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The 2016 National Sports History Bee & National Entertainment History Bee will be held on Friday, April 22 from 8:1opm-10:40pm at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA in conjunction with our Junior Varsity and Varsity National Championships.  The cost is $20 and both are open to all students in 12th grade and younger – participation in any of the other National Championships events is not required. There is a separate JV and Varsity division in each (11th and 12th grades compete as Varsity; all others as JV – playing in Varsity if you are younger is not allowed).

Important Notes! (Added April 8, 2016) For 2016 (and for subsequent years too), we will be running the National Sports History Bee and the National Entertainment History Bee as separate events. Just sign up as usual for the Sports and Entertainment Bee using the standard registration form, and we’ll be in touch after you register to ask if you’d prefer competing in Sports or Entertainment (it is not possible to do both as they run concurrently). The registration deadline for the National Sports History Bee and the National Entertainment History Bee will run through Tuesday, April 19 at 8:00pm EDT. There will also be a limited number (probably 10-20) spots in each division of the Sports History Bee and Entertainment History Bee that can be signed up for and purchased at Nationals on a first-come first-served basis, but sign up online if you know you’d like to compete! Remember that it is not possible to compete in the Sports or Entertainment Bee if you make the playoffs of the US Geography Olympiad Quiz Bowl tournament. You are obligated to compete in that if your score qualifies for it. However, you can sign up for the Sports History Bee or Entertainment History Bee and then get a refund if you then are unable to compete because you advanced to the USGO Quiz Bowl Playoffs.

The rules of the National Sports History Bee and National Entertainment History Bee in the prelims are the same as the rules for National History Bee regional and state tournaments, except the Sports & Entertainment rounds (there are 3 prelims) have only 25 questions, not 30. Thus scoring 9 points in a round is not possible, as those who hit 8 points in a round are guaranteed 2 bonus points (or more). The finals has 50 questions; it may be split into 2 stages. The structure and scoring system of the Finals will be announced at Nationals once we see how many students sign up.

Question Distribution for the Bees:

Sports = 4 baseball, 4 basketball, 4 football, 2 soccer, 2 collegiate sports, 1 tennis, 1 golf, 1 hockey, 1 Olympics, 1 sports media, 4 miscellaneous (potentially including more of the above) plus a replacement in each packet. The final is a double-packet, so just double the above numbers.
Entertainment = 4 music, 8 movies & TV, 2 video games, 1 other games, 1 internet culture, 1 musical theater, 1 food, 1 literature, 6 miscellaneous (potentially including more of the above) plus a replacement in each packet. The final is a double-packet, so just double the above numbers.

 

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Results from 2015 National Sports and Entertainment History Bee

Congratulations to Peter Beierle (Edmond Memorial High School, Edmond, OK – Varsity) and Christopher Muth (Adlai Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, IL – Junior Varsity), the 2015 National Champions of the National Sports and Entertainment History Bee!

The competition was held on the evening of Friday, April 24 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. Over 100 students competed in the largest Sports and Entertainment History Bee field to date – thanks to all who competed!   Preliminary results from 2015 are available here for Varsity and here for Junior Varsity.

2015 Sports & Entertainment Bee Nationals Question Sets

2014 National Sports & Entertainment History Bee Packets