The National History Bee and Bowl is pleased to announce the start of its sixth year of history quiz tournaments for students and teams throughout the USA! For the 2015-2016 school year, we expect to hold approximately 100 tournaments across America at the high school level (i.e. Varsity and Junior Varsity), leading to our 2016 National Championships in Arlington, VA and Washington, DC on April 22-24, 2016. We invite you and your school or homeschool association to take part in the fastest growing academic competitions in the USA and around the world!

Registration is now open for all events that have been finalized. Please note our new registration policy regarding registering close to the tournament date. If you register less than 8 days in advance of a tournament, there is an additional $10 charge per team. If you register less than 5 days in advance of a tournament, the surcharge increases to $20 and you are not guaranteed a spot. There is also a new penalty fee for dropping teams less than 5 days in advance. These surcharges apply to the History Bowl only and are there to encourage early signups (which helps us in determining how many buzzers, awards, and question packets to ship to events).

For the 2015-16 season, much will work as in years past, though we do have a few other changes to report. The US History Bee and US Geography Olympiad will consist solely of the National Qualifying Exams at the regional and state levels – the National Qualifying Quiz Tournaments for these events are on hiatus until further notice (we expect to bring them back in future years, but not for 2015-16).

At our 2016 National Championships, we will use a new playoff system for the National History Bowl and The National History Bee will debut a new system of power points, negative points, and bonus points. The Bee Rules at Nationals will also be used for the US History Bee and US Geography Olympiad quiz bowl portions. The US Geography Olympiad Nationals will also look slightly different, with the introduction of a Written Exam component. Note that for the first time, we are also instituting a field cap of 168 Varsity teams and 108 Junior Varsity teams, so be sure to sign up as soon as you qualified to reserve your spot in the field!

We will also be once again holding the International History Olympiad in the summer of 2016, most likely in Hawaii, though final confirmation will be forthcoming later this fall. Students and teams who either won either a Bee or Bowl regional or state tournament in 2014-15 or who finished in the top half at 2015 Nationals in either competition, are eligible to attend, as are any students who do the same during 2015-16. However, we are also announcing that after the 2016 Olympiad, the Olympiad will, for the foreseeable future, become a biennial event. The subsequent Olympiad will take place in 2018 in Asia with the next Olympiad taking place after that in Europe in 2020. So, if you’re interested in competing against the world’s best, we encourage you to qualify and join us in 2016!

Lastly, we also have a new system of Regional Coordinators in place. The Regional Coordinators are listed on the Staff Page and are responsible for overseeing outreach and tournament coordination for a given geographic area. If you have questions about our tournaments, the Regional Coordinator for your region is the best person to email. General questions about NHBB may still be sent to

Best of luck to you and your team this year in all your competitions, and we look forward to seeing you at a National History Bee and Bowl tournament near you soon!