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FAQ: National Championship Tournament

The following is a Q & A format covering the most frequently asked questions.

The College Bowl National Championship Tournament features the 15 College Bowl Regional Champions and a 16th wild card team, drawn at random from among the second place teams.

Participating schools pay their own travel, housing, meals & incidental expenses. There is no tournament registration fee.

The NCT is held in late April or early May.  For 2008, the dates under consideration are the weekend of April 18-20 or April 25-27.

At a college or university.  A school need not be in the NCT to host the tournament. We try to rotate the NCT around the country to equalize travel costs.

2006 - Univ. of Hartford
2007 - Univ. of Southern California
2008 - recruiting a site

A full round robin using 8 rooms is played. Teams arrive Friday.  Round robin play starts Friday evening and continues all day on Saturday.  A 4-team double-elimination playoff and awards brunch concludes the NCT on Sunday.

The NCT is run by a committee consisting of Host, ACUI and College Bowl Company personnel. The Co-Tournament Directors are:

Tom Michael (College Bowl) Gail Ferlazzo (ACUI)
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The Association of College Unions International (ACUI) has been College Bowl's educational partner since 1976. ACUI provides significant volunteer leadership in the overall management of the College Bowl Program.  ACUI coordinates the planning and execution of the National Championship Tournament (NCT) with the College Bowl Company.

The NCT depends upon the volunteers! We recruit game officials nationwide, but area volunteers are given priority. The NCT budget does not provide full travel, housing & meals benefits, but there are some possible travel subsidies. Email Tom Michael for more information on being a volunteer for the NCT.

A school need not be in the NCT to host the tournament. In fact, the site decision is made well in advance of the qualifying Regional Championship Tournaments.

  • Student Union or other campus facilities:
    • 8 game rooms
    • meeting rooms
    • tournament office
    • break room
    • moderator's reading room
    • access to food service
  • Local facilities:
    • hotel/motel rooms
    • airport shuttles
    • in-town shuttles
  • Financial Support. The type of this support varies, but includes:
    • In kind contributions
    • Local sponsors (for specific costs)
    • Cost of local events/services
    • Cash allocation

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