Information for Coaches (Battle of the Books 2015)

Battle of the Books 2015 registration starts on Monday, June 1, 2015. Please note these other important dates:
  • Friday, July 3 – last day for anyone to register to participate. Students must submit a completed registration form to the library by the deadline (July 1) to participate. 
  • Wednesday, July 29 – Battle One - 4th Grade teams at 6:30; 5th/6th grade at 7:30p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 5– Battle Two - 4th Grade teams at 6:305th/6th grade at 7:30p.m.
Your main jobs as a coach are:
  • To coordinate the reading list so each book is read
  • To make sure the kids write at least 2 questions for every book (and make sure the questions are usable)
  • To help your players to feel like a team
Questions must not be in the “yes/no” format. Questions should not be too specific and impossible to answer. One question (and answer!) per sheet because the question sheets are used in the battle. Therefore a list of questions and answers will not work. Coaches should review their team’s questions and answers.

Questions can be turned in to the library at any time but must be received at least 3 days before the battle to be used.

Reading lists will be available on Monday, June 1. 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. Audiobooks 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 (412-531-1912) 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 out the FAQs page, or contact Elizabeth Schwertfuehrer at the library at 412-531-1912x4 or   

Please send Elizabeth an email at to register as a coach.