In my school, we don't "sign-up" for events, we try out, so as many people that want to try out can for whatever events they want. Then we decide something like a top 45 (which sometimes means only cutting 2 or 3 students) so we have 3 teams of 15. After that, practices are held and it is a students choice whether to attend or not, but hours are clocked, as we have sign in/out boards. Our coaches form our teams out of the 45, usually to make 3 balanced teams. We have 2 coaches. And I'm not sure what you mean by outside sources for Scioly?My school is looking to revamp its SciOly program and I was hoping to get some advice about how other schools run their program...any tips or info would be appreciated!!
Some questions to consider when answering...
How do students sign up or register for events?
Do you have sign up requirements?
How many days a week does each event practice? For how long?
Do you limit the number of students in an event to prevent one event being overcrowded?
How do you form teams for Regionals or tournaments?
How many coaches does your school have?
Do you use outside sources for SciOly?
Any insight into your program will greatly help us change ours to better fit the needs of our coaches and students! Thanks so much!
190? That's almost as big as Auburn!Scioly at my school is VERY competitive...
Around 190 people applied for Science Olympiad, and obviously we had to cut that down by quite a bit. Using an algorithm, there was reserved space for people who had previously been in SO, those doing it for the first time, etc. Those who got in practiced for a few months until December, where we had to cut it down even more.
In December, we had the "mini-competition." It was basically a mini regionals, except you were competing individually against people from your own school. There we cut the number of people down to 105. We had 7 teams (6 for Regionals, 1 for an invitational). I believe the algorithm was used for this as well.
Then after Regionals, we used the algorithm to go from 105 people to a state team of 15. So, VERY competitive.
There were no sign up requirements, just a form you needed to fill out. Meetings really depend on the event. I'm meeting three times a week for one of my events, two times another, and one time for Meteorology, but that's for state. In Regionals it was mostly one or two times a week, and class ranged anywhere from 1 to 2 hours.
Space in each event is limited, though we try to give everyone their top three or four events. This year I got my 2nd, 3rd and 4th choices. There are 23 coaches — meaning one per event — and we use various outside sources, e.g videos, presentations, and sometimes we take field trips to museums.
That was long, sorry!
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