For New Parents and Players — Know Before You Go

If this is your first time playing in one of these tournaments (or your first time attending), here are a few things that may help you for the day.

  1. All players must arrive and check in by 8:30am on the day of the tournament.
    • Anyone not signed in by 9:00am will miss the first round, giving the player a distinct disadvantage if they are trying for a trophy or a medal.
  2. Each player in each section will play all four rounds.
    • No players are eliminated for their wins, losses, or stalemates. If there is an emergency and a player needs to leave, please let the Tournament Director on the computer know that the player needs to be removed from being paired in further rounds.
  3. Only players and Tournament Directors are allowed in the tournament room while rounds are in play.
    • Parents & Guardians may not watch the games in play. This is to ensure that the players are able to concentrate and play without interruption or assistance from onlookers.
  4. If there is any dispute or disagreement, a player must notify a Tournament Director immediately
    • Players have to raise their hands and talk to the Tournament Director if something is wrong. Once a game is over and players leave the board, there will not be any further discussion regarding a result.
  5. Immediately following the completion of a game, each player will set up the board, record the result by signing the results paper, and return to the waiting room.
    • You can expect to wait anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour between games, depending on when you finish. Parents will normally bring something to do during the wait.
  6. This is an all-volunteer(-all-the-time) organization.
    • Everything that happens throughout the day is through the help of volunteers. If you want to help, please ask and we can find something for you to do!
  7. There will be a concessions stand in the waiting area that sells Pizza, Hot Dogs, Candy, Chips, Soda, Water, and Coffee and Doughnuts in the morning.
    • Profits from the concessions go towards paying for trophies, medals, and other supplies for the tournament. Please help contribute if you can!
  8. The day will be long, but we will try to get you out as quickly as possible.
    • Come prepared to sit from 8:30am-2:30pm. We always aim to be done before then, but with every player needing to finish their game before the round can advance, some rounds will take longer than others.
  9. There will be an Awards Ceremony immediately following the completion of the final game in the 4th round.
    • Players with 2.5 points or higher will be eligible for a medal or trophy during the ceremony, while players with 2 points or less will receive a Certificate of Participation (sent to their school within the weeks following the tournament)
  10. We are guests in the schools that host the tournaments. Please help us in keeping the areas as clean as possible.