International Academic Competitions is pleased to announce that the 2019 Middle School and Elementary School National Championships of the US Academic Bee and Bowl will be held on June 7-10 (Friday through Monday) at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, next to Chicago.

Registration for all Nationals events is available at this link but please read the following before proceeding further! Registering implies acceptance of the following policies:

OFFICIAL HOTEL POLICY: Staying at an official hotel is required for all students and families coming from outside a 3 hour driving radius per Google Maps. We currently have room blocks at 2 official hotels, though the block where the competition is taking place, the Hyatt Regency, O’Hare, is basically sold out (you can try reserving rooms, but they are likely to only be available if someone cancels at this point).

Official Hotels (updated on April 13 with new hotel block at the Hilton)
You must use the links below to book rooms per our policy; other methods of booking are not valid and may lead to your child not being able to compete!

1. Hyatt Regency O’Hare – rooms are $145 (king) or $155 (double / double) – Rooms must be booked through this link (note that this block is likely to be sold out)
2. Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport – rooms are $154 (both king and double/double – please reserve a king room if you can, as we have a limited number of rooms with 2 double beds, and we are trying to keep those for families planning on having 3 or 4 people stay in a room) – Rooms must be booked through this link (note that this website may say National History BN Bowl or something like that, but rest assured it is the valid link for all competitions, including the US Academic Bee and Bowl). Free shuttles will be available to bring students and families from this hotel to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare where the National Championships are taking place.

If these blocks fill up, we will continue to secure additional blocks at nearby hotels.

OFFICIAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS REFUND POLICY:

1. Refund requested on or before May 20 (registration deadline) – refunded in full minus $25 processing fee.
2. Refund requested between May 21 and May 28 – 50% refund
3. Refund requested after May 31 – no refund

NATIONALS COSTS: Costs for Nationals are now posted here.

NATIONALS PRIZES: A total of $20,000 worth of prizes will be on offer at IAC 2019 IAC Middle School and Elementary School National Championships! Click here to download a file showing how these prizes are allocated. 

Nationals will be held together with the National Championships of the National Science Bee, the National Humanities Bee, and the Middle School and Elementary School National Championships of the National History Bee and BowlUS Geography Olympiad and International Geography Bee.

NATIONALS SCHEDULE: A confirmed schedule of events and their start times of all events at International Academic Competitions’ 2019 Middle School and Elementary School National Championships, including the US Academic Bee and Bowl, is now available for download here.

Note that many events span over multiple days.

For further questions, please contact info@iacompetitions.com

Thanks, and good luck in qualifying! We hope to see you at Nationals in June!



Qualification Process
A. US Academic Bowl – Middle School Division
Teams can qualify for the US Academic Bowl National Championships in a number of ways:

1. Finishing either in the top half of the field after the preliminary rounds, or with at least a .500 winning percentage, or winning a playoff game in the Middle School Division at any US Academic Bowl regional tournament in the 2018-2019 competition year.
2. Finishing in the top half of the field or with at least a .500 winning percentage at any all-subject quiz bowl tournament that uses exclusively pyramidal tossups for any buzzer-based questions, and which adheres to generally recognized principles of fairness and consistency in its questions. Almost every, if not every, event listed here satisfies these requirements. If in doubt, please contact info@iacompetitions.com. High school-level quiz bowl tournaments may be used to satisfy this criteria; National History Bowl events at all levels, however, may not.
3. In rare cases, where neither a US Academic Bowl or other standard Middle School-level quiz bowl tournament was held within a two hour drive of a particular site, a team can submit a wild card application to info@iacompetitions.com explaining their situation, and any relevant academic accomplishments of the team members.
4. Having 2 students compete in the National History Bee National Championships. For every 2 students you have in the National History Bee National Championships, you are free to sign up an additional Academic Bowl team above and beyond what you can register due to points 1-3 listed here.

B. US Academic Bowl – Elementary School Division
1. Finishing either in the top half of the field after the preliminary rounds, with at least a .500 winning percentage, or winning a playoff game in the Elementary School Division at any US Academic Bowl regional tournament in the 2018-2019 competition year.
2. Finishing in the top half of the field or with at least a .500 winning percentage at any all-subject quiz bowl tournament for elementary school teams that uses exclusively pyramidal tossups for any buzzer-based questions, and which adheres to generally recognized principles of fairness and consistency in its questions. If in doubt, please contact info@iacompetitions.com.
3. Schools can bring up to as many elementary school division teams as they qualified in the Middle School Division by either method 1, 2, or 3 detailed in the Middle School Division qualification procedures, regardless of how many elementary school teams qualified at a US Academic Bowl regional tournament.
4. Having 2 students compete in the National History Bee National Championships. For every 2 students you have in the National History Bee National Championships, you are free to sign up an additional Academic Bowl team above and beyond what you can register due to points 1-3 listed here.

C. Notes on Multiple Teams, Specific Team Lineups, and Teams Playing Without Official School Support
1. Schools are NOT required to maintain the same lineup of participating students at Nationals who were on the team that qualified (either through method 1 or 2 listed above).
2. In particular, any number of students in 6th grade and younger can also compete on a Middle School Division team
3. Schools MAY bring multiple teams to Nationals only if they qualified multiple teams at the same tournament by either method 1 or 2 in either of the two preceding sections, or through point 4 (re the History Bee). This does not include the extra elementary division team(s) which are allowed under rule B.3 above.
4. Individual students or several students are welcome to represent their school at Nationals, even if the school does not lend its support. Teams playing under pseudonyms are welcome, though all students on a team must have been enrolled in the same school during May 2019. No teams containing students attending multiple schools may compete, even elementary schools that feed into middle schools. If a school contains students in both 6th grade, and any younger grades, then it is permitted for 6th graders and younger students to compete on the same team.
5. There is no limit to the number of students on a team from a competition standpoint, though there may be space limitations on how many people (coaches, students, and parents) from one team combined may be in a competition room at any given moment.
6. Students may not switch teams at any point during the National Championships. Late arriving students may join any team from their school.
7. Homeschooled students are eligible to compete on teams as per the standard USABB homeschool participation policy.

D. US Academic Bee – Elementary and Middle School Divisions
1. Finishing in the top half of the field after the preliminary rounds at any US Academic Bee regional tournament in the 2018-2019 competition year.
2. Being either the first or second highest scoring player on any team that finishes in the top 50% of teams at a Middle School-level or High School-level quiz bowl tournament using only pyramidal tossups for buzzer-based questions and following standard question guidelines, and which maintains individual statistics.
3. Note that students MUST compete in their applicable age division in the Bee (8th grade, 7th grade, 6th grade, Elementary School) at Nationals.

E. National Science Bee, National Humanities Bee, International Geography Bee, US Geography Olympiad
Please click on the above links for each of these competitions to read about qualification requirements for each competition.

Tournament Format
The exact structure of all events at the National Championships will depend on the field size, though the number of preliminary rounds for all students and teams is fixed. The field size for each event is currently capped at the following:
US Academic Bowl – 132 teams
US Academic Bee – 1200 students
National History Bee – 1800 students
National History Bowl – 132 teams
National Science Bee – 600 students
National Humanities Bee – 500 students
International Geography Bee – 600 students
US Geography Olympiad – 500 students

International Academic Competitions reserves the right to adjust these numbers at any point, though we do not anticipate lowering these caps.

2019 National Championships Costs and Prizes
A total of $20,000 worth of prizes will be on offer at IAC 2019 IAC Middle School and Elementary School National Championships! Click here to download a file showing how these prizes are allocated.