1. Each team must have an adult coach.

2. Each team may select a team name.

3. The coach should meet with the team as soon as possible. Coaches are responsible for monitoring the progress of the team and for encouraging each member to read as many of the books as possible. Some teams prefer to divide up the list so that each member reads certain books first. Each team member is expected to read at least 10-12 books.

4. Meetings can be held during lunch, before or after school as schedules permit.

5. Keep track of the team's progress. A chart is handy (an example is located on the Resources page). Remember that reading should be an enjoyable experience, so keep the students' interest levels up and the pressure off.

6. Use flash cards to help the students leaern the authors' names. Stage mock battles and ask questions about the books, such as where and when the story takes place, main characters, plot, etc. Invite the readers to make up questions and quiz each other.

7. Try to meet with your team at least once a month. If this is a problem, notify the program coordinator so that alternate arrangements can be made.

8. The most important role of the coach is to help the students read and remember what they have read. Use the fact trackers found on the Resources page to review the books read. The idea is to encourage high ability student to read challenging, high quality literature for enjoyment. Your good example and support are essential for the smooth operation of the Battle of the Books program.

9. During the actual competition, each team must work together without ANY outside influence. Students are not allowed to use notes or any other assistance. Coaches are not permitted to be a part of the team at this point, however are invited to observe and support the team along with the rest of the audience.