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New Advisor

Postby jkent » Tue Sep 19, 2017 8:36 am

Hi! I am a new advisor for an established team. The previous advisor did not leave any materials. :( I have met with some of the team leaders but they were never given the team schedule, or even know what league(s) we are in! Is there anywhere I can go to determine if we are already signed up for matches???

Thank you!
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Re: New Advisor

Postby Important Bird Area » Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:40 pm

Welcome to the quizbowl community!

As of 2015-16, Pinckney competed in the Michigan Inter-County League (contact info for that league, which expects to begin play in November, and a number of other events in Michigan, is available on In addition, there's a Michigan schedule thread on this forum (which so far has just the first few events of the fall, but will eventually have a full list for the entire competition year). In particular, the University of Michigan's Fall Classic, which takes place annually in early December, is probably the closest major tournament to your school.

Let us know if you have any questions about how to get started!
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Re: New Advisor

Postby Progcon » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:17 pm

Hello Jennifer,

Michigan State is also hosting a tournament on October 14 and we have several spots available. Michigan has tons of tournaments throughout the season as Jeff Hopppes mentioned. MSU will also host our annual Rube Goldberg tournament sometime in January. You can reference last year's Michigan thread as a good barometer for how many events there will be this year. Feel free to email me if you have any questions about tournaments to attend in Michigan. There are also some experienced coaches I can put you in contact with if you have any other questions.

Best of luck this season!
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Re: New Advisor

Postby Irreligion in Bangladesh » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:46 pm

On the practice material side of things - and this may something your previous advisor/current team members have mentioned - there are tons of questions from previous years' tournaments available for free download at and The former is primarily all-subject quizbowl, and the latter is History Bowl, with the expected focus on history questions. The important thing with both resources is that the questions are written pyramidally, with a question's clues going from hard to easy. Here is an essay that explains that a bit more; if you're completely new to quizbowl, it'll help introduce the backbone of the game.

You've definitely come to the right place to ask questions - let us know anything you'd like to know more about! Welcome!
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