To follow are the changes to the Scholar Bowl rules, for the last three years, as recommended by the Advisory Committee.


2019-20 Rule Changes

1.   Recognition: Rule modification to add the word “verbally” to the phrase “wait to be verbally recognized” and to amend the phrase “without being buzzed in or recognized, they will…” to further clarify.

2.   Break Before Overtime: Amend the phrase “no more than five (5) minutes” to “no more than 60 seconds”.

3.   Overtime:  Remove the phrase “randomly selected” and amend the phrase “first team to correctly answer three questions” to “first team to correctly answer one question.”  The same change was made in the Advancement procedures.


2018-19 Rule Changes

1.   Emergencies:  Allow a game to continue in the event a player has to leave the game room due to unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances, such as illness or family emergency. 

2.   Score Checks:  Updated notations regarding score checks as per new game format, and corrected points in scorekeeper duties. 

3.   Visual, Unofficial Score:  Added language to require coaches to agree on keeping an unofficial visual score.

4.   MSHSAA Protest Card at State Tournament:  Remove school from the protest card to allow the protesting school to be anonymous. 

5.   Recognition:  Maintain the recognition rule, but remove the penalty for the first responder (buzzer is lit) to answer the question before being recognized.

6.   Game format has changed to a 26 toss-up/26 bonus format, played in two halves. 


2017-18 Rule Changes

1.   Updated language in B.3/B.4 to clarify the penalty as a player ejection rather than a team ejection and to note that an ejected player must sit out the next game at the same level (refer to By-Law).

2.   Added a cap of time (5 seconds) to confer on a rebound when “prompted” by the moderator (C.2.a).

3.   Added language to clarify what constitutes “conferring” (C.1.a)

4.   Updated language to clarify what is meant by the next question in J.1.

5.   Clarified that other than normal breaks (quarters, halftime) a coach must take a time-out for a score check (F.5, K.1, K.2)

6.   Clarified that the game continues when a protest is referred to tournament administration, and language was added to allow a team to request a protest to tournament administration if the ruling of the officials in the room is not unanimous.              

7.   Changed the way that an overtime game is officially scored and reported, which will now clarify the winner and show the actual score of the overtime questions.

8.   Changed the procedure for repeating information when moderator is interrupted on a toss-up; determined that the moderator will continue at the point of interruption.  (C.1.d)