Nationals

For more information about the upcoming National LifeSmarts Championship, click here.
For results of previous Nationals, visit the archives.                                                                               .       
  • State Champion teams will be invited to represent their state at the National LifeSmarts Championship by their State Coordinator or by the National Consumers League.
  • Wild Card Champion teams will be notified of their selection by National LifeSmarts Program staff.
  • Coaches must complete the National LifeSmarts Championship Team Registration and Competition Agreement (link to online document shared with those coaches), after winning their state competition by the registration deadline.
  • National competitions usually take place from a Saturday afternoon through lunch Tuesday. However, the 2022 event is from Thursday – Sunday.  All team members and a minimum of one adult coach must be present when competition begins. Teams unable to attend any or all portions of the National LifeSmarts Championships will be ineligible to represent their state at the event, and the Second Place (Runner-Up) team will be invited by the National Consumers League or the State Coordinator to represent the state instead.
  • Coaches must notify the National Consumers League immediately if their State Champion team will be unable to attend any or all portions of the National LifeSmarts Championship so that the Runner-Up team can be invited in their place.

Teams Compete at least Seven Times

  • Each team has an equal opportunity to advance to the single-elimination knockout bracket. All teams will compete seven times and team scores will be cumulative through mid-morning Monday.
  • Preliminary Competition Rounds include:
    • Competition 1: Pre-competition
    • Competition 2: Individual Online Assessments
    • Competition 3: Sister Team Activity
    • Competition 4: Speed Smarts
    • Competitions 5-7: Buzzer matches – 3 per team
  • After all teams complete the seven competitions, scores are tallied and the top 16 teams advance to a single-elimination knockout bracket. Teams play off until 4 teams remain as National Semifinalists, who play on Tuesday morning to reach the National Championship Match.
  • Teams that do not qualify for the  knockout bracket compete in an optional, fun trivia event during the Round of 16 and quarterfinal matches.