Coaching Seminar Videos
If you are unable to attend a local or regional coaching seminar this year, these online videos can give you new ideas and motivation to do your best this quiz season. See Coaching Videos.
General Suggestions for Quiz Programs
These are general suggestions for improving your Bible Quiz Ministry, regardless of quiz division. We also have suggestions specific to Junior Quizzing and Senior Quizzing. If you have any material or suggestions that could be included, please contact us.
|Study Goal Calculator This tool calculates how many verses you need to learn each day or week to meet your verse study goal.|
Getting Started in Quizzing
Use the Internet
- Explore the Bible Quiz links available to familiarize yourself with available materials for sale, as well as to see quiz ministry websites.
- Read past postings and post your own questions in Bible Quiz forums. Forums are a great way to ask questions to a wide audience of experienced coaches.
- There is a Facebook Group "Coaches Corner" - UPC Bible Quizzing that has invaluable information and tips for coaches, old and new. New discussions and questions are always welcome.
Learn from Others
- Let your district's coordinator know you plan to have a quiz ministry. If you do not know how to contact your coordinator, contact us and we can hopefully get that information to you.
- Talk to experienced coaches. Most coaches are more than willing to share their experiences, tips, and ideas.
- Attend as many tournaments as possible, and watch as many quizzes as you can. If possible, tape record actual quizzes to learn where experienced quizzers interrupt and where coaches call time outs.
- Church bake sales are an excellent fundraiser. Have church members volunteer to make baked goods, then sell them after church on a Sunday morning.
- Have a Quote-A-Thon late in the quiz season. Have quizzers get money-per-verse sponsors from relatives and church members. Then on a Saturday have quizzers quote. Every verse quoted word-perfect counts. A team's verse count can be over a thousand, though, so make sure the per-verse sponsorship rate is reasonable (pennies not dollars). This fundraiser helps raise awareness on the effort and dedication of quizzers in addition to making well-earned money.
- I would be remiss if I did not suggest that all coaches use BQTournament software for their scorekeeping. This software will prevent you from making common calculation errors and coaching mistakes. At the NABQTs there were several games that were lost because coaches did not take advantage of this tool, especially the feature that tells when the game is locked. This feature alone makes this software invaluable to coaching.
- I utilize business cards a lot. I type out questions [and also copy and paste verses (for quizzers whose parent's won't buy them for them)]. Something that I showed to one of the coaches while up at NABQT was after we were given the state questions, I went through and copied/pasted all of the locates (as well as quotation) on the business cards then after printing them out, I would shuffle them and test my grandson on them to make sure he had them all down. I also incorporate them into various games to avoid burn-out for the kids. (submitted by Cindy Milby)
- Here is an example of what I do for our individual scorers who receive medals. If you cut these regular Avery labels in half – they fit perfectly on the medals for the 1st and 2nd high scorers. (submitted by Cindy Milby) NOTE: If you use BQTournament software to keep score, we now have special scoresheet paper available which automatically prints filled-out award ribbon sticker labels for you when you print out the scoresheet.