Out-of-district opportunities

North Central District Invitational

North Central District, which includes the city of Minneapolis, hosts an invitational meet over the American Martin Luther King Day weekend in January.

Canadian Midwest Quizzing is invited to send several teams to this meet. Typically, CMQ quizzers who attend this meet are in grades nine to 12 and have registered in the A/B division at one of the November zone meets. CMQ coaches are needed for this quiz meet.

This is a developmental quiz meet for Canadian Midwest. It is an excellent learning experience for quizzers and coaches. It’s also a lot of fun. You meet quizzers from other districts, hang out at the Bible college, and spend time in God’s Word.

Our attendance at this meet is dependent on coaches willing to organize the trip and supervise the quizzers at the meet.

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 and age

  • CMQ committee desires to see as many churches represented by individual quizzers on these teams.
  • While averages are considered, the selection committee invites quizzers at its own discretion. Quizzers who are older with a lower average may be invited ahead of quizzers who are younger with a higher average. Younger quizzers will have more opportunities to attend Great West.

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.


Each summer, Alliance Bible Quizzing hosts an international Bible quizzing tournament. Alliance districts throughout North America are invited to send teams based on the number of quizzers in their respective districts.

CMD Quizzing sends two teams with each team comprised of five quizzers and two coaches. The selection of the top 10 quizzers in the district is based on their averages from the three district meets, their score at Head-to-Head, and discretionary points.

  • 1st district meet: 15%
  • 2nd district meet: 20%
  • Head-to-Head: 25%
  • Final district meet: 40%

These percentages are added and multiplied by 90 per cent. The remaining 10 per cent comes from the discretionary points that are awarded based on leadership within a church quizzing program and leadership at the district.

To re-state the formula: (1st district+2nd district+H2H+finals) x 90% + 10% = 100%

Quizzers who qualify to represent CMD Quizzing at the CMA international quizzing competition ought to consider this a privilege that comes with responsibilities:

  • First and foremost
    • Represent well Christ, CMQ, and home quiz team by showing respect, acting with dignity and extending grace to other quizzers, coaches and officials.
  • Before the summer competition
    • study the quizzing material between quizzing finals and internationals as assigned by the international coaches
    • work hard to be as prepared as possible
    • attend practice weekend scheduled by the international coaches
    • attend practice week scheduled for several days before the international competition
    • participate fully in the team activities during the practice weekend and week
  • At the competition
    • respond appropriately to coaching during quizzes
    • follow the expectations of the coaches who are acting in lieu of parents
    • remain with the team and not leave the quizzing campus unless accompanied by a coach or parent. There may be times when a quizzer cannot leave the campus because of various quizzing and team activities. The coaches must be consulted before a quizzer leaves the campus with parents.
    • participate fully in team activities
  • After the competition
    • continue to participate in quizzing
    • invest in the growth of quizzers at their home churches and in the district
  • Finances
    • Valid passport, when the international quiz meet is held in the United States.
    • Team uniforms chosen by the quizzers and coaches.
    • International fees that cover quiz meet registration, transportation to and from the meet, most meals, accommodations, a fun activity. This varies from year to year and depends on where internationals is held.
    • These fees do not cover all the expenses. Quizzers are subsidized by CMD Quizzing.
    • Additional meals enroute to the meet and home, during the fun activity day. This also varies from year to year.
    • Families living where practice weekend and week occur will be asked to billet quizzers and provide evening meals to the quiz teams.
    • Families not living where practice weekend and week occur will be asked to provide lunches and snacks that will be shared with the quiz teams.
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