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2018 Pre-Nationals Tournament Announcement

The 2018 Pre-Nationals Tournament has been canceled due to insufficient interest. This is an archive of the original tournament announcement.

The Missouri Quizbowl Alliance invites all high school quizbowl teams to participate in the 2018 Pre-Nationals Tournament on May 12, 2018.


Columbia College (Main Campus)
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216

School Eligibility

This tournament is open to teams eligible to compete in MSHSAA high school interscholastic scholar bowl competitions in compliance with MSHSAA's policies, including the following limitations:

MSHSAA By-Law 4.4.2 regarding competition limits: This tournament counts toward the fourteen event limit.

MSHSAA By-Law 4.4.3.b regarding competition between Districts and Memorial Day weekend: Other than the MSHSAA Districts/Sectionals/State series, MSHSAA member schools participating in this tournament may not compete in any other tournament between Saturday, April 14 and Thursday, May 24. Unfortunately, this means that Missouri schools attending the 2018 NAQT SSNCT may not participate in this tournament.

Out of state schools: Schools from outside of Missouri are welcome to participate, but must register by April 8 to ensure we have enough time to obtain approval from MSHSAA.

Question Set

The Pre-Nationals Tournament will use the 2018 Prison Bowl XI question set written and edited by the Hunter College High School academic team. As of February 12, this set was not assigned to any other tournament in Missouri. It is your responsibility to ensure that your team has not previously heard this question set and will not compete in any other tournaments using this set. Question set assignments are subject to change at any time; a list of tournaments known to be using this set is available in the forum thread linked above.


Games will be run on the clock like NAQT's national championships, with 10 minute halves. Games consist of up to twenty tossups worth ten points each followed by non-rebounding bonuses worth up to thirty points. Tossups will feature 15 point "powers" and -5 point "negs".

Schedule and Field Cap

Registered teams should arrive between 8:00 and 8:20 AM for check in. As soon as all teams arrive, we will have a brief team meeting before starting round 1.

If the tournament has more than 8 teams, there will be 8-9 rounds of gameplay plus up to 2 rounds of finals, with the first 5-7 rounds occurring before a lunch break. In this case, all teams will have at least 2 games after lunch and we anticipate the finals ending no later than 3 PM.

If there are 8 or fewer teams, the tournament will consist of a single or double round robin, most likely without a lunch break. Any necessary finals could occur before or after lunch depending on the time, but should end no later than 2 PM.

The field is limited to 16 teams.



The 2018 Pre-Nationals Tournament has been canceled due to insufficient interest.

Please complete this form to register for the tournament. Registrations will be processed in the order they are received through this form, and will not be accepted via any other method. If the field fills, additional teams will be waitlisted in the order their registrations were received.

Tournament information, including a list of registered teams, will be updated regularly on the Missouri Quizbowl Message Board.

We hope to see you and your team in Columbia in May and wish you the best of luck as you compete this season. If you have any questions about the tournament, don't hesitate to email me at moqba@moqba.org.

Jeffrey Hill
2018 Pre-Nationals Tournament Director