International Academic Competitions is excited to announce that the 2021 National Championships of the US History Bee will be held during Labor Day Weekend, September 3rd and 4th, 2021. The Elementary, Middle School, and Junior Varsity division events will be held exclusively in person in Arlington, Virginia, while the Varsity division events will be held exclusively online. 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 National Championship of the US History Bee is open to any individual who qualified through the National Qualifying Exam or the US History Bee Leagues. Check the results to see who has qualified. Registration for the 2021 US History Bee National Championships will open soon; the cost to participate is $85.

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.

Junior Varsity

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

The JV semifinals consist of 4 rooms of 8 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 semifinal, and final stages.

The Varsity quarterfinals consist of 4 rooms of 8 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 25 tossups. If a student reaches 40 points in the finals, they are crowned champion and the match then ends at that point. 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

Friday, September 3rd
Note: All times are Eastern time.
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!

4:30pm Preliminary Round 1
5:15pm Preliminary Round 2
6:00pm Preliminary Round 3
6:45pm Preliminary Round 4
7:30pm Preliminary Round 5(HS only)
8:15pm Preliminary Round 6(HS only)

Saturday, September 4th

1:30pm Playoff Round 1 (Semifinals)
2:15pm Playoff Round 2 (Finals)

Prizes
In addition to receiving trophies or plaques for top finishes, the top performing students in the US History Bee also receive discounted admission to the 2022 International History Olympiad details are available at www.historyolympiad.com
A full explanation of our prize policy is located here on the main National History Bee and Bowl Varsity and JV website.

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