National History* Challenge

Fall TOURNAMENT: January 8, 2022

The venue will be Google Meet which is free and easy-to-use. Start time will likely be 9:00 or 10:00 Eastern, but any Mountain & Pacific Time Zone teams may start later. Entry Fee: $75 per team

Each team will compete in at least three official tournament matches. Advancement to the Single Elimination playoffs will be determined by performance in the three preliminary games. All 2-1, and 3-0 teams will make the playoffs.

Your team contingent should include three or four starters and one or more coaches. Alternate(s) are allowed but must remain on mute until they are in play.


There will be two levels: High School and Middle School.


A tutorial on using the videoconferencing program relative to the tournament will be sent to all coaches in time for them to practice with their teams. Our tech coordinator will be available to answer all questions ahead of time and will be available by phone for all matches.


For this one-day tournament we will be limiting the field to no more than 36 teams.

Rules & Format

Other than the number of preliminary matches, all rules will be the same as those used at the National Academic Championship Rules

*with some Government and Current Events!


The drama in advance of the Second Annual National History Challenge was whether The South Carolina School for Science & Mathematics, having won our National Literature Challenge and National Science Challenge last fall, would win the National History Challenge as well. In the playoffs they defeated Passaic Valley (NJ) 195-95, then beat No. 1 seed Cartersville (GA) 215-105. In the meantime, Colonia (NJ) overcame Mid-Carolina (SC) 205-70 and outscored Leonia (NJ) 190-165.

In the finals, South Carolina took a 110-95 lead into the final round. In the Nonfiction category, Colonia scored on Ida Tarbell and SC on Alexis de Tocqueville. In Bill of Rights, Colonia identified the Third Amendment, and SC got Reserved Powers. The 17th Century category turned out to be the game-decider as Colonia stole the 20 points by identifying James I as the target of Guy Fawkes’s Gunpowder Plot, and scored on their own question, naming the Protectorate as that which governed England, 1653-1659. Colonia won the championship game, 195-170.

In the Middle School finals, Drexler (IA) gave perennial contender Warren (NJ) a run for their money, falling short by a score of 145-185.