Contest Format

Primaries

On the designated contest date, spellers will be given a written spelling test consisting of 25 words. The pronouncer will say each word and its definition. Spellers will be given 60 seconds to spell each word on their answer sheet. To qualify for the Regional Oral Round, spellers must spell 15 or more words correctly in the Primaries.

Regional Oral Rounds

The Regional Oral Rounds will each be conducted on a miss-and-out basis until one speller is left. At this point, the remaining speller will be given a championship word, which if spelled correctly, will make the speller the Regional Champion. Prizes are awarded to the Regional Champ and First & Second Runners-Up. The Regional Champ and First Runner-Up from each center will move on to the FINALS, to be held in New Jersey.

Finals

The top 2 spellers from each regional contest will advance to the Finals in New Jersey.  The Finals will be conducted completely in the oral format as described above with the exception that there will be a two minute timer for each speller. The last remaining speller on the day of the Finals will be named the National Champion and win the Grand Prize.