Regional Competitions and Deadlines

Two Important Notes:

  1. The 2025 regional competitions will be either virtual or in-person. Please note that in-person events may be required to change to a virtual format at any time. Please read the updated rules BEFORE registering your teams. In addition, the deadline to register for any event is no later than 3 weeks prior to the event. For example, if a regional is on Saturday, February 22, no registrations will be accepted after Saturday, February 1, at 11:59:59 PM local time.


Here you will find the rules for the competition, tips for success, and resources to prepare your team for the National Science Bowl. Click here for all resources.

Regional Registration

Registration for the 2025 regional competitions will open Monday, October 7, 2024, at 12:00 noon Eastern time.

To register your team, be sure to first locate the regional that is designated for your school.

Please note: Registrations are based on the location of your school. Please be sure to select the regional that is designated for your school’s state, county, city, or district.

Locations for the regional competitions can be found by viewing the following links:

*Please note regional information will be updated by October 1

Once you have located the regional for your school you may register by clicking here.

Please read: 2025 Registration Process

Beginning October 7, 2024 at noon Eastern: Coaches either log-in to existing or create new accounts.  The only information needed initially is the coach, co-coach, and school information.
Coaches will not be asked (or allowed) to enter any information on the team members. 

After the team coach agrees to follow the eligibility requirements AND consents to the information in the former “Adult Consent and Media Form”, the coach can submit the school’s PREREGISTRATION.

After the coach submits the school PREREGISTRATION, the Regional Coordinator will approve the PREREGISTRATION if there is space.  An approved PREREGISTRATION secures at least one spot for a school.  Note: If the coach or co-coach is not a school employee, the school principal must complete the coach approval before PREREGISTRATION can be approved.

ONLY after the school’s PREREGISTRATION is approved, can the coach begin building their teams.

Between PREREGISTRATION approval and November 24, 2024, at 11:59 pm local time, the coach must SUBMIT their Team 1 registration. If the coach does not submit the Team 1 registration BEFORE November 25, 2024, the school loses its reserved space.

In order to SUBMIT a team registration, a signed “Parental Consent and Media Release Form” must be submitted for each team member – these forms are to be signed electronically by the parents/guardians. These electronic forms will be available after you enter the students’ information.
To repeat: a coach cannot submit a team registration without completed and signed parental forms.
To summarize:

Step 1: Coach submits school PREREGISTRATION to guarantee one spot for the school
Step 2: Regional Coordinator approves the PREREGISTRATION
Step 3: Coach submits team registration for Team 1 before November 25

IF an event allows 2nd and 3rd teams, coaches may work on completing the submission process for the 2nd/3rd teams any time after the PREREGISTRATION is approved. However, 2nd and 3rd teams will not be approved before December 9, 2024. There will be no “first come, first served” approvals before January 1, 2025. If there is not enough space for all teams, second or third teams will be selected via a lottery system. Please email the Regional Coordinator for more information.

For assistance in registration, please review the registration guide here.