Finals info

Posted 23 Feb, 2015 09:46 AM by Ron

 The numbers are up! and you can see those on the Statistics tab. They do not have the lowest score dropped, but you can get a pretty good sense of where you stand for the year. If anyone wants a spreadsheet with the low score dropped, let me know.

The deadline to register for Finals is Mar 13, with the cost being $5 per quizzer. We are pretty flexible about this during the year, but we need registrations in early so that we can ensure a quality bracket. Registration will begin on Mar 27, at 6:30pm, and quizzing will continue on Mar 28. The tournament will consist of a complete round robin preliminary, followed by a modified double elimination tournament. All teams will enter the tournament, with seeding based on win-loss record, then head-to-head competition, and finally total points. The top 6 teams will receive awards.
Coaches are asked to verify scores and report any discrepancies. Scores will be accepted as it, otherwise.

 Traveling Trophy

There has been a lot of good competition this year for the traveling trophy! And it looks like Finals will be the quiz that determines who takes home the traveling trophy this year. Here are the points, so far:
Waukegan      10                    Hoopeston       9                     Kankakee 1st    7

As a reminder, traveling trophy points at Finals are the same as during the year- 1st place is 3 pts., 2nd place is 2 pts., and 3rd place is 1 pt. If, after finals, there is a tie in traveling trophy points, placement at finals will be used as the tie breaker, so the traveling trophy could end up with any of these 3 teams!

 Individual Placement


The top 20 quizzers will receive awards for their work on the day. These awards are independent of the ‘Top 16’ awards, which are described below.

 Top 16 and Top Quizzer

An average of the quizzers’ scores from the year will be taken to determine who qualifies for Top 16. That average is determined by doubling the quizzer’s score from finals, and adding the 4 best scores from the rest of the year. Quizzers must be present and participate in District Finals to be eligible. The quizzers with the 16 highest averages are the Top 16, and will receive special recognition.

The quizzer with the highest average for the year will be recognized as Top Quizzer, and will receive a $500 scholarship to Olivet Nazarene University.

A quiz-off will be conducted among these 16 quizzers to determine who will go on to represent CCD at Celebrate Life. If less than 4 of the Top 16 quizzers are either ineligible or unwilling to participate, the next quizzers in order of average will be asked to participate in the quiz-off.  In the event that 4 or more of the Top 16 quizzers are either ineligible or unwilling to participate, a top 12 style quiz will be conducted to determine placements on the A and B teams.


On a personal note, I want to encourage all of you to finish strong! The averages for the year are very close, and that means that making the Top 16 is not out of anyone’s grasp. A solid showing (it doesn’t even have to be exceptional-just solid) at finals could get you in.
I know that the end of Acts has a lot of information, but this book is pivotal for us as followers of Jesus, because it gives us concrete, real life examples of following Jesus. It shows us what rubber-meets-the-road Christianity should look like.
Paul encourages Timothy in 2 Timothy to stay focused and to endure, and this is what the author of Hebrews, in chapter 12, says to us: 
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Let’s dig deep and give our all for God’s glory!


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A fun community activity

Posted 22 Feb, 2015 08:14 PM by Ron

Hey everyone!

The indianapolis tournament was cancelled and I know at least a few teams planned to go.  I've been talking with a few coaches about just doing a fun practice-like quiz on the 14th to help us prepare for finals.  We would start a bit later-like 9:30 maybe and then go out for lunch around 12:30 followed maybe by games or a group activity.  Anyone could come hang out, review for finals and enjoy our community.  There would be no cost to quiz, but probably $10 to eat and $10 for an activity depending on what we find (if a host church let us come back and people wanted to help organize games then no activity cost) Let me know if you're interested so we can plan!

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February Quiz

Posted 02 Feb, 2015 08:42 PM by Ron

We have a quiz this saturday at Kankakee 1st!  I am in desperate need of officials as both Ryan and Lori will be gone, and Scott and I have family in from out of town to celebrate christmas and do extended family pictures so we won't be available the whole day.  This was the only weekend his brothers family could come from Maryland so we had to make it work.  We will be there to kick things off and hopefully to wrap things up.  Please register your teams  as soon as you can (hopefully beforenoon thursday) and if you are NOT coming--email me that as well so we arent waiting or trying to track you down to make the schedule Thursday afternoon.  If you can officiate or bring equipment-please let me know that as well!

As a reminder--Sterling is also a great off district tournament coming up in a few weeks-(Feb 21) they have both experienced and novice divisions. 

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November Quiz at Joliet 1st!

Posted 29 Oct, 2014 12:24 PM by Ron

Hey everyone!!  The November quiz is still a few weeks away, but I wanted to open registration early, as well as get the word out that we really need officials for this quiz to keep the day running smoothly.  Joliet typically plans lunch, and we ask that everyone do their best to support their quiz program by eating the lunch they prepare and provide.  We all know quizzing can be costly, but when you go out to eat, or bring your own food, it hurts other programs too.  Plus, churches purchase food based on the number of people expected to attend, and we don't want to leave them with a crazy amount of leftovers.  If you absolutely hate hot dogs, pizza, whatever--then consider giving a donation to the local program to help them out.  

I want to take a few minutes to talk about expectations and some changes for St Louis for this year.  If this doesn't pertain to you, feel free to go register your team/equipment/officials for the November quiz and ignore the rest of this message.  

The November quiz determines our top 10 quizzers who will represent us at St. Louis.  The cost and details have not all been worked out yet, but a few details have, so I wanted to pass those on to you.  6th graders who make the Top 10 will have the option to go and be alternates (they may or may not quiz-alternates are usually used in cases where someone gets sick, etc).  We like to take 12 students, 10 plus 2 alternates so that more students are exposed to that level of quizzing, but understand that it is quite a bit of money to attend and with no guarantee of quizzing.  Scott and I will not be attending St Louis this year, as it is 3 weeks before we are due to have that second little baby.  We have selected coaches, and arranged transportation through Joliet 1st utilizing their bus that holds 25.  Jeremy Driscoll will be leading the trip, as he has travelled with us several times in the past and is familiar with how things are run.  

We are letting you know now that we expect all students to ride the bus to build community and team unity.  As always, we will take other coaches/parents/officials as we have room at the hotel.  Parents may elect to drive separately if they choose, but their students will still be required to travel with the team.  If you plan to officiate and we do NOT have room for you, you may be able to talk with Bill about possible housing arrangements through him--just keep in mind we CANNOT accomodate transporting officials to various hotels unless they are in the immediate area of our hotel.  Details about that will be coming out to the individuals that qualify for the trip.  

In the past, we also have had issues with students not committing to the trip or backing out at the last minute.  We understand that things come up at school and home that sometimes cannot be helped.  However, since Scott and I are not actually making the trip, we are asking that all students verify commitments at school and home and make the commitment by November 28th.  This allows us time to contact alternates, and get everything in place for the trip.  It also hurts the team, and determines how the teams are made up.  As a result of this, anyone who does not commit by the 28th will not be allowed to go.  Anyone who commits and backs out after the 28th (without it being an emergency--family member hospitalized, etc) risks not being able to qualify for the District team at the end of the year, because we need to know we have students we can depend on at this higher level of quizzing.  Our intent is not to punish anyone, but when students back out last minute, it hurts the remainder of the team--because Bible quizzing is about the team.  Individual scores and accomplishments are great, but that's not what we're all about.  

Thanks for your understanding!  We look forward to a great trip!


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