1. Judges have final say and are in complete control. Their decision
on all questions presented.
2. Spellers may ask the pronouncer to repeat the word, use it in a
define the word, language of origin, part of speech, and/or root word.
The pronouncer may provide these aids until the judges decide that the
word has been made clear.t
3. When a speller starts to spell a word, they may stop and start
However, they may not change the letters already pronounced at the
beginning. If the letters and/or their sequences have been changed in
the respelling, the speller is disqualified.
4. If the speller misspells the word, they immediately drop out of the
The next word on the list is given to the next speller.
5. When the final two spellers are presented, the elimination process
changes. When a speller misspells a word, the other speller will be given a
chance to spell the same word. If the second speller spells the word
correctly, then they are declared the winner.
6. If they do not spell the second word correctly, all spellers from
round are back in.
7. If both spellers misspell the word, the competition continues.
8. Spellers may protest or raise an objection before the round ends,
otherwise no protests are to be made. Members are not permitted to
vocalize their concern(s) to the judges or pronouncer during the
9. While spelling, spellers must face the judges and say the word,
word, and repeat the word again. This continues for each round.
The speller has a time limit of two minutes. Time begins when the
pronouncer says the first word. Spellers will be disqualified if they fail to
complete the spelling before time is up.