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Hurricane Bowl

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two logosNational Ocean Sciences Bowl and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership encourage students to increase their knowledge and understanding of the world’s oceans, inspiring many to become the next generation of marine scientists, policy makers, teachers, explorers, technicians, and ocean advocates.

Your contributions fund Mississippi Gulf Coast marine science field trip experiences and prizes for teams of high school students. Because of you, we engage students in programs like Shark Fest or a tour of the R/V Point Sur working with teams of scientific researchers and educators.

The Hurricane Bowl is an annual ocean science academic competition. The Central Gulf Coast regional hosts up to 20 teams of the brightest high school students from Alabama, Arkansas, the Florida panhandle, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. Hurricane Bowl winners advance to the National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition.

February 1, 2020
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Marine Education Center
101 Sweetbay Drive
Ocean Springs, Mississippi

There will now only be an A bracket for the Hurricane Bowl. The Central Gulf Coast Regional Hurricane Bowl covers a large region reaching schools from MS, AL, LA, FL, TN and AR. Funding and space only allows for a limited number of teams to register. Due to the growing number of schools competing at the Hurricane Bowl, we have decided to drop the B bracket to accommodate as many schools as possible. 

However, a school may have the opportunity to bring a “B” team to compete in the A bracket if there are open spots by the end of the registration date. In years past, we have allowed for teams to register by mid-December; due to the change, the registration deadline will be much earlier so that schools can be notified if their B team will be accepted and they can continue to prepare for the competition. Registration is first come first serve. If you have an A and B team, both must be registered before the deadline. Once the deadline passes, you will be notified if your B team has been accepted. The registration deadline is TBA.

Team Registration

You may download them and type information directly into the forms and save the completed forms. Completed team registration forms can be emailed as pdf files to Aaron%20Lamey. Alternatively, you may send paper forms by USPS mail or a delivery service to the attention of Aaron Lamey, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, 703 East Beach Drive, Ocean Springs, MS 39564. 

Team Registration (must be submitted for for each team by November 1, 2018.)
Coach Registration (required for each coach)
Parental Consent (required for each student participants)
Boat Waiver Form (required for each participant)
The deadline for registration is November 1, 2019. 

Schools may register a second team (Team B). We will accept a total of 18 teams, 12 A Teams and 6 B Teams. Each group will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 

The Coach Registration Form, Parental Consent Forms, and Boat Waiver Forms should be turned in at the competition or as soon as team rosters are finalized.
Team rosters can be modified after the registration deadline. However, coaches should make every effort to have their roster set by January 12, 2019.
There are no charges for registration or for housing and meals during the Hurricane Bowl. Travel is the only anticipated expense for participating teams.


  • Team registration deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Regional Competition Ocean Springs, Mississippi: January 31 - February 1, 2020
  • National Ocean Science Bowl®, Long Beach, MS: April 16-19, 2020

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101 Sweet Bay Drive
Ocean Springs, MS 39564

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