In 1997, all 5 regionals hosted very small sized competitions in order to determine a National competition representative. MSSD was selected as the Mid-Atlantic representative based on having won the 1996 Mid-Atlantic Regional competition. The national competition was then held at Gallaudet.

Number of Regional competition teams: 12

Number of National competition teams: 5

1997 National Competition teams:

California School for the Deaf, Riverside (West)
Illinois SD (Midwest)
MSSD (Mid-Atlantic)
EDCO @ Newton North HS (Northeast)
North Carolina SD (Southeast)

National Championship match:

CSD Riverside defeated North Carolina SD

CSD Riverside Roster:

Scarlett Bernstein

Rebecca Goldenbaum

Sara Robinson

Megan Walsh

Mitch Kurs (coach)

CSD Riverside team