Quiz Bowl is an academic competition in which two teams of four students compete head to head using a buzzer system to be the first to answer questions read by a moderator. The fast-paced format tests the combined prowess of the teams to determine the ultimate winner.

Quiz Bowl is presented in cooperation with:

  1. National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) and
  2. the North Carolina Academic Team Association (NCATA).


As an NCASA-hosted event, the State Quiz Bowl Tournament is a component of the NCASA Scholastic Cup and Middle School Cup presented by Time Warner Cable. Only NCASA Member Schools may participate in the State Quiz Bowl Tournament and earn Cup points.


NCASA is proud to present the North Carolina Quiz Bowl Competition in cooperation with National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT). We use nationally-recognized NAQT standards, rules, and questions for our Quiz Bowl competitions.


We expect to have weekly conference meets in the following areas starting February, 2014. These meets are after-school on a day and time chosen by the coaches in each conference. There is no cost for member schools to participate in these meets.

  • Charlotte area
  • Catawba Valley
  • Triad
  • Triangle
  • Cumberland County
  • Northeast

Practice Equipment and Materials

Teams are not required to purchase practice questions or electronic buzzer systems for competitions. However, NCASA recommends that Teams purchase questions and buzzer systems so they can practice under in a setting similar to an actual match.

  • Practice Questions: National Academic Quiz Tournaments (NAQT) is the Official Provider of NCASA Quiz Bowl Questions and Rules. NCASA recommends that schools choose NAQT as their source for practice questions and other training materials.
  • Buzzer Systems: Many companies produce quality buzzer systems including Zeecraft, Novel Electronic Devices, and Quik Pro Systems. Contact these companies for more information on the purchase of a quiz bowl buzzer system. Ask for a system that supports two teams of four people per team.

Additional Resources

While the NCASA Quiz Bowl District and State Tournaments are held in the Spring, schools across North Carolina host tournaments year-round. The North Carolina Academic Team Association (NCATA) is the best North Carolina resource for information about Quiz Bowl, including how to start a Quiz Bowl team and details for Quiz Bowl tournaments.

More Information

If you have any questions, or if you would like more information about the NCASA Quiz Bowl Competition, please contact:

Leon Pfeiffer
Executive Director
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Phone: (919) 771 - 9272