Age : Up-to 14 years or less at the time of the contest. Born on or after June 1st, 1997 Reporting: Registration & reporting time 8.30 am-9.00 am
Identity Cards (ID) : ID to be worn at all times during the contest.
Refunds : No Refund of application fees.
Qualifications : Acceptance or disqualification of the contestant will be at the sole discretion of the organizers.
Dictionary : Merriam Webster’s Third New International Unabridged Dictionary.
Review : The contestant can request the judges for a review, but the final decision lies with the judges and cannot be disputed.
Format : The management can change the format of the competition, dates and venues.
Safety & Security : Adequate safety arrangements will be made by the organizers (TMA Worldwide, staff, partner schools, and volunteers), but organizers (TMA Worldwide, staff, partner schools, and volunteers) are not responsible for any consequences/mishaps in any form. The contestant, parents and audience are responsible for their own safety by following the rules and regulations.
Video/Photography : The organization reserves the right to take photos and videos for its use.
Contest : The Muslim Spelling Bee Competition will start exactly on the time and it is your responsibility to check-in on time.
Word list : Word list is provided but it is not limited to it. Additional words may be asked at the discretion of the judges, so the students are advised to prepare also from Merriam Webster.
Oral test : The competition is divided between age groups (A, B, C & D), and top five spellers, which includes three winners from each group will be selected. Group A (Up to 6 years), B (6- 8 years), C (9 -11 years) and D (12 -14 years).
Written test : Written test would be incorporated if there is large number of students per group.
Testing Area : Except for contestant and officials no one allowed in testing area.
Communication : Registered mobile email addressed used during the time of registration will be used to communicate regarding the competition.
Eligibility : Children of the employees of Sponsors and its affiliates are ineligible to compete.
Disqualification : Organizers reserves the right to disqualify the contestant, if there is misconduct.
Agreement : The contestant and parents/guardians agree that have read all the eligibility conditions as well as all the rules and regulations governing the Muslim Spelling Bee-2019 and accept it in its totality and you agree to indemnify and hold organizers (TMA Worldwide, staff, partner schools, and volunteers) harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorney fees and court costs, made by any third party due to or arising out of your competitors participation in the contest, your violation of the terms and conditions, your breach of any of the representations and warranties herein, or your violation of any rights of another.
The competition is divided between age groups Group A (Up to 6 years), B (6-
8 years), C (9 -11 years) and D (12 -14 years)
Regional and Final Competition
1. The Muslim Spelling Bee regional and final competition will be an oral competition, with elimination on a “Hit and Miss” basis. Written test will only be introduced if there are more than 100 students.
2. The contestants and their guardians can register between 8.30 am-9.00 am at the venue with their receipt and proof of age. Latecomers will not be allowed to participate.
3. The contestants would be given Identity Cards to be worn at all times during the contest.
4. The competition is divided between age groups (A, B, C & D), and top five spellers which includes three winners from each group will be selected. Group A (Up to 6 years), B (6- 8 years), C (9 -11 years) and D (12 -14 years)
5. In competition, after the pronouncer gives the contestant a word the contestant may also pronounce the word before spelling it, after spelling it, or if she/he chooses not at all.
6. The contestant may request the pronouncer to re-pronounce the word, define it, or use it in a sentence only during the Surprise/Championship round. The pronouncer shall grant the request until the judges agree that the word has been made reasonably clear to the contestant. JUDGES MAY DISQUALIFY ANY CONTESTANT WHO IGNORES A REQUEST TO START SPELLING.
7. Having started to spell a word, a contestant may stop and start over, retracing the spelling from the beginning, but in the retracing there can be no change of letters and their sequence from those first pronounced. If letters and their sequences are changed in the respelling the speller will be disqualified. Contestant shall have 2 minutes to spell the word.
8. Upon missing the spelling of a word, the contestant immediately drops out of the contest. The next word on the pronouncer’s list is given to the next contestant.
9. If there are no eliminations for two rounds than ‘Surprise Words’ will be asked. Surprise words will be taken from Merriam Webster's Third New International Edition Dictionary at the sole discretion of the judges.
10. When the contestants are reduced to six, the elimination procedure changes. Here, we have to find top five spellers hence when contestant number sixth and fifth get eliminated in the same round, then ‘Face Off - Tie Breaker’ round begins. The Judges conduct ‘Face Off - Tie Breaker’ round begins where the contestant number sixth and fifth compete with each other to find the top five speller.
11. At that point, when one contestant misspells a word, the other contestant shall be given an opportunity to spell that same word. If the second contestant spells the word correctly, plus the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then she/he shall be declared the winner.
12. ‘Face Off - Tie Breaker’ round starts when there are top six spellers remaining in the competition, if contestant number sixth and fifth get eliminated in the same round, then ‘Face Off - Tie Breaker’ round begins. This ‘Face Off - Tie Breaker’ round is starts also if contestant number fifth and fourth or fourth and third or third and second get eliminated in the same round,
13. In the ‘Face Off - Tie Breaker’ round and final two competition round, the elimination procedure changes. At that point, when one contestant misspells a word, the other contestant shall be given an opportunity to spell a word. If the second contestant spells the word correctly, plus the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then she/he shall be declared the winner.
14. Merriam Webster’s Third New International Dictionary and 1997 Addenda Section shall serve as the final authority for the spelling of words. If a word has two or more accepted spellings, only the spellings set in boldface type and separated by the word or, and in some cases the word also, at the beginning of the descriptive manner will be accepted as correct. Words having the labels archaic and obsolete (abbreviated obs) and regional labels (like North, Midland, South, British, and Irish) will not be accepted as correct.
15. Contestants can protest a decision until it is her/his turn again.
16. The judges are in complete control of the Bee. Their decision is final on all questions.
17. Contestants are the only ones who can lodge a protest or raise an objection – members of the audience or parents are not permitted to address the pronouncer or the judges during the contest.
18. Homonyms will be accepted unless the speller asks for and receives a definition from the pronouncer or the judges.
19. When spelling, the contestant has to face the pronouncer and the judges.
20. Written test would be incorporated if there is large number of students per group.