Arizona Science Olympiad Code of Conduct

The Arizona Science Olympiad “Code of Conduct” 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.  Please review this code with the members of your team and coaching staff.  Have every member of the team, coaching staff, parents, and your principal sign the form and turn it in at Registration on tournament day.


Code of Conduct

Arizona Science Olympiad


The Science Olympiad is designed to foster both cooperation and competition.  Both coaches and student team members must adhere to a strict personal code of conduct that:

  1. Typifies respect for oneself and one’s own team as well as respect for opposing teams.The code requires friendly and fair competitive behavior that builds spirit of competition that is constructive, spurring individuals and teams to their best work.Congratulations should be extended to one’s own team members as well as the members of other teams that compete well.
  2. Typifies a spirit of teamwork within one’s own team.The code requires that team members find ways to help each other and the team to be successful, even if it means that one or more individuals on the team do not get to compete, as he or she would like.
  3. As a coach, provide leadership that seeks to help students maintain a friendly and fair competitive attitude and cooperative team spirit.Both coaches’ and students’ behavior adheres to both spirit and letter of the rules related to the regional, state, and national competitions, and the stated guidelines for each event.


If a coach or a student, through his/her coach, has any problem with the way an event is run or scored, they should communicate that problem to the proper official in a timely manner, so that it can be resolved quickly.  Both coaches and students will accept the decision of the Arbitration Committee as final.  When a decision is rendered, all further conflict over the situation will cease.  All members of the competing teams should respect the property of the institution hosting the event.  The building, grounds, and cafeteria facilities should be left free of damage and liter at the end of the day’s events.


Attitudes, speech, and actions of judges, coaches, officials, and students should be nondiscriminatory on the basis of race, sex, socio-economic status, ethnic background, religion, national origin, or handicap.


Coaches and team members will recognize the achievements of both their team and other competing teams with enthusiasm at the awards ceremony.  The Code requires that all recognition be positive.  No name-calling or derisive comments about competing teams will be tolerated.


The Regional and State Olympiad Executive Committees will make a good faith effort to run each event using the rules promulgated by the National Olympiad.  When modifications or interpretations are made, every attempt will be made to inform all coaches of such modifications.


Code of Ethics & General Rules

Revised by the Science Olympiad Rules Committee Chairs and Executive Board, July 2014

The goal of competition is to give one's best effort while displaying honesty, integrity, and good sportsmanship. Everyone is expected to display courtesy and respect (see Science Olympiad Pledges below). Teams are expected to make an honest effort to follow the rules and the spirit of the problem (not interpret the rules so they have an unfair advantage). Failure by a participant, coach, or guest to abide by these codes, accepted safety procedures, or rules below, may result in an assessment of penalty points or, in rare cases, disqualification by the tournament director from the event, the tournament, or future tournaments.

  1. Actions and items (e.g., tools, notes, resources, supplies, electronics, etc.) are permitted, unless they are explicitly excluded in the rules, are unsafe, or violate the spirit of the problem.
  2. While competing in an event, students may not leave without the event supervisor's approval and must not receive any external assistance. All electronic devices capable of external communication (including cell phones) must be turned off, unless expressly permitted in the event rule and left in a designated spot if requested.
  3. Students, coaches and other adults are responsible for ensuring that any applicable school or Science Olympiad policy, law or regulation is not broken. All Science Olympiad content (e.g., policies, requirements, clarifications, FAQs, etc. on must be treated as if it were included in the printed rules.
  4. All pre-built devices presented for judging must be constructed, impounded, and operated by one or more of the 15 current team members unless stated otherwise in the rules. If a device has been removed from the event area, appeals related to that device will not be considered.
  5. Officials are encouraged to apply the least restrictive penalty for rules infractions (see examples in the Scoring Guidelines). Event supervisors must provide prompt notification of any penalty, disqualification or tier ranking.
  6. State and regional tournament directors must notify teams of any site-dependent rule or other rule modification with as much notice as possible, ideally at least 30 days prior to the tournament.

Science Olympiad Pledges

Student's Pledge

I pledge to put forth my best effort in the Science Olympiad tournament and to uphold the principles of honest competition. In my events, I will compete with integrity, respect, and sportsmanship towards my fellow competitors. I will display courtesy towards Event Supervisors and Tournament Personnel. My actions will exemplify the proud spirit of my school, team, and state.

Coach's Pledge

On behalf of the coaches and assistants at this tournament, I pledge to encourage honesty and respect for tournament personnel, our fellow coaches, and other team members. We want our efforts to bring honor to our community and school.

Parent's Pledge

On behalf of the parents and spectators I pledge to be an example for our children by:

Our examples will promote the spirit of cooperation within and among all our participating teams.

Event Supervisor's Pledge

On behalf of my fellow supervisors and tournament personnel, I pledge to run my event with fairness and respect for the participants and their coaches. Our actions will reflect the principles of the Science Olympiad program and display the pride we feel as representatives of our colleges, universities, companies, states or organizations.