Book Bowl Rules
1. Each round of the
contest will be composed of ten questions. Each team will get
five total questions. One team gets all the even number
questions and the other team gets the odd
2. The maximum number of
team members who can participate in a game is 5. Teams may have
alternates and substitute between games. Each team has a
captain. The captain is a spokesperson, but may designate
someone else to speak. Teams may confer after a question is
asked, but only one person answers.
3. A 30 second time limit
is given for each response. Timing begins when the questioner
has finished asking the question. The question is repeated only
if the moderator feels that it was not read clearly the first
time. Occasionally the moderator may feel the team knows the
answer but were not specific enough. The team may then be asked
to be more specific and given 30 seconds more. This is a
judgment call of the moderator and not open to being contested
by the audience. The moderator is similar to a referee in a
sports game. Not all moderators will make the same call in the
4. Scoring: 5 points for
a correct answer and 3 points for a correct rebound answer
5. A scorekeeper will
keep correct team scores showing totals for each team. The score
keeper or another adult will be designated as the timekeeper.
Any clock with a second hand may be used.
6. In the event that
there is a tie at the end of the ten questions, tiebreaker
questions will be asked. Each team will be given an equal number
of questions, plus any additional rebounded questions. Tie
breaker questions continue to use the odd/even number question
system. Be sure each team receives an equal number of the
regular tie breaker questions. Of course one team may get more
total questions because they may also get the other team’s
7. The competition is
double elimination. A chart will be kept showing each team’s
progress. At the end of each round, the scorekeeper or
questioner will report the results to the chart keeper.
8. Certificates of award
will be presented to each team member. Forms are available.
Plaques will be presented to the top teams.
9. Questioners will give
a welcome and introduce the teams. Questioners will caution
audience members against saying answers. Recordings should not
be made of competitions.
questioner/moderator will determine the correctness of a team's
answer. The questioner/moderator may look up the answer if the
case of an unclear response or if a captain says they are sure
that their answer was right. (Captains should immediately state
this.) The questioner may wish to choose a questioner from
another room to help settle the challenge. A final decision will
be made before proceeding and will not be changed at a later
time. Keep in mind that people do make mistakes and Book Bowl is
supposed to be a fun event not a life and death struggle.
11. In the event that a
questioner accidentally gives the answer before rebounding it,
he/she will select any unused question from the “tiebreaker”
questions and rebound this question. Questioners are human, or
that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
12. Questioners should
check off all tiebreaker questions that they used and return the
questions to the “Keeper of the Book Bowl Questions”. At that
time the questioner will receive questions for the next round.