Interested in Playing?
The 2020 scouting board will be released in early February. Interested students and parents must familiarize themselves with our How to Play Guide. Rules for the 2020 competition are linked below for immediate download. For more information about submitting a scouting video, please visit the National Number Knockout Scouting Videos page.
How to Play GuideRule Book
What is National Number Knockout?
National Number Knockout is a nationwide math competition for students, ages 10-14, that culminates in a national championship for 16 finalists on a cruise and a chance to win $10,000. Students interested in entering the National Number Knockout competition must submit a scouting video by February 24th. This year’s scouting board will be announced to Prime Advantage members on February 1st and to the general public on February 8th. Prime Advantage membership can be purchased until January 31st. For complete rules on how to submit a video and enter the 2020 National Number Knockout competition, please visit the Scouting Videos page.
How Is Number Knockout Played?
Number Knockout is played on a six by six grid of numbers. The classic Number Knockout board contains the numerals 1 to 36. However, the game can be played on a wide variety of boards, and players are encouraged to make their very own boards using a creative selection of numbers and patterns for practice. Number Knockout can be played with many different variations to make the game easier or harder. Because it is so easy to modify the game for a variety of players, it is perfect for students of all ages. For a short video tutorial on how to play, please visit the How to Play page.
How Does the Competition Work?
Students between the ages of 10 and 14, who excel at Number Knockout, have a chance to enter the National Number Knockout Competition, which takes place each spring on a cruise ship. Students submit a scouting video. Winning students receive airfare and a cruise for themselves and one parent. In addition, the hard-working winner of the competition will also receive the grand prize, which is a $10,000 cash award. While Number Knockout is currently played by students enrolled in Classical Conversation’s Essentials program, the competition is open to any and all eligible students. For more information about the competition and eligibility, please visit the Competition Details page.
A Game on a Mission
Number Knockout is a fast paced, mental math game with a mission to “Knockout Innumeracy.” While many people are aware that illiteracy is detrimental to our society, few people contemplate the long-term effects of innumeracy. In order to continue leading the world in innovation and creativity, we must help students fall in love with math. National Number Knockout is seeking to do just that by improving math education in this country. Number Knockout is an easy to learn and highly addictive game. Explore this site to learn more!