Category:National championships

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A national championship is an event purporting to award a title to the best quizbowl team in a particular country (though some national championships have teams from multiple countries) for a particular type of competitor. Over the years a number of national championships have been held for college, high school, and middle school levels of play, with widely varying formats, question quality, and perceived legitimacy.

Active titles

Title Tournament Awarding Title Sponsoring Organization Eligible Participants First year awarded
ACF Nationals Overall ACF Nationals ACF College teams 1991
ACF Nationals Undergraduate ACF Nationals ACF College teams composed of undergraduates 2008
ACF Nationals Division II ACF Nationals ACF College teams composed of new players 2008
NAQT ICT Division I ICT NAQT College teams 1997
NAQT ICT Undergraduate ICT NAQT College teams composed of undergraduates 1998
NAQT ICT Division II ICT NAQT College teams composed of new players 1998
NAQT CCCT CCCT NAQT Community college teams 2009
HCASC HCASC College Bowl College teams from HBCUs 1990
HSNCT HSNCT NAQT High school teams 1999
SSNCT Traditional Public Schools SSNCT NAQT High school teams from small public high schools 2017 (split from overall SSNCT title)
SSNCT Very Small Schools SSNCT NAQT High school teams from very small public high schools 2017
SSNCT Open SSNCT NAQT High school teams from small high schools that aren't traditional public schools (private, magnet, charter, etc.) 2018 (modified from SSNCT Charter & Private title, which had been split in 2017 from a single SSNCT title)
IPNCT IPNCT NAQT High school players on their own (i.e., not with a team) 2018
NSC NSC PACE High school teams 1998
MSNCT MSNCT NAQT Middle school teams 2011
National History Bowl Varsity NHBB National Championships NHBB High school teams 2011
National History Bowl JV NHBB National Championships NHBB High school teams composed of new players 2011
National History Bowl Small School Varsity NHBB National Championships NHBB High school teams from small schools 2012
National History Bowl Small School JV NHBB National Championships NHBB High school teams composed of new players from small schools 2012
Middle School History Bowl NHBB Middle School History Bowl NHBB Middle schools 2013
National History Bee Varsity NHBB National Championships NHBB High school players 2011
National History Bee JV NHBB National Championships NHBB High school players who are below 11th grade 2011
National History Bee Middle School National History Bee NHBB Middle school players 2012
U.S. History Bee NHBB National Championships NHBB High school players 2014
U.S. History Bee JV NHBB National Championships NHBB High school players who are below 11th grade 2015
National History Bee Elementary School National History Bee NHBB Elementary school players 2012
Geography Olympiad Varsity Quizbowl Portion NHBB National Championships NHBB High school students 2013
Geography Olympiad JV Quizbowl Portion NHBB National Championships NHBB High school students who are below an age cutoff 2013
JROTC Academic Bowl JROTC Convention JROTC High school JROTC clubs  ?
NAC NAC Questions Unlimited High school teams 1983
NAC JV NAC Questions Unlimited High school teams composed of new players 2010
NAC Middle School NAC Questions Unlimited Middle school teams 2008
Beta Club High School Beta Club National Convention Beta Club High school teams 1995
Beta Club Middle School Beta Club National Convention Beta Club Middle school teams 1995

Defunct titles

Title Tournament Awarding Title Sponsoring Organization Eligible Participants First year awarded Last year awarded Last champion
College Bowl NCT NCT College Bowl College teams 1978 2008 Rochester
National Invitation Tournament National Invitation Tournament Emory University College teams 1979 1985 North Carolina
All-American Invitational All-American Invitational IBA College teams 1988 1989 Georgia Tech
CULT‡ CULT Mike Bentley Open teams 2010 2010 Cheyne/Seal/Carson/Arnold
TRASHionals TRASHionals TRASH Open teams 1998 2010 Quintong/Murphy/Richey/White
HSNCT Top Small School HSNCT NAQT High school teams from small schools 2002 2013 (became SSNCT) Macomb
Tournament of Champions TOC ASCN High school teams 1987 2005 Dorman
Stars 2000 Stars 2000 National Academic Tournament Academic Enterprises High school teams 1989 1991 Dorman
National Academic Super Bowl National Academic Super Bowl Duval County School Board High school all-star teams by county 1981 1988 Fayette County
NAQT ICT Division II Top Community College* ICT NAQT Community college teams 2002 2014 (to consolidate CCCT as the sole NAQT community college title) Valencia
NAQT SSNCT Charter & Private Schools Division SSNCT NAQT High school teams from small private schools and small non-selective charter schools 2017 2017 (changed to Open) St. Mark's
Scholastic Showdown Scholastic Showdown Griffin Experience High school teams 1994 1995 Eisenhower
National Academic Bowl National Academic Bowl Just Asking High school teams 1996 1997 Edison
National Quiz Bowl for Jesuit Schools National Quiz Bowl for Jesuit Schools Loyola Academy High school teams from Jesuit schools 2001 2001 St. Ignatius
Panasonic Panasonic Academic Challenge Polk County Department of Education High school all-star teams by state 1988  ?
American Academic Challenge AAC Brooks Sanders High school teams 1993 1995 Walton**
NASAT NASAT HSAPQ High school all-star teams by state 2010 2017 (seemingly) Illinois***

*While the Top Community College continued to be recognized at ICT since the launch of the CCCT in 2009, NAQT's website says the ICT team is "not considered a national champion" by NAQT. As of the 2015, recognition of the Top Community College at the ICT will no longer occur.

**The tournament was announced to return in 2015, but was canceled.

***HSAPQ ended operations in 2017. A 2018 incarnation of NASAT may occur under different management, but as of this writing has not been announced.

‡A sequel to CULT, COLT, was run as Chicago Open Trash in 2011, but was not billed as a national championship.

§NHBB recognizes the top middle school, top solo team, and top small school based on their final finish at the National History Bowl, but these are not generally considered 'national championships' per se, because they are rarely directly played off, among other reasons. Thus, they are not listed here. The actual championship for middle schools is a separate event held on the same weekend as the middle school History Bee and is listed above.