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


2020-21 Rule Changes

1.   There were no rules changes made for this year.


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.