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Rules Clarifications

Clarifications & FAQs open October 1 and close May 1. Official Rules Clarifications/Changes are made to correct the rules printed in the Science Olympiad Rules Manuals. FAQs are replies to commonly asked questions. If a FAQ reply changes the meaning or corrects a rule it will be posted as a Clarification. The Official Rules Clarifications and FAQs apply to all states and all tournaments and originate at the National level (please check your Regional or State Website for special updates pertaining to your regional or state events). Click here to view Event FAQs or to Submit a Question. The official event rules can only be found in the Science Olympiad Rules Manual sent to each registered member.

2017 Science Olympiad Rules Clarifications/Changes

Anatomy & Physiology: Glaucoma may be tested for the Nervous System and the Sense Organs at all three levels (Regional, State and National). (11/14/16)

Astronomy 3.c. Henize 2-248 should be Henize 2-428 (10/9/16)

Crimebusters 2.a.xi. should read: "Each team may bring five 8.5” x 11” sheets of paper 5 pages (both sides) containing information in any form from any source (sheet protectors are permitted)."  (11/6/16)

Forensics 2.a.xv. should read: "Each team may bring five 8.5” x 11” sheets of paper 5 pages (both sides) containing information in any form from any source (sheet protectors are permitted)." (11/6/16)

Hovercraft 4.i. should read: "Brushless motors and integrated circuits are not permitted, unless they are an integral part of and are imbedded into a commerically available electronic or computer cooling fan." (9/12/16)

Microbe Mission see the new list of Microbial Diseases: The Life Science committee has limited Potato Blight to Early Potato Blight and will accept the terms Ebola and Chlamydia. (11/14/16)

Mission Possible 4.d.i should read: "See 5.l. for additional levers bonus." (10/5/16)