Science Olympiad Scoring Guidelines

The Santa Clara County Science Olympiad will assign event points up to the number of registered teams (N) per division.

The team with the lowest overall points ranks 1st. The top four teams in each division advance to the NorCal State Finals. Only one team per school may advance to the NorCal State Finals. Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 performing teams per division. Individual awards will be given to the top 6 teams in each event.

Ties are broken as follows:

Event Level:

Every effort will be made to break all ties (except P/NS/DQ as explained below). In the event that a tie cannot be broken, the tied teams will receive the same place (e.g., if two teams were tied for 3rd place, the next team will be placed 5th).

Team Level:
If a tie occurs at the team level, then the following method will be used to break ties: number of 1st place medals earned by the individual teams, if that doesn't break the tie then the number of 2nd place medals will be used, then the number of 3rd place medals and so on until no ties exist in order to establish the placement for the top schools.

Scoring System:
1st place = 1 point
2nd place = 2 points
3rd place = 3 points
Up to N th place. (N is the number of registered teams)
Participating (P) = N
No Show (NS) defines as did not participate in that event = N + 1
Disqualified (DQ) = N + 2


The scoring system for 30 Division B registered schools:
N = 30
Participating (P) = 30
No Show (NS) = 30 + 1 = 31
Disqualified (DQ) = 30 + 2 = 32
Team A did not compete in Anatomy; therefore, Team A receives 31 points for Anatomy.
Team A disqualifies in Towers for device violation; therefore, Team A receives 32 points.

Review Period

The tournament results will be available to Head coaches immediately following the end of the Awards Ceremony. Head Coaches have 20 minutes to submit questions, concerns, or issues via the Score Inquiry Form. Only head coaches may submit inquiries. If changes occur, the appropriate medals and trophies will be awarded. Teams will not be asked to return awards. Inquiries submitted after the specified deadline will not be answered.

Final Score Report
Places and scores announced at the Awards Ceremony are preliminary until the review period of 20 minutes has passed and the scores and places are classified as "Final" on the Score Report. Final Score Report contains point system only, no raw scores.