High School Quiz Show - Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is High School Quiz Show?
Produced and broadcast by WGBH, High School Quiz Show is an award-winning single-elimination academic team competition for all high school students in Massachusetts.
2. Who is eligible to participate in High School Quiz Show?
All public, private and parochial high schools in Massachusetts are eligible to participate:
• Each school must have at least one (1) adult coach. (A maximum of two (2) coaches will be officially recognized on the television broadcast.)
• Each team must include four (4) participating students and up to two (2) alternates
• Participating students must be currently enrolled in the school they represent
• Participating schools may register a maximum of one (1) team
Only schools that have officially registered and meet the eligibility requirements are invited to WGBH to take the qualifying quiz. To encourage a positive atmosphere and foster good sportsmanship, all participating schools and teams (including coaches, students and administrators) are presumed to be responsible individuals and will be treated as such and are therefore expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and ethical manner. This includes, but is not limited to, treating all other players, coaches and WGBH staff with courtesy, abiding by all decisions of the High School Quiz Show staff, honestly reporting details of game situations to the High School Quiz Show Executive Producer, and promptly reporting violations to the High School Quiz Show Executive Producer.
Coaches and administrators are expected to actively use their influence to enhance sportsmanship in the broadest possible manner and should not engage in conduct that may incite players or audience members during the competitions and tapings. Unsportsmanlike conduct includes any actions or comments by coaches, players, or audience members which are intended to bait, anger, ridicule, or demean others, whether or not the deeds or words are vulgar, or in order to gain an unfair advantage during the competition. Public criticism of WGBH, the crew of High School Quiz Show, and/or any participating team players during the competition or taping will be considered disruptive and unethical.
WGBH at its sole discretion reserves the right to decline participation of a school prior to and at any point during the competition, including future competitions, due to unsportsmanlike, disruptive, or unethical behavior.
3. How does a school determine a team roster?
Participating schools form teams according to their own criteria and selection process. It is strongly recommended that teams include both male and female students.
4. What is Super Sunday?
Super Sunday is a one-day qualifying event to determine the 16 teams that compete in televised matches of High School Quiz Show. Super Sunday for Season 7 will be held at WGBH on Sunday, November 15, 2015. The backup date is Sunday, November 22, 2015.
Only teams (including alternates), coaches and test administrators are permitted in the testing rooms. Due to space constraints, there is a maximum of eight (8) people per team allowed in the testing room: the four (4) primary team members, two (2) alternates and up to two (2) coaches. Parents are not allowed in the testing room. School principals and superintendents may be permitted in the testing room on a case-by-case basis, if an exception is requested in advance and the eight person maximum will not otherwise be exceeded.
5. How do schools register to participate in Super Sunday?
Between September 16, 2015 and October 5, 2015, schools are required to email email@example.com with their intention to form a team. The names of the team members are not required at this time.
By October 16, 2015, schools planning to compete are required to submit the names of four (4) team members and two (2) alternates to WGBH by completing this form: http://www.wgbh.org/quizshow/registration.cfm
Registered schools will attend SUPER SUNDAY, the qualifying event, held at WGBH studios in on November 15, 2015. The backup date is November 22, 2015.
6. Can a school change its team members after submitting their team roster for Super Sunday?
If there is a conflict and a registered team member cannot compete on Super Sunday, with approval from WGBH, either (1) three members of the team can compete on Super Sunday with the expectation that the 4th member will participate in the televised competition if the team qualifies, or (2) with the approval of WGBH, an alternate may be permitted to permanently replace the team member who cannot compete for Super Sunday and should the team advance, for the duration of the televised competition.
In order to avoid disappointment, coaches should ensure all official team members have reviewed and can commit to the taping dates and backup dates (see Question #13).
7. What are the rules for Super Sunday?
The rules for Super Sunday can be found here.
8. How can teams prepare to compete in High School Quiz Show?
It is strongly recommended that teams and coaches watch past episodes of High School Quiz Show at highschoolquizshow.org and youtube.com/HighSchoolQuizShow to become familiar with the format, pacing, and the types of questions common to academic quiz competitions. HSQuizBowl.org is also an online resource, including a list of local tournaments and competitions.
There are a number of organizations that offer practice questions, however their materials are not completely representative of the types of questions on High School Quiz Show. While WGBH does not endorse any particular preparation materials or strategy, the following is a list of some of the organizations where you may find helpful resources:
PO Box 998
Durango, CO 81302
11521 W 69th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203
4 D Designs LLC
5940 Bertcliff Drive
Columbus, GA 31909
2908 W. Crestwood Dr.
Ozark, MO 65721
The Question Bank
P.O. Box 801
Richland, MO 65556
9. What is the time commitment for our team on Super Sunday?
Schools invited to Super Sunday are assigned to one of 4 testing periods held throughout the day. The periods (subject to change) are: 9:30am, 11:30am, 2pm or 4pm. Teams traveling the greatest distance are typically scheduled in the afternoon. Team members (coach and 4 participating students) must arrange for their own transportation and should expect to stay at WGBH for up to two hours. Alternates may attend but are not permitted to compete.
10. How many teams advance to televised competition following Super Sunday?
The sixteen (16) teams with the highest scores on the Super Sunday qualifying quiz advance to compete in High School Quiz Show, distributed as follows:
• The 14 public school teams with the highest total scores
• The 2 private/parochial school teams with the highest total scores
This distribution mirrors school enrollment in Massachusetts, and was formed in consultation with the Massachusetts Department of Education.
11. What are the rules for the televised competition?
The rules for competing in the televised competition can be found here.
12. Can a school change its team members during the televised competition?
The four students who register as a team and competed on Super Sunday are considered final and it is the assumption of WGBH that these 4 players will attend and compete in all of their scheduled matches. If there is an unavoidable conflict and a team member cannot compete, the coach must contact WGBH with as much advance warning as possible to determine which alternate will replace the team member who cannot compete. The alternate then permanently replaces the team member for the duration of the competition, up to and including matches in future rounds if the team advances.
In order to avoid disappointment, coaches should ensure all official team members have reviewed and can commit to the taping dates and backup dates below.
13. When will the matches be taped and televised?
High School Quiz Show Season 7 matches will be taped at the WGBH studios on the following dates in 2016:
• Saturday, January 23, 2016 (qualifying matches)
• Sunday, January 24, 2016 (qualifying matches)
• Saturday, January 30, 2016 (quarterfinals)
• Sunday, January 31, 2016 (semifinals and state championship)
• Sunday, January 31, 2016 (Special Episode: Alumni Edition)
• Saturday, February 6, 2016 (Governors Cup; at NHPTV studios)
• Saturday, February 6 & Sunday, February 7, 2016 (please hold as backup dates in the event that matches are rescheduled due to inclement weather)
The broadcast dates of the matches are decided at a later date. Check back on highschoolquizshow.org for the schedule.
14. What does the championship team win?
In addition to the title of High School Quiz Show State Champion, the winning team receives:
• A High School Quiz Show trophy
• Commemorative plaques for each team member and coach
• A banner for the school
• An award of $1000 toward the team/school to be used in such a way as deemed most appropriate and beneficial by the school’s administrators.
Additionally, the runner-up team receives an award of $500 toward their team/school.
15. Can family and friends attend the tapings of High School Quiz Show matches?
Yes! In fact, we strongly encourage teams to invite guests, including family, friends, cheerleading squads, and school mascots to join the studio audience during tapings. The general public is also invited to attend tapings. The reservation form can be found here, and is also available on highschoolquizshow.org. Seats are free but must be reserved in advance.
16. How can I watch episodes of High School Quiz Show online?
Full episodes of High School Quiz Show are available on highschoolquizshow.org and Youtube.com/highschoolquizshow. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications when new episodes are posted!
17. How do I follow High School Quiz Show on social media?
You can follow High School Quiz Show on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vine for all the latest news, photos, behind the scenes action, and trivia questions and puzzles. You can subscribe to our YouTube channel for new episodes.
18. How can I get in touch with High School Quiz Show?
Please send comments and queries to firstname.lastname@example.org.