Posted 13 Sep, 2010 07:59 AM by Stephen

QuizFest is just around the corner!  This is a regional tournament that takes place near Olivet and has both an Experienced division and a Novice division.  Please note that it is not at College Church this year--it is at Kankakee First.  More information and registration is available at http://quizfest.nazquizzing.org/.

Please note that the deadline to register and have your payment in is Monday, September 27.

In order to register, you will need to sign up as a user on that site as well (if you didn't already do so last year).  Even though the site looks the same as ours and is hosted in the same place, users are tracked separately.

If you don't have a complete team and want to combine with another quizzer/team from the district, please coordinate that right away.  However, you will need permission from Ryan Kuehl (tournament director), so e-mail him ASAP, and include me as well so I know what groups are combining and in case Ryan needs input from me.

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Memory Verses

Posted 04 Sep, 2010 08:09 PM by Stephen

At each quiz this year, I would like to award a certificate to any quizzers who complete any section of memory verses.  By "section" I mean all the memory verses for the new chapters covered in each quiz.  So for the September quiz, anyone who completes all the memory verses for John 1-3 will receive a certificate.  For October, the new chapters are John 4-6, so there would be a certificate for that.  However, if someone didn't do the first section by the September quiz but they memorize John 1-3 by October, we would still give them a certificate for that section at that quiz.  Sections do not have to be completed in order.  So, basically, a quizzer would get a certificate at any quiz for any section they complete.

Coaches will be responsible for verifying that the quizzer has completed the memory work.  The expectation is that each quizzer who would like to be recognized will say all the memory work to his/her coach, and then the coach will let me know what sections have been completed and by whom.

In order to tell me about quizzers who have completed the memory work, we will use the registration functionality on this site.  There is an "event" on the Schedule page for each section of memory verses.  When a quizzer has completed a given section, the coach should go to that event, select "Register," and register the quizzer.  I will then review these registrations prior to each quiz and prepare the new awards.  The quizzers will also be recognized on the page for the current year statistics in the "Memory Verses" section.

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Registration Fee Options

Posted 04 Sep, 2010 07:12 PM by Stephen

For each quiz, we require a $5 registration fee.  This helps to cover the cost of the awards, registration and housing for the St. Louis trip in December, and with anything left over we would like to help regional team members from Wisconsin get to the national tournament (at NYC in Louisville, KY, this year) and/or invest in equipment for QuizMachine.

In the past, I have collected this at each quiz.  However, sometimes I or others would forget, not to mention it takes up some of our time at the quiz, so I would like to improve this process for everyone.  The option I am introducing this year is for you to pay for the entire year up front.  Since district finals is covered in the registration for District Celebrate Life, that leaves 5 quizzes to pay for, or a total of $25.  Of course, I would like to encourage this as much as possible, so if you pay for all 5 quizzes up front, I will give one quiz free.  This means you only need to pay $20 per quizzer if you do it at the September quiz.

Two caveats:

  • The $20 would be non-refundable.  If a quizzer comes to fewer than 4 quizzes, then he/she will have overpaid.  This is to encourage all the quizzers to stick with it through the entire year.
  • If you do not pay the $20 at the September quiz, the one-quiz-free offer will no longer apply.

Questions?  E-mail, call, or we'll talk on 9/11.

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2010-2011 Quiz Year Begins!

Posted 04 Sep, 2010 01:55 PM by Stephen

Preparations have been in progress.  Quizzers have started studying.  Coaches are teaching.  And the first quiz is approaching.

This site will be a source of information that I would like to communicate in place of sending book-length e-mails (as I have been known to do in the past). :)  Of course, if you have any questions about the information posted here, please don't hesitate to e-mail or call me.

Some general information about how the quiz days typically run:

  • We try to start by 10:00am, so please plan to arrive before then to allow time to verify that everyone came who was registered.
  • There is a registration cost of $5 per quizzer each quiz.  More details available in a separate blog post.
  • We begin with a brief opening where I give any announcements for the day, go over the schedule, and answer any final questions.  This year my goal is also to take a few minutes to share something that I have learned from studying the chapters we are covering.
  • We then quiz a few rounds, break for lunch, and come back to quiz several more rounds.
  • After statistics are compiled (a matter of minutes because of QuizMachine!), awards are presented, I give any final announcements, and we head home.  Everything is usually completed by 3:00 or 4:00pm, depending on how many rounds we do.
  • Lunch is often provided by the host church for a small fee ($3-$5).  This allows us to keep things moving faster since we don't have to go out somewhere, and it tends to be more affordable.
  • In the morning rounds, we usually quiz as teams; in the afternoon, we sometimes continue quizzing as teams, but other times we will split everyone up based on how well they did in the morning.  This gives the top quizzers a chance to push each other a little more, and the lower quizzers have more of an opportunity to get questions.  Other larger districts have Varsity/JV divisions like this that the quizzers quiz in all day.
  • We award the top individual a trophy, and 2nd through 5th places get medals.  The top 3 rookies (first-year quizzers, regardless of age/grade) also get medals.  The top team takes the traveling district plaque home and will be added to it.

Now for more about the first quiz:

  • It will be held at Wheeler New Life on September 11.
  • Material covered is John 1-3.
  • Please register the quizzers who will be coming.  Complete this by Thursday, September 9.
    • In order to register your team, you need to have a user for the site.
    • If you do not have a user yet, please click the "Signup" link at the top of this page.  Provide your information and then send me and/or Todd Olson an e-mail letting us know that you need coaches-level access.
    • Once you have a user, click the "Login" link, log in, and then go to the "Schedule" page and click "Register" for the 9/11 quiz; or click the "Register for this event" link on the right side of this page after logging in.
  • Lunch will be available for $5.00 per person.
  • Because we have several new churches getting involved, we will try to be flexible with some of the rules, but we'll make sure we also point things out so the teens (and coaches) can learn how they are supposed to be handled.
  • If your group needs to travel the night before, Ronda may be able to make the church available, she mentioned possibly having room at her house, or Hotel 6 and Super 8 in Menomonie are reasonable.

You will also notice a bunch of "Memory Verses" events on the Schedule page.  There is a separate blog post to explain how this will work.  For the first quiz, you would only need to pay attention to the one for John 1-3.  Please do not confuse this with the actual registration for the quiz itself.

If I think of anything else, I'll add try to add it here and send an e-mail.

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