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 changed our regional tournament model. The aim was 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your region and participation.
Participation and Attendance
BEST has been growing ever since its founding in 2012, and we anticipate that this will be its biggest year yet due to the hard work that the coaches and amazing Student Ambassadors have been putting in! As it grows, it becomes more logistically challenging to find adequate hotel and school space to accommodate everyone in the kinds of smaller towns and cities where BEST thrives. We value having tournaments in smaller cities for flexibility and equity. As this challenge grows, so do the logistical challenges to accommodate all participants, chaperones, and judges. The Board of Directors and the Management Team are enacting these policy changes this year. These changes are meant to help prevent the necessity to cap regional tournaments for all students and to help ensure accessibility to everyone.
1. Students can attend only 1 regional tournament per semester. This tournament will preferably be their own, and only out of region in extenuating circumstances that are communicated to the MT in an email.
2. If students want to attend an out of region tournament, they must pay for their own expenses- hotel, travel, and food. They must also manage their own logistics- this means that BEST will not find hotels for students coming from out of region.
3. Chaperones and judges brought by out of region students are still automatically reimbursed by BEST.
4. The maximum number of total out of region students at one tournament is capped at 20 from all out of region schools. This means that not 20 students from all schools, not per team. Teams and students who want to compete out of region MUST email the BEST email and explain why they want to attend an out of region tournament within the first week of registration (for Pleven, by October 27th).
The 2017-2018 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:
November 18-19, 2017: Pleven, Yordan Yovkov Primary School (West)
December 9-10, 2017: Sliven (East)
February 17-18, 2018: Sofia (West)
March 10-11, 2018: Dobrich (East)