IHSSBCA Turnabout

Turnabout tournaments use IHSSBCA rules. Please read our IHSSBCA Tournament Policies and our guidelines for coaches, players, game officials, and tournament hosts.

Download a registration form here to attend IHSSBCA Turnabouts.


The annual Turnabout tournaments will be held on January 13, 2018 at:

Belvidere site: contact Stuart Warner
Fairfield site: contact Tammy Austin
Fenton (Bensenville) site: contact Mike Laudermith
Homewood-Flossmoor site: contact Michael Sacks
Lincoln site: contact Josh Bartels
Mattoon site: contact Brendan Aydt


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 tournaments follow the same format as our Novice and Kickoff Tournaments, which means that all teams play in the morning and afternoon.

The 2017-18 Blacklist includes:
Auburn (Rockford), Barrington, Batavia, Blue Ridge (Farmer City), Byron, Carbondale, Carmel Catholic (Mundelein), Dunlap, Fenwick (Oak Park), Fremd (Palatine), Glenwood (Chatham), Harrison (IN), Hinsdale Central, Homewood-Flossmoor, Illinois Math & Science Academy, Johnston City, Keith Country Day (Rockford), Latin (Chicago), Loyola Academy (Wilmette), Macomb, Mahomet-Seymour, Maroa-Forsyth, Metea Valley (Aurora), Naperville Central, Naperville North, Newman Central Catholic (Sterling), Oak Park-River Forest, Riverdale (Port Byron), Robinson, Sandburg (Orland Park), Southwestern (Piasa), Stevenson (Lincolnshire), Timothy Christian (Elmhurst), University Lab School (Normal), University Lab School (Urbana), Williamsville

Blacklist Restrictions

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, Mike Laudermith, at laudermith@fenton100.org or (630) 860-4929.

If a team on the blacklist wishes to appeal their status, they may contact Sharon Lorinskas at srlorinskas@gmail.com.


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.