Pacific Northwest Bible Quizzing Rules

The following are the Bible Quizzing Rules, hereinafter referred to as Rules, of Pacific Northwest Bible Quizzing, hereinafter referred to as PNW.

These rules are managed by the PNW Rules Subcommittee as per the PNW Bylaws and Standard Operating Policies (SOPs). Rules codificiation begins with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) Bible Quizzing rule book, accepted as the base set of rules. The following rules provide overrides and adjustments to the CMA rules as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Rules Subcommittee.


The following are rules about questions, questions types, distribution, and related topics.

Key Verses

With regard to key verses, the CMA rules read:

The C&MA Rule Book contains descriptions of each key verse type, but no other rules since key verse lists are not published for the Great West Invitational or Internationals.

For PNW, the following shall be true:

Any deviation from this by the quizmaster is open to challenge.

Question Type Requirements

For the purposes of question type requirements:

Question Distribution

Quizmasters will strive to select question for each quiz of a given meet such that 50% of the questions come from the new material for the given meet and 50% from previous material. This is not challengeable or protestable.

There are no requirements regarding material distribution within question types. There are no requirements regarding repeated questions during a district meet.

Bonus Questions

Bonus questions will be jumping team bonus questions.

Scoring, Rankings, and Averages

The following are rules related to scoring, team and individual positions, and averages.

Meet Cancelation due to Inclement Weather

The Board of Directors will decide if a quiz meet needs to be canceled due to inclement weather. If individual quizzers or whole teams of quizzers are unable to attend a meet due to inclement weather, the Board of Directors will determine if such absenses are justified, and such determination will not be unreasonably withheld.

For individuals missing a meet due to weather:

For teams missing a meet due to weather:

Team Ties

Team ties during prelims will not be broken, which is to say, there will be no overtime during prelims.

If teams are tied for any placement after the preliminary quizzes, these criteria will break the tie:

  1. Placement if they faced each other
  2. Number of 1st placements
  3. Number of 2nd placements
  4. Number of 3rd placements
  5. Total errors

Individual Averages

Quizzer individual averages are computed as follows:

The top 5 yearly rookies are determined by year-to-date average post District Meet 5.

Team Placements

Team placements are computed as follows:

Final team placements are calculated as follows:

Quizmaster Prompts

During the 30-second answering period, the quizmaster prompts rules shall be amended as follows:

Team On-Time Bonus

For the purposes of awarding the starting 20-point team bonus, the officials will consider a quiz's scheduled start time to be 3 minutes after the close of any previous quiz in which any team in the upcoming quiz participates.