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What is Quiz Bowl?
Quiz Bowl is a trivia game played on teams of four. Players buzz in to answer tossup questions, and the team works together to answer bonus questions. Questions can cover all academic areas, plus current events, pop culture, and sports. Some tournaments are very academic; others are entirely non-academic. Here are some sample questions from the intramural, sectional and national levels (some of the sectionals and nationals questions are really hard!).

If you like Jeopardy! or if you played Academic Challenge, Academic Decathlon, or Knowledge Master Open in high school, you might enjoy Quiz Bowl.

Who can play?
The Stanford Quiz Bowl Club is open to all Stanford students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill-level or level of commitment. Some people just come to play with us occasionally; others want to take Stanford to a top finish at nationals.

What does the club do?
First, we hold practices twice a week (see below for details). Practice helps us do better at tournaments, and it's also a lot of fun. "Practice" is kind of a bad name; it's fun in its own right, even if you're not practicing for a tournament. Our practices are very laid-back. Some people only answer one or two questions a night, and that's totally fine. People come because it's fun and they learn neat stuff.

Throughout the year, we compete in tournaments against other West Coast schools. (That means lots of fun road-trips to L.A., plus trips to Berkeley, etc.). Each spring we represent Stanford at nationals.

What if I'm not good enough?
Don't worry about not being a good player right away. That's why we practice, and that's why you have teammates! Everybody, regardless of skill-level, is welcome to play at practice and to attend most tournaments (most tournaments let us send as many teams as we want, so there's no need to "make the team"). Plus, there are special tournaments (including a national championship) for new players.

College questions can be more difficult than high school questions, but keep in mind that nobody knows every answer; to win a match, you and your teammates just have to know slightly more than the other team.

Fall 2012 Practice Info
Practices this quarter are Monday and Thursday nights from 8pm-10pm (we may stay later) in or near room 330 of Building 160, Wallenberg Hall (next to the History Corner). Join the quizbowl-club email list (see below) for the latest info on practices and special events.

Email Lists: Stay Informed!
Email is our primary means of communication.
For the latest news on practices, special events, and tournaments we attend and host, join the club email list by clicking here.

People interested only in occasional intramural play should join our low-traffic IM list instead. Click here to sign up.
People from other colleges should join the quizbowl-westcoast list for announcements of West Coast quiz bowl events by clicking here.
We also have a Facebook group, but we mostly rely on old-fashioned email.

2012-2013 Officers
President: Kyle Sutherlin
Vice President: Benji Nguyen
Financial Officer: Sandy Huang
To contact the officers, email: emails

Calendar of Events:

Email us if you would like to play or volunteer at any of these events.
Note: Some tournaments require each team to submit a packet of questions. For these tournaments, we need to figure out teams early so that we can submit our questions on time. Often, submitting packets early earns a discount. Plus, writing questions is a great way to get better at quiz bowl.

Winter/Spring 2012:
Event Location Who's Involved
Winter Freshman Quiz League Stanford Sandy Huang
February 9, 2013
NAQT SCT Berkeley Joey Montoya, Benji Nguyen
February 23, 2013
ACF Regionals UCSD Joey Montoya, Benji Nguyen
March 9, 2013
WIT Berkeley Benji Nguyen

[These pages were last updated 2012 Feb. 3.]