Quiz Bowl

Rules and Procedures

  1. The Quiz bowl will be a true double elimination tournament. Each round features two teams of four players. Grade Levels: Jr. High/Middle School 6-8, High School 9-12. A student cannot participate on both the Jr. High and High School Teams during the same year.
  2. School may enter up to two teams per level. (High School, Varsity and JV) and (Jr. High/Middle School, Varsity and JV). Clarification: School A can bring 2 Varsity and 2 JV teams for a total of 4 teams.
  3. School coaches must e-mail Joe Cha cha@carbonschools.org the total number and designation (Varsity or JV) of teams per school that will be participating in each match 3 days prior to the meet. This will allow time for the competition schedule to be created prior to the competition.
  4. Substitutions are permitted between rounds; permission need not be sought from the officials. Once students have been assigned to an ‘A’ or ‘B’ team they must remain on said team for the duration of the bowl.
  5. Each team must designate a captain before each round. If a captain is required to give an answer, (s)he may not designate another player.
  6. Each question has a pre-stated value. Points are scored by correct answers only; incorrect answers do not lose points.
  7. At their discretion, officials may give a player a chance to ‘be more specific’ if his/her answer is deemed neither correct nor incorrect. For example, surnames are acceptable provided there are no others having the same surname with whom (s) he might be confused (i.e. the Roosevelt’s). If more information is provided than is required for a correct answer and some portion is incorrect, the whole answer will be deemed incorrect.
  8. At their discretion, officials may discard a question if an answer is interjected from the audience.
  9. All math answers must be expressed in simplest terms. Moderator may prompt for simplification.
  10. Units must be given in math answers where applicable, unless it is stated in the question what units are sought; for example, ‘…Give me the volume, in cubic centimeters, of a sphere…’ Moderator may prompt for units. Calculators are not allowed.
  11. Spelling questions are judged using National Spelling Bee rules, although a player need not pronounce the word. A player, having started to spell, may stop and start over, retracing the spelling from the beginning; however, there can be no change of letters.
  12. The only electronic signaling devices allowed the contestants during the game are the ones we provide. Contestants may not bring cell phones or any other electronic signaling devices to the panel during the game. All cell phones in the audience shall be turned off before the game; otherwise unsportsmanlike conduct may be declared, and points deducted at the judges’ discretion.
  13. If contest equipment malfunctions, it is the team’s responsibility to notify officials at once. No adjustments or changes in the match are permitted due to malfunctioning equipment.
  14. Appeals regarding answers to questions may only be lodged immediately following the round in which the question was read. An appeal shall consist of the player and/or coach explaining the issue to the officials. The officials may then consult with the opposing coach as they see fit. Any team that does not wait until the end of the round or begins an appeal at the wrong time (i.e. interrupting the flow of a match is penalized 10 points, but does not forfeit its right to appeal at the right time. A team is permitted a maximum of two question appeals per game.
  15. Paper, pen or pencil will be provided.
  16. Decisions of the officials shall be final. The official declaration of the outcome of the round shall be irrevocable. As in any round, a game shall not be replayed, even if the outcome could have been altered by judgment errors.
  1. Each round will consist of 10-15 questions (depending on number of teams competing) and be worth 5 to 20 points apiece.
  2. The round will begin by the question-reader giving the category of the question to be asked and the point value of the question.
  3. A player wishing to answer a question must signal using an electronic response system and then be recognized by an official before giving an answer. If an answer is given before (s) he is recognized, the officials will disallow the answer.
  4. Players will be given 10 seconds for regular questions and 25 seconds for mathematics questions to signal with an answer. A player is expected to respond within 5 seconds of being recognized. If an answer is not given on a timely basis, the officials will indicate ‘no answer’. This rule is strictly enforced on math questions, on which a player should do all computations before signaling.
  5. A maximum of one player from each team is allowed to signal. If a player from the first team gives an incorrect answer or no answer, a player from the second team has an opportunity to signal. If no correct answer is given the question is then out of play.
  6. Questions that are completed for both teams need not be repeated. If the question was not completed because one team interrupted, the question will be completed for the opposing team. Questions will only be repeated one time & requests must be made within 5 seconds of completion.
  7. Consultation is allowed and defined as one contestant passing notes or having a discussion with a fellow contestant, and nothing more.
  8. The team with the highest point total will be the winner of the round.
  9. Any ties will be settled with one ‘Toss Up’ question.
Teams must be present and ready to start on time. Excessive delays may lead to disqualification.