The 2021 PACE NSC will take place online using Zoom on June 5-6, 2021. Registration for qualified teams opened on January 1, 2021. In order to facilitate online competition, we are changing our question format to exclude bonus bouncebacks. We are requiring all teams to adhere to our anti-cheating policy.
The tournament will be directed by Casey Bindas, and the set will be head edited by Mike Bentley.
The tournament schedule is available online. All teams are guaranteed at least 13 games.
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 Rebecca Rosenthal 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 opens on January 1, 2021. 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 Joe Nutter
711 Cosmopolitan Dr NE, #220
Atlanta, GA 30324
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, just as if they were regular teams in the field. The recompense for being a standby team is the possibility of playing the tournament without paying registration fees, and does not entitle any team to any reimbursement from PACE for other 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 2021 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 available for the duration of the tournament on June 5-6, 2021.
Teams may register for standby status by e-mailing 2021 NSC Tournament Director Casey Bindas (firstname.lastname@example.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.