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I registered last year. Do I need to register again?

No. Registrations carry over for both coaches and students. If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

What is LifeSmarts?

LifeSmarts is a acomprehensive consumer education program that is free to middle school and high school students and educators. LifeSmarts teaches the consumer literacy skills needed to succeed in today’s marketplace. The program covers: Personal Finance, Consumer Rights & Responsibilities, Technology, Health & Safety and the Environment. The LifeSmarts program follows the standard academic year with competition running from September to April.

Student teams, with the support and guidance of an adult coach, begin competition online. The highest-scoring online teams are invited to an in-person live state competition, and teams that win their state competitions are invited to attend the national LifeSmarts championship, where the ultimate champion is crowned.

Special opportunities exist for FBLA and FCCLA Chapters, and 4-H teams.

Who operates LifeSmarts?

LifeSmarts is operated by the National Consumers League, the nation’s oldest consumer and worker advocacy organization, headquartered in Washington, DC.

Click here for more information on NCL.

 

Who sponsors LifeSmarts?

Financial support for LifeSmarts comes from community-minded businesses, labor unions, government agencies, associations, and individuals.

Click here to see our sponsors. You can also support LifeSmarts through the National Consumers League donation page.

What does LifeSmarts teach teens?

LifeSmarts gives teens the knowledge to enter the real world as smart adult consumers.

In addition to the important information and knowledge that participants gain, students also develop teamwork, self-esteem, verbal communication skills, and leadership abilities in a fun and exciting competition format. LifeSmarts provides teens with a good understanding of their consumer rights and responsibilities.

Is LifeSmarts available in my state?

Yes! LifeSmarts is available to teens in every state through the online competition. For more information about your state’s program, or to connect with your state’s coordinator, visit your State Program page.

When are competitions held?

Visit the State Competitions page for details. The online competition generally takes place from mid-September through mid-February. In-person state competitions are held from November through mid-March. The National Championship is held in April.

Who can participate?

LifeSmarts is free and open to all teens in 6th-12th grade, and is available throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories and American military bases abroad. The participation of special needs students, students with disabilities, exchange students, alternative schools, work study groups, home school groups, clubs and community organizations is encouraged and welcomed.

What does it cost to participate?

There is no registration fee to participate at any level of the LifeSmarts program, and all of our educational resources are provided free of charge.

Teams advancing to in-person competitions may be required to cover personal expenses such as meals, lodging, or transportation. Please ask your state coordinator for more information.

How can I get involved?

Check out our Get Involved page to see how your skills can improve the LifeSmarts program!

There are several ways you can get started:

coaches

FCCLA/LifeSmarts Knowledge Bowl
I don’t want my players taking competition quizzes until a certain date. Can coaches set their own start date?

Yes. Coaches have the ability to set a different start date for their players, provided it is after the date set by the state coordinator. Check your state’s page for the specific testing window open to players in your state.

To set a later start date for your teams, go to the “Profile” tab of the Coach’s Corner. At the bottom of the profile is a box marked “Coach Competition Start Date”

Where can I find the Capstone Quiz?

The Capstone quiz can be found in the “My Quizzes” section of the Player’s Corner. Since it is a post-test it is only available once the player has completed all five Category Quizzes.

If the Capstone Quiz does not appear in the “My Quizzes” area once the Category Quizzes are complete, the player should refresh the page; if it does not appear after 20 minutes, the player should log out and log back in.

If the Capstone Quiz still does not appear, contact support for assistance.

What is the Capstone Quiz?

The Capstone quiz is the online post-test. Players must complete the Capstone quiz before online competition closes in order to be eligible for in-person competitions.

The Capstone quiz consists of 20 multiple-choice questions randomly selected from the five categories. The scores from the five Category quizzes and the Capstone quiz are combined to determine a player’s final score.

How do I select the team captain?
1. To select your captain, login, then click on the coach section, and the “my teams” tab.
2. Next to the team you want, click “inspect/edit.”
3. Select your captain and click “Update team.”
4. Refresh the page to see your changes.
How do players register?

Everyone registers using the same “register” button in the top right-hand corner of the site. Register once, and in all subsequent visits choose the login button instead. Usernames and passwords carry over from year to year.

Register as a student, creating your own username and password which you will use to login on future visits, provide contact and demographics information, complete a “captcha” and click, “Register with LifeSmarts.”

Use the login button to get to the Players page.

How do I delete a team member?

A coach can easily delete a team member:

  1. Log in, click on “Coaches”
  2. Go to the My Teams tab
  3. Click “inspect/edit”
  4. A list of team players will appear
  5. Click the “x” next to the player you wish to delete from the team
  6. Click “Update team and refresh the page to see your changes
How do I delete a team?

Coaches may not delete teams. If you wish to delete (or rename) a team, please contact LifeSmarts staff who can do this for you.

Where can coaches find players’ scores?

Coaches can see student and team scores:

  1. Login
  2. Click on the “Coaches” tab
  3. Click the “Competitions” tab
Where can I find more information on LifeSmarts U?

To access the lessons in LifeSmarts U click here.

Where can I find the lesson plans and teaching materials, such as the “Question of the Day” calendars?

Materials are found under the Resources tab on the home page.

Where are the official quizzes located that affect our team and individual scores?

Varsity and JV players will find the quizzes under the Competitions tab of the Player’s Corner once they login. Players first complete the pre-quiz which unlocks the five category quizzes. Once the five category quizzes are completed the Capstone quiz becomes available. Players must complete all seven quizzes to be eligible to compete at the next level (the category and Capstone quizzes make up the player’s final score). Coaches do not see competition quizzes, but they can track student scores.

How do students sign up for Safety Smart?

Find everything you need right here. Safety Smart is a wonderful partnership between LifeSmarts and UL that provides leadership and service learning opportunities for students.

I would like to be a coach and start my own team, how do I begin that process?

Great! Prospective coaches should go to the LifeSmarts homepage and click the “Register” tab. Follow the steps to register.

Next, set up your teams and have students begin registering.

I forgot my password/username, how do I recover that information?

If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

I registered last year. Do I need to register again?

No. Registrations carry over for both coaches and students. If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

What does it cost to participate?

There is no registration fee to participate at any level of the LifeSmarts program, and all of our educational resources are provided free of charge.

Teams advancing to in-person competitions may be required to cover personal expenses such as meals, lodging, or transportation. Please ask your state coordinator for more information.

How many students make up a team?

This depends on the type of team you wish to create:

FBLA teams: exactly 2 (1 captain + 1 player)

FCCLA teams: exactly 5 (1 captain + 4 players)

Varsity and JV teams: at least 4 (1 captain + at least 3 more players), but there is no maximum number of players. For in-person Varsity and JV competitions, teams are made up of 4 students and are allowed 1 alternate player.

I participated in LifeSmarts last year. Do I have to register again this year?

No. Your registration information is still on file. You can access your account with the same username and password as you did last year.

What are the rules?

LifeSmarts competition rules can be found in the LifeSmarts Coach’s Guide.

How are scores calculated?
In the online competition players receive a score for each 20-question quiz they complete. Each student must complete all five category quizzes plus the capstone quiz to achieve a cumulative score. To qualify for your state competition, your team must have one of the highest composite scores. If you have at least four players who complete all quizzes, and you are a top-scoring team within your state, you will be eligible to create a team to compete at an in-person competition.
How are composite scores determined?

Composite scores are determined by averaging the top four players’ scores.

My team has many students who qualified for the in-person state competition. Which students can compete?

Coaches with many players competing on one online team may choose from among all qualifying students to form the 4- or 5-person team that will compete live.

Can a player compete on multiple teams?

A player may compete on one Varsity or JV team, plus one FBLA, one FCCLA, and one 4-H team.

Can a coach have multiple teams?

Coaches may sign up as many online teams as they wish. However, state coordinators may limit the number of teams that can advance per coach or per school.

Remember: if you sign up just four players as a team, all four players must complete each level of the competition in order to have a chance to compete at the next level.

How do I check my team’s status?

Log in to the Coach’s Corner.

What is LifeSmarts U?

LifeSmarts U is the LifeSmarts virtual classroom. For students it is like study hall, and coaches use it to find complete lessons and group study materials.

More informaton is available here.

getting started

I don’t want my players taking competition quizzes until a certain date. Can coaches set their own start date?

Yes. Coaches have the ability to set a different start date for their players, provided it is after the date set by the state coordinator. Check your state’s page for the specific testing window open to players in your state.

To set a later start date for your teams, go to the “Profile” tab of the Coach’s Corner. At the bottom of the profile is a box marked “Coach Competition Start Date”

How do I select the team captain?
1. To select your captain, login, then click on the coach section, and the “my teams” tab.
2. Next to the team you want, click “inspect/edit.”
3. Select your captain and click “Update team.”
4. Refresh the page to see your changes.
How do players register?

Everyone registers using the same “register” button in the top right-hand corner of the site. Register once, and in all subsequent visits choose the login button instead. Usernames and passwords carry over from year to year.

Register as a student, creating your own username and password which you will use to login on future visits, provide contact and demographics information, complete a “captcha” and click, “Register with LifeSmarts.”

Use the login button to get to the Players page.

How do I register?

Everyone registers using the same “register” button in the top right-hand corner of the site. Register once, and in all subsequent visits choose the login button instead. Usernames and passwords carry over from year to year.

When you register you will let us know if you are a coach or a student player. You will create your own username and password which you will use to login on future visits, provide contact and demographics information, complete a “captcha” and click, “Register with LifeSmarts.”

Use the login button to get to your coach or student page.

Where can coaches find players’ scores?

Coaches can see student and team scores:

  1. Login
  2. Click on the “Coaches” tab
  3. Click the “Competitions” tab
Where can I find more information on LifeSmarts U?

To access the lessons in LifeSmarts U click here.

Where can I find the lesson plans and teaching materials, such as the “Question of the Day” calendars?

Materials are found under the Resources tab on the home page.

Where are the official quizzes located that affect our team and individual scores?

Varsity and JV players will find the quizzes under the Competitions tab of the Player’s Corner once they login. Players first complete the pre-quiz which unlocks the five category quizzes. Once the five category quizzes are completed the Capstone quiz becomes available. Players must complete all seven quizzes to be eligible to compete at the next level (the category and Capstone quizzes make up the player’s final score). Coaches do not see competition quizzes, but they can track student scores.

How do students sign up for Safety Smart?

Find everything you need right here. Safety Smart is a wonderful partnership between LifeSmarts and UL that provides leadership and service learning opportunities for students.

I would like to be a coach and start my own team, how do I begin that process?

Great! Prospective coaches should go to the LifeSmarts homepage and click the “Register” tab. Follow the steps to register.

Next, set up your teams and have students begin registering.

I registered last year. Do I need to register again?

No. Registrations carry over for both coaches and students. If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

When would I use the FBLA team type?

FBLA teams may compete in the monthly TeamSmarts quizzes, and compete in the FBLA LifeSmarts Competitive Event through FBLA. Winning teams from the fall and spring competitions qualify to compete in person at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in the summer.

Varsity and JV teams are open to everyone, including FBLA chapters. Varsity players qualify through online quizzes before advancing to state competitions, which lead to the National LifeSmarts Championship in April.

A coach may create teams of multiple team types. Players may compete on both an FBLA and a Varsity or JV team.

What does it cost to participate?

There is no registration fee to participate at any level of the LifeSmarts program, and all of our educational resources are provided free of charge.

Teams advancing to in-person competitions may be required to cover personal expenses such as meals, lodging, or transportation. Please ask your state coordinator for more information.

JV

2017-18 Junior Varsity Champions

Junior Varsity LifeSmarts State Champions:

Alabama: Clay-Chalkville Middle School, Coach Tina Hamrick

Georgia: Gwinett County 4-H, Coach Jean Martin

Hawaii: Ewa Makai Middle School, Coach Janet Bagby

Illinois: LaMoille High School, Coach Carol Darveau

Kansas: Westridge, Coach Benita Holder

Missouri: Blair Oaks Middle School, Coach Debby Anderson 

North Dakota: Jamestown High School, Coach Marchel Krieger

 

2016-17 Junior Varsity Champions

District of Columbia: UPO POWER, Coach Kenny Carroll

Georgia: Gwinett County 4-H, Coach Jean Martin

Illinois: LaMoille High School, Coach Carol Darveau

Kansas: Trailridge Junior High School, Coach Cassie Shonfelt

Maryland: Immaculate Conception School, Coach Suzanne Mann

Minnesota: Willow River High School, Coach Melissa Johnson

Missouri: Blair Oaks Middle School, Coach Cynthia Sullivan

North Carolina: Union Academy, Coach Kim Kirk

North Dakota: Hettinger High School, Coach Ronda Schauer

Virginia: Henrico County 4-H, Coach Kathleen Cantwell

Wisconsin: Gilman Middle School, Coach Bonnie Lang

2015-16 Junior Varsity Champions

Georgia: Gwinett County 4-H, Coach Jean Martin

Illinois: LaMoille High School, Coach Carol Darveau

Kansas: Westridge Middle School, Coach Benita Holder

Missouri: Blair Oaks Middle School, Coach Cynthia Sullivan

North Dakota: Hettinger High School, Coach Ronda Schauer

Tennessee: Chester County Junior High School, Coach Rebecca Seratt

Virginia: Henrico County 4-H, Coach Kathleen Cantwell

2014-15 Junior Varsity Champions

Georgia: Houston County 4-H, Coach Kellie Day

Illinois: LaMoille High School, Coach Carol Darveau

Kansas: Iola Middle School, Coach Jean Johns

Missouri: Blair Oaks Middle School, Coach Cynthia Sullivan

Virginia: Henrico County 4-H, Coach Kathleen Cantwell

2013-14 Junior Varsity Champions

California: BGCELA, Coach Walter Castillo

Georgia: Gwinnett White, Coach Pamela Bloch

Illinois: LaMoille, Coach Carol Darveau

Kansas: Pretty Prairie ELP, Coach Vickie Galloway

Kentucky: 8th Grade Girls, Coach Beth Dillingham

Louisiana: Acadiana 3, Coach Stephanie Bennett

Missouri: JV Wildcats, Coach Bonnie Baker

North Dakota: BCN Bison 2, Coach Tracy Heinze

Tennessee: Trousdale Co., Coach Sara Gray

Virginia: GCHS Eagles, Coach Courtney Moseley

LifeSmarts

How do players register?

Everyone registers using the same “register” button in the top right-hand corner of the site. Register once, and in all subsequent visits choose the login button instead. Usernames and passwords carry over from year to year.

Register as a student, creating your own username and password which you will use to login on future visits, provide contact and demographics information, complete a “captcha” and click, “Register with LifeSmarts.”

Use the login button to get to the Players page.

How do I delete a team member?

A coach can easily delete a team member:

  1. Log in, click on “Coaches”
  2. Go to the My Teams tab
  3. Click “inspect/edit”
  4. A list of team players will appear
  5. Click the “x” next to the player you wish to delete from the team
  6. Click “Update team and refresh the page to see your changes
How do I delete a team?

Coaches may not delete teams. If you wish to delete (or rename) a team, please contact LifeSmarts staff who can do this for you.

Where can coaches find players’ scores?

Coaches can see student and team scores:

  1. Login
  2. Click on the “Coaches” tab
  3. Click the “Competitions” tab
Where can I find more information on LifeSmarts U?

To access the lessons in LifeSmarts U click here.

Where can I find the lesson plans and teaching materials, such as the “Question of the Day” calendars?

Materials are found under the Resources tab on the home page.

Where are the official quizzes located that affect our team and individual scores?

Varsity and JV players will find the quizzes under the Competitions tab of the Player’s Corner once they login. Players first complete the pre-quiz which unlocks the five category quizzes. Once the five category quizzes are completed the Capstone quiz becomes available. Players must complete all seven quizzes to be eligible to compete at the next level (the category and Capstone quizzes make up the player’s final score). Coaches do not see competition quizzes, but they can track student scores.

How do students sign up for Safety Smart?

Find everything you need right here. Safety Smart is a wonderful partnership between LifeSmarts and UL that provides leadership and service learning opportunities for students.

I would like to be a coach and start my own team, how do I begin that process?

Great! Prospective coaches should go to the LifeSmarts homepage and click the “Register” tab. Follow the steps to register.

Next, set up your teams and have students begin registering.

I forgot my password/username, how do I recover that information?

If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

I registered last year. Do I need to register again?

No. Registrations carry over for both coaches and students. If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

When would I use the FBLA team type?

FBLA teams may compete in the monthly TeamSmarts quizzes, and compete in the FBLA LifeSmarts Competitive Event through FBLA. Winning teams from the fall and spring competitions qualify to compete in person at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in the summer.

Varsity and JV teams are open to everyone, including FBLA chapters. Varsity players qualify through online quizzes before advancing to state competitions, which lead to the National LifeSmarts Championship in April.

A coach may create teams of multiple team types. Players may compete on both an FBLA and a Varsity or JV team.

How many students make up a team?

This depends on the type of team you wish to create:

FBLA teams: exactly 2 (1 captain + 1 player)

FCCLA teams: exactly 5 (1 captain + 4 players)

Varsity and JV teams: at least 4 (1 captain + at least 3 more players), but there is no maximum number of players. For in-person Varsity and JV competitions, teams are made up of 4 students and are allowed 1 alternate player.

Do I have to complete all rounds of the competition at one time?

No. After completing a quiz you may begin the next quiz, or return at another time. You must complete all 5 category quizzes and the Capstone quiz before the closing deadline to be eligible to compete in person.

Is LifeSmarts available in my state?

LifeSmarts is available to teens in every US state through the online competition. Check out your state program for competition information or to connect with your LifeSmarts State Coordinator.

When and where are the in-person competitions held in my state?

State competition locations and dates vary by state, and take place from November 1 to mid-March. Check out your state LifeSmarts program page for more information.

My state does not have a coordinator. May I still compete online?

Yes. All teams that complete the online qualification quizzes before the deadline will be invited to take a special TeamSmarts quiz to determine the state champion team. The team with the highest score will be invited to represent your state at the National LifeSmarts Championship.

What are the rules for state in-person competitions?

Please see Pages 13-15 of the Coach’s Guide for general state rules and regulations. Check with your state coordinator for specific state information.

How many rounds are there in the online competition?

In addition to the pre-test, there are 6 rounds to the online competition: Environment, Personal Finance, Health & Safety, Consumer Rights, Technology, followed by the Capstone quiz. Each quiz has 20 questions.

nationals

I’m an alumni interested in coming to Nationals. Am I allowed to volunteer?

Of course! Everyone is welcome at LifeSmarts, especially our alumni. We’d love for you to stay in touch with us and join our LifeSmarts Alumni Facebook Group and join our LinkedIn group as well.

Alumni are welcome to volunteer. In fact, former participants well-versed in the rules of the competition make excellent officials. Those wishing to volunteer must register online and specify the times they are available. Volunteers are welcome to join us for group meals on the days they are volunteering (no ticket required). All volunteers are informed of their assignments in late March.

If you just wish to stop by and watch a match or two, there is no registration required.

We are unable provide financial assistance to participants traveling to Nationals. Attendees are responsible for covering all costs, including transportation and accommodations. The National Consumers League assumes no liability for those attending the competition.

Just like every player competing at Nationals, all attendees under the age of 18 must be chaperoned and must submit a release form signed by his/her parent or legal guardian.

Offline events

How do students sign up for Safety Smart?

Find everything you need right here. Safety Smart is a wonderful partnership between LifeSmarts and UL that provides leadership and service learning opportunities for students.

When are competitions held?

Visit the State Competitions page for details. The online competition generally takes place from mid-September through mid-February. In-person state competitions are held from November through mid-March. The National Championship is held in April.

When and where are the in-person competitions held in my state?

State competition locations and dates vary by state, and take place from November 1 to mid-March. Check out your state LifeSmarts program page for more information.

My state does not have a coordinator. May I still compete online?

Yes. All teams that complete the online qualification quizzes before the deadline will be invited to take a special TeamSmarts quiz to determine the state champion team. The team with the highest score will be invited to represent your state at the National LifeSmarts Championship.

What are the rules for state in-person competitions?

Please see Pages 13-15 of the Coach’s Guide for general state rules and regulations. Check with your state coordinator for specific state information.

Is there any advance information available about LifeSmarts Nationals?

The National Consumers League hosts the annual LifeSmarts National Championship in a major city each spring. Please check here for current information.

My team has many students who qualified for the in-person state competition. Which students can compete?

Coaches with many players competing on one online team may choose from among all qualifying students to form the 4- or 5-person team that will compete live.

Online competition

I don’t want my players taking competition quizzes until a certain date. Can coaches set their own start date?

Yes. Coaches have the ability to set a different start date for their players, provided it is after the date set by the state coordinator. Check your state’s page for the specific testing window open to players in your state.

To set a later start date for your teams, go to the “Profile” tab of the Coach’s Corner. At the bottom of the profile is a box marked “Coach Competition Start Date”

Where can I find the Capstone Quiz?

The Capstone quiz can be found in the “My Quizzes” section of the Player’s Corner. Since it is a post-test it is only available once the player has completed all five Category Quizzes.

If the Capstone Quiz does not appear in the “My Quizzes” area once the Category Quizzes are complete, the player should refresh the page; if it does not appear after 20 minutes, the player should log out and log back in.

If the Capstone Quiz still does not appear, contact support for assistance.

What is the Capstone Quiz?

The Capstone quiz is the online post-test. Players must complete the Capstone quiz before online competition closes in order to be eligible for in-person competitions.

The Capstone quiz consists of 20 multiple-choice questions randomly selected from the five categories. The scores from the five Category quizzes and the Capstone quiz are combined to determine a player’s final score.

How do I select the team captain?
1. To select your captain, login, then click on the coach section, and the “my teams” tab.
2. Next to the team you want, click “inspect/edit.”
3. Select your captain and click “Update team.”
4. Refresh the page to see your changes.
How do I delete a team member?

A coach can easily delete a team member:

  1. Log in, click on “Coaches”
  2. Go to the My Teams tab
  3. Click “inspect/edit”
  4. A list of team players will appear
  5. Click the “x” next to the player you wish to delete from the team
  6. Click “Update team and refresh the page to see your changes
How do I delete a team?

Coaches may not delete teams. If you wish to delete (or rename) a team, please contact LifeSmarts staff who can do this for you.

Where can coaches find players’ scores?

Coaches can see student and team scores:

  1. Login
  2. Click on the “Coaches” tab
  3. Click the “Competitions” tab
Where are the official quizzes located that affect our team and individual scores?

Varsity and JV players will find the quizzes under the Competitions tab of the Player’s Corner once they login. Players first complete the pre-quiz which unlocks the five category quizzes. Once the five category quizzes are completed the Capstone quiz becomes available. Players must complete all seven quizzes to be eligible to compete at the next level (the category and Capstone quizzes make up the player’s final score). Coaches do not see competition quizzes, but they can track student scores.

When would I use the FBLA team type?

FBLA teams may compete in the monthly TeamSmarts quizzes, and compete in the FBLA LifeSmarts Competitive Event through FBLA. Winning teams from the fall and spring competitions qualify to compete in person at the FBLA National Leadership Conference in the summer.

Varsity and JV teams are open to everyone, including FBLA chapters. Varsity players qualify through online quizzes before advancing to state competitions, which lead to the National LifeSmarts Championship in April.

A coach may create teams of multiple team types. Players may compete on both an FBLA and a Varsity or JV team.

How many students make up a team?

This depends on the type of team you wish to create:

FBLA teams: exactly 2 (1 captain + 1 player)

FCCLA teams: exactly 5 (1 captain + 4 players)

Varsity and JV teams: at least 4 (1 captain + at least 3 more players), but there is no maximum number of players. For in-person Varsity and JV competitions, teams are made up of 4 students and are allowed 1 alternate player.

Do I have to complete all rounds of the competition at one time?

No. After completing a quiz you may begin the next quiz, or return at another time. You must complete all 5 category quizzes and the Capstone quiz before the closing deadline to be eligible to compete in person.

How many rounds are there in the online competition?

In addition to the pre-test, there are 6 rounds to the online competition: Environment, Personal Finance, Health & Safety, Consumer Rights, Technology, followed by the Capstone quiz. Each quiz has 20 questions.

Tell me more about the daily quiz:

The Daily Quiz topics rotate. You do not need to register to take the Daily Quizzes. You may take any number of Daily Quizzes per day. These are practice tools and do not count toward your score.

How are scores calculated?
In the online competition players receive a score for each 20-question quiz they complete. Each student must complete all five category quizzes plus the capstone quiz to achieve a cumulative score. To qualify for your state competition, your team must have one of the highest composite scores. If you have at least four players who complete all quizzes, and you are a top-scoring team within your state, you will be eligible to create a team to compete at an in-person competition.
How are composite scores determined?

Composite scores are determined by averaging the top four players’ scores.

Can a player compete on multiple teams?

A player may compete on one Varsity or JV team, plus one FBLA, one FCCLA, and one 4-H team.

How do I check my team’s status?

Log in to the Coach’s Corner.

pathgoal

Competitions: Playing the game
Education: Free materials for classrooms or clubs
Service: Educate others in your school and community
Leadership: Integrate with existing club programs
  • FBLA Competitive Event
    • Fall Challenge online qualifier
    • Spring Challenge online qualifier
    • Online qualifiers advance to in-person event at NLC
  • FCCLA/LifeSmarts Consumer Knowledge Bowl
    • Compete at Fall Cluster Meetings
    • January “Second Chance” online competition
    • Cluster & January winners advance to in-person event at NLC

pathwaysteam

FCCLA: members only, grades 9-12
FBLA: members only, grades 9-12

players

Where can I find the Capstone Quiz?

The Capstone quiz can be found in the “My Quizzes” section of the Player’s Corner. Since it is a post-test it is only available once the player has completed all five Category Quizzes.

If the Capstone Quiz does not appear in the “My Quizzes” area once the Category Quizzes are complete, the player should refresh the page; if it does not appear after 20 minutes, the player should log out and log back in.

If the Capstone Quiz still does not appear, contact support for assistance.

What is the Capstone Quiz?

The Capstone quiz is the online post-test. Players must complete the Capstone quiz before online competition closes in order to be eligible for in-person competitions.

The Capstone quiz consists of 20 multiple-choice questions randomly selected from the five categories. The scores from the five Category quizzes and the Capstone quiz are combined to determine a player’s final score.

How do players register?

Everyone registers using the same “register” button in the top right-hand corner of the site. Register once, and in all subsequent visits choose the login button instead. Usernames and passwords carry over from year to year.

Register as a student, creating your own username and password which you will use to login on future visits, provide contact and demographics information, complete a “captcha” and click, “Register with LifeSmarts.”

Use the login button to get to the Players page.

Where can I find more information on LifeSmarts U?

To access the lessons in LifeSmarts U click here.

Where are the official quizzes located that affect our team and individual scores?

Varsity and JV players will find the quizzes under the Competitions tab of the Player’s Corner once they login. Players first complete the pre-quiz which unlocks the five category quizzes. Once the five category quizzes are completed the Capstone quiz becomes available. Players must complete all seven quizzes to be eligible to compete at the next level (the category and Capstone quizzes make up the player’s final score). Coaches do not see competition quizzes, but they can track student scores.

How do students sign up for Safety Smart?

Find everything you need right here. Safety Smart is a wonderful partnership between LifeSmarts and UL that provides leadership and service learning opportunities for students.

I forgot my password/username, how do I recover that information?

If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

I registered last year. Do I need to register again?

No. Registrations carry over for both coaches and students. If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

Do I have to complete all rounds of the competition at one time?

No. After completing a quiz you may begin the next quiz, or return at another time. You must complete all 5 category quizzes and the Capstone quiz before the closing deadline to be eligible to compete in person.

Do I have to register to compete?

Yes, you must register to compete in the LifeSmarts online competition.

I participated in LifeSmarts last year. Do I have to register again this year?

No. Your registration information is still on file. You can access your account with the same username and password as you did last year.

Do I have to register to take the practice quizzes?

Yes, you may take the quizzes once you have logged in.

Tell me more about the daily quiz:

The Daily Quiz topics rotate. You do not need to register to take the Daily Quizzes. You may take any number of Daily Quizzes per day. These are practice tools and do not count toward your score.

I don’t have an adult coach, but I know an adult who is interested in becoming a coach. What should I do?

Although most coaches are educators, it is not a requirement. If you know an adult who is interested in becoming a LifeSmarts coach, please direct them to the Coaches Home Page.

What is the difference between Varsity and Junior Varsity LifeSmarts?

The Junior Varsity program is for 6th-8th grade students. The Varsity program is for 9th-12th grade students.

May I compete in LifeSmarts if I am being homeschooled?

Yes, homeschooled students in 6th-12th grade may compete in LifeSmarts.

I do not remember my password. How do I retrieve it?

Visit the Login page and click on “Lost Your Password?” below the main login box. You will receive an email with a link and instructions to reset your password.

 

Is there any advance information available about LifeSmarts Nationals?

The National Consumers League hosts the annual LifeSmarts National Championship in a major city each spring. Please check here for current information.

What are the rules?

LifeSmarts competition rules can be found in the LifeSmarts Coach’s Guide.

Registering

I don’t want my players taking competition quizzes until a certain date. Can coaches set their own start date?

Yes. Coaches have the ability to set a different start date for their players, provided it is after the date set by the state coordinator. Check your state’s page for the specific testing window open to players in your state.

To set a later start date for your teams, go to the “Profile” tab of the Coach’s Corner. At the bottom of the profile is a box marked “Coach Competition Start Date”

How do players register?

Everyone registers using the same “register” button in the top right-hand corner of the site. Register once, and in all subsequent visits choose the login button instead. Usernames and passwords carry over from year to year.

Register as a student, creating your own username and password which you will use to login on future visits, provide contact and demographics information, complete a “captcha” and click, “Register with LifeSmarts.”

Use the login button to get to the Players page.

How do I register?

Everyone registers using the same “register” button in the top right-hand corner of the site. Register once, and in all subsequent visits choose the login button instead. Usernames and passwords carry over from year to year.

When you register you will let us know if you are a coach or a student player. You will create your own username and password which you will use to login on future visits, provide contact and demographics information, complete a “captcha” and click, “Register with LifeSmarts.”

Use the login button to get to your coach or student page.

I would like to be a coach and start my own team, how do I begin that process?

Great! Prospective coaches should go to the LifeSmarts homepage and click the “Register” tab. Follow the steps to register.

Next, set up your teams and have students begin registering.

I forgot my password/username, how do I recover that information?

If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

I registered last year. Do I need to register again?

No. Registrations carry over for both coaches and students. If you cannot remember your password, click on “log in” and use the “Lost your password” feature to re-set it. If you cannot remember your username, contact LifeSmarts staff. If your email (or other information) has changed, login and click on “Profile” to update your information.

Do I have to register to compete?

Yes, you must register to compete in the LifeSmarts online competition.

I participated in LifeSmarts last year. Do I have to register again this year?

No. Your registration information is still on file. You can access your account with the same username and password as you did last year.

Do I have to register to take the practice quizzes?

Yes, you may take the quizzes once you have logged in.

Can a coach have multiple teams?

Coaches may sign up as many online teams as they wish. However, state coordinators may limit the number of teams that can advance per coach or per school.

Remember: if you sign up just four players as a team, all four players must complete each level of the competition in order to have a chance to compete at the next level.

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List of Teams who win

Top-scoring Varsity, JV, FBLA, FCCLA, and 4-H teams each receive a $100 cash prize each month.

How to Register for and Compete in TeamSmarts

Step 1: Coaches register with LifeSmarts: http://www.lifesmarts.org/lifesmarts-registration/ (On all subsequent visits, use the login)

Step 2: Students register with LifeSmarts: http://www.lifesmarts.org/lifesmarts-registration/ (On all subsequent visits, use the login)

Step 3: Coach creates a team, selects students and a captain for each team. (This student captain will gather teammates and launch the TeamSmarts quiz.)

Use the dropdown menu of players to select a team captain when you create a team. To select a captain later login, click on the coaches tab, click on “my teams” then “inspect/edit” next to the team. Use the dropdown menu to select which player will serve as the team’s captain. Click update http://www.lifesmarts.org/lifesmarts-login/

Step 4: The captain logs in, and finds the monthly TeamSmarts quiz now assigned to the captain under “My Quizzes”: http://www.lifesmarts.org/lifesmarts-login/

Step 5: Captain gathers teammates and together the team takes the TeamSmarts quiz

Step 6: The National Consumers League awards monthly prizes to the top scoring Varsity, JV, FBLA, FCCLA, and 4-H teams.

Qualification Quizzes: January to May

TeamSmarts is also used for a variety of qualification quizzes across the country. Most are only open for a short window such as two weeks or less.

STATE QUALIFIER: some states use scores from a special TeamSmarts test to determine which teams advance to the state tournament, others may use it as part of a cumulative scoring system. Some states may not use it at all. Your state coordinator will notify you after the online competition has closed if your state will use TeamSmarts.

STATE TOURNAMENT: in states where there is no coordinator (or the coordinator does not hold an in-person event), a special TeamSmarts test may be used to determine the state LifeSmarts champion. These quizzes will occur after the online competition window has closed. Coaches will be notified at that time by the national LifeSmarts staff if a TeamSmarts test will serve as the state tournament.

 WILD CARD TEAMS AT NATIONALS: Five wild-card spots are reserved for teams that did not compete at Nationals the year before. Teams must complete one special TeamSmarts quiz as part of their application.

FIRST EVENT OF NATIONALS: The state champions and Wild Card teams may take another 100-question TeamSmarts quiz as part of the National Championship.

Monthly Quizzes: September to January

TeamSmarts is a great practice tool for a team of students. Each month from September through January, teams are asked 100 multiple-choice questions focused on one LifeSmarts topic. Competitions are open for the entire month.

September: Health and Safety 

October: Personal Finance 

November: Consumer Rights

December: Technology

January: Environment

Each month, teams with the highest score win a $100 cash prize. Prizes are awarded to the top-scoring Varsity, JV, FBLA, FCCLA, and 4-H teams. (Teams may win one cash prize per program year.)

TSResults

December 2017: Technology

Varsity Winners

Junior Varsity Winners

4-H Winners

FBLA Winners

FCCLA Winners

1st Upper Dublin HS, Pennsylvania* Douglas County 4H, Georgia* Henrico County 4H, Virginia  Upper Dublin HS, Pennsylvania* Graford High HS, Texas*
2nd Barrington HS, Rhode Island Trailridge MS, Kansas* Gwinnett County 4-H, Georgia Buffalo HS, Wyoming *
3rd Dallas HS, Pennsylvania Blair Oaks MS, Missouri*  Chatham County 4-H,Georgia Buffalo HS, Wyoming *
4th Milton HS, Massachusetts Trailridge MS, Kansas* Dallas HS, Pennsylvania *
5th Mascoma Valley Regional HS, New Hampshire Willow River HS, Minnesota George C. Marshall HS, Virginia
November 2017: Consumer Rights & Responsilbities

Varsity Winners

Junior Varsity Winners

4-H Winners

FBLA Winners

FCCLA Winners

1st Dallas HS, Pennsylvania* Keytesville R-III Jr. High School, Missouri Walker County 4-H Georgia Upper Dublin HS, Pennsylvania Blair Oaks HS, Missouri*
2nd Upper Dublin HS, Pennsylvania Trailridge MS, Kansas  Chatham County 4-H, Georgia Grundy County HS, Tennessee Grayson County CATE Center, Virginia
3rd Flagstaff Home Educators, Arizona Tina-Avalon MS, Missouri Buffalo HS, Wyoming West County HS, Missouri
4th Mascoma Valley Regional HS, New Hampshire Trailridge MS, Kansas Monroe Township HS, New Jersey Buffalo HS, Missouri
5th  Barrington HS, Rhode Island Linn, MS, Missouri John Marshall High School, West Virginia Blooming Grove HS, Texas
October 2017: Personal Finance

Varsity Winners

Junior Varsity Winners

4-H Winners

FBLA Winners

FCCLA Winners

1st Dallas HS, Pennsylvania* Trailridge MS, Kansas* Liberty County 4-H Georgia Champaign Central HS, Illinois Blair Oaks HS, Missouri
2nd Nickerson HS, Kansas Blair Oaks MS, Missouri Divide County High School, North Dakota Clark HS, North Dakota
3rd Barrington HS, Rhode Island Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Florida George C Marshall HS, Virginia Blair Oaks HS, Missouri
4th Milton HS, Massachusetts Trailridge MS, Kansas Pine Grove Area HS, Pennsylvania Broken Bow HS, Oklahoma
5th  Flagstaff Home Educators, Arizona Iola MS, Missouri Pine Grove Area HS, Pennsylvania Woodrow Wilson HS, Virginia
September 2017: Health and Safety

Varsity Winners

Junior Varsity Winners

4-H Winners

FBLA Winners

FCCLA Winners

1st Dallas HS, Pennsylvania Trailridge MS, Kansas Douglas Co. 4-H, Georgia Buffalo HS, Wyoming Macon CTE Center, Missouri
2nd Milton HS, Massachusetts Linn MS, Missouri Henrico Co. 4-H, Virginia Pine Grove Area HS, Pennsylvania Fouke HS, Arkansas
3rd Jamestown HS, North Dakota Trailridge MS, Kansas Liberty Co. 4-H, Georgia Pine Grove Area HS, Pennsylvania Blair Oaks HS, Missouri
4th Westfield HS, Wisconsin Blair Oaks MS, Missouri Pine Grove Area HS, Pennsylvania Keytesville HS, Missouri
5th Palmer HS, Massachusetts Henrico Co. 4-H, Virginia Pine Grove Area HS, Pennsylvania Montgomery Co. HS, Missouri
January 2017: Environment
  Varsity Winners FCCLA Winners FBLA Winners
1st Dallas, Pennsylvania *
Dolphin Gangsterz, Texas *
ARB, California *
2nd Flagstaff Altitude 2.0, Arizona
Falcons 16, Missouri *
Nickerson FBLA, Kansas *
3rd Paxon Gold, Florida
Clark FCCLA, South Dakota
MTHS Sharks, New Jersey
4th Statesmen Savages, Virginia
Selah FCCLA, Washington
The Final Two, Missouri
5th Turtles, Connecticut
Eagle Spirit, Missouri
FBLA Golden Eagles, Missouri

writing

I’m ready to write LifeSmarts questions. How do I get started?
  1. Decide which type of questions you want to write, and download the corresponding template below.
  2. Review the categories/subtopics and the “Need to Know” list
  3. Review the basic guidelines to writing LifeSmarts questions
  4. Find the resource(s) you plan to cite your questions from
  5. Use the template (downloaded in Step 1) to write your question(s)
  6. When finished: “Save as” your completed template by adding “_CATEGORY_LASTNAME_MONTH.DAY” to the end of the document title.
  7. Upload completed templates to the “Upload Question Templates” form