Out of District
Great West is an opportunity for quizzers, coaches and officials to participate in an out-of-district meet with the goal of developing their respective quizzing skills. Three districts – Canadian Midwest, Western Canada and Pacific Northwest – send teams to Great West. The weekend competition is usually held in southern Alberta or a northwestern state. The location is determined a year in advance.
During the trip, we encourage the teens and adults to build friendships with others from our district as well as with the participants from the other districts. On the quizzing side, we strive to grow the skills of quizzers, coaches and officials. Quizzers and coaches will gain a greater understanding of quizzing strategy with an emphasis on team strategy. The emphasis in not on individual achievement. The hope is quizzers return to their church programs enthusiastic and encouraged, and in turn share that excitement with other quizzers in their local church quizzing programs.
CMD Bible Quizzing chooses 20 quizzers to make five teams to represent the district.
While averages are considered, the selection committee invites quizzers at its own discretion. Quizzers who are older with a lower average may be invited ahead of quizzers who are younger with a higher average. Younger quizzers will have more opportunities to attend Great West.
Similarly, the CMD committee desires to see as many churches represented by the coaches. We choose 10 coaches for the five teams, pairing a more experienced coach with a less experienced coach.
Head-to-Head (H2H) is a one-day competition initiated in 1998 by CMD Bible Quizzing to promote the development of international all-star teams that are balanced across different question categories. The purpose of the day is to evaluate the strengths of potential all-star quizzers within their respective categories in order to identify the strongest quizzers within each category.
Only those quizzers who are seeking to qualify for the Christian and Missionary Alliance international competition to be held in the summer should attend this day. Quizzers who are invited to attend H2H but who aren’t prepared to attend internationals are expected to decline the invitation to H2H, freeing up a spot for quizzers who are working toward qualifying for internationals.
This is a closed event. Spectators including parents, siblings, friends and coaches are not invited to attend H2H.
The CMD Bible Quizzing head quiz master invites up to 16 quizzers to H2H.
Quizzers who rank in the top 10 after the first and second district meets will automatically be invited to H2H, which is intended to help with the selection of the CMD international teams. However, if a quizzer is invited to H2H but is not planning to attend internationals, that quizzer is expected to decline the invitation and not attend H2H.
Each summer, Alliance Bible Quizzing hosts an international Bible quizzing tournament. Alliance districts throughout North America are invited to send teams based on the number of quizzers in their respective districts.
CMD Bible Quizzing sends two teams with each team comprised of five quizzers and two coaches. The selection of the top 10 quizzers in the district is based on their averages from the three district meets, their score at Head-to-Head, and discretionary points.
- 1st district meet: 15%
- 2nd district meet: 20%
- Head-to-Head: 25%
- Final district meet: 40%
These percentages are added and multiplied by 90 percent. The remaining 10 percent comes from the discretionary points that are awarded based on leadership within a church quizzing program and leadership at the district.
To re-state the formula: (1st district+2nd district+H2H+finals) x 90% + 10% = 100%
Quizzers who qualify to represent CMD Bible Quizzing at the CMA international quizzing competition ought to consider this a privilege that comes with responsibilities:
- First and foremost
- Represent well Christ, CMD, and home quiz team by showing respect, acting with dignity and extending grace to other quizzers, coaches and officials.
- Before the summer competition
- study the quizzing material between quizzing finals and internationals as assigned by the international coaches
- work hard to be as prepared as possible
- attend practice weekend scheduled by the international coaches
- attend practice week scheduled for several days before the international competition
- participate fully in the team activities during the practice weekend and week
- At the competition
- respond appropriately to coaching during quizzes
- follow the expectations of the coaches who are acting in lieu of parents
- remain with the team and not leave the quizzing campus unless accompanied by a coach or parent. There may be times when a quizzer cannot leave the campus because of various quizzing and team activities. The coaches must be consulted before a quizzer leaves the campus with parents.
- participate fully in team activities
- After the competition
- continue to participate in quizzing
- invest in the growth of quizzers at their home churches and in the district
- Valid passport, when the international quiz meet is held in the United States.
- Team uniforms chosen by the quizzers and coaches.
- International fees that cover quiz meet registration, transportation to and from the meet, most meals, accommodations, a fun activity. This varies from year to year and depends on where internationals is held.
- These fees do not cover all the expenses. Quizzers are subsidized by CMD Bible Quizzing.
- Additional meals enroute to the meet and home, during the fun activity day. This also varies from year to year.
- Families living where practice weekend and week occur will be asked to billet quizzers and provide evening meals to the quiz teams.
- Families not living where practice weekend and week occur will be asked to provide lunches and snacks that will be shared with the quiz teams.