Ole Miss Brain Brawl

Date: October 30, 2021

Grades: High School (9th – 12th)

Cost: $65 per 4-student team, $10 per alternate (add $10 per team for late registrations)

Registrations Due: October 8, 2021 (late registrations accepted until October 15 with additional fee)

Team Max: 36 teams

NAQT Question Set: TBD

RegisterNAQT Rules

The Ole Miss Brain Brawl was originally setup as a training ground for quiz bowl teams to compete and gain valuable experience. Brain Brawl is a round robin tournament with a single elimination championship.

Teams are randomly seeded into one of six (6) brackets. The top team for each bracket plus two wildcard teams (8 total teams) compete in the championship rounds. Wildcard teams are selected by the highest average score across all brackets.

The Ole Miss Brain Brawl adheres to the official NAQT Rules and Guidelines.

2021 Format: In person, Oxford campus.

Tournament Type: Round Robin, Single Elimination Championship

Sponsor: Office of Pre-College Programs, Division of Outreach and Continuing Education

2021 Format: In person, Oxford campus

Team Check-In – 7:45 to 8:30 AM

Round Robin Rounds:
6 brackets, 6 teams each, 5 rounds

Round Time Description
1 8:30 to 9:10 AM (Everyone plays)
2 9:10 to 9:50 AM (Everyone plays)
3 9:50 to 10:30 AM (Everyone plays)
4 10:30 to 11:10 AM (Everyone plays)
5 11:10 to 11:50 AM (Everyone plays)

Lunch Break – 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Championship Rounds (Single-elimination)

6 1:00 to 1:40 PM (8 teams, 1 from each bracket and 2 teams to be decided by highest average points)
7 1:40 to 2:15 PM  (4 teams who won in round 6)
8 2:20 to 3:00 PM  (4 teams, 2 who won in round 7 vying for 1st and 2nd place and 2 who lost in round 7 vying for 3rd and 4th place)

Awards Ceremony – immediately after Round 8 matches are completed

Registration is a two-part process – the online registration form and additional documentation. Both parts must be submitted to our office before a student is confirmed for enrollment in the program.

  • Register Online
    • Step 1: Go to the online registration portal.
    • Step 2: Click “Add to Cart.”
    • Step 3: Enter the Student’s Information and click “Continue.”
    • Step 4: Review your Cart Information and click “Checkout.”
    • Enter your email address and click “Continue Unregistered.”
    • Select the appropriate payment method and follow the prompts to complete the payment transaction. If you have a discount/scholarship code, you can enter it on the right side of the page and click “Apply.”
    • Step 5: Enter the Parent/Guardian and Emergency Contact Information. Click “Submit.” You will receive an emailed receipt and confirmation of registration. Please retain a copy of this receipt for your reference and tax purposes.
  • Submit Medical Form
    • We value the safety and well-being of all our participating students. In the case emergency or medical attention is required, ALL camps and programs require parents to submit medical forms on behalf of the student. Please DO NOT forget to return this form to our office as this will hold up the registration process for your student. If you have already submitted the medical form for a camp this summer, you will not have to submit it again. We do not retain medical documentation from previous summers.
    • Step 1: Download and complete the Summer Medical Form (at top of page) with the appropriate student and parent information.
    • Step 2: Attach a copy of:
      • Student’s insurance card,
      • Parent’s driver’s license
      • Shot records with the last Tetanus Immunization or Booster Shot, and
      • Any other medical documents needed to seek treatment
    • Step 3: Send the form and attachments to our office at: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848.
    • For the security of you and your student’s information, please do not email or fax medical forms to our office. We request that you mail or bring the forms to our office.
  • Submit Agreement
    • The Office of Pre-College Programs has set guidelines and rules in place for the safety of the students participating in our camps and programs. Please review these guidelines and rules and discuss with your student(s) before the first day of the program. The Agreement Form is available at the top of the page.

2021 Format In person, Oxford campus

Team check-in will begin at 7:45 a.m. and will end at 8:30 a.m. All teams must check-in with the tournament staff before participating. Round One will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m. If a team arrives more than 5 minutes late to a match, the match will be automatically forfeited.

In the Round Robin portion of the tournament, each team will play another team in the same bracket. Since there are six teams in a bracket, every team will play against five other teams. At the end of the Round Robin, the team in each of the six brackets with the most wins will move on to the Championship Rounds. The other two spots will be filled based on number of points averaged per round.

The Championship Rounds are single-elimination. Awards will be given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th places.

An awards ceremony will follow immediately upon completion of the championship and consolation rounds.

Effective August 5, 2021, the university will require face coverings in indoor public spaces on campus, regardless of vaccination status. This includes public office spaces, classrooms, conference rooms, and other academic spaces like laboratories and libraries. Additionally, masks will be required while traversing public spaces in residence halls, dining facilities, the Student Union, Campus Recreation, and retail spaces. Face coverings are not required when outdoors.

Competition participants, students, and employees should follow CDC guidelines for how to wear a mask so that masks can be as effective as possible.

For additional information, please contact:

  • Address: Outreach and Continuing Education, Office of Pre-College Programs, The University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677-1848
  • Phone: (662) 915-7621
  • Fax: (662) 915-1535
  • Email: precollege@olemiss.edu