Updated July 2017
- Players must be entering grade 9 through leaving grade 12 or between the ages of 14 and 18 in the school year prior to the Regional Battle.
- Libraries can have as many team members as they like, but only up to four (4) players will be on stage at a time.
- Substitutes may not be used once round begins
- The game will be played round-robin style.
- Teams will be divided into pools/districts, and play against other libraries in that pool.
- The winner of each pool will advance to the finals (2 pools) or semi-finals (3+ pools).
- In the event of an uneven number of pools, a wildcard team will be selected to compete in the semi-finals.
- See scoring section for more information.
- Half of the questions will be trivia and the other half will be title/author format.
- 1: In which book did a girl wear a green cloak? Answer: Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
- 2: In Through the Woods, what color was the youngest sister’s cloak? Answer: Green, pea green
- Each round will have 15 questions
- The first team member to buzz will be called on by the emcee to answer the question. No other team member may answer the question.
- He/she must answer within 10 seconds after the Emcee acknowledges him/her.
- The player who buzzes is allowed to confer with teammates in the time given.
- While one team is conferring, the other team must be silent.
- The answer must contain the full title and full author’s name, if it is a title/author question.
- Answers to trivia questions must be answered according to the answer on the judge’s card.
- If the first team gives a wrong answer or declines to answer the question, a member of the second team may buzz in and answer within 10 seconds after the Emcee acknowledges him/her.
- A question will only be repeated for the second team if the first team buzzes before the Emcee completes the question the first time.
- Judges will have the final say in all challenges
- Questions can only be challenged by a participant (no coaches or parents), and must be challenged at the time the question is asked.
- To challenge a question/answer, the participant must raise their hand and be acknowledged by the emcee.
- After the issue is raised, the emcee will discuss with the coaches of both teams to determine an appropriate course of action.
- 1) If the challenge is baseless, then the gameplay will continue without change.
- 2) If the challenge proves true, then the question will be tossed out, no points awarded, and one of the additional questions will be used at the end of the round.
- Each correct answer will receive 1 point. Incorrect answers count for 0, and “shout-outs” count for -1 point. A “shout-out” is when a player answers the question before they are acknowledged by the emcee or if a different player than the one who buzzed in answers.
- Once each team has battled the others in their respective pool, the team with the highest score will go to the finals (2 pools) or semi-finals (3+ pools).
- With an even number of pools, the winner of each division will play each other in the finals or semi-finals.
- With three pools, a wildcard winner will be chosen to play in the semifinals.
- The wildcard team, like in Major League Baseball, is the team with the fourth highest score between the pools.
- Team1: Winner of Pool 1
- Team 2: Winner of Pool 2
- Team 3: Winner of Pool 3
- Team 4: Highest Scorer of Remaining Teams
- With three pools, these teams have a semi-final match (Team 1 v. Team 2, Team 3 v. Team 4). The winner of those will go to the finals.