Rules

 

1. All contestants will need to check in at the registration area before 1 hour by the starting of program for instructions.


2.  In competition, after the pronouncer gives the contestant a word, the contestant may, as a point of personal preference, also pronounce the word before spelling it, after spelling it, or not at all.


 3.  The contestant may request the pronouncer to pronounce the word again, define it, or use it in a sentence.  The contestant may ask for the language origin of the word, the pronouncer shall grant such requests until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the contestant.  Judges may disqualify any contestant who ignores a request to start spelling.


 4.  Having started to spell a word, a contestant shall not be permitted to change letters already pronounced.  The contestant may stop and start again with the first letter of the word, provided the letters and their sequence are not changed from the first attempt.


5.  Upon missing the spelling of a word, a contestant drops out of the contest.  The next word on the pronouncer's list is given to the next contestant.


6.  When the competition is down to two spellers, the procedures change. At that point, when one contestant misspells a word, the other contestant shall be given an opportunity to spell that same word.  If the second contestant spells that word correctly and also spells the next word on the pronouncer's list then that speller will be declared the Fair Champion.


7. If one of the last two spellers misses and the other, after correcting the error, misspells the new word from the pronouncer, then the new misspelled word shall be referred to the first speller.  If the first speller corrects that word, and then spells the next word on the pronouncer's list, then that speller shall be declared the champion.


8.  If both spellers misspell the same word, both shall continue in the contest and the one who first misspelled the word shall be given a new word to spell.


9.  If a word has one or more homonyms, the pronouncer will indicate which of them is to be spelled.


10. Any question relating to the spelling of a word should be referred to the judges immediately.  The deadline for making a protest is before the contestant affected would have been given another word to spell had the contestant remained in the contest.  No protest will be entertained after that word has been given to another speller.  When only two spellers remain, a protest must be made immediately before the second speller has started to spell the word given by the pronouncer, or if both have missed the same word, before the correct spelling is given to the audience.


11. Judges and the Organizing Committee are in complete control of the Spelling Bee.  Their decisions shall be final on all questions.