High School Questions
NAQT provides pristine high school quiz bowl questions for tournaments, conferences, leagues, and state championships each year. Tournaments can be run by high schools, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, civic organizations, or essentially any other group. Most high school events using NAQT questions are qualifiers for the High School National Championship Tournament and the Small School National Championship Tournament each spring.
Hosting a tournament is a great way to raise money for your program, offer your own players a chance to compete cheaply and in a convenient location, and promote quiz bowl.
How to Host
If you are interested in hosting a high school tournament using NAQT questions, here are the steps to follow:
- Read and understand the responsibilities of hosts and recommendations to hosts.
- Decide on a date, name, and contact person for the tournament. Among other things, you will want to schedule around other tournaments in the same area, possibly SAT/ACT testing dates, and possibly other special events like dances, major sports games, and theatre productions.
- If your tournament isn’t limited to teams from a specific state, decide on the geographic exclusivity for your tournament. If this isn’t clear, feel free to ask us for advice—we realize the policy is somewhat complicated.
- Decide whether you would prefer a regular Invitational Series or an Introductory Invitational Series. The Introductory Invitational Series sets have easier and shorter questions and are targeted at earlier tournaments, tournaments for less experienced players, or tournaments with many teams that are new to the NAQT format. Invitational Series are available as 12 packets of 24 tossups and 24 bonuses each, or 13 packets of 22 tossups and 22 bonuses each; Introductory Invitational Series are only available in the former configuration. There are sample packets of each type of packet set available. (Other types of packet sets may be available; contact email@example.com for details.)
- Let NAQT know of your plans. You can submit a tournament proposal online or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NAQT will confirm whether questions are available on the requested date in the requested area; until you receive confirmation, do not assume that we have approved your tournament and plan on shipping questions.
- Announce your tournament and contact potential attendees. Be sure to read the full description of the various parties’ responsibilities in maintaining question security and incorporate it into your announcement. Our registration system, offered free to hosts, makes this easier.
- Proceed with other tournament plans. Your questions will arrive about one week before your tournament begins. We may or may not be able to accommodate requests for earlier delivery. For in-person tournaments, you will be responsible for printing the questions; online tournaments must use our web system for giving staff access to questions.
- You will be invoiced for the cost of the questions after the tournament has completed. You can pay by credit card, check, or purchase order.
There is a base fee of $85, of which $50 is rebated when we receive appropriate results, plus $17 per team for Invitational Series or $14 per team for Introductory Invitational Series.
Hosts may give one printed copy of the questions to each participating school.
To encourage the growth of quiz bowl, questions are free in places that did not have a qualifying event in the previous year.
NAQT also provides questions to televised quiz shows. If your event will be broadcast in any form (including on the Internet), special considerations come into play to ensure question security; contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Free Question Offer
In certain areas, NAQT offers free questions.
Copies of the Questions
Hosts are strongly encouraged to give one printed copy of the complete question set to each school in attendance. Electronic copies may never be distributed.
Benefits for Hosts
- Top finishers will qualify for the High School National Championship Tournament and, if Small Schools are playing, for the Small School National Championship Tournament. (This does not apply for junior varsity tournaments or other events that restrict teams or players based on ability; the qualification rules page has more details.)
- We offer a comprehensive online system for managing tournament registrations—the same one we use for our national championships. Hosts of events on NAQT questions may use it for free.
- We will happily help hosts with issues such as determining proper tournament formats, reaching out to new teams, and scheduling.
- We will provide access to our contacts in the tournament’s area.
- We will advertise the tournament on our website and in email notifications to which potential attendees may subscribe.
- In some states, we will advertise the tournament in physical mailers. (Feel free to ask about our plans for mailers in your state!)
- Hosts may (but are not required to) use our rules and scoresheets.