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Ongoing events:

   BAAL - The Bay Area Academic League, run by Ross Ritterman and Gaius Stern. Matches occur on weeknights throughout the year.

   Quiz Kids - A TV quiz show for Bay Area high schools.

Weekend tournaments: (All events are tentative until officially announced by the hosts.)
2005 Oct. 23 (Sunday.)
Cardinal Junior Classic (question set: IS-53A)
Menlo-Atherton High School (run by Stanford Quiz Bowl Club)
2005 Oct. 29
Crusader Quiz Bowl VI (question set: NAQT IS-52). Contact John Ahlbach.
Archbishop Riordan High School (San Francisco, CA)
2005 Dec. 11 (Sunday)
Upper Volta Bowl (question set: NAQT IS-55A). Contact Ross Ritterman.
Carlmont High School
2006 Feb. 18
Gaius's "Nude BAAL Descending a Staircase" (question set: NAQT IS-57A)
De La Salle High School
2006 March 5
Stanford and Menlo School Quiz Tournament (question set: NAQT IS-58)
The Menlo School (Atherton, CA)
2006 Apr. 2
Bentley HS Tournament (question set: NAQT IS-56)
Bentley High School (Lafayette, CA)
2006 Apr. 29
2006 NAQT Northern California State Championship (question set: NAQT IS-59)
Berkeley, CA
2006 June 2-4
NAQT High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT). Teams qualify primarily by placing highly at a tournament which uses NAQT questions.
Chicago, IL

Tournament results:

2005 Oct. 23
Cardinal Junior Classic (NAQT, using IS-53A)
Hosted by Stanford at Menlo-Atherton HS
2005 Dec. 11
Upper Volta Bowl (NAQT, using IS-55A)
Carlmont High School

2005 Apr. 16
Northern California Championship (NAQT, using IS-51)
2005 Jan. 9
Nixon Bowl (NAQT, using IS-49A)
San Carlos HS
2004 Oct. 24
Cardinal Junior Classic (NAQT, using IS-45A)

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Starting a team at your school:
Here's a helpful list of tips for starting a quiz bowl team at your high school.

Practice questions:
NEW!! NAQT is offering an special deal on practice questions for new schools! See this web page for more info.

NAQT has thousands of practice questions available (a typical set costs $35 and contains 15 packets of about 50 questions each). NAQT sends paper copies of their questions (there is a small shipping charge). Recent sets are of very high quality, and NAQT's sets are the same format which will be used at NAQT's Nationals. NAQT also offers Study Guides. Please mention the Stanford web site when you order. NAQT also offers free sample questions and compilations of must-know facts.

Ross Ritterman (email is selling CDs with the past two years' of BAAL questions (about 1250 questions per year, including the playoffs, which you might not have seen). $35 for both years, $18 for one. Please mention that you heard about this offer on the Stanford web site.

Patrick's Press offers a variety of affordable practice materials, especially books of practice questions. The questions are mostly short and are good for building knowledge quickly.

Many, many questions (including some high school questions) are available for free on the Stanford Packet Archive. Most of these are college-level and may be too hard for high schools. (Look for novice or "junior bird" sets.)