National LifeSmarts Championship 2017

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The National Consumers League will host the 23rd National LifeSmarts Championship April 21-24, 2017, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sneak peek at Nationals 2017

Draft Agenda

2017 State Champion Coach Memo

Team Reference Page (all details and deadlines)

Competition highlights:

LifeSmarts is an academically rigorous and engaging competition in which all teams compete multiple times and top teams and individual students are recognized for high achievement. This year’s competition will include:

  • Pre-competition Challenge
  • Sister Team Activity
  • Individual Assessments
  • Speed Smarts
  • Three Buzzer Matches or more
  • Round of 16, knock-out bracket
  • Last Smartie Standing
  • Exciting semi-final and final matches

UL’s Safety Smart program enhances the program:

Our ongoing partnership with Underwriters Laboratories (UL) encourages LifeSmarts students to become Safety Smart Ambassadors, focus on health and safety curriculum, teach younger children, and give back in their communities. In previous years we have been able to offer travel stipends and scholarship opportunities thanks to this program. More information to follow!

Special opportunities for FBLA and FCCLA chapters:

FBLA and FCCLA chapters are invited to participate in a special TeamSmarts competition in January to vie for the at-large spots representing these two student leadership organizations. The winning team from each organization receives a travel stipend to help offset costs. Learn more here.


The Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh

  • 1000 Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
  • The downtown location is great — just blocks away from where the three rivers meet!

Click here to book your rooms in the NCL/LifeSmarts room block.


In LifeSmarts, teams of High School students, supported by adult coaches, represent their states or national student leadership organizations to compete for the National LifeSmarts Championship. Throughout competition students gain points for correctly answering questions about cybersecurity, credit reports, recycling, nutrition, consumer fraud, and much more.

LifeSmarts seeks volunteer and financial support

The National Consumers League relies on sponsors and volunteers to run the National LifeSmarts Championship each year. Click here to learn all the ways you and your organization can get involved and show support for today’s consumer-savvy youth.


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 LinkedIn group as well.

Anyone is welcome attend as a spectator at the National LifeSmarts Championship, no registration is required. The National Consumers League assumes no liability for spectators attending the competition. Spectators may only attend events open to the public. If a spectator wishes to attend a catered luncheon, he or she must register and purchase a meal ticket (based upon availability).

In addition to spectating, alumni are welcome to volunteer. Former participants well-versed in the rules of the game 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.

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.