Information for Coaches (Battle of the Books 2017)

  • Battle of the Books 2017 registration starts on June 1, 2017. Please note these other important dates.
  • July 1, 2017 – last day for anyone to register to participate
  • Battle Day - Tuesday, July 25 –4th Grade teams at 6:00; 5th /6th grade at 7:30p.m.
  • Students must have a completed registration form to the library by the deadline (July 1) to participate. 
  • Questions must not be in the “yes/no” format.  Questions should not be too specific and impossible to answer.  One question (and answer!) per ½ sheet because the question sheets are used in the battle. Therefore a list of questions and answers will not work. Coaches can review their team’s questions and answers.
  • Questions can be turned in to the library at any time but must be received by July 18 to be used in the battle.
  • Reading lists will be available on June 1st. Books can be requested from other libraries at any time.  This can be done from your home computer or by speaking with a librarian. Encourage your players to request from other libraries rather than waiting for the book on the BOB cart.  If you’re having a hard time getting a particular book, let Elizabeth know. Audio and ebooks count.
  • Team meetings help the players feel like a team and help to ensure that all the books have been read, questions have been submitted and answers/knowledge is shared.  You are welcome to call the library (412-531-1912x4) to schedule a team meeting in the story room.  Please contact your team and try to meet at least twice before the first battle.
  • Coaches are not permitted to sit at the table with their team during the battle.  They can sit near the team but CANNOT help with answering questions.
  • Team sizes are not restricted but might be altered to evenly distribute players.  Your team may have players added to it.  All players can enrich your team and question-answer performance!  We can only have eight teams per battle.  If more than eight teams register, we will discuss combining teams.
  • If you have any questions please check our FAQ page or contact Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer at the library at 412-531-1912x4 or schwertfuehrere@einetwork.net  (email is preferred.)
  • To register as a coach, please send Elizabeth an email at schwertfuehrere@einetwork.net.
  • Forms are available online via the Children’s Library web page.