College Bowl


Thursday, October 3 at 5:00pm
quiz-bowl-fillable-entry-form (please download)


  1. A team will consist of 3 undergraduate student members of the NACSM from one college.
  2. Each college that submits complete entry information is assured entry to 1 team up to the first 25 individual teams. A college may submit an entry for a second team. If less than 25 individual college teams apply for participation, the second teams granted a spot in the Quiz Bowl will be randomly selected from all colleges submitting double entries. 
  3. Each team member must be a member of the Northland Regional Chapter and must register to attend the 44th Northland ACSM Annual Fall Meeting. The student must be a chapter member at the time the Quiz Bowl Registration is submitted.
  4. Each team member must be a full time undergraduate student enrolled as a major in a degree program at the college represented. The degree program must be one that would qualify for ACSM Professional Membership at the time of  competition.
  5. The team must be sponsored by an NACSM Professional Member or Fellow who is a faculty member at the same college.
  6. The faculty sponsor must be a current Northland Chapter ACSM member at the time the team registration is submitted and must register to attend the Northland ACSM Fall Annual Meeting. The faculty sponsor must attend the Quiz Bowl and must serve as a proctor for the Quiz Bowl event
  7. An eligible sponsor may sponsor no more than two teams for the competition. If serving as the faculty sponsor for two teams and the second team is allowed to participate, the sponsor is responsible for providing an additional Northland Chapter ACSM professional member proctor to participate in the NACSM Quiz Bowl.
  8. In the event that a student team member is unable to participate in the competition, it is permissible to substitute another student from the same institution if they meet the aforementioned criteria.  Substitutions must be approved by the sponsoring faculty member and the emcee prior to the start of the competition.


  1. The competition will be a Jeopardy-style format. The questions will be asked in 3 rounds- Jeopardy, Double Jeopardy and Final Jeopardy. 
  2.  In the Jeopardy and Double Jeopardy rounds, each team will have an equal chance to answer each question by writing the answer on a whiteboard during the allotted time interval (usually 15 seconds) after the question is presented by the emcee.  A greater time period will be provided for some questions that require calculations or multiple steps. If a greater period of time is provided, students will be notified within the question slide. Only answers legibly written on the whiteboard  at the end of the allotted time will be considered. The initial decision as to whether an answer is correct or incorrect is the responsibility of the proctor assigned to the team.
  3. Every team answering  a question correctly in the Jeopardy or Double Jeopardy rounds will receive the designated points identified with the chosen question.  Incorrect answers will result in the loss of the designated points from the team score. There is no penalty for not attempting an answer (white board left blank). If a team's answer is deemed incorrect by the proctor or emcee, and the answering team wants to have a judges review the answer given, the team must ask for review before the game moves on to the next question.
  4. To participate in the Final Jeopardy round, the team score after Double Jeopardy must be greater than $0. Eligible teams will be required to state their wagered/risked amount prior to the question being read. Their final score will be raised or lowered by the wagered amount depending on a correct or incorrect response.
  5. Content will address the curricular areas normally associated with undergraduate degree programs in which student members of the regional chapter are enrolled. These will include, but not be limited to the following areas: basic science, metabolism, human physiology, human anatomy, nutrition, testing and prescription, body composition, work and energy, human biomechanics, exercise physiology, training responses and adaptations, etc.


  1. There will be an emcee for the event that will ask questions, confirm answers and prompt the scorer to credit each corresponding team with the right number of points.
  2. There will be a timekeeper for the event keeping track of time intervals for each question.
  3. There will be a proctor for each team.  Proctors will use response clickers to indicate if the team: answered correct, answered incorrect, or provided no answer to the question.  Team proctors will also bring challenges to the attention of the judges.
  4. There will 3 judges, selected by the Northland ACSM, who will rule on correctness of any response ruled “incorrect” and challenged by a team. Judges will confirm and interpret answers in the event of ambiguity. They will discuss and decide as a group and rule with one voice. Judges decisions on an answer's correctness will be based on the latest editions of the ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, ACSM's Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing & Prescription and/or the judges' consensus opinion. Rendered decisions are final.
  5. Scoring will be done electronically from the response clickers. Scores are updated after each question. Scores will be displayed for the audience at the conclusion of each category.


  1. The winning team will receive a permanent plaque for their school and will possess the traveling NACSM QUIZ BOWL TROPHY CUP for 1 year.
  2. The winning team will be sponsored by the Northland Regional Chapter to represent the chapter at the National ACSM Quiz Bowl. If the National ACSM holds the competition, the Northland Chapter will provide $1500 towards travel costs involved in having the winning Northland Quiz Bowl team represent the chapter at the 2020 ACSM Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Annual Meeting registration fees are traditionally waived by National ACSM. Based on the meeting location, please note that there may be additional expenses to participants necessitating additional funds beyond what the Northland Chapter will provide.


  1.  Team must be entered by an email that is sent to . The email has to be received by NACSM Student Activities Director Dr. Brad Bowser no later than 11:59:59pm on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.
  2. The faculty sponsor must send an entry form with all information required on the 2018 Entry Form which should be downloaded here: quiz-bowl-fillable-entry-form


Contact the NACSM Student Activities Director Dr. Brad Bowser Ph.D. via email at