In order to accommodate BEST’s growth and continue providing great tournament experiences for students and their coaches and chaperones, in the 2016-2017 school year we will be changing our regional tournament model. We aim to increase participation and accessibility while reducing travel and accommodation costs for BEST teams, as well as create more opportunities for students to compete with their peers (at Novice and Varsity levels) and to meet students from across the country.
This section of our website will provide you with information about these regional tournaments. We will be offering a total of four regional tournaments (two tournaments each in two regions), with an estimated participation of 200-300 students each, in addition to our end-of-year National Tournament and the U.S. Qualifier.
Teams may attend regional tournaments outside of their designated regions in addition to their own region, if they so choose. However, teams will not be eligible for BEST scholarships for regional tournaments outside their designated region. Teams and students must attend at least one regional tournament in order to register for the National Tournament. Please visit our policies page for detailed information.
The regions have been designed based on geographic location, tournament participation in previous years, and expected growth to produce a roughly even number of students in each region. After identifying your region, please visit the appropriate subtab for more information about your region’s tournaments. The two BEST tournament regions are divided as follows:
West: Vidin, Montana, Vratsa, Pleven, Lovech, Sofia, Pernik, Kyustendil, Blagoevgrad, Pazardzhik, Smolyan or Plovdiv regions.
East: Veliko Tarnovo, Gabrovo, Stara Zagora, Haskovo, Kardzhali, Yambol, Sliven, Burgas, Targovishte, Ruse, Razgrad, Shumen, Varna, Dobrich or Silistra regions.
If you are a new team and do not see your city/region listed, please contact email@example.com to confirm your region and participation.
The 2016-2017 school year regional tournaments will be divided into spring and fall sets as follows. Please note that tournament sites and dates are subject to change: