Sunway Invitational Tournament
NAQT is pleased to announce a high school quiz bowl tournament at the Sunway International School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 20, 2018.
Quiz bowl is an academic game in which teams of four players compete against each other to “buzz in” to answer questions about history, science, literature, mathematics, geography, current events, popular culture, and pretty much any other conceivable subject.
No prior experience with quiz bowl is necessary! No quiz bowl-specific equipment (like a buzzer system) is required! Coaches are not required to help with reading rounds, although it is appreciated (and coaches will be paid for their time).
The top teams will qualify for the 2018 Asian Championship, which will be held March 10 in Singapore, and the 2018 High School National Championship Tournament, powered by LetterOne, which will be held May 25–27 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The top teams from small schools will qualify for the 2018 Small School National Championship Tournament, which will be held April 27–29 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The tournament will take place on the campus of the Sunway International School in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia (3, Jalan Universiti, Bandar Sunway).
|Check-in||8:00 – 8:45 a.m.|
|Opening meeting||8:45 – 9:30 a.m.|
|Preliminary games||9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.|
|Lunch and Salah||1:00 – 2:00 p.m.|
|Playoffs||2:00 – 4:30 p.m.|
|Salah||4:30 – 4:45 p.m.|
During check-in, teams will receive a copy of the rules and their schedule for the day, and will be asked to verify the roster of players they entered when registering.
The opening meeting will go over the rules, format, and schedule. Coaches, players, and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions. Teams are also encouraged to ask questions in advance by e-mailing Joyce Sun (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Each team will play five preliminary rounds; the top teams from those round will advance to afternoon playoffs. The criteria for advancement will be determined by the final field size.
The playoffs will be single-elimination and will last three to four rounds.
After the playoffs, there will be a brief awards presentation.
All secondary schools (public, private, magnet, charter, religious, online, etc.) are eligible to compete in this event. This tournament will use NAQT High School Eligibility Rules. No qualification is necessary. If you have any questions about eligibility, contact email@example.com.
Coaches are not required to assist with the running of the tournament, but may moderate (read questions) in exchange for a $50 (MYR 205) stipend. Alternatively, any team who provides a staff member (which could be the coach or someone else) can receive a $50 (MYR 205) discount.
The format of the tournament will be determined by the number of teams that register. All participants are guaranteed at least ten games.
Coaches may register online. A free account on naqt.com is required.
Coaches may (and should) register without knowing which players will be coming; they can update the roster at any time before the tournament begins.
Fees & Payment
The base registration fee is USD 300 (MYR 1250) per team. There is a $50 (MYR 205) discount for bringing a working buzzer system. The fee covers registration and one printed copy of the questions. The questions will be NAQT Invitational Series #167AS, which is an English-language question set written specifically for teams in Asia. The questions will not be distributed until the conclusion of the tournament; teams that leave early may pay $5 (MYR 20) to have the question set shipped to them.
Teams will pay at check-in. Checks should be made out to “National Academic Quiz Tournaments”; if you prefer to pay by credit card or PayPal, contact Joyce Sun (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The top three teams will receive trophies. Additionally, the top six individual scorers will receive All-Star awards.
Players must have heard at least 60 tossups during the tournament to be eligible for individual awards. Individual awards are based entirely on performance during the preliminary (not playoff) games.
This tournament will use questions from National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC, specifically Invitational Series #167AS, which was written (in English) especially for Asian schools. Teams from outside Malaysia are welcome, but must make sure they are not planning to attend another tournament using the same question set. A list of other tournaments using this set is available.
Preparing for the Tournament
- The moderator reads a tossup question to both teams.
As soon as any player knows the answer, he or she signals and, without consulting with teammates, attempts to answer.
- If the player is correct, his or her team receives 10 points (or, if the answer is given early enough in the question, 15 points) and is read a three-part bonus question worth a total of 30 points. The team works together to answer the parts of the bonus question.
- If the player is incorrect and attempted to answer before the question was over, his or her team loses 5 points and the moderator reads the rest of the question for the other team; otherwise, no points are lost. Either way, any player on the other team may signal and attempt to answer. If the other team answers correctly, it receives a bonus as described above; otherwise, no bonus is read.
- Play continues likewise with the next tossup.
- There are as many questions read as can fit into two 10-minute halves, up to a maximum of 24 tossup-bonus cycles per game.
NAQT sells practice questions for teams that would like to prepare more fully for the event. These are tournament questions from previous years, so they are identical in structure and format (but different in content) than the questions that will be asked at this tournament. The most similar questions are the ones named “Invitational Series #xxxA” (ending in “A” is important). All of these questions are written for an American audience, though, so they will have more American and less Asian content than the questions at this tournament.
Teams may also be interested in frequency lists and Power Up study guides or free You Gotta Know articles that give brief overviews of topics that come up very frequently (e.g. “You Gotta Know these ancient empires”).
Contact Joyce Sun (email@example.com) with any questions.