six rounds may return after lunch for more games played on a "for-fun" basis. These will be (loosely) organized starting at 1:30 p.m. Teams may mix-and-match for the scrimmage rounds, play against their coaches, play against staff or play in any other combination that they find enjoyable.

Further Questions

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Teams may check in between 8-8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, in Zbornik Hall in the Salsbury Science Center. At this time teams will pay (if they haven't sent a check in advance) and receive a copy of the rules (also available online on the NAQT website), a copy of their schedules for the day and other pertinent information about the tournament.

From 8:30-9 a.m. there will be an introductory meeting (also in Zbornik Hall) to go over the rules, format and schedule. Coaches, players and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions. Teams are also encouraged to ask questions in advance This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to make the meeting go as smoothly as possible.

From 9 a.m.-noon each team will play six preliminary rounds. The teams with the best overall records will advance to the playoffs.

From noon-1:30 p.m. teams will have a lunch break. Teams that have been eliminated may depart, or they may stay to watch the playoffs, scrimmage against each other or explore USF's campus.

From 1:30-3:30 p.m. the top teams from the preliminary rounds will meet each other in the playoffs.

At 3:30 p.m. there will be an awards presentation. This will be kept brief, and teams will be able to leave immediately thereafter.


The tournament will be held on the University of Sioux Falls campus (View Campus Map) in the Salsbury Science Center and Cleveland Center. The Science Center is in the middle of campus, and the Cleveland Center is on the south side of campus (along 26th Street). The initial meeting will be in Zbornik Hall on the ground floor of the Science Center; there are parking lots just to the south of both the Cleveland Center and the Science Center.

Staffing / Volunteers

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