Knowledge Bowl Quiz Bowl
What is Knowledge Bowl?
In knowledge bowl, 3 teams of 4 players each compete in a room . The reader asks a question as teams listen. Any player can can "buzz in" at any time by pressing the "strip" on the table which is connected to a computer. The reader then stops and the team has 15 seconds to discuss before the they gives their answer. If correct they get a point, and if wrong the other teams get a chance before moving on to the next question.
Knowledge bowl questions come mainly from academic areas, including social studies, science, language arts, math, humanities, and more. Samples are available here.
Tournaments consist of a written round of multiple choice questions that the team completes on paper followed by 3-5 oral rounds as described above. The team with the most total points in all rounds wins the tournament.
Schools can register multiple teams which compete alongside one another as equals. Some tournaments have different divisions based on grade levels. Chaska, being one of the largest programs in the state, brings 6-9 teams of 4 players each to most tournament, which are usually Tuesday afternoons/evenings and Saturday mornings/afternoons. The season starts in late October and ends in February, except for teams that qualify for the State Meet in April.
Schools can bring multiple teams to each tournament. They compete against teams from other schools and sometimes even against each other. Tournaments usually consist of around 6 preliminary rounds, each with around 20 toss-ups (and any bonuses that teams earn). Based on win-loss record, some teams advance to the playoffs, where a champion is crowned.
The quiz bowl season begins in late October and runs through February or March, with 6-8 meets on Thursday evenings or Saturday mornings/evenings. Players that qualify will compete in the High School National Championship Tournament in May.
What is Quiz Bowl?
In quiz bowl, 2 teams of 4 players face off head to head. Each player holds their own "buzzer" as on TV's "Jeopardy!". The reader asks a "toss up" question and any player may press on their buzzer at any time. That individual player must then answer immediately--without consulting with teammates. If correct, the team gets 10 or 15 points, depending on how early in the question the player buzzed in. If incorrect, the reader completes the question for the other team and they get a try.
Correct answers on toss ups also earn the team 3 related bonus questions worth 10 points each, for which they can consult for a few seconds and answer as a team.
Major topics in quiz bowl include science, history, literature, geography, current events, pop culture and sports, fine arts, social science, mythology, and more. Sample questions are available here.