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Problem 4: Crazy Columns
t least one hour before its scheduled competition time, the team or a team member must bring its structure and three surfaces to the Weigh-In site to be measured and checked for rule infractions. If time permits, the team may correct any infractions. The team will notify the Weigh-In Judge if it needs to use the surfaces provided by the tournament director. These will be presented to the team during the Staging Area process.

    A Weigh-In Judge will place the structure in one bag and the surfaces in another bag, then staple the bags together so they are sealed and attach the Weigh-In Checklist. Approximately 25 minutes before the team's scheduled competition time, a team member will pick up the sealed bags and take them to the competition site at least 15 minutes before its competition is scheduled to begin. The Staging Area Judge will remove the Weigh-In Checklist.

    The team's structure and surfaces do not have to fit within the area with the team's items. 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, that adult 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 helping to support the weight and not just touching it.

    The Staging Area Judge will direct the team to place its surfaces on the tester, covering the colored rectangles. When the 8-minute competition time begins, the team may place its structure onto the surfaces.

    The only individuals 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 and/or surfaces again and may place these into a paper bag and return them 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 breaks or not.

~Dan Semenza
International Problem Captain

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