Championship Battle Guidelines
1. The Championship Battle begins promptly at 4:30 pm. All team members should arrive by 4:15 for pictures. If a full team is not present at the scheduled time for the battle, we will wait no more than ten minutes. After the battle begins, no late-coming team members may join the battle.
2. Six team members may participate in the Championship Battle. Alternates may watch the battles but may not participate. If the Team Manager chooses, the alternates may be substituted after the first sixteen questions.
3. A coin will be flipped to see which team will go first. Team captains will draw 15 questions each (a total of 30) for the battle.
4. The moderator will read each question twice. Each team may confer up to 20 seconds. The captain will then stand up and clearly give the authorís last name and the answer to the question. Other team members may not talk to the captain or to each other after the captain stands up, nor should there be any communication between the team and the audience.
5. A panel of librarians will award points for each correct author and answer. If the panel determines the answer to be incorrect, the moderator will be instructed to repeat the question for the opposing team. That team will then have 20 seconds to decide on an answer.
6. If members of the team answering the question violate rule #4 during a battle, the panel will not award any points to the team for that question. In addition, the panel will deduct four points as a penalty from the teamís final score at the end of the battle.
7. While a team is conferring or answering the question, members of the opposite team must not indulge in disruptive conduct such as loud laughing, loud talking or communicating with the audience. If such behavior occurs at any time during the battle, the panel will give the offending team one warning. If the behavior persists, the panel will deduct four points as a penalty from the teamís final score.
8. If the battle is tied at the end of the 30 questions, the teams will participate in a sudden-death tie-breaker battle. Both teams will be given answer slips. The librarian will read a question, and the teams will have 20 seconds to place their answers on the slip. No points will be awarded and no author names will be required. If both teams answer correctly or both teams answer incorrectly another question will be read, until a winner emerges.
9. The decision of the panel is final. If there are any questions pertaining to the battle, only team managers may discuss them with the Youth Services Supervisor after the battle.
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