Tournament Appeal Process

If this issue affects all teams and prompt communication can quickly fix a big problem (like supervisor using an inappropriate target distance... for instance),
Team Coaches - please contact the TOURNAMENT DIRECTOR , and also speak to the event supervisor.
(Red sheet in your coaches' packet lists contact information.)


For less global problems, please allow students the valuable opportunity to practice self-advocating first: 

Problems, questions or concerns at the competition:

Student competitors should speak with the event supervisor about this issue -- advocating for themselves and attempting to clear up the situation.
We know this is will be difficult, but it is an important part of Science Olympiad participation - it can be a great learning experience.

  1. Competitor (Student, not parent) asks the Event Supervisor questions/shares concerns in an orderly and well-mannered way.
  2. If concern is not resolved, competitor consults with head coach to initiate an appeal process.  FOR BUILD EVENTS - STUDENTS MUST LEAVE THEIR DEVICE WITH THE SUPERVISOR.
  3. Only head coach can file an appeal. Please fill out the appeal form found on the head-coach's dashboard --
    if time is critical or if you don't have a computer/smart phone please contact the tournament director, using contact info on the red page in your coach's packet. 

  4. Appeal must be filed promptly, and no later than 30 minutes after the conclusion of the competition (end of the day).  
  5. Questions regarding scores on the tournament scoring sheet should be submitted promptly and no later than noon on the Monday. You can come to the scoring room after the awards ceremony - SRWC 245 - the sooner you let us know, the better.
  6. The Appeal Committee will do its best to adjudicate as fairly as possible. The decision of the committee is final.
  7. Head Coach will be notified of its ruling, depending on circumstances, by any or all of the following methods: online, email, text and/or phone call.


When describing the issue, please provide:

  1. Names of students:
  2. Did students discuss issue with the supervisor?
  3. What period (time) did they compete? 9, 10:05, 11:10, 12:15, 1:20, 2:25?
  4. Did your students sign-off on a check-list? (build events typically have these, written tests, less likely):
  5. What is your concern - please be specific and detailed: