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 any number of students participating in the US Academic Bee National Championships.

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 any number of students participating in the US Academic Bee National Championships. Students at the Elementary level are allowed to compete either in the Elementary or Middle School division in the Academic Bowl.

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. Being among the top 50% of individual scorers 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.
4. Students must compete in the age division that corresponds to their Nationals age classification: 8th Grade, 7th Grade, 6th Grade, and Elementary School (5th Grade and younger). This is true even if the regional tournament they qualified at did not have all of these specific divisions.
5. Unlike in past years, students may not qualify for the Academic Bee by qualifying for other events at Nationals. All students must qualify using one of the methods identified on this page.

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.