Congratulations to our 2021 Maryland State Champion team for placing third in the 2021 National LifeSmarts Championship!
Welcome to another year of LifeSmarts where we say, "Learn it, Live it!".
Welcome to LifeSmarts! Here you’ll learn about consumer issues that impact your everyday life – everything from managing your finances, making smart consumer choices, understanding emerging technology, preparing for the workforce, staying healthy and safe, and helping the environment – all with the goal of putting you in charge and making your future LifeSmart!
Coaches are invited to register and create teams, and students may register and compete online. Coaches have access to many free lesson plans and other educational resources to help make this a great classroom activity. Click on the Resources tab to view them. New(er) to LifeSmarts? Be sure to download the Coach's Guide.
Students, we hope that you’ll check out the resources you find here, test your knowledge with practice quizzes, use TeamSmarts and LifeSmarts U, and compete online. Contact the LifeSmarts staff with any questions.
To join the state Varsity and JV competitions, please complete the following before the closing date for your specific grade division.
VARSITY DETAILS (Grades 9-12): Varsity Teams are made up of students in grades 9-12. All students are eligible to compete in LifeSmarts Varsity competitions including those in our partner organizations (FBLA, FCCLA, 4-H, BPA, SkillsUSA, etc.). The State champion Varsity team earns the opportunity to compete in the National LifeSmarts Championship, April 21-24, 2022.
FBLA and FCCLA Chapters have their own special LifeSmarts competitions but are also eligible to compete in our state varsity level competition. Students are eligible to be on one state varsity team and also on another one of the specific chapter teams. Team coaches should download the specific group instructions from the Coaches Page.
Teams study as much as possible then complete the final online competition quizzes between October 16, 2021- January 20, 2022. Qualifying teams will be invited to complete the online State LifeSmarts Championship Quiz January 27, 2022 – February 8, 2022 to determine the State Varsity Champion.
Varsity competition opens October 16, 2021
Varsity closes January 20, 2022.
The online State LifeSmarts Championship Quiz will be 1/27/2022– 2/08/2022
National LifeSmarts Championship: April 21 – 24, 2022, Washington, D.C.
JV Details and Dates: Junior Varsity Competition is open October 16 - May 1, 2022. The top-scoring Junior Varsity teams in our state will receive recognition from the National Consumers League. There is not a national level for JV at this time.
JUNIOR VARSITY DATES:
Junior Varsity competition opens October 16, 2021
Junior Varsity competition closes May 1, 2022
Top scoring teams in our state will be recognized!
Steps for Coaches
Step 1: Coaches should register as a coach ASAP so that we can communicate next steps with you. Competition officially opens the Tuesday after Labor Day each year. Teams can be created after that date.
Step 2: Students register and take the pre-test as soon as possible (20 multiple-choice questions) - required before you can access step 5
Step 3: Coaches create teams and add the students to the appropriate team (Teams are 4-5 students and you must select a team captain)
Step 4: Study, study, study using practice quizzes, the resources section and any other resources you have accessible. Monthly TeamSmarts competitions are also a great option.
Step 5: Opening October 16th: Students must take the five individual topic quizzes (20 multiple-choice questions each topic) - required before you can access step 6.
Step 6: Students must complete the final Capstone quiz (20 multiple-choice questions) prior to the closing date for your specific grade division.
Good luck! Please contact me with any questions! Additional information is also available here: https://lifesmarts.org/coaches/new-coaches/