2017 NCANA Anesthesia College Bowl Rules of the Game

Teams

  • There are 6 teams representing each of the nurse anesthesia programs in North Carolina:
  • Carolinas Medical Center, Duke, ECU, Raleigh, Wake Forest, and Western Carolina.  Each team will consist of 4 members and 1 alternate. The 4 team members sit at the table and the alternate will sit in the audience, but all are introduced at the beginning of the games.  The alternate may rotate into play if multiple rounds are played and if the team members agree.  Substitutions must be announced to the ERC chair.
  • Any team member may hit the buzzer.
  • 3 teams will be on the stage at a time for one round.
  • Teams are to meet with the ERC chair at least 30 minutes prior to the bowl to review the NCANA Anesthesia College Bowl Rules of the Game, determine the order of teams playing and to practice using the buzzer system. 

Judges

  • Judges will be represented by one faculty member from each school to avoid even the perception of bias and in case of disputed questions.  The ERC chair will cast the deciding vote if a deadlock occurs and will have final say as to whether the disputed question will be kept or “thrown out”.  In the event of a tie between teams, the ERC chair will serve as tie breaker.  Non-faculty volunteers may serve as judges but must be approved by the judges and ERC chair to avoid the perception of regional or alumni bias.
  • The positions for judges are:  spokesperson, rule keeper, timekeeper, scorekeeper, monitors.
  • One of the 6 judges will serve as the spokesperson for the judges. The spokesperson will either state “correct” or “incorrect” after consultation with the group if a question is in dispute.   The decision of the judges and ERC chair is final and is based on referenced questions and answers.
  • One of the 6 judges will serve as rule keeper, will possess a copy of the NCANA Anesthesia College Bowl Rules of the Game, and will ensure that all rules are followed, especially in the case of deadlocks. 
  • Two of the 6 judges will serve as monitors to determine which team hit the buzzer first in disputed cases. The current buzzer system keeps track of the order of buzzer hits, so the monitors will use this system to settle disputes
  • One of the 6 judges will serve as timekeeper.  The current buzzer system keeps the time for play, so the timekeeper will use this system for determining time.
  • One of the 6 judges will serve as scorekeeper and will keep track of the score at the judging table.  He/She will also verify that the recorded score for the audience view is correct.

Moderator/Emcee

  • The Moderator will make announcements and will introduce the judges and the teams.  He/she will review the NCANA Anesthesia College Bowl Rules of the Game with the teams prior to play and with the audience before play begins.  The audience and the teams will be reminded about demonstrating good sportsmanship during the game.  The Emcee (may be the same person) will read the questions and will refer to judges for decisions about correct and complete answers to questions only as needed.
  • The Moderator and/or the Emcee will announce the beginning and end of each round, the conclusion of the game, the winning team and will award the trophy to the winning team. 

General information for Play for- Students and Judges

Asking questions

  • The Moderator and /or Emcee reads the question until the buzzer is hit. The first team to hit the buzzer (2 judges serving as monitors responsible for this) will have the first opportunity to answer the question.
  • If the question is not finished before the buzzer is hit, the moderator stops speaking and the team must answer the partially asked question.
  • If the first team answers a partially asked question incorrectly and/or incompletely, the moderator may repeat the question for the next team.

Answering questions

  • Once the Moderator and/or Emcee stops speaking, each team has 10 seconds to answer. At 10 seconds, the timekeeper will call “Time”.
  • The team must immediately answer without stalling. Failure to answer promptly will be announced by the timekeeper judge as “Time’s up Next team”.
  •  The next team will have an opportunity to hear the entire question as described above.

Is the question correct/complete or incorrect/incomplete?

  • The Moderator and/or Emcee will say “Correct” if the answer to the question is correct and complete.  The printed answer to the question is reference on the back of the question card.
  • The Moderator and/or Emcee may ask the team for clarification of the answer if incomplete. The time for answer clarification may last up to 30 seconds maximum.  The Moderator/Emcee will confer with the judges after answer clarification has been given.
  • The Moderator and/or Emcee will say “Incorrect” if the answer is incorrect.
  • The Moderator and/or Emcee and judges may elect as a group to throw out any question that is unclear or confusing.
  • Some questions, though well worded, may not be answered correctly by any team because of difficulty. In this situation, there is no penalty for incorrect or incomplete answers.

Sportsmanship

  • Booing, catcalls or disparaging remarks by the audience will result in ejection from the game.
  • Disparaging remarks or unprofessional behavior by the team members will result in disqualification by the team.

Team Play

Introduction:

  1. The Moderator will thank the sponsor of the bowl, make announcements, introduce the judges, explain their roles and explain the NCANA Anesthesia College Bowl Rules of the Game.
  1. The Moderator and or Emcee will then call the 3 teams

playing the initial rounds of the game to the stage and introduce the players.

  1. The NCANA Anesthesia College Bowl Rules of the Game will be reviewed with the audience as listed previously.

Initial Rounds of Play:

  1. 3 Teams will play per round and may be asked up to 15 questions.  If a team answers 6 out of 10 questions correctly, the round ends by default.  In the event, that none of the 3 teams answers 6 out of 10 questions correctly by the end of 15 questions, additional questions may be asked in order to determine a winner of the round.
  2. Elimination: At the end of each round, the Moderator and/or Emcee will announce the score, congratulate all three teams for their efforts and sportsmanship, and will call the next 3 teams up.
  3. Round 1: Team A vs. Team B vs. Team C (20-25 minutes)

Moderator and/or Emcee may ask up to 15 questions per round as listed previously and will allow a maximum response time of 10 seconds.

  1. Round 2: Team D vs. Team E vs. Team F (20-25 minutes)

Please Note:  There will then be two (2) winning student teams at the end of the two (2) initial rounds of play.  In the event of a tie between 2 teams with no clear winner, three (3) additional questions will be asked in a round between these two (2) teams.  The first team to answer two (2) of the additional three (3) questions correctly wins the round.

Break or “half time” (10 minutes)

  1. Final Round of Play:  (20-25 Minutes)

The Moderator and/or Emcee will announce the two (2) winning teams and call them to the stage.  Up to eight (8) questions will be asked.  The team who answers a minimum of five (5) questions correctly wins the game.  In the event of a tie between the teams, up to three (3) additional questions will be asked.  However, the team to answer the first question correctly in a tie breaker round will be declared the winner. 

  1. Presentation of Trophy: At the end of the final round, the moderator will announce the score, congratulate both teams for their efforts and sportsmanship, and will call the winning team up to the podium to receive the prize.