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Barry Bowl
Where Futures Begin
 

Honors Bowl medal Rules of the Game

HOW TO PLAY
Barry Bowl is played between two teams of four players each.  The teams are awarded points for correctly answering questions asked by the Moderator.  The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

GAME OFFICIALS
Five officials supervise the game.  They are the Moderator, Announcer, Judge, Score Keeper, and Time Keeper.  Each team prior to the beginning of play shall designate a team captain.  The captain is the spokesperson for the team.  In the event of multiple and conflicting answers to bonus questions, the captain's answer is considered the team's answer.

PLAYING TIME Honors Bowl team in action
Each regulation round is 30 minutes-15 minutes of questions, a short break, then 15 minutes of questions.  The Championship round is 40 minutes-20 minutes of questions, a short break, then 20 minutes of questions.

SCORING
Points are scored when a team correctly answers questions.  Two types of questions are asked: toss-up questions worth 10 points each and bonus questions with varying values depending on complexity and difficulty.

BEGINNING PLAY
Each round begins with a toss-up question worth 10 points.  Any player may answer.

ANSWERING TOSS-UP QUESTIONS
The player who first signals that he or she is ready to answer must be recognized by the Announcer as the eligible respondent.  Only that player may answer.  If the answer is correct, the team is credited with 10 points and given a chance to answer a bonus question, time permitting.  If a player on Team A, after a toss-up question has been read completely, answers incorrectly, the Moderator opens that question to Team B players.  The first player to signal is given a chance to answer.  If both teams miss the question, the Moderator states the answer and asks another toss-up question.  A player may interrupt a toss-up question while it is being asked if he believes that he can anticipate the correct answer to the complete question.  If, however, the answer is not correct, the team is penalized 5 points, and the Moderator repeats the entire question for the opposing team.  If a toss-up question is multiple choice, the selection of an incorrect response by one team will improve the odds for the other team.

ANSWERING BONUS QUESTIONS
A bonus question is worth a pre-stated number of points, depending upon its complexity and difficulty.  As soon as the bonus question is asked, all four members may deliberate the answer, but the members must agree on an answer before replying. 

There are two types of bonus questions: Type one requires the same type of answer for all parts.  Sample bonus question, type one: For five points each, name the largest city in each of the following nations: a) Poland  b) Nigeria  c) Canada  d) Japan.

Type two bonus questions deal with the same general subject, but each part of the question may require a different type of response.  Sample bonus question, type two: For five points each, respond to the following questions concerning the United States: a) The 13th amendment outlawed what activity or practice? b) Which President remained a bachelor throughout his years as president? c) Who served as President Carter's Vice President? d) How many members of Congress currently represent the state of South Carolina?

ENDING THE GAME
The device ending the game is sounded at the end of a specified game time.  If the device sounds while the Moderator is asking a question, she stops and the game is finished.  If the device sounds while a player is answering a question, the player may complete the answer to that question, and the game is ended.

CHALLENGES AND QUESTIONS
Challenges and questions from anyone other than the team members may be presented only at the conclusion of the first half of the match or at the conclusion of the match.  If a non-participant violates this rule, the first infraction will draw a warning, the second infraction will result in the team on whose behalf the challenge is presented having 10 points deducted from its total, and the third infraction will result in disqualification of the team.  The challenges do not have to come from the same person.

SUDDEN DEATH PLAYOFF
If both teams have the same number of points when the time runs out, the tie is broken in a sudden death playoff.  The playoff consists of questions worth 10 points each.  The first team to answer a question correctly wins.  If a player interrupts a question and answers incorrectly, the team will be penalized 5 points, thus breaking the tie and giving the opposing team the victory.

BARRY BOWL AWARDS
The first and second place teams will each receive a Barry Bowl trophy for their schools.  Each member of the winning team will receive a $500 scholarship per semester for two semesters (total value $1,000).  Each team member will also receive a medal.  Second place team members will receive a $250 scholarship per semester for two semesters (total value $500).

TEAM ELIGIBILITY
Only one team is eligible per school. Only the first 8 teams to register will be eligible to compete.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY
February 19, 2014. Sponsors should provide a list of Barry Bowl team members by contacting Prof. Kim Covington (803-313-7041 or kkcoving@mailbox.sc.edu).



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