Note: You must have an account to register or update school/teams. For returning Head Coaches, login, for new Head Coaches, create a new account.

2019-2020 Maryland Science Olympiad Registration

Divisions B (grades 6-9), Division C (grades 9-12)

Welcome to the registration portal for the 2019-2020 Maryland Science Olympiad (MSO) season!


This portal (scilympiad.com) is new to MSO for the 2019-2020 season. We will provide guides on the main scilympiad page (Click on the 'Maryland Science Olympiad' on top left to go back to main page) and help as best we can throughout the site. Please also refer to emails from the State Office with any additional directions and guidance, or contact the State Office with any questions.


In order to compete, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Register Online (between September 9 and December 20, 2019)
  2. Pay required membership fees
  3. Prepare and/or supply volunteer(s) to run one event at Regional Competition (see below)
  4. Submit Required Competition Documents (beginning in February 2020)
    • Roster of Participating Students and photo/video release 
      • Must be signed by school principal or appropriate representative
    • Non-compete forms
      • Indicates events the team will be competing in on tournament day
    • Any other Tournament-required forms or waivers

Some details that will get you through the registration process:

How to Register

All Coaches and Co-Coaches (not competing students) must create accounts through this site. We strongly encourage all Coaches for each school to create accounts and link to the school/team in order to be included on communications during the season.


Use the links at the top of this page to add your team to Participating Schools list, update an existing School/Team registration, or pay your registration fees.

If you are just starting with registration, click the "Participating Schools" link and hit "Register School". You will be prompted to create an account on the site if you haven't already.


What this Registration Covers

This registration portal will cover the registration and costs for competition in MSO Regional and, if the school qualifies, State Tournament for the 2019-2020 season.

Registering here also enables teams to sign up for Invitational (Practice) Tournaments inside and outside of Maryland. Neither registration not registration fees for Invitationals are covered here, teams must register with and pay the Invitational host directly.



Membership Fees

First Team Fees: $360/season
Additional Team Fees: $250/season

Fees are due within 30 days or registration or by December 20, 2019, whichever is earlier. Failure to adhere to this deadline will result in a $100.00 late fee and/or removal from competition.


Limit on Number of Teams per School

Each school may register up to three (3) teams for official Maryland Science Olympiad competition: a "Varsity" Team, and up to 2 "Junior Varsity (JV)" Teams

Registered schools by default have a Varsity (primary) Team, which is the ONLY team that influences overall school ranking and advancement.

JV (secondary) Teams only compete at Regional Tournaments** and are eligible for medals and individual awards at MSO tournaments but do NOT influence overall ranking.

Only Varsity Teams will compete at the State Tournament if the team advances. Schools are NOT required to use the same rosters at each tournament; they will submit a new roster for each tournament, and students may be moved from JV to Varsity Team for the State Tournament, or new students may be included.

**Or Invitational tournaments, if eligible and the school chooses. Invitational Tournaments fall outside the scope of this registration.


Payment Methods – Paypal or Checks

Upon completion of the registration process, payment must be submitted online via PayPal ("Pay Now") or by check ("Pay by Check").

To pay online via PayPal:

  1. Click on the Pay membership fees button above.
  2. Select PayPal for immediate processing and follow prompts.

To pay by check:

  1. Click on the Pay membership fees button above.
  2. Select "Pay by Check" option on the Team Registration Payment page.

Make check payable to "Maryland Science Olympiad", note school name on memo line and mail to:

Maryland Science Olympiad
Attn: 2019-2020 Registration Payment
9106 John Simmons Street
Frederick, MD 21704


All payments, regardless of method, are due at the stated deadline above.



Volunteer Participation in Regional Tournament

All participating schools (apart from new schools and Baltimore City schools) are required to contribute to the preparation and/or running of Regional Tournaments. This can include event preparation, providing an Event Supervisor for an event, and/or providing volunteers to run an event on tournament day. Volunteers do not have to be Coaches or direct team personnel. Parents, school teachers or members, or outside community members supplied by the team will fulfill this requirement.

After registration, Tournament personnel will reach out to discuss event assignments and preferences. We will work with registered teams to find the best match for all circumstances and tournament needs.

New schools and Baltimore City schools are exempt from the volunteer participation requirement. However, we still encourage providing help at the tournament as many hands are needed to make our tournaments a success.


Rules Manuals

Digital manuals are provided free of cost by the National Science Olympiad beginning in early September. Go to https://store.soinc.org/us/page/manuals to download a copy***. Physical copies of manuals will NOT be provided by MSO.

***Rules manuals are free, however they are copyright of Science Olympiad and may NOT be publicly posted or otherwise disseminated. Anyone desiring a copy of the rules should go to the site, complete the info form, and download directly from SO.



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