High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island
Frequently Asked Questions
High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island
For Rhode Island high school students looking to brandish their brainpower among peers and professors for the glory of winning a championship title, welcome to the WSBE Rhode Island PBS production of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island®!
1. What is High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island®?
High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island is a team-based single-elimination competition among qualifying Rhode Island high schools. A production of Rhode Island PBS, High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island invites academic excellence and collegial competition in pursuit of scholastic achievement and recognition.
2. Who is eligible to participate in High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island?
- All public and private high schools in Rhode Island are eligible to participate. Home schooling groups are also eligible to participate; students must be at a level equivalent to grades 9 – 12.
- Each team must be supervised by at least one (1) adult coach. [A maximum of two (2) coaches will be officially recognized on the television broadcast.] Parents of students may serve as coaches, with the school’s approval.
- Each team must include four (4) participating students and one (1) or two (2) alternates. Note: Should the team advance to the televised competition, at least one (1) coach, all four (4) primary team members, and at least one (1) alternate are required to attend each match.
- Participating students must be currently enrolled in the school they represent, in grades 9 through 12.
- Participating schools may register a maximum of one (1) team.
- Family members of Rhode Island PBS employees may not participate on a High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island team.
- Only schools that have officially registered and meet the eligibility requirements are invited to Rhode Island PBS to take the qualifying quiz.
To encourage a positive atmosphere and foster good sportsmanship, all participating schools and teams (including coaches, students, and administrators) must agree to abide by Code of Conduct listed in the Rules.
3. How does a school determine a team roster?
Participating schools form teams based on their own criteria and selection process. It is strongly recommended that teams include both male and female students.
4. What is the Qualifying Quiz?
The Qualifying Quiz is a one-day event, also known as Super Sunday, to be held in October to determine the eight teams that compete in televised matches of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island.
Alternates may attend but are not permitted to compete. Only primary team members, alternates, coaches, and test administrators are permitted in the testing rooms. Due to space constraints, there is a maximum of eight (8) people per team allowed in the testing room: the four (4) primary team members, two (2) alternates, and up to two (2) coaches. Parents are not allowed in the testing room. School principals and superintendents may be permitted in the testing room on a case-by-case basis, if an exception is requested in advance and the eight-person maximum will not otherwise be exceeded.
5. How do schools register to participate in Super Sunday?
Schools must complete registration in September (See “Important Dates” at right).
Due to limited space, only the first 24 teams to register will be able to take part in the Qualifying Quiz on Super Sunday at Rhode Island PBS.
6. Can a school change a member of its team after registering its team roster for Super Sunday?
Only with the prior written approval of Rhode Island PBS, if a registered primary team member cannot compete on Super Sunday because if illness or emergency, then either:
(1) three registered members of the team can compete on Super Sunday with the expectation that the fourth registered member will participate in the televised competition if the team qualifies; or
(2) a registered alternate may be permitted to permanently replace the team member who cannot compete during Super Sunday and, should the team advance, for the duration of the televised competition.
To avoid disappointment, coaches should ensure all official team members have reviewed and can commit to the taping dates and backup dates (see “Important Dates” on Home page). Teams that advance to compete in the televised bracket must participate on the date and at the time assigned by Rhode Island PBS. There are no exceptions, so please be sure to review the dates and times carefully in advance.
7. What are the rules for Super Sunday?
The rules for Super Sunday can be found here.
8. How can teams prepare to compete in High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island?
It is strongly recommended that teams and coaches watch past episodes of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island at ripbs.org to become familiar with the format, pacing, and the types of questions common to academic quiz competitions.
There are a number of organizations that offer practice questions; however, their materials are not completely representative of the types of questions on High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island. While Rhode Island PBS does not endorse any particular preparation materials or strategy, the following is a list of some of the organizations where you may find helpful resources:
PO Box 998
Durango, CO 81302
11521 W 69th Street
Shawnee, KS 66203
4 D Designs LLC
5940 Bertcliff Drive
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2908 W. Crestwood Dr.
Ozark, MO 65721
9. What is the time commitment for our team on Super Sunday?
Schools invited to Super Sunday are assigned to one of six testing periods held throughout the day. The periods (subject to change) are 9:00am, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm, 3:00pm or 4:30pm. Team members (coach and 4 participating students) must arrange for their own transportation and should expect to stay at Rhode Island PBS for up to two hours. Alternates may attend but are not permitted to compete.
10. How many teams advance to televised competition following Super Sunday?
The eight (8) teams with the highest scores on the Super Sunday qualifying quiz advance to compete in High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island.
11. What happens after a school team qualifies?
Once notified of selection, the eight school teams will face off in seven single-elimination rounds, taped at Rhode Island PBS studios over two consecutive days in one weekend, a Saturday and Sunday in November (see “Important Dates” on the Home page).
12. What are the rules for the televised competition?
All participants in the televised competition (coaches, primary team members, and alternates) are responsible for reading and understanding the rules found here.
At least one (1) coach, all four (4) primary team members, and at least one (1) alternate are required to attend each match.
13. Can a school change its team members during the televised competition?
The four students who register as a team and competed on Super Sunday are considered final and it is the presumption of Rhode Island PBS that these four players will attend and compete in all of their scheduled matches. If there is an unavoidable conflict and a team member cannot compete, the coach must contact Rhode Island PBS with as much advance warning as possible to determine which alternate may replace the team member who cannot compete. The school coach and team must receive the prior written approval of Rhode Island PBS before making any roster change. The alternate then permanently replaces the team member for the duration of the competition, including matches in future rounds if the team advances.
In order to avoid disappointment, coaches should ensure all official team members have reviewed and can commit to the taping dates and backup dates (see “Important Dates” on Home page). Teams that advance to compete in the televised bracket must participate on the date and at the time assigned by Rhode Island PBS. There are no exceptions, so please be sure to review the dates and times carefully in advance.
14. When will the matches be taped and televised?
High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island matches will be taped at the Rhode Island PBS studio in November (see “Important Dates” on Home page).
High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island will air over 7 weeks in the spring following the November taping. Broadcast dates for High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island will align as closely as possible to other states’ High School Quiz Show schedules. Broadcast dates will be posted on the show’s Home page.
15. Can a team change its assigned taping time?
No. Teams that advance to compete in the televised bracket must participate on the date and at the time assigned by Rhode Island PBS. There are no exceptions, so please be sure to review the dates and times carefully in advance.
16. What should the team wear for the televised competition?
Teams are encouraged to wear their school colors! Please remind students to refrain from wearing pinstripes, clothing with visible logos or brand names, or all-white shirts. They can wear white if they have a dark colored blazer or similar covering, such as a vest. Please do not include students’ last names anywhere on the shirts.
17. Can our team attend the tapings for other matches?
To protect the integrity of the competition, any school competing in the televised bracket is not allowed to attend other matches. However, if a team is eliminated from the competition, there are no restrictions and eliminated teams may attend tapings of other matches.
All schools that participated in the qualifying quiz on Super Sunday but are not in the televised bracket are invited to attend a taping. Those schools will be given priority seating.
18. What does the championship team win?
In addition to the title of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island State Champion, the winning school receives a trophy to display, and a cash award of $1,000 to be used by the school in such a way deemed most appropriate and beneficial by the school’s administrators.
19. Can family and friends attend the tapings of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island matches?
Yes. In fact, we strongly encourage teams to invite guests, including family, friends, cheerleading squads, and school mascots to join the studio audience during tapings. The public is also invited to attend. Seats are free but must be reserved in advance. The reservation form can be found at the link on the Home page.
20. How can I watch episodes of High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island?
High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island will air on television over seven weeks in the spring following the November taping. Broadcast dates will be posted on the show’s Home page.
21. How do I follow High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island on social media?
22. How can my business support this academic competition?
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23. How can I get in touch with High School Quiz Show: Rhode Island?
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