The National Academic League is the super sport for academic athletes! By successfully combining the important aspects of team sports -- such as competitiveness, strategy, team mentality and cooperation in a group effort -- with important aspects of learning -- such as problem solving, critical thinking and scholarship – the NAL motivates and recognizes academic athletes like their athletic peers.
The games and tournaments resemble an athletic event and include facets of athletics such as home and away games, quarters, time-outs, high scorers, and game strategy. Each game consists of four separate quarters and each quarter develops different skills such as problem solving, teamwork, and quick recall. Participating students receive honor and pride for their scholarly endeavors as well as peer and media attention.
Questions are derived from 22 subject areas grouped under the basic curriculum areas of math, English/language arts, science and social studies. Each question has been correlated to National Common Core Standards.
The CMS league is divided into divisions of five to seven schools. Each school has one or more coaches.
By spring each local league has determined a champion school. This school will then represent the local league at the National Tournament, which is conducted through televideo conferencing.
Involvement in the NAL generates the same popular enthusiasm and pride as do sports teams when they win league and division championships. Making role models of young scholars has a tremendous peer group effect that is positive during and beyond school years. Students gain essential skills that they carry with them later in life. In addition to promoting sound academics, NAL students learn "how to learn" and by extension, how to work and become successful and productive adults.