Tips for Making Challenges and Responding to Challenges

When can you challenge? 

  • Immediately after the Quizmaster (QM) has made his or her ruling & before the next question number is called
    • If it is Question 20, it must be before anyone has left the platform
  • Anytime you feel the QM has ruled incorrectly, or proper procedure has not been followed
    • Eg. significant mispronunciation or word mix up by the QM, FTV type question where the first 5 words are not unique
  • When you know that the quizzer has gone out of context & the QM did not pick that up.
    • Be specific and state where the quizzer went
  • You cannot “re-challenge”, ie. challenge the ruling on a challenge

Who can challenge?

  • Only the quizzers who have been designated as captain and co-captain, and ONLY if there has been NO communication, verbal or otherwise, from teammates or coaches

How should you challenge?

  • With great respect and humility
  • Remember that the officials are truly attempting to make a correct ruling on every question, and if you have some light to shed on a particular decision, do so respectfully

When not to challenge?

  • When it will not affect the outcome of the quiz, and especially if it involves a sensitive or rookie quizzer
  • If there is a mean-spirited intent
  • Simply to tell the QM that they gave no prompts or incorrect prompts


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