The Missouri Quizbowl Alliance is pleased to announce that we will host an online tournament, the MOQBA Winter Kickoff, to begin the spring semester of Scholar Bowl competition on January 9, 2021. We expect to host a geographically diverse field and encourage high school teams from every area of the state to join.
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 the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence (PACE) Honor Pledge and Section I (Ethics and Conduct) of the PACE ruleset.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament will be held online. Depending on which online meeting services can be used by interested teams, we are planning to use either Google Meet or Zoom. If enough teams register, we might host separate divisions on each platform to accommodate as many interested teams as possible.
All students will be required to use a webcam. Please let us know as soon as possible if this will be a problem so we can discuss alternate arrangements.
The MOQBA Winter Kickoff will use the 2020-21 Matt Cvijanovich Memorial Tournament set. As of November 29, this set was not assigned to any other tournament hosted by a Missouri school or organization. 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 few teams will receive trophies or plaques, and an all-tournament team will be recognized based on individual performances in the preliminary rounds. If enough eligible teams participate, we may also decide to present an award to the top small school team (by NAQT's definition of a "Traditional Public" small school). The exact awards to be presented will be determined based on the field size and whether or not we host separate Google and Zoom divisions. Awards will be mailed to schools after the event.
We intend to begin round 1 no later than 8:15 AM. Please join your round 1 game room by 8:00 AM so that any technical issues can be resolved promptly. 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 8-10 games, which we anticipate ending sometime between 4 and 5 PM. The top few teams overall and top 2 small school teams should anticipate the possibility of one or two more additional games.
We expect this tournament to receive certification from the Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence, in which case the top few teams will qualify for the PACE National Scholastic Championship, to be held online on June 5-6, 2021.
Please complete this form to register for the tournament. Registrations will be processed in the order they are received through this form, and 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 18 teams, but we intend to expand the field as we confirm more volunteer moderators and scorekeepers. Any staff your school can offer would be greatly appreciated to allow us to host as many interested teams as possible.
To give more schools a chance to participate, we are initially limiting each school to one team. Schools that would like to bring additional teams may indicate the number of desired teams on their registration, but additional teams will initially be placed on a 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 your teams virtually on January 9 and wish you the best of luck as you compete during this unprecedented season. If you have any questions about the tournament, don't hesitate to ask us at email@example.com.