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Full information, dates, and sites for the 2018 IGB USA National Championships will be posted here when available in fall 2017. However, we can confirm that the Varsity and Junior Varsity IGB National Championships are confirmed to be on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, VA. The Middle School and Elementary IGB USA National Championships will likely be held in early June 2018. 

Congratulations to the 2017 International Geography Bee USA National Champions!
Varsity – Jakob Myers, Naperville North High School, Naperville, Illinois
Junior Varsity  – Rohil Bhinge, Frost Middle School, Fairfax, Virginia
Middle School  – Saket Pochiraju, Olentangy Orange Middle School, Lewis Center, Ohio
Elementary – Satvik Pochiraju, Olentangy Meadows Elementary School, Lewis Center, Ohio

The full results from the 2017 IGB USA National Championships are available here for the Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions and are available here for the Middle School and Elementary Divisions. The 2017 IGB USA Varsity and Junior Varsity National Championships were held at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia on Friday, April 21, 2017 and the 2017 IGB USA Middle School and Elementary National Championships were held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois on Sunday and Monday, May 28-29, 2017. 

General Information on the IGB USA National Championships

Each US National Championships of the International Geography Bee consists exclusively of buzzer-based quiz competition using pyramidal style paragraph-length questions that progress from harder to easier information. This is in contrast to the exam based US Geography Olympiad, which is also contested at both sites; schedules are designed to allow students to compete in both USGO and IGB. Further details about both national championship events are below: for further questions about the US IGB National Championships in any age division, please email info@iacompetitions.com.

Practice questions from past years’ Quiz Bowl Tournaments at the US Geography Olympiad National Championships (which the IGB is effectively replacing) can be found on the USGO website here.

Information on the Rules and Formatting for the 2018 IGB USA National Championships

Varsity and Junior Varsity Divisions: Format

Rules for the International Geography Bee Preliminary Rounds

Note: All information posted here on this website is considered the Official Rules. On specific matters of protests, tournament conduct, and contingencies not addressed here, the files accessible here for Answer Acceptance and the Official Bowl Rules file apply as needed.

The IGB Varsity and JV National Championships will feature 3 preliminary rounds and 2 playoff rounds. Each round has 35 tossup questions that are 5-7 lines in length.

The schedule for the 2018 Varsity & JV IGB National Championships is as follows.

Note that after Round 1, start times above are approximate for Round 2 and Round 3 – the next round will begin immediately after all students in their section of the draw have finished the prior round!

Round 1: 5:10-5:45pm
Round 2: 5:45-6:20pm
Round 3: 6:20-6:50pm

There is no formal check in process – students should simply report to their Round 1 Room Assignment (these will be posted publicly at the hotel, online, and will be sent by email to participants in advance) by 5:00 PM. Round 1 will begin at 5:10 PM sharp!

Note that after Round 1, start times above are approximate for Round 2 and Round 3 – the next round will begin immediately after all students in their section of the draw have finished the prior round!

The playoff start times, however, are exact as follows:
Semifinals: 8:45-9:15 PM
Finals: 9:30-10:00 PM

The semifinals consist of 3-4 rooms of 8-10 players on a round of 35 tossup questions. The top 2-3 in each room advance to the finals. If a student reaches 40 points in the semifinals, they are finished and automatically advance to the finals; if three players reach 40 points before all 35 tossups are read, the round is played to completion for everyone else. Ties are played off for positions 1st through 3rd as needed to determine who advances to the finals. These are played on the “sudden victory” principle – a correct response advances a player, but an incorrect response does not eliminate a player. Ties for semifinalist positions (10th through 24th-40th) are determined by the score in the playoff round, then preliminary rank.

The finals consists of 1 room with 8-10 players on a round of 35 tossup questions. In the finals, if a student reaches 40 points before anyone else, that student wins; the round is played to completion for everyone else. Subsequent students who hit 40 points would rank second, third, etc. Ties are played off for all positions in the Finals (1st through 9th) using “sudden victory” questions.

The prelims use the standard Bee scoring system: one point for a correct answer, minus one point for the third incorrect interrupted answer, and no penalties for other incorrect answers. The playoffs use the Nationals Bee Playoff scoring system, with superpowers and incorrect penalties.

Middle School and Elementary Divisions: Registration and Hotel Information

Information regarding the dates and site of the 2018 Middle School and Elementary Division IGB National Championships will be made available here shortly.

Note: All participants in the Middle School and Elementary Division IGB National Championships from over a 2 hour drive from the host hotel are required to stay at the host hotel!

Middle School and Elementary Divisions Format

The IGB Middle School and Elementary National Championships feature 4 preliminary rounds with 30 questions each and 2 final rounds for the top students. Tossup questions used are 4-5 lines long. There will be 2 rounds of playoffs. The playoff rules will be made clear once the number of rounds is set.
Note: Beginning with the 2018 US National Championships, the Middle School Division will be split into 7th and 8th grade classifications. The Elementary National Championships will be split into 6th, 5th, and 4th grade and younger classifications. Students will only compete against other students in their classification, and separate National Champions will be named in each classification.