1. What is the difference between the Bee and the Bowl? Do I have to compete in both at a high school regional tournament?
The primary difference is that the Bee is an individual competition whereas the Bowl is a team competition. That said, “teams” of 1 student are welcome in the Bowl too- this is not that uncommon. You do not have to do both, but the Bee is held at different times as the Bowl on a tournament day, so students can compete in both. Likewise, students qualifying for the High School National Championships of The National History Bee will also be able to play in all rounds at the High School National Championships of the Bowl if their teams have qualified.
2. How much will it cost to participate in The National History Bowl?
For the 2023-24 year, preregistration costs for our in-person regional events are as follows:
$99 – National History Bowl team of 3-6 students
$79 – National History Bowl team of 2 students
$59 – National History Bowl team of 1 student
Please note our updated costs and policies for in-person events can be found here, while costs and policies of our online events can be found here.
3. When and where will the Bee and Bowl events take place?
Events will take place across the country, as well as online. Check here to see where tournaments will be taking place this year.
4. What are the ways to qualify for the National Championships?
At each tournament, generally the top half of teams qualify for Nationals, and the top 50% of individuals qualify for the Bee. Teams qualify for Nationals by winning half of their preliminary games or a playoff game. For JV or MS/ES teams having to play in higher divisions due to a small field size, they can also qualify for Nationals by defeating a higher division team during prelims or playoffs. (e.g., a middle school team defeating a JV team).
5. Can a school enter more than one team to a tournament?
Yes! Schools can register an unlimited number of teams for a regional tournament.
6. Can a team compete at more than one tournament throughout the year?
Yes! Teams are encouraged to play our A set, B set, and C set events over the course of the year. Each set is an entirely different set of questions, so please come and play multiple tournaments.
7. Can a player play for two different teams during the year?
Yes, but only if they transfer schools, and they cannot go back and play for their old school. All players must be enrolled at the school they play for. Note that participating schools do not have to “officially” sanction their teams, however, thus still allowing teams to compete where the school the kids are enrolled at opposes participation for whatever reason. Also, all students cannot play for more than one team (e.g. transferring from a B team to an A team after the prelims) during any one event, but they can transfer from one event to the next, including the National Championships.
8. Will there be prizes for the winning teams and students? If so, what?
Medals (in the Bee) or plaques (in the Bowl) are awarded to top players at each regional event. Nationals prizes consist of trophies, plaques, and medals, depending on the student or team’s finish.
9. Is it possible to fundraise to cover registration costs?
Sure! We have a list of fundraising ideas here.