Rules, Regulations & Guidelines

REGIONAL COMPETITIION:

General Rules

Schools may only pre-test once per year.

TOURNAMENT RULES:

General Rules

There will be three Toss-Up Rounds and a Category Round.
If the match ends in a tie, a sudden-death tiebreaker question will be asked. If a student buzzes early with an incorrect answer, the team will be penalized 20 points and the match will be over.
The decisions of the Battle of the Brains judges in the studio are final and cannot be appealed.

Toss-Up Rounds

There is no collaboration among team members during this round.
Should the Toss-Up Round end in the middle of a question, the question will be eliminated. If the round ends in the middle of an answer, the student will be allowed to complete the answer (within the 5-second limit). If the answer is incorrect, the opposing team will NOT have an opportunity to respond.
A student may buzz before the host has completed the question. However, the host will immediately stop reading the question and go to that student for an answer. If the student answers incorrectly in the first or second round, his/her team will be penalized 10 points. The host will then complete the question. If the opposition team answers before the question is complete and is incorrect, there is also a 10 point penalty.
Each correct answer is worth 10 points. If a student buzzes early with a correct answer, the host will acknowledge the answer and then summarize the reading of the question for the viewing audience.
Answers must be given within a 5-second interval.
There is no penalty for an incorrect answer after the host has completed the reading of a question.
The host will provide the correct answer for the audience should neither team provide an accepted response. A new toss-up question will then be read.
In the 3rd toss-up round the point values of the questions and penalties are worth 20 points.

Category Round

Teams will be shown 3 (three) unique categories from which they will each choose one. Examples of these: (1) 19th Century American Vice Presidents, (2) Italian Operas, or (3) Math Formulas.
Each category has a total of 10 questions, each worth 5 points.
A total of 75 seconds per category is allowed. Collaboration is allowed. However, answers are accepted only from the team captain. Teams may pass items, given the time limit. There is no penalty for incorrect answers. The opposing team cannot respond to unanswered items or incorrect responses.
The team that has the lead will have the first choice of categories. Approximately 15 seconds is allotted to make the choice.
Following the completion of the first category chosen, the other team will select their category.
A team that correctly answers all ten questions in a category will be awarded 20 bonus points.

ALL STAR GAME RULES:

General Rules

BATTLE OF THE BRAINS-ALL STAR SHOW
 8 all-stars will be selected by the Battle of the Brains staff. However, instead of playing as individuals, 2 teams will be selected by random  drawing. There will be an A Team:# 2,.4,6,8 and a B Team # 1,3,5,7. If as sometime happens, there are 2 all-stars from the same school, the highest number from that school will switch sides with highest number from the other team. Teams will not have two students from the same school. The 4 students from each team will have a maximum of ten minutes to pick their captain. The regular rules for the season will apply for the all-star game. Good luck students-congratulations on your selection as an all-star.

The “All-Stars” features 8 individual players.
Each player competes during 2 Toss-Up rounds and a Category Round.
The decisions of the Battle of the Brains judges in the studio are final and cannot be appealed.

Toss-Up Rounds

Toss-Up questions/penalities are worth 10 points each in the first round and 20 points in the second.
Toss-Up questions interrupted with an incorrect answer before being completed incur a 10/20-point penalty and the question completed for the opposition.
There is no penalty for incorrect answers to completed questions.
After 3 incorrect answers, the correct answer is given.

Category Round

There are 16 categories in the Category Round.
Players may select either of the 2 categories offered.
Each category contains 6 questions worth 5 points.
Players have 30 seconds for each category.
Players may pass a question and if time remains, the question will be repeated.
There is no penalty for incorrect answers.
If all 6 questions are answered correctly, there will be a 10 point bonus.

Sudden Death Round

A “sudden death” round will occur if 2 or more players are tied at the end of the game.
The first player answering correctly is declared the winner.
No penalty occurs for early ring-ins and incorrect answers during “sudden death”.