Tournament Updates - 2020 season
Rules Clarifications for San Diego Regional Tournament at University of San Diego click here
Published 2/11/2020Medal Colors:
- 1st – Gold - Blue
- 2nd – Silver - Red
- 3rd – Bronze - White
- 4th – Bronze - Yellow
- 5th – Bronze - Green
- 6th – Bronze - Purple
- 7th – Bronze - Orange
- 8th – Bronze - Lt. Blue
- 9th – Bronze - Pink
- 10th – Bronze - Maroon
2020 Wristband Colors
Blank Neon green - Division B
Blank Neon blue - Division C
Neon yellow - Head Coaches
Teams are strongly encouraged to print badges for their teams with Team #, Team Name and School name for each participant for ease of completing test ID.
Circuit Lab C
Spec sheets are here. The power supplies provided will be of this type (note that it may not be this exact model) -- but familiarity with using a similar equipment will be expected.
The breadboard used will be: click here for details. Cables will be provided. It is expected that students will be able to connect the power supplies to the breadboards with these cables and set appropriate voltages without help.
Wright Stuff C - Eye Protection type B
Despite the rules not requiring it, San Diego Regional will require eye protection type B for Wright Stuff C because of the possibility that the motor might snap while being wound and at any time while it is under tension.
Published 1/26/2020 Updated 2/2/2020
Boomilver Test Apparatus
Bar from any unanticipated occurrences, we're planning on using auto sand loader to test Boomilver B/C. Sand loader is similiar to the phototype showcased at the October 19, 2019 workshop.
Filing in Your Answer Sheet Instructions
If answer sheet is needed for Event Testing, Event Supervisors will provide the answer sheet and key information is required to be completd by students. Click here for specifics.
Click here for Division B Event IDs
Click here for Division C Event IDs
Building and Tools Policy
For many of the building events, the event rules indicate that the participants must be able to asnwer questions regarding the design, construction, and operation of the Device per Building Policy. Unless Event Supervisors have concerns about the Device, San Diego Regionals will not ask participants such questions. Click here for the mentioned policy.
Suggested Team Packing List
Items may include: folding tables, chairs, table covers, school banner, first-aid kit, paper towels, trash bags, zip lock bags, pop up tents, food, drinks, paper plates, bowls, forks, spoons, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, scissors, pens, pencils, markers, sharpies, zip-ties, notepads, extra batteries, spare calculators, sunblock, card games, weights for pop up tents, printout of team contact information and competition schedule, event kits, event equipment and supplies.
Ping Pong Parachute Launchers
San Diego Regional will use 2 Nerdz Model D launchers.
Pictures of the launcher is posted at Resources, Useful Documents, Launcher Category. Included is a picture of the Schrader valve connection for teams that choose to use their own pump.
Team Photos for Awards Ceremonies
Teams are invited to submit photos for the Awards Ceremonies. Function is located at the Head Coach Dashboard, Upload Documents
Deadlines to submit:
2/1/2020 for tournament at San Diego Miramar College. Photos will be showcased at both February and March tournaments.
3/14/2020 for tournament at University of San Diego. We encourage teams to submit photos by 2/1/2020 in order to be showcased at both tournaments. Photos received between 2/1/2020 to 3/14/2020 will be showcased at March tournament only.
Ping Pong Parachute B/C Guidelines
- If the unseparated rocket or parachute payload system touches a vertical wall or window but the device’s vertical motion is not impeded, the timing will continue. The touch itself will not cause the flight to be reduced to tier 2 or 3.
No Practicing at Miramar College or Univeristy of San Diego prior to tournaments.
Students will not be permitted to compete without wristbands, so please make sure that you have 15 wristbands (or the number equal to the names on the roster) in your Head Coach Check-in packet. Students will not need wristbands to impound their devices and related materials. For additional information, click here
Competitor/Coach Responsibilities: Competitors are responsible for providing their own protective eyewear. Science Olympiad is unable to determine the degree of hazard presented by equipment, materials and devices brought by the teams. Coaches must ensure the eye protection competitors bring is adequate for the hazard. All protective eyewear must bear the manufacturer's mark Z87. Teams will not be allowed to compete without adequate eye protection. This is non-negotiable. For additional information, click here to be directed to National Science Olympiad website.
Code of Ethics and General Rules
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. 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 stated rules, 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. For additional information, click here to be directed to National Science Olympiad website.
Use of Laser and High-Brightness LED Devices
Unless otherwise specified in the event rules, the following will apply. Laser and high-brightness LED devices are intended to be operated under the control of a human operator at all times. Any usage of such devices must be controlled so that it is not directed toward the eyes of any tournament participant or spectator. Any operation of a device focused toward another person’s head may be considered unsafe operation and result in disqualification. For additional information, click here to be directed to National Science Olympiad website.
New for 2020, click here
San Diego Regional will assign event points up to 80% of the number of registered teams per division, per tournament site. For additional information, click here
Required and Allowed Items
Check event parameters to see what you are allowed to bring.
Click here for Recommended Lab Equipment for Division B Chemistry Events
Click here for Recommended Lab Equipment for Division C Chemistry Events.
Teams not bringing Recommended Lab Equipment will be at a disadvantage as Event Supervisors will not provide them
For additional preparation tips, click here to be directed to National Science Olympiad Preparation tips.
San Diego Regional awards team trophies to the top 6 schools in each division per tournament site or up to the number of schools advance to state, whichever number is higher. The team with the lowest overall points ranks 1st. School's placement is based on the best performing team within that school. Event awards will be given to the top 10 teams regardless of schools in each division, per tournament site. For additional information, click here
Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Agreement
San Diego Regional SO participants, parents, volunteers, proctors and guests attending the San Diego Regional Tournaments are required to complete the Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Agreement.
Online Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Agreement is now available as of 1/20/2020
Coaches - if you have to manually use the mentioned form for your teams, please collect the executed copies, scan and upload them to the San Diego Regional portal (function at the Head Coach Dashboard, Upload Documents). San Diego Regional will not accept hard copies.The Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Agreement in pdf is located in the Head Coach Resources and click here
If anyone wishes not to be interviewed, photographed, and/or video recorded, he/she must notify the San Diego Regional SO photographers and/or videographers and to remove himself/herself from the interview, photo and/or video situations.
Impound events require teams to check in their devices and required materials to Event Supervisors prior to the start of the tournament. These events are indicated in the event rules as “Impound: Yes.” Check event rules for impound requirements and schedule of events for impound timeframe. For additional information, click here
San Diego Regional Tournament at University of San Diego Due Dates:
- Team Names due 1/8/2020 7:00 PM
- Volunteer Signup opens 2/18/2020 7:00 PM and closes 3/7/2020 7:00 PM. To sign up, click here
- Event Signup opens 2/25/2020 7:00 PM and closes 3/7/2020 7:00 PM. Only teams on the event signup rosters may compete. For detailed instructions, click here
- Head Coach Roster due 3/7/2020 7:00 PM. Head Coach Roster is located in the Head Coach Dashboard, Registration, Invite Coaches. Teams managed by the student board, please nominate an adult and include such adult in the head coach roster. Please inform the designated adult to be available at Team HQ throughout the day.
- Clarifications close 3/7/2020 11:59 PM
- Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability Agreement due 3/14/2020 7:00 PM. Head Coaches are responsible for collecting and validating the executed agreements.
- Roster of Participating Students due 3/14/2020 7:00 PM. For details, click here
- Head Coach Certification due 3/14/2020 7:00 PM. Form is located in the Head Coach Dashboard, Compliance, Verification/Checklist, Head Coach Verification. Participant and head coach wristbands will NOT be released to coaches at check-in until Head Coach Certification has been submitted online.
Published 12/29/2019 Updated 1/22/2020
Allocation to State Tournament at Caltech on April 4, 2020:
San Diego Regional Tournament at San Diego Miramar College: 6 Division B and 5 Division C schools
San Diego Regional Tournament at University of San Diego: 7 Division B and 5 Division C schools
Published 9/2/2019 Updated 12/17/2019
Schedule of Events
Preliminary State and Updated San Diego Regional Schedules Released. See Resources, Useful documents, Schedule Category
Official State Bird List for Ornithology B/C for the 2019-2020 season
Additional fifteen bird species to the National Bird List.
Published 9/4/2019 Updated 10/2/2019
Digital Rules Manuals for 2020
Regional competitions will follow the event descriptions in the current Rules Manuals, Rules Clarifications that are posted on the Southern California Science Olympiad website up to the cutoff dates and clarifications that are posted on the San Diego Regional website (FAQs).
Published 9/4/2019 Updated 10/1/2019
Clarifications open October 3, 2019
Event Clarifications will be submitted directly through the State Clarification system: Rules Clarifications
Questions related to tournaments/logistics/non-event related questions will continue to be submitted through San Diego Regional website: General Questions
Close January 25, 2020, 11:59 PM for San Diego Regional Tournament at San Diego Miramar College
Close March 7, 2020, 11:59 PM for San Diego Regional Tournament at University of San Diego
Mission Possible B
Mission Possible B will NOT be an impounded event at the San Diego Regional tournaments. Teams competing in Mission Possible B should check-in the beginning of the timeblock that they signed up for or at the end of the previous timeblock. Students may use rolling carts to transport their devices.
Published 7/24/2019 Updated 9/2/2019
Codebusters B replaced Game On B
For the 2019-2020 season, Southern California will be running Codebusters B in place of Game On B. This change only applies to Regional and State tournaments in Southern California. Please note that this is teams of up to 2, not 3.
Published 7/6/20192020 Event Chart
Free 2020 Digital Science Olympiad Rules 9/3/2019
San Diego Regional Tournament at University of San Diego (site logistics)
Team Staging Area: Olin Parking Lot
No pre-signup, first come first served. Teams may set up staging area starting at 6:00 AM
Spectator Events at University of San Diego:
Boomilever B/C, Elastic Launched Glider B, Gravity Vehicle C, Mission Possible B, Ping Pong Parachute B/C and Wright Stuff C
Events: Mousetrap Vehicle B and Gravity Vehicle C at University of San Diego
Location: Hahn University Center Forum A/B (see venue photos under Resources -> Useful Documents -> USD
Awards Ceremony B/C at University of San Diego
Location: Jenny Craig Pavilion
Events: Elastic Launched Glider B, Wright Stuff C and Ping-Pong Parachute B/C at University of San Diego
Location: Jenny Craig Pavilion (see venue photos under Resources -> Useful Documents -> USD
Approximate dimensions: 14.5 meters from the floor to lights in the ceiling, 42.5 meters in length and 30 meters wide with partial bleachers being pulled out for spectators.
Parking at University of San Diego
Please park at the West Parking Structure for the tournament. You are welcome to move your cars from the West Parking Structure to the Mission Parking Structure for the Awards Ceremony in the Jenny Craig Pavilion, as this is close to the arena.
University of San Diego Water Service
Support the University of San Diego's ongoing commitment to sustainability by bringing your own reusable water bottles to the tournament. Water fountains are located in each building and a complimentary water station will be set up at Team HQ.