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HOW TO RUN PRACTICES

Like any other activity, students get better at quiz bowl with practice. These are some guidelines and suggestions for getting the most out of practice.

WHEN SHOULD WE PRACTICE?

-when

-how often

WHAT SHOULD WE DO AT PRACTICE?

The most common activity done during practice is to read questions.

-sources of questions

-buzzers

-alternatives methods (do you stop and expain? scrimmage? keep score? designate bowl)

WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE AT PRACTICE?

Presentations (by player or coach)

Speed checks

Quizzes

WHAT CAN WE DO IF THERE ARE EXPERIENCED AND NON-EXPERIENCED PLAYERS?

If you're lucky enough to have this problem, there are a couple ways to approach this.

If you have enough of both, you can have separate practices, either in parallel (have the experienced players go to a different room and read questions to themselves) or on different days.

If you're not, you might want to vary the types of questions you read. Read easier packets, and have restrictions for experienced players (first line or end of question, for example). Designate bowl is also an effective thing to do, and helps the experienced players show newer players where the buzzable clues are. Read harder packets, and give the inexperienced players a free buzz/guess.