How do I register for the Competition Series?
*PLEASE NOTE: Registration for 2016-2017 will open in mid-August. Please check back soon!
To register for the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series, you can do one of the following:
- Click here and register online.
- Download the 2016-2017 Registration Form, complete it and submit it to the MATHCOUNTS national office.
What is the cost?
The cost of registering for the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series depends on when the registration form is submitted.
- Early Bird Rate: Registrations received (postmarked) by Nov. 18, 2016 will pay $90 per team (of 4 students) and $25 per individual.
- Regular Rate: Registrations received (postmarked) by Dec. 16, 2016 will pay $100 per team (of 4 students) and $30 per individual.
Title I schools receive a 50% discount on the registration fees. All schools with registrations postmarked after Dec. 16, 2016 will be charged an additional $20 late fee. The registration fees cover the cost of the School Competition Kit, with materials for running a school competition; as well as entry into the Chapter Competition for however many students a school registers (a maximum of 10 students). The registration fee covers the students for as far as they progress in the Competition Series, meaning that if a student progresses to his/her state competition, there are not additional registration fees.
When are the competitions?
- School competitions generally take place in December 2016 or January 2017; the 2017 School Competition test will be available to registered competition coaches by Nov. 1, 2016 through the Competition Coach Section.
- Chapter competitions will take place in February 2017. Contact your local chapter coordinator for information specific to your chapter competition. Find your Chapter Coordinator here.
- State Competitions are held in March 2017. Contact your state coordinator for information specific to your state competition. Find your State Coordinator here.
- The 2017 Raytheon MATHCOUNTS National Competition will take place May 13-16 in Orlando, FL.
Who is eligible to compete?
Students enrolled in the sixth, seventh or eighth grade are eligible to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. Students taking middle school mathematics classes who are not full‑time sixth, seventh or eighth graders are not eligible. Participation in MATHCOUNTS competitions is limited to three years for each student though there is no limit to the number of years a student may participate in the school‑based coaching phase.
A school may register one team of 4 students and up to 6 individuals for a total of 10 participants. You must designate team members versus individuals prior to the start of the local (chapter) competition (i.e., a student registered as an "individual" may not help his/her school team advance to the next level of competition).
All types of schools - public, private, charter, virtual and homeschools - are eligible to register for the Competition Series. Tutoring/enrichment centers that do not function as students' official school of record are not eligible to register for the Competition Series.
Please refer to the Official Rules + Procedures for the Competition Series, available here and in the 2016-2017 MATHCOUNTS School Handbook, for additional information regarding student eligibility.
How do I bring the MATHCOUNTS Competition to my child's school, if they don't already have a program set up?
A teacher can register his/her school for the Competition Series. Parents can also serve as Competition Coaches, but must have permission from the school administration before signing up for the program. If you are a parent who would like to start up a Competition Series team at your child's school, here are a couple of ways to go about starting it:
- Get in touch with the math department or math teachers at your child's school and see if a teacher has already registered or plans to register for the Competition Series. You then can talk to the teacher to get your child involved with the team.
- If you're sure a program is not already established at your school, then you can talk to the math department or math teachers at your child's school to see if a teacher would like to serve as the Competition Coach. This teacher then can register the school for the Competition Series.
- If no teacher is able to run the Competition Series at your child's school, reach out to the school principal, curriculum specialist or other administrator to ask if you can sign up the school. Note, even if your child is the only individual competing from his/her school, permission from the school administration is required, since s/he is still considered a representative of the school.