Long-term problems are written to provide just enough guidance to solve the problem without limiting creativity used in creating solutions.

What are Clarifications?

There are two types of clarifications: General and Team-Specific.

General Clarifications amend or further explain a long term problem’s limitations. They take precedence over the limitations listed in the problem and the rules in the Program Guide. It’s important that teams stay current on all general clarifications issued throughout the year.

Team-Specific Clarifications allow teams to submit a clarification request that asks if its ideas for a solution are allowed or if they meet the problem’s requirements. These clarifications are kept confidential. To submit a clarification, teams must login at the Members Area. The deadline for submitting clarification requests is February 15, 2018.

Click each problem name to read that Long-Term Problem’s General Clarifications:

1. Triathlon Travels [No Clarifications]

2. Emoji, Speak for Yourself [No Clarifications]

3. Classics... Mockumentary! Seriously? [No Clarifications]

4. Animal House [No Clarifications]

5. A Stellar Hangout [No Clarifications]

Who is allowed to submit a clarification request?

Team members and coaches with a current membership are allowed to submit clarification requests. Odyssey officials are also allowed to submit officials-only requests that are used to evaluate solutions.

Rules for requesting a clarification:

The problem clarification system is not intended to replace reading the problem and program guide. Before requesting a clarification you must reread the problem and its limitations, all general clarifications, and the general rules listed in the Program Guide. Please do not submit a clarification that asks:

  1. If an idea is creative or if one idea would receive more score than another. (No comment regarding subjective scoring will be provided.)
  2. Where the judges or audience will be positioned during the performance. (That is a question for your tournament director.)
  3. To confirm the wording of the problem.
  4. If something may be different from an aspect that is specifically required. (For example, if the problem requires 1/8″ wood for a part you may not use 1/16″ wood for that required part.)