What is Quiz Bowl? Quiz Bowl is an academic competition game played on teams of up to four players. Players buzz in to answer pyramidal tossup questions, and the team works together to answer bonus questions. Questions are mostly on academic areas, such as literature, history, science, arts, social science, etc. Some question sets are entirely academic; others have some non-academic content. 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 have played Academic Challenge, Academic Decathlon, or Knowledge Master Open, quizzing, or something of that kind, 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 at our events, regardless of skill level or level of commitment. Some people just come to practice occasionally; some want to play a tournament or two; others want to take Stanford to a top finish at nationals.
What does the club do?
We hold practices (see section on Practices 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 (see section on Tournament Calendar below for details). That means lots of fun road trips to Berkeley, L.A., etc. Each spring we represent Stanford at national tournaments. Most costs associated with attending a tournament are covered by the club.
There are no costs, tryouts, or cuts involved in joining the club; just sign up for our listhost, and come to a practice or a tournament.
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.
Practices are very casual. Feel free to drop by whenever during a practice session you'd like, and you're under no obligation to stay for the entire duration of a practice or to come to every practice.
Especially at the beginning of the year, we often have two practice rooms, one for newer players and one for more experienced players, so you won't have to compete against the varsity team all the time.
Tournaments 2019-20 Click here to view our club calendar. Email us if you would like to attend, play, volunteer to staff any tournaments.
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.
Officers 2019-20 Presidents
Benji Reade Malagueño
The Stanford Fund (TSF) Coordinator