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 IBQ rule book, accepted as the base set of rules. The following rules provide overrides and adjustments to the IBQ rules as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Rules Subcommittee.


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

Key Verses

Prior to each season, the Rules Committee or a person or group they appoint for this purpose will define and publish two versions of the upcoming season's Key Verses List (KVL), a public and private version. The public version will be published widely to all quizzing participants. The private version will be made available only to official question writers.

The public KVL will not specify which FTV or Quote sub-types will be used for any given verse; only the private KVL will include this information. For example, the public list will not indicate whether two consecutive verses will be asked as an F2V/Q2V pair or whether they will be two separate FTVs/Quotes.

Every FTV or Quote question must come only from the verses defined in the KVL. Any deviation from this is open to challenge.

The C&MA rulebook prohibits FTVs on verses that start with the same 5 words as any other verse in the whole material. Within PNW, however, FTV questions cannot be asked on verses that start with the same 5 words as any other verse in the KVL. F2V questions cannot be asked if the first verse in the pair starts with the same 5 words as any other verse in the KVL. FT and FTN questions must be unique within the first 5 words when compared to every other sentence-start or quotation-start in verses that are part of the KVL. There are no such restrictions on Quote or Q2V questions, which can be asked on any verse in the KVL.

The sub-types specified in the private KVL will be based on the C&MA rulebook guidelines quoted below, with additional PNW-specific clarifications provided. These guidelines are not open to challenge or protest but are meant to guide the Rules Committee in creating the private KVL and are explained here to inform quizzers on what to expect:

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.