The National Championships of the US History Bee will be held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA on Friday, April 27, 2018. The National Championships of the US History Bee is a buzzer-based quiz tournament with six preliminary rounds of competition guaranteed for all students.  Students who plan on competing in the National Championships of the US History Bee are strongly encouraged to also compete in the National History Bee and Bowl as well, as those competitions feature buzzer-based quiz tournaments at  the regional and state-level. They thus provide an opportunity for students to get used to buzzer-based competition prior to Nationals.

Qualification and Registration
The National Championship of the US History Bee is open to any individual who qualified through the National Qualifying Exam. Check the Regionals results to see who has qualified. Registration for the National Championships will begin by the end of November 2017; the cost to participate will be $110.

Gameplay and Preliminary Format
Note: All information posted here on this website is considered the Official Rules. On specific matters of protests, tournament conduct, and contingencies not addressed here, the files accessible here for Answer Acceptance and the Official Bowl Rules file apply as needed.

Rules for the Bee Preliminary Rounds
All students will compete in 6 preliminary rounds of 35 tossups each against other students in their age division.

In 2018, the top 28 students in each age division will advance to the playoffs. Playoff rooms will be determined by preliminary point totals (using the snake principle of rankings – i.e. the 1st, 8th, 9th ranked students will play in the same room, etc); to break ties, the highest preliminary round score is used. In the event of ties involving the cutoff between 28th and 29th places, sudden victory tiebreak question(s) will be played between tied players to determine advancement.

Playoffs Format

The US History Bee playoffs use the Nationals Bee Playoffs scoring system, involving superpowermarked tossups and incorrect penalties.

Junior Varsity

The US History Bee JV Division playoffs are played in semifinal and final stages.

The JV semifinals consist of 4 rooms of 7 players on a round of 30 tossups. The top 2 in each room advance to the finals. If a student reaches 40 points in the semifinals, they are finished and automatically advance to the finals; if two players reach 40 points before all 30 tossups are read, the round is played to completion for everyone else. Sudden victory questions are played as needed to break ties – a correct response advances a player, but an incorrect response does not eliminate a player. Ties for semifinalist positions (9th through 28th) are determined by the score in the playoff round, then preliminary rank.

The 8 JV finalists play a round of 30 tossups. If a student reaches 50 points in the finals, they are crowned champion and the match is still read to completion for everyone else. Any ties for any of the top 8 positions are then broken by sudden victory questions (again, a correct response advances a player, but an incorrect response does not eliminate a player).

Varsity

The US History Bee Varsity Division playoffs are played in quarterfinal, semifinal, and final stages. The Varsity quarterfinals take place at the same time as the JV semifinals; the Varsity semifinals take place at the same time as the JV finals; the Varsity finals take place during the NHBB Nationals Opening Ceremony.

The Varsity quarterfinals consist of 4 rooms of 7 players on a round of 30 tossups. The top 3 in each room advance to the semifinals. All other procedures – scoring system, 40 point limit, sudden victory tiebreaks if necessary, round being read to completion for non-advancing students, etc. – are identical to the JV semifinal procedures above.

The Varsity semifinals consist of 2 rooms of 6 players on a round of 30 tossups. The top 2 students in each room advance to the finals. Again, all other procedures – scoring system, 40 point limit, sudden victory tiebreaks if necessary, round being read to completion for non-advancing students, etc. – are identical as the quarterfinals.

The four Varsity finalists play a round of 20 tossups. If a student reaches 40 points in the finals, they are crowned champion and the match is played to completion for the remaining students. Any ties involving the top 3 positions are then broken by sudden victory questions (again, a correct response advances a player, but an incorrect response does not eliminate a player).

Nationals Tournament Schedule

Also, please note that after Round 1, preliminary round start times are approximate! The next round begins as soon as all other rooms in your flight of the draw are finished! Do not wait for exact start times for subsequent rounds to go to your next room!

7:50 Be at or outside your Round 1 room by this time – there is otherwise no formal check in procedure!
8:00 Preliminary Round 1
8:35 Preliminary Round 2
9:10 Preliminary Round 3
9:45 Preliminary Round 4
10:20 Preliminary Round 5
10:55 Preliminary Round 6
After Preliminary Round 6 ends – Lunch break

During the afternoon, the National Championships of the US Geography Olympiad and International Geography Bee will take place. Students may compete in both USHB and USGO and/or IGB Nationals – none of the events will overlap.

Afternoon / Evening Schedule for US History Bee

3:15 Be at or outside your Playoff Round 1 room by this time!
3:25 Playoff Round 1 (Varsity Quarterfinals, JV Semifinals)
4:05 Playoff Round 2 (Varsity Semifinals, JV Finals)
7:45 Awards Presentation for JV Finalists (during Opening Ceremony)
7:50 Varsity Finals (during Opening Ceremony)
8:15 Varsity Awards (during Opening Ceremony)

Hotel
The official hotel for the 2018 US History Bee National Championship is the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City (a neighborhood in Arlington). Rooms at the Marriott cost $142 per night for quad occupancy.

To make reservations at the host hotel, please call Marriott Reservations at 800-228-9290  and say that you are calling for the “National History Bee and Bowl” (saying “US History Bee” may cause some confusion, as this is the official name of our group in the hotel’s reservation system) block of rooms for the dates you are interested in booking for. Please make sure you specify that you are booking for the Crystal GATEWAY Marriott, and not the Crystal CITY Marriott (even though the Crystal Gateway Marriott is in the Crystal City complex…) For general questions regarding the hotel, you can call the Crystal Gateway Marriott directly at 703-920-3230.