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2018 NSC Fee Structure

The fee structure for the 2018 PACE NSC is as follows:

Base fee: $695 per team (note that this is per team, not per school)
Buzzer systems*: –$10 each per school, max 1 per team
Staffers: –$50 each per school, max 2 per school
Hosting a gold-certified tournament: –$10 each per tournament, no limit
Hosting a platinum-certified tournament: –$20 each per tournament, no limit
Early payment discount: –$15 from total fee for full payment by March 1

*In order to claim a buzzer discount, teams must provide a system with at least eight fully working buzzers (defined as having lockout capabilities and functional identifying lights). Buzzer systems will be tested at buzzer check-in and teams who provide non-working systems will be required to refund the discount. Please note that unlike last year, buzzer discounts will be limited to one per team.

Teams may choose to pay the full registration fee as soon as they register, or to pay a $100 down payment at registration. PACE will count the $100 down payment towards the registration fee. If your team is being paid for in full by the team’s school or school district and another group, such as the students and/or coach, fronted the down payment, PACE will reimburse your team $100.

If a registered team withdraws from the tournament:
– The down payment is fully refundable (minus $5 processing fee) until March 13, 2018.
– The down payment is half-refundable (minus $5 processing fee) until March 27, 2018.
– After March 28, 2018, the down payment is non-refundable.
– After May 6, 2018, the full payment is non-refundable.

All registration payments, online or by mailed check, must be received by May 6, 2018. For each day your payment is not received after May 6, a $15 fee will be added to your entry fee. If your payment is not received by May 17, PACE reserves the right to drop your team from the tournament.

NSC entry fees primarily go towards writers and editors of the NSC question set, travel and lodging for NSC staffers, organization operating costs, and maintenance costs for this website and the forums. For more details, please see this post.

2018 NSC Registered Teams

This page contains the list of teams who have registered for the 2018 NSC by qualifying, submitting the registration form, and sending in their deposit. It was last updated on 1/6/2018.

There are currently 21 teams registered. The field cap is 96.

Registered Teams

Adair County High School (Columbia, KY)
Canyon Crest A (San Diego, CA)
Canyon Crest B (San Diego, CA)
Centennial A (Ellicott City, MD)
Centennial B (Ellicott City, MD)
Davis Senior High School (Davis, CA)
Hoover High School (Hoover, AL)
Lehigh Valley Academy (Bethlehem, PA)
Maggie Walker (Richmond, VA)
Montgomery Blair A (Silver Spring, MD)
Montgomery Blair B (Silver Spring, MD)
Montgomery Blair C (Silver Spring, MD)
Northmont High School (Clayton, OH)
Paul Laurence Dunbar A (Lexington, KY)
Paul Laurence Dunbar B (Lexington, KY)
Paul Laurence Dunbar C (Lexington, LY)
Strake Jesuit A (Houston, TX)
Troy High School NJROTC A (Fullerton, CA)
Troy High School NJROTC B (Fullerton, CA)
Troy High School NJROTC C (Fullerton, CA)
Wilton High School (Wilton, CT)

Waitlisted Teams

2018 NSC Registration

Registration for the 2018 PACE National Scholastic Championship opened for all qualified teams on November 1, 2017.

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 Niki Peters at For questions regarding the standby list, you may contact VP of Outreach Fred Morlan at

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 for $134 per night. The hotel room rate includes complimentary wireless internet access for all guests. Rooms are set aside for all days of the tournament. The online booking link will be posted as soon as it is available.

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.

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 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 Rosemont on the morning of June 10th 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.