Quiz Meets

Quiz meets are designed to bring the wider group of quizzers together to compete and share God’s Word with each other.  These meets are meant to build confidence in the quizzer by giving them an opportunity to start their quizzing year with a smaller local meet within their area and ending with a grand final meet at the end of the year with everyone int the district.   

Zone Quizzing 

Zone quiz meets are organized by the co-ordinators in the North Saskatchewan, South Saskatchewan, and Manitoba zones.

  • These meets are typically in November and the quizzes are 15 questions.
  • Every church within a zone may send a team or teams to a zone quiz. However, if approved by the registrar, two small churches may combine to send one team.

District Quizzing 

All churches in the district are invited to compete against each other at these official meets.

  • The 2017 Bible Quizzing Rule Book is followed except where CMD Modified Rules have been approved by the district committee.
  • If possible, electronic jump-seats will be used in district competition.
  • For district finals, quizzes will cover the year’s material.

“Those quizzers who love the competition and thrill of traveling can take the leap beyond the regular program, they can apply and take advantage by exploring the following invitational meets.”

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.

Coach selection

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.

Head-to-Head

Head-to-Head (H2H) is a one-day competition initiated in 1998 by Canadian Midwest Quizzing to promote the development of international all-star teams that are balanced across different question categories. The purpose of the day is to evaluate the strengths of potential all-star quizzers within their respective categories in order to identify the strongest quizzers within each category.

Only those quizzers who are seeking to qualify for the Christian and Missionary Alliance international competition to be held in the summer should attend this day. Quizzers who are invited to attend H2H but who aren’t prepared to attend internationals are expected to decline the invitation to H2H, freeing up a spot for quizzers who are working toward qualifying for internationals.

This is a closed event. Spectators including parents, siblings, friends and coaches are not invited to attend H2H.

The CMD Quizzing head quiz master invites up to 16 quizzers to H2H based on the following criteria:

  • 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.

Quizzers who rank in the top 10 after the first and second district meets will automatically be invited to H2H, which is intended to help with the selection of the CMD international teams. However, if a quizzer is invited to H2H but is not planning to attend internationals, that quizzer is expected to decline the invitation and not attend H2H.

International Bible Quizzing 

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%

It is possible to be in the top 10 and be selected to the international team even without attending H2H. Only those quizzers who are interested in competing at internationals will be awarded discretionary points. The top 10 will be the top 10 quizzers attending internationals.

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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