Welcome to the Registration page for Regional & State Varsity and JV tournaments for the National History Bee & Bowl, the US Geography Championships/Intl. Geography Bee, the National Political Science Bee, the US History Bee, and the National Science Bee!
Registration for state and regional tournaments in the 2021-2022 academic year is opening soon! State and regional tournaments are scheduled on a rolling basis and are held between late October and early April. Registration can be done for any tournament which has been scheduled (i.e. denoted with a green dot on the map on the homepage of historybowl.com)
The registration form for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available beginning Monday, September 27.
If you have trouble accessing or filling out the registration form, please email email@example.com and indicate which tournament you wish to register for. We’ll then email you and ask you to provide the information by email instead.
Varsity & JV Regional/State tournament prices for the 2019-2020 academic year are:
$95 – National History Bowl team of 3-6 students
$75 – National History Bowl team of 2 students
$55 – National History Bowl team of 1 student
$20 – National History Bee student
$10 – US History Bee National Qualifying Exam student
$10 – National Political Science Bee National Qualifying Exam student
$10 – US Geography Championships & International Geography Bee National Qualifying Exam student
$10 – National Science Bee National Qualifying Exam student
-$10 off for bringing a buzzer system
Penalty fees for not having a reader, registering after the initial deadline, and withdrawing from a tournament are described in the policies below. Please note that registration and participation in The National History Bee and Bowl implies the acceptance of the following policies, especially the updated reader penalties for 2021-2022 listed in Section F below! In particular, please note our policy on signing up with sufficient lead time in advance of tournaments and the requirement to bring a reader or readers:
A. Registration for History Bowl teams (regardless of team size) are subject to an additional $10 per team penalty if made after 8pm Eastern time 8 days in advance of a tournament (i.e. to avoid this penalty, you need to register by the 8pm Eastern time on the Friday that’s a week and a day before a Saturday tournament).
B. Registrations fewer than 5 days in advance (i.e. after 8pm Eastern time on the Monday of the week before a Saturday event) are only allowed by emailing the Tournament Coordinator for the tournament and seeing if it is still possible. At this point, registration is no longer guaranteed, and if it is possible, a $20 per team penalty will apply regardless of team size.
Check the tournament website by clicking on the dot on the map, zooming in if needed, for the coordinator’s email address.
C. There is also a $30 fee, regardless of team size, for not bringing a registered team if the cancellation occurs after 8pm Eastern time 5 days in advance (i.e. at that time on the Monday of the week before a Saturday tournament); if this means a team no longer can attend, the fee must be paid prior to the next NHBB event they do attend.
D. There is no penalty for dropping in team size (e.g. from 3 students @ $95 to 2 students @ $75) at any point.
E. The above only applies to History Bowl teams, for which prior registration is REQUIRED. The National History Bee and the four National Qualifying Exams still do not require advance registration, permit same-day sign-ups, and have no cancellation fees.
F. Schools are required to bring at least one coach/parent/other adult in order to read and keep score or pay a $95 penalty fee. If you do not indicate this when you sign up, and we only find out about it on the day of the tournament, or if you drop your reader within 5 days in advance, there is an additional $50 penalty on top of this per missing reader!
These penalty fees are used to then go hire additional readers for the tournament. Schools must bring one reader for every one or two teams they bring, with a minimum of one reader per school. Schools bringing three or four teams must bring two readers/scorekeepers; schools bringing five or six teams must bring three readers/scorekeepers, etc. Penalty fees are assessed by school, but vary by number of teams; i.e. a school with 3 teams and no reader pays $190 in penalty fees. Please do not make us have to enforce this rule! Note that “teams” of 1 student are exempt from having to bring a reader, and teams of 2 may be able to have this fee waived, but only if they email the Tournament Coordinator at least 5 days in advance, and the Tournament Coordinator explicitly allows it. Teams of 2 students should plan on bringing a reader or paying the penalty fee as well.
G. You do not have to have your rosters finalized, nor do you have to specify which students are participating in the National History Bee or the National Qualifying Exams until the morning of the tournament.
H. Teams do not need official school approval and are permitted to register using a pseudonym if this would help facilitate their participation. However, all teams must consist of students from the same school, even if the school is not sponsoring the team. The only exceptions to this are 1) our homeschool policy and 2) non-magnet and non-selective public high schools may have students from their feeder middle schools play together with their students on a team.
I. Registration for the Bowl will not be accepted via email or any other means unless it’s after the deadline, and you are emailing the tournament coordinator to see if space is still available. Otherwise all Bowl teams must register at this website.
J. An official invoice and confirmation will be emailed to you upon submission.
K. Payment must be made via check (made payable to “International Academic Competitions”) or cash the day of the tournament OR by credit/debit card at the time of registration. We do not accept payments sent by mail in advance of any regional/state tournament!
L. You may write one check to cover all fees for all competitions at a given tournament. Checks should be made payable to “International Academic Competitions”.
M. For any questions pertaining to registration matters, contact Marshall Mullins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
N. No team is ever turned away at a tournament for lack of payment, but if payment is then not received at the tournament, a $30 surcharge is added to any fees due. If the full payment, including the $30 surcharge is then not received by the Monday 8 days following the tournament (if on Saturday; if on another day, count 8 days as needed), an additional $30 is added, and students/teams will not be allowed to play again before the full fees plus the $60 combined surcharge is paid.