Arizona Science Olympiad General Policies

Arizona Science Olympiad follows the National policies.  Below are specific policies in effect for registered teams of Arizona Science Olympiad. 

I.  Registered Teams
1. You must be a registered school to compete at any tournament, including Invitationals. 

2.  As approved by Nationals, a maximum of five (5) returning 9th grade students (the student competed as an 8th grader) is permitted on a Division B team.  Ninth Graders need Director approval prior to competition.  Head Coaches shall submit requests for approval upon school/team registration. 

3.  Only registered teams (maximum of 15 students) will compete at Regionals; no more squads.

4.  The number of teams from one school that may participate in Regional and State competitions is two (Varsity and JV) and one of those teams will not be included in the overall score, i.e., only one trophy per school. 

II.  Qualification
5.  Teams must qualify at Regionals to compete at the State Tournament. 

6.  JV teams are eligible to qualify to advance to the State Tournament. 

III.  Conduct
7.  The Arizona Science Olympiad "Code of Condut" will be strictly adhered to in the spirit with which the tournament is to be engaged in.  Any team is subject to immediate disqualification if the "Code of Conduct" is not followed. 

8.  Arizona Science Olympiad adopts the National's cell phone policy. 

9.  We ask that Photo Releases be signed for all participants, including coaches. 

10.  We follow National's Media Policy.  

11.  If a team member or persons associated with a team (parents, siblings, etc.) commit(s) an act of vandalism, the team member or, based on severity, the whole team is subject to disqualification from the competition.  Points, ribbons, and medals will not be awarded, accordingly. An individual who commits an act of vandalism may be barred from future competitions.  Each attending school must agree to pay the cost of repairing damage from any act of vandalism.  A school must pay this restitution before it can register a team for the Science Olympiad in a subsequent year.  Vandalism means a deliberate action that results in damage to property.  This includes, but is not limited to, graffiti, damage/theft to facility property, and damage/theft to the personal property of competitors, judges, and spectators.  

Science Olympiad General Policies


Revised by the National Science Olympiad Rules Committee Chairs and Executive Board, July 2012

Students, coaches, event supervisors, parents, and guests are expected to follow current Science Olympiad Rules and Policies. The goal of competition is to give one's best effort while displaying honesty, integrity, and sportsmanship, and not violate the spirit of the problem. All are expected to display courtesy and respect toward one another. Our collective example, as stated in the Science Olympiad Pledges, will promote the spirit of cooperation among all participants. Therefore:

  • Teams may not interpret the rules so that they have an unfair advantage over the rules or another team.
  • Unless otherwise stated, if writing utensils, notes, resources, calculators, actions, etc., are not excluded, they are permitted unless they violate the spirit of the problem.
  • All non-permitted electronic devices must be turned off and if so directed, left in a designated spot.
  • Once students have entered the event area to compete, they must not communicate with any outside resources, by any means, unless permitted by event rules and they must not leave until they are finished or have permission from the event supervisor.
  • If a student does not follow accepted safety procedures, he/she will be penalized or disqualified. Students must not bring unsafe items to a tournament.
  • Students, coaches and other adults are responsible for ensuring that any School or Science Olympiad Policy, law or regulation is not broken.
  • One or more of the 15 current team members must have constructed all pre-built devices presented for judging. Any of the current team members may demonstrate or operate the device at the competition unless stated otherwise in the rules. Any student designated by the coach may impound devices.
  • At the supervisor's and tournament director's discretion, a student or team may be penalized, disqualified or removed from an event or the tournament, depending upon the level of the infraction.
  • A participant, coach or guest who fails to show honesty or courtesy may cause an individual or the team to be assessed penalty points or disqualified from the event, the tournament or future tournaments.
  • All Science Olympiad Policies (requirements, clarifications, FAQs, etc.) provided on the www.soinc.org website apply to all teams and must be treated as if they were included in the printed rules.
  • State and regional tournament directors must notify teams of any site-dependent rule or other rule modification at least 30 days prior to the tournament.

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