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2017 Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships – Final Results

2018 Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships Information

The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to officially announce the date of its eighth Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships on Friday-Sunday April 27-29, 2018 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 Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships (i.e. the team event) will be held in their entirety except for the final few playoff rounds on Saturday the 28th. The National History Bee Varsity & Junior Varsity National Championships will be held in their entirety on Sunday the 29th, together with the remaining History Bowl playoff matches.
Please note that our 2018 Varsity National Championships is capped at 180 teams and our 2018 Junior Varsity National Championships is capped at 120 teams! Register early to ensure your place in the tournament!

The deadline for registrations is April 1 for Bowl Registrations and Saturday, April 14 for all individual events! (11:59pm EDT both days)

Hotel Booking Information (repeated below as well)

To make reservations at the host hotel (i.e. the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA), please click on this link to make your reservation online. Please do NOT call any number to make reservations, as you will then not be counted as part of our group, and receive the group rate. For general questions regarding the hotel, you can call the Crystal Gateway Marriott directly at 703-920-3230. Please note that the hotel has sold out our room block every year! Please be sure to book early to reserve your rooms!

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.

Bowl Tournament Format 
At Varsity and Junior Varsity nationals, all teams will be guaranteed ten rounds of preliminary matches this year. 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) may 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), NHBB will try to honor these requests but can make no guarantees. NHBB can however guarantee that teams that only wish to play at the hotel will be able to do so.

Varsity and Junior Varsity teams who finish in the top 2 in their morning group of 6 teams advance to the Upper Bracket afternoon rounds and are still in contention for the title. Ranking in group is determined based on record, then total points scored. Ties in record that determine advancement to the Upper Bracket (i.e. two teams tied for 2nd and 3rd) will be played off on a quarter of 8 powermarked tossups without bonuses according to the procedures listed here.

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. After lunch, teams are placed in afternoon groups of 6, playing five more matches. Teams in both Varsity and JV who did not make the Upper Bracket will play solely against teams with similar morning finishes (i.e. 4th place teams typically will play against 4th place teams, etc.). Whether or not afternoon rounds do count for final tournament placement, however, will be a function of the exact number of teams we have in both the Varsity and the JV draws, and we will not know this until Bowl registration closes in early April 2018. At that time, it will be announced if afternoon rounds will count in final placement for both Varsity and Junior Varsity teams.

After Round 10, teams outside the Upper Bracket are ranked in their afternoon groups by afternoon record, afternoon total points, then morning order of finish, record and morning points if still tied. The Upper Bracket teams are ranked in their afternoon groups by afternoon record, then afternoon total points; then, if still tied for any place other than 5th & 6th, sudden death tossups will be used to break the tie.

The top 32 Varsity teams and 16-24 of the top Junior Varsity teams (the exact number will be announced by early April 2018) in the Upper Bracket advance to Saturday night’s Playoffs. In Varsity, this will be about the top 4 teams in each afternoon group of 6. In Junior Varsity, this will be roughly the top 3 teams in each afternoon group. If teams are tied on both afternoon record and points within a group, or if intergroup teams are tied on afternoon order of finish, record, and points, sudden death tossups will be used to determine seeding. For teams not making the playoffs (or in a tie for the last spot), morning order of finish, morning record, and morning points will be used to determine final placement.

In Varsity playoffs, an advantaged double elimination championship bracket will be used: the top 16 teams based on afternoon order of finish in their group, then record, then points will begin in the winners’ bracket (double elimination), while the next 16 teams will have a seed from 17 to 32 and begin in the losers’ bracket (single elimination).

The first four rounds of Varsity 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). Once Varsity teams have been eliminated from the losers’ bracket, they will continue to play matches (up to 3 more games) to determine final placement. Many of these games will take place on Sunday early afternoon.

Full details on the Varsity double-elimination championship bracket and consolation placement games are available here. There are two moments when the championship bracket involves drafting. First, prior to Round 5, of the four teams remaining in the loser’s bracket, the one with the highest initial playoff seed selects their Round 5 opponent from the three other teams. Second, prior to Round 6, the undefeated winner’s bracket champion selects their Round 6 opponent from two of the three remaining one-loss teams; the team they just defeated in Round 5 is protected from being selected.

For the Junior Varsity playoffs, the top 24 teams from the Saturday afternoon Upper Bracket rounds will make the Saturday Evening Playoff rounds. Teams ranked 1-8 will have double elimination status, the remaining playoff teams will have single elimination status, and all final positions will be played off (e.g. even if a single elimination team loses in its first playoff, it has remaining games against other teams who also lost their first playoff round with single elimination status to determine overall final placement in the tournament.) Drafts will occur at points comparable to the Varsity playoffs.

Small Schools
We will once again award a small school Varsity and small school JV National Champion this year. A Small School is 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). Small schools do not play in a separate draw of the tournament.

If one Small School reaches a further tier of competition than all others (i.e. making the Championship Bracket in the evening, then making the Varsity Upper Bracket in afternoon, then finishing 3rd in morning pool, etc.), then that school will automatically be the small school champion. If two Small School teams finish in the same tier of the tournament, then a single-game playoff match will take place at an appropriate stage of the tournament. If three or more Small School teams finish in the same tier of the tournament, then they will be ranked by position, then record, then points scored in that stage of the tournament; the top two Small School teams will then play a single-game playoff match. One exception to this: if two or more Small School teams make the Championship bracket (the Saturday evening matches), then final placement in this decides the Small School champion and runner-up.

 

Friday, April 27 – 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
7:15am US History Bee Staff Meeting Jefferson
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.
9:45am-10:20am US History Bee Round 4 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
10:20am-10:55am US History Bee Round 5 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
10:55am-11:30am US History Bee Round 6 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
After Rd. 6 Lunch; USGO students to rooms at 12:30!
12:00pm US Geo Olympiad Staff Meeting Jefferson
12:40pm-1:40pm US Geography Olympiad Exam 1 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
1:55pm-2:55pm US Geography Olympiad Exam 2 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
3:00pm-3:15pm US History Bee Playoff Students to Rooms Gamerooms, suites, etc.
3:25pm-4:00pm US History Bee Varsity Quarterfinals, JV Semis Gamerooms, suites, etc.
4:05pm-4:40pm US History Bee Varsity Semifinals, JV Finals Gamerooms, suites, etc.
4:30pm Intl. Geography Bee Staff Meeting Jefferson
5:10pm-5:45pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Rd. 1 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
5:45pm-6:20pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Rd. 2 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
6:20pm-6:50pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Rd. 3 Gamerooms, suites, etc.
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
8:25 Sports & Ent. Bee and Intl. Geo.Bee students and staff leave
8:30pm-9:30pm Staff Meeting for History Bowl Arlington Ballroom 3 and 4
8:45pm-9:15pm Intl. Geography Bee US National Championships Semis Ballroom Spaces & 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
11:00-11:20pm Bee Play In Game Meet at Help Desk

Schedule for Saturday and Sunday:

Saturday, April 28 – 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
7:30am-8:25am Early Staff Meeting For Staff Who Missed Friday Night Meeting Arlington Ballroom 3
7:30am Washington DC groups assemble (if applicable) 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
After Rd. 5 ends Lunch
12:45pm Washington DC groups assemble (if applicable) 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 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
9:35pm-10:00pm Evening Playoff Round 4 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms

Sunday, April 29 – 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 Arlington Ballroom
7:00am-4:00pm Souvenir Sales Foyer
7:00am–6:00pm Buzzer and Protest Room Open Lee
7:50am-8:00am Players Assemble in Bee Rooms Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
8:05am-8:40am National History Bee Round 1 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
8:40am-9:15am National History Bee Round 2 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
9:15am-9:50am National History Bee Round 3 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
9:50am-10:25am National History Bee Round 4 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
10:25am-11:00am National History Bee Round 5 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
11:00am-11:30am National History Bee Round 6 Suites, Ballrooms, Meeting rooms
Once Bee Rd 6 Ends Lunch
12:45pm-6:00pm Buzzer Retrieval, Buzzer Room Lee
12:30pm-1:15pm Playoff Round 5 Ballrooms
1:15pm-1:55pm Playoff Round 6 Ballrooms
1:55pm-2:30pm Playoff Round 7 Arlington Ballroom
2:30-3:00pm Playoff Round 8 (if necessary) Arlington Ballroom
Once Bowl Ends History Bowl Awards for top teams Arlington Ballroom
3:00pm Bee Finalists Announced (& Tiebreaks, if any) 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
4:50-5:15pm Varsity Bee Championships Round Arlington Ballroom
5:15pm 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 6:15. 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 6:45, 7:30, and 7:45pm respectively.

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 $55 per student, not $110, 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 you must ask us first.

Bee Rules and Playoff Structure 

Primer for the Bee Preliminary Rounds

In 2018, the playoff formats for the Varsity and Junior Varsity divisions of the National History Bee are identical; everything in this section applies to both divisions. This playoff format is identical to what was used in 2017. The questions in the quarterfinals and semifinals are the same in both divisions; there are separate question packets for the Junior Varsity and Varsity finals, which will be played in succession.

The Nationals Bee Playoffs scoring system, involving superpowermarked tossups and incorrect penalties, will be in use.

The top 40 students in each division will advance from the preliminary rounds to the playoffs. The National History Bee playoffs are played in quarterfinal, semifinal, and final stages.

The quarterfinals consist of 5 rooms of 8 players on a round of 35 tossups. The top 3 players in each room, as well as the highest-scoring 4th place player, advance to the semifinals. The round is played as a race to 40 points. If a student reaches 40 points in the quarterfinals, they are finished playing in that round; the first player to do so finishes the round in first place, and so on. All 35 tossups are read, regardless of how many players have reached 40 points and stopped playing. If, after 35 tossups, there is a tie involving 3rd and/or 4th places, the tied players will play sudden victory tiebreak questions. If multiple 4th place players reached 40 points, the player who did so on the earlier question advances; if they reached 40 on the same question, the tied students will play sudden victory tiebreak questions. (Note that going “beyond 40 points” is ignored; all that matters for purposes of 4th place wild card tiebreaking consideration is the question on which a player reached 40 points and stopped playing.)

The semifinals consist of 2 rooms of 8 players on a round of 35 tossups. The top 3 players in each room advance to the finals. Scoring and tiebreaking procedures are identical to the quarterfinals, with the exception that there is no 4th place wild card advancement.

The finals consist of 1 room of 6 players on a round of up to 40 tossups. If a player reaches 50 points, the match ends, they are crowned National Champion, and if 30 tossups have been read, the scores at that point are used as the final rankings. A minimum of 30 tossups will be read in the final. If no one reaches 50 points, the scores after 40 tossups are used as the final rankings. Any ties for First, Second, and/or Third Place are played off on sudden victory tiebreak questions.

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. 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 2018 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 $142 per night plus tax for quad occupancy. This rate is valid from Thursday April 26 through (i.e. including) Saturday night April 28. 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 (even if you are coming for other events!) 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 2018 National Championships is $625 for a team in the Bowl and $110 for a student in the Bee. The National Championships of the US History Bee costs $110, the US Geography Olympiad will cost $85, and the International Geography Bee US National Championships will also cost $85. The Consolation Bee costs $55; 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 (solo-student teams cost $225; teams of 2 cost $450), 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, International Geography Bee, and Sports and Entertainment History Bee fees must be received by April 20 at:

NHBB Nationals Payments
PO Box 875
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Late payments will otherwise accrue at a rate of $25 per day beginning on May 10!

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 $325 per person in most cases, but this depends on our needs), and also help you find people to carpool with if applicable. Please note that staff who are coming with a Bowl team or as a parent, chaperone, or other family member of a student in any of the competitions on Nationals weekend are not compensated for travel or given complimentary hotel rooms, but they are given the staff polo, meal stipends, and are then entitled to registration discounts per the times and days which they staff. Accommodations for staff are provided on Friday and Saturday night (and Thursday as well, if staffing the US History Bee preliminaries) 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!

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