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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 5 overall individuals in the student's grade level at state if there are fewer than 150 participants at the state meet and the state does not have a district playoff.
  • Place among the top 10 overall individuals in the student's grade level at state if there are 150 or more participants at the state meet or if the state has a district playoff.
  • Place among the top 15 individuals in the student's grade level across all states.
  • Be a team member of the first place overall school in the school's division at state, based upon the "sweepstakes" score, or a team member of one of the top 5 schools in the school's division across all states, and contribute to the school's sweepstakes score by either having one of the 4 highest individual point totals from the school or being a member of the school's top-scoring team on the team round. If two teams from the school have identical team test and borda scores, the tie will be broken by adding the individual scores of the team members.
The fifth annual National Elementary Championship will be held in or near Houston in June 2018. More details will be posted as they become available.

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 sweepstakes 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.

One final note: Due to the administrative and logistical advantages of having most of our staff located in Texas, we anticipate holding the National Championship in southeast Texas for the foreseeable future. However, if you would like to submit a proposal to bring the National Championship to your city, we are happy to consider bids. Guidelines for submitting a proposal can be found here. Deadline is June 1 of each year for proposals to host the National Championship the following year.

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