Quiz Bowl Rule Changes

Latest rules changes are listed below. The complete list of rules is available by clicking here.

RULE CHANGE FOR 2012

Update to Rule 4 under "General Rules":
Each team designates one player to be team captain.  The team captain must sit in the second chair in from the middle aisle. 
For example, if two teams are seated [A, B, C, D] (**) [D, C, B, A] with (**) being the judge's table, Player C would be the captain for each team.  This rule change was encouraged by veteran moderators who wanted to streamline the process of knowing which team member was the captain.  We hope this specific placement will still allow captains to be in "the middle" of their teammates, but also be easily visible to moderators and judges. 

Update to Rule 1 under "End of Game Rules": (THIS IS A BIG ONE!)
1. When the timer goes off at the end of the half or end of the game, a player must have already buzzed in to be eligible to answer.  There can be no exceptions to this rule made by the Moderator, Judge, or Timekeeper.
    a. If a player has buzzed in, he or she may answer the Toss-up Question.  If correct, they are awarded the points and receive their Bonus Question.  If in correct, they lose 5 points AND THE QUESTION IS TURNED OVER TO THE OTHER TEAM FOR A POSSIBLE 15 POINTS.  ON THE TURNOVER, IF THE QUESTION WAS NOT COMPLETED, THE MODERATOR WILL READ IT IN ITS ENTIRETYIF THE TOSS UP WAS COMPLETELY READ, THE MODERATOR DOES NOT REREAD THE QUESTION.  IN ADDITION, A PLAYER MUST STILL SIGNAL AND BE RECOGNIZED BEFORE ANSWERING.  5 SECONDS WILL BE GIVEN TO SIGNAL FOR MATH QUESTIONS, 3 SECONDS FOR ALL OTHER QUESTIONS.  IF THE TOSS UP IS ANSWERED CORRECTLY, THE TEAM IS GIVEN A CHANCE AT A BONUS QUESTION.

In order to facilitate the above change, the following change is also made to Rule 8 under "Toss-Up Question Rules":
The only time a TOSS-UP Question IS NOT TURNED OVER IS WHEN THE FIRST HALF ENDS.  (formerly read "When the half or game ends").

RULE CLARIFICATION FOR 2010

CLARIFICATION in Rule 7 under Toss-up Question Rules:

7. If a player answers a Toss-Up Question wrong, the team is penalized 5 points and the question is turned over to the other team for a possible 15 points. On the turn over, if the question was not completed, the Moderator will read it in its entirety. If the Toss-Up Question was completely read, the Moderator does not reread the question. In addition, a player must still signal and be recognized before answering. 5 seconds will be given for the other team to signal for math questions, 3 seconds for all other questions.

RULE CHANGE FOR 2009

CHANGE in Rule 8 under General Rules:

8. Each team is allowed one, 1-minute time out per half. A coach may call for a "question" if there is a dispute in score or judgment without being assessed a time out. However, disputes in score or judgment must be settled before the next question is read. Judges may and are encouraged to confer with moderators; however, DECISION OF THE JUDGES SHALL BE FINAL.

CHANGE in Rule 13 under General Rules:

13. State Quiz Bowl participants will be able to use paper. Paper will be provided at the beginning of each round; participants will be required to provide their own writing utensils. Players may not use paper to confer or collaborate with other team members during Toss-Up Questions. If, in the opinion of the match's officials, a player confers with a teammate the answer DOES NOT count, the conferring team is penalized 5 points, and the question will be finished for the other team. Electronic devices, including but not limited to cellular phones and calculators, may not be used during matches.

RULE CHANGE FOR 2007

CHANGE in Rule 1 under Bonus Question Rules:

1. Team members MAY confer on Bonus answers. All team members are encouraged to participate as much as possible. The team captain may defer to another team member to provide the answer to the Moderator.

RULE CLARIFICATION FOR 2006

(no rule changes)

CLARIFICATION in Rule 4 under Toss-up Questions:

A stall is considered an incorrect answer. The stalling team will be penalized 5 points and the question is given to the other team.

RULE CHANGES FOR 2005

CHANGE in Rule 13 under General Rules:

13. State Quiz Bowl participants will be able to use paper. Paper will be provided at the beginning of each round; participants will be required to provide their own writing utensil. Players may not use paper to confer or collaborate with other team members during Toss-Up Questions. If, in the opinion of the match's officials, a player confers with a teammate the answer DOES NOT count, the conferring team is penalized 5 points, and the question will be finished for the other team. Calculators are not allowed during the matches.