AARC National Sputum Bowl Competition

Sputum Bowl Header

The Sputum Bowl is a knowledge contest that is similar to the game show “Jeopardy.” Since the late 1970’s the Sputum Bowl has been a part of every AARC national convention.

Here’s how it works. A Sputum Bowl team consists of three people sitting at a table. Close to them is another team of three seated at their own table. Both teams will listen closely when the contest question reader verbally calls out a question that concerns some aspect of respiratory care. The team that buzzes in first has 10 seconds to answer correctly and score a point. At the end of 10 minutes, the team with the most points wins.

It’s not quite this simple, but it is fun!

Team Brackets

The AARC National Sputum Bowl Competition uses a double-elimination bracket system. This short video explains how the system works.


A list of the references for Sputum Bowl questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

A list of questions about the Sputum Bowl.

Rules Notebook

The official National Sputum Bowl Rules Notebook.

Application for Teams Approved at the Affiliate Level

Complete the affiliate team application if you would like to sponsor a team at the Sputum Bowl. Application deadline: June 2, 2017.  Late registrations are due by July 8–15, 2017.

Application for Renegade Teams

Complete the renegade team application if you would like to sponsor a team at the Sputum Bowl. Applications accepted: June 9–July 7, 2017.

Visual Submissions

A visual submissions form must accompany the required questions submitted by each state. Submission deadline: July 21, 2017.

Practitioner and Student Team Roster Forms

The official practitionerstudentrenegade rosters are due by July 28, 2017.  Any roster revisions  are due by August 11, 2017.


Where Can I Find Sputum Bowl Equipment?

One state Sputum Bowl organizer has prepared this Sputum Bowl equipment PowerPoint to give you information about the system he uses. Pricing of showcased equipment is only meant to serve as an estimate for actual cost.

Sputum Bowl History with Dr. Helmholz

Learn more about the history of the Sputum Bowl with Dr. Fred Helmholz, the mentor and strongest promoter of the Sputum Bowl over the years.

2016 Sputum Bowl Champs2016 Practitioner Champions

Practitioner Sputum Bowl Champions

2016 Florida
Robert Lamme, James Deckman, Gina Ricard and Sharon Shenton
2015 North Carolina
Trisha Miller, William Mashburn, Catherine Bitsche and Laurie Freshwater
2014 Texas
Grant Pipes, Angie Switzer, and Julie Boganwright
2013 Michigan
Albert Moss, Rodney Albrecht, Kathleen Bedford, Kristi Holmes
2012 North Carolina
Cathy Bitsche, Laurie Freshwater, William Mashburn, Trisha Miller
2011 California
Stanley Baldwin, Addullah Alismail, Shannon Cocilova, and Michael Terry
2010 Colorado
Lori Kaplan, Amy Brown, Zach Quinby and Brandie Webb
2009 Ohio
Ray Sibberson, David Lucas and Kelli Chronister
2008 California
Grey Benton, Thomas Serrano, Allan Gonzales, Michael Sheahan
2007 Virginia
Chase Poulsen, Jeff Bobbitt, Linda Cochran and Linda Stone
2006 Louisiana
Robert C. Nelson and Ann Bourgeouis
2005 Louisiana
Dennis Guillot, Diana Merendino, Rachel Basco
2004 Ohio
David Lucas, Kelli Chronister, Ray Sibberson
2003 Louisiana
Robert Nelson, Jackie Bush, Hope Hanks, Dotty McDonald
2002 Indiana
Dave Burnworth, Craig Cortright, Judith Sturgis-Ridgway
2001 Louisiana
Jackie Bush, Hope Hanks, Carl Nelson, Dotty McDonald
2000 Pennsylvania
John Hughes, Robert Lamme, Mark Simmons
1999 Louisiana
Jackie Bush, Hope Hanks, Dotty McDonald, Robert Nelson
1998 Colorado
Jason Goodman, Jim Hannaford, Robert Wolken
1997 Colorado
Jeff Griebel, Richard Losh, Fran Piedalue
1996 Idaho
Jeff Anderson, Lonny Ashworth, Robert Hasa, Andrew Pratter
1995 Louisiana
Jackie Bush, Hope Hanks, Robert Nelson, Rebecca Vidrine
1994 Pennsylvania
Cheryl Kreider, Linda Napoli, Ethel Wise
1993 Michigan
Jan Fields, Anna Ibrahim, Robert McIntosh, David Panzlau
1992 Michigan
Bruce Brenn, Homer Engert, Al Moss, James Taylor
1991 North Carolina
Mike Casey, Sammy Cecil, Dan Grady, Jim Whitley
1990 Indiana
Forest Dipzinski, Matt Keusch, Arnold Peugh
1989 Colorado
Steve Boss, Phil Goodman, Jim Hannaford, Richard Losh
1988 Arkansas
Scott Keller, Ken LeJeune, Mike McDonald, Roger Talley
1987 Texas
Gary Elliot, Terry Gilmore, Bob Weidman
1986 Colorado
Phil Goodman, Jim Haenel, Mike McDonald, Bill Shipley
1985 California
Lillian Fifer, Jim Fink, Mike Mahlmeister, Katherine Sabato
1984 New York
Claire Aloan, Bob Fluck, Tom Hill, Joe Sorbello
1983 Missouri
Steve Bricknell, Bill Logan, Richard Moore, Bob Stone
1982 California
Peter Doyle, Pat Tobin, Mel Welch
1981 Colorado
Bob Clothier, James Haenel, Marsee Vander Plyum
1980 Idaho
Tom Gable, Keith Hopper, Teri Norell
1979 Idaho
Tom Gable, Keith Hopper, Teri Norell
1978 Idaho
Tom Gable, Keith Hopper, Teri Norell, Antoinette Rene

2016 Student Sputum Bowl Champs2016 Student Champions

Student Sputum Bowl Champions

2016 Minnesota
Hannah Tkach, Kari Kalthoff, Gage Stroope and Mohamed Yusuf
2015 Nevada
Kersten Haughton, Michael Gonzalez, Alex Galvez, Kyle Pinholster
2014 Colorado
Ryan Kelley, Alyssa Hamilton, Andrew Reiss, and John Bochenek
2013 Nevada
Maria Abalos, Richard Rehm, Len Tayong, Brandon Walls
2012 California
Daniel Ocampo, Jonathan Ayala, Charles Crosby, Timothy Stuart
2011 California
Justin Jones, Cheri Hughes, Alyssa Ortega, and Chris Woods
2010 California
Ryan Rives, Megan Chico, Colin Day and Alfia Shagiakhmetova
2009 California
Wesley Smith, Jorge Carranza, Daniel O’Dell, and Paul Dayton
2008 Colorado
Brian Hurley, Sam Vieyra, Zach Quinby
2007 Missouri
Sherry Whiteman, Dale Benfield, Charity Ezell and Sonny Glover
2006 Colorado
Derrick Davis, Mark Kaeck, Julia O’ Shea and Lindsey Winningham
2005 Colorado
Gary Ellis, Anne Lee Smith, Kathrin Barthel, Heidi Hosner
2004 Texas
Elizabeth Hayes, Ethan Nguyen, Lisa Allison, Nimrod Nyaidho