The 2021 Turnabout will be held online on the mornings of January 9 and 16.
To prepare for this year’s online tournaments, download our guide to using Discord, online tournament policies, online tournament rules, and our statements on cheating and latency issues in online tournaments.
Turnabout tournaments give teams a chance to compete without having to go up against the best teams in the state. The vast majority of Scholastic Bowl teams are invited, but teams that have won large tournaments or repeatedly placed highly in the past year are not invited. These tournaments are a good experience for teams that are new, improving, or just enjoy playing.
The 2021 Blacklist is: Adlai E. Stevenson (Lincolnshire), Auburn (Rockford), Barrington, Bloomington, Buffalo Grove, Carbondale, Carl Sandburg (Orland Park), Glenwood (Chatham), Herscher, Hinsdale Central, IMSA (Aurora), Latin School of Chicago, Macomb, Naperville North, Springfield, University Lab (Urbana), Waubonsie Valley (Aurora), Wheaton Warrenville South, William Fremd (Palatine)
The Blacklist is determined based on the performance of each team in the previous season. Teams who have recently demonstrated themselves to be top competitors are not invited to Turnabouts. The following achievements preclude teams from attending Turnabouts:
- winning an IHSA Sectional tournament in the previous year;
- placing fourth or better at Masonic State in the previous year;
- winning the top division at a tournament with at least twenty teams in the same year or the previous year; or
- placing fourth or better in the top division of three or more tournaments in the same year or the previous year.
The teams on the blacklist will not be invited. We may add teams to the list if they perform well in November and December. Additionally, if you think that your team is one of the best teams around, we advise that you avoid these tournaments. The goal is to allow as many teams as possible to experience the joy of answering questions. If you have any questions, please contact the Turnabout coordinator, Matt Hasquin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If a team on the blacklist wishes to appeal their status, they may contact Matt Hasquin.
The cost is $55 for the first team from a school, and $50 for each subsequent team (B, C, etc.) from the same school. Please make your check out to and send your registration form to your host school. If possible, please bring a working buzzer system to the tournament.
IHSSBCA Turnabouts will be run on an NAQT introductory-level “A” set.