Starting a New Team
NAQT has written a series of articles about the process of starting new teams and developing existing teams:
- Run an open tournament: Many teams run their own tournaments as fundraisers; the most profitable kind is probably an open high school tournament. At the simplest level, teams pay NAQT for the questions and keep the proceeds for themselves. A school’s admissions department might be willing to help fund a high school tournament that brought potential students to campus.
- Run an intramural tournament: Running an intramural tournament for the student body may help justify additional funding from the student government or the campus activities office.
- How to Improve as a Player: NAQT’s guide on that topic.
- Quizbowl Packet Archive: High school and college packets from old (non-NAQT) tournaments.
- The 99 Critical Shots of Quiz Bowl: An e-book by NAQT member Dwight Kidder, covers 99 of the most common themes for bonus questions. The book aims to improve both teams’ bonus conversion (by helping them anticipate questions’ contents) and teams’ ability to write quality bonus questions. Additionally, many best practices of team development and coaching are included. The book’s Facebook page extends the conversation with weekly articles on topics that are relevant to coaches and players alike.
- QuizDB: Searchable database of questions from the packet archive.