Links in red with an arrow (>) beside them are especially important and useful resources. Know of a great Quizbowl-related resource not listed here? Email team captain Ted Gan to share it!
>ONQBA (Ontario Quizbowl Association) – Information on Quizbowl in Ontario, including upcoming events, tournament statistics, and more!
>ONQBA Facebook Group – Discuss Quizbowl on Facebook. Membership in this group does not mean membership in the ONQBA.
NAQT (National Academic Quiz Tournaments) – Question provider and host of numerous middle school, high school, and collegiate national championships
PACE (Partnership for Academic Competition Excellence) – Hosts the NSC, a high school national Quizbowl championship
HSAPQ (High School Academic Pyramidal Questions) – Question provider and host of the NASAT, a high school national Quizbowl championship featuring all-star teams from states/provinces
ACF (Academic Competition Federation) – Host of collegiate Quizbowl tournaments, including a national championship
NHBB (National History Bee and Bowl) – Organizes history-centric tournaments for high school
IHBB (International History Bee and Bowl) – Organizes history-centric tournament for high schools across the globe (including France, the United Arab Emirates, and Malaysia among others!). In the 2014-15 school year, IHBB will host its first tournaments in Canada!
>HSQB Forums – The official forums for tournament announcements and Quizbowl-related discussion!
High School Quizbowl Rankings (HSQB Rank) – Ranking the top Quizbowl high schools in the world
High School Quizbowl Podcast (Up Late with Eric Xu) – Podcast discussing teams and Quizbowl theory
>Quizbowl Resource Database – Statistics Database of almost all Quizbowl Tournaments, along with links to question sets.
ONLINE QUESTION READERS & PACKETS
>The Guide to Packet Difficulty – The difficulty of different packets varies. Although some indicators of packet difficulty such as “high school”, “collegiate”, or “novice” are helpful, this is a more in-depth guide so you know which packets you should be playing depending on your skill level.
>Protobowl – An online multiplayer Quizbowl tossup reader. Play against your friends or by yourself if you wish.
>Quizbowl Packets – Free, downloadable Quizbowl packs. WARNING: Please check the difficulty before you play. Some packs are significantly more difficult than others. Beginners should begin with middle school packs or packs that contain the word “novice” in their title. See this guide to know which packets to play.
>Quinterest – A searchable quizbowl question (tossups and bonuses) database. The “Study” function is really neat and is highly recommended.
ACFDB – A searchable quizbowl question tossup database. It only contains collegiate-level questions produced by ACF.
Quizbowl DB – A searchable Quizbowl database AND a tossup reader.
>What is Quizbowl? – All the basics of Quizbowl, from PACE.
>Concise Rules of Quizbowl – A brief summary of the rules of Quizbowl, from PACE.
>An Introduction to Quizbowl Powerpoint – The basics of Quizbowl in a visually-appealing Powerpoint
>Quizbowl Glossary – A glossary of useful quizbowl terms.
Quizbowl Gameplay Flow Chart– A simple diagram explaining the brief basics of how a Quizbowl game works.
What is Quizbowl? – ONQBA – What constitutes high-quality quizbowl.
High Quality Quizbowl – the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance – More on what constitutes high-quality quizbowl.
Introduction to the Pyramidal Question – What pyramidal questions are and why they are excellent.
NAQT’s Brief Rules – A (somewhat) brief summary of the rules of quizbowl. Other good quizbowl formats exist (e.g. PACE NSC, ACF), and are very similar.
Rules of Reach for the Top – The rules of Reach.
HOW TO IMPROVE
>How to Improve – A general procedure to follow to improve as a player. Summarizes many ideas from the links below.
How To Get Good at This Game – A general procedure to follow to improve as a player.
How to Improve as a Player – A general procedure to follow to improve as a player.
So You Want to Study Quizbowl – Insightful tips on how to improve as a player. Not only for beginners, but extremely valuable for experienced players as well.
Taking Your Team to the Next Level – How to improve your team.
Blowouts and How to Learn from Them – At one point in your Quizbowl career you will almost certainly get beaten badly. However, this doesn’t have to be a negative experience; it can be a valuable learning experience.
NAQT Writing Resource Centre – A plethora of guides and resources to help you write.
Regular Difficulty Guide – A Guide to help you write at the correct difficulty level.
ACF Feedback Program – Send five questions to a professional editor and receive specific feedback on them!
University of Ottawa Map – A campus map of the University of Ottawa, where numerous tournaments are held.
Carleton University Map – A campus map of Carleton University, where numerous tournaments are held.
SQBS – The universal stats-keeping software. Extremely easy to use, and is optimized for uploading stats onto the Quizbow Resource Database.
Guide to Using SQBS – Guidelines to follow when using SQBS.
Any great quizbowl player will tell you that lists should not be your primary method of learning. That being said, they are undoubtedly extremely valuable resources for beginners as a starting point.
NAQT You Gotta Know Lists – Lists of common subjects frequently featured in Quizbowl questions.
Stanford Culture Guide – Lists of common subjects frequently featured in Quizbowl questions.
ACE Quizbowl Study Lists – Lists of subjects frequently featured in Quizbowl questions.
Chemistry Functional Groups – Important organic chemistry molecules.
List of World Capitals – List of capitals of countries & dependencies.
STUDENT-WRITTEN STUDY LISTS
Lists are a great starting point on what to know, but should not be your primary method of learning. That being said, they are undoubtedly extremely valuable resources for beginners as a starting point.
- Literature (1) – by Ted Gan
- Literature (2) – by Ted Gan
- Paintings – by Ted Gan
- Music – by Ted Gan
- Misc. Art – by Ted Gan
- Obscure World Capitals – by Ted Gan
- World Leaders – by Cameron Amini and Janusz Gacek
ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCES (FOR SENIOR MEMBERS)
The Official CB Reach Handbook (2013 Edition) – The perfect resource on how the club should function as a club and as an organization. Written by none other than the 2013 Team Captain Ryan Hum. If you are a senior member requesting this document, please contact Ted Gan (but you really shouldn’t need this; it’s mainly for the captain)
OR Tutoring Guide & Schedule – Senior Members: Don’t forget when you need to volunteer!
CAS Hour Info – Everything relating to recording CAS hours correctly.