city championships

Announcement: The First-Ever Philadelphia City Quizbowl Championship

The First-Ever Philadelphia City Championships will be held at Friends Select School on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The winner of this event will represent Philadelphia at the state championships in late April in Harrisburg. Here are the full logistical details:

Friends Select School
1651 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103

FSS is almost directly across the street from SEPTA’s Suburban Station and easily accessible by various trolley, subway, and rail lines.

Field Update (as of 3/7/16):
Franklin Towne Charter (2)
Science Leadership Academy (1)
Friends Select School (2)
Carver E&S (2)
Central (3)

Field: 10 teams (full round-robin)

March 12th, 2016

Teams should arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 AM for a pre-tournament meeting, with rounds beginning by 9 AM. There will be a short lunch break and the tournament will conclude in the afternoon. The exact location of the pre-tournament meeting will be emailed out to teams that register.

Eligible Teams:
All high schools within the City of Philadelphia are eligible to send teams to compete. Each team consist of up to 6 students, with 4 students playing at any time. Teams may consist of fewer than 4 students as well.

$65 for each initial team from a school
$50 for each additional team from a school
-$10 per working lockout buzzer set brought

Questions Used:
NAQT IS-155A (see a sample packet of this difficulty level)


The exact format will depend on the number of teams, but will likely consist of a series of pooled round robins, with about 5 rounds in the morning and 3-4 in the afternoon.

Each team will be placed in round-robin pools in the morning, with the top finishers in each pool advancing to a championship bracket and all other teams advancing to a consolation bracket against teams of similar records in the afternoon. Win-Loss records within a bracket, points-per-game within a bracket, and points-per-bonus will be used, in that order, to break ties.

To win the championship, a team must win by at least 2 games. If two teams are tied with the same record within the championship bracket, a one-game championship match will be held. If one team is one game ahead of the other team, an advantaged final will be played between the top two teams. If two teams are tied for 2nd, a half-match of 10 tossups will be held to determine the team that advances. If there is a 3-way tie, then the tie will be broken with half-matches of 10 tossups each.

To Register:

Click here to fill out this form.

Need some help in setting up a quizbowl team at your school? Check out the “Quizbowl Essentials” link on the right-hand side of this site or leave a comment on this post.