A famous person.Here's what I saw at quizbowl Provincials last week.Lit Is ImpossibleTeams did worse on lit than every other category. The low point was the two tossups on the same difficult British novelist. The best it got was with the one Canadian Lit question -- Patrick's common-link question on snow, which someone buzzed on… Continue reading Highlights from 2016 Provincials
The Ontario Quizbowl Association would like to remind everyone that in just over a month, we plan to host the 2016 ONQBA Provincial Championship. It will take place at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus in Sidney Smith Hall (100 George Street, Toronto, ON) on Saturday, March 26th, 2016. Teams that participate in this… Continue reading ONQBA Provincials Reminder
For the first time this season, we saw two high-school tournaments placed on the same weekend. After the awards were handed out and buzzers packed up, I created the following general summary of the events.University of Toronto Novice TournamentThere was a sense of novelty and uniqueness felt by this tournament, given that it was the… Continue reading December 5th: Quizbowl Night in Ontario
The Ontario Quizbowl Association, in collaboration with the University of Toronto quizbowl team, is pleased to host the 2016 ONQBA Provincial Championship. It will be held at the University of Toronto, St. George Campus on Saturday March 26, 2016. This tournament will be the premier high school quizbowl event in Ontario, serving as an opportunity… Continue reading 2016 ONQBA Provincials Annoucement
Note: The date of the tournament has been moved back a week to December 5. We hope everyone can still attend.Sidney Smith Hall at the University of Toronto.Re-posting Meghan's HSQB announcement: Hello Canada! The University of Toronto Academic Trivia Club is very excited to announce the U of T Novice Tournament, happening on [December 5… Continue reading Updated: Toronto Novice — Dec. 5
Moderators clearly impressedby everyone's cool knowledge.I'm sending a version of this letter to the clubs that played in the 2015 Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament.Hello all --I want to thank you and your teams for playing in the 11th OQT yesterday. The Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament is played every November at U of Ottawa, and I was very… Continue reading OQT 2015 Recap Letter
The 2014 and 2015 provincial champions from Colonel By.The Ontario Provincial Championship for the 2015-16 quizbowl season will take place at University of Toronto on Saturday, March 26, 2016. Patrick Liao will probably direct the tournament.The Championship is open to all high-school teams from Ontario, with steep discounts for teams that have won tournaments or… Continue reading 2016 Provincials Pre-Announcement
These awards are for the 2014-15 season -- most of our winners have now graduated out of the categories they won for. We voted on all these a long time ago. Ted and I wrote the blurbs.A Lisgar player accepting some sort of award.Best Player -- Cameron Amini (Colonel By)Cameron was the strongest high school… Continue reading ONQBA Awards for 2014-15
Lisgar Novice was the first tournament of the 2015-16 season. Aidan Ryan directed, and a lot of (ineligible) senior players showed up to staff. I went so I could insist that the staff all wear nametags, and I did some coverage -- here is what I saw from every team.Merivale C was Daniel, Claire, and… Continue reading Recap: Lisgar Novice (October 2015)
The 11th Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament will be on November 21, 2015 at the University of Ottawa. It will use a Canadian edition of the NAQT IS-149A question set.Details from Rodrigo's HSQB announcement:University of Ottawa is happy to announce we will host the Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament XI (these all go up to 11!), we will be… Continue reading Announced: 11th Ottawa Quizbowl Tournament — Nov. 21
For a long time, the ONQBA had a nice website at onqba.ca. We have now switched to using this blog because it is easier to update. The URL onqba.ca now redirects to this blog.The original ONQBA website can still be accessed at onqba.ca/index2.html. It should be intact except for a few links I broke.Patrick Liao… Continue reading Our Old Website
This is a checklist for directing a quizbowl tournament. It is written for small high school tournaments in Ontario, though most of it would apply to any tournament.The tasks in (brackets) are encouraged but inessential -- many successful tournaments are run without those measures. Use your own judgment.If this list is overwhelming, then ignore the… Continue reading Checklist for Tournament Directors
Stegosaurus prepping for quizbowl.Stegosaurus Cup will be a quizbowl tournament on Saturday, December 5 at Lisgar Collegiate Institute in Ottawa. It will use a Canadian edition of the BASK question set.ScheduleTeams should be at Lisgar by 8:30 AM to register and pay. We will start at 9:00 AM, and teams may miss their first rounds if they… Continue reading Upcoming: Stegosaurus Bowl in Ottawa — Dec. 5
Lisgar Collegiate in Ottawa. Re-posting Aidan's HSQB Announcement:Mirror of SCOP Novice will be hosted in Ottawa at Lisgar Collegiate Institute (29 Lisgar St) on October 17th, 2015.As this is a novice tournament targeted towards new, inexperienced players, there are entrance restrictions:- Any grade 9 or 10 is allowed to play- Any grade 11 player who is either… Continue reading Announced: Lisgar Novice in Ottawa — Oct. 17
1. Look at some questions.We recommend the 2014 LIST tournament as a good starter set. Test yourself on the questions in those Word docs, or just browse through to see what topics they ask about. Imagine high-school students competing to buzz in on those questions. That's what quizbowl is.(If you want more questions, you can check out Ted Gan's… Continue reading How Do I Start At Quizbowl?
Quizbowl is a lot like History Bowl! International History Bee and Bowl is a company that runs tournaments very similar to quizbowl. Most of their questions are written by quizbowl writers, and many teams play both their game and ours.The ONQBA has great relations with the IHBB organizers, and we advertise their tournaments on our website and… Continue reading Is Quizbowl Like History Bee and Bowl?
Both quizbowl and Reach for the Top are played by high-school teams on buzzers, answering questions to score points. Lots of teams in Ontario play both games.Quizbowl is more challenging and more competitive than Reach for the Top, and quizbowl encourages some deeper learning.Reach is a faster game, and it includes things like one-clue questions and… Continue reading Is Quizbowl Like Reach for the Top?
This is quizbowl!Quizbowl is a quiz game played on buzzers, designed to encourage learning about history, science, literature, and other academic subjects.Quizbowl is played between two teams of four players each. Quizbowl is usually played by teams representing a high school or university.Quizbowl is played at schools around the world. 11 Ontario high schools played in… Continue reading What Is Quizbowl?
ONQBA is the Ontario Quizbowl Association, a nonprofit group that promotes and organizes quizbowl tournaments at high schools in Ontario. We run the Ontario Provincial Championship every spring.(Quizbowl is a buzzer quiz game that's designed to encourage learning about history, science, literature, and other academic subjects. It is usually played between two teams representing different schools.)Officially, ONQBA is run… Continue reading What is ONQBA?