The members of Palmyra High School Scholar Bowl invite your team to join others from across the region at the second Palmyra Academic Winter Showdown (PAWS), scheduled for February 6th, 2021. PAWS will consist of a minimum of eight games for all teams in a modified NAQT/national format:
- Each game shall consist of two halves of ten tossups each, with each correct tossup followed by a three-part bonus.
- Correct tossup answers are ten points each, with additional five points will be awarded if a tossup is answered correctly before a pre-determined point. No penalty will be assessed for interrupting the moderator with an incorrect answer.
- All tossups are five seconds, except for math computation tossups which will receive ten seconds.
- The team that receives the bonus will have five seconds to answer each part. The moderator will prompt after four seconds. In the event a bonus part is computation, the team will receive 10 seconds to answer.
- In the event a game is tied after regulation, additional tossups shall be read until the next change in score.
- Each team shall have one 30 second timeout per half. Substitutions, scorechecks, and team conferences may occur at the half, prior to overtime, or during any timeout called by either team.
- Teams rosters shall be limited to seven players; schools are encouraged to bring junior varsity and “B” teams to compete. Teams may play with fewer than four players. Rosters shall be submitted in advance and finalized at registration the morning of the tournament. Players may not change teams during the tournament.
NAQT has assigned our event the IS-198A set. For the current season, we are assuming South Shelby’s role in the MOQBA Winter Invitational Series. If you plan to compete at another Winter Invitational site (Lakeland, Mountain Grove) or any tournament using this set (Eugene fall quad series) you will not be able to attend PAWS. Additionally, we are currently limiting the field to 18 teams; this may expand depending on staff availability. Schools will initially be limited to two teams, but may place additional teams on the waitlist. Additional teams will be placed on a waitlist and contacted should an opening occur.
Unlike previous MOQBA winter invitationals, PAWS will not implement roster restrictions. Therefore we anticipate serving as a qualifier for the NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament in Chicago, NAQT High School National Championship Tournament in Atlanta, and PACE’s online National Scholastic Championship.
Teams will play five morning rounds, break for lunch, then return for at least three afternoon games. This setup is subject to change, depending on the number of teams signed up. We plan to start the first round at 8:15 a.m., with the afternoon rounds slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. With the exception of any playoff games for trophies, we anticipate the last game ending between 4 and 5 p.m.
Fee structure is as follows, per school:
- Each team: $70
- Discount for providing a competent scorekeeper: $10
- Discount for providing a competent moderator: $20
The tournament is under the direction of Palmyra High School Coach Gretta Stark and veteran scholar bowl moderator Kyle Hill of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting quality scholar bowl tournaments around the state. We anticipate receiving certification and assistance from their membership.
To register for this tournament, please visit http://tinyurl.com/PAWS2021. Questions concerning the tournament may be directed to either Gretta Stark at StarkG@palmyrar1.us or Kyle Hill at email@example.com. Please include “PAWS 2021” in the subject line.
We look forward to seeing your teams in action February 6th.