If you have a question about The National History Bee and Bowl for which you don’t find an answer here or elsewhere on the website, please let us know.
1. What is the difference between the Bee and the Bowl? Do I have to compete in both at a tournament?
The Bee is for individual students; the Bowl is for teams. That said, “teams” of 1 student are welcome in the Bowl too- this is not that uncommon. There’s no obligation to do the Bee and the Bowl at any tournament. You can always do both, as the rounds are held at different times, but there’s no requirement to do this. Please note that the Bowl requires registration through the website, but for the Varsity and Junior Varsity level Bees, you can always sign up the day of the event as well.
2. How much will it cost to participate in The National History Bowl?
For the 2021-22 year, costs have not yet been established.
3. When and where will the Bee and Bowl events take place?
Events will take place across the country, as well as online. Check here to see where tournaments will be taking place this year.
4. What about The National History Bee? Can someone compete in both the Bee and the Bowl?
Yes. The primary difference is that the Bee is an individual competition whereas the Bowl is a team competition. The History Bee is held at different times as the Bowl on a tournament day, so students can compete in both. Likewise, students qualifying for the High School National Championships of The National History Bee will also be able to play in all rounds at the High School National Championships of the Bowl if their teams have qualified. For students in 8th grade and younger, it is possible to compete in the National History Bee Middle & Elementary School Division, though this competition is structured completely differently, and is not held in conjunction with the National History Bowl. For more information on this competition, please see www.historybee.com
5. What are the ways to qualify for the National Championships?
At each tournament, generally the top half of teams qualify for Nationals, and the top 50% of individuals qualify for the Bee.
6. Can a school enter more than one team to a tournament?
Yes! Schools can register an unlimited number of teams for a regional tournament.
7. Can a team compete at more than one tournament throughout the year?
Yes! Teams are encouraged to play our A set, B set, and C set Leagues over the course of the year. Each set is an entirely different set of questions, so please come and play multiple tournaments.
8. Can a player play for two different teams during the year?
Yes, but only if they transfer schools, and they cannot go back and play for their old school. All players must be enrolled at the school they play for. Note that participating schools do not have to “officially” sanction their teams, however, thus still allowing teams to compete where the school the kids are enrolled at opposes participation for whatever reason. Also, all students cannot play for more than one team (e.g. transferring from a B team to an A team after the prelims) during any one League, but they can transfer from one event to the next, including the National Championships.
9. Will there be prizes for the winning teams and students? If so, what?
Medals (in the Bee) or plaques (in the Bowl) are awarded to top players in each League. Nationals prizes consist of trophies, plaques, and medals.
10. Is it possible to fundraise to cover registration costs?
Sure! We have a list of fundraising ideas here.