International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce that this year’s C Set, B Set, and A Set tournaments will take place in the form of online Team vs. Team Leagues. Each league will last five weeks and will start in October, January, and February, respectively. Teams will play on Tuesday evenings or Saturday afternoons and have 5 guaranteed prelim matches and 1 guaranteed playoff match. Teams will continue to be limited to six players with only four playing at a time.
We will also be offering a Team vs. Packet League, for teams who wish to get some practice in before playing in a future Team vs. Team Tournament.
Details of History Team vs. Team League Play
IAC will split the country into 4 geographical regions: West, Midwest, South, and East.
Each region will have a Varsity and JV age division. A soft cap of 48 teams per age division per geographical region will be used; if the soft cap is exceeded, the teams will be as evenly split as possible into 2 or more geographical sub-divisions, depending on when teams wish to play. All preliminary matches will be played on Tuesdays evenings between 7pm-9pm (in your respective time zone) or on Saturday afternoons from 2pm-4pm (in your respective time zone). Playoff matches will be played during the Saturday time slot whenever possible; otherwise they will be played at a separate time suitable to both competing teams. Please note this timing may be different for teams competing from Alaska, Hawaii, or the US Pacific Territories.
Please note all bowl matches will be played following normal NHBB rules, with a modified third quarter where every lightning round question is played like a bonus question.
Students in 8th grade or lower who wish to compete should consider our Middle School Division.
Fall League (C Set)
The Fall League will begin play on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 and will end on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Registration will close on Sunday, October 11th at 11:59pm Eastern Time.
For Preliminary Rounds, teams will be seeded into 6-team pools by geography. They will play 5 prelim games in these pools (the first game on Week 1, second and third games on Week 2, and fourth and fifth games on Week 3).
For Playoffs, all teams will be ranked by wins, then points. The top third of teams rounded up to the nearest even number will be placed in the Fall League Upper Bracket. The middle third goes in the Fall League Middle Bracket, and the lower third will be placed in the Fall League Lower Bracket. Octo-finals (as needed) and Quarter-finals will be played on Week 4 and Semi-finals and Finals will be played on Week 5.
All teams in the upper brackets qualify for Nationals. Middle bracket teams qualify for Nationals by winning half their prelim games or winning a game in bracket play. Lower bracket teams qualify for Nationals by winning half their prelim games or by being the champion of the lower bracket (i.e., winning all their playoff games).
In all leagues, the top 4 teams in the upper bracket will receive awards, with the upper bracket winner being called the Regional Champion. Awards will also be given to the winners of the middle and lower brackets.
Winter League (B Set)
The Winter League will begin play on Tuesday, January 5th, 2020 and will end on Saturday, February 6th, 2021. Registration will close on Sunday, December 27th, 2020 at 11:59pm Eastern Time.
Where the Fall League was grouped by geography, the Winter League and the Spring League will be grouped by ability. Half of the Winter League prelim pools (the Upper Pools) will be filled with even amounts of teams from the Fall League Upper Bracket, then the best teams from the Fall League Middle Bracket. The other half of the Winter League pools (the Lower Pools) will be composed evenly of the remaining teams from the Fall League Middle Bracket, as well as teams from the Fall League Lower Bracket. If there are teams that participate in the Winter League that did not participate in the Fall League, their circumstances will be considered, including their recent play history, and they will be placed into the appropriate pools.
Prelims will be played the same way as the Fall League. Playoffs will also be the same as in the Fall League, with the top third of teams being placed in the Winter League Upper Bracket, the middle third will be placed in the Winter League Middle Bracket, and the lower third in the Winter League Lower Bracket.
Spring League (A Set)
The Spring League will begin play on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2020 and will end on Saturday, March 27th, 2021. Registration will close on Sunday, February 14th at 11:59pm Eastern Time.
The Spring League is mostly the same as the Winter League, but the margin for error is lowered.
The Pools will be created as follows: The first group of pools (Upper Pools) will be composed of Winter League Upper Bracket teams only, as well as the top 4 Winter League Middle Bracket teams. The second group of pools (Middle Pools) will be composed of the remaining Winter League Middle Bracket teams, as well as the top 4 Winter League Lower Bracket teams. The remaining pools (Lower Pools) will be populated by the remaining registered teams. As in the Winter League, if a participating team did not take part in the Fall League and/or the Winter League, their circumstances will be considered and they will be placed in the appropriate pools.
For playoffs, the Upper Bracket will only be composed of Upper Pool teams. Similarly, the Middle Bracket will only have Middle Pool teams, and the Lower Bracket will only have Lower Pool teams. Additionally, the 4 lowest teams in the Upper Pools will be dropped into the top 4 seeds of the Middle Bracket, and the 4 lowest teams in the Middle Pools will be dropped into the top 4 seeds of the Lower Bracket.
Team vs. Team League registrations will cost $100 per team, with the opportunity for a $36 discount for teams that provide moderators (who would read for other teams, not their own, and subject to IAC’s discretion and approval).
Team vs. Packet League registration will cost $50 per team, with teams required to provide their own coach. Teams without a coach may request an IAC-provided moderator at an additional cost of $8 per game.
Year of Play Bundle (%5 OFF!)
Pre-Registering for all three Leagues in the Fall is possible by purchasing a “Year of Play Bundle”. This guarantees entrance to all three IAC Leagues and comes with a 5% discount. Registration for the Bundle will close on Sunday, October 11th at 11:59pm Eastern Time. Sign up for a full year of quizbowl here: (if paying by card) (if paying by check)
IAC reserves the right to make changes to the regions/pools/play-off structure in the interest of balance and fairness.
Details of History Team vs. Packet League Play
Team vs. Packet Rounds will be played on C Set questions, with teams participating against modified question sets, to be read and scored by their team coach(es). These rounds will be tossup only, all will be power-marked in 30-20-10 format, and consist of 30 questions each. Conferring will not be allowed between team members.
The league will take place from Monday, October 19, through Sunday, November 22. Registration will end on Sunday, October 18 at 11:59pm Eastern Time. There will be five rounds of questions, one for each week of the league. Packets will be emailed on Monday at noon Eastern, starting October 19, and are due by the following Sunday at 11:59pm Eastern.
By the end of each week, results will be posted online, allowing teams to compare their scores with other teams across the country.
During the last week of the league, TvP teams will be invited to participate in one actual match between other teams taking part in the Team vs Packet league, as a sample of our Team vs Team leagues.
All questions should be directed at firstname.lastname@example.org.