Great West Invitational

Great West is an opportunity for quizzers, coaches and officials to participate in an out-of-district meet with the goal of developing their respective quizzing skills. Three districts – Canadian Midwest, Western Canada and Pacific Northwest – send teams to Great West. The weekend competition is usually held in southern Alberta or a northwestern state. The location is determined a year in advance.

During the trip, we encourage the teens and adults to build friendships with others from our district as well as with the participants from the other districts. On the quizzing side, we strive to grow the skills of quizzers, coaches and officials. Quizzers and coaches will gain a greater understanding of quizzing strategy with an emphasis on team strategy. The emphasis in not on individual achievement. The hope is quizzers return to their church programs enthusiastic and encouraged, and in turn share that excitement with other quizzers in their local church quizzing programs.

CMD Quizzing chooses 20 quizzers to make five teams to represent the district. Quizzers will be considered based on these criteria:

District average from first and second district meets

  • Quizzers who compete in the A division: average is calculated using all of their quizzes, except the final.
  • Quizzers whose team drops out of the A division: average is calculated on the basis of five quizzes
    • three preliminary quizzes,
    • the lowest preliminary score counted twice,
    • X-Y-Z quiz, if applicable,
    • if X-Y-Z quiz not applicable, the two lowest preliminary scores counted twice.
  • The top 10 quizzers are automatically invited to attend.
  • Church quiz teams placing a quizzer in the top 10 after the first two district meets earn a spot for another quizzer from their church who has placed 11 to 15th.

Church distribution

  • CMQ committee desires to see as many churches represented by individual quizzers on these teams.
  • After averages are considered, the selection committee invites quizzers at its own discretion.

Similarly, the CMQ committee desires to see as many churches represented by the coaches. We choose 10 coaches for the five teams, pairing a more experienced coach with a less experienced coach.

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