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Planning Schedule

This schedule is provided as a guideline for teams, coaches, parents and bus drivers to make plans for attendance at all Optimist Brain Bowl tournaments. The start time may vary slightly from tournament to tournament and the end times are dependant on the finish time of the final rounds and awards.

Schedule of the Day

6:45 Volunteer Check-In

7:00 Reader Check-In

7:45 - 8:00 Team Check-In

8:00 - 8:15 Mandatory Meeting for Teams / Supporters

Morning Rounds

8:30 - 9:00 Round One

9:10 - 9:35 Round Two

9:45 - 10:10 Round Three

10:20 - 10:45 Round Four

10:55 - 11:20 Round Five


11:20 - 12:30

12:30 - Scores announced and posted

Afternoon Rounds

12:45 - 1:10 1st Elimination (Top 8 teams per grade)

1:15 - 1:40 2nd Elimination (Winners from 1st Elimination)

1:45 - 2:10 Championship and Consolation Rounds 
Awards will be given for 1st - 4th Place in all levels so teams
should advance to the awards venue immediately upon 
completion of this round.

2:15 - Awards


The morning rounds consist of teams participating in four oral team-to-team competitions and one written round. As teams check-in tournament day, they are given a schedule that shows the rooms where they will compete, their written round time and the teams they will be playing against during each oral round. Teams will not receive their competition schedule before tournament day.


The Optimist Brain Bowl team registration numbers sometimes necessitate scheduling "byes" for teams during the morning rounds. Teams should expect no more than one bye to be scheduled into their day. Teams that have byes in their schedule receive the average of the other three oral round scores as their score for the bye round. However, teams should report to their scheduled room and play so they stay warmed up.

Written Round

All teams are scheduled to complete the written round test during one of the morning rounds.  All teams registered from the same school will take the written test at the same time. Five team members work together and turn in one team answer sheet. Alternate team members, coaches and spectators are not allowed in the written round test room. Team members should bring pencils but no other materials to the written round test room.  Teams should not discuss the written test until after the morning rounds have been completed, as they may be providing information to teams which have not yet taken the written round.

Elimination Rounds

The elimination rounds are determined by the correct answer points for the four morning oral rounds and written round. The top eight teams in each grade level are placed into standard tournament brackets for the afternoon schedule. There are two elimination rounds plus the Finals/Consolation round scheduled in the afternnoon.

The final rounds to determine 1st and 2nd place in each level will no longer be run consecutively in front of  the large audience before the awards ceremony.  The contests for 1st/2nd  for all levels and 3rd/4th for all levels will run in individual contest rooms all at the same time after the 2nd Elimination round. This change has been made to establish a consolation runoff for 3rd place, to encourage more teams to attend the awards ceremony, and to make the day a little shorter but more efficient for participants, spectators and volunteers.