The second stage of the National Academic Bowl is the National Championships, which for the 2023-24 academic year will take place at the Hyatt Regency Orlando from Friday-Monday, May 24-27, 2024 (Memorial Day weekend). We hope that you and your team will be able to join us! All teams play six preliminary matches, with the top teams each playing 3 playoff rounds for placement.
All schools and homeschool associations that qualified at a Regional Tournament in the National Academic Bowl can compete. Schools and homeschool associations can also field a team (or teams) in the National Academic Bowl National Championships if at least one competing student on each team qualified for the National Championships in the National History Bee, National Geography Bee, or National Science Bee. All students on a team in the Standard Division of each Age Division at the National Championships must attend the same school or homeschool association; teams in the Open Division within each Age Division may be composed either of a) two schools or homeschool affiliations or b) all schools within a school district.
There is no limit on team size at Nationals (i.e. a team can carry an unlimited number of alternates), but no more than four students can compete at once. Solo-student and dual-student teams are welcome to compete and play at a discounted rate. At Nationals, we will have three separate age divisions: Middle School (oldest student on the team must be in 8th grade or younger), 6th grade (all students on the team must be in 6th grade), and Elementary School (oldest student on the team must be in 5th grade or younger). At Nationals, teams in all three age divisions will only play other teams in the same age division.
The first three National Academic Bowl preliminary rounds take place early on the afternoon of Friday, May 27 during the preliminary rounds of National Science Bee Block B; Rounds 4-6 of the National Academic Bowl will take place on Saturday afternoon during National Science Bee Block D. Students competing in the National Academic Bowl who wish to compete in the National Science Bee will be assigned to Science Bee brackets A and C. Based on their performance in Rounds 1-3, teams then advance to either the Upper Bracket or Lower Bracket rounds in Rounds 4-6; only teams in the Upper Bracket remain eligible to contend for the National Championship. The top Upper Bracket teams advance to the playoff rounds on Monday evening. There are numerous other competitions that take place on Nationals weekend at the same hotel (e.g. the National History Bee, National Geography Bee, National Science Bee, US History Bee, etc.), so students can take part in all of them if they are eligible to do so.
The cost to compete in the 2024 National Academic Bowl National Championships depends on whether a team consists of 1, 2, or 3 or more students. Registration for the National Championships runs through early May on this page which outlines the costs for each team size. Nationals weekend will also feature many other events, including the Opening Ceremonies, a Family Quiz Night, Universal Studios Night, Intro to Model United Nations, various talks and receptions, and the Jeopardy! Charity Games. A full schedule of 2024 Nationals Events is available here.
For all questions on the 2024 Middle & Elementary School National Championships, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.