In past years, to get 1st in Div. B, you consistently need to break ~250 pts to get first. That being said, top 10 is pretty volatile in terms of pure scoring. Some years, breaking 450 pts is enough to land in the top 10 (2010). Other years, you may need to break 400 to do the same (2009). In terms of time, that's really depends on the event. Some teams work really hard during the invitational season and just keep adding pieces at states and nationals, while other teams put in all their chips at states, and then build from there. To place top 3 in an event takes both skill and a little luck.Hmm. So how much time do you think it should take to place in the top ten, assuming you have... 3 or 4 events? In other words, when do you start actually studying for real on your events and how many hours a day do you do in order to place top 3?I don't think that that is necessarily true. For example, last year our team had two sixth graders, five seventh graders, and eight eighth graders (all who participate in several other activities such as club volleyball, soccer, other sports, student council, etc.) on our varsity team and we came in second at Nationals. Some teams use a lot of ninth graders and they don't even get top ten. It just depends on how hard your teammates work.
And if there are any C div people reading this, how does it differ for the C div?
On the other hand, in Div. C, breaking ~200 pts is generally the score you need to get first, since 2009 at least. Before then, getting low ~250s generally was good enough. Similar to Div. B, you have to break ~400 pts to make it into the top 10. Unlike Div. B, however, the top teams in SO usually stay more consistent.