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2016 Spell Bowl Word Lists
The 2016 Word Lists for all three competition levels are now available.  If you are not seeing the 2016 lists, please click your browser’s “refresh” button, clear your browser’s cache, or try from a different computer or device.
2016 Elementary Spell Bowl Word List (Similar to list used in 2008 & 2012)
2016 Jr Spell Bowl Word List (Similar to list used in 2011)
2016 Sr Spell Bowl Word List (Similar to list used in 2011)
The only source used for pronunciations and definitions used in competitions will be the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition. Words must have identical spellings in both this word list and the dictionary in order to be used in competition. If a discrepancy appears, words that do not match will not be used in competition. Click here for a list of 2016 that will not be used in competition. Every effort was made to select only words which are appropriate for school use.

2016 SENIOR DIVISION Spell Bowl Coaches’ Practice Assistant CD
A study tool, similar to what has been available to Elementary and Junior Division teams in past years, is now available for Senior Division Coaches.  The CD provides a pronunciation, definition, and sample sentence for each of the 3,281 words on the 2016 Senior Division Spell Bowl Word List.  Cost is $50 per CD.  Click here for Senior Division CD Order Form

2016 JUNIOR DIVISION Spell Bowl Coaches’ Practice Assistant CD
A study tool  for Junior Division Coaches.  The CD provides a pronunciation, definition, and sample sentence for each of the 1,661 words on the 2016 Junior Division Spell Bowl Word List.  Cost is $45 per CD.  Click Here For The Junior Division CD Order Form.

2016 Elementary Spell Bowl Study Aid CD
This “help tool”, prepared by a former Spell Bowl coach, provides a pronunciation, definition, and sample sentence for each word on the 2016 Elementary Spell Bowl list. Cost is $40 per CD.  Click here to order the Elementary CD.

Spell Bowl Invitational Contests
Invitational contests for each level (Elementary, Junior, Senior) are scheduled locally, and may be used as conference meets, city-wide contests, or simply practice rounds. Participation is not required for those who wish to participate in later Spell Bowl Competitions. Elementary and Junior division invitationals are created by the host. Senior division invitationals may be either purchased from IASP or created by the host.

Senior Invitational Competition word lists will now be available as either Senior Invitational List A or Senior Invitational List B.  The Invitational period will be August 28 – September 29, 2016.  Senior Division teams attending multiple Invitationals should only attend ONE contest using IASP List A and/or List B, although a team may attend any number of contests using “Independent” lists. If you would like your contest to be listed, send the date and important contact information to dabel@iasp.org.
Click here to view the order form for Senior Division Invitational Contests.
Click here for a list of Invitational Contest Hosts 

Elementary Spell Bowl Coach Webinars

From the comfort of your own computer, you can be a part of webinars designed to help coaches involved in Elementary Division Academic Competitions.  The Webinar for Elementary Spell Bowl Coaches will be held Wednesday, September 28, from 3:30 – 4:30 Eastern Time.  Cost is only $15.Registration Forms (and information on the Science Bowl and M.A.T.H. Bowl Webinars) are available on the Forms Page by Clicking here.

Help Recruiting Your Team
To help coaches save some time as you search out students for your team, IASP is making some printable flyers available. You can print, fill in your information, copy, and post them around your building! Each is designed to fit on 8.5″ x 11″ paper.
Click here for the Elementary Recruiting Poster
Click here for the Junior Division Recruiting Poster
Click here for the Senior Division Recruiting Poster
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CALTutor
Spell Bowl coaches have worked with CAL Tutor, a Crown Point, Indiana company, for many years.  Although they are no longer regularly offering their Spell Bowl product, it is still possible to purchase CDs from past years. You can contact CALTutor by email: bob@chomko.com

Spell Bowl Student Answer Sheets

Click on the links below to see samples of the Answer Sheets used during competitions:
Elementary Division Answer Sheet
Junior Division Answer Sheet
Senior Division Answer Sheet
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Description of the Elementary Division Academic Spell Bowl Competition

Content
The competition will be made up of eight rounds with a different team member competing in each round. Each round shall consist of seven words. Words for this competition come from lists published on this site. Word Lists rotate annually.
Teams
Teams are composed of eight members. Eight others may be used as alternates. There is no limit as to how many students may come from any one grade level. A student may participate in only one round. There are no substitutions during a round.
Eligibility
All full-time students in grades 4-5 (6 where appropriate) are eligible to compete. Within these constraints, schools may select their teams in any manner and with any additional criteria they choose.
Format
The competition will consist of eight rounds with each round consisting of seven words, which will be read by the emcee. After the emcee finishes the pronunciation, sentence, pronunciation and says “Begin”, the participant will have twenty seconds to write the word in the correct space on the answer sheet. At the conclusion of the time allowed for spelling, the word will be scored before going on to the next word.

Description of the Junior Division Academic Spell Bowl Competition
Content
The competition will be made up of eight rounds with a different team member competing in each round. Each round shall consist of nine words. Words for this competition come from lists published on this site. Word Lists rotate annually.
Teams
Teams are composed of eight members. Eight others may be used as alternates. There is no limit as to how many students may come from any one grade level. A student may participate in only one round. There are no substitutions during a round.
Eligibility
All full-time students in grades 7-8 (6 where appropriate) are eligible to compete. Within these constraints, schools may select their teams in any manner and with any additional criteria they choose.
Format
The competition will consist of eight rounds, with each round consisting of nine words, which will be read by the emcee. After the emcee finishes the pronunciation, sentence, pronunciation and says “Begin”, the participant will have fifteen seconds to write the word in the correct space on the answer sheet. At the conclusion of the time allowed for spelling, the word will be scored before going on to the next word.

Description of the Senior Division Academic Spell Bowl Competition
Content
The competition will be made up of ten rounds with a different team member competing in each round. Each round shall consist of nine words. Words for this competition come from lists published on this site. Word Lists rotate annually.
Teams
Teams are composed of ten members. Ten others may be used as alternates. There is no limit as to how many students may come from any grade level. A student may participate in only one round. There are no substitutions during a round.
Eligibility
All full-time students in grades 9-12 are eligible to compete. Within these constraints, schools may select their teams in any manner and with any additional criteria they choose.
Format
The competition will consist of ten rounds with each round consisting of nine words which will be read by the emcee. After the emcee finishes the pronunciation, sentence, pronunciation and says “Begin”, the participant will have fifteen seconds to write the word in the correct space on the answer sheet. At the conclusion of the time allowed for spelling, the word will be scored before going on to the next word.