International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce that this year’s Fall offerings will include several Bee Leagues in World History, US History, and Geography. Each Bee League will be played over the course of five weeks and will start in October, January and February respectively. Matches will take place on week day evenings at 7:00pm or 8:00pm EST, depending on the league.

Registrations for the Fall Online Bee Leagues have closed.  If you have any questions please email league@iacompetitions.com.  Registrations for the Winter Bee Leagues will open in December.

Click here to see a schedule of all Fall 2020 Varsity / Junior Varsity Events!

Details about Online Bee Leagues

Organization

Leagues will be organized into nationwide pools with a soft field cap of 100 per age division. If the soft cap is exceeded, the players will be as evenly split as possible into 2 or more geographical sub-divisions. There will be three guaranteed preliminary rounds of 30 questions on Weeks 1, 2 and 3. SemiFinals will be played on Week 4 and Finals on Week 5.

All matches will be played using an online buzzer system and Zoom.

Age Divisions will be made up as follows:

Varsity: currently enrolled in 11th or 12th grade
Junior Varsity: currently enrolled in 9th or 10th grade

World History Bee

The World History Bee will begin play on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 and will end on Thursday, November 19th, 2020. Registration will close on Tuesday, October 20th at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Questions used will largely mirror those of a normal C Set Bee, but with less of a focus on US History. Matches will be played on Thursday evenings at 7pm EST.

Students in North America will play against each other in a North American League, with an Asian and a European League playing at the same time. On the weekend of November 14th-15th we hope to hold an exhibition match between the North American League Champions and the Asian and European League Champions. This match would be broadcast so that all players can watch!

Nationals Qualification

The top 60% of students in each age division, according to prelim rank, will qualify for the National Championships of the National History Bee. The top 30% of students in each division, according to prelim rank, also qualify for the next International History Olympiad.

Awards

The top 3 students, based on the final results, in each age division will receive medals shipped to them after the event concludes.

US History Bee

The US History Bee will begin play on Thursday, October 22nd, 2020 and will end on Thursday, November 19th, 2020. Registration will close on Tuesday, October 20th at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Questions used will largely mirror those of a normal C Set Bee in terms of difficulty, but will exclusively focus on US History. Matches will be played on Thursday evenings after the World History Bee matches at 8pm EST.

Nationals Qualification

The top 60% of students in each age division, according to prelim rank, qualify for the National Championships of both the National History Bee AND the US History Bee. This qualification method for USHB Nationals is in addition to the qualification exam, which will still be offered.

Awards

The top 3 students, based on the final results, in each age division will receive medals shipped to them after the event concludes.

International Geography Bee

The International Geography Bee will begin play on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 and will end on Wednesday, November 18th, 2020. Registration will close on Monday, October 19th at 11:59pm Eastern Time.

Matches will be played on Wednesday evenings at 7pm EST.
Nationals Qualification

The top 60% of students, according to prelim rank, in each age division will qualify for the International Geography Bee at Nationals and the top 30% to the International Geography Bee World Championships. This qualification method is in addition to the qualification exam, which will still be offered. Students wishing to qualify for the National Championships of the US Geography Championship can only qualify for that event via the qualification exam, not through this event.

Awards

The top 3 students, based on the final results, in each age division will receive medals shipped to them after the event concludes.

Cost

Bee League Registrations will cost $30 per student per event. Payments can be made in the form of a check or online with a credit card. Registration forms can be found here: (paying by card) (paying by check)

All questions should be directed at league@iacompetitions.com.