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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 team must be supervised by 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 one (1) or two (2) alternates

·  Participating students must be currently enrolled in the school they represent

·  Participating schools may register a maximum of one (1) team

·  Family members of WGBH employees may not participate on a High School Quiz Show 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) agree to abide by the Code of Conduct listed in the Rules.

3. How does a school determine a team roster?

Participating schools form teams based on 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. The Season 9 Super Sunday event will be held at WGBH on Sunday, November 5, 2017. The backup date is Sunday, November 12, 2017. Alternates may attend but are not permitted to compete. 

Only primary team members, 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 13, 2017 and October 6, 2017, schools should email highschoolquizshow@wgbh.org with their intention to form a team. The names of the team members are not required at this time.  

By October 20, 2017, schools planning to compete are required to submit the names of four (4) team members and two (2) alternates to WGBH by completing the registration form found here.

Registered schools will attend SUPER SUNDAY, the qualifying event, held at WGBH studios on November 5, 2017. The backup date is November 12, 2017.

6. Can a school change its team members after submitting their team roster for Super Sunday?

If there is a conflict and a registered primary team member cannot compete on Super Sunday, with the prior written approval of 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) 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.

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). Teams that advance to compete in the televised bracket must participate on the date and at the time assigned by WGBH. There are no exceptions, so please be sure to review the dates and times carefully in advance.

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 that includes 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:

Academic Hallmarks
PO Box 998
Durango, CO 81302
11521 W 69th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203
4 D Designs LLC
5940 Bertcliff Drive
Columbus, GA 31909
Questions Unlimited
2908 W. Crestwood Dr.
Ozark, MO 65721

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, 11:15am, 1:45pm or 3:30pm. 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.

11. What are the rules for the televised competition?

All participants in the televised competition (coaches, primary team members and alternates) are responsible for reading and understanding the rules found here.

At least one (1) coach, all four (4) primary team members, and at least one (1) alternate is required to attend each match.

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, and must receive the prior written approval of WGBH before making any roster change. 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 (see Question #13). Teams that advance to compete in the televised bracket must participate on the date and at the time assigned by WGBH. There are no exceptions, so please be sure to review the dates and times carefully in advance.

13. When will the matches be taped and televised?

High School Quiz Show Season 9 matches will be taped at the WGBH studios on the following dates in 2018:

·  Saturday, January 20, 2018 (qualifying matches)

·  Sunday, January 21, 2018 (qualifying matches)

·  Saturday, January 27, 2018 (quarterfinals)

·  Sunday, January 28, 2018 (semifinals; state championship; special episode)

·  Monday, January 29, 2018 (special episode, to be determined)

·  Saturday, February 3 & Sunday, February 4, 2018 (please hold as backup dates in the event that matches are rescheduled due to inclement weather)

The broadcast schedule for the matches is posted on highschoolquizshow.org.

14. Can a team change its assigned taping time?

No, teams that advance to compete in the televised bracket must participate on the date and at the time assigned by WGBH. There are no exceptions, so please be sure to review the dates and times carefully in advance.

15. What should the team wear for the televised competition?

Teams are encouraged to wear their school colors! Please remind students to refrain from wearing pinstripes, clothing with visible logos or brand names, or all-white shirts. They can wear white if they have a dark colored blazer or similar covering, such as a vest.

16. Can our team attend the tapings for other matches?

To protect the integrity of the competition, any school competing in the televised bracket is not allowed to attend other matches. However, once your team is eliminated from the competition, there are no restrictions and you may attend the tapings.

All schools who participated on Super Sunday but are not in the televised bracket are invited to attend a taping! Your school will be given priority seating. The reservation form can be found here, and is also available on highschoolquizshow.org. Seats are free but must be reserved in advance.

17. 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.

18. 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. The reservation form can be found at highschoolquizshow.org, and is also available here. Seats are free but must be reserved in advance.

19. How can I watch episodes of High School Quiz Show online?

Full episodes of the program are available on highschoolquizshow.org and on our YouTube channel. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to receive notifications when new episodes are posted!

20. How do I follow High School Quiz Show on social media?

You can follow High School Quiz Show on FacebookTwitterInstagram and Giphy for all the latest news, photos, behind the scenes action, and trivia questions and puzzles.

21. How can I get in touch with High School Quiz Show?

Please send comments and queries to highschoolquizshow@wgbh.org.

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