I'm afraid there are only a limited number of slots. If you give one state another slot you MUST take one away from another state.49ers wrote:well we are not taking it away from any state
What does government bail-outs have to do with this. The National Science Olympiad tournment is privately funded. They get NOTHING in the way of government funding!49ers wrote:with all the bail-outs the gov. is giving 1/4 mil is not much to them
49ers wrote:well ok but hat doesn't make sense that SO is not gov funded but OK
and why not make more slots for nats?
49ers wrote:I never saind not every state was going to get more slots and you dont have to be so rude about it
49ers wrote:because I thought that they were part of the school system
wlsguy wrote:First, I completely agree with Fleet130, the number of teams at Nats is limited by the cost of hosting a National Tournement. It is already expensive and will only become more of a burden on the hosting schools in the future.
I also feel, however, that the distribution by number of participating schools is unfair to those states with more competitive programs.
Therefore, I think the 60 team distribution should be:
47 - (i.e. 1 for each State. Each state should be able to send their champion sorry California, you only get one with this method)
1 for the hosting State ( this may encourage State Directors to push their colleges to spend the money and host the tournement)
12- awarded to the top 12 finishing teams from the previous years National tournement. If a State places 2 teams in the top 12, they get to bring 3 the next year)
This will award the competitive states, give those smaller states a chance of getting additional slots, and provide for an ever changing National representation.
The concern would be if a single state (like OH, PA, NY, MI, etc) were to get 3 teams and all of them placed in the top 12. They would get 4 the next year, could get 5 the next, etc.
While this is highely unlikely, it could happen.
Anyway, while I think this is the best way to distribute the slots, someone would be disappointed....
p.s. since science olympiad is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. they cannot receive any federal money.
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