What are Invitationals?

Altairey
Member
Member
Posts: 5
Joined: April 30th, 2011, 7:28 pm
Division: C
State: ND

What are Invitationals?

Postby Altairey » June 13th, 2011, 5:01 am

I don't have these in my state. Are they very different from regionals? I suspect they're just a way to get a better practice with taking tests before "actual" competitions. Is this correct?
Planned 2012 events: forestry, rocks & minerals, water quality, dynamic planet, anatomy & physiology, thermodynamics, gravity vehicle.

User avatar
zyzzyva980
Admin Emeritus
Admin Emeritus
Posts: 1539
Joined: November 18th, 2009, 12:59 pm
Division: Grad
State: IA
Location: Des Moines
Contact:

Re: What are Invitationals?

Postby zyzzyva980 » June 13th, 2011, 7:01 am

For all intents and purposes, invitationals are practice tournaments. They're often hosted by one school, which either finds their own judges or asks each participating team to proctor an event. The only real difference between regionals and invitationals is that invitationals don't count for anything. They really are just there for you to prepare for the regional and state competitions.
Olathe North HS, 2011-2013 | National Runner-Up, Sounds of Music (2012)
Never lose the joy of competing in the pursuit of winning

Resources
Site Help: FAQ & IRC
Event Help: [wiki][/wiki] & Image Gallery
Social Networks: scioly.org on Facebook & Twitter

User avatar
fishman100
Exalted Member
Exalted Member
Posts: 478
Joined: January 28th, 2011, 1:26 pm
Division: Grad
State: VA

Re: What are Invitationals?

Postby fishman100 » June 13th, 2011, 4:32 pm

Like Z said, it's a good way of warming up to competition and Science Olympiad if you are new. If you are a returning member, then you get more practice (and experience) for your events.
Langley HS Science Olympiad '15

User avatar
butter side up
Member
Member
Posts: 136
Joined: January 6th, 2011, 9:52 am
Division: Grad
State: PA
Location: The TARDIS, temporarily stopped at 221B Baker Street

Re: What are Invitationals?

Postby butter side up » June 27th, 2011, 8:17 am

Also, if you live in a region that is not very competitive, but in a state that is, you can test your team against stronger competition. Our team went to Conestoga, Solon, Tiger, and our Athens Invites to gain practice. They are a huge help, especially for new events and builders. They show you what you need to study, and where improvements need to be made. We also use the results from Invites to determine our strongest pairings and individuals to decide who will compete in what at Regionals and States.
I am the one called "TARDIS Hat Girl," and am known as such by all.
2013: Anatomy, Experimental Design, Genetics, Forestry, Disease Detectives

Insert Name Here
Member
Member
Posts: 36
Joined: March 22nd, 2011, 5:25 pm
Division: B
State: CA
Location: stuck at home... *sigh*

Re: What are Invitationals?

Postby Insert Name Here » July 18th, 2011, 4:45 pm

i was wondering the same thing, actually. i mean, i see 'invitationals' being mentioned quite often and i never knew what it was or anything. after last year, i only have 1 year experience. anyone in SoCal please consider hosting their own invitational and invite my school. :D i could use more practice
I go to school at Cerro Villa MS. A neighboring school of El Rancho Charter, a once dominating science olympiad team. Rebecca Black goes to El Rancho. It's Friday everyday there. :D

User avatar
mingtian
Member
Member
Posts: 160
Joined: March 1st, 2011, 5:16 pm
Division: C
State: PA

Re: What are Invitationals?

Postby mingtian » July 18th, 2011, 7:15 pm

i was wondering the same thing, actually. i mean, i see 'invitationals' being mentioned quite often and i never knew what it was or anything. after last year, i only have 1 year experience. anyone in SoCal please consider hosting their own invitational and invite my school. :D i could use more practice
Usually the more competitive states hold them like New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc. I would imagine South Cal. would hold one. Just ask around.

Cheesy Pie
Member
Member
Posts: 594
Joined: January 29th, 2011, 4:34 pm
Division: Grad
State: MI

Re: What are Invitationals?

Postby Cheesy Pie » August 1st, 2011, 8:39 am

Illinois holds them, I know. I used to think that they decided who got into Regionals.
100% of deaths are somehow caused by science.
Don't be a statistic.
Don't do science.

Naperville Central High School '17 :arrow: Michigan State University Physics '21
GO GREEN GO WHITE

User avatar
mingtian
Member
Member
Posts: 160
Joined: March 1st, 2011, 5:16 pm
Division: C
State: PA

Re: What are Invitationals?

Postby mingtian » August 1st, 2011, 10:08 am

Illinois holds them, I know. I used to think that they decided who got into Regionals.
Yeah, Ohio hosts numerous ones too.

User avatar
geminicross
Member
Member
Posts: 128
Joined: July 9th, 2011, 9:34 am
Division: C
State: GA
Location: Look Behind You

Re: What are Invitationals?

Postby geminicross » August 1st, 2011, 2:16 pm

JC Booth in georgia also has one

User avatar
zyzzyva980
Admin Emeritus
Admin Emeritus
Posts: 1539
Joined: November 18th, 2009, 12:59 pm
Division: Grad
State: IA
Location: Des Moines
Contact:

Re: What are Invitationals?

Postby zyzzyva980 » August 2nd, 2011, 7:15 pm

The majority of states, especially those often competitive at nationals, hold invitationals. If a state has more than, say, 50 teams, it's a good bet there'll be an invite held there at some point.
Olathe North HS, 2011-2013 | National Runner-Up, Sounds of Music (2012)
Never lose the joy of competing in the pursuit of winning

Resources
Site Help: FAQ & IRC
Event Help: [wiki][/wiki] & Image Gallery
Social Networks: scioly.org on Facebook & Twitter


Return to “2011 Invitationals, Regionals, and States”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest