National High School Sport Business Case Competition

Hosted by Kutztown University Sport Management

National High School Sport Business Case Competition

Date:  April 7 – 8, 2023
Location:  Academic Forum, Kutztown University


To provide current high school students with exceptional educational opportunities to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in an annual sport case competition.

Case Competition Overview
  • The NHSSB Case Competition offers a unique opportunity for high school students (9-12th grade) to compete in a fast-paced and challenging sport business real-life or artificial scenario.
  • Through the case competition, students will be able to showcase their skill sets, earn practical learning experience, and engage in excellent networking opportunities.
  • Each participant will be awarded a certificate of participation.
  • Certificates and/or trophies will be awarded to Top 10 teams.
  • The first-place team will win a cash prize of $1,000. 
Registration and Rates
Rules and procedures


  • All current high school students are eligible to compete in the case competition.
  • Each team must be comprised of 3-4 students.
  • Each team must have a designated advisor or team leader. The role of the advisor/leader is to coordinate competition registration and travel for his or her team (see note below).
  • The Case Competition is a STUDENT-ONLY competition. Teams are prohibited from securing input or feedback from the advisor(s) until the end of the competition.
  • Teams invited to participate in the preliminary round will be required to pay a $200 participation fee.
  • Online written test fee: Free 

    Note: All adult advisors accompanying the team must have child clearance verification.


    Competition Registration has been EXTENDED to February 5, 2023 (11:59pm EST) (previously January 15, 2023)

    • Advisor(s) must be officially registered for the competition.

    First Round on Saturday, February 25, 2023

    • Online Written Test
    • Recommended Reading materials:
      • Pedersen, P. M., & Thibault, L. (2022). Contemporary Sport Management (7th ed.). Human Kinetics. ISBN: 9781718202993  
    • Advisor/Proctor is responsible for overseeing the first round.
    • In the first round, team scores (online test scores) will be calculated with combined top three (3) team member scores. 
    • The team scores will be used to select top teams invited to advance to the next level of
    • Top 20 teams will be notified and invited to Kutztown University to compete in the
      preliminary round.

    Case Release on Monday, April 3, 2023 (at Noon EST)

    • Full case and supporting materials will be released to both team leaders and their
      advisor via email.

    Preliminary Round on Friday, April 7, 2023 (4pm EST)

    • Randomly selected 4 OR 5 teams will compete in a bracket. Only one team in each
      bracket will advance to the final round.
    • Each team will use PowerPoint slides to give their oral presentation. Teams should
      NOT include items that require internet access within the presentation.
    • MS office: Power Point Program or PDF should be used. Google Slides presentations will NOT be accepted.
    • Make sure NOT to identify your affiliation to the judges in any way on the PowerPoint
      slides and during the presentation. Disclosure made by a team is considered a violation of the rules of the competition, which will lead to disqualification.
    • Each team will be given 15 minutes to present, followed by an additional 5-10 minutes of Q&A from the judging panel
    • The Finalist teams (Winner from each bracket) will be notified, Friday, April 7, 2023, by
      8pm EST

    Consolation Round (TBD) on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 8 AM EST

    • The second-ranked teams in each bracket will have the opportunity to participate in the consolation round.
    • In this round, the third and fourth place will be determined.

    Final Round on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 10 AM EST

    • Preliminary round scores are not used in the final round; scoring is based solely on the
      final presentation.
    • Teams proceeding to the final round will NOT be able to make any changes to their
      PowerPoint presentations.
    • All Case Competition participants are allowed to sit in on the final round presentations.
    • The winning team(s) will be announced during the closing luncheon.

    Agenda for National High School Sport Business Case Competition (subject to change)

    Friday, April 7th   

              2:00 PM - 4:00 PM        Check-in at the lobby of the Academic Forum Building

              4:00 PM - 5:45 PM         Preliminary Round

              6:00 PM - 8:00 PM        Opening Ceremony

    Saturday, April 8th

             8:00 AM - 10:00 AM      Consolation Round

           10:00 AM  - 11:45  AM      Final Round

           12:00 PM  -   1:00  PM      Closing Ceremony

    Organizing Committee

    Dr. Duane Crider

    Board Members:
    Dr. Soojin Kim
    Dr. Michelle Vaughn
    Dr. Jayden Kim
    Mr. Kyle Newman