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2014 Elementary Division Spell Bowl Word Release Day – May 15, 2014: in 28 days

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Host Site Assignments
Host Site assignments are now available for all teams, and listed on the Confirmation List for each contest.  Click here for Confirmation List Page.  Elementary Division host sites were updated October 28.

2013 Spell Bowl Competition Dates
Senior Spell Bowl Area Competition, October 14, 2013
Junior Spell Bowl Area Competition, October 22, 2013
Sr and Jr Spell Bowl State Finals, November 16, 2013
Elementary Spell Bowl Area Competition, November 21, 2013

NEW! Elementary Spell Bowl Results!
Congratulations to all of the teams that competed in the Elementary Spell Bowl competition on November 21! Results are now available on the Competition Results Page.

Congratulations Junior and Senior Spell Bowl State Finalist Teams!
30 high school teams and 30 junior division teams competed at the 29th annual Indiana Academic Spell Bowl State Finals on November 16..  Full State Finals Results are now available on the Competition Results Page.  If you do not see the current results after clicking on the links, click your browser’s “refresh” button, clear your browser’s cache, or try from a different computer.

2013 Spell Bowl Word Lists
The 2013 Word Lists for all three competition levels are now available.
2013 Elementary Spell Bowl Word List (Similar to list used in 2005 & 2009)
2013 Junior Spell Bowl Word List (Similar to list used in 2008)
2013 Senior Spell Bowl Word List (Similar to list used in 2008)
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. Every effort was made to select only words which are appropriate for school use. Any words which are found to not match Webster’s 11th are included in our update list which will be updated as needed. Click here to see words that will NOT be used in competition.

2013 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 2013 Elementary Spell Bowl list.  Cost is $40 per CD.  To order the CD, click here.

2013 Spell Bowl Coaches Handbook

Click on the above link to view and print the 2013 Spell Bowl Coaches Handbook.  Elementary Coaches:  Don’t forget to review the Classes for your division.[Requires Adobe Reader]

REMINDER TO ELEMENTARY COACHES:  Available competition class choices changed for the 2012 competition year.  Elementary schools have 5 classes to choose from to enter their team(s).  Coaches may choose to enter two teams in different classes.  For example, some schools that have 5th and/or 6th graders may want to add an additional team to allow their 4th graders to compete separately.  CLICK HERE to read frequently asked questions about the Elementary Competition Classes.

The new 2013-2014 Membership Participation Form is available online at http://www.iasp.org/index.php/student-programs/academic-competitions/dspforms/, and includes information to help schools enter the correct class.  Each school will want to read the instructions carefully when completing the form, but the quick version looks like this:

Blue Class: Teams that include 6th graders, 187 Eligible Students and Up (formerly called Class 1)
Green Class: Teams that include 6th graders, 186 Eligible Students and Down (formerly called Class 2)
Orange Class: Teams that do not include  6th graders, 163 Eligible Students And Up (formerly called Class 3)
Red Class: Teams that do not include  6th graders, 162 Eligible Students And Down (formerly called Class 4)
Yellow Class: Teams Including ONLY 4th graders, regardless of size of school (NEW in 2012-13)

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. 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 to view a list of all Invitational Contests that have been sent to our office.

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
[Each poster requires Adobe Reader]

Coaches Conferences
Spell Bowl Coaches have several opportunities to learn more about the competition at three fall Coaches Conferences. Sessions for everyone from rookie to experienced pros are available. Click here to find out more about upcoming conferences.

Is My Team Entered?
To find out if your membership-participation form has been received (either by fax or mail) check out the online confirmation lists, which are updated at least once a week beginning in late August. 2013.  Entry Deadline for Junior and Senior teams is September 3, and for Elementary teams is September 27.   If your team is not on the confirmation list, go to the forms page (linked in blue at the top of this page), complete a Membership-Participation Form, and fax it to the IASP office. Pre-payment is NOT required to enter the Spell Bowl contest. Click here to see the Confirmation List Page.

Spell Bowl Proctor Instructions
At most Spell Bowl competitions, each team must provide an adult proctor to help score answers. It is essential for each coach to provide a responsible proctor who has reviewed their instructions before the contest. Click here to see a copy of proctor instructions. [Requires Adobe Reader]

CALTutor
We are excited to partner with CAL Tutor, a Crown Point, Indiana company, who sells outstanding Spell Bowl, Spelling Bee and other software for sale. CAL Tutor tailors their materials to fit the Indiana Spell Bowl and has shown some outstanding results. The company also sponsors monetary awards for the top scoring Spell Bowl team in each division who use their software. For more information, go to their web site https://www.caltutor.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
[Require Adobe Reader]

 

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
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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.

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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.

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