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2019 IGB Nationals – Varsity & Junior Varsity Divisions

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

General Information
The 2019 Varsity & Junior Varsity US National Championships of the International Geography Bee will be held on the afternoon and evening of Friday, April 26, 2019 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. Room reservations at the hotel for a rate of $145 per night plus tax can be made using the link here (do not worry about the link saying “National History Bee and Bowl” – this is also being used for IGB).

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
These will be announced by early 2019.

Costs
The cost of the 2019 International Geography Bee US Varsity and Junior Varsity Division National Championships is $85 per student. Entry fees must be paid by check to “US Geography Olympiad” or it may be combined with payments to “US Academic Bee and Bowl”. 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 date and venue of the 2019 Middle School and Elementary US National Championships of the International Geography Bee will be announced here by November 2018, but will likely be in early June 2019.

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!

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 “US Geography Olympiad” or it may be combined with payments to “US Academic Bee and Bowl”. Payments must be sent to the following address and received by May 25:

USABB/USGO Nationals
PO Box 875
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Prizes
Medals, plaques, and/or trophies will be awarded to the top finishers. Cash prizes may be on offer as well; they will be announced here if so in advance of Nationals.

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.