April 26 – 27, 2019
Kim Gervase, firstname.lastname@example.org
Division B Teams:
Here is the spreadsheet of Div B teams
Division C Teams:
Here is the spreadsheet of Div C teams
First Place Overall Winners
Car & Bus Parking Directions
Home Base List *see team list spreadsheets above. Please let us know if you do not plan to use your space or need to be with a certain school.
Tournament Program – there is no printed program this year. Please download the Guidebooks App (available April 5) for access to all State Tournament information.
Seating Chart for Teams – opening & closing ceremonies
March 22, 2019
A few more teams have joined us in the journey to States and it is time for another update! Let’s do this one Letterman-style!
*the first 2 emails I sent are copied at the bottom in case you need them*
March 11, 2019
March 9, 2019
Thank you for patiently waiting while I left your emails unanswered about States. This is a huge brain dump of information, hopefully it answers most of your questions! Please also read over the FAQs on the tournament page. I will continue to update this as you all start asking me things that I forgot to include.
If your team is NOT planning to come to states, please let me know as soon as possible so that we can plan accordingly.
The State tournament page will be your best source for updated information:
These are the things that you need to do before states.
- Send your parents to the Google consent form link. *slight change from regionals– everyone must consent to have their photos taken.* This has become a huge stressor, especially in the age of social media where I can’t control who takes or posts pictures during our events, so the parents just need to understand that this is a public event and pictures might be taken and posted. These are coming to you in the near future, but it might be next week. Any student coming with you should fill out the form, including alternates or JV team members along for the experience. Confirm that you have the consent form either electronically or have a paper copy in hand to turn in at registration.
- Fill out thegoogle form survey by April 10. This is to give us a better idea on buses, numbers, etc.
- Have everyone sign the vandalism & behavior form again (same form as regionals), attached here.
- Enter your students into your States team in Avogadro, and self schedule into Walk-in events.
Self schedule will go live at 8am on April 5 and will close at 5pm on April 12. Tim will then go in and fill in the rest of the schedule pieces, just like regionals, so that you can print a schedule for each student.
- Get any permission slips needed from your school. I don’t need these, but you do!
- Figure out a plan to feed the students. The Talley student center is offering a boxed lunch that you can preorder and have ready for pickup at 11 on Saturday. This worked out great last year and everyone was happy with the quality of the food and the ease of picking it up in Talley. You can enter your team’s choices on this form.
Team number – you all have a team number now for states – it is on the spreadsheet. It may not be the number that was handed to you at Regionals – go with the number on the spreadsheet! (Here are the links for Div B and Div C & FPOWs) and will match your number in Avogadro. The schedules on the webpage (Div B and Div C) show you what periods you will be competing for each event. Yes, I am aware the the schedule has flipped from what you saw at Regionals. The conflicts between events are still the same, or in some cases, less conflicting.
If your team number is 1 – 20, you will follow the Light Gray 1-20 schedule, if it is 21-40, then follow the Dark Gray schedule, if it is 41 or higher, you will follow the Black 41 – FPOW block. You will soon see the State tournament as an option when you log in to Avogadro now.
Experimental Design – yes, this will be a real event counting towards trophies in both divisions. I am making this a self-schedule because you didn’t have to plan for it at regionals. Find 3 students with a common time open and be ready to claim your spot when scheduling opens.
Trial Events – Links for all of these here. We are going to limit all of these to 1 team per school per event, but it can be alternates. FPOWs – you are welcome to participate in these events, but you can’t bring extra students from your school to do them. Most will run twice, once at 2 & once at 3:15, but haven’t finalized that quite yet.
Rosters – If your team received a bid, you can bring any 18 students that you want, whether they were V, JV, or just joined the school last week. If it is an FPOW invitation, you can only bring the specific students who won – even if one of them has to be at a band competition, you can’t substitute anyone for them. If you are using alternates for the Trial events, please enter them on your team, just limit their involvement to the trial events.
Self Scheduling – you can see on the schedules which events we will ask you to self-schedule. This is an attempt to decrease the lines at construction events. It does help with crowd control. You will be glad to hear that we can lay the tracks for cars on Friday night, so impound should go smoothly on Saturday morning. This will open at 8am on April 5.
Fees – There are no additional fees to attend States.
Friday activities – We will have many of our old partners plus some new ones at Reynold’s Coliseum Friday afternoon from 2 – 5. You are not obligated to be there, but please try hard to let your students get the added experience of interacting with all of these great groups. Opening Ceremonies will then start at 5 pm sharp. There will be signs to direct the Parade of Champions line up on either side of the stage. Only 5 students can represent your team. FPOW students can all walk.
You made some suggestions, and we listened. Opening ceremonies and Friday afternoon activities will be worth your time and we want you there. The Parade of Champions will have a theme with prizes awarded for the favorite teams, trial event awards will happen on Friday night, we are doing speed mentoring for the students with folks from all over campus and beyond. Just to see if you are still reading – there is a free Howling Cow (the world’s best ice cream) station hosted by NC State starting at 2 on Friday afternoon. Social media will play a large part and there is going to be a huge team event on the floor of Reynold’s at the end of opening ceremonies.
If you are NOT coming on Friday night, or you AREN’T staying for awards on Saturday, you can still compete, but I need to know. We can’t quite get everyone on the floor of Reynold’s so if your team isn’t coming or is going to be small, I am going to place you on the second floor. I still love and you and the kids still get their awards, but we need the floor to be full. I have allocated 20 seats per full team and a section for the FPOWs to sit together.
Construction Events Spaces- Here is the link on the state tournament page showing the spaces that you will be competing in.
Construction Event Data – Regionals are not over under March 30, so the first week of April, we will release the combined top times & efficiencies for construction events.
Home Bases – these are still being worked on, stay tuned.
- Minors may not be alone on campus at any time.You must have people with you to get them between buildings and back to home base. If you need help with this, consider teaming up with the other school in your home base area or another school from your area. If you still don’t have anyone, please let me know and I will try to get an NC State student to help you.
- All problems that happen on campus occur when you don’t follow point #1. We’ve had eggs thrown at buildings, students getting hurt while attempting stunts seen on YouTube, and kids literally in the rafters of buildings. All when they were somewhere without a chaperone. Students can not be in home bases alone either. Our vandalism & behavior policy stems directly from fines we had to pay for damage done by students at a State tournament in an unsupervised home base.
- Talley Student Union is not a free-for-all-Wild-West-Stake-Your-Claim-on-a-piece-of land building. Many of you will be housed in Talley this year as a home base. We have the ballroom reserved and will be giving many middle schools a section of property to call their own. You cannot pick a lounge or large section of the food court to call your own for the day, they have to operate as usual for students on campus. If you plan to have pizzas, subs, etc delivered or bring all your own food picnic-style, you can’t be housed in the Union and I need to know that.
- Reynold’s is an expensive, shiny new building. If there are so much as smudges on the walls, we have to pay to have the paint touched up. We love being back in this space, but please, remind (perhaps emphatically a few times) your students that we will never be allowed in this building again if they destroy anything. They did a great job last year and I am sure that it will be the same again this year.
- Where to park. We are parking the buses closer this year and have a shuttle running back and forth for your drivers. As a reminder, buses cannot stay on main campus either Friday or Saturday.For real. I can not have 1 more discussion with transportation about all of you who break this rule, I have advised them to ticket the buses if they are parked illegally. Friday car parking is much better with our new system and more on that in another logistics email. Cars can park anywhere on campus Saturday that is not 24-hour reserved or a handicapped parking space.
- Registration. We will be in the main lobby of Reynold’s on Friday (2-5pm) and until 8am on Saturday morning. After that, any FPOWs checking in later in the day will do so in the Media Room in the West hallway of Reynolds. There will be signs.
- Impound. Mousetrap & Battery Buggy, Mission Possible & Roller Coaster, Thermodynamics, and Protein Modeling will impound at the site of the event.
- FPOW FAQ. Yes, parents can bring their students to the event, coaches do not have to come. Students cannot come alone. They still need all this info and must check in their students before they compete in order to get a wristband. No, they do not have to be there at 8am if their event is not until 1pm. As long as they have impounded anything that needs it on time, they just need to show up on campus early enough to check in and make it to their room on time.
I am excited to see all of you in April – good luck!