General Guidelines

Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics General Guidelines

  • Teams are made up of 6 to 12 students in grades 4 through 6 and 6 through 8. Teams are encouraged to be inclusive and have a mix of gender, age, and reading ability.
  • Teams will be asked questions about each of the 15 – 20 books; Intermediate teams (4th grade through 6th) answer 20 questions. Middle school teams (6th through 8th) answer 15 questions. Team members collaborate on the answers and one team member (the team captain or designee) responds. Teams have only 15 seconds to answer the question.
  • Each team participates in three (3) rounds of fifteen or twenty questions each. Each question answered correctly earns one point for the team. If the first team cannot answer their question in 15 seconds, the second team will have an opportunity to do so, earning an additional point for their team (see the protocol on page 12).
  • Team scores are cumulative for all rounds. Teams are awarded blue, red, or green ribbons based on the total number of points earned.
    • Intermediate Teams:
      • Green Ribbon: Below 30 pts.
      • Red Ribbon: 30 – 49 pts.
      • Blue Ribbon: 50 – 60 pts.
    • Middle School Teams:
      • Green Ribbon: Below 25 pts.
      • Red Ribbon: 25 – 34 pts.
      • Blue Ribbon: 35 – 45 pts.

Coach Responsibilities

Teams are encouraged to come up with a team name such as “Reading Rascals.” Teams are also encouraged to decorate the back of their official Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics T-shirt with their team name and logo to help create unity and excitement. These t-shirts must be worn to the competition, usually over school uniforms. Considerate and courteous behavior is expected from all participants. Your team represents their organization or school. Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the competition as spectators.

One of the major responsibilities of the team coach is to set the appropriate tone for the competition by reinforcing the two goals of the Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics:

  • To instill a love of reading in young students and
  • To teach cooperation and teamwork.

A team coach:

  • Meets with the team periodically to coordinate the books to make sure all books are being read before the competition in May. It is the expectation that teams will practice at their center, library, or school by using practice questions, creating their own questions, and holding book discussions on an ongoing basis.
  • Is responsible for arranging and paying for transportation to and from the event.
  • Communicates with the Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics staff as required.
  • Accompanies the team to the Olympics event and supervises the team participants.
  • Encourages parents to support at-home reading, offer to serve as escorts, and to attend the event.
  • Prepares the team by practicing the competition protocol (see page 12).
  • Previews all resources before you use them with your students to be sure that they are appropriate for your particular group.