The Winter Academic Invitational (TWAIN) at Hannibal High School

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Hannibal High School
Field cap
Fees and discounts

First team: $65
Additional teams: $60
Discount for travelling more than 100 miles each way (determined by Google Maps): $10
Discount for providing a working buzzer set: $5 (maximum $10)
Discount for providing competent staff: $5 per staffer (maximum $10)
All discounts are subject to the discretion of tournament officials.

Question Set or Provider
to be determined
Question Format
20/20 - No negs, three-part rebounding bonus, powers if the set is marked

To register for this tournament, please visit

This tournament will consist of a minimum of eight games for all teams in a modified national format:

  • Each game shall consist of two halves of ten tossups each, with each correct tossup followed by a three-part bonus.
  • Correct tossup answers are ten points each.
  • Unlike other national tournaments, we will NOT assess a five-point penalty for interrupting the moderator during the tossup with an incorrect answer.
  • Unless otherwise specified in a bonus set, each bonus part shall be ten points each. Incorrect bonus parts shall immediately rebound.
  • Teams will have five seconds to buzz in on a tossup, and three seconds (after verbal recognition) to begin a significant response. However, teams shall receive only five seconds to answer a bonus. Moderators will be instructed to prompt after four seconds. Should math calculation tossups and bonus be in the set selected, they shall receive ten seconds instead of 15.
  • In the event a game is tied after regulation, additional tossups shall be read until the next change in score.
  • Each team shall have one 60-second and one-30 second timeout per game. Teams may substitute at the half, prior to overtime, or during any timeout called by either team. However, coaches may not confer with their players during a 30-second timeout.
  • Teams rosters shall be limited to seven players; schools are encouraged to bring junior varsity and “B” teams to compete. Teams may play with fewer than four players. Rosters shall be submitted in advance and finalized at registration the morning of the tournament. Players may not change teams during the tournament.

We are in the process of securing a regular-difficulty set; we will promptly announce the set when secured. If tossups are power-marked, an additional five points will be awarded if a correct answer is given prior to the mark.

Teams will play five morning rounds, break for lunch, then return for three afternoon games. This setup is subject to change, depending on the number of teams signed up. We plan to start the team meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the library (second floor, north end), with the first round set for at 8:50 a.m. and afternoon rounds slated to begin at 1:30 p.m. With the exception of any playoff games for trophies, we anticipate the last game ending around 4 p.m. We are currently limiting the field to 24 teams. Additional teams will be placed on a waitlist and contacted should an opening occur.

Hannibal High School is located at 4500 McMasters Avenue, on the right side of Highway 61 northbound, north of Highway 36/Interstate 72. Parking is available on either end of the building. There are many lunch options close to the school. McDonald’s, Taco Bell, and Long John Silver’s are directly across from the school, but with a 1-2 minute drive you can also find Subway, Hardee’s, KFC, several Mexican and Chinese options, etc.

The tournament is under the direction of Hannibal High School Coach Amy Sternke and veteran scholar bowl moderator Kyle Hill of the Missouri Quizbowl Alliance, an organization dedicated to promoting quality scholar bowl tournaments around the state. We anticipate receiving certification and assistance from their membership.

Teams outside the state of Missouri are welcome to register for TWAIN. However, owing to MSHSAA’s sanctioning process, we ask that any teams from out of state register prior to December 19th. Additionally, we remind out-of-state teams that MSHSAA rules require the moderator to verbally recognize players in order to accept an answer on a tossup. Additionally, on bonus parts the captain must verbally defer by name if he/she wishes to do so, within the time allotted to answer the bonus.

Contact Name
Kyle Hill and Amy Sternke