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Elementary State and National Championships

This page provides information regarding mathleague.org's state and national championships at the elementary level. Please note that the term "state" as used on this page may refer to a state, territory, province, or any analogous jurisdiction.

At the state and national championships, team awards will be given out in two divisions: Division 5 will consist of schools that do not have a sixth grade, and Division 6 will consist of schools that do have a sixth grade. Although qualifying meets might not distinguish between divisions in presenting awards, teams will only be ranked against teams in their own division when determining state meet qualifiers. The division a student's school is in will have no impact on individual rankings at any level of competition.

State Championships

"Did my child qualify for state?" is one of the most frequently asked questions we see. It is possible to answer this question for yourself.

Unless the state holds district playoffs as described below, a student whose school is a paid member of mathleague.org for the school year may compete in the state championship if he or she participates in an elementary qualifying round (either a local contest or the in-school qualifying test) during the school year and does any one of the following:

  • Earns at least 50% of the available points on any of the individual tests.
  • Scores strictly higher than 80% of the participants in his or her grade at that contest on any of the individual tests.
  • Participates on a team that scores either at least 50% of the available points or strictly higher than 80% of the teams in the school's division at that contest on the team test.
You can evaluate your students' eligibility for state by going to our results section and selecting the appropriate contest(s).

Email confirmation of each school's qualifiers will be emailed to the coach for that school in April. It is not necessary to wait for this confirmation to register your students for the state championship if you have verified that the students are eligible to compete according to the instructions above.

Additional Policies:

  • If fewer than 50 students qualify through these channels for the state championship in any state, the state meet coordinator may relax the qualification requirements upon receiving mathleague.org approval to do so.
  • Teams at the state championship do not need to consist of the same individuals who competed together when qualifying for the state championship; if more than four students from a school qualify for the next level of competition, the school's coach may choose how to arrange those students into teams.
  • Students may only sign up for the state championship in the state where their school is physically located, and then only if they have qualified for the state championship.
  • State championships are listed on our events page (click "upcoming events" at the top of this page) as soon as their dates and locations are confirmed. If your state is not listed by March 15, contact us at operations@mathleague.org for updated information. Some states list their championships late in the year, but rest assured we will hold a state championship in each state where students participate in our contests and qualify for state.
  • For states with an exceptionally large number of qualifiers, mathleague.org reserves the right to partition the state into districts and require qualifiers in one or more districts to attend a district playoff. In those cases, the qualification criteria listed above will apply to the district playoff, and separate qualification criteria will be implemented to select students for the state championship. Those criteria, along with a list of states that will hold district playoffs this year, can be found here.

National Championship

In order to qualify for our national elementary championship, a student must attend the state championship and do any one of the following:
  • Place among the top 10 overall individuals in the student's grade level at state.
  • Be a member of the first or second place overall team in the team's division at state, based upon the "sweepstakes" score, or among the top 5 teams in the team's division across all states.
The fourth annual National Elementary Championship will be held at Texas A&M University near Houston on June 24, 2017. More details will be posted as they become available. Please note that this is a later date than we originally projected, but this date allows us to keep our banquet ticket prices the same as last year while allowing twice as many students to qualify to nationals as last year!

Additional Policies:

  • Any student who is invited to attend the national championship will be eligible to compete in all events.
  • Only students who have qualified for the national championship as an individual or part of a team may compete at that meet.
  • Teams at the national championship do not need to consist of the same individuals who competed together when qualifying for the national championship; if more than four students from a school qualify for the next level of competition, the school's coach may choose how to arrange those students into teams.

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