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 Championships is the Crystal Gateway Marriott http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/wasgw-crystal-gateway-marriott/ in Crystal City, Arlington, VA. We have secured a rate of $142 per night plus tax for quad occupancy. This rate is valid from Thursday April 26 through (i.e. including) Saturday night April 28. We will try and work with those who wish to extend their stay to also have this rate available on the extra nights, but cannot guarantee this, though the hotel has often extended this rate to most guests who book early enough. The hotel is connected by an underground walkway to a Metro station (i.e. the subway), which is about 3 minutes away. From the hotel to the center of DC it is only 3-4 stops. Between the hotel and the subway stop is an underground shopping mall with numerous food options for all price ranges. Internet access is free in the lobby and the competition rooms; in the bedrooms it is extra, but between smart phones and complimentary internet in the lobby, this shouldn’t be a major concern.
After 5pm on Friday, free parking can be found in the Crystal City complex (though NOT at the hotel itself!) The hotel is also located only about half a mile from Reagan National Airport, and there is a free airport shuttle as well. We recommend you fly into Reagan National if you plan on flying. Guests who fly will not need to rent cars to get around.

To make reservations at the host hotel (i.e. the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA), please click on this link to make your reservation online. Do not worry about the reservations website saying just “National History Bee and Bowl” – if you are just coming for the US History Bee, you can still book through the block of rooms we have at this link.
Please do NOT call any number to make reservations, as you will then not be counted as part of our group, and receive the group rate. For general questions regarding the hotel, you can call the Crystal Gateway Marriott directly at 703-920-3230. Please note that the hotel has sold out our room block every year! Please be sure to book early to reserve your rooms!