International Academic Competitions is excited to announce that the 2022 Varsity/JV National Championships of the US History Bee will be held as part of the IAC Varsity/JV National Championships from April 21-24, 2022 in Arlington, Virginia. The 2022 Middle/Elementary National Championships of the US History Bee will be held as part of the IAC Middle/Elementary National Championships begin held June 17-20, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. Please visit iacnationals.com/ for more information.

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 also feature buzzer-based quiz tournaments. They thus provide an opportunity for students to get used to buzzer-based competition prior to Nationals.

Qualification and Registration
The Varsity/JV National Championships of the US History Bee is open to any individual who qualified through the National Qualifying Exam. Check the results to see who has qualified. Registration for the 2022 US History Bee National Championships will open later this year; the cost to participate is $85.

The Middle/Elementary School National Championships of the US History Bee is open to any individual who has qualified on the History ORQE and the History Regional Finals. Check the results to see who has qualified. Registration for the 2022 US History Bee National Championships will open early next year; the cost to participate is $115.

Note to Middle/Elementary students: Qualifying for the JV National Championships does not automatically qualify you for the Middle/Elementary Nationals. Those students must still qualify through the ORQE and Regional Finals.

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.

US History Bee Preliminary Rounds Scoring System and Rules Summary
All students will compete in 6 preliminary rounds of 35 tossups each against other students in their age division.

The top 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 places, sudden victory tiebreak question(s) will be played between tied players to determine advancement.

Playoffs Format

The US History Bee playoffs use the IAC Championships Individual Event Playoff Scoring System and Rules, involving superpowermarked tossups and incorrect penalties.

Note: All USHB playoff finishers are entitled to participate at the Olympiad if they have not yet otherwise qualified.