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 2018 NSC itself can be found at the main 2018 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 Alex Damisch at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding the standby list, you may contact VP of Outreach Fred Morlan 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, which opened on November 1, 2017. Please note that solely filling out this form does not guarantee a spot in the NSC field.
2. Making a $100 deposit, or alternatively, full payment of their registration costs. Teams are guaranteed a spot in the NSC field once this payment is received. Spots in the field will be reserved based on the deposit receipt date, and in the event of the tie, on postmark date.
Note: The above process must be completed for every team that seeks to register, even teams from the same school. For an example, if a school seeks to register two teams, the school should fill out the registration form twice (once for each team), and make two $100 deposits (can be combined into a single $200 payment; please make a note in the payment that the payment is to cover two teams’ deposit) or full payment.
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:
c/o Michael Bentley
5603 125th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA 98006
The official tournament hotel is the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, VA. PACE has secured a block of quadruple occupancy rooms with two double beds at a special rate of $134 per night, not including applicable taxes and fees. Teams can book hotel rooms using the following link: https://aws.passkey.com/go/PACE2018.
The hotel room rate includes complimentary wireless internet access for all guests. Rooms are set aside for all days of the tournament. Teams ready to book may contact the hotel’s reservation desk at 703-709-1234 and ask for the PACE NSC rate.
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. If a team on the waitlist is unable to enter the field, their deposit will be refunded.
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 2018 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 Reston on the morning of June 2nd regardless of whether they get to play.
Teams may register for standby status using this standby registration form (coming soon).
Note that this is a different form 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.