Problem 4: Balancing Act
t least one hour before its scheduled competition time, the team or a team member must bring its structure and team-built container to the Weigh-In site to be measured, weighed and checked for rule infractions. If time permits, the team may correct any infractions. A Weigh-In Judge will seal, mark, and store the structure and container in a box or plastic bag supplied by the Tournament Director, and attach the completed Weigh-In checklist to the outside. Approximately 25 minutes before the team's scheduled competition time, a team member will pick up the sealed structure and container and take it to the competition site. The Staging Area Judge will remove the Weigh-In checklist and instruct the team to place its container in a designated place within the Staging Area. The Staging Area Judge will ask the team if Style will continue after its structure breaks.

   For Divisions I and II, if an adult will assist in weight placement, he or she must be identified in the Staging Area and will remain with the team throughout the presentation. It must be apparent that when the adult is assisting in weight placement, a team member is involved in supporting the weight, not just touching it.

   The only people allowed inside the testing area during the presentation are the team members, judges and the adult assistant, if used. Style may take place at any time during the 8 minutes. After the competition, a judge may request to inspect the structure again and may place all wood from the structure into a paper bag and return it to the Weigh-In site.

   The Timekeeper will call “time” at the end of 8 minutes and the team must stop. If the team finishes before 8 minutes, it must signal the judges. If a team member calls “time,” the performance is over whether the structure is crushed or not.
-- Dan Semenza
International Problem Captain
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