The tournament field has historically filled up to the cap of 96 teams, so we encourage teams to start the registration process as early as possible.
More information about the 2016 NSC itself can be found at the main 2016 NSC page.
The current field, waitlist, and standby list can be found at the registered teams page.
If you have any questions regarding the registration process, you may contact Director of Communications Marianna Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the standby list, you may contact VP of Outreach Nicholas Karas at email@example.com.
Registration for qualified teams
Qualified teams may register by completing the following two steps:
1. Filling out the NSC registration form. Please note that solely filling out this form does not guarantee a spot in the NSC field.
2. Making a $100 down payment, or alternatively, full payment of their registration costs. Teams are guaranteed a spot in the NSC field once this payment is received. Unlike registration for last year’s NSC, spots in the field will be reserved based on the deposit receipt date, and in the event of the tie, on postmark date.
Payment may be made securely online via Paypal, or in the form of a check made out to “Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence” sent to:
PO Box 57
125 Shelter Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
If the field is full, qualified teams may reserve a spot on the waitlist by completing registration. The order of the waitlist will be determined by the order in which registration is completed.
Teams with standby status must commit to showing up to the tournament and being ready to play if a registered team fails to appear on Saturday morning for any reason. Standby teams play on an as-needed basis for no charge. Standby teams are responsible for arranging and paying for all of their own costs associated with attending the tournament, including travel and lodging, just as if they were regular teams in the field. The recompense for being a standby team is the possibility of playing the tournament for free, and does not entitle any team to any reimbursement from PACE for its attendance expenses. There is no guarantee that any spots will open for standby teams to play.
Teams applying for standby status need not have qualified for the 2016 NSC, and may be B-teams, C-teams, etc. of teams already in the field. However, all members of any such standby team must plan to be in Rosemont on the morning of June 4th regardless of whether they get to play.
To apply for standby status, please fill out the standby application form. Note that this is different from the registration form for qualified teams.
In the event that spots do open up, PACE reserves discretion in selecting which standby teams fill the vacancies, though barring extreme circumstances it will do so in a first-come, first-served order based on the time at which teams filled out the form.
The list of teams with standby status is not the same as the official waitlist for entry into the tournament. Teams on the official waitlist may also apply to be standby teams.