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A scoresheet is a paper or electronic document used to track a quiz bowl game.

General scoresheet design

A typical design for a scoresheet consists of two halves, one for each team. Each team's half consists of a number of columns, one for each player. For each team there is also a column for tracking bonus points, as well as typically a column for tracking the running score. Each row of the scoresheet has a toss-up number.

There is also a box below the toss-ups for tabulating the total number of toss-ups, powers, and negs of each player, as well as computing the total toss-up and bonus points for each team. These stats are kept, and this tabulation process also serves as a double-check on the final score.

Scorekeeping is done as follows:

  • When a player gets a toss-up, write the number of points earned (usually 10, or 15 in the case of a power) in the cell that is the intersection of the column of the player getting the toss-up and the row of the toss-up number. Then, once that team's bonus is complete, write the number of points earned on the bonus in that teams bonus column in the same row.
  • When a player negs, write −5 in the cell that is the intersection of the player's column and the toss-up's row.
  • After each question, write each team's new running score in the running score column.

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