Problem 4: Shock Waves
Before its scheduled competition time, the team or a team member must report to the weigh-in site, where the structure and spacers will be measured, weighed, and checked for rule infractions. If time permits the team may make corrections of any infractions. After filling out the weigh-in checklist, a Weigh-in Judge will seal, mark and store the structure and spacers in a team-supplied container or paper bag. Approximately 25 minutes before their scheduled competition time, a team member must pick up the structure and take it to the competition site. The coach and other team members will report to the competition site 20 minutes before the team's scheduled time with the props, membership sign, and anything else needed for the longterm problem solution.
At the Staging Area, the Staging Area Judge will remove the weigh-in checklist. The required paperwork and any team clarifications will be collected and given to the Problem Judges. The team informs them whether Style will continue after the structure breaks. The coach and all seven team members should be present in the Staging Area while the judge goes through a list of procedures and answers any questions from the team. After this is completed, the coach and nonperforming team members, if any, will be directed to leave the Staging Area and informed if any special seating has been arranged for them.
If an adult assistant is used in Division I or II, he/she must be identified in the Staging Area and will remain with the team throughout the Long-Term solution. It must be apparent to the judges that when the adult is assisting in weight placement a team member is supporting at least 50 percent of each weight being handled.
The only people allowed inside the testing area during the long-term solution are the team members, judges, and adult assistants, if used. Style may take place at any time during the 8-minute competition. When the long-term solution is completed, all wood from the crushed structure, or the whole structure if it does not break, must be placed in a paper bag and returned to the weigh-in site by a designated judge.
The judges will want to talk to the team members to discuss the problem solution and clear up any questions. The structure may be inspected again at the weigh-in site.
International Problem Captain
~ Dan Semenza