The first stage of the National History Bee in the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions are the Regional Tournaments. Between 60-80 of these are held each year both in-person around the USA and online. Tournaments consist of 3 preliminary rounds and a final round. Each tournament has a Varsity and Junior Varsity Division; the JV Division is limited to students in 10th grade and younger. Students in 8th grade and younger are welcome to compete in the Junior Varsity Division. All National History Bee questions for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions are played with a buzzer system. Students are read paragraph-length questions out loud with the clues arranged in decreasing order of difficulty. Students buzz in when they believe they know the answer; if they are correct, they score the point for that question, otherwise they cannot ring in again. Please see the rules files posted here for further details on how the competition works.
The Regional Tournament season runs from late October to early April each academic year. A list of tournaments is maintained on the website here; registration is done by clicking on the tournament you wish to attend, and filling out the registration form on that tournament’s website. Each tournament runs on one of three question sets which are labeled A, B, and C. Past questions can be found on the website here for practice. Chronologically, C Set is offered first, beginning in the fall, followed by B, and then A, which is first played in February. However, C and B Set tournaments take place throughout the later months of the Regional Tournament season as well. Students can thus play up to 3 times each year: once on each question set. No Regional Tournament requires prior qualification, and out-of-state students are always welcome at all tournaments, even those designated as a State Championships.
At each in-person regional tournament, the National History Bowl is also offered, as well as the National Qualifying Exams for the US History Bee, National Geography Bee / US Geography Championships, National Science Bee, and National Political Science Bee. The four exams are given during the lunch break. The typical schedule of a tournament is 3 History Bowl preliminary rounds, 3 History Bee preliminary rounds, lunch, 2 more History Bowl preliminary rounds, History Bee final round, History Bowl playoff rounds. For each online Regional Tournament, the Bee is typically on one day on a weekend, and the History Bowl on the other day.
Students qualify for the National Championships by finishing in the top 50% of their age division at any Regional Tournament. If a student qualifies for Nationals at one tournament, and then attends a second or third tournament and does not place in the top 50% at those, they are still qualified to compete at the National Championships.
For all questions on the 2023-24 National History Bee Regional Tournaments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org