I'm pleased to announce the formation of the Scholastic Community Outreach Program (SCOP). SCOP will work to help Illinois teams with limited resources or funding by connecting them with experienced mentor schools, by distributing study aids, and by lowering the cost of tournaments around the state.
Mentor schools are experienced high school or college teams who work directly with novice schools to help them improve their game. Mentor schools provide each participating novice school in their area with two team workshops (one in October, one in February) on study methods and teamwork in various formats.
Study aids will consist of basic lists in major (literature, history, science) and minor (fine arts, RMP, social science, math) areas of interest. Packets distributed to teams will include links to sites that are useful for further study and community involvement, information on quiz bowl formats played in Illinois, and practice questions with links to providers.
As funding is a major concern for many Illinois teams, schools participating in SCOP will receive discounts at various Illinois tournaments and a full tournament schedule to ensure that teams are aware of tournaments in their area (a problem that I have encountered in running the Huskie Bowl is that local teams are often unaware of a tournament until it is too late to register). We also hope to promote the sustainability of teams by providing coaches with information from experienced tournament directors on running a cost effective and efficient tournament.
Please let me know if you are interested in becoming a novice or mentor school in the 2010-2011 academic year. It is not difficult to mentor teams; all materials will be sent to you, along with suggestions as to the curriculum of the team workshops. Budget permitting, we may be able to compensate mentors for travel.
Contact me with questions as Strey.K.A@gmail.com
. I'd love to hear from you with any suggestions; the best way we can improve and expand Illinois quiz bowl is by helping each other!