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Program Rules
The Official Rules + Procedures for the Competition Series is included on pages 37-45 in the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook. Coaches are responsible for being familiar with the rules and procedures outlined in the handbook.
Questions regarding the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series Official Rules + Procedures should be addressed to the MATHCOUNTS national office at


General Program Questions

What exactly does a MATHCOUNTS competition consist of? What do students do in this program?

The Competition Series has 4 levels of live, in-person math competitions—school, chapter, state and national. Each level of competition is comprised of 4 rounds—Sprint, Target, Team and Countdown Round. Altogether the rounds are designed to take about 3 hours to complete.
Usually beginning in the fall, students work with their coaches to prepare for the competition, using resources provided by MATHCOUNTS. Then, competitions begin in the winter and run through the spring. Learn more about the program. Learn more about the role of a coach.

Is the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series in my area?

Yes! More than 500 MATHCOUNTS competitions take place in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and in schools worldwide affiliated with the Dept. of Defense and State Department. Any U.S. middle school (with students in grades 6-8) can register.
Please refer to the list of Registered Competition Schools for 2018-2019 to see if your student’s school already has registered for this year. You also can use the Find My Coordinator search tool to contact the volunteer coordinators who plan and run local competitions to get additional information for your area.

Who is eligible to compete?

Please refer to the Official Rules + Procedures for the Competition Series on pages 38-40 in the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook for complete information regarding student eligibility.
Students enrolled in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. Students taking middle school mathematics classes who are not full‑time students in grades 6-8 are not eligible. All types of schools—public, private, charter, virtual and homeschools—are eligible to register for the Competition Series. In addition to their registration form and payment, participating home schools and virtual schools must submit a separate Home School + Virtual School Participation Form. Tutoring/enrichment centers or other groups that do not function as students' official school of record are not eligible.

When specifically are the competitions and what happens if I have a conflict of dates for my local competition?

Please refer to page 10 of the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook for other critical dates. A conflict with a religious observance is the only type of conflict that is accommodated. Refer to page 40 of the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook for complete details.

Can a school participate in more than one MATHCOUNTS program?

Yes! We encourage schools to participate in all 3 MATHCOUNTS programs!
Registration + Payment Questions

How can I register a school for the Competition Series?

Teachers and school administrators:
Parents and other volunteers not employed by the school:
  1. Check with the school’s administration and math department to ensure a program is not already established at the school. You also should refer to the list of Registered Competition Schools for 2018-2019 to see if a teacher already has registered.
  2. Get permission from the school administration to register, if there is no program already established and you would like to start one. We recommend having this permission in writing from a school administrator to keep for your records.
  3. Register using one of the methods listed above under “Teachers and school administrators.”

How much does it cost to participate and what is included?

Early Bird Rate: Registrations received (postmarked) by Nov. 2, 2018
  • $30 per student or $300 for the max registration of 10 students (1 team of 4 + 6 individuals)
  • $15 per student or $150 for the max registration for Title I schools (40% or more of the school’s students are from low-income families)
Regular Rate: Registrations received (postmarked) by Dec. 14, 2018
  • $35 per student or $350 for the max registration of 10 students (1 team of 4 + 6 individuals)
  • $17.50 per student or $175 for the max registration for Title I schools (40% or more of the school’s students are from low-income families)
Late Registrations: All schools with registrations received (postmarked) after Dec. 14, 2018 will be charged a $20 late fee, added to the total cost of the school's registration.
A school’s registration fees include:
  • The School Competition Kit, with materials for running a school competition.
  • Entry into the Chapter Competition for however many students a school registers (1-10 Mathletes).
  • Competition entry for the school’s students for as far as they progress in the Competition Series. If a student progresses to the state or national level, there are no additional registration fees required.

How can I obtain a copy of the MATHCOUNTS W-9 form?

Please send an email to with the subject line “Request MATHCOUNTS W-9.”

What forms of payment are accepted? Can I pay with a credit card?

MATHCOUNTS accepts payments via credit card, check, purchase order (PO) and money order.
  • Credit card information cannot be provided on offline registration forms. To pay with a credit card, either 1) register online or 2) submit an offline form and select “Credit Card” as your payment option so MATHCOUNTS can send you an electronic invoice to accept payment.
  • POs can be used with either online or offline registrations. The PO number must be provided if registering online, and a copy of the PO must be included with offline registration forms.

How can I get an invoice for my school’s Competition Series registration?

Please send an email to with the subject line “Request Competition Series Invoice” and in your email include your school name, city, state and ZIP code.


How can I get a refund for my Competition Series registration?

MATHCOUNTS cannot guarantee your refund request will be approved. In some circumstances, MATHCOUNTS will provide a partial or full refund to schools that have registered for the Competition Series. However for any full refunds, a $30 fee will be charged to cover the cost of the School Competition Kit materials and shipping, as well as processing the refund. If you would like to request a full or partial refund for the Competition Series, email with the subject line "Request Refund" and in your email include the school name, city, state and ZIP code; the reason for the refund request and the refund type (full or partial).


Registered Coach Questions

Where can I find the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook with solutions and the School Competition online?

Log in to the Coach Dashboard and click on the “Competition Coach Resources” link. The handbook will be posted in mid-August when registration opens, and the 2019 School Competition will be posted November 2, 2018.

When can I expect to receive my mailed School Competition Kit?

School Competition Kits are mailed on a rolling basis from mid-August through December 31, 2018. Generally kits arrive 1-3 weeks after we receive your registration. If you have not received your kit within 3 weeks of registering, please email

How do I submit the names of my students who will be competing at the chapter level?

Participant information can be submitted through your school's listing on the Coach Dashboard. You must be logged in to do this. Download detailed instructions or view video instructions.

When can I expect to receive information about my local chapter competition?

Most local coordinators get in touch with the registered schools in their area in the fall. If you would like to get in touch with your local coordinator, please use the Find My Coordinator search tool to get their contact information. If you have not heard from your coordinator by early January, please email and provide your school name, city, state and ZIP code.