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NSC 2014: Standby Teams

The 2014 PACE National Scholastic Championship, to be held on May 24 and 25 at the Hyatt Regency Reston in the Washington, DC metro area, is now seeking standby teams.

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 2014 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 May 24th regardless of whether they get to play.

To apply for standby status, please fill out the Google form at this link [note that this is DIFFERENT from the original registration form]. 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 wait list for entry into the tournament. An announcement about the wait list policy for the 2014 NSC will be coming shortly, if and when PACE receives payment from the 96th team and the official field closes. Teams on the official wait list may also apply to be standby teams. We will be maintaining both lists on our website on the “Registered Teams” tab, along with the list of registered teams proper.

For further questions about the standby team process, please contact PACE VP of Outreach, Matt Jackson, at outreach@pace-nsc.org.

Travel to the 2014 NSC: Silver Line Metro is closed

Since it’s clear that the Silver Line will not open in time for the tournament, here’s a list of ways to get to the hotel.

By shuttle (Coming from Dulles International Airport):

The Hyatt Regency Reston has a free shuttle bus which runs to and from the hotel. PACE strongly recommends that teams flying into Dulles take this shuttle to the tournament site. Follow signs to “Ground Transportation” or ask the nearest travel desk where hotel shuttles depart from.

By public transportation (subway to bus):

(Teams flying into Reagan National Airport should take the Yellow or Blue lines north to L’Enfant Plaza, and then take the Orange Line to the West Falls Church Metro station.)

-Take the Fairfax Connector Route 505 bus from the West Falls Church Metro Station to Reston Town Center; departs every half-hour

Teams which intend to take public transportation should pay attention to the weekday timetable for the 505 bus, available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/pdf/505wd.pdf, and the different weekend timetable, available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/pdf/505we.pdf. Teams should also be aware that the Metro rail system can be subject to unpredicted and unexpected delays (checking http://wmata.org). If your team must take public transporation, we recommend budgeting in at least one hour of flexibility into your travel schedule, so as to ensure arriving on time.

By car

Coming from the Capital Beltway (I-495):
-If your car is northbound (going clockwise): get off on exit 45 going west, to merge with the Dulles Access Road (VA 267). If your car is southbound (going counterclockwise): get off on exit 45A to merge with the Dulless Access Road (VA 267).
-On the Dulles Access Road (VA 267): Continue until exit 12 to your right, getting on Reston Parkway; the Hyatt should be on your left shortly.

 

Coming from Reagan National Airport:
-Go north on George Washington Memorial Parkway
-After a few miles, exit on the left onto N Spout Run Pkwy toward I-66 W/US-29 /Arlington/Washington
-Turn right onto I-29 S
-Make a quick left to merge onto I-66 West (Custis Memorial Parkway)
-Keep right at exit 67 to merge onto Dulles Toll Road (VA 267); stay on it for 23 miles
-On the Dulles Access Road (VA 267): Continue until exit 12 to your right, getting on Reston Parkway; the Hyatt should be on your left shortly.

Coming from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport:
-Go northwest on I-195 West until Exit 4B, then take I-95 South
-Merge onto I-495 going south
-get off on exit 45A to merge with the Dulles Access Road (VA 267)
-On the Dulles Access Road (VA 267): Continue until exit 12 to your right, getting on Reston Parkway; the Hyatt should be on your left shortly.

Coming from west of the DC area, via I-66 East:
-Merge onto Fairfax County Pkwy (VA-286 N), go north for 9 miles
-Turn right on New Dominion Parkway
-Turn right onto Fountain Drive
-Turn left onto Freedom Drive; Hyatt should be around the bend as Freedom Drive becomes President Drive

2014 NSC: Wildcard Procedure

The procedure for submitting a wildcard bid is as follows:

Teams that wish to submit a wildcard bid for the 2014 PACE NSC should send an e-mail to PACE member George Berry at georgeberry.vcu@gmail.com. Please include the following information in the e-mail:
1. Team name (i.e. Smith High School B).
2. Expected team roster, including grades of players. Note: you are not bound to keep this roster.
3. Link to stats with top performances this school year.
4. Does your school meet the PACE small school definition? See http://www.pace-nsc.org/2014-nsc-small-jv/ for more information.
5. Brief summary of why your team deserves a NSC bid.

The PACE Wildcard Committee will review all bids and respond quickly.

2014 NSC: Registered Teams List

This page lists teams in various stages of registration for the 2014 NSC. It will be updated regularly. Last update: 1:21PM 5/18/14   This is the list of teams that have completed both parts of registration for the 2014 NSC. The field is full at 96 teams.

Team City, State
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School A Acton, MA
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School B Acton, MA
Adlai E. Stevenson High School Lincolnshire, IL
Albemarle High School Charlottesville, VA
Amador Valley High School Pleasanton, CA
Amherst B Amherst, NY
Arlington High School Arlington, MA
Bellaire A Houston, TX
Bellaire B Houston, TX
Bellarmine San Jose, CA
Bergen County Academies A Hackensack, NJ
Blacksburg High School A Blacksburg, VA
Blacksburg High School B Blacksburg, VA
Bloomington Bloomington, IL
Canyon Crest Academy San Diego, CA
Capistrano Valley High School A Mission Viejo, CA
Carbondale High School Carbondale, IL
Cave Spring Roanoke, VA
Centennial High School Ellicott City, Maryland
Charter School of Wilmington A Wilmington, DE
Charter School of Wilmington B Wilmington, DE
Chattahoochee Johns Creek, GA
Detroit Catholic Central A Novi, MI
Detroit Catholic Central B Novi, MI
Detroit Catholic Central C Novi, MI
Divine Child High School Dearborn, MI
Dorman A Spartanburg, SC
Dorman B Spartanburg, SC
Downingtown East High School Exton, PA
Dublin Scioto Dublin, OH
DuBois Area High School DuBois, PA
Enloe A Raleigh, NC
Enloe B Raleigh, NC
Farragut Knoxville, TN
Fenton High School Bensenville, IL
Fisher Catholic Lancaster, OH
F. W. Buchholz High School A Gainesville, FL
George Washington High School Charleston, WV
Georgetown Day School Washington, DC
High Technology HS A Lincroft, NJ
High Technology HS B Lincroft, NJ
Holland Holland, MI
Hunter College High School A New York, NY
Hunter College High School B New York, NY
Hunter College High School C New York, NY
Inglemoor Club Kenmore, WA
Interlake High School Bellevue, WA
Kellenberg Memorial High School A Uniondale, NY
Ladue Horton Watkins High School St. Louis, MO
Langley High School McLean, VA
Loudoun County High School Leesburg, VA
Liberal Arts and Science Academy A Austin, TX
Liberal Arts and Science Academy B Austin, TX
Maggie Walker A Richmond, VA
Maggie Walker B Richmond, VA
Manheim Township A Lancaster, PA
Manheim Township B Lancaster, PA
Montgomery Blair A Silver Spring, MD
Mountain Lakes Mountain Lakes, NJ
NC School of Science & Math Durham, NC
North Babylon High School North Babylon, NY
Northmont High School A Clayton, OH
Oakland Mills High School Columbia, MD
Oak Ridge High School Oak Ridge, TN
Oldham County High School Buckner, KY
Paul Laurence Dunbar A Lexington, KY
Paul Laurence Dunbar B Lexington, KY
Peninsula High School Gig Harbor, WA
Pingry A Basking Ridge, NJ
Quince Orchard High School Gaithersburg, MD
Raleigh Charter High School A Raleigh, NC
Richard Montgomery A Rockville, MD
Richard Montgomery B Rockville, MD
Ridgewood High School Ridgewood, NJ
Rockford Auburn A Rockford, IL
Rockford Auburn B Rockford, IL
Saint Joseph HS Metuchen, NJ
Shanghai American School Shanghai, China
Sharon A Sharon, MA
Sharon B Sharon, MA
Sidney High School A Sidney, OH
Singapore American School Singapore, Singapore
St. Anselm’s Abbey School Washington DC
St. Charles Preparatory School Columbus, OH
St. John’s Houston, TX
State College Area High School A State College, PA
Taft Charter High School Woodland Hills, CA
Thomas Jefferson A Alexandria, VA
Thomas Jefferson B Alexandria, VA
Torrey Pines A San Diego, CA
Torrey Pines B San Diego, CA
UChicago Laboratory HS A Chicago, IL
Walter Johnson High School Bethesda, MD
Western Albemarle Charlottesville, VA
Westminster Atlanta, GA
Yukon High School Yukon, OK

This is the list of standby teams. There are 2 teams sorted by order of signup.

Team City, State
The Country Bears Stillman Valley, IL
Gonzaga Washington, DC

2014 NSC: Small School and JV Titles

PACE is pleased to announce that it will be awarding two new titles starting with the 2014 National Scholastic Championship. These two new titles recognize the best three Junior Varsity teams and best three Small School teams.

A JV team consists of players in 10th grade or below. Middle school teams count as JV teams.

A “small school” is a school with fewer than 700 students in 10th through 12th grades that is a public school and has a non-selective admission policy (non-selective is not the same as non-magnet; schools from systems where every school is a specialized center and students may choose to attend any are eligible).

A team can be eligible for both the JV and small school title.

If the top two small schools or JV teams do not make the top bracket, the top 2 teams will play an advantaged best-of-3 finals after their playoffs have ended (i.e. while the final top bracket playoff games are going on). Outright ties for 3rd place will be broken with a one game match.

If a small school or JV team makes the top bracket, there will not be a separate finals for the small school or JV title unless there is an outright tie. The eligible team in the top bracket that ends up in the highest overall position will be declared the small school and/or JV champion.

Small schools and JV teams will still need to qualify for the NSC through the regular qualification processes spelled out at http://www.pace-nsc.org/2014-nsc-team-qualification-guidelines/. If a small school or JV team does not qualify through the regular means, they can still apply for qualification through the wildcard process. The wildcard approval committee will consider JV and small school status. We plan to re-evaluate the qualification procedures for next year in light of these new titles.

FAQ:

Q: Why is PACE awarding small school and JV titles?
A: PACE hopes to encourage more national tournament participation amongst small schools (especially those in rural areas) and underclassmen.

Q: We qualified two teams for the NSC. Neither of these teams were JV teams. Can I bring one varsity team and one JV team to the NSC?
A: Yes, the normal NSC qualification rules still apply. The team you send to the NSC does not need to include any of the same players you qualified with.

Q: Will JV tournaments be eligible for NSC affiliation?
A: Not this year. We are re-evaluating this policy for next year. We will consider wildcard bids from teams that have performed well at JV tournaments.