Quizmaster Best Practices

What follows are quizmaster best practices that overlay the rules and policies defined elsewhere. The following are required prerequisites and standard operations for all quizmasters in PNW Bible Quizzing. These are not the only duties, rules, and policies for the quizmaster to follow.

Rules and Material Acquaintance

All quizmasters must be thoroughly acquainted with all rules relevant to the conduct of quizzes. This includes but is not limited to any and all governing rule books, district-specific rules, and local policies. A quizmaster should know the relevant, current rules sufficient enough to accurately describe them without reference to documentation.

All quizmasters should be acquainted enough with the season's material such that they recognize unique phrases throughout.

Available Tools and Resources

All quizmasters must be prepared for all quizzes with readily available and easily accessed electronic and searchable versions of:

All quizmasters must be capable and comfortable searching and finding topics and phrases in all the above electronic content.

Quizmasters are ultimately responsible for the electronic equipment they use for quizmastery, including laptops, tablets, or other electronic devices. Quizmasters must ensure all equipment they will use has been kept updated in terms of software and operating system status and is not configured in such a way as to prevent the proper execution of the CBQZ application.

Quizmasters should think ahead in terms of component needs, such as extension power cords, 2-prong-to-3-prong plug adapters, etc.

All quizmasters will use a question set validated and verified by the Rules Committee Leader loaded into and running through the CBQZ application. All quizmasters must be capable and comfortable using all quizmastery functional aspects of the CBQZ application including:

CBQZ Quizmaster Instructions

The following are the CBQZ application setup instructions all quizmasters must follow:

Initial Meet Setup

  1. Open a web browser and go to: https://cbqz.org/app
  2. Ensure the web browser window is:
    • maximized to the full screen
    • not zoomed in or out
  3. Login to CBQZ (upper right-hand corner of the page)
  4. Click "Quiz Room"
  5. Set the "Meet Name" to a pattern like "2018-2019 Meet 3"
  6. Set the "Room" to your room number
  7. Ensure the "Official Quiz" checkbox is checked
  8. Under "Chapter Weighting," ensure the last period's chapters are weighted at 50%
  9. Check chapters 1 through current chapter limit
  10. Open the meet roster Excel file from Google Drive

Per Quiz Setup

  1. Enter the "Quiz Name" of the quiz (i.e. "4" or "D" or "Con B Finals")
  2. Ensure the room number is correct and that it's an official quiz
  3. "Alt-Tab" to Excel
  4. Select a team name and all its quizzers
  5. "Control-C" to copy
  6. "Alt-Tab" to the web browser
  7. Select the "Scoring and Teams/Quizzers" field
  8. "Control-V" to paste
  9. Repeat the copy-and-paste steps for all teams
  10. When ready, click "Generate Quiz and Start Now"

Quiz Questions

Prior to beginning a question, the quizmaster should verify the validity of the question. This should in no way be construed to mean anything other than basic rule-book legality alone. The quizmaster should not throw out questions that are considered harder, or simpler, or of an unexpected type for the specific question situation in the quiz. The quizmaster should not alter the difficulty of a quiz based on the type of quiz it may be, such as preliminary round, consolation brackets, or championships.

Quizmaster must begin each question with the following standard preamble:

  1. Question number N (can be repeated to quiet the room)
  2. The quizmaster appends any special jumping considerations to the last iteration of the previous step:
    • If question N is a tossup or bonus: is a TOSSUP/BONUS for TEAM(S)
    • If question N is for all teams, the quizmaster may optionally add is for all teams or preface the question announcement with all teams are jumping on
  3. Question number N is a TYPE question or It is a TYPE question
    • TYPE may be repeated for additional clarity
    • TYPE may be repeated in reverse and broken apart, such as "chapter and verse, multiple-answer"
  4. If TYPE is a SIT, the quizmaster will now list the required answer components
  5. Question number N... Question...
  6. Read the content of the question

The ellipses above should be of a short duration and must always be consistent across all questions in a quiz and meet. The time spacing between each item in the list above must always be consistent across all questions in a quiz and meet.

The reading of all parts of the standard preamble and the reading of the question content must be at a consistent pace across all questions in a quiz and meet.

Item number 5 from the above list should always be the last thing said by the quizmaster before beginning to read the content of the question. If the quizmaster needs to pause for any reason during the preamble, needs to warn a quizzer about their light being on, or any other disruption to the preamble, item number 5 should be repeated, even if it has already been said.

The quizmaster should abruptly stop reading and freeze as soon as possible when a quizzer's light illuminates. This abrupt stop must be as close to exactly consistent as possible across all questions in a quiz and meet. The jumping speed of the quizzer should never be anticipated. Only after the abrupt stop and a short pause should the quizmaster move his or her lips or any other part of their body.

Following the abrupt stop, the quizmaster should correlate the illuminated light to a quizzer's name in the CBQZ application's scorekeeping section based on bib number. The quizmaster should then prepare to click on the quizzer's name. The quizmaster then calls the quizzer's name then immediately clicks on the quizzer's name.

Quiz Answers

When listening to a quizzer answer a question, the quizmaster must remain silent with only the following being the acceptable exceptions:

The above are the only prompts a quizmaster may say. All other prompts from the quizmaster without exception are illegal.

In all cases, the quizmaster must prompt and react as close to exactly the same as possible across every question of every quiz in a meet.

Question Rulings

When in doubt about a quizzer's responses being sufficiently incorrect to be counted incorrect, allow the quizzer to continue through his or her 30-second answer period. Make rulings efficiently. If in doubt, rule in the quizzer's favor, then pause briefly to allow a challenge.

Always be open to challenge and be willing to evaluate whatever the captains feel is in error.

In all cases, the quizmaster must rule as close to exactly the same as possible across every question of every quiz in a meet.

No question should be thrown out unless the quizmaster made a mistake or the question is deemed invalid. When faced with a difficult, subjective ruling, quizmasters should make a best ruling possible. Questions cannot be thrown out purely because the ruling will be difficult.

Closing a Quiz

When a quizmaster completes a quiz, the quizmaster will click the "Close" button.