Answers everybody's looking for them. If I missed your question let me know and will add it to the list.
Definitely the #1 question. I even asked it myself several years ago. You first find out who is in charge in your district and ask them. I can try to put it in print but there is nothing like talking to someone in your area. Believe it or not JBQ is just a little different in every district. The fundamentals are the same but every district does it just a tad different for first year quizzers and the veteran or experienced quizzers.
There are only 2 items which I consider essential in organizing a JBQ ministry in your church:
1. Guidelines and Rule for JBQ
2. Bible Fact-Pak CD
Both of these items can be purchased from GPH at: http://nationaljbq.org/resources/index.cfm
There are other JBQ resources sold through GPH and can be found at: http://www.nationaljbq.org
NO, you do not need a buzzer system to start JBQ. Would it help, definitely.
Buzzer systems are expen$ive, and there are many ways to get one to practice with. Check to see if you can borrow one from another team and/or your district. Some churches have extras or you can borrow during times they don't practice. Some districts have some for meets as well as kids kamp, some districts will let you use them as well.
Check out the Buzzer Box page for vendors. The most popular is Steve Kirkman QuizBoxt, second to that would be Judge.
There are links out there which tell who is they are and how to reach them:
JBQ is open to all kids 1st through 6th grade. (Note: some districts allow younger and/or stop at 5th grade. You need to ask your league coordinator to find out exactly.)
Do I really need Officials?
What's an official? Officials are the adults who judge the matches. You as a team are required in most leagues to bring two officials to every meet. JBQ is not just ministry for children but a ministry for adults too. I personally learned quite a bit from JBQ in my first year and I was PK. You must get the parents involved and committed to attend the meets and officiate, start early in letting them know this.
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