How y'all doing? Ready to use these next few months to get tuned up to crush the competition (nicely) at Q2016?! :D
There's been something that I've wanted to talk about for a while, but just never got around to it. And that is, finding the balance of Quiz-Winning-Strategy and The good sportsmanship we as quizzers, need to display while quizzing.
This is a hard subject for a lot of quizzers - both novice and experienced. On the one hand, you don't want to be super 'nice' and just sit back, or act like you don't care when you lose, but you also don't want to completely trample everyone, leaving them feeling discouraged, or be a bad sport when your team takes a loss.
Now, I'm all for strategy, and giving you and your team your best chance at doing your very best, but even more so, I'm for letting each quizzer (ESPECIALLY the newer, novice quizzers) have their chance to show what they've learned, and are learning, and to use the skills they're building up. .
One of the things you need to remember, is that as crazy as it sounds sometimes, in quizzing, you could end up being on a team or have to quiz with pretty much any quizzer you ever see. So it's usually a good idea to try and make the best impression you can, not only in the halls of the church or before or after the quiz, but when you're on the jump seats as well.
A few, specific, ways you can have good sportsmanship, is by,
A good rule of thumb, is to ask yourself if what you're doing lines up with the main purpose of quizzing; learning the Word, and having good, positive fellowship where we build each other up, while having a fun competition.
I think we quizzers do a pretty great job at showing good sportsmanship most of the time, and that makes me really happy.
Whenever I've gotten to talk with one of my competitors, whether I know them or not,something as simple as joking around about the tournament, makes that positive, relaxed, friendly, atmosphere expand. And the other thing about showing good sportsmanship and having a genuinely good time with your competitors (and team mates) is that everyone just performs better - simple as that.
One time recently, I was in a very stressful situation at a quiz tournament. I'd not only been stressed about how I'd done throughout the season and how I would place, but I had a bunch of other more personal worries that were weighing on my mind. All of that kind of just exploded, and a little less than half way through, it started showing between rounds, and during timeouts, and so on. It was just not a very good day.
A little before the half way point, I got some help in readjusting my sights, and not beating myself up about stuff, and that helped me a ton, to say the least. Those first three rounds, I'm not positive, but I think I got like 0/3, 0/2 and then 0/2 again, or something along those lines. The next day, when we would do the second half, I was in dead last place with many, many negative points stacked against me.
After chatting a little bit with my friends, both team mates and competitors, and some of my friends' moms, I felt even better than I did the day before when I got that readjustment. I joked around with people about the errors, and when I did that, it made me think more along the lines of, 'Oh, those are just questions that I jumped on, and had either bad luck, or wasn't prepared for, but that's okay; they're just questions.' rather than, 'Dang, look at all that mess I have to make up for today. It would have been a lot easier if I just had a big fat zero and could start today on a clean slate.' because, no matter how bad you want to, you can't change how you did, and I had to accept that in order to keep giving it my best.
In that second half, I had several less errors, and a lot more correct (at least, a 'lot' from my standpoint at that tournament :P). I didn't make my goal, that I'd wanted so badly, but by the end, I could honestly say, 'You know what, I'm okay with that. I'm disappointed, a lot, but that's only normal. I know that I'm capable of doing better, and that's exactly what I am going to do.' and to make myself open up my quiz portion again, when I got home, I had to focus on two simple things:
I know I might have gotten a bit off subject with some of that, but I wanted to share with you guys what has been the hardest part of my quizzing career so far, to try and encourage you to push yourself back up on your feet if you're disappointed with how this season has gone, and to tell you that even the smallest, most insignificant thing you do, could help a quizzer rise up out of their valley.
Good job showing good sportsmanship guys; keep it up! :)
Had a great time quizzing with all of y'all at Extravaganza, and at the Dallas Invitational, and am really disappointed we have a looming few months before we meet again for Q. No matter how you've done this season, remember that you've studied, and heard the Word probably a lot more than you would have without quizzing, and that's something you can hold your head high about.
A huge congratulations to how everyone did at these last two tournaments! Super exciting to see SNU's regional teams who will be representing our great region at nationals! And good luck to the Regional, District, and Local teams we'll be seeing at Q; lets make this a tournament to remember! :D
Thank you again, for reading, and as always, keep calm and quiz on (and out)!
Your fellow quizzer,
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Mallory is a sixth-year Teen Bible Quizzer originally from the Southern region, and now in the Northwest, quizzing over the book of John with her three younger siblings. <3
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