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2017 Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships Information

The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to officially announce the date of its seventh Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships on Friday-Sunday April 21-23, 2017 in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA, and that the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City, Arlington will once again be the official host hotel. The National History Bowl High School National Championships (i.e. the team event) will be held in their entirety except for the final few playoff rounds on Saturday the 22nd. The National History Bee Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships will be held in their entirety on Sunday the 23rd, together with the remaining History Bowl playoff matches.
Please note that our 2017 Varsity National Championships is capped at 180 teams and our 2017 Junior Varsity National Championships is capped at 120 teams! Register early to ensure your place in the tournament!

Hotel Booking Information (repeated below as well)

To make reservations at the host hotel (i.e. the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA), please call Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290  and say that you are calling for the National History Bee and Bowl block of rooms for the dates you are interested in booking for. Please make sure you specify that you are booking for the Crystal GATEWAY Marriott, and not the Crystal CITY Marriott (even though the Crystal Gateway Marriott is in the Crystal City complex…) For general questions regarding the hotel, you can call the Crystal Gateway Marriott directly at 703-920-3230.

Qualification
Both the Bee and the Bowl will feature Varsity (open to all students, no age restrictions in the Bowl; only 11th and 12th graders in the Bee) and Junior Varsity (10th grade and under only) Divisions; teams qualify through finishing with a .500 or better record, either overall or in their division or by winning at least one playoff match at any of our projected 80-100 qualifying tournaments around the USA. Please note that middle schoolers are welcome to come, either if they have outright qualified, or as part of the team from the public high school they would be expected to attend (but not magnet schools, even if they have received an admission offer), but the specific National Championships for the Middle School Division (for both the Bee and Bowl) will be held on a different weekend at a different site.

Individuals qualify for the Bee through finishing in the top 1/2 of the draw or by advancing a round in the finals. These counts are inclusive of # of teams and students and teams and students that are tied. As we are again featuring three separate question sets, students and teams have up to three chances to qualify – there is no difference for qualifying purposes as to whether a team qualifies off of an A set, B set, or C set tournament. Nor do teams have to qualify at a tournament designated a State Championship – all Regional and State tournaments serve to qualify students and teams. If schools wish to qualify teams at more than one tournament, then all students must be different from one qualifying team to the next, with the exception of JV players who can help qualify a JV and a Varsity team separately at more than one tournament. On the other hand, the lineup of students that a school uses at Nationals can be entirely different than the one used to qualify. Nor is there a limit to team size at Nationals – a team of 20 or more students is permitted (at States and Regionals, teams are capped at 6).
Varsity and Junior Varsity teams can only apply for a wild card bid in extremely extenuating circumstances, though it’s fine for schools to switch their Nationals bid(s) from Varsity to Junior Varsity and vice versa.

Tournament Format
At Varsity and Junior Varsity nationals, all teams will be guaranteed ten rounds of preliminary matches this year; Varsity teams who finish in the top 2 out of their morning group of 6 teams advance then to the Upper Bracket rounds and are still in contention for the title (based first on their record, then points, then head to head, with a tiebreak being played among 2 teams tying for second place with 4-1 records – in the event of 3 teams finishing 4-1, the top team on points advances automatically, with the other two playing off. If there is a tie on points for first, sudden death tossups are played, with a round robin sudden death format if all 3 tie on points [each team plays 1 question against the others; repeat this 3 question method until one team scores more points than another, with power points counting] – the top team would then advance automatically as the group winner, and the other 2 would contest the full tie break). Morning tiebreaks consist of one quarter of 8 powermarked tossups without bonuses. The top 2 teams will then advance to the Upper Bracket.

Some Junior Varsity morning rounds (five games in total), and some Consolation (i.e. “Middle or Lower Bracket”) Varsity afternoon rounds (five games in total) will be held at a a site of historic or cultural importance in or near Washington, DC. All Varsity morning matches, all Varsity and Junior Varsity upper bracket (i.e. contention) matches in the afternoon, and all playoff matches will be played at the host hotel. As in past years, if teams specifically wish to play at a site (if they are Junior Varsity, or end up in the Varsity Middle or Lower Brackets), or by contrast, if teams specifically wish to be guaranteed to play all of their games at the hotel, NHBB will try to honor these requests but can make no guarantees.

This year, we will have a 2 hour and fifteen minute lunch break, and guides chaperoning teams to and from sites, so as to efficiently handle the rebracketing that takes place during lunch, when we reorder teams based on their morning finishes.

For the Varsity division, the top 32 teams from the Upper Bracket (based first on finish in their afternoon division, then by afternoon record, then by afternoon points, – morning preliminary rounds do not matter except as tiebreaks, first by position of finish, then by record, then points, then sudden death tossups) will then qualify for the playoffs. For the afternoon brackets, ties will only be played off between teams at 4-1 who are tied for second  (in the event of 3 teams finishing 4-1, the top team on points advances automatically, with the other two playing off; if there is a tie on points for first, sudden death tossups are played, with a round robin sudden death format if all 3 tie on points [each team plays 1 question against the others; repeat this 3 question method until one team scores more points than another, with power points counting] – the top team would then advance automatically as the group winner, and the other 2 would contest the full tie break). Afternoon tiebreaks consist of one quarter of 10 powermarked tossups without bonuses. For the Junior Varsity, the top 16 teams will also qualify for the evening playoffs with the same rules regarding ties being played off as in the Varsity.

In the playoffs, teams will be seeded based on results from the afternoon’s matches (same method as the Varsity) from 1-32 in the Varsity and 1-16 in the JV. In the Varsity, we will feature a double elimination format for teams ranked 1-16, and single elimination for teams ranked 17-32. The first four rounds of playoffs will be played on Saturday evening; on Sunday, either 3 or 4 rounds will be needed to determine the champion (depending on whether the ultimate champion goes undefeated or not). In the Junior Varsity Division, teams will be placed in one of four groups based on their rankings. The four group winners then play single elimination matches on Sunday, with the team amassing the most points on Saturday evening among teams with the best record picking their opponent.  Ties are played off if the best teams in the group finish 2-1. In the event of 3 teams tying at 2-1, the lower two on points (if tied on points, then seed in the group is used) play one tiebreak, and then the winner of that plays the top 2-1 team on points.

Small Schools
We will once again award a small school Varsity and small school JV National Champion this year. Small schools however will not be in a separate draw. If one small school (defined as a non-magnet, non-selective public school with 1000 or fewer students in a four grade school (e.g. 9-12) or 800 in a three grade school – (e.g. 10-12 or 6-8) reaches a level of the competition farther than any other (e.g. only one small school is found among the Varsity playoff teams or if only one small school reaches the final) then that school will be the automatic small school champion. If no small school teams make the playoffs, then we will take the top two based on afternoon record, then points, then overall record, then overall points and they will play a separate match for the title.

If more than two small school teams make the JV evening playoffs, then the school(s) with the best evening group record – not order of group finish – (assuming nobody qualifies for the Sunday rounds) is either the champion, or enters into a one full game playoff. If one finishes at a higher level than any other, but two (or more) finish at the next level down, then the top two of these based on record, then points in most recent pool played will automatically finish in 2nd place. If two or more teams make the Varsity playoffs, then the one advancing farthest in the playoffs is the champion; if two exit the playoffs at the same stage, they will play an extra match to determine the champion. If three teams tie for reaching the farthest before losing, then the two lowest seeds play a tiebreak round of 10 powermarked tossups with no bonuses with the winner facing the highest seed in a one game full match. If four teams tie for reaching the farthest before losing, then the highest seed plays the lowest seed in a full match, and the two other teams play, with the winners meeting in the final. If five or six teams tie for reaching the farthest before losing, then the 3rd-6th place teams as necessary, play a quarterfinal tiebreak round before full matches in the semis and finals.

Friday, April 21 – Schedule for US History Bee, US Geography Olympiad, International Geography Bee US National Championships, National Sports & Entertainment History Bee, Opening Ceremonies, Etc.

NOTE: AFTER ROUND 1, USHB, USGO, & SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT ROUND START TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE! WE WILL START THE NEXT ROUND AS SOON AS ALL GAMES IN A PARTICULAR FLIGHT OF MATCHES ARE DONE.

Time Event Location
All Day Help & Scrimmage Desk Open (Scrimmages start at 3:30pm) Desk outside Grand Ballroom
6:00am-8:00am Breakfast
8:00am-8:35am US History Bee Round 1 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
8:35am-9:10am US History Bee Round 2 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
9:10am-9:45am US History Bee Round 3 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
9:45-10:20am US History Bee Round 4 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
10:20-10:55am US History Bee Round 5 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
10:55-11:30am US History Bee Round 6 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
11:30-12:30pm Lunch; USGO students to rooms at 12:20!
12:35pm-1:15pm US Geography Olympiad Exam 1 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
1:25pm-2:05pm US Geography Olympiad Exam 2 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
2:15pm-2:55pm US Geography Olympiad Exam 3 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
3:20pm-4:00pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Rd. 1 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
4:00pm-4:35pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Rd. 2 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
4:35pm-5:10pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Rd. 3 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
6:00pm-5:25pm US History Bee Playoff Students to Rooms
5:35pm-6:05pm US History Bee Varsity 1/4finals, JV Semis Arlington Ballroom Spaces
6:15pm-6:45pm US History Bee Varsity Semifinals, JV Finals Arlington Ballroom Spaces
7:20pm-8:25pm Opening Ceremonies Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4
7:50pm-8:20pm US History Bee Varsity Final Match Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4
8:30pm-10:00pm Coaches and Parents Reception Room 1738
8:30pm-9:30pm Staff Meeting Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4
8:45pm-9:15pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Semis Suites
8:45pm-9:25pm Natl. Sports & Entertainment History Bee Rd. 1 Ballroom Spaces & Suites
9:30pm-10:00pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Finals Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4
9:25pm-10:00pm Natl. Sports & Entertainment History Bee Rd. 2 Ballroom Spaces & Suites
9:45pm-10:00pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Awards Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4
10:20-10:45pm Natl. Sports & Entertainment History Bee Finals Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4
10:45-10:50pm Natl. Sports & Entertainment History Bee Awards Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4

Schedule for Saturday and Sunday:

Saturday, April 22 – Schedule for History Bowl

NOTE: AFTER ROUND 1, BOWL ROUND START TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE! WE WILL START THE NEXT ROUND AS SOON AS ALL GAMES IN A PARTICULAR GROUP OF MATCHES ARE DONE!

 

Time
Event Location
All Day Help Desk Open Counter Outside Grand Ballroom
7:15am-8:15am Early Staff Meeting For Staff Who Missed Friday Night Meeting Arlington Ballroom 3
7:30am Washington DC (Middle East Inst/Am. Indian Museum) groups assemble Grand Ballroom Salons
8:30am On site (i.e. Crystal Gateway Marriott hotel) groups assemble Outside their home room
8:45am-9:25am Round 1 Gamerooms, etc.
9:25am-10:00am Round 2 Gamerooms, etc.
10:00am-10:35am Round 3 Gamerooms, etc.
10:35am-11:10am Round 4 Gamerooms, etc.
11:10am-11:45am Round 5 Gamerooms, etc.
11:30am-2:30pm Souvenir Sales Foyer

After the conclusion of the Morning Bowl Rounds, off-site teams will be escorted back to hotel during lunchtime. Teams will be requested to have lunch at specific restaurants to avoid lengthy wait times. After morning rounds conclude, teams will immediately know, based on order of finish, where to report for their afternoon rounds.

Time
Event Location
11:30am-1:45pm Lunch
12:45pm Washington DC (Middle East Inst/Am. Indian Museum) groups assemble Grand Ballroom Salons
1:45pm-1:50pm Groups playing at hotel assemble Outside their home room
2:00pm-2:40pm Round 6 Gamerooms, etc.
2:40pm-3:15pm Round 7 Gamerooms, etc.
3:15pm-3:50pm Round 8 Gamerooms, etc.
3:50pm-4:25pm Round 9 Gamerooms, etc.
4:25pm-5:00pm Round 10 Gamerooms, etc.
4:45pm-10:00pm Souvenir Sales Foyer
6:45pm-7:05pm Playoff Teams & USGO Champions announced Arlington Ballroom
7:05pm-7:20pm Playoff Staff Meeting Arlington Ballroom
7:35pm-8:10pm Evening Playoff Round 1 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
8:10pm-8:45pm Evening Playoff Round 2 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
8:45pm-9:20pm Evening Playoff Round 3 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
9:25pm-10:00pm Evening Playoff Round 4 (V) Arlington Ballroom
9:25pm-10:00pm Tiebreakers as needed (JV) Ballrooms

Sunday, April 23 – National History Bee (in its entirety) and National History Bowl Championship Rounds 
NOTE: AFTER ROUND 1, HISTORY BEE AND HISTORY BOWL ROUND START TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE! WE WILL START THE NEXT ROUND AS SOON AS ALL GAMES IN A PARTICULAR FLIGHT OF MATCHES ARE DONE!

Time Event Location
5:30am-11:00am Baggage Drop Open for Receiving Bags Concierge
Students in Bee must clear bedrooms prior to playing in the Bee!
6:00am-7:45am Breakfast
6:30am-4:00pm Help Desk Open Counter Outside Grand Ballroom
7:00am Bee Staff Meeting Grand Ballroom
7:00am-4:00pm Souvenir Sales Foyer
7:00am–6:00pm Buzzer and Protest Room Open Lee
8:00am-8:10am Players Assemble in Bee Rooms Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
8:15am-8:50am National History Bee Round 1 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
8:50am-9:25am National History Bee Round 2 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
9:25am-10:00am National History Bee Round 3 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
10:00am-10:35am National History Bee Round 4 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
10:35am-11:10am National History Bee Round 5 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
11:10am-11:40am National History Bee Round 6 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
Once Bee Rd 6 Ends Lunch
12:45pm-6:00pm Buzzer Retrieval, Buzzer Room Lee
12:35pm-1:15pm Varsity Bowl Playoff Round 5, JV Bowl Semis Ballrooms
1:15pm-1:55pm Varsity Bowl Playoff Round 6, JV Bowl Finals Ballrooms
1:55pm-2:30pm Varsity Bowl Playoff Round 7 Arlington Ballroom
2:30-3:00pm Varsity Bowl Playoff Round 8 (if necessary) Arlington Ballroom
Once Bowl Ends History Bowl Awards for top teams Arlington Ballroom
3:00pm Bee Finalists Announced (& Tiebreaks) Arlington Ballroom
3:10-3:40pm National History Bee Quarterfinals Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
3:40-4:10pm National History Bee Semifinals Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
4:20-4:45pm JV Bee Championship Round Arlington Ballroom
4:45-5:10pm Varsity Bee Championships Round Arlington Ballroom
5:10pm Bee Awards, Conclusion of Events Arlington Ballroom

Students and teams leaving by train, who are planning to stay through the conclusion of the Bee should book trains from Union Station no earlier than 6:00. Students and teams leaving by plane from Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport, and BWI Airport, who are planning to stay through the conclusion of the Bee, should book flights no earlier than 6:30, 7:15, and 7:45pm respectively.

 

Beginning in 2016, we are featuring a different system of bonus points, negative points, and power points in the playoffs at our National Championships. Please read through the above Official Rules Summaries carefully!

 

Consolation Bee
We will also once again offer a Consolation Bee, with Varsity and JV Divisions for students coming to Nationals, but who didn’t qualify for the History Bee National Championships. All students in the Consolation Bee will play rounds 1-5 as preliminary rounds, Round 6 will be a finals round for the top 3 students in each division only. The Consolation Bee will still cost $50 per student, not $105, and is typically open only to students who did not qualify at a Regional or State Bee. At the discretion of NHBB, exemptions to this rule can be granted, but please ask us first.

Structure and Rules of Bee Final Rounds

The quarterfinals and semifinals of the National History Bee in both divisions have 35 questions. There are 8 students in each room; the top 3 Varsity students in each room advance, and the top 2 students in each JV room advance. The JV semifinals has one room of 8 students. The Varsity semifinals has two rooms, each with 6, so 12 students total. The top 3 students in the JV semifinals advance to the finals. In both the quarterfinals and semifinals, students “go out” if they hit 40 points in a round; the other students then keep playing. The top 2 students in each Varsity semifinal room, together with the higher ranked of the two 3rd place students (based on total points for the semifinal round; if both 3rd place students go out by reaching 40 points, then the student who went out on the earlier question advances. If both 3rd place students go out on the same question, they play a sudden death tiebreak with no penalty for an incorrect response at any point). Before the cross-room tiebreaker, if needed, ties are broken within the room to determine who the top 2 automatic students advancing are, and then the 3rd place student if needed. Again, on all tiebreakers, there is no point penalty for an incorrect answer at any point.

Students’ final rankings are otherwise based on their point total in the last round in which they competed; if tied, then the rankings from the earlier playoff round, if applicable, and then the preliminaries, if needed are used to determine final placement.

The JV final is contested among 3 students who compete in a race to 50 points; it is otherwise capped at 35 questions. Once one student hits 50, that student exits as the National Champion. Unless the other two students are tied at that point, the competition is over; if they are tied, sudden death questions are used with no point penalty for an incorrect response at any point.

The Varsity final is contested among 5 students who compete in a race to 50 points; it is otherwise capped at 45 questions. Once one student hits 50, that student exits as the National Champion. Unless the other students are tied at that point, the competition is over; if they are tied, sudden death questions are used with no point penalty for an incorrect response at any point. Three incorrect answers still kill the question in the Varsity final.

Questions
All questions used at our National Championships will be edited by the staff of The National History Bee and Bowl.

Prizes
Our sponsors will be providing monetary prizes for the top teams and students. A list of prizes will be available by early 2017. Other prizes, including the History Bowls and Bee Cups, plaques, book prizes, and MVP awards, may be awarded as well.

Hotel
The official hotel for the 2017 National History Bee and Bowl National Championships is the Crystal Gateway Marriott http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasgw-crystal-gateway-marriott/ in Crystal City, Arlington, VA. We have secured a rate of $137 per night plus tax for quad occupancy. This rate is valid from Thursday April 20 through (i.e. including) Saturday night April 22. We will try and work with teams who wish to extend their stay to also have this rate available on the extra nights, but cannot guarantee this, though the hotel has often extended this rate to most teams who book early enough. The hotel is connected by an underground walkway to a Metro station (i.e. the subway), which is about 3 minutes away. From the hotel to the center of DC it is only 3-4 stops. Between the hotel and the subway stop is an underground shopping mall with numerous food options for all price ranges. Internet access is free in the lobby and the competition rooms; in the bedrooms it is extra, but between smart phones and complimentary internet in the lobby, this shouldn’t be a major concern.
After 5pm on Friday, free parking can be found in the Crystal City complex (though NOT at the hotel itself!) The hotel is also located only about half a mile from Reagan National Airport, and there is a free airport shuttle as well. We recommend you fly into Reagan National if you plan on flying. Teams who fly will not need to rent cars to get around.

To make reservations at the host hotel (i.e. the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA), please call Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290  and say that you are calling for the National History Bee and Bowl block of rooms for the dates you are interested in booking for. Please make sure you specify that you are booking for the Crystal GATEWAY Marriott, and not the Crystal CITY Marriott (even though the Crystal Gateway Marriott is in the Crystal City complex…) For general questions regarding the hotel, you can call the Crystal Gateway Marriott directly at 703-920-3230.

Costs
The Base Fee for the 2017 National Championships is $595 for a team in the Bowl and $105 for a student in the Bee. The National Championships of the US History Bee costs $105, the US Geography Olympiad will cost $75, and the International Geography Bee US National Championships will also cost $75. The Consolation Bee costs $50; the Sports and Entertainment Bee price will be $25. Discounts are applied for having hosted a regional qualifying tournament, bringing a buzzer system, playing as a team of 1 or 2 students (teams of 1 cost $195; teams of 2 cost $390), and having an experienced reader (if needed – NHBB reserves the right to limit the number of reader discounts at any time. Additional information on discounts, including exact amounts for each discount will be available on the Nationals Registration page on this site.

This year, all National History Bee and Bowl, US History Bee, US Geography Olympiad, and Sports and Entertainment History Bee fees must be received by April 15 at:

NHBB Nationals Payments
PO Box 875
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Late payments will otherwise accrue at a rate of $25 per day!

Staff Wanted!
If you are interested in helping to staff the NHBB Nationals, please email director@historybowl.com. We will try to honor reading requests as much as we can (i.e. whether you would prefer to read at a site in DC, at the hotel, etc.). Staff members are given a complimentary polo shirt and staff gift. We can reimburse travel expenses on a case by case basis (up to $300 per person in most cases, but this depends on our needs), and also help you find people to carpool with if applicable. Accommodations for staff are provided on Friday and Saturday night, along with a food allowance.
If you have suggestions or comments, please let us know. If it’s a question that is specific to your team or does not relate to NHBB Nationals, email us. We’re working hard to bring you a great National Championships. Let us know your thoughts and we’ll take them into consideration. Good luck in qualifying and hope to see you and your team at The National History Bee and Bowl National Championships in April!