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 JBQ Guidelines (updated 2015) – Summary of Editions Note:

This summary of the editions and changes of the JBQ Guidelines is an attempt to clarify what has been updated in the 2015 edition of the Guidelines.

This document is not intended to replace the Guidelines in any way nor should any part of this document be used in adjudication during a JBQ meet.

The Official Quiz Guidelines are the sole authority during a JBQ match.

1. The Junior Bible Quiz Team (page 4) and levels of quizzing has been clarified with emphasis given to separation of District, Regional, and Invitational quizzing including the National JBQ Festival.

2. The Glossary (pages 23 & 24) is an integral part of the JBQ Guidelines.

3. A pre-response foul is now clearly defined as activation of the equipment during the, “Introductory Remarks” (pages 7 & 11). Also, all examples of Introductory Remarks in the Guidelines are underlined.

4. Procedural issues with the Point of Order were clarified. (page 14)

5. Quizmasters should not only test the equipment to begin the match, but are also encouraged to test the equipment after question #10 (page 18). It is also permissible to test the equipment at any time during the match without interrupting the continuity of the match i.e. after a timeout, after a point of order, or after a judges’ ruling.

6. Punctuation and grammar corrections were made.



RULE HIGHLIGHTS  --  New for 2006-2007

At the JBQ’s National Advisory Committee this summer, the committee voted to revise the JBQ guidelines on appeals. These guidelines have been written and approved by the committee to be implemented for the 2006-2007 JBQ season. The changes are listed below:

XIII. Coach’s Appeal and Judges’ Ruling/Vote


Appeals and Judges’ Ruling/Vote
  1. Each team is allowed only one coach’s appeal per match with the following stipulations:
    1. An appeal may only be used when changing rulings of “incorrect” to “correct.”
    2. An appeal is limited to citing a guideline for consideration by officials; no additional comments will be allowed.
    3. All procedures for appeals will be followed. (XIII. B. Page 18)
  2. Each team is allowed two “judges’ rulings/vote” with the following stipulations:
    1. A coach will be allowed to call for a “judges’ ruling/vote” immediately after the Quiz Master’s independent ruling and before the next question called, a time out is granted, or the match closed.
    2. A coach may only request a “judges’ ruling/vote” no other comments will be allowed. If a coach does comment, the request for the ruling is lost.
    3. Should the Quiz Master begin with the introduction of the next question, the “judges’ Ruling” will not be allowed.
    4. The judges will vote by coin without conferring. After the vote the quizmaster will announce the decision.

RULE HIGHLIGHTS  --  New for 2004-2005

Quizzing is divided into three levels of competition:

Pee Wee (Target: Kindergarten & 1st Grade):
The Pee Wee Division is for children with a maximum age of 6 years old on August 1st prior to the new Indiana JBQ season.

Discover (Target: 2nd & 3rd Grades):
The Discover Division is for children with a maximum age of 8 years old on August 1st prior to the new Indiana JBQ season.

Searcher (Target: 4th, 5th & 6th Grades):
The Searcher Division is for children with a maximum age of 11 years old on August 1st prior to the new Indiana JBQ season.


Division For Home School: Maximum Age
(as of August 1st prior to the JBQ Season) 
Target Grades
Pee Wee 6 years old  Kindergarten & 1st
Discover 8 years old 2nd & 3rd
Searcher  11 years old 4th, 5th & 6th

Any child may compete in a higher division if it is in the best interest of the child.

 The age requirement is normally a sufficient requirement for all students. However, some students may be older than the typical age of those in the same grade. Waivers to allow older children to participate may be issued by the District Coordinator. Reasons for such waivers include learning disabilities, being held back a grade, or starting school at an older age. If a church believes it has a special circumstance that warrants an exception, the church must submit the appropriate Eligibility Waiver Request form on the Indiana JBQ website to the District Coordinator.

[Last updated on Sunday, February 13, 2011 ]