What is Quiz Bowl?
Quiz Bowl is a trivia game played on teams of four.
Players buzz in to answer tossup questions, and the team works
together to answer bonus questions. Questions can cover all academic
areas, plus current events, pop culture, and sports. Some tournaments
are very academic; others are entirely non-academic. Here are some
sample questions from the intramural,
and national levels
(some of the sectionals and nationals questions are really hard!).
If you like Jeopardy! or if you played Academic
Challenge, Academic Decathlon, or Knowledge Master Open in high
school, 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, regardless of skill-level or level of
commitment. Some people just come to play with us occasionally; others
want to take Stanford to a top finish at nationals.
What does the club do?
First, we hold practices twice a week (see 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. (That means lots of fun road-trips to L.A., plus trips to
Berkeley, etc.). Each spring we represent Stanford at nationals.
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.
Fall 2015 Practice Info
Practices will be held every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-9:00 PM
(we may stay later), in or near room 330 of Building 160, Wallenberg Hall (next to the History Corner).
Join the quizbowl-club email list (see below) for the latest info on practices and special events.
We often have a separate room for
new players (especially at the beginning of the year), so you won't
have to compete against the varsity team all the time.
Email Lists: Stay Informed!
Email is our primary means of communication.
For the latest news on practices, special events, and tournaments we attend and host, join the club email list by clicking here.
People interested only in occasional intramural play should join our low-traffic IM list instead. Click here to sign up.
We also have a Facebook
group, but we mostly rely on old-fashioned email.
If you're from another college or high school and want to know about West Coast quiz bowl events, join the
Northern California Quiz Bowl Facebook group. You can also join the
quizbowl-westcoast mailing list by clicking here.
President: Tabitha Walker
Vice President: Alex Freed
Financial Officer: Austin Brownlow
To contact the officers, email:
Calendar of Events:
Email us if you would like to play or volunteer at
any of these events.
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.
[These pages were last updated 2016 Jan. 19.]