2019 Run for the Roses

The Roseville Area High School quiz bowl club is pleased to announce is working with the Minnesota Quiz Bowl Alliance to host a high school quiz bowl tournament on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The top finishers will qualify for the 2019 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament (HSNCT) to be held Memorial Day weekend in Atlanta. In addition, the top small high schools (public, private, and charter) will qualify for the 2019 NAQT Small School National Championship Tournament to be held the weekend of May 4 in Chicago.

We'd love to see a local high school bring home either national championship!


The tournament will be held in classrooms at Roseville Area High School. The initial meeting will be in the media center. Teams should use the Main Entrance (door 1) as it is most convenient to the media center.


Teams can park anywhere in the main lot that isn't specifically reserved. As one would expect at a high school, bus parking is available.


Teams may check in between 8:30 and 8:50 on Saturday, February 16, in the media center. At this time they will receive their schedule for the day and other pertinent information about the tournament. Scratch paper for computation questions will be provided, but pencils will not be.

From 9:00 to 9:15 there will be an introductory meeting (also in the media center) to go over the rules, format, and schedule. Coaches, players, and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions. Teams are also encouraged to ask questions in advance, over e-mail, to make the meeting go as smoothly as possible.

From 9:15 to 12:30 each team will play six preliminary rounds. Between 16 and 32 teams will advance to the afternoon playoffs. The exact number that advance (as well as the exact criterion for doing so) will be determined by the tournament format which, in turn, will be determined by the final field size.

From 12:30 to 1:30 teams will have a lunch break. Teams that have been eliminated may depart or stay to watch the playoffs.

From 1:30 to 4:00 the top teams from the preliminary rounds will meet each other in the playoffs. There will probably be five rounds of single-elimination playoffs.

At 4:00 there will be an awards presentation in the media center. This will be kept brief and teams will be able to leave immediately thereafter.


The registration fee does not cover lunch.

Eligibility and Qualification:

All high schools (public, private, magnet, charter, religious, etc.) are eligible to compete in this event and no prior qualification is necessary. Teams from home school collectives are also welcome. If you have a special situation, feel free to e-mail the eligibility committee in advance for a ruling. This tournament will follow NAQT's Eligibility Rules.

Schools that meet NAQT's defition of a small school are eligible to qualify for the SSNCT. During the Run for the Roses, large and small schools will compete together.


The tournament will be staffed entirely by community volunteers and collegiate players. Coaches will not be required to assist with the running of the tournament and will be able to watch their team(s) throughout the event (or to sit in the media center and grade papers!).


The format of the tournament will be determined by the number of teams that register, but all participants are guaranteed at least six games.


Online registration for this tournament is open. If you don't already have an account on the NAQT system, you'll need to make one as part of the registration process.

Please note that you may register without knowing which players you will be bringing; you can update the players at any time prior to the tournament. The tournament director really appreciates early registrations because it lets him recruit moderators earlier, rather than later.

The base registration fee is $90 per team. There is a $10 discount for a bringing a working lockout system. There is a $10 penalty for waiting to register until February 9. Schools are encouraged to send multiple teams to give as many players as possible a chance to compete (but each school is limited to six teams).

The registration fee includes one printed copy of the questions used at the tournament per school. The questions will not be distributed until the conclusion of the preliminary rounds; teams that leave without their copy of the questions may pay ($5) to have their sets shipped.

Teams will pay when they check in at the tournament site. Please make checks out to "Minnesota Quiz Bowl Alliance" or "MQBA."

Teams may bring checks with them to the tournament, but if they wish to mail them in advance, they should be sent to:

R. Robert Hentzel
10333 Oak Grove Circle
Bloomington, MN 55431


The top eight teams overall will receive team trophies and the members of the winning team will receive individual trophies. The top twelve individual scorers (as determined by points-per-tossup-heard) will receive All-Star awards as will the top freshman and sophomore scorers (who are not also overall All-Stars).

Individual awards will be based entirely on performance during the preliminary rounds. Players must have heard at least 60 tossups during the preliminary rounds to be eligible for individual awards.

Question Security:

This tournament will use questions provided by National Academic Quiz Tournaments, LLC. We are using Invitational Series #182A and have purchased geographic exclusivity for Minnesota. It is the responsibility of participating teams to make sure that they have not attended (and do not plan to attend) another tournament anywhere in the country that is using the same packet set. Teams can find explanations of geographic exclusivity and their responsibility in maintaining question security on NAQT's website. Teams can also look up the sets assigned to past and future tournaments. Teams with questions about exclusivity or security should contact NAQT at naqt@naqt.com.

Preparing for the Tournament:

We recommend reading the brief rules, but the basics of gameplay are as follows:

NAQT sells practice questions for teams that would like to prepare more fully for the event. These are tournament questions from previous years so they are exactly like what you will be competing on at this event. We recommend Invitational Series #173A and IS #169A (or NAQT's New High School Package) for new teams. There are also sample packets available that are identical in style and distribution to the questions that we will be using.

Teams may also be interested in checking out the free You Gotta Know articles that give brief overviews of answers that come up very frequently (for example, "You gotta know these French kings."). They may also be interested in frequency list, subject-specific Thumbs Up collections of questions, or Power Up study guides.

Further Questions:

If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact R. Robert Hentzel by e-mail or phone (952.888.2277).

Created 2018 December 20 by R. Robert Hentzel