Division C Rules Clarifications/Changes


2018 Division C Regional Competition will follow the event descriptions in the current Rules Manual, and the Regional, State and National Rules Clarifications/Changes that are posted below. 

Clarifications are listed by Event Name then Published Date with most-up-to-date on top within each event.

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CollapseEvent Name: Forensics
 09/14/17 11:00 AMNational Rules Clarification 3.a. should read: "The competition will consist of evidence from Parts 3.b.-e. and analysis of the evidence in Part 3.f. Analysis or questions can only be on the evidence topics included in the competition. The amount of evidence included will be according to the following table:"
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 09/14/17 11:28 PMIf a preserved specimen is being used and students feel it has been damaged, are they to notify one of the judges/proctors in the room so that can be accounted for if the damage affects ability to answer the questions given? I know this is highly unlikely, but we just want our students to be prepared on how to handle such an occurrence in case it happens.Students are encouraged to notify Event Supervisors of any inconsistencies and/or testing issues.
 09/14/17 11:27 PMIf a preserved specimen is being used, are students allowed to touch it/pick it up?If applicable, Event Supervisors will give instructions at the beginning of the event.
 09/14/17 11:26 PMThe rules indicate that living specimens might be used. What controls will be in place to insure each student has an equal opportunity to see/observe the specimen. For example, what happens if the specimen decides to hide under a rock or similar?Aligning with National and Southern California Science Olympiad, questions relate to test format will not be answered. Note, we strive to treat all teams the same including time limits.
 09/14/17 11:25 PMIf we use a binder, are we allowed to tab our pages as we can with a field guide? And can the tabs be labeled?Per General Rule 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.
 09/14/17 11:23 PMIf we use a binder, are we allowed to put our printed pages of notes into sheet protectors? Would this count as “attached” as is required by the rules?Yes, this would count as information in any form and from any source attached using the available rings.
 09/14/17 11:22 PMAs we can annotate our field guides, are we allowed to use/insert sticky notes or Post-Its with additional information in to the field guide pages?Per General Rule 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.
 09/14/17 11:20 PMWe are aware we can tab the field guides. Can the tabs have writing on them – e.g., “Terrapene” or “Salamander anatomy” written on the tabs?Per General Rule 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.
 09/14/17 11:16 PMTo clarify on the level of knowledge that will be tested. Students need only know about the animals to the genus level as indicated on the Official National List. So for Terrapene (box turtles) they would only need to know information at the genus level and NOT what makes an Eastern Box Turtle different from a Florida Box Turtle, as that would be at the species level. Is that correct?No, the limitation to the genus level as indicated on the Official National List refers to only basic identification and answer taxonomy questions as per rule 3.d. Demonstration of the biogeography knowledge and other knowledge are not limited to the genus level.
 09/14/17 11:12 PMCan we make hand written notes on the official national list, or must it only be what is printed on it by SO National?Per General Rule 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.
 09/14/17 11:09 PMCan the official national list be laminated or in a sheet protector?Per General Rule 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.
 09/13/17 1:00 PMI am assuming they are not allowed to pick up/touch live specimens. Please confirm/advise. If applicable, Event Supervisors will give instructions at the beginning of the event.
    

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