STARTING A TEAM
How can I start competing in quiz bowl?
Students do not need to be part of an official organization to start competing in quiz bowl tournaments: Competitions normally require the presence of an adult (such as a parent) willing to take responsibility for the students, and that the students on a team are all enrolled at the same school. It is preferable to have an official student organization at your school -- if you have questions about creating one, see “How can I start a quiz bowl team at my high school?” below.
New teams are always welcome at tournaments as long as the field cap has not been reached (teams that register afterwards are placed on a wait list). Schools are typically able to register as many teams as they wish to field. Local tournaments, both in Connecticut and the surrounding area, can be found here (a list of recommended tournaments for new teams can also be found here). Teams interested in receiving more information or in registering should email the listed contact, or fill in the required form, for the host school. More tournaments can be found on the hsquizbowl.org forums or on naqt.com, though the latter only displays tournaments using NAQT questions (NAQT is the largest provider of good pyramidal questions for quiz bowl competition). Many of these tournaments will use the same question sets -- make sure not to register for two separate tournaments that do so! (source: GPQB)
Official student organizations should make sure they fill out the appropriate paperwork with, and follow the official guidelines of, their sponsoring institutions.
How can I start a quiz bowl team at my high school?
Follow the designated process of starting a student organization at your school: Find interested players, get a coach or faculty advisor, and gain approval from your administration. You may want to talk to one of your assistant principals about your school’s specific policies for this process.
There are many ways to find interested students for a quiz bowl team. Many teams choose to advertise at club fairs in the fall, or through flyers/posters and morning announcements. Other teams ask teachers to recommend students who are then specifically recruited, and most teams use some level of word-of-mouth advertisement to friends and classmates. If you are a high school, and one of your “feeder” middle schools has a team, you can get in contact with those players and make them aware of your club and the opportunity to continue to compete. When you have found interested students, the best way to introduce the game is to start reading them tossup questions -- the activity is easy to pick up and most students greatly enjoy playing.