Regional Competitions and Deadlines

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Two Important Notes:

  1. All 2022 regional competitions will be virtual. Please read the updated rulesBEFORE registering your teams. In addition, the deadline to register for any event is no later than 3 weeks prior to the event. For example, if your regional is on Saturday, January 30, no registrations will be accepted after Saturday, January 9, at 11:59:59 local time.
  2. Please click here to see an important notice regarding participants at the 2022 National Finals. 


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Regional Registration

Registration for the 2022 regional competitions will open October 1st at 12:00 noon Eastern time.

To register your team, be sure to first locate the regional that is designated for your school.

Please note: Registrations are based on the location of your school. Please be sure to select the regional that is designated for your school’s state, county, city, or district.

Locations for the regional competitions can be found by viewing the following links:

*Please note regional information will be updated soon

Once you have located the regional for your school you may register by clicking here.

Please read: New Registration Process

Beginning October 1 at noon Eastern: Coaches either log-in to existing or create new accounts.  The only information needed initially is the coach, co-coach, and school information. Coaches will not be asked (or allowed) to enter any information on the team members.
After the team coach agrees to follow the eligibility requirements AND consents to the information in the former “Adult Consent and Media Form”, the coach can submit the school’s PREREGISTRATION.

After the coach submits the school PREREGISTRATION, the Regional Coordinator will approve the PREREGISTRATION if there is space.  An approved PREREGISTRATION secures at least one spot for a school.  Note: If the coach or co-coach is not a school employee, the school principal must complete the coach approval before PREREGISTRATION can be approved.

ONLY after the school’s PREREGISTRATION is approved, the coach begin building their teams.

Between PREREGISTRATION approval and December 15 at 11:59 pm local time, the coach must SUBMIT their Team 1 registration.  If the coach does not submit the Team 1 registration BEFORE December 16, the school loses its reserved space. 

In order to SUBMIT a team registration, a signed “Parental Consent and Media Release Form” must be submitted for each team member – these forms are to be signed electronically by the parents/guardians.
To repeat: a coach cannot submit a team registration without completed and signed parental forms.  

To summarize:

  • Step 1: Coach submits PREREGISTRATION to guarantee one spot for the school
  • Step 2: Regional Coordinator approves the PREREGISTRATION
  • Step 3: Coach submits team registration for Team 1 before December 16

If an event allows 2nd and 3rd teams, coaches may work on completing the submission process for the other teams any time after the PREREGISTRATION is approved. However, 2nd and 3rd teams may not be approved before December 20 (the actual dates for 2nd and 3rd team approvals will be posted at a later time). There will be no “first come, first served” approvals before January 1, 2022.  Second and third teams will be selected via a lottery system.

For assistance in registration, please review the registration guide here.