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We have 16 teams registered for the March BOB tournament.  
It's time to register your team members...

2017 BOB Team Members

If you have yet to send in your registration fee, please do so as soon as possible.  Email Chris Allen to find out whether we received your payment.  

Also - remember to check the Coaches' Page and Tournament Rules for updated information.

Coaches ~ we have updated the language about an All Star Team in the tournament rules.  

Please see the Tournament Rules page rule #1 for details.

If you have questions or comments please contact  

Coming soon........

 BOB tournament March 3 and 10, 2017

Battle of the Books is an extracurricular academic reading activity for fourth and fifth grade students who enjoy reading challenges and competition.  Its purpose is to foster the enjoyment of reading high quality books and to come together in friendly competition answering questions about the books with other students while practicing good “readermanship.”

Email from 02/16/2017

Hello Coaches,


Last Call for TEAM member registration!  Please see the link on the BOB website to register your team members as soon as possible. 

The first round of B.O.B. is fast approaching! Here are a few things the BOB committee want you to know:

  1. On March 3rd and March 10th you may enter Nash School at 4:00pm.  Please do not enter the building before 4:00pm. Please tell parents to drop off their child just before 4:00 as students are not allowed in the building if they are dropped off earlier.  Since BOB is much earlier this year, we don’t want students standing outside in the cold because they got dropped off too early. Many teams carpool. It is up to you to know how your team will be arriving at Nash and getting home. If you need an example of a permission form to send home, see the documents linked to the bottom of the coaches' page on the BOB website.  
  2. At 4:15 announcements will begin and the rules will be read. If all 5 battles stay on schedule, we should be finished between 6:15-6:30pm.  Please inform parents of this ending time. It happens that parents come way too early to pick up their child and get impatient because of the wait.  There is not a designated place for parents to come in and wait for their child. 
  3. Please inform your parents of the rule that: Parents/siblings are NOT allowed to sit in the classrooms and watch the battles.  The classrooms are not set up to accommodate spectators and having extra people in the room can cause extra stress for the students, moderators, and coaches.  Please make sure parents understand this!  Parents and siblings are invited on March 10th to the parade and assembly.
  4. Each night, have one coach enter the library to pick up your team folder. Open your folder and find the location of your first classroom. Take your team to your first classroom and quickly get settled in.  At 4:15, be ready to listen to announcements before Battle 1 begins.  For those of you that are new coaches, half of the teams will be in a stationary room while the other half will rotate from room to room. On March 10th, the teams that were stationary will most likely be a traveling team and the teams that traveled on March 3rd will most likely be stationary.
  5. On March 10th, we will have 3 battles and the parade will start earlier than in years past.  This will hopefully push up the ending time of the celebration a bit. More details on this to come.
  6. The rules state that there is a limit of 3 coaches per team allowed in the classroom during the battles.  Too many people in the room can cause added  stress or distractions for the students, moderators, and coaches.  If you had more than 3 adults who helped with your team this year, you can let 3 come the first night, and the others come the second night if you like. All the adults who helped with your team this year are warmly invited to the parade and celebration on March 10th but there cannot be more than 3 coaches in the battles at one time.  (As far as your team members are concerned, the same students (up to 10) must play on both nights.)
  7. Please let us know immediately if any of your students have a peanut or food allergy!  We will once again provide an ice cream snack (from Culver's) on the second evening before the parade begins.  Teams are allowed to have water bottles in the room during the battles but please limit any snacks to before the battles begin.  We are guests at Nash and have to be very respectful of the classrooms and building.
  8. It is a lot of fun to see all the colorful team t-shirts that everyone wears to the competition.  Please be sure that the t-shirt does not display the names of any book titles or authors.  
  9. Based on the number of teams and coaches this year teams in each of the tiers will battle twice. In the event we that we need a coach and an alternate team PLEASE refer to the procedures for creating an alternate team stated on the BOB website. All teams need to have a student in mind that can participate on the Alternate team if needed on either night of the battles. 
  10. The parade and celebration on March 10th will begin at approximately 6:00pm and runs approximately 45 minutes.  Please let parents know that they won’t want to miss out on this celebration.  This is a tentative start time.  We will be sending details about the parade and celebration later on.
  11. The BOB committee is asking each team to submit 3-4 photos of your team via upload to this form BOB team pictures  or send your pictures to Christine O'Regan by Monday, February 27th.    With this year’s theme being TRAILBLAZERS, you may like to send a photo of your team portraying what the word "trailblazers" means to them. You can also send a photo of your team in action during one of your practices.  We’d like to see the coaches in the photos, too. J

It would be a good idea to refer to the BOB website to refresh yourself on all of the details before you come.

The BOB committee is excited to see all of you on March 3rd.  Thank you for your commitment to our students!

Coaches, this webpage is for you!  

It is a living and developing webpage.  You are invited to share your strategies, activities, and resources with other coaches via this site.  Please send your ideas to Christine O’Regan at

A Coach

Leads by example

Teaches teamwork

Motivates and listens

Builds character

Challenges and develops

Commits to the team

The BIGGEST fan!

“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.  Love of books is the best of all.”  by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  Battle of the Books coaches enlarge and enrich the world of the readers they coach.  Thank you for your dedication to young readers.  You make a difference; it is appreciated by all.


1.       See the website for Battle of the Books information, timeline, booklist, rules, forms, resources, and updates.  Please check Battle of the Books website regularly for announcements, reminders, and updates.

2.       Determine who will be the coaches and if there will be other adults who support the coaches.

3.       Inform the principal about Battle of the Books and ask permission to participate.

4.       Check school activities calendar and select meeting dates and times.

5.       Announce the school will have a Battle of the Books Team to fourth and fifth graders, teachers, staff, and families.

6.       Read the books on the list and write questions (practice and tournament questions).

7.       Invite all interested fourth and fifth grade readers to attend an information meeting.

8.       Send Battle of the Books information and permission slip to families.

9.       Submit Battle of the Books online Team Registration and send $20.00 fee to Christine O'Regan at ESC/IMC 3600 52nd Street Kenosha, WI 53144.  Make checks to Kenosha Battle of the Books

10.   Meet with students to determine and/or share responsibilities for reading books on the list and for writing questions.

11.   Review Battle of the Books rules with participating students.

12.   Emphasize that the Battle of the Books Tournament is friendly competition!

13.   Provide strategies for reading and note taking.

14.   Submit tournament questions online here (five to eight “best of the best” questions for each book).

15.   Choose a final team (six key players and four alternate players).

16.   Prepare team members for tournament battles.

17.   Appoint a spokesperson.

18.   Be a cheerleader and a source of encouragement for the team and members.

19.   Be patient and understanding. 

20.   Check Battle of the Books website for announcements and updates.

21.   Practice strategies for battling in the tournament.

22.   Submit online list of team members (six key players and four alternates).  Be sure to list any students with allergies to peanut, nuts, or other foodstuff that might be in snacks.

23.   Design tee-shirts to wear during the tournament battles.  See rule 13.

24.   Arrange for transportation to and from the Battle of the Books Tournament (two consecutive Friday afternoons and evenings).

25.   Invite families to attend the Battle of the Books Parade of Teams and Celebration on the second Friday following the battles.  Families are not permitted in classrooms to watch the battles.

26.   Attend Battle of the Books Tournament with team members.  Bring school signs, banners, and mascots for the Parade of Teams following the last battle on the second Friday.

27.   Encourage and support alternate team members if named to the “All Star” team in the event that an alternate team is needed.

28.   Complete and submit Battle of the Books Coach Survey online.  Assist team members in completing the student survey online.

29.   Celebrate the reading of good books, great team work, good “readermanship”, and friendly competition.

30.   Suggest books for the next year’s theme for the Battle of the Books Tournament. Click here.

31.   Distribute the next year’s book list and invite students to begin reading during the summer.

32.   Check Battle of the Books website for announcements and updates.

33.   Breathe and relax.

34.   Thank you!

 Additional Tips

·       Suggest that at least two or more team members read each book.

·       Have team members keep reading logs.

·       Be sure that all team members read all of each book including captions under pictures, introductions, forwards, author’s notes, prologues, etc.

·       Have students keep a folder of information and study guides.

·       Write many practice questions.

·       Ask parents/guardians to read books and to write questions.

·       Conduct mock battles within and outside of your team.

·       Review and practice format, rules, and battle strategies.

·       Encourage team members to guess (no penalty for incorrect answers) if they do not know the answer.

·       Make title and author flash cards.

·       Provide an incentive for members when they finish reading a book.

·       Create study guides, share notes and graphic organizers for practice sessions.

·       Read books during team practices.

·       Conduct book talks during preparation sessions.

·       Make word searchers crossword puzzles, games, and other activities to learn titles, authors, and story elements.  Check internet resources.  See also Book Activities and Resources.

·       Use video recordings from previous years to demonstrate how battles operate (check YouTube).

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