The Louisiana Region I Science Olympiad
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can be on a team? Up to 15 students; in grades 6-9 for Div B team, in grades 9-12 for Div C team. A maximum of five (5) 9th grade (on a Division B team) and seven (7) 12th grade (on a Division C team) students is permitted. Any given 8th or 9th grade student can compete at ONLY ONE division level (either B or C, not both). Students from the lower grades may participate on a team in a higher division; for example, a 5th grader may participate on a Div B team. Schools that do not have grades 8 or 9 may invite any combination of up to five (5) of their last year's 7th or 8th grade students to be part of the team.
Can we send a team with fewer than 15 members? Yes. It is not necessary for a team to compete in every event. Most events require that the team be represented by a maximum of two members only.
Can we send more than one team? Yes, but each team must pay separate registration fees for the regional tournament and separate national/state membership fees.
May the coach be a parent or does it have to be a teacher from the school? Any adult can be a coach (teacher, parent, administrator, previous competitor, counselor, engineer, local businessman, dentist, shop owner, rock hound, etc.) The only requirement is students must be from the same school and the principal must verify that the competitors are members of that school.
For events with multiple time sessions, to which session do we go? For events that span two hours, odd numbered teams are assigned to the first hour, even numbered teams are assigned to the second hour. For events that span three hours, teams 1, 4, 7, etc. are assigned to the first hour, teams 2, 5, 8, etc. are assigned to the second hour, and teams 3, 6, 9, etc. are assigned to the third hour. Please check the list of teams for your team number. We will assign team numbers in the order that registrations are received. Lower team numbers get higher priority. If you need to switch sessions or go early, please notify the event supervisor --- we will try to accommodate you, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to. PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT DELAYS COULD HAPPEN; if you get bumped to the next session, teams with lower numbers will still have higher priority. If IMPOUND is required, ALL teams must report for impound at the beginning of the first hour.
We would like to start preparing early. What would be a good strategy to follow if the actual schedule of events is not yet posted? A couple of information would be useful for planning:
1. Events in a given discipline are very unlikely to have schedule conflicts. This means that, for example, if you have a student who is strong in Biology, you can let the student start preparing for two or more Biology events since the likelihood of conflicts among Biology events is minimal.
2. Building events do not require the builder to be present. Any team member (not an alternate) may represent the team if the builder has to compete in another event.
Will there be food services on campus on the day of the tournament? Food services at the Student Union will be open. Our brand-new, state-of-the-art Galliano cafeteria will be open for breakfast and lunch.
Is there a place where teams can set up their headquarters? Yes. Teams may set up in the Quad (the area between Beauregard Hall, Powell Hall, Polk Hall, and Elkins Hall), at the Student Union, or outside Galliano Cafeteria. Bring your own shelters if setting up in the Quad.
When will the schedule be posted? We strive to have the schedule posted at least a month before the tournament; preferably sooner. If you see an old schedule, be sure to click the Refresh button on your browser just to make sure you get the most recent update to the page. It is sometimes necessary to clear you browser’s cache. In Internet Explorer, click on Tools, Internet Options, then delete your “Temporary Internet Files.” See schedule.
Will event coordinators be aware of rule clarifications from the national tournament website? Yes.
Can we put parent signatures on separate sheets? Yes, if you do not have time or would prefer not to pass around the Code of Conduct signature form, you may have the parent signatures on separate sheets. NOTE that the signature sheet is for only for parents attending the tournament. You need to have a separate signed permission slips for your own school’s internal requirements.
When will impounding be done? See schedule.
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