how to pull in people toward quizbowl

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Metacarpal
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how to pull in people toward quizbowl

Post by Metacarpal »

I currently have two or three players only one of which is going to Nationals (myself.) I was wondering how to be able to convince people to
a. Join quizbowl
b. Be invested in quizbowl (that is, make quizbowl more fun for them)
c. Somehow convince their parents to let them go to Nationals (the worst part of the task)

All advice would be appreciated. Thank you so much!
Vidyut Arvind
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quizbowlchamp1
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Re: how to pull in people toward quizbowl

Post by quizbowlchamp1 »

Not so sure how to answer your third question. However, I can answer the first two.

a.)You could consider hosting an intramural or practice game and invite other members of your school.
b.)To make practices more fun, try using alternate forms of playing quiz bowl. Here are a few. https://www.qbwiki.com/wiki/Fun_practice_formats
Russ McGlaughn
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Metacarpal
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Re: how to pull in people toward quizbowl

Post by Metacarpal »

My primary problem is actually trying to pull people in to do exactly the school-wide game - I also did check out the page about alternate game formats earlier, the problem being that with four players on the team and and three of them being hyperspecialists it would not help insanely much - I very much thank you for the response though
Vidyut Arvind
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sophiemlyman
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Re: how to pull in people toward quizbowl

Post by sophiemlyman »

Hi! Super delayed response here. Quiz bowl is a pretty niche activity, so finding the right crowd can be tough. I'd recommend advertising to other similar academically-inclined organizations at your school, like honor societies or the Model UN team. Collaborating with other groups--for instance, partnering with another club to host a trivia night--can also help get the word out. Offering varying levels of commitment can also convince people to try it out. When possible, do your best to encourage a diverse pool of attendees... especially gender-wise. I remember in high school it was always disheartening to attend tournaments where I could count the number of girls on one hand. Make sure those players feel respected, wanted, and heard. Best of luck with your club!
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Re: how to pull in people toward quizbowl

Post by SomeArkansan »

sophiemlyman wrote: Mon Apr 22, 2024 5:25 pm Hi! Super delayed response here. Quiz bowl is a pretty niche activity, so finding the right crowd can be tough. I'd recommend advertising to other similar academically-inclined organizations at your school, like honor societies or the Model UN team. Collaborating with other groups--for instance, partnering with another club to host a trivia night--can also help get the word out. Offering varying levels of commitment can also convince people to try it out. When possible, do your best to encourage a diverse pool of attendees... especially gender-wise. I remember in high school it was always disheartening to attend tournaments where I could count the number of girls on one hand. Make sure those players feel respected, wanted, and heard. Best of luck with your club!
Granted, I do go to a tiny school that is completely irrelevant as far as national-level quizbowl - but there were actually very similar numbers between males and females on my qb teams this year -- at the junior high level, we had 2 females to 3 males on a 5-person team (5 people are the max amount allowed on the floor at once in Arkansas QB) and 3 males to 3 females on a 6-person team for high school-level competition.
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Re: how to pull in people toward quizbowl

Post by High Dependency Unit »

Also late to this thread, but the best thing you can do is
1) Advertise that you exist and what the club is.
2) Play EASY questions in practice (I personally find that an IS-A set is the best for the trash, Geo/CE and other more "popular" categories, though SCOP or another novice set is also good). Separate your best players or have them read (I generally would play only a half packet at my HS/college practices).
3) Take them to easy tournaments. Don't be serious and let them have fun! Be fun and not serious yourselves!

Once players are comfortable with the game and having fun with their teammates, they generally don't mind scoring < 10-15 ppg and might also enjoy a trip to nationals, though keep in mind they will sometimes have other commitments.

I've sort of been in these shoes before, at one point justifiably had several teammates who would rather be on B team than A team, but got my :capybara: together, lightened up, and became more fun. I still soloed a couple tournaments as a senior, so that our talented younger players could shine on B and C teams, but people were generally much happier on the team and playing with me at that point. And at Bowdoin, we had several players who were new to quiz bowl but came to several tournaments and had a good time.
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