Does when I apply for RSVBee affect my child's chances of receiving an invitation?

When you submit your child's application will be considered only if we receive more than 225 applications and have to use each application's time stamp as a tiebreaker. 

If we receive 225 or fewer applications, all applicants will receive invitations. If there are 226 or more applications, we will base invitation decisions on a point system.

For school spelling bee champions, the following point values will apply:

Are there any concerns RSVBee might be considered unfair for those who can’t afford the program or unfair for some spellers?

RSVBee is our sincere effort to take a step toward fairness. We believe the National Finals are as fair as possible, but the path to Bee Week is not a consistent or equal journey. Throughout our 90-year history, we have had sponsored regions and unsponsored regions. This means students in a sponsored county have a shot at advancing to the National Finals while students in a neighboring county without a sponsor have no shot. The sizes of sponsored regions also are not created equal — only one speller in all of Georgia can currently advance to D.C., while Ohio sends 18 spellers.