History Bowl

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State and Regional History Bowl Tournaments for Middle School Teams for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

International Academic Competitions offers a history-focused competition for teams at the Middle School level in the form of the Middle School Division of the National History Bowl. For the 2018-2019 academic year, a projected 20 tournaments, which feature Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions will have a dedicated Middle School division of the National History Bowl. Note though that at all Varsity and JV tournaments listed here, Middle Schoolers are always welcome to compete in the Junior Varsity division.
As of the 2018-2019 academic year, there is no separate Elementary School division of the National History Bowl, though Elementary School teams are welcome to compete in the Middle School division at any site where one is offered.

The following 20 tournament sites for the Middle School History Bowl all function the same way:

1. Illinois History Bee and Bowl Championships – Loyola Academy, Wilmette, IL – February 2, 2019
2. Capital Region History Bee and Bowl Championships – Centennial High School, Ellicott City, MD – March 2, 2019
3. Louisiana History Bee and Bowl Regional Championships – Zachary High School, Zachary, LA – March 2, 2019
4. Wisconsin History Bee and Bowl State Championships –  Whitnall High School, Greenfield, WI – March 2, 2019
5. Georgia History Bee and Bowl State Championships – Newnan High School, Newnan, GA – March 9, 2019
6. North Carolina History Bee and Bowl State Championships – East Chapel Hill High School, Chapel Hill, NC – March 2, 2019
7. Iowa History Bee and Bowl State Championships – Waukee High School, Waukee, IA – March 9
8. Ohio History Bee and Bowl State Championships – Tippecanoe High School, Tipp City, OH – March 16, 2019
9. Washington History Bee and Bowl State Championships – Klahowya Secondary School, Silverdale, WA – March 16, 2019
10. Central Florida History Bee and Bowl Regional Championships – Shorecrest Prep, St. Petersburg, FL – March 23, 2019
11. Southern California History Bee and Bowl Regional Championships – Arcadia High School, Arcadia, CA – March 23, 2019
12. South Florida History Bee and Bowl Regional Championships – TBD
13. Mid-Atlantic History Bee and Bowl Regional Championships – TBD
14. Oregon History Bee and Bowl State Championships – TBD
15. New England History Bee and Bowl Regional Championships – TBD
16. Texas History Bee and Bowl State Championships – TBD
17. Kentucky History Bee and Bowl State Championships – TBD
18. Northern California History Bee and Bowl Regional Championships – TBD
19. Tennessee History Bee and Bowl State Championships – TBD
20. Hudson Valley History Bee and Bowl Regional Championships – TBD

At least 4 Middle School teams are needed to have a dedicated Middle School division at one of these tournament sites. If we do not have at least this many teams by the registration deadline, Middle School teams who have signed up will be contacted and asked if they wish to compete on the A Set questions against Junior Varsity level teams.

While these History Bowl events will be held in conjunction with the tournaments for the Varsity and JV Divisions running on the A Set of Varsity & JV questions, the questions we will use in the Middle School division of the History Bowl at these events will be at a much lower level of difficulty which is suitable for middle school students. It will be based on the A Set of questions, however, so middle school teams playing in one of these events are unable to compete elsewhere on the A Set in the Junior Varsity division.

Each of these 20 sites will have a History Bee and a History Bowl over the course of the day. However, there is NO Middle School division in the History Bee at these sites (since the Middle School History Bee works on a different model as described elsewhere on this website). Instead, we will offer an International Geography Bee Regional Quiz Tournament during the time of the competition which is normally dedicated to the History Bee at these events. The Geography Bee Regional Quiz Tournaments will have two age divisions: one for students in 6th grade and younger and one for students in 7th & 8th grade. There will not be a separate age division for high school students, who are not allowed to compete. Students placing in the top 50% of the Geography Quiz Tournaments qualify for the IGB Middle School & Elementary School National Championships for their age division (8th grade, 7th grade, 6th grade, and 5th grade and younger at Nationals).
Note that middle school students attending the History Bowl are welcome to play in the JV Division of the History Bee or the History Bowl if they wish at these tournaments, particularly if they wish to have an extra chance to qualify for JV Nationals.

The following six tournaments will also feature a Middle School Division in the History Bowl. However, these tournaments will be run on the JV level C Set of questions. These three tournaments will not have an International Geography Bee Regional Quiz Tournament, nor a Middle School division in the History Bee, though attending students are welcome to compete in the JV Division of the National History Bee.

21. Northern New Jersey History Bee and Bowl – Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ – October, 27, 2018
22. Northern California Fall History Bee and Bowl – Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA – October, 28, 2018
23. South Florida Fall History Bee and Bowl – Archimedean Upper Conservatory, Miami, FL – November 17, 2018
24. Minnesota Fall History Bee and Bowl – Eagle Ridge Middle School, Savage, MN – November 17, 2018
25. Washington DC History Bee and Bowl – St. Anselm’s Abbey School, Washington, DC – December 1, 2018
26. Lower Hudson History Bee and Bowl – TBD

Registration for Regional & State Tournaments with a Middle School Division for the National History Bowl

Please use the form linked here to register for all National History Bowl Middle School Regional and State Tournaments for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Middle School History Bowl National Championships

The Middle School History Bowl National Championships now requires prior qualifying!
This can be done in one of three ways:
1. Have at least one competing student on the History Bowl Nationals team also qualify for and compete at the National Championships of the Middle School or Elementary School National History Bee.
2. Defeat any high school JV team in a match at a regional or state tournament where the middle school team plays in the JV division.
3. Finish 2-2 or 3-3 (if one has a bye or prelims are 6 rounds) or better, or win a playoff game at any Middle School History Bowl Regional Tournament.

Even at tournaments offering a dedicated middle school division, middle school teams have the option to compete in the JV Division if they want a shot at qualifying for the JV National Championships in the National History Bowl.

As of 2018-2019, there is no separate Elementary School Division in the National History Bowl, though this will likely be started in subsequent years. Elementary School teams are permitted to compete in the National History Bowl’s Middle School Division, and Elementary School students are also welcome to compete on National History Bowl teams with 6th-8th graders from the same school in all cases. Additionally at public schools that are non-magnet middle schools (or otherwise selective, even if done on a lottery system), students at feeder elementary schools can play on the teams of the middle schools that they typically feed into. Note that this is not permitted in the US Academic Bowl, however, as that has a separate Elementary Division.

Middle School students are also welcome to compete in the National History Bowl on teams with students at higher grade levels from the same school (either Varsity or Junior Varsity). They may also compete for non-magnet public high schools if they attend a Middle School that typically feeds into that non-magnet public school. Middle Schoolers wishing to play with older students at a private school must attend the same school.

For further questions about the Middle School History Bowl, please contact us at info@iacompetitions.com.

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