Effective immediately, AALC has made the decision to suspend SL week activities until further notice, including the Wii Bowling Tournament and Spelling Bee Competition, because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Your scores to date will be saved until we resume competition. AALC will continue to monitor the situation and alert teams of the new timeline for the Wii Tournament and BEE Competition

2020 Spelling Bee Competition 

We had such fun in the past holding our Spelling Bee competitions that we’re bringing it back! Like past competitions, we’ll ask teams to spell the word, and select a number based on how confident they are in their answer!

AALC’s Spelling Bee teams will be asked to compete in local and regional spelling contests with the top two teams from each region moving on to the state championship, which will be held in Springfield on June 2-3, 2020.


1. Spelling Bee participants must currently reside in an Illinois Supportive Living community.

2. Participants will form teams composed of two to three residents and each team is encouraged to have one to two alternates. Alternates may participate during any of the competitions whenever an original registered team member is unable to participate. Each community is encouraged to have more than one team.

3. Each team that wants to participate in the Spelling Bee competition must register online by February 21, 2020.

4. Each community shall include a $100.00 payment for registration (covers all teams from the community).


1. Communities will first be required to conduct a Local spelling competition at their SL community. The top team will advance to a Regional competition.

2. A minimum of two judges will be required for each spelling contest.

3. The Local spelling contest will consist of 15 rounds. The first word will be read.

4. Each team will write down their answer and assign a point value (1-15). Each point value can only be used once. Download Point Sheets & Score Sheets.

5. Teams will have a time limit of 2 minutes in which to write down the word correctly.

a. During the two minutes, teams may ask the judges to repeat the word, ask for the word's part of speech and definition.
b. After two minutes, the team must slide the answer sheet to the front of the table and put down their pencils/pens.

6. A judge will come around and collect the answer sheets and read the answers aloud.

7. If the team answers correctly, they earn the allotted points. If the team does not answer correctly, they will not earn the points.

8. Repeat this process for each team for 15 rounds. The team with the most points at the end of 15 rounds is the winning team. No team is eliminated until 15 rounds are concluded.

9. If at the end of 15 rounds there is a tie for first, the match will become a single elimination tournament. The teams that answer correctly in each round will move on to the next round. The teams that do not answer correctly will not move on to the next round. The last team remaining is the winning team. You must complete each round before a team is eliminated.

10. The words will be selected randomly from the provided lists by the judges.

11. The winning team will advance to Regionals if they specified they would like to compete in Regionals. If some team members do not want to compete in Regionals, the alternates that are listed on the registration form may compete.

12. If a team does not wish to advance, the second-place team will advance.


1. Send an email with the local winning team name and team members to staff@aalcoffice.com by April 15, 2020. Please indicate if the team wishes to compete in Regional and State competitions.

2. Regional spelling contests will be held May 4-8, 2020. Specific dates and locations for Regional Spelling Bee competitions will be announced later by AALC. AALC has defined the regions based upon geographic proximity.

3. The regional competition will follow the same format as the local competitions.

4. The top two teams from each region will advance to the State finals in Springfield, IL on June 2-3, 2020.

5. The top four teams from the first round of the State Spelling Bee competition will then move on to the final competition, which takes place the next day on June 3, 2020.


1. The spelling lists for all contests will be provided by AALC.

a. There will be one study guide for the entire competition. Words lists will be emailed to the staff member that is provided on the registration form and available for download from the AALC website.
b. The state contest will use words from study guide provided in addition, never seen words will be included!
c. Throughout the Regional and State competitions, AALC reserves the right to use never seen words in the case of a tie or as judges deem to be necessary.

2. At no time during the contests will participants be permitted to use smart phones or any other aids or devices that may assist the team in correctly answering. If an audience member gives audible help, the team will be given a new word to spell.

3. If a team is unsure of the word they need to spell, they will need to raise their hands and ask for clarification from the judge. We will repeat the word until they hear it. Once the clock starts, the teams forfeit their chance to clarify the word.

4. If a team does not drop their pen/pencils at the two-minute time period, the team must forfeit that word.

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Springfield, IL  62704

Phone:  217-525-0700, ext. 124

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