Westfield Insurance Quizbusters Rules
Who Can Enter
To be eligible to participate in “2012 – 2013 Westfield Insurance Quizbusters” competition (the “Program Series”), entrants (not including the “faculty sponsor” described below must:
be currently enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11 or 12 of a private or public high school (the “School”) located within the Nashville DMA, which has registered for the Program Series as described below, and
reside in the Nashville viewing area as defined by The A. C. Nielsen Company. For purposes of this contest, entrants shall be the teams consisting of the individuals described below.
Employees of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., Sinclair Television Group, Inc., Sinclair Television of Tennessee, Inc., Sinclair Television of Nashville, Inc. and any other company which owns, programs or provides other services to television broadcast station WNAB-CW58 (the “Station”), WZTV, WUXP, Westfield Insurance, (the “Sponsor”), Nashville License Holdings, LLC., Nashville Broadcasting Limited Partnership, their affiliated companies and the immediate families of each are ineligible. The term “immediate families” includes spouses, grandparents, parents, siblings, children and grandchildren.
How to Enter
No purchase is necessary to enter. Each team may enter only once per season. Only one team may enter per high school. Each team must be comprised of students who attend the same high school. Each team must consist of four (4) players and one (1) alternate from grades 9 through 12, the composition of which may not change throughout the Program Series, except due to extenuating circumstances which will be at the sole and absolute discretion of the Station. Each team must also have a minimum of one (1) faculty sponsor which may be a teacher, guidance counselor or other educator employed by the team’s high school. No player or alternate may play for two different teams in the course of the Program Series.
The Program Series will begin airing in November, 2012. All team registrations must be received by the Station by 4:00 PM on Friday, September 7, 2012. Participants will only include the first thirty-four (34) teams that register. Any registration forms received thereafter may be considered alternate teams and will be notified as such in the event one of the eligible teams cannot participate. The Station reserves all rights in determining a team’s eligibility both prior to and during the production of the Program Series.
Teams may register by faxing or emailing registration forms to Westfield Insurance Quizbusters Team Coordinator, Donnette Hawkins-Stamps, at 615-259-5661 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Teams may call 615-259-5661 or send an email to email@example.com to request a registration form.
Any registration forms received that are mutilated, tampered with, illegible, or that include ineligible entrants or other violations of the rules herein will be considered void. All registration forms become the property of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., Sinclair Television Group, Inc. and the Station and will not be acknowledged or returned.
Location of Tapings:
The Program Series will be taped on dates and at times to be determined in advance by the Station in its sole and absolute discretion. Taping will take place at the Station’s main studio located at 631 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37228. Teams will be notified by Station of taping dates. All teams will be responsible for their own transportation to and from taping events. Participants are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner; failure to do so may result in penalties up to and including their team’s forfeit of the game, as determined by the Station. Team members and schools are solely responsible for any liability arising from their conduct while at the Station or while traveling to or from these events.
Teams are expected to look their best for their appearance on television. Collared shirts, dresses or dress blouses should be worn to the taping along with dress pants, khakis, or skirts of appropriate length. Matching team T-shirts or sweatshirts featuring the school name or logo are acceptable as long as the entire team is wearing them. Jeans are discouraged. Clothes should be clean, unwrinkled and gender-appropriate with no visible logos (except for school identifications as mentioned above). Jackets and ties or other school uniforms are acceptable and encouraged. However please note that plain white shirts do not film well and is discouraged.
The Station reserves the right to determine a team’s eligibility based on the team member’s’ adherence to this dress code. Students in violation of this code may not be allowed to participate in the game, which may induce a forfeit for their team if it cannot locate the four players necessary for play. Any questions about the dress code should be addressed with the Station well in advance of a team’s taping. The Station will be strictly enforcing such dress code for the 2012-2013 season, therefore, it is expected that all teams will use their best efforts to comply with scuh dress code.
Teams are encouraged to invite other students, parents, friends, etc. to attend the Program Series taping as part of the studio audience for each competition. Please note that seating is limited, so in the event that more than 20 people are expected to attend for any given team (not counting the Teams and faculty sponsors) the Station requests advance notification in order to make accommodations for the larger group, if possible. By attending a Program Series taping as part of the studio audience, visitors may appear in the broadcast of the Program Series and are required to sign an appearance release as further described below.
Audience members (including team alternates, faculty sponsors, parents, faculty, guests and others) will be directed where to remain during taping, and must not disrupt the competition by moving around, speaking aloud, making noises, or otherwise adversely affecting production of the Program Series while the competition is in progress. The Station’s personnel can answer questions and provide breaks for any audience members who need to do so during any of the competition’s commercial intermissions. ALL mobile phones and other electronic devices must be turned off during the taping. Photography is permitted only with the express consent of the program’s producers and under no circumstances is flash photography allowed during production.
While cheering and applause is encouraged for the studio audience, jeers, boos, or any other inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated.
Studio audience members should also dress with the assumption that they will be appearing on television. The wearing of clothing with large, recognizable logos (except for school logos as mentioned above) or featuring vulgar or otherwise inappropriate images, words, or content may prevent an audience member from attending a taping at the sole discretion of the Station. The Station reserves the right to make a final determination as to the eligibility of ANY studio audience member (including alternates, sponsors, and parents) to participate in any of the activities related to production of the Program Series.
Each team member, faculty sponsor, and prospective audience member will need to complete and sign a photo and appearance release form. If a team member is under the age of 18, then his/her parent or legal guardian will need to sign on his/her behalf. These forms will be included in teams’ welcome packets which will be sent out once a team is accepted for participation and must be returned by Friday, September 7, 2012, or prior to the team’s appearance on air, whichever is earlier. Please note that no one can appear on the Program Series if he/she has not signed a release form. Release forms will also be made available on taping days for studio audience members; however studio audience members under 18 must have a parent or legal guardian’s signature on a release form before he/she will be permitted to join the audience. Forms may be returned to Donnette Hawkins-Stamps, c/o CW58, 631 Mainstream Dr. Nashville, TN 37228. They may also be sent via fax to 615-650-5866 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taping dates for the initial competitions will be announced to participating teams in a forthcoming communication. The Station will tape up to 4 matches on a particular taping day. Teams will be notified of a tentative start time and will be expected to be at the studio at least 30 minutes before their allotted start time. Please be advised that these productions rarely adhere to a strict schedule, and teams should be prepared to wait should the previous match run longer than expected. Teams which have already competed (or waiting to compete) may observe other team competitions, subject to seating availability in the audience area
In the event a team is not fully present and ready to play at their indicated time, a 15-minute grace period will be granted and reasonable attempts will be made to locate the missing team member(s). In the event a school cannot locate a full four-person team at the end of this 15-minute window, that team will forfeit their match and the Station may, in its sole and absolute discretion, and if another opposing team is available, reschedule a taping for the opposing team.
The initial competitions are scheduled for broadcast on WNAB channel 58.1 Sundays at 9PM starting in November, 2012 and continuing through February, 2013. Team competitions will be randomly selected by the Station management, and each team will participate in at least one televised competition.
Following the initial competition, a tournament will begin taping in January, 2013, for broadcast in February, 2013. The teams participating in the tournament will be the eight (8) highest-scoring winning teams from the initial rounds of play. In the event of a tied score, teams’ tournament eligibility and seeding will be determined solely by the Station according to criteria that will be clearly communicated to all affected teams. Initial tournament matchups will be as follows: 1st vs. 8th, 2nd vs. 7th, 3rd vs. 6th and 4th vs. 5th.
Tournament competitions will be broadcast throughout February and March, 2013. The four winners of the tournament competition will compete in two semi-finalist competitions in February, 2013. The two (2) winning teams of the semi-finalist competition will compete in the championship competition to be taped in February 2013 for broadcast in April 2013.
Station may, at its sole and absolute discretion, preempt the program, or any portion thereof, in order to substitute broadcast matter which it deems to be of local or national importance. The Station will make every effort to air the pre-empted program in its entirety at a later time as scheduling permits. The Station also reserves the right to stage “exhibition” competitions as well as create additional programs or other broadcast and/or promotional content from existing material.
All participating schools, sponsors and related parties will indemnify, defend and hold Station, including Station’s assignees, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, and the officers, directors, employees, stockholders, agents and representatives of each of them, harmless from and against any loss, demand, cost, expense or claim of any kind or character, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, directly or indirectly arising out of or related to this Program Series, or participation in the Program Series..
Each competition of “Westfield Insurance Quizbusters” (the “Program Series”) is played in three rounds separated by commercial breaks. Points are awarded for correct answers and vary based on the round, but points will NOT be deducted for incorrect responses. Points may be deducted only if it is determined that such points were awarded in error during the course of a judges’ review, described in more detail below.
Each competition will have a pre-determined moderator. The moderator will read the questions, enforce time limits, supervise the clock, determine the correctness of answers, award and deduct points, and otherwise enforce the rules of competition.
Various other officials and judges designated by the Station will assist the moderator with his or her duties, including but not limited to: determining the correctness of answers, awarding and deducting points, keeping score, recognizing player signals and supervising the clock. The moderator may consult with the judges at any time during or outside of the competition.
***All decisions of the Station and judges (as communicated through the moderator) are final.***
The questions for the competition are purchased from a nationally-recognized vendor by Station and will not be reviewed or discussed with anyone outside of the Station or moderator at any time prior to, during, or after any taping of the Program Series. The questions will be maintained in a secure area at all times when not in use.
The questions will cover academic disciplines common to area high schools’ curricula. Some clues may include audio or video supplements that will be presented to the contestants as the questions are read. The moderator will direct the teams’ attention to the location of these supplemental clues as necessary.
Round 1: Toss-up Round
This round features general questions from various academic disciplines along with questions related to popular culture.
The lock-out buzzer system (see pg. 7) is used, and correct responses are worth 10 points each. This round lasts for 6 minutes or 20 questions, whichever comes first; should time expire during the reading of a question then the round continues until that question is retired.
Round 2: Double-Up Round.
This round is played in a similar fashion to the tossup round. The lockout buzzer system is used and either team may signal for a response at any time during the reading of a question. The only differing characteristics are that the relative difficulty of the questions is slightly increased, point awards are doubled to 20 for each correct answer, and all 20 questions are played with no time limit.
Round 3: Lightning Round
During this final round each team may answer a battery of 10 questions related by category before time runs out on a 90-second countdown clock.
At the end of round 2, the team with the higher score in the competition will choose from among 3 categories revealed to the teams by the moderator. The opposing team, in turn, will choose one of the remaining two categories. Each team will have an uninterrupted opportunity to provide as many correct answers as possible within the time limit. Correct responses are worth 20 points each.
In this round, the lockout buzzers are not used; instead, each team works together to correctly answer their questions as quickly as possible. Before the lightning round starts, each team will designate a team member who will provide the final answers for their team. Once the lightning round begins, the designated team member will be the only team member who can provide answers to the moderator’s clue. Teams are encouraged to discuss their answers in this round, but only the first reply by the designated team member to the moderator will be considered as an answer. The determination of what constitutes an answer to the moderator will be at the sole discretion of the moderator at the time the answer is proffered, as the time limit on this round precludes consultation with any other official or extraneous discussion of any kind. If time expires while a question is being read, the play is over and no additional time will be allotted for a response; however, a designated team member in the act of answering when time expires may qualify for a correct response, subject to the sole determination of the moderator and/or the Station.
After each clue is read, the designated team member may elect to skip that clue and move on to the next one by saying “pass” to the moderator. Passed clues can be attempted again after the other clues have been read provided there is time remaining. Clues that receive an incorrect response are NOT eligible to be answered again; incorrect responses retire a clue..
The team with the highest score at the end of both team Lightning Rounds will be declared the winner and potentially eligible to participate in the Program Series Tournament.
In the event of a tied score after both lightning rounds have finished, an overtime period consisting of five toss-up questions will take place at the beginning of the final segment. The lockout buzzer and all the rules of the first toss-up round apply, and correct responses will be worth 10 points.
In the event the game is still tied after five additional toss-up questions, the competition will enter a “sudden death” format in which the moderator will continue to read toss-up questions until one team answers correctly. The first team with the correct answer at this time will be awarded 10 points and deemed the winner of the competition.
The Lock-Out Buzzer
The first two rounds feature the use of a “lock-out” buzzer system. Each member of a team will have their own signaling device to use for these rounds. Team members may signal for the opportunity to answer a question at any time while the question is being read. A successful signal produces an audible tone and a lamp lights in front of the team member who signaled; at that time all other attempts to signal are locked out. Team members may signal at any time during the reading of a question at which time the moderator stops reading the question immediately, acknowledges the player, and awaits a response.
Each team member will be responsible for monitoring whether his or her own buzzer is operating properly throughout a match. If a buzzer malfunctions, team members are encouraged to notify the moderator immediately and appropriate measures will be taken.
In the absence of a completely functioning buzzer system, a pre-arranged voice or hand signaling system will be used; in this event, the moderator or other designated official will be the final judge of which team member signaled first. These determinations will not be subject to protest or review by other team members or sponsors.
Upon a successful signal, once the team member is acknowledged by the moderator, the responding team member will be given a maximum of three seconds to provide an answer. No discussion among team members is permitted during rounds that use the lock-out buzzer. Should an incorrect answer be provided (or the responding team member is unable to produce an answer), the question moves to the opposing team, who will then have three seconds to answer. If the initial signal happened before the moderator finished reading the question, the moderator will complete the question for the opposing team and then the three-second timer commences. Team members on the opposing team must still signal for an opportunity to respond using their buzzers, only the signaling team member may respond, and no discussion is permitted in this scenario. Should the opposing team provide an incorrect answer or fail to attempt a response, the question will be retired, no points will be awarded, and the competition will continue with the next question.
Team members who signal for a response in the first two rounds are asked to wait for the moderator to acknowledge them (by name or by the name of their school) before providing an answer. This prevents confusion among the officials and makes the game easier to follow for the viewers at home.
The moderator will accept only the first answer given by the responding team member in any round, except in the case of multiple-answer questions or other situations enumerated below.
If a question has multiple answers, a team member may respond in any order, with or without a pause of up to one second between responses. If any part of a multiple-answer response is incorrect, then, the moderator will rule an answer as wrong In the event of an incorrect answer in which the opposing team has an opportunity to respond, then the moderator will not comment on which part(s) of an answer is incorrect.
In the event an answer is a proper name, most of the time the last name (or the most widely-recognized portion of the name) will be sufficient to deem an answer correct. However, in the event that more information is required (e.g. “President Roosevelt”), the moderator will prompt the player to elaborate but will NOT specify the type of additional information being sought. When asked for more information, a responding team member will be given a maximum of 3 additional seconds to provide the additional information requested or the answer will be deemed to be incorrect.
Each round will end with a commercial break. During these breaks, team members must notleave their positions in the studio unless directed to do so by the Station’s personnel. The time during these breaks may vary based on production circumstances or other matters, and team members are expected to remain ready to resume the competition at any time.
During a commercial break period, team faculty sponsors may consult with the team members or Station personnel with any questions or concerns about the round just completed. Faculty sponsors may challenge a decision about the correctness of an answer once per round, during these breaks. Program staff and judges will do their best to address any concerns of this type on a case-by-case basis, but the final authority on the correctness or an answer or an appropriate score award lies solely with the Station and judges.
In the event the Station or judges determine that an error has occurred, then appropriate action will be taken in order to maintain the fairness of the competition, including adjusting the score by adding or subtracting points.
Any change in point totals between rounds which occur as a result of a faculty sponsor challenge or voluntary review by the Station or judges will be clearly explained to both teams and their faculty sponsors before taping begins again, and briefly described by the moderator at the beginning of the next program segment.
A team may substitute a team member during the taping of the show only if one of the starting team members becomes incapacitated and cannot continue as determined by the school’s faculty sponsor and the Station. Once substituted, such team member may not re-enter the game.
Westfield Insurance (through Ohio Farmers Insurance Company) will provide grants totalling $20,000 to certain of the schools participating in the 2012-2013 Westfield Insurance QuizbustersProgram Series, as follows: $4,000 to the school winning the 2012-2013 Championship, $3,000 to the school finishing second in the 2012-2013 Tournament, $2,500 to each of the 3rd and 4th place schools, and $2,000 to each of the four Tournament quarter-finalists.
The grant money will be paid directly to the winning schools, subject to the restrictions outlined in the Sharing Knowledge Grant Program summary that is attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference. The principal or authorized school administrator of the school of each winning team must fill out an online proposal outlining the prospective use of the grant award, which must be received before September 30, 2013 in order for the grant to be awarded.
Grants are to be used for general academic or community benefit. Up to 20% of each grant may be used for academic team expenses, but the remainder must be used for library resources, to seed a student-led giving program, or to fund a similar proposal that benefits the school or community in general. For complete details about how the grants may be used, see the Westfield Insurance Sharing Knowledge Grant Program document attached hereto.
Representatives from each winning team’s school must also sign and return a release and affidavit of eligibility, which must be received within five (5) days of notification.
If a winning school does not sign and return the release and affidavit of eligibility in a timely fashion, then the prize will be forfeited, and will remain the property of Westfield Insurance. An alternate winner will not be selected.
The Stations have the right to substitute a prize of similar value. No transfer or assignment of prizes is allowed.
All schools receiving a grant are responsible for paying all local, county, state and federal taxes on prizes based on the estimated retail value of the prizes as set forth in these rules.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., Sinclair Television Group, Inc., Sinclair Television of Tennessee, Inc., Sinclair Television of Nashville, Inc., Nashville License Holdings, LLC, and Nashville Broadcasting Limited Partnership are not to be held liable if the provider of any part of the prize fails to satisfy its obligations to furnish its portion of the prize.
Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., Sinclair Television Group, Inc., Sinclair Television of Tennessee, Inc., Sinclair Television of Nashville, Inc., Nashville License Holdings, LLC, and Nashville Broadcasting Limited Partnership are not responsible for any liabilities arising directly or indirectly from the award or use of any prize.
Team members acknowledge that Sinclair Television of Tennessee, Inc., Sinclair Television of Nashville, Inc., Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. and Sinclair Television Group, Inc. have the right to publicize their name, character, likeness, photograph, voice and the fact that they are a participant or winner for promotional purposes without any financial remuneration.
Odds of Winning/Miscellaneous
Complete competition rules are available Monday through Friday during normal business hours at FOX 17, MyTV 30 & CW 58 Studios, 631 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37228 and on the Stations’ websites at www.fox17.com, www.mytv30web.com and www.cw58tv.com.
For a list of prize winners, send a separate, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Quizbusters Winners , c/o FOX 17, MyTV 30 & CW 58, 631 Mainstream Drive, Nashville, TN 37228 by May 31, 2013.
This competition is subject to all applicable laws and regulations and is void where prohibited. Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., Sinclair Television Group, Inc., Sinclair Television of Tennessee, Inc., Sinclair Television of Nashville, Inc., Nashville Broadcasting Limited Partnership, Nashville License Holdings, LLC and Westfield Insurance accept no responsibility or liability in connection with any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by or resulting from the acceptance, possession or use of any prize awarded hereunder.
Station and Sponsor cannot be held liable for any lost or stolen entries, prizes or competition information. Sinclair Television of Tennessee, Inc., Sinclair Television of Nashville, Inc., Nashville Broadcasting Limited Partnership, Nashville License Holdings, LLC, and their sponsors reserve the right to make rules, format and competition changes and change the aforementioned competition dates at their sole discretion.