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 February, teams are asked 100 multiple-choice questions. Prizes are awarded each month to the top-scoring Varsity, JV, 4-H Varsity, FBLA, FCCLA, HOSA, and SkillsUSA teams (one prize per year, per school or organization).
- September – Health and Safety
- October – Personal Finance
- November – Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
- December – Technology
- January – Environment
- February – Capstone (all topics)
TeamSmarts quizzes allow teams to compete for:
- Prizes in the monthly TeamSmarts Challenge from September through February. Every month, the first place JV, Varsity, FBLA, FCCLA, 4-H Varsity, HOSA, and SkillsUSA team each receives a $100 award for their team!
- Points for their state tournament (in some states)
- The state title in states with online-only competition
TeamSmarts scoring has been updated and each correct question is worth one point. The clock allows teams to pace themselves when quizzing. Teams will earn full credit when completing the quiz in the time allowed (40 seconds are allowed per question, and time is computed on the overall quiz). Teams will gain partial credit if they take longer than 40 seconds per question.
Every student who registers has access to the Practice TeamSmarts quiz under their “Competitions” tab. All other applicable TeamSmarts quizzes are assigned to the team’s captain.
Top-scoring Varsity, JV, FBLA, FCCLA, and 4-H teams each receive a $100 cash prize each month.
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.
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.
TeamSmarts is a great practice tool for a team of students. Each month from September through February, teams are asked 100 multiple-choice questions.
September: Health and Safety
October: Personal Finance
November: Consumer Rights
February: Capstone (all topics)
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. (Schools or organizations may win one cash prize per program year.)