TeamSmarts, the LifeSmarts Web-based team competition, is a great practice tool for a team of students to use together. Each month from September through January, teams are asked 100 multiple-choice questions focused on one LifeSmarts topic. Quizzes are open the entire month. Prizes are awarded each month.
- September – Health and Safety
- October – Personal Finance
- November – Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
- December – Technology
- January – Environment
TeamSmarts quizzes allow teams to compete for:
- Monthly prizes in the Monthly TeamSmarts Challenge from September through January. Every month, the first place JV, Varsity, FBLA, FCCLA, and 4-H team each receives a $100 award for their team! (Click here for previous winners)
- An automatic bid to the National LifeSmarts Championship (open to Varsity, 4-H, FBLA, and FCCLA chapters)
- Points for their state tournament
- The state title in states with online-only competition
- Points on the board before arriving at the National LifeSmarts Championship
Participants may notice that the TeamSmarts clock is back! Teams will now earn bonus points the faster they correctly answer questions.
Questions answered correctly in 10 seconds or less = 5 points
Questions answered correctly in 30 seconds or less = 3 points
Questions answered correctly in 60 seconds or less = 1 point
Questions answered incorrectly, or those that take more than 60 seconds to answer score 0 points.
Every student who registers has access to the practice August TeamSmarts quiz under their “Competitions” tab. All other applicable TeamSmarts quizzes are assigned to the team’s captain.
Step 1: Coaches register with LifeSmarts and create teams: http://www.lifesmarts.org/lifesmarts-registration/ (On all subsequent visits, use the login)
Step 2: Students register with LifeSmarts and join a team: http://www.lifesmarts.org/lifesmarts-registration/ (On all subsequent visits, use the login)
Step 3: Coach selects a captain for each team. (This student leader will gather teammates and launch the TeamSmarts quiz.)
To select a team captain, the coach should log in, click on “My Teams Page,” then click on “Team Detail” next to the team name. Scroll down, and select the captain from the roster of students registered to that team: 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 LifeSmarts, FBLA, and FCCLA teams.
TeamSmarts is also used for a variety of qualification tests across the country. Most are only open for a two-week period.
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 has opted out of an in-person event), a special TeamSmarts test may be used to determine the state LifeSmarts champion. These tests will occur after the online competition window has closed in January. Coaches will be notified at that time by the national LifeSmarts staff if a TeamSmarts test will serve as the state tournament.
“WILD CARD” SPOTS AT NATIONALS: two “wild card” spots at the National LifeSmarts Championship are available, one for an FBLA chapter and one for an FCCLA chapter. Chapters must register online as an FBLA or FCCLA team to participate.
– FBLA Challenge: The team with the highest TeamSmarts score will receive a $2500 stipend to represent FBLA at the National LifeSmarts Championship. The challenge is open from January 1st – 29th.
– FCCLA Challenge: The team with the highest TeamSmarts score will receive a $2500 stipend to represent FCCLA at the National LifeSmarts Championship. The challenge is open from January 1st – 29th.
Note: Teams may participate in both the state LifeSmarts tournament and the FBLA/FCCLA TeamSmarts Challenge. If a team wins both their state tournament and TeamSmarts Challenge, the team may decide which one to represent at Nationals. The second-place team in the competition the winners did not choose will be invited to compete on behalf of the state/organization.
FIRST EVENT OF NATIONALS: The state champions and the FBLA/FCCLA “wild card” teams may take another 100-question TeamSmarts quiz as part of the National Championship. When it is used, the scores from this test will form the first points earned at Nationals, and will be posted at the registration desk when teams arrive.
This is a great practice tool for a team of students to use together. Each month from September through January, teams are asked 100 multiple-choice questions focused on one LifeSmarts topic. Competitions are open from the first to the last day of each month (unless specified otherwise).
August: All topics (open year-round to all players)
September: Health and Safety
October: Personal Finance
November: Consumer Rights
Each month, the team with the highest score wins a $100 cash prize. There are separate prizes specifically for FBLA and FCCLA teams, the teams with the highest scores in each organization will earn $100 for their local chapter. (Chapters must register online as an FBLA or FCCLA team to be eligible.) Teams cannot register for both the standard Varsity competition and an FBLA/FCCLA team.