FAQs

FAQs2018-09-18T17:01:21-04:00
Are individual students allowed to play on their own in the US Academic Bowl?2018-09-18T16:57:17-04:00

Yes, although they are encouraged to find teammates from their school. Individual students and teams of two are also eligible for registration discounts as detailed here. If a school qualifies a whole team for the National Championships but only one or two students can go, then they are still welcome to represent the entire school at Nationals.

Can 6th graders (or younger) play in the Middle School Division, or are they required to compete in the Elementary School Division?2018-09-18T16:56:52-04:00

In the US Academic Bee (as well as in the National Science Bee and the National Humanities Bee, students in 6th grade or younger are required to compete in the Elementary School Division (even if they attend a middle school). The only exception to this is if fewer than 4 students in 6th grade or younger compete at any one regional site, though this is unlikely.

In the US Academic Bowl, any team that is composed entirely of students in 6th grade or younger compete can compete as an Elementary Division team (though is not technically required to). Students in 6th grade or younger (if they attend the same school) can compete on a team with 7th and/or 8th graders in the Bowl. Most tournaments will have a separate Elementary Division; if a tournament has fewer than 4 such teams, then they might need to play certain Middle School Division teams. If this happens, though, only matches against other Elementary Division teams will count officially, though.

Are the questions different in the Elementary and Middle School Divisions?2018-09-18T16:56:24-04:00

No, not for the 2018-2019 academic year, at least.

Is there a younger age limit / how do I know if the questions will be of appropriate difficulty?2018-09-18T16:56:05-04:00

There is no younger age limit. See the sample packets to determine if the content is appropriate for your student(s).

Do I / does my team need any prior experience before competing? Do we need formal approval/support from our school?2018-09-18T16:55:36-04:00

You do not need any prior experience, though you are recommended to review the rules and sample packets, at a minimum. You do not need any formal approval from your school to compete, and if this is an issue, we are happy to let your team play under a pseudonymous name, although USABB does need to know what school you are with when you register.

Do we need to bring an adult to help staff the regional tournaments?2018-09-18T16:55:19-04:00

At the regional level, all teams in the Academic Bowl, including solo teams, need to plan on bringing a reader. Schools bringing multiple teams need to bring one reader for every two teams or fraction of that (e.g. 2 readers for 3 or 4 teams; 3 readers for 5 or 6 teams, etc.). Teams that fail to do so will incur a $50 penalty per reader required. Readers do not need prior experience, but must be at least 16 years old and be able to speak English clearly. Students who are coming on their own for the Bee are exempt from this requirement.

Do we need to bring an adult to help staff the National Championships?2018-09-18T16:55:00-04:00

No, but you can possibly apply to receive a discount on the registration fees for the Academic Bowl if you do. The level of the discount will depend on the experience level/ability of the reader/scorekeeper, for which events they are able to read/scorekeep, and our staffing needs.

What is the registration deadline for each regional tournament? Do they have caps on the number of teams that can compete?2018-09-18T16:54:41-04:00

Tournament registration for both the Bee and the Bowl will typically close 8 days prior to an event (i.e. on the Friday, a week and a day before a Saturday tournament), but some tournaments may have field size caps – you can check the Regional Sites page to see if these apply. If those are hit, then registration may close earlier.

Is there a limit on the number of teams / students we can bring to the regional tournaments?2018-09-18T16:54:05-04:00

Each team itself is limited to 6 students at the regional level (though only 4 can play at one time; the others may substitute in during the breaks), but beyond that, there is no limit to the number of teams or students that one school can bring to a regional competition. At the National Championships, for teams that have qualified, there is no limit on team size.

Does the regional level for either the US Academic Bee or US Academic Bowl require qualification?2018-09-18T16:53:48-04:00

No, all students are welcome, including students entirely new to academic competition. There is no intramural or online component to either competition.

How do we qualify for the National Championships?2018-09-18T16:53:27-04:00

Please see the “Qualification Process” section of the Nationals page.

How can homeschooled students form a team?2018-09-18T16:53:09-04:00
Can we compete at more than one regional tournament this school year?2018-09-18T16:52:44-04:00

No, and in fact, once any one student from any school (or homeschool association) has competed at any regional tournament, then no one else from that school or association may attend another regional tournament. Please coordinate with other interested students and parents at your school to avoid any misunderstandings.

Is it required to participate in the US Academic Bee to compete in the US Academic Bowl (and vice versa)?2018-09-18T16:51:47-04:00

No, you’re perfectly welcome to come for just one or the other, at both the Regional level and the National Championships (provided you qualified).

Do you have a question that you don’t see the answer to here?2018-09-18T16:51:26-04:00

Then explore the website to see if you can find the answer, or otherwise, email info@iacompetitions.com