Areas of Study

Rules and Guidelines

2022-2023 Timeline

Registration period: Monday, September 12 @ 12:00pm EST to Wednesday, September 14, 2022 @ 4:00pm EST

Preliminary Competition: November 15-17, 2022

  • Buff Preliminary competition:  Tuesday, November 15, 2022

  • Blue Preliminary competition: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

  • Bison Preliminary competition: Thursday, November 17, 2022

Playoff Competition: December 5-15, 2022

  • Buff Playoffs: December 5-7, 2022

  • Blue Playoffs: December 7-9, 2022

  • Bison Finals: December 13-15, 2022

National Competition: Friday, March 31st to Monday, April 3rd, 2023

Pre-competition resources:

  • Click here for the 2022-2023 Battle of the Books Rules and Guidelines.
  • For a video explaining the BOTB procedures and setup for the Preliminary competition, click here.
  • Click here to see what the PowerPoint template looks like, and for instructions on how to operate it.

Preliminary competition resources:

  • For the chaperones’ cheat sheet, click here.
  • For the BOTB Prelims scoresheet, click here.
  • For a sample of a disputed answer, click here.
  • Click here for the printable BOTB study guide for readers. Click here for the electronic version.
  • For the form to submit the score(s) from your Preliminary match(es) click here.

Playoff competition resources:

  • For the Playoffs’ chaperones cheat sheet, click here.
  • For a video of tips for the Final Chapter, click here.
  • For the Playoffs scoresheet, click here.
  • For the Interpreters’ Guidelines, click here.
  • There are two sample matches available for use for each division to give readers an idea of what a BOTB match looks like (Note: these matches were used in previous competitions and the amount of time shown to answer a question/number of questions might not be the same as for this year’s competition season):

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Battle of the Books

Peet Hall 412

(202) 651-5000

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