Officials are some of the most important members of the Junior Bible Quiz community. These volunteers help ensure the efficiency and integrity of all JBQ quizmeets. There are six types of officials: coordinator, coach, quizmaster, head judge, timekeeper, and scorekeeper. Officials make sure that each match runs smoothly and according to the National JBQ Guidelines.
The officials test has two parts: general rules and responsibilities of officials; and electronic scorekeeping. Before officiating, officials must pass the officials test with at least a 75% in the area in which they wish to serve.
Judges/Timekeepers = Officials Test
Scorekeepers = EZ Scorekeeping Test
Quizmasters = Officials Test and the EZ Scorekeeping Test
Passing the test does not mean you will be required to officiate in each of these areas, rather that you are qualified to serve in any of these roles. Your church coordinator will recommend you for a position. Certification is valid for three years.
Each Achiever Division team is required to bring two certified officials to a quizmeet; each Rising Star Division team is required to bring one certified official to a quizmeet. Effective the 2022 – 2023 season, each Achiever Division team must have at least one official certified and trained to quizmaster at quizmeet competitions–no exceptions. Ask your league coordinator about our quizmaster-in-training program.
Coordinators and coaches, while required to pass the officials test, are separate from each team’s officials list. Designated coaches for the Achiever Division may not officiate at any competition unless an emergency arises.
DEADLINE. Volunteers wanting to take the officials test should submit their tests by the Sunday prior to the quizmeet. Test scores are sent to the PF District Coordinator and are added to the officials list. Officials may continue to submit their tests until the day before the quizmeet, but they must notify their league coordinator directly with their results.