Rules for Local Spelling Bees

Preface

These rules are guidelines designed to assist spelling bee officials and spellers at the local level. Spellers should check with their local spelling bee officials for the rules in effect in their area. Spelling bee officials include the pronouncer, judges, coordinator, and sponsor.

While local spelling bee officials have the prerogative to amend Rules 2 through 11, amendments�particularly any amendments to the end-of-bee procedure�should be undertaken only with careful consideration of the various outcomes that may result from the amendments.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee has no authority over the conduct of local spelling bees (namely, spelling bees other than the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.). Consequently, the national office will not render judgments relating to the conduct of local spelling bees. Individuals bearing complaints about the conduct of local spelling bees should register their concerns with local spelling bee officials. DECISIONS OF LOCAL SPELLING BEE OFFICIALS ARE FINAL.

These Rules for Local Spelling Bees are not the rules in effect at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. When a local spelling bee official says, �We use the national rules,� he or she is probably indicating that the Rules for Local Spelling Bees are in effect.

The Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., operates under a significantly different set of rules called the Contest Rules of the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee. These rules � obtainable through www.spellingbee.com � contain provisions that are specific to unique conditions at the event in Washington, D.C. Their successful implementation at the local level is considered impossible and therefore is not recommended.

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