Spelling bee rules set guidelines for participants

The following rules will be in place during the Marion County Spelling Bee:

?Championship finals will be an oral competition, with eliminations on a miss-and-out basis in the traditional spelling-bee manner.

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 he chooses, not at all.

The contestant may request the pronouncer to re-pronounce the word, define it, or use it in a sentence. 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.

Having started to spell a word, a contestant shall not be permitted to change letters already pronounced. He may retrace from the beginning of the word, provided letters and their sequence are not changed in the retracing.

Upon missing the spelling of a word, the contestant drops out of the contest. The next word on the pronouncer’s list is given to the next contestant.

When the contestants are reduced to two, the elimination procedure changes. 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 that word correctly, plus the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then he shall be declared the champion.

If one of the last two spellers misses and the other, after correcting the error, misspells the new word submitted to him, then the misspelled new word shall be referred to the first speller. If the first speller then succeeds in correcting the error and correctly spells the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then he shall be declared the champion.

If both spellers misspell the same word, both shall continue in the contest, and the one who first misspelled the word shall be given a new word to spell. The contest shall then continue under rules six and seven.

Any question relating to the spelling of a word should be referred to the judges immediately. The deadline for making a protest is before the contestant affected would have received his next word had he stayed in the contest. No protest will be entertained after that word has been given to another speller.

When only two spellers remain, a protest must be made immediately before the second speller has started to spell the word, or if both have missed the same word, before the correct spelling is given to the audience.

Homonyms-the pronouncer must designate; otherwise, correct spelling will be OK.

Judges are in control of the bee. Their decisions will be final on all questions.

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