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Dear National Championships Participants, Greetings from NHBB/USGO/IGB! We’re getting close to Nationals weekend – here’s your next update (shorter than the last email). This email will then be followed by General Email # 3 on Thursday morning, which will have the “Where you need to go and when you need  [ Read More ]

Thank you for registering for the 2017 National History Bee & Bowl / US History Bee / US Geography Olympiad / International Geography Bee / National Sports and Entertainment Bee National Championships! We’re just a week away from the start of the big weekend in Washington, DC and Arlington, VA  [ Read More ]

The National History Bee and Bowl is gearing up for its 7th Annual Varsity and JV National Championships – now just 1 month away from April 21-23! To help teams with their planning, we’ve pushed back the registration deadline to April 8 for the National History Bowl. The deadline for  [ Read More ]

The National History Bee and Bowl is delighted to announce the launch of the International Geography Bee, a new, worldwide geography quiz competition for primary and secondary students! Within the USA, the International Geography Bee effectively replaces the “Quiz Bowl tournament” portion of the US Geography Olympiad National Championships. The  [ Read More ]

The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce that Jason Russell, of Chattanooga, TN, has been hired as NHBB’s new full-time Director of Outreach. Jason brings thirty years of involvement in academic competition to his new position, which will allow NHBB to more effectively expand and develop its  [ Read More ]

Beginning with NHBB Nationals 2015-16, some NHBB tossups began to appear with a pre-tossup notice of “Description acceptable.” While the notice only began to appear at Nationals in April 2016, tossups that functioned in a similar manner have been part of NHBB and general quizbowl for many years. As head  [ Read More ]

The National History Bee and Bowl’s seventh season is off and running! As of November 21, twelve tournaments have taken place throughout the USA, with hundreds of students and teams having had a chance to compete on our C Set of questions. Highlights have included a stunning 620 point single  [ Read More ]

In this lesson, we begin discussing what makes a clue good or bad. This lesson can only serve to start the discussion; it takes an immense amount of experience and writing practice to internalize this lesson. If you’ve only played quizbowl for a year or so, you will struggle with  [ Read More ]

The goal of a tossup is to provide as many helpful clues as possible; the easiest way to make room for more clues is by cutting down on excessive wording that isn’t providing clues! In this lesson, we discuss how wording can be condensed, using two example tossups that were  [ Read More ]

The following is a guide to how NHBB writes its cultural history questions. It’s presented to NHBB writers as a means of explaining the job, and is presented to players more for “how to prepare for NHBB competition” purposes than any sort of real writing lesson. Somewhere between 15 and  [ Read More ]

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