What is Academic Team?
Academic team, a.k.a. Quiz bowl, is a quiz game that tests players on a wide variety of academic subjects. Standardized quiz bowl formats are played by middle school, high school, and university students throughout the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
The game is typically played with a lockout buzzer system between at least two teams, usually consisting of four or five players each. Players are read questions and try to score points for their team by buzzing first and responding with the correct answer.
Quiz bowl is most commonly played in a tossup/bonus format, which consists of a series of two different types of questions. Other formats, particularly in local competitions, may deviate from the above rules.