The Arkansas Governor's Quiz Bowl Association is an organization working
for a competition that works under the umbrella of the Arkansas
Activities Association (AAA). This means that academic competitions
are regulated in much the same way as athletic events. This includes:
school classification, eligibility, sanctioning of events and certification.
Information about AAA can be found in the AAA Official Handbook. If you
don't have one ask your principal, athletic director or contact AAA.
Private schools are classified by AAA based upon Average Daily Membership (ADM). Special program schools, such as magnet schools, may be placed in a classification higher than indicated solely by school size.
Quiz Bowl competitors must meet AAA guidelines for eligibility. As of this posting, 9th graders must have a GPA of 1.8, 10th-12th graders must have a 2.0 GPA. Players may be on probation. Check with principals and athletic coaches if you have questions.
9th graders may compete in junior or senior high competitions, but cannot play in a junior high match after competing at the senior high level. Invitational tournaments are included in this restriction, but practice matches are not. This rule will be enforced by AGQBA.
Coaches have the responsibility to ensure that all players meet the AAA guidelines. A roster of eligible team members must be certified by the school principal players who are eligible early in the year. This list does not mean you will use all of them. Retain a copy. Enclose a copy with all tournament applications. Take an up-to-date certificate to all competitions. Be sure to have an accurate list when you attend the AGQBA regional tournament.
Common strategies for selecting team members: