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2021 MOQBA Fall Championship Announcement

The 2021 MOQBA Fall Championship was held on December 11, 2021. This is an archive of the original tournament announcement. Read the recap.

The Missouri Quizbowl Alliance is pleased to announce that we will host the MOQBA Fall Championship on December 11, 2021. As this is one of MOQBA's flagship events, we expect to host a geographically diverse field and encourage high school teams from every area of the state to attend.


Columbia College (Main Campus)
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216

Columbia College requires face masks in classrooms and conference rooms.


This tournament is open to all Missouri high school teams eligible to participate in MSHSAA-sanctioned Scholar Bowl events.

The Missouri Quizbowl Alliance is committed to ensuring a safe and welcoming atmosphere for all competitors, coaches, tournament staff, and spectators at this tournament. In addition to all applicable MSHSAA and school policies regarding sportsmanship and personal conduct, participants are expected to abide by Section I (Ethics and Conduct) of the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence ruleset.

Question Set

The MOQBA Fall Championship will use the 2021-22 New Enterprising Writers' Tournament (NEWT) question set. As of October 20, this set was not assigned to any other tournament in Missouri. It is your responsibility to ensure that your team has not previously heard this question set and will not compete in any other tournaments using this set. Question set assignments are subject to change at any time; a list of tournaments known to be using this set is available in the forum thread linked above.


Games consist of twenty tossups worth ten points each followed by non-rebounding bonuses worth up to thirty points. Tossups will feature 15 point "powers" and -5 point "negs".

The top four teams will receive awards, and an all-tournament team will be recognized based on individual performances in the preliminary rounds. Teams will not be divided into separate divisions based on school size, but the top small school team (by NAQT's definition of a "Traditional Public" small school) will be recognized as the small school champion.


Check-in on the morning of the tournament will begin at 7:45. We will have a brief opening meeting at 8:30 and are hoping to start the first round of tournament play as early as 8:45. A lunch break will follow the preliminary rounds, with all teams returning from lunch for championship or consolation games in the afternoon. All teams will play 9-10 games, ending around 4:30. The top few teams overall and top 2 small school teams should anticipate the possibility of additional games, which are expected to end by 6:30.

Qualifying for National Tournaments

This tournament has received platinum certification from the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence. The top 25% of the field will qualify for the PACE National Scholastic Championship, scheduled to be hosted in Chicago on June 11-12, 2022.


Registration and Waitlist

Please see the list below for details regarding the order that registrations will be processed within each waitlist group; in particular, the randomization of second teams that sign up during the first few days of registration.

Please complete this form to register for the tournament. Registrations will not be accepted via any other method. Our tournaments traditionally fill very quickly, so we strongly recommend that you register early.

The field will initially be limited to 24 teams. We are aiming to expand the field to 30-36 teams if we are able to secure enough staffers to run a larger tournament in a timely manner.

Registrations and the waitlist will be handled in this manner:

At midnight on Monday, November 8, the waitlist will be combined into a single group, any remaining openings will be filled from the top of the combined list, and any subsequent registrations will be added to the end of the full waitlist.

Tournament information, including a list of registered teams and current staff counts, will be updated regularly on the Missouri Quizbowl Message Board.

We hope to see you and your team in Columbia in December and wish you the best of luck as you compete this season. If you have any questions about the tournament, don't hesitate to ask us at fall@moqba.org.