Long-Term Problem Procedures
Teams should report to the Check-in Area approximately
15 minutes before their scheduled competition time.
They should have the required number of completed copies
of their Style Form, Material Values Form, Outside
Assistance Form, clarifications specific to the team's solution,
and any other paperwork listed in the long-term problem,
along with all items needed for their problem solution.
The Staging Area Judge will check for clarity and completion
of all paperwork and pass it to the Timekeeper, who
will distribute it to the Problem and Style Judges. The judge
will then check all props for safety, the team members' foot
coverings and the membership sign. The team will then be
able to ask questions.
The Staging Area Judge will also explain the procedure
for picking up the long-term raw score to the coach, who
will be directed to sit in a designated area, if available. Once
directed by the Staging Area Judge, the team members will
have 3 minutes to remove their materials from the Check-
In Area and proceed to the Staging Area (If areas are in a
different place.), where they will be met by the Timekeeper.
(Others may help move items into the Staging Area. After
that, no one may assist the team in any way until the presentation
is over.) Once time begins, the team must clear the
Staging Area within the first 3 minutes of the performance
The Timekeeper will introduce the team to the audience,
and ask that all cell phones and other electronic devices are
turned off. The Timekeeper will announce if the team will
allow flash photography and/or videotaping of its presentation.
No one, including the Timekeeper, may read a description
of the team's solution aloud. If the team wants it read, it
must do so during its competition time. When the
Timekeeper says, "Begin," the team has 8 minutes for setup,
Style and the presentation of the problem solution. At the end
of 8 minutes, judges will call "time," and the team must stop.
An Overtime Penalty will be given if the team takes longer.
In problems 2, 3, and 5 judges will stop the team after one
minute of overtime.
When competition ends, the judges meet with all team
members to ask questions or request demonstrations. The
team may point out any special aspects of its solution.
When dismissed by the judges, the team will quickly clear
the competition site. It is the team's responsibility to bring
cleanup materials, and to leave the competition area clean
and dry for the next competing team. Others may help with
clearing the site and cleanup.
Unless otherwise indicated, the Head Judge reviews with
the coach the team's long-term raw score, including penalties,
but not Style. Some sites post signs when scores are ready for
review. After the score is reviewed, the coach has 30 minutes to
return if additional concerns arise.