California Annual Spectacular Tournament Rules

  • Quiz Officials
    1. Quizmaster
      1. The quizmaster is the presiding head official during every quiz.
      2. The quizmaster is responsible for asking the Bible quiz questions.
      3. The quizmaster is responsible for judging the correctness of all answers.
      4. The quizmaster is the only official who can award or disallow points.
      5. The quizmaster may confer with the other officials concerning the correctness of an answer, but the final decision lies fully with him.
      6. The quizmaster has the authority to call an official time out at any time.
    2. Judge
      1. The judge is to be the official timekeeper.
      2. The judge is to help watch the light panel.
      3. The judge may, when asked by the quizmaster, help judge the answers.
    3. Scorekeeper
      1. The scorekeeper is responsible for the accurate recording of a quiz. He must accurately record the following:
        1. Individual correct and incorrect answers
        2. Question number
      2. The scorekeeper may assist the quizmaster in judging.
  • Quizzers
    1. Each team will consist of exactly two members.
  • Quizzing Procedures
    1. Questions
      1. Each question must be from one of the following categories:
        1. There are two types of interrogative questions (who, what, when,why, how, where):
          1. Partial reference questions must contain a book and chapter citation (e.g. "Who was the mother of Jesus in Matthew 1?" Answer: "Mary.")
          2. Full reference questions contain the entire reference at the beginning of the question (e.g. "According to Matthew 1:21, what shall they call His name?" Answer: "Jesus.")
        2. "Finish this verse" (or "Finish these two/three verses") questions contain at least the first five words of a verse. The quizzer must quote the remainder of the verse verbatim to answer the question.
        3. "Quote this verse" (or "Quote these two/three verses") questions will contain the full reference of a verse. The quizzer must quote the entire verse verbatim to answer the question.
        4. For "Give the reference" questions, the quizmaster will read a verse. The quizzer must give the full reference: book, chapter, and verse.
      2. Each quiz will consist of fifteen questions.
      3. Any question asked is a question whether it is answered correctly, answered incorrectly, not answered, or misread. A quiz does NOT have to end on a correctly answered question.
      4. In the case of a tie after fifteen questions in Round Robin, no question will be asked.
      5. To begin an answer, the quizzer must say, within ten seconds, information that is not clearly erroneous.
      6. Answering interrogative questions should be done according to the following:
        1. The answer may not contain any incorrect information.
        2. The answer must be completed within thirty seconds from the time the quizzer is recognized.
        3. Time begins when the quizzer is recognized.
        4. The quizzer should be seated after finishing his answer.
        5. Quizzers may not quote an entire passage to answer a question. A verse quoted verbatim will only be accepted as an answer if it contains no unnecessary information.
        6. Paraphrasing is allowed under the following stipulations:
          1. Use of a part for the whole (e.g. "Jesus" for "Jesus Christ," or "Peter" for "Simon Peter")
          2. Use of substituted words that have identical meanings (e.g. "Holy Spirit" for "Holy Ghost," or "pigs" for "swine," or "donkey" for "ass," or "food" for "victuals," or "house" for "home," or "Messiah" for "Christ")
          3. Use of substituted prepositions or articles (e.g. "a house" for "an house," or "went into the room" for "went in the room")
          4. Rearranging the words to form a coherent sentence.
          5. Use of a pronoun when the antecedent is mentioned in the question.
          6. Use of a pronoun when the antecedent is not mentioned in the verse(s)/chapter given in the question.
        7. Paraphrasing is NOT accepted under these conditions:
          1. Use of generic terms for specific (e.g. "temple" for "synagogue")
          2. Substituting titles when the verse uses a specific title (e.g. "Jesus" for "Son of God," or "God" for "The Father").
          3. Use of a pronoun when the antecedent is not mentioned in the question and is clearly in the verse(s)/chapter given.
          4. Use of a group when only part of the group is specified (e.g. "Pharisees" for "the strictest sect of the Pharisees")
        8. When the quizzer gives information that, although correct, is not part of the question or answer, it will be considered an error because the quizzer provided too much information that could have answered many different questions.
      7. Scoring
        1. Twenty points will be given to all six participants at the beginning of the quiz.
        2. Twenty points will be awarded for every correct answer to a question.
        3. Ten point penalties will be given for every error.
      8. Quizzing out
        1. Any quizzer answering four questions, in any combination of right or wrong, has "quizzed out" and must be taken out of the quiz.
        2. "Top Quizzers" are determined by the highest average points per quiz.
    2. Time limitations
      1. The Quiz will be given ten minutes to finish. The moment the questions are brought into the room, the ten-minute clock begins. An official will come and stop the quiz once the ten minutes are up.
      2. Ten seconds are given to answer once the quizmaster has finished reading a question. If no quizzer jumps, the next question is read.
      3. Thirty seconds are given for the quizzer to complete the answer once he is recognized.
    3. Interrupted questions: a quizzer may jump at any time during the reading of the question. The quizmaster will then stop and recognize the quizzer. The quizzer must then answer the question without any further information. If the QuizMaster has not started the relevant part of the question, they will merely be eliminated from that question.
    4. Time-outs
      1. There are no time-outs given to the teams in these quizzes.
      2. The quizmaster will call an official time-out after questions five, ten, and fourteen.
      3. Each time-out is ten to thirty seconds in length, at the complete discretion of the quizmaster.
    5. Errors--an error occurs when, in the judgment of the quizmaster, the quizzer:
      1. Gives incorrect information.
      2. Gives too much information.
      3. Fails to complete his answer before time is called.
      4. Moves to jump, then sits back down. The QuizMaster may allow someone to answer in this case.
    6. Challenges
      1. There are NO challenges in this event.
    7. Fouls
      1. There are NO fouls in this event. A team or a single quizzer may be disqualified from the next question for egregious behavior including the following:
        1. Displaying an improper attitude.
        2. Answering a question when the quizzer's light is not lit. If his teammate's light is on, the quizmaster will give an error to either the bad jumper or aggressive answerer.
        3. Talking while a regular question is being asked or while a quizzer is recognized.
        4. A coach or quizzer speaking out during quizzing or trying to influence the decision of the quizmaster.
        5. Jumping before the question has been asked. (For this situation, the "next" question is considered the question that the quizmaster was reading).
        6. Not standing up (with the exception of those given a hand buzzer). Those who get their light on and are not even attempting to stand will be assessed a foul and their team will be eliminated from the question.
        7. Trying to tell a teammate answers to the questions being asked.
      2. During a quiz, there will be no open Bibles in the quiz room, other than those of the quizmaster and judges. Breaking of this rule is punished by expulsion from the room for the quiz at hand.
    8. Competition
      1. All teams will be scheduled as evenly as possible throughout the day.
      2. Records will not be kept, as all standings will be based on number of points.
      3. Ties will bebroken in the following manner
        1. Most points in head-to-head quizzes
        2. Easier schedule, if there are schedule variations
        3. Place in last year's event, if applicable
        4. Quizmaster's Decision
      4. In an afternoon (usually 7-round) schedule the points from each of those quizzes will be added to the average from the morning
    9. The Elimination Quizzes
      1. Each quizzer will be given six answers, in addition to the beginning 20 points.
      2. After question 10, the final questions will be in the "error zone"
        1. An incorrect answer allows
        2. The opposing team to count the error for -10 points (and one of the 6 individual answers) or
        3. throw out the error (and corresponding answer chance) and take a shot at it themselves.
        4. A correct answer gives the answering team +20
        5. An incorrect answer gives the answering team -10
        6. Neglecting to answer such a question is treated like an error (given to the person in the same seat number as the original answerer.
      3. This is usually the top 4 or 6 teams.
      4. You will quiz the other teams in a round robin, and records will be compared.
        1. In Consolation divisions, a single eliminaion tournament will replace a round robin.
        2. Two team ties in record will be broken by head to head
        3. Ties between three or more teams will be broken by
          1. Top teams from Top 15
          2. The appropriate tiebreaker for remaining teams
        4. The top two teams will quiz.
          1. If there is a third team without two losses, the second and third place teams will quiz for the right to quiz the #1 team in the championship
          2. If one team went undefeated, they would need to be defeated twice to be eliminated.
        5. A one-question tiebreaker breaks all in quiz ties
          1. If one team involved in the tie has had both quizzers answer six times,
            1. the entire question will be read to the remaining team
            2. the quizzer on that team with fewer points will be required to answer that question
            3. Neglecting to answer such a question is treated like an error.
          2. A correct answer gives the answering team a win
          3. An incorrect answer gives the answering team a loss
          4. Neglecting to answer such a question is treated like an error.
  • Other tidbits
    1. Every quiz will have exactly three teams. When there are only two teams remaining, an entirely new set of rules will be given. Those rules may, or may not, be similar on any of these points.
    2. All Round Robin standings will be determined by points. In case of a tie, head-to-head quizzing will be considered first. Subsequent Tiebreakers will be given upon request.
    3. The King James Version of I John will be used in this competition.