Bible Bowl is a quick recall program started in 1963 where students compete over their knowledge of scripture. A selected book or books of the Bible is determined as the text that season. A team competes against another team over a selected segment of the text in a 14-minute game; the team with the most points at the end of the game wins!
The quizmaster reads questions (referred to as “toss-ups”) to the players. The first player buzz in and answer correctly gets a series of “bonus” questions for that player’s team to answer together. This pattern of toss-up followed by bonus is repeated throughout the game.
A toss-up is comprised of a lead-in sentence to help the players anticipate the Bible verse from which the question will come, followed by the question itself. This format of lead-in followed by question allows students to be challenged in a fun and unique way to recall the verses they have learned.
Most bonus questions will require a word or phrase answer, while more challenging bonuses may require a perfectly quoted “memory verse” from the text.
A team is comprised of up to four players in either 3rd through 5th grade for Beginner Bible Bowl or 6th through 12th grade for Teen Bible Bowl. A team sponsor (a parent or other adult) will have practices with his or her team weekly in order to guide the students in their weekly reading and studying habits. During the game itself, a quizmaster will lead the game by reading the questions to the players, while the team sponsor will either keep score or keep time.
Bible Bowl has local round robin tournaments once a month, October through May. In typical round robin fashion, teams will play all the teams in their division for the most number of wins.
Those teams wishing to compete at a national level may also attend regional tournaments in June and a national tournament in July to compete for a national championship title.
Practice times and duration are determined by the team sponsor. While there is no requirement for practice times, a weekly practice of 1 to 2 hours is recommended.