The first stage of the National History Bowl are the Regional Tournaments. Between 60-80 of these are held each year both in-person around the USA and online. Tournaments consist of 5 preliminary rounds and 1-5 playoff rounds depending on the field size. Each tournament has a Varsity and Junior Varsity Division; the JV Division is limited to teams that are composed entirely of students in 10th grade and younger.
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. Teams can thus play up to 3 times each year: once on each question set. No Regional Tournament requires prior qualification, and out-of-state teams are always welcome at all tournaments, even those designated as a State Championships.
At each in-person regional tournament, the National History Bee 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.
Teams qualify for the National Championships by finishing in the top 50% at a Regional Tournament. There is no requirement to bring the same students to Nationals as who competed at the Regional Tournament where a school or homeschool association qualified.
For all questions on the 2023-24 National History Bowl Regional Tournaments, please email firstname.lastname@example.org