National Championship Tournament FAQ

The annual HCASC National Championship Tournament (NCT) features teams from America's HBCUs.  The tournament takes place in Los Angeles, on April 17-21, 2021.

What teams compete in the HCASC National Championship Tournament?

There are three steps leading up to the naming of the teams for the NCT:

  1. Participating institutions complete the NCT Part 1 Qualification materials by February 12, 2021.
  2. NCT Part 2 Qualification materials are submitted by February 26, 2021.
  3. HBCU teams must attend the official HCASC Qualifying Tournaments of their choice March 5-6, 2021.

NCT Teams will be selected as follows: 75% will be determined based on performance at the HCASC Qualifying Tournaments. The remaining 25% will be selected to balance the field and provide an NCT experience for all participating HBCUs every few years.

Are there player eligibility requirements?

Yes, please consult the Player Eligibility page.

What grants and prizes are awarded?

Individual players receive a variety of items such as t-shirts, hats & medallions. The participating HBCUs share in grants from Honda of up to $359,000 each year:

What is the NCT format?

The tournament format is a modified round robin where the schools play in 8 divisions.  The top two teams from each division advance to the "Sweet 16," a single-elimination playoff.  The final two teams then battle it out for the National title in a best 2-out-of-3 finals.

What is involved beyond the games?

The four-day NCT is much more than just games.  Participants enjoy a full schedule of special events and activities.  The event includes a trip to Honda Headquarters campus and the chance to meet Honda associates and executives. The students are competitors for only a few days, but it is our goal that they become friends for life!

Can my friends and/or relatives attend?

The sheer number of the participants at the HCASC NCT forces us to limit outside attendees. Anyone can come to the round robin games. However, attendance at the banquets, meals and other tournament events is strictly limited to official participants (including Institutional Reps who have paid the registration fee). We do apologize, but space and budget limit our ability to welcome guests at the event. For more information on attending, email Lillian E. Parker or call her at 800-388-2272 x 104.

What does it cost to attend the HCASC Nationals?

All NCT travel, housing and meals are covered for the coach and 4 players. Additional Institutional Reps may attend (limit 2/institution) for a registration fee of $1,600.00 plus airline ticket plus $1,200.00 for the hotel room.

Can we compete against other teams to prepare?

Yes. HBCUs may also schedule one-on-one matches with other teams providing that the teams involved supply their own questions or use the HCASC-supplied games.

What else can we do to prepare?

Recommended study resources and practice suggestions are available online.  Consult the Team Practice Tools page.

If my President cannot attend, can another administrator represent my school?

Honda extends an invitation to the president or chancellor of each school that qualifies for the NCT and, except as prohibited by law, covers the necessary cost. If the president is unable to attend, it may be possible for a senior executive to substitute. To discuss the possibility, call Lillian Parker at 800-388-2272 x 104.

Who runs the NCT?

While HCASC has a year-round staff, some 60 volunteers assist with all aspects of the NCT, from game play to team arrivals & registration to event staging and more. For more information on becoming an HCASC volunteer, please contact HCASC Staff.

How do we contact Honda to thank them?

Please address all correspondence to Stephan Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations, American Honda Motor Co., Inc., 1919 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90501, or email it to