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 2019-2020 academic year is now open! State and regional tournaments are scheduled on a rolling basis and are held between October and 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 2019-2020 academic year is accessed by clicking here.
* Note: If you are registering students in 8th grade and younger for the International Geography Bee Regional Quiz Tournaments which are held at all locations where a Middle School Division of the National History Bowl is being offered at a tournament running on A Set questions, please use the registration form here for the Geography Bee Regional Quiz Tournament (though use the above link for the History Bowl).
If you have trouble accessing or filling out the registration form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
$85 – National History Bowl team of 3-6 students
$70 – National History Bowl team of 2 students
$35 – National History Bowl team of 1 student
$15 – 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 2019-2020 listed in Section G 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 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 surcharge 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 @ $85 to 2 students @ $70) at any point.
E. The above only applies to History Bowl teams. The National History Bee, and the National Qualifying Exams for the US Geography Olympiad and US History Bee still do not require advance registration, permit same-day sign-ups, and have no cancellation fees.
F. Online Registration is REQUIRED for the Bowl, but not for the National History Bee, US History Bee, or US Geography Olympiad/International Geography Bee. (Registration for those events can be done on-site).
G. Updated for 2019-2020 competition year!
Schools are required to bring at least one coach/parent/other adult in order to read and keep score or pay a $75 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 a further $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 two teams they bring, with a minimum of one reader per school. Penalty fees are assessed by school, but vary by number of teams; i.e. a school with 3 teams and no reader pays $150 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 otherwise plan on bringing a reader or paying the penalty fee as well.
H. You do not have to have your rosters finalized, nor do you have to specify which students are doing the Bee, US History Bee, National Political Science Bee, US Geography Championships/International Geography Bee, or National Science Bee until the morning of the tournament.
I. 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.
J. 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.
K. An official invoice and confirmation will be emailed to you upon submission.
L. Payment must be made via check (made payable to “National History Bee and Bowl”) or cash the day of the tournament. For all tournaments, all payments MUST be made at the tournament site – we do not accept payments sent by mail in advance!
M. 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”.
N. Teams may consist of 1-6 students. Discounts will be given for teams consisting of only one or two students; these teams play for $35 or $70 respectively.
O. For any questions pertaining to registration matters, contact the Tournament Coordinator for the State or Regional Bowl that you are planning on attending. To see who is the coordinator for the tournament you wish to attend, please click on the dot on the map on the main page of the site (zoom in if needed).
P. 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.