An Ethics Bowl has three competitive components:
The room is set up as illustrated below. A moderator conducts the proceedings, poses a question related to cases the students have researched, and keeps track of time. Three judges evaluate team performances. (The audience does not participate.)
Each round involves two cases, and each team takes the “lead” on one case. The following steps show Team A as the lead on the first case:
Moderator flips a coin, winning team chooses to lead or pass on Case #1. Moderator poses question for Case #1.
1. Team members are not allowed to be in possession of downloading devices or written notes during a match.
2. The moderator controls the room and is expected to adhere to the timeline, as outlined in the Steps in a Round and in the Moderator’s Script.
3. Prior to the start of a match, team members are expected to shake hands.
4. When a team is presenting, everyone else in the room must remain silent.
5. Teacher leaders must not coach their team members during a match.
6. All procedural questions must be directed to the moderator.
7. During a match, team members may pass messages amongst themselves on the paper provided.
8. At the beginning of each new match, team members will introduce themselves to the judges.
9. Prior to presenting, teams must declare who will be speaking on the case. More than one member may speak during a match.
10. During the question round, team members may ask judges to repeat a question or ask for clarification. Team members are encouraged to quietly discuss potential responses to judges’ questions amongst themselves, and to elect one team member to respond to the question.
11. The Ethics Bowl will use a round-robin schedule to determine which teams move on to the semi-finals and finals.
12. The judges’ feedback forms for each team will be given to the teams’ teacher leaders.
13. At the end of a match, team members are once again expected to shake hands.
14. The moderator will declare the winner but not reveal scores.
15. Match wins are not based on the number scores assigned by the individual judges, but on the number of judges who give a win to a team. If the event of a tie, the number score will be the tiebreaker.