General Questions

General Questions

admin Mon, 2008-08-11 16:19

Please do not use this form for EVENT RULE questions as they must be submitted by selecting one of the 46 events listed. This page refers to questions that apply to all events and to Science Olympiad in general. 

If our school has two teams, are students allowed to participate with both teams?

If our school has two teams, are students allowed to participate with both teams?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:19

No, students may not compete on 2 teams in the same tournament.

Can we laminate cheat sheets?

Can we laminate cheat sheets?

admin Thu, 2015-11-12 13:30

See General Rule #1.

General Rule 2 states that participants may not communicate with the outside. How will the laptops be checked to insure that their internet capability is disabled?

General Rule 2 states that participants may not communicate with the outside. How will the laptops be checked to insure that their internet capability is disabled?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:11

Event Supervisors are not willing to share their methods of insuring that students do not communicate with the outside during an event.

How far in advance of the regional and state tournaments are the schedules sent out so coaches can figure out student placement in events?

How far in advance of the regional and state tournaments are the schedules sent out so coaches can figure out student placement in events?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:17

This depends on each tournament Director's timeline. You may need to inquire about the schedule directly with each of your directors. The very tentative national schedule is generally posted in the Coaches Manuals.

How much is the initial registration fee?

How much is the initial registration fee?

admin Fri, 2012-10-26 14:31
The National registration fee is $60 per team and is included in the state registration fee. Please check with your State Director to register. State websites can be accessed through the www.soinc.org

I was looking for FAQs for an event, but there aren't any questions or answers for that event.

I was looking for FAQs for an event, but there aren't any questions or answers for that event.

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:24

You are correct.  There are very few questions and answers posted this year because the rules have been generally well written and we have received few questions that are worthy of posting.  We are responding to all questions that come in but be aware that responses may take up to a week.    Please be sure to read the parameters that we use to decide what questions we will or will not answer. These parameters may be found at Event Info/FAQs...

In past years, there have been live links for the various events to access online resources. Did I miss them, or is there a change in policy?

In past years, there have been live links for the various events to access online resources. Did I miss them, or is there a change in policy?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:12

Material on the website has been contributed by coaches, event supervisors and workshop presenters from all levels of competition. Any additional material will be posted as it becomes available. If you would like to contribute material (non-copyright) please contact the Science Olympiad National Office.

May a 9th grader compete in both the B division and C division, since B is 6-9 and C is 9-12?

May a 9th grader compete in both the B division and C division, since B is 6-9 and C is 9-12?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:20

No, you must choose one or the other at a tournament.  You may not be on two rosters at the same tournament.

May a team member participate in the state competition if they cannot participate in the regional competition?

May a team member participate in the state competition if they cannot participate in the regional competition?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:23

Each tournament is independently organized. Your team may be composed of any students who meet the requirements. They do not have to be the same as those who competed in previous tournaments.

On what dates are the regional, state, and national tournaments, or where might I find them?

On what dates are the regional, state, and national tournaments, or where might I find them?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:26

Contact your Regional and State Director for information about those tournaments. All known future National Tournament dates can be found on the "Tournaments" page on this website and in the current Rules Manual.

What is the policy of using resources during competition this year?

What is the policy of using resources during competition this year?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:21

Allowed resources are different for each event. Please read each Event Rule and the General Rules in the Rules Manual for information on using resources.

When will the Rules Manual be sent?

When will the Rules Manual be sent?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:13

The rules are copyrighted and may not be placed on any website not approved by Science Olympiad, Inc. For 2018, the Div. B and Div. C Science Olympiad Rules can be found free online at store.soinc.org. Terms of Use must be agreed to; teams must join their state Science Olympiad organization to participate in activities and tournaments. The Science Olympiad Rules Manuals will also be available for purchase at the link above; the Rules Apps in the iTunes and Google Play stores will be discontinued (old apps still function).

Where are the event rules on this website? I would like to be able to print the rules instead of copying from someone else's manual.

Where are the event rules on this website? I would like to be able to print the rules instead of copying from someone else's manual.

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:49

The rules are copyrighted and may not be placed on any website not approved by Science Olympiad, Inc. For 2018, the Div. B and Div. C Science Olympiad Rules can be found free online at store.soinc.org. Terms of Use must be agreed to; teams must join their state Science Olympiad organization to participate in activities and tournaments. The Science Olympiad Rules Manuals will also be available for purchase at the link above; the Rules Apps in the iTunes and Google Play stores will be discontinued (old apps still function).

Where can I find answers to questions about the rules?

Where can I find answers to questions about the rules?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:13

Answers to all questions about rules can generally be found in the Rules Manual by reading the rules carefully. The Clarifications and individual Event FAQ pages have only selected answers to corrections or common misunderstandings.

Where is the best website to obtain info and materials on how to make devices for competion?

Where is the best website to obtain info and materials on how to make devices for competion?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:14

Researching information is part of the competition and is the responsibility of the contestants. Some information available from Science Olympiad on the internet can be located on the page for that event. To access event pages, go to the Menu, then choose either Division B or Division C Events.

Why aren't the rules on the web?

Why aren't the rules on the web?

admin Thu, 2008-08-21 13:17

The rules are copyrighted and may not be placed on any website not approved by Science Olympiad, Inc. For 2018, the Div. B and Div. C Science Olympiad Rules can be found free online at store.soinc.org. Terms of Use must be agreed to; teams must join their state Science Olympiad organization to participate in activities and tournaments. The Science Olympiad Rules Manuals will also be available for purchase at the link above; the Rules Apps in the iTunes and Google Play stores will be discontinued (old apps still function).

Why aren't the schedules for nationals, state and regionals all the same? It is very difficult to reorganize the teams at every level of competition because of time conflicts with the studied events. Why aren't all competitions required to be con...

Why aren't the schedules for nationals, state and regionals all the same? It is very difficult to reorganize the teams at every level of competition because of time conflicts with the studied events. Why aren't all competitions required to be con...

admin Wed, 2008-11-26 13:15
There are 500 different tournaments with 500 different sets of unique limitations. The national schedule is posted in September. You might ask your local tournament director but keep in mind that they must build their schedules around limitations such as availability of space, event supervisors, equipment, etc.