- Each competing team consists of 4 or 5 student members. (Only 4 will be playing at any time.) To be eligible to compete, a high school student must be enrolled for the current school year in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 at the team’s school, and be born on or after May 3, 1996. To be eligible to compete, a middle school student must be enrolled for the current school year in grades 6, 7, or 8 at the team’s school, and be born on or after September 1, 2000 and on or before April 28, 2006. A student is limited to at most 3 years of middle
school competition and at most 4 years of high school competition. A student may not compete in both the middle school and high school events in the same year.The National Science Bowl® is a school-based competition. Teams of home-schooled students will be considered to belong to a school as long as each student can provide one of the following items:
- Dated copy of a letter of intent to homeschool from the parent to the state or county in which the student resides;
- Copy of the current membership ID to a homeschool association; or
- Dated proof of purchase of curriculum for the current academic school year.
All students on a home-schooled team must live within the geographic boundaries of the team’s assigned regional event.
All team members must attend the same school. No middle school club teams (community groups, non-school-based teams) will be approved and no new high school club teams will be approved. However, a high school club team that participated in 2013, 2014, AND 2015 National Science Bowl® regional events is eligible to compete in its assigned high school regional event in 2016 only, provided:
- If the school that a club team member attends is competing in a National Science Bowl® regional event, then that student may only compete on a team from that school; and
- The membership/composition of the club teams may not be restricted on the basis of race, creed, gender, ethnicity, or national origin; and
- A parent/guardian of each club team member must sign and submit the “Parental Consent for Non-school Sponsored Teams” form that will be provided by the regional event coordinator upon submission of the team registration.
No middle school club teams are eligible to compete after 2015 and no high school club teams will be eligible to compete after 2016.
No school may compete in more than one regional competition. No student may compete on more than one team. Coaches must be approved by the schools their teams represent and must be at least 18 years old. No student or coach may compete in or attend more than one regional competition, except that high school students or coaches may attend middle school competitions and vice versa. Each regional coordinator will determine if more than one team
from a middle or high school will be allowed to participate in that regional. No more than 3 teams from one middle or high school may compete in a regional event. If a student attends two schools, such as a neighborhood school and a specialty school, that are both participating in regional Science Bowl competitions, then the student must compete on the neighborhood school’s team.
The winning team from each qualifying regional competition is eligible to be invited to the National Science Bowl® Finals held near Washington, DC, on April 28 – May 2, 2016. In the case that fewer than 4 players from the first-place team can attend and participate in all National Science Bowl® Finals activities, the invitation will be extended instead to the next highest place team from which at least 4 players can attend. To be eligible for the National
Science Bowl® Finals, a student must have competed at the regional competition on the team that attends the National Science Bowl® Finals.
Within 2 weeks after its regional competition or by March 15, 2016 (whichever comes first), the winning team’s coach is required to inform the National Science Bowl® Coordinator of its availability to participate at the National Science Bowl® Finals. During this time of the school year, students are participating in a variety of activities and academic events that may conflict
with their participation in the National Science Bowl® Finals (including, but not limited to, state or national athletic or academic tournaments, proms, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, the USAMO, and SAT exams). In the interest of safety, continuity, and maximizing the educational value of the complete National Science Bowl® Finals experience,
the National Science Bowl® requires students and coaches to take part in ALL of its events and activities. Therefore, no waivers will be granted or special arrangements made for students to participate in any conflicting activities or exams. If team members are involved in these pursuits, the students will need to determine which activities or events are in their best interests and make their selections within 2 weeks after their regional competition or by March 15, 2016 (whichever comes first). All teams must arrive and depart on the designated
dates and participate in all events as scheduled throughout the duration of the National Finals. If fewer than 4 students from the invited regional team are able to participate in all activities at all scheduled times, another team from their regional will be invited to replace them. All team members (students and coach) must travel together to and from the National Finals.