At the high school level, there are no intramural or qualifying competitions in order to make it to the Regional or State tournaments. There are just two stages: Regional and State tournaments (these are considered one stage) and the National Championships. Schools and homeschool groups may sign up as many teams and students as they wish for each tournament aside from the National Championships for which students and teams must qualify at any Regional or State tournament, usually by finishing in the top half of the draw in the Bee or by posting a .500 winning percentage in the History Bowl preliminaries. All Regional and State tournaments consist of a Varsity Division and a Junior Varsity Division for 10th graders and younger. The JV Division is also open to middle school-aged students as well who are looking for additional competition opportunities and a chance to qualify for JV Nationals in Arlington, VA on April 21-23, 2017. Students in 10th grade and younger may play together with older students from their school or homeschool group in the Varsity Division, but must play in the JV Division in the Bee.
Students, however, may attend up to 3 Regional or State tournament sites (none of these require any prior qualification), and there is no geographic restriction on where they play – only that they cannot play the same question set twice (each tournament runs on either A, B, or C Set). A full list of tournament sites is maintained here – this is updated on a regular basis as new tournaments get arranged.
Registration is done for JV tournaments at www.historybowl.com/registration though we only need to have advance registration for History Bowl teams – it’s possible to sign up the day of the event for the History Bee.
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