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2020-21 Tournament Guide for Teams Now Available

By: Amanda Potter and Erica Begun-Veenstra

The 2020-21 Tournament Guide for Teams is now available!

The Tournament Guide tells you what to expect during your tournament. Inside this guide (which is also available in the Resource Area), you will find information that includes details about virtual tournaments and in-person events, as well as tips from teams and Team Managers on how to have a great tournament experience.

Here are the most important things to know about your tournament:

  1. The Tournament Team wants it to be a great experience for you! Everyone has worked very hard to set up your tournament so that you can have a great experience filled with fun and creativity. Sometimes things don’t go as well as we would like, but we want you to know that your Tournament Team is doing the very best job it can. Who is your Tournament Team? It’s the Tournament Directors, Challenge Masters, Appraisers, your Team Managers, and your parents – all the people who are working together to give your team a great, creative tournament during which you can show off your Challenge solution!
  1. We want to award your team points! The Appraisal Teams are going to work very hard to make sure that your team receives every possible point you’ve earned. They aren’t trying to find ways to deduct points from your score. They want to give all teams lots of points, but they need to be fair to everyone, and that means they can’t give you points you didn’t earn.
  1. We want to keep you safe! The Tournament Team has done its best to ensure that your team stays safe during the tournament. This may mean that your tournament will be held virtually, or it may mean that your tournament will include an in-person event with enhanced health and safety precautions. In either case, the decision about the tournament format was made with everyone’s health and safety in mind. Regardless of the format of your tournament, the Appraisal Team is excited to see all the hard work your team has put into your solutions this season!
  1. Every tournament experience is different! Your Tournament Director will be able to answer many of your questions about tournament procedure. Some tournaments may involve in-person events. If your tournament includes an in-person event, you should find out from your Tournament Director if your site has any restrictions that might affect your Presentation. For example, some sites do not allow helium balloons, some sites do not allow lights to be dimmed or turned off, and some sites have a ‘zero tolerance’ ban on all types of weapons, even toy weapons, which you might be using in your solution. You should contact your Regional Director, Affiliate Director, or Tournament Director if you have any questions about special rules at your tournament site.

We hope you have a fantastic tournament experience and can’t wait to see your solutions!