SoCal State Tournament

4/09/22 Awards Presentation:

Final Scoreboards:
The final scoreboards are now posted: Div B, Div C. The scoreboards have been finalized. There are no changes to the Div B scoreboard. We found a tabulation error in Div C Experimental Design but there are no changes to the medals or the trophies. Congratulations to everyone! We look forward to having Troy High School and Sierra Vista Middle School representing Southern California at the upcoming National Science Olympiad Tournament in May!


Congratulations to everyone! We look forward to have Troy High School and Sierra Vista Middle School representing Southern California at the upcoming National Science Olympiad Tournament in May!

3/30/22 Update:

Self-Scheduled Sign Up:
Don’t forget that the self-scheduled sign up closes today, Wed, March 30, 5 PM PT.

Design Log Submission:
Please submit your Design Logs prior to the Zoom call this Saturday, April 2 using this link

Rules Clarification:
All clarification questions have been answered and you can find them here.

Format:
As a reminder, the Southern California State Science Olympiad Tournament is a Satellite tournament. This means that students must compete from their school or another district facility if that is the direction they have received from the school district.

Resources:
As a reminder, all resources used must still follow the event rules (e.g. in the form of binders, note sheets, etc.). With the exception of Astronomy, which allows a computer/tablet as a resource, notes cannot be in a digital format. We understand the cost and burden on teams to print a new binder, but we ask that teams follow this rule to be equitable to all teams.
If students are not required to practice social distancing, then only the allowed resources as described in each event’s rules apply. If students are required to practice social distancing, then the COVID rules modifications in the rules manual will apply as summarized below: If not already allowed, each individual participant can have a personal set of reference materials (e.g., binders, single sheets of paper), calculator, or other academic resource as specified in the specific event rule for use during the competition to facilitate social distancing, isolation, and to prevent resource sharing. Personal sets of resource materials must meet all the criteria established in the specific event rule. Teams can decide how they want to arrange their resources as they best understand the circumstances under which they are competing and what their overall strategy might be. Using Anatomy & Physiology as an example, each partner may choose to have two different sets of notes so Partner A tackles all the muscle questions and Partner B tackles all the skeleton questions.

Collaboration During Tournament:
Participants may use any method of communication such as video call, voice chat, the built-in Scilympiad chat, or direct conversation that is appropriate for the competition condition at their school.

Adding students to your team:
In order for your team members to compete, the students must be added to the roster. This is done by going to the Head Coach dashboard and clicking on “Submit Student/Team Roster.” Type in the names and grades of your students. The login ID will be automatically generated for each student and they will be able to log in using the login ID. Please provide your student with their login ID, first name, and last name that you entered so they can log in. The login ID, first name, and last name you submit must match what they submit.

Assigning Students to Events:
From the Student/Team Roster page, click on “Students to Teams” to assign your students to the corresponding team. This step is still needed even if your school only has one team. Once that has been completed, you can click on “Students to Events” to assign events to the students. This step must be done in order for the students to compete on tournament day.

Student Log In:
Prior to the tournament, students should create their account on this web page by clicking on “Student Login” then click on “Take online tests using Login ID.” If this is their first time, they will need to enter the Login ID, their first name and last name to create the account, then enter their password. After that, they can login using simply their Login ID and password.

Releases:
For those who signed the release form already at the Regional competition, no additional releases is needed. If a participant did not compete at the Regional tournament but is competing at the State Tournament, the release should be signed by the parents/legal guardians of that student (or by the student themselves if the student is 18 years old or older). Coaches should log in and click on “Release Forms” then copy the red link above the green button (NOT the browser URL) and share that link with the parents/guardians of each participant along with the Parent Instructions below:

Parent Instructions: Click on the link provided by the coach. Check the upper right of the web page to see if it says your child’s name. If it says your child’s name, click on their name and click log out. Once logged out, click on the link provided by the coach again. Follow the prompt on the web page to either log in if you have an account already or register as a new member with the role of “Other”. If you need to register as a new member follow the instructions on the website page.

To see the list of participants from your teams with completed releases, go to the Head Coach Dashboard, click on “Verifications/Checklist,” and click on “Releases.” If the parents/legal guardians spell their student’s name the same way you did, the system will automatically put a checkmark for “Release Submitted” on the students/team roster. However, if they are different (e.g. Bob vs Bobby), you can still manually check the box under “Release Submitted” on the students/team roster.

Principal Verifications:
From the Student/Team Roster page, click on “Principal Certification.” If this is a blank page, this is because students haven’t been added to teams (see steps above). Once this is signed, please upload this by going to the Head Coach Dashboard and clicking on “Upload Documents” and choosing the Document Type as “Team Roster”

Final Verification (Must Be Completed)
Once all of the Parent/Guardians Permission Form and the Principal Verifications form are completed, the Head coach must go to Head Coach Dashboard -> Verification / Checklist -> Head Coach Verification, check off the boxes, and sign the form.

Awards Ceremony:
We will be hosting an online Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 9, 5 PM PT. The livestream can be watched on this page. The scoreboard will be posted on the tournament web page after the awards ceremony. Coaches have 1 hour after the conclusion of the Awards Ceremony to submit any scoring discrepancies (e.g. team showed up as NS when they participated) by emailing peterhung@socalscioly.org

3/23/22 Update:

Self-Scheduled Sign Up:

This is a reminder that the self-scheduled sign up for the State Tournament will start today at 5 PM PT. Teams will be signing up for individual time slots for each event.
The time slots will start at 8am and the last time slot ends at 5pm. The time slots are all 15 minutes each with the exception of Mission Possible, which will be 40 minutes to include set up time. The written test for Sounds of Music and It’s About Time are 25 min each so teams signing up for a time slot for these events during the same hour for its respective written event should make sure they start the written test in a time that allows them to do both parts.
As per National Science Olympiad rules, teams must have at least 1 adult from the team with the students on the Zoom call. The Event Supervisor from the Science Olympiad team will provide specific instructions to the students (and the adult with the team as appropriate) to walk through the event. Teams should have scales, rulers/meter sticks, timers, and other necessary equipment (launcher, counterweights, etc.) so that they can demonstrate measurements as requested by the Event Supervisor.

Event Modifications:
Please find the Event Modifications document here.

3/17/22 Update:

Congratulations and welcome to the 35th annual Southern California State Science Olympiad on Saturday, April 2nd, 2022. Below, you will find some important and useful information about the upcoming program. Please be aware that some of these items are time sensitive and require immediate attention!

Tournament Format
The 2022 SoCal State Tournament will be run as a Satellite Tournament. In the Satellite model, teams must compete from their own school or from another district facility if that is the direction they have received from the school district. However, teams may not compete from home. Teams that can only compete from home will unfortunately not be eligible to compete at the State Tournament.

Online Registration (Time Sensitive):
If you’re from Inland Empire, Los Angeles/Santa Barbara, or Orange County, your team is already registered and your team number has been assigned. Please make sure when you log in, you’re selecting the State Tournament and click on “Register/Update Teams” and make sure your team number matches the one listed on the team number below. If you’re from San Diego, please register on this web page as soon as possible. Once registered, please email me to let me know so I can assign your team number. Also, don’t forget to click on “Registration Fees.” It’ll state that there’s no fee for this tournament but you must click on it for it to trigger one of the steps so that you’ll be able to do the online sign up.

Spring Break Recess:
We understand that many of you will be on Spring Break in the upcoming weeks. Please note that any updates will be sent to both your email address and posted here. Please ask your students to check the web page during their Spring Break, especially if you will not be able to relay relevant information to the team.

Online Sign Up for Self Scheduled Events (Time Sensitive):
Online sign up will take place on this web page
Sign up Opens: Wed, March 23, 5 PM
Sign up Closes: Wed, March 30, 5 PM
Coaches can sign up by going to the head coach dashboard and clicking on “Self-scheduled Event Signup”

Schedule and Team Numbers:
The preliminary schedule is posted here.
The team numbers are posted here. Please make sure we have the correct team and regional.
While we do not expect any major changes to the schedule at this point, we will let you know if there are any updates to the schedule. As we update the schedule, the one posted on this web page will also be updated.
Please note the difference compared to the Regional schedule below is that the video submission events will be done as a live Zoom call.
As with the Regional Tournament, rules and modifications can be found here.
The medal only events do not count toward the team total but medals will be awarded. Any students from your school, including but not limited to the 15 official members, may participate in these events.

15 Official Team Members Roster Requirement:
Please make sure your list of 15 students is added to your team by 5:00 PM PT, Friday, April 1, 2021. The roster should be printed and signed by your principal and uploaded (Head Coach Dashboard -> Upload Documents) before noon PT, Friday, April 2.
Division B teams may have up to 10 alternates for the medal only events and Division C may have up to 16 alternates for the medal only events.
Please make sure you check the National Science Olympiad guidelines at https://www.soinc.org/start-team/team-size-grade-levels on who can be on your 15 member team. We do not expect schools to substitute team members during the tournament. However, if an emergency should arise and a student on your team is unable to compete, you should email peterhung@socalscioly.org on the day of the event.

Science Olympiad Code of Ethics & General Rules:
Please review with your students and parents the Science Olympiad Code of Ethics & General Rules at https://www.soinc.org/code-ethics-general-rules

Event Clarifications:
Please submit all rules clarification questions by filling out the form here. The only clarifications we will be following will be the ones posted here. All clarification questions we answer will be automatically posted on the web page.
The deadline to submit clarification questions is Sunday, March 27th, 5:00pm. Any questions submitted after that time will not be answered. All clarifications will be final on Monday, March 28th, 11:59 PM, after which there will not be any more clarifications posted.

Releases:
For those who signed the release form already at the Joint Regional competition, no additional releases are needed. If a participant did not compete at the Regional tournament but is competing at the State Tournament, the release should be signed by the parents/legal guardians of that student (or by the student themselves if the student is 18 years old or older). The coach should go to the Head Coach Dashboard, click on “Release Forms,” and provide the link there to the participants’ parents/legal guardians. Please note that each school has a different link. Parents/legal guardians should be creating an account to sign this form and they should not be using their student’s account to sign this.

Principal Verifications:
From the Student/Team Roster page, click on “Principal Certification.” Once this is signed, please upload this by going to the Head Coach Dashboard and click on “Upload Documents” and choose the Document Type as “Team Roster”

Certificate of Liability Coverage:
The Certificate of Liability Coverage will not be needed this year.

Awards Ceremony:
We will be hosting an online Awards Ceremony on Saturday, April 9, 3PM PT. The livestream can be watched on the front page of https://scilympiad.com/socal The scoreboard will be posted on the tournament web page after the awards ceremony. Coaches have until one hour after the end of the Awards Ceremony PT to submit any scoring discrepancies (e.g. team showed up as NS when they participated) using the score inquiry function from the Head Coach dashboard.

SoCal Joint Regional Tournament

Final Regional Scoreboard
Inland Empire
Los Angeles/Santa Babrara
Orange County
MiniSO
You can watch the awards ceremony video here.

3/5/22 Update:

Awards Ceremony Today:
This is a reminder that the awards ceremony will take place today. Below is the schedule:
2:30 PM Game of Kahoot
3:00 PM Inland Empire Awards
3:20 PM Los Angeles/Santa Barbara Awards
3:40 PM Orange County Awards
4:00 PM MiniSO Awards

Please note that coaches have until 5 PM PT today, 3/5/22 to submit any score inquiries to their Regional Director:
Inland Empire: lily.min@cjuhsd.net
Los Angeles/Santa Barbara: alexchao@socalscioly.org
Orange County: CPearce@ocde.us

2/23/22 Update:

Video Submission Reminder:
The Build Events and the hands-on components of the Hybrid Events are done as a video submission. There’s no need for self-scheduling. The unknown parameters and links for submitting the videos were posted yesterday on the Event Modification Document.
You can submit your videos any time before the Saturday, Feb 26, 11:59 PM deadline. When recording your video, clearly show the device performance parameters and write them down. These parameters are ones which are needed to provide your team a score (e.g. flight duration for the flight events, distance from target for the vehicle events, etc.) The google form will have a space for you to self-report those values as well as a place to upload the relevant logs and your video. Please note that compared to last year’s tournament, we will not be including a code word in Scilympiad.

Satellite/MiniSO
The Southern California Science Olympiad team recently received an inquiry as to whether or not schools participating in the Satellite model would be allowed to have a student diagnosed with COVID-19, or otherwise required to quarantine by a medical professional, participate from home. In effect, this blurs the line between students competing in a Satellite competition with those competing in a Mini competition. It is the intent of the Southern California Science Olympiad team to align our policies, where practical for our context, with those that students will experience at the State and National levels. After conversation with the National planning team, the decision has been made to not allow Satellite competition students to participate from their homes. An alternate student will need to take their place on the team in this circumstance, as they would were they sick on a day of competition at an in-person event. We understand that this policy may disappoint students, but we hope that students who are ill are able to rest up and fully recover. Note that Science Olympiad does not require a participant at the State Tournament to have competed at the Regional Tournament.

2/18/22 Update:

Events with Video Submission:

Unknown parameters will be released by Tuesday, Feb 22.
Video submission deadline is Saturday, Feb 26, 11:59 PM PT. Please note that teams may record them any time between now and the deadline. Coaches and their teams are reminded that they have signed and submitted their acknowledgment of the Code of Ethics and General Rules. (NOTE: Teams are expected to record this only ONCE and submit. Teams should not be recording multiple runs/trials and submitting the best one.) Please record the device performance parameters of the demonstration (e.g. the values needed to score the device) as they will be required as part of the submission. The video should show these values (weight of bridge, etc.) so that Event Supervisors can verify them. The form will ask for the values of these parameters along with a copy of the video recording and any logs required in the rules.

Materials for Written Event
Please note that some events (e.g. Experimental Design B/C, Write It Do It B/C, Codebusters B/C) require specific material to be acquired or printed prior to Sat, Feb 26. Please be sure to check the Event Modification document

Assigning Students to Team and Their Events:
From the Student/Team/Event Assignment page, click on “Students to Teams” to assign your students to the corresponding team. This step is still needed even if your school only has one team. Once that has been completed, you can click on “Students to Events” to assign events to the students. This step must be done in order for the students to compete on tournament day.

Student Log In:
Prior to the tournament, students should access their account by clicking on “Student Login” above, then click “Take online tests using Login ID.” If this is their first time, they will need to enter the Login ID, their first name, and last name to create the account, then enter their password. After that, they can log in using simply their Login ID and password.

Principal Verifications Signed by Principal and Certified Coach:
From the Student/Team/Event Assignment page, click on “Principal Certification.” This is the first page of the form, please print this along with the “Acknowledgement of School Use - Primary Coverage form” as they need to be signed by the coach and the principal. Please upload a scanned copy of this and upload it by going to the Head Coach Dashboard and clicking on “Upload Documents” and choosing the Document Type as “Team Roster”. If your Principal Verifications form is blank, make sure you’ve added students to team.

Parent/Guardian Permission Form Signed Digitally by Parent/Guardian
Coaches log in and click on “Release Forms” then copy the red link above the green button (NOT the browser URL) and share that link with the parents/guardians of each participant along with the Parent Instructions below: Parent Instructions: Click on the link provided by the coach. Check the upper right of the web page to see if it says your child’s name. If it says your child’s name, click on their name and click log out. Once logged out, click on the link provided by the coach again. Follow the prompt on the web page to either log in if you have an account already or register as a new member with the role of “Other”. If you need to register as a new member follow the instructions on the website page.

Final Verification (Must Be Completed)
Once all of the Parent/Guardians Permission Form and the Principal Verifications form are completed, the Head coach must go to Head Coach Dashboard -> Verification / Checklist -> Head Coach Verification, check off the boxes, and sign the form.

Tournament Day
For Satellite Tournament:
On Tournament Day, students will be at their own school competing. For any given hour, students taking various tests can be in the same room or can be in separate rooms. Partners may sit next to each other or on separate computers, as long as all school/district rules (e.g. social distancing) are followed. The coach or an adult assistant must be supervising students. The tests will be available digitally on Scilympiad.
If partners are sitting next to each other, COVID modification rules on resources do not apply (e.g. only one sheet of paper notes per team in Anatomy & Physiology). If partners must social distance, then COVID modification rules on resources apply (e.g. one sheet of paper notes per Participant in Anatomy and Physiology).
In addition, participants may use any method of communication (i.e. video call, voice chat, the built-in Scilympiad chat, or direct conversation) that is appropriate for the competition condition at their school. If a separate software is used for communication, please make sure that software is started BEFORE starting the test and DO NOT GO BACK to the software until the test is over to prevent incurring out of browser time. (See Note on Out of Browser Time below)

For Mini Tournament:
On Tournament Day, students will be at their own home competing. Tests will be available digitally on Scilympiad.
COVID modification rules on resources apply (e.g. one sheet of paper notes per Participant in Anatomy and Physiology).
In addition, participants may use any method of communication (i.e. video call, voice chat, or the built-in Scilympiad chat) that is appropriate for the competition condition at their school. If a separate software is used for communication, please make sure that software is started BEFORE starting the test and DO NOT GO BACK to the software until the test is over to prevent incurring out of browser time.

Out of Browser Time
One of the purposes of logging Out of Browser time is to identify potential circumstances in which students may be unfairly accessing resources outside of the intent or scope of the rules. (NOTE: Teams with noticeable Out of Browser time, may trigger further research by event supervisors or organizers. Coaches and their teams are reminded that they have signed and submitted their acknowledgment of the Code of Ethics and Science Olympiad Pledges.)
Out of Browser time is tracked by Scilympiad whenever the Scilympiad tab is not the active tab/window. If teams switch to a different tab, open a set of digital notes (not allowed except for Astronomy C), or switch to different software to talk to their partner, Out of Browser time will be incurred.

2/11/22 Update:

Team numbers have now been assigned to your team. With this, you can now assign students to teams and assign students to events using the instructions below.

Events with Video Submission:
The unknown parameters will be released on Tues, Feb 22. Please note that the video submission deadline has been updated to Sat, Feb 26, 11:59 PM PT. Teams can record the videos starting Tues, Feb 22 but note that teams are expected to record this only once and then submit it. Team should not be recording multiple runs/trials and submitting the best one.

Tournament Schedule:
As a reminder, the tournament schedule has been posted since early September and it can be found on the Sept 9 post below.  Please be sure to review the various updates that have been posted below..

Adding students to your team:
In order for your team members to compete, the students must be added to the roster on Scilympiad. This is done by going to the Head Coach dashboard and clicking on “Student/Team/Event Assignment.” Type in the names and grades of your students. The login ID will be automatically generated for each student and they will be able to log in using the login ID. Please provide your student their login ID, first name, and last name that you entered so they can log in. The login ID, first name, and last name you submit must match what they submit.

Assigning Students to Events:
From the Student/Team/Event Assignment page, click on “Students to Teams” to assign your students to the corresponding team. This step is still needed even if your school only has one team. Once that has been completed, you can click on “Students to Events” to assign events to the students. This step must be done in order for the students to compete on tournament day.

Student Log In:
Prior to the tournament, students should access their account on this web page by clicking on the “Student Login” tab, then click “Take online tests using Login ID.” If this is their first time, they will need to enter the Login ID, their first name and last name to create the account, then enter their password. After that, they can login using simply their Login ID and password.

Release:
Parent/Guardian permission form and the Team Roster Form and Acknowledgement of School Use/Primary Coverage will be available next week.

1/19/22 Update:

The Southern California Joint Regional Tournament will continue to primarily be run as a Satellite Tournament, with teams competing from their schools. For teams unable to compete at their school due to school/district policy, they may compete in the MiniSO format with the permission of their school principal (the principal will have to sign a form which will be sent out later). Please note that some events will be scored differently for teams competing in MiniSO.

Depending on the number of schools from each Regional needing to use the alternate Mini tournament format, these teams may be put into a single Mini tournament. The number of teams advancing from each tournament to the state level will be determined after the number of teams participating in each Regional and the Mini tournament(s) is finalized.

The list of event modifications can be found here.

12/20/21 Update:

We want to provide you with an update on the 2021-2022 academic year’s Science Olympiad program. Currently, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Orange County, and Santa Barbara Regionals are planning to host the Science Olympiad tournament on Sat, Feb 26 as a Satellite Tournament, where students are expected to compete from their school under the supervision of their coach for all events (written and hands-on).

We understand that competing at your school may not be an option for some due to school or district policies, and we plan to allow these schools to compete in a separate tournament using the Mini format. Please note that schools must compete in the Satellite Tournament unless school or district policies do not allow for it. Teams requesting to compete in the alternate Mini tournament must submit the request along with principal verification. The form to request to compete in the alternate Mini Tournament will be made available on Jan 7, 2022.

In supporting two different models, it is our intent to enable schools to participate in the least restrictive model available to the school community, while also ensuring equitable opportunities for all teams to advance to the State tournament. Depending on the number of schools from each Regional needing to use the alternate Mini tournament format, these teams may be put into a single Mini tournament. The number of teams advancing from each tournament will be determined after the number of teams participating in each Regional and the Mini tournament(s) are finalized.

As the pandemic situation and school/district policies change over the next few weeks, we will make an official final decision on the format of the tournament on Jan 7, 2022.

For the Satellite Tournament format, we will be running both Bridge B/C and Ping Pong Parachute B/C as medal only events.

For the Mini Tournament format, we will be running Bridge B/C, Mousetrap Vehicle B, and Gravity Vehicle C as a medal only event. Additionally, we will not be running Ping Pong Parachute.

9/9/21 Update:

Welcome to the 2021-2022 Science Olympiad season. Below are some updates as you prepare your teams for this year's competition:

The rules manuals were released earlier this week and they are available for free at https://www.soinc.org/rules-2022. Please remember not to post these PDFs or send them as an attachment. National Science Olympiad requests that all players, coaches and officials download their own copies and agree to their stipulations.

Registration will begin Monday, September 13, 2021, on this web page. You can do that by clicking on "Coaches" at the top of this page and then "School/Team Registration."
Note: San Diego teams should register here instead.

All of the Regional Tournaments are currently planned to be part of the SoCal Joint-Regional Tournament. Most Regionals will be using the Satellite Tournament Model on Saturday, Feb 26, 2022. In the Satellite Tournament Model, teams will be competing at their own school under the supervision of their coaches. On tournament day, the written tests will be provided through the Scilympiad platform and the construction events will be demonstrated at your own school through video calls with the Event Supervisor.

As safety and health guidelines and host site availability change between now and February, we may change the model to a Hybrid-Satellite Model or a Mini Model. If there are changes to the model, we will update you with the information. We will finalize the tournament model on January 7, 2022.

The 2022 SoCal Events and schedule are available here. The schedule and event conflicts are based on the National Tournament schedule found at the end of the rules manual. Click here to view how each model of the tournament will affect if the event will be a medal-only event or if it’ll count toward the team total.

8/23/21

For the 2021-2022 Science Olympiad season, Southern California Regionals are currently planning to be part of the SoCal Joint-Regional Tournament using the Satellite Tournament Model on Saturday, Feb 26, 2022. In the Satellite Tournament Model, teams will be competing at their own school under the supervision of their coaches. On tournament day, the written tests will be provided through the Scilympiad platform and the construction events will be demonstrated at your own school through video calls with the Event Supervisor.

As safety and health guidelines and host site availability change between now and February, we may change the model to a Hybrid-Satellite Model or a Mini Model. If there are changes to the model, we will update you with the information. We will finalize the tournament model on January 7, 2022.

Different models of Tournament:
- Satellite Tournament: Events (both written and construction) proctored by the coach at the school site using the Scilympiad platform
- Hybrid-Satellite Tournament: Written events administered by the coach at the school site using the Scilympiad platform, and on a separate day, construction events done in-person at a single location for all teams
- MiniSO Tournament: Events (both written and construction) take place at the student’s home using the Scilympiad platform

Science Olympiad competitions are like academic track meets, consisting of a series of team events in each division (Division B is middle school; Division C is high school). Each year, a portion of the events are rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering, and technology.

Tournament Dates

SoCal Joint Regional: Sat, Feb 26, 2022

SoCal State: Sat, April 2, 2022

Questions?

SoCal StatePeter Hung
Inland EmpireLily Min
Los AngelesAlex Chao
Orange CountyChristie Pearce
San DiegoZoom Duong
Santa Barbara