2019 NSC Registration

Registration for the 2019 PACE National Scholastic Championship opened for all qualified teams on November 1, 2018. See below for details.

The tournament field has historically filled up to the field cap, so we encourage teams to start the registration process as early as possible.

More information about the 2019 NSC itself can be found at the main 2019 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 Tournament Director Sarah Angelo at tournament.director@pace-nsc.org.

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 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.

The fee structure for the tournament can be found here. After filling out the registration form, teams will receive an invoice with what they owe.

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

2019 PACE NSC Venue Information
Location: The 2019 PACE NSC will be held at the Hyatt Regency Reston in Reston, VA.
Address: 1800 Presidents Street, Reston, Virginia, United States, 20190
Phone Number: 703 709 1234. When calling the hotel with questions or to reserve rooms, please refer to the PACE group.
Room Rate: $134 + tax, per double bed room, per night, which can be booked over the phone or at https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/group-booking/RESTO/G-PAC9.

Parking: Self-Parking is available on-site for a fee. Current parking rates for standard vehicles can be found here. If you would like to park an oversize vehicle such as a school bus, please contact Bernadette Spencer at bspencer@pace-nsc.org to make arrangements with the hotel. There is also free daily parking at the Reston Town Center, but cars cannot be left there overnight.

Transportation: The Hyatt Regency Reston offers a complimentary shuttle from Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) to the hotel between 6:00am – 10:00pm Monday – Friday and 7:00am – 10:00pm Saturday and Sunday. Shuttle service should be requested by texting the keyword “SHUTTLE” to 703-991-2117 when you arrive at the airport. Please call the front desk at 703-709-1234 with any questions about the shuttle service. The closest Metro station to the hotel is the Wiehle-Reston East Station, which is approximately 1.5 miles away from the hotel. The station is served by numerous suburban bus routes that will occasionally travel within close proximity to the hotel. We recommend using Google Maps transit option to explore potential transfers from Wiehle-Reston East.

Competition Spaces: Games will be held in the second floor meeting space, which is accessible by both staircase and elevator, a floorplan of which can be found here. Games will also be played in converted hotel rooms, floors to be determined closer to the date of the tournament. Team’s schedules will be designed to minimize, if not completely eliminate, travel between the meeting spaces floors and the hotel rooms. Please reach out to Bernadette Spencer at bspencer@pace-nsc.org to discuss any location requests or accommodations.

Area Attractions: The Hyatt Regency Reston contains two hotel bars and restaurants, a gift shop, and a Panera Bread, all located on the lobby level (first floor) of the hotel. There is an exit from the the lobby level out to the Reston Town Center, home to many restaurants and shops, a movie theater, and walking paths.

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 2019 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 8th regardless of whether they get to play.

Teams may register for standby status by e-mailing 2019 NSC Tournament Director Sarah Angelo Luongo (tournament.director@pace-nsc.org).

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.