The Division B and C (middle and high school) Hickory Tournament took place on March 16th at Catawba Valley Community College. This event was organized by Regional Director John Kiser. We would like to thank Catawba Valley Community College for hosting the Hickory Tournament year after year. Volunteer Award: Dr. Kim Browning and The…
March 21, 2020
Snow Date: March 28, 2020
John Kiser, firstname.lastname@example.org
Elastic Launch Glider (B), Wright Stuff (C), and Ping Pong Parachute (B & C) will most likely be held in Tarlton Arena Gym (Same as last year) with a safe height of 37 feet. Be aware that we cannot control or turn off the air in the Tarlton Arena.
Mousetrap Vehicle (B) and Gravity Vehicle (C) will be held on a gym floor in Tarlton Arena Gym (same as last year).
Division B Teams:
This Division B tournament has a capacity of 28 teams.
Division C Teams:
This Division C tournament has a capacity of 28 teams.
Welcome to the 2020 Hickory Tournament Season! I hope you all had a good winter holiday break and are gearing up to start spring classes. I wanted to touch base with you all about several key questions that have already come up about the Hickory Regional Tournament on March 21. I will be sending out my more “in-depth” email around the middle of February that covers a lot more information about tournament logistics.
EVENT UPDATES AND CORRECTIONS
Please check the state website:
frequently for a list of event updates, clarifications, and corrections.
If you are a relatively new coach, you may also find the following information helpful: https://www.sciencenc.com/
Lab Events with Goggle / Clothing Safety Requirements: Please check rules carefully and make sure your students have the correct eye protection and clothing.
Events with reference materials: Be sure to follow to the “letter of the law” about what is allowed and what is not. Example would be Fossils: Everything must be in the binder. You can rip out pages from a field guide and put that in the binder, but the field guide itself (intact) would not be allowed. Crazy, yes, but I didn’t write the rules. If you have any questions, it is always better to check the NCSO website for clarifications or email me.
During an event, the use of cell phones, I-pods, I-Phones, and other electronic devices not explicitly mentioned in that event’s rules is cause for immediate disqualification from that event! No note pages on Google Docs will be allowed this year.
Elastic Launch Glider (B), Wright Stuff (C), and Ping Pong Parachute (B & C) will most likely be held in Tarlton Arena Gym with a safe height of 37 feet. This may change; if so, I will notify you of new dimensions ASAP.
Gravity Vehicle (C) and Mousetrap Vehicle (B) will be held on a gym floor in Tarlton Arena Gym (same as last year).
Detector Building (C). From an event leader and tournament director perspective, this may be a very logistically challenging event. Check the NCSO state website for some helpful videos from one of the National Directors. Also check the National Website (www.soinc.org) for other resources. Be on the lookout for clarifications or directions in my February email.
Sounds of Music (C). We plan to run this event as a walk-in in the afternoon time period. Students will check into one room and start the paper test. During or after the paper test, they will be called to a different classroom to complete the instrument testing / lab portion of the event.
If you plan to participate in the following events, please let me know. These events are very room and volunteer heavy and I want to be sure I schedule the correct amount of space and volunteers to make these events run smoothly.
B Coaches: Experimental Design and Game On.
C Coaches: Detector Building, Experimental Design, Sounds of Music, and Protein Modeling.
Walk in Events in General – Avogadro will let you self-schedule to “walk in” at the start of an event period. If all teams walk in at the same time, there will appear to be a bottle-neck and long wait times. Be patient and we will do our best to work everyone through in the time period. If you have a Varsity and Junior Varsity team competing in a walk in event, have them walk in at the same time. Sounds of Music and Detector Building – it will be easier for logistics if everyone walks in at the start of the first time period or the second time period
Please be sure you have read ALL regional tournament policies at:
Safety and Security: As we have done in previous years, we will use the policies and procedures developed by CVCC. You can get a preview of those here:
I also encourage you to download the CVCC V-Alert App before the tournament:
In case of emergency / lockdown / severe weather: We will follow CVCC protocol / maps as posted in all CVCC classrooms. Should an emergency arise, check the instructions posted near campus doors.
We ask that you, your students, and any parents / guests that are accompanying you behave properly and respectfully to other competitors, coaches, and event leaders. This includes:
- No parent interference in building/ construction events
- No smoking anywhere on campus
- Not obstructing views of other parents in building / construction events.
Tarlton Arena policies, we request that you not have the following inside the Tarlton Arena / Gym area: gum, M & Ms, lifesavers, lollipops, suckers, skittles, popcorn, nuts, masking/packing tape, flames, and unsecured balloons.
New Registration System: You probably have received emails from coachescontact, statescioly, or other systems with new registration procedures. You may also receive google emails from the state office about forms for the tournament. Pay careful attention to those emails and follow directions about registration, completing forms, etc. Please use me as your “point of contact” or “triage” person and I will either try to answer myself or forward to the appropriate person at the state office.
I am always open to comments, suggestions, and ideas! My aim is for this to be a good experience for you and your team. However, some items are out of my control. I do know that many of you voiced concerns about the length and content of last year’s closing ceremonies and I will do my best to improve the quality of closing ceremonies this year.
WHAT I NEED FROM YOU BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT
Volunteers: If you have parents, assistant coaches, or other teachers who are interested to see what goes on behind the scenes at a tournament, we would also welcome their help as a volunteer. We would like for each school to provide us with 2 additional volunteers, to help either the morning or afternoon events. Please have your volunteers contact Dr. Kim Browning (email@example.com) with time (morning or afternoon) when they would like to help and the school where their kiddos attend.
Home Bases: I will be working on home bases for the tournament. I will start from last year’s list. If you didn’t like where you were last year, please let me know. If you request a classroom and have Varsity and JV teams, you will probably get a room to yourself. If you only have a Varsity team, you will probably be sharing with another team. Seating in Tarlton Arena is on a first come, first served basis.
Spirit Award: New for the year – Please have your team take photos of them preparing for the tournament. You can also have your team members collect inspiring quotes or interesting observations they made as they prepared for the tournament. These can also be related to the state office’s monthly Wonder Challenges. I would like to have these by Monday, March 16. I would like to use these as part of Closing Ceremonies. Our Spirit Award will be partially based on the pictures, quotes, and observations your team makes preparing for the tournament.
CEU / Professional Development: Also new for the year – What does your school / district require for CEU’s? Who is allowed to issue CEU’s? I am looking at ways to offer you CEU / professional development credit for coaching and doing some activities during the tournament. If you can give me feedback about requirements, I can try to work out offerings.
Thank you – I realize that might be overwhelming coming back from break and back to school. If you need some time to process through everything, that’s OK! We still have almost 2 months before the tournament. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions or concerns.