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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2018 4:29 am 
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Case Western Reserve University Quizbowl is proud to announce the fourth iteration of Rock and Roll Hall of Shame, a high school trash tournament to be held on the CWRU campus on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Trash questions, broadly speaking, pull from pop culture that is not commonly touched upon in standard academic quiz bowl, such as movies, television, gaming, music, sports, technology, etc. As this may be the first tournament of the season for many students, CWRU Quizbowl looks to provides a fun introduction to quizbowl to new and returning students as well as to prepare teams for an exciting and competitive regular season. This tournament is meant for ALL players, as experienced teams that would normally excel at academic questions may not be as good at trash questions (and vice versa). Thus, there will be no separate division for JV; all teams will play in the same division.


The set for Rock and Roll Hall of Shame IV will be a house-written collaboration by the members of CWRU Quizbowl. I (Andrew Halza) as well as Shawn Yoshida will act as co-editors for this set. The matches will be tossup/bonus (NAQT/HSAPQ) format, with 20 questions and 1 tie-breaker for every round. Looking back on past tournaments, the distribution of the set will be as following:

Movie/TV : 5/5
Games (PC, Console, Other): 2/2
Music: 4/4
Sports: 4/4
Internet/Technology: 2/2
Miscellaneous: 4/4

It is important to note that no piece of pop culture knowledge is presented in isolation, and we hope to present a set that is representative of this sentiment (e.g. a sports question will not just list stats of a baseball player or team, but instead may ask for common threads, a city where a team is located but also where a celebrity grew up, sports in movies, etc.).


Base team fee: $45
Additional teams discount: -$10 for each extra team
Buzzer discount: -$5 per working set (max 1 per team)
Travel discount: -$10 per 100 miles traveled one way
Experienced Staffer discount: -$5 per experienced staffer (max 3 per school)


To register, send an email to our President, Andrew Halza, at with the number of teams your school plans to bring as well as any discounts for which you are eligible.
Registration for Rock and Roll Hall of Shame IV will close on Sunday, September 23rd, but please don’t wait until the last minute to register!
Please bring your payment with you the morning of the tournament, either cash or check (made out to “CWRU College Trivia Club”).


Registration for the tournament will open at 8:00am, with a general meeting at 8:45am and play starting promptly at 9:00am. We look to finish no later than 4:00pm, with sufficient time for lunch at the halfway point. A complete logistics email will be sent to participating teams once registration closes.
The champion and runner-up teams will receive awards, as will top individual scorers and the neg-master.


If you would like to host a mirror of this tournament, please send me an email at The mirror fee will be $9/team.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or would like to register, please email me ( We look forward to seeing you at CWRU on September 29th!

Andrew Halza
CWRU '21 (B.A. Biology, B.A. German)

Cortney Bird
OQBA co-director
QB Coach @ Olentangy Berlin HS 2018-Present
Statistician @ NE ITK league

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