Feb 19, 2019

National Academic Quiz Tournaments (Quiz Bowl)

  • Crimson Education
  • USA
Competition Skill Building


At the high school level, quiz bowl is a competitive, academic, interscholastic activity for which players attend periodic practices and then represent their school at varsity tournaments. Those tournaments may be based on the school’s athletic conference, school district, county, or state; they may also be open to all comers.

Quiz bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of a high school curriculum and also include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture. The matches feature a blend of individual competition and team collaboration since no individual player is likely to be an expert in all subject areas. Quiz bowl can reinforce classroom lessons and also encourage players to go beyond their assignments to master other areas as well.

Tournaments that use NAQT’s eligibility rules are open to all high schools: public schools, private schools, religious schools, charter schools, magnet schools, and so on. Those tournaments are also open to home school collectives with students of an appropriate age.

For more information visit the official website here

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

Junior High, High School or College Level



Anyone can participate but you need to have a well prepared and balanced team to win. Quiz bowl can only be won with a good team since the questions vary between different subjects including sports. It isn't easy to win as it can be extremely competitive.

Participation Cost

3/5 - 4/5

Most tournaments have a registration fee of $40 to $100 that varies with location, length, and amenities. So depending on how many tournaments you enter each year it could be costly. However, if you have excellent fundraising and pool the team's money together it could be manageable.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Quiz bowl questions range over the entire spectrum of a high school curriculum and also include a certain amount of current events, sports, and popular culture.

Time Commitment


Teams will usually practice weekly, but more dedicated teams choose to do so more frequently, particularly in weeks leading up to major tournaments. Most practices consist of intrasquad games, but some may also include alternate activities to emphasize particular subject areas.

Nationwide, most quiz bowl events are tournaments on Saturday, for which anywhere from 4 to 104 teams from different schools drive to a central location (the “host”) and play five to twelve matches, each of which takes about 30 minutes. Some regions have tournaments nearly every non-holiday weekend of the school year; others have just a few. There are also leagues, conferences, televised competitions, and other types of events in some parts of the country. (League and conference matches usually take place on weeknights.)


Application Deadline


Application Process Includes

If starting a new Quiz Bowl team these are the steps, otherwise, you can ask to join the one that already exists at your school.

Sign Up an Advisor or Coach
Recruit Players
Acquire Practice Material Join the Quiz Bowl Community Decide on What Formats to Play
Create (and Use!) an Account on naqt.com
Acquire Equipment
Start Attending Tournaments
Determine a Study Schedule Run Tournaments

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