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mathleague.org Policies

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  • Participation: For each team event, participants from a given school should be arranged into teams of no more than the maximum size allowed for that event and division. In order for a team's score to count for official points, all team members must attend the same school. All participants must be enrolled in school in a grade no higher than grade 12.
  • Mathematical conventions: This document, taken verbatim from the national ARML contest, explains the notation and terms with which students need to be familiar. [Note: mathleague.org is not affiliated in any way with ARML.]
  • Calculators: Any calculator approved for use on the SAT is acceptable for the power question, team test, and sprint round. Students may use multiple calculators and are not required to clear calculator memories before testing. Students must bring their own calculators and pencils or pens to the contest; scratch paper will be provided when appropriate. No other equipment (such as protractors, cell phones, etc.) may be on the student's desk during testing. [Note: mathleague.org is not affiliated in any way with the SAT, the College Board, or collegeboard.com.]
  • School classification: In addition to Division A competition where team scores are determined by the top six students from each school in each event, local and state meet coordinators may offer Division B competition where team scores are determined by the top three students from each school in each event. State meet coordinators are responsible for setting and enforcing restrictions on which schools may compete in Division B and how Division B participants qualify for state, and all local meet coordinators are responsible for being familiar with their state's rules for competing in Division B. Local tournaments may not force a school to compete in Division B if it prefers to compete in Division A. mathleague.org recommends that Division B be reserved for small schools, new schools, or schools that would otherwise not be competitive in Division A, but these decisions are up to the state meet coordinator. mathleague.org does not make a distinction between individuals from Division A and Division B schools in determining who qualifies for state on the target and sprint rounds, so a student from a Division B school has the same opportunity to qualify for the Division A state meet as a Division A student.
  • Varsity/JV teams: While some schools choose to offer local awards at their tournaments for Junior Varsity teams (grades 9 and 10 only), local tournaments may not force 9th and 10th graders to compete on a JV team if their coach would rather them compete at the varsity level. mathleague.org does not make a distinction between Varsity and JV teams in determining who qualifies for state, so a JV team at a local tournament has the same opportunity to qualify for the state meet as a varsity team.
  • Home schools: A group of home schooled students from within the same state may affiliate under the guise of an organization that mathleague.org will recognize as a school for the purposes of competition. In order to be in compliance with mathleague.org procedures for competing as a home school organization, the organization must obtain membership in mathleague.org in the same manner as any other school. mathleague.org reserves the right to require a home school organization to define the geographical boundaries of its service area at any time and for any reason, and to determine whether the boundaries are reasonable. For purposes of this section a home schooled student is defined as a student who would otherwise be eligible to enroll in a program leading to a diploma from a public or private high school in the student's state of residence, but who is instead pursuing a high school education in a home school setting. A home schooled student's declared grade level must be equal to the grade level that student would be assigned to if the student enrolled in a public or private high school in the student's state of residence.
  • Junior high students: Junior high students (students in grades lower than 9) may compete in mathleague.org contests and participate on the same team as high school students. Junior high students may also qualify for and compete in the state meets, where separate prizes may be awarded for students below grade 9 depending on registration numbers. Not all local contests award individual prizes to junior high students though, and junior high students may not be awarded individual prizes that are designated for 9th through 12th grade students. Junior high students may only compete on the team of the high school that they are zoned to attend based on the district's residency policy. In cases where a high school consists of only grades 10-12, coaches may bring 9th graders onto the team as long as every such 9th grader is zoned to attend that high school based on the district's residency policy.
  • Crossing state lines: A school may only attend the state meet in the state where the school is located; however, a school may qualify for the state meet at any mathleague.org tournament regardless of the state the tournament is held in. For instance, if a school in Council Bluffs IA attends a tournament in Omaha NE, its students may qualify for the Iowa state meet if their scores are high enough.
  • Use of dictionaries: Students may not use any dictionaries or other reference materials at mathleague.org contests. If any student's proficiency in the language(s) the tests are offered in is so severely limited as to preclude participation in mathleague.org contests, that student's coach may make arrangements with mathleague.org to provide a written translation of the tests, so long as the translation can be accomplished in a timely and secure fashion, and at no cost to mathleague.org. Any such translation must be approved by mathleague.org before use at a contest. Tests are offered only in English outside Africa; in Africa, tests are offered only in English and Afrikaans.
  • Substitutions for the state and league championship meets: Schools with students participating in Division A at the state or league championships are allowed one substitution for every six students who qualify for the state or league championships. To determine the exact number of substitutions allowed, take the number of students from your school that are qualified for the state or league championship, divide by 6, and if this number is not an integer round up to the nearest integer. Any student used as a substitute must have competed at a mathleague.org tournament or in our mail-in contest during the school year. All substitutes must attend the same school as the student who originally qualified.
  • Test Security: No school may Be Represented (having at least one student participate, whether or not authorized by the school or the school's coach) at two non-simultaneous contests with the same Release Number (sites grouped under the heading of the Release Number on the website) even if there is no single student who attends both contests. Students and coaches participating in any given contest are not to discuss the test questions or answers with anyone who did not attend the contest until after the last scheduled meet using that Release Number.
  • Appeals: mathleague.org has an appeals process in place to deal with issues such as test key errors or incorrect grading. If you believe your student or team should have qualified for the next level of competition but did not due to incorrect grading or errors in the answer key, please put the issue in writing and send it to us, along with the test in question. mathleague.org will consider your appeal and respond in a timely manner. Please note that places and awards given out at local meets are the sole purview of the Site Coordinator, and mathleague.org does not interfere with that aspect of administering the qualifying sites. The appeals process is only in place to ensure that no one is unfairly denied an opportunity to compete at the next level of competition. If it is found that a score is incorrect after the results are announced, mathleague.org's sole responsibility is to ensure that the student(s) on whose behalf the appeal was made are added to the qualifiers list for the next level of competition if the updated score warrants it. No other corrective action will be required of either mathleague.org or individual Site Coordinators after results are announced.
  • Privacy: Any student's name, grade, school, and scores (and photos, if any are taken) could potentially be reproduced on the mathleague.org website and/or through other media. Any schools or individuals who wish to avoid such publicity must contact mathleague.org prior to the start of the contest for which they wish to opt out of such publicity. While mathleague.org cannot be responsible for the actions of media outside its direct control, it will make an effort to communicate all privacy requests to any other media present at the contest.
  • Safety: Students and schools attend mathleague.org contests at their own risk and are responsible for ensuring their own safety. By participating in mathleague.org events, schools, their students, and the students' parents agree not to hold mathleague.org responsible for accidents or injuries to participants, or for any other liability arising out of students' participation in mathleague.org contests.

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