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2019 IGB Nationals – Varsity & Junior Varsity Divisions

Congratulations to the 2019 IGB Varsity and JV US National Champions!
Varsity: Karan Menon, J.P. Stevens High School, Edison, NJ
Junior Varsity: Samvrit Rao, Stone Hill Middle School, Ashburn, VA

Complete statistics are available here by searching under Individual Events and selecting the IGB division you are looking for.

2018 Varsity and Junior Varsity National Championship Statistics are available at this link here.

Registration
Registration for the 2020 IGB Varsity and Junior Varsity National Championships will open here in the fall of 2019.

General Information
The 2020 Varsity & Junior Varsity US National Championships of the International Geography Bee were held on the afternoon and evening of Friday, April 24, 2020 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.
The 2019 Varsity & Junior Varsity US National Championships of the International Geography Bee were held on the afternoon and evening of Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia.

Qualification
Please see details here on the US Geography Olympiad Nationals website. The qualification process is the same for USGO and IGB – by definition, if a student has qualified for one, they have qualified for the other.

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 semifinals consist of 3 rooms of 8 players on a round of 35 tossup questions. The top 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 9 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.

The schedule for the 2019 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

Prizes
Information on prizes can be found by clicking here.

Costs
The cost of the 2020 International Geography Bee US Varsity and Junior Varsity Division National Championships is $90 per student. Entry fees must be paid by check to “International Academic Competitions.” Payments must be sent to the following address and received by May 25:

USABB/USGO Nationals
PO Box 875
Tenafly, NJ 07670

2019 IGB Nationals – Middle School & Elementary School Divisions

2018 Middle School and Elementary National Championships Statistics are available at this link here.

The 2019 Middle School and Elementary US National Championships of the International Geography Bee will be held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois (next to Chicago) on the weekend of June 7-10, 2019.

Registration & Hotel Information
Registration for the 2019 Middle School and Elementary School US National Championships of the International Geography Bee is now open! Registration will run through May 20.

Registration for all Nationals events, including the International Geography Bee, is available at this link but please read the following before proceeding further! Registering implies acceptance of the following policies:

OFFICIAL HOTEL POLICY: Staying at an official hotel is required for all students and families coming from outside a 3 hour driving radius per Google Maps. We currently have room blocks at 3 official hotels, though the block where the competition is taking place, the Hyatt Regency, O’Hare, is basically sold out (you can try reserving rooms, but they are likely to only be available if someone cancels at this point).

Official Hotels (updated on May 6)
You must use the links below to book rooms per our policy; other methods of booking are not valid and may lead to your child not being able to compete!

UPDATE MAY 6: We have secured a block of 200+ rooms on the peak nights of June 6-8 (with sufficient shoulder night capacity as well) at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Northbrook the booking link and further details are available below.

1. Crowne Plaza Chicago Northbrook – rooms are $129 a night (either a king bed with a pullout sofa or two queen beds) including breakfast for all guests. This hotel is approximately 25 minutes from O’Hare and the Hyatt Regency O’Hare. Complimentary shuttle service to and from O’Hare on June 5-11, and to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare on June 7-10 will be provided. Rooms must be booked through this link (be sure that IAC is listed in the Group Code box).

2. Currently full or nearly full – Hyatt Regency O’Hare – rooms are $145 (king) or $155 (double / double) – Rooms must be booked through this link (note that this block is likely to be sold out)

3. Currently full or nearly full – Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport – rooms are $154 (both king and double/double – please reserve a king room if you can, as we have a limited number of rooms with 2 double beds, and we are trying to keep those for families planning on having 3 or 4 people stay in a room) – Rooms must be booked through this link (note that this website may say National History BN Bowl or something like that, but rest assured it is the valid link for all competitions, including geography ones). Free shuttles will be available to bring students and families from this hotel to the Hyatt Regency O’Hare where the National Championships are taking place.

If these blocks fill up, we will continue to secure additional blocks at nearby hotels.

OFFICIAL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS REFUND POLICY:

1. Refund requested on or before May 20 (registration deadline) – refunded in full minus $25 processing fee.
2. Refund requested between May 21 and May 28 – 50% refund
3. Refund requested after May 31 – no refund

The cost to compete at the 2019 International Geography Bee US Middle School and Elementary School National Championships is $80 per student.

A confirmed schedule of events and their start times of all events at International Academic Competitions’ 2019 Middle School and Elementary School National Championships, including the International Geography Bee and the US Geography Olympiad is now available for download here.

For further questions, please contact info@iacompetitions.com

Competition Format

The 2019 IGB Middle School and Elementary School National Championships feature 3 preliminary rounds with 35 buzzer-based tossup 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. 32 students will qualify for the Semifinals and 8 for the Finals in each of our 4 age divisions (8th grade, 7th grade, 6th grade, and Elementary School). Please click here for questions from past years to practice with, as well as a link to the content distribution file!

Schedule
A finalized schedule of events * and their start times of all events at International Academic Competitions’ 2019 Middle School and Elementary School National Championships, including the International Geography Bee, is now available for download here
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* = This finalized version (updated on May 16, 2019) contains a few slight modifications to the earlier “confirmed” schedule that had been available throughout the early months of 2019. These include:
-There will be four preliminary rounds in the Academic Bee; all students will play in all 4 rounds. These will begin at 9am on June 7 (rounds 1 and 2) and 9am on June 8 (rounds 3 and 4). Round 2 will begin as soon as all rooms have finished Round 1. Round 4 will begin as soon as all rooms have finished Round 3.
-We can confirm that there will be 3 preliminary rounds in the Intl. Geography Bee, beginning at 6:30pm on June 7. All students competing in this event will play all 3 of these rounds.
-There will only be two rounds of playoffs in the Academic Bee. These will begin at 3:15pm on June 8.
-The other events on the evening of June 8 have also been moved up in the schedule. The History Bee playoffs now begin at 5pm. The Intl. Geography Bee playoffs now begin at 6:45pm. The Humanities Bee finals now begins at 8pm.
-The start time for the History Bowl is now 8:30am on June 9.
-The start time for the Academic Bowl is now 8:30am on June 10.

Qualification
Note that these are the same qualification rules as for the US Geography Olympiad National Championships – if a student has qualified for one, by definition, they have qualified for the other

Students can qualify for USGO and IGB Nationals in any of the following ways:

On any D, E, F, G, or H Set Version of the National Qualifying Exam, students qualify for Nationals if they obtain any of these scores:

8th Grade: 50
7th Grade: 45
6th Grade: 40
5th Grade and Younger: 35

Students may also qualify for the 2019 US Geography Olympiad and International Geography Bee Middle School and Elementary Division National Championships by qualifying for the USGO/IGB Junior Varsity Division’s National Championships on the A, B, or C Set version of the National Qualifying Exam. These are offered at all National History Bee and Bowl Varsity and Junior Varsity Regional and State tournament sites. Students must finish in the top half of JV students at their site, or otherwise finish above the A, B, or C Set National Median Scores, or score 40 or higher (if in 7th or 8th grade) or 25 or higher (if in 6th grade and younger). Qualifying on the basis of scoring at least 40 or 25 only qualifies eligible students for the Middle School or Elementary National Championships, not the JV one though.

Students only need to qualify off any one of the five versions of the USGO/IGB Middle School and Elementary School National Qualifying Exam (or through any of the three JV Exam versions). A non-qualifying score on any other version of the Exam does not disqualify a student from attending Nationals.

Finally, Middle School and Elementary School students who finish in the top 50% of students in an International Geography Bee Regional Quiz Tournament also qualify for Nationals. At these tournaments, 7th and 8th graders compete together, and students in 6th grade and younger compete together. Students can qualify for Nationals by finishing either in the top 50% of students in their specific grade (for 6th-8th graders), among all 5th graders and younger (for Elementary School students), or in the combined totals of 7th & 8th graders OR the combined totals of all 6th graders and younger.

Costs
The cost of the 2019 International Geography Bee US Middle School and Elementary School Division National Championships is $80 per student. Entry fees must be paid by check to “International Academic Competitions”. Payments must be sent to the following address and received by May 25:

USABB/USGO Nationals
PO Box 875
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Prizes
A total of $20,000 worth of prizes will be on offer at IAC 2019 IAC Middle School and Elementary School National Championships! Click here to download a file showing how these prizes are allocated, including prizes for the International Geography Bee! Medals, plaques, and/or trophies will also be awarded to the top finishers.

General Information on the IGB USA National Championships – All Age Divisions

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.