The Missouri Quizbowl Alliance has sponsored Team Missouri at the National All-Star Academic Tournament (NASAT) since the event’s inception. This year’s NASAT date and location have yet to be announced, but for the past few years it has been held mid-June at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
In an effort to identify potential team members, we plan to host a workshop on Saturday, December 14th at Columbia Independent School (1801 N Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201).
This workshop will allow players and organizers the chance to determine if potential members of Team Missouri can step up to the challenge of this national tournament while developing teamwork amongst their peers.
The current plan for the day is to hold single-subject “shootouts” in the AM, and place everyone into teams for scrimmage matches in the PM.
Attendance is not necessary for consideration for the NASAT team, and MOQBA will use tournaments from the whole season along with this workshop to make the final decision on team membership. The workshop allows members of MOQBA, who might never see various players in action, get a chance to do so, as well as letting our coaches gather contact information.
Please note that the level of the questions at NASAT is comparable to regular collegiate difficulty, harder than either NAQT or PACE nationals. NASAT is often written to feature interesting and novel approaches to clues and topics, and the intellectually curious player should find a lot to enjoy in the set.
As this is an individual event and not team-based, this does not count towards any team or student MSHSAA event count for the year.
The arrangement of travel will be determined after the teams have been announced. In past years, several players have traveled there with their parents and stayed with them, but MOQBA will work to find travel and hotel space for players who need it, without cost to the students. We don’t want financial concerns to be an impediment to someone’s willingness to try out for the squad.