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* [[Illinois]] cancels Rock Valley regional. [http://www.illinoisolympiad.org/ Source]
 
* [[Illinois]] cancels Rock Valley regional. [http://www.illinoisolympiad.org/ Source]
 
** [[Illinois]] later on cancels their state tournament. [http://www.illinoisolympiad.org/ Source]
 
** [[Illinois]] later on cancels their state tournament. [http://www.illinoisolympiad.org/ Source]
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* [[Hawaii]] has officially cancelled their state tournament, as per announced by the state director
  
 
===March 11===
 
===March 11===

Revision as of 23:31, 12 March 2020

States which have released announcements about the situation, but have not cancelled tournaments in their entirety
Cancellations
States which have cancelled some regional tournaments
States which have postponed their state tournaments until a later date
States which have cancelled one division of their state tournament
States which have cancelled both divisions of their state tournament
Tournaments Already Held
States which have completed one division of their state tournament
States which have completed both divisions of their state tournament

The outbreak of COVID-19 throughout the United States has affected many tournaments during the 2020 season. Currently, over 25 state tournaments have been cancelled with many more state and regional tournaments being cancelled or postponed. Many other Science Olympiad organizations have made announcements/declarations on the matter. Several states who released announcements about not canceling state or regional tournaments have reversed their decision, although some have simply added restrictions to those tournaments or held the tournaments as planned.

The first state to cancel a regional was the Northwest Washington Regional on March 4, approximately one week before the National tournament announced the cancellation. The first state to cancel a state tournament was Southern California, on March 6. After this time, state and regional tournaments begin to be cancelled at increasing rates throughout the nation. Originally, there was a significant amount of confusion on how bids would be allocated for tournaments with cancelled state tournaments. On March 8, New York Science Olympiad announced they would not be sending teams to the National Tournament, with Southern California the following suit one day later.

On March 11, the National Tournament for the 2019-2020 season was cancelled due to concerns over COVID-19 per social media posts by the Science Olympiad Alumni Network. The posts also announced that the events of the 2021 season would now instead be the same as those of the 2020 season, a remark which has caused various amounts of support and backlash. Following this announcement, many state and regional tournaments were cancelled. A large number of states still have plans to hold their state and regional tournaments or have not yet publicly addressed the situation.

Timeline

Updates for the latest day are shown first. Please provide a source for any additions.

March 12

  • Nebraska cancels state tournament. Source
  • Hawaii cancels state tournament.
  • Kansas cancels state tournament.
  • Arkansas releases a statement announcing the cancellation of their state tournament. Source
  • South Carolina announces the cancellation of its Division B and C state tournaments. Source
  • Massachusetts cancels their Div. C state tournament. Source
  • Michigan Region 9 tournament is cancelled. Source
  • Michigan state tournament has been cancelled. Source
  • Colorado cancels both divisions of its State tournament Source
  • District of Columbia cancels both divisions of its tournament. Source
  • Texas cancels both divisions of its tournament per an email from the Texas state director.
  • Oklahoma cancels its state tournament Source
  • Missouri updates its status on the State tournament, stating that a decision will be made by Thursday afternoon. Source
  • Alabama cancels both divisions of the state tournament per an email from the state director.
  • Wisconsin cancels both division of its state tournament. Source
  • Illinois cancels Rock Valley regional. Source
  • Hawaii has officially cancelled their state tournament, as per announced by the state director

March 11

  • Nevada announces that State tournament will continue as scheduled, but the awards ceremony has been cancelled. Awards will be mailed to teams. [Source ?]
  • Massachusetts announces the cancellation of its B Div State tournament [Source ?]
  • Oregon releases a statement saying that they are monitoring the situation. No tournaments are currently cancelled. Source
  • New Hampshire announces the cancellation of its state tournament. Source 1 Source 2
  • Maryland state tournament is officially declared to be cancelled. Source
    • This comes after Johns Hopkins University, host of the Maryland state tournament, who released a statement saying they are moving to online classes through at least April 12. Alongside that, Johns Hopkins is also discouraging any sort of non-essential university activities or events. Source pt. 1 Source pt. 2 Source pt. 3
  • Connecticut decides to instead postpone both the Div B and Div C state tournaments til a later date. SourceRaw Source
  • Virginia's state board announces that they are considering their options due to UVA, host of the Virginia State Tournament, banning events on the campus. Source UVA Source
    • Following the cancellation of the national tournament, Virginia announces that they will not be rescheduling their state tournament. Source
  • Illinois announces the CPS/IIT Regional, Belleville East Regional, and College of DuPage Regional will be cancelled due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago suburbs. Source Raw Source
    • University of Illinois, later on, released a mass mail saying they will move to online classes and that activities with more than 50 people will be prohibited. Source
  • Hawaii announces that its State tournament will continue as scheduled, as per an email sent by the state director.
  • The 2020 Science Olympiad National Tournament at North Carolina State has been cancelled. Next year's (2021) season will replay the current rules. Official SourceSource
  • Kansas's state director announces to coaches that the State tournament will continue as scheduled as long as the host does not make any changes.
  • Kansas cancels state tournament. Source
  • Florida announces that their state tournament is cancelled. Source
  • California (South) announces cancellation of their regional tournament in San Diego. Source
  • Georgia announces cancellation of the state tournament in both divisions. Source
  • Utah announces cancellation of their state tournament. Source
  • Idaho announces it is following the COVID-19 situation. Their state tournament is currently still planned. Source
  • California (North) announces cancellation of their state tournament. Source
  • Rhode Island announces the cancellation of their state tournament. Source
  • South Dakota releases a statement to coaches that a decision regarding the State tournament is pending. Source
  • Arizona officially cancels their State tournament. Source
  • Wisconsin tweets another update stating that no decision has yet to be made. Source
  • Maine cancels their State tournament. Source
  • North Carolina announces the cancellation of its remaining regional Division A, B and C tournaments along with the state tournaments. SourceTwitter Source
  • Southeast Urban Pennsylvania Regional is cancelled Source

March 10

  • Ohio cancels all remaining regional tournaments as well as the Division B and C state finals Source
  • Indiana cancels its state tournament with no possibility of a reschedule. Source
    • This comes after Purdue University, the host for the state tournament, has announced that all events involving external visitors have been suspended until May 2. Source
  • New York announces that the Mid-Hudson and Mid-Western regionals are cancelled. Source
  • A statement from a Maryland coach says that the state tournament is cancelled with there presumably being no rescheduling. Source
    • While this was an unofficial announcement, Maryland later on officially proceeded to cancel the state tournament on March 11.
  • New Jersey successfully hosts its state tournament for both divisions with no award ceremony. Source
  • Florida releases another announcement indicating that the tournament is continuing, although some preventative measures will be taken. Source (Overridden March 11)
  • Wisconsin sends an email to coaches saying that they are monitoring the situation on a daily basis. As of this date, the State tournament is scheduled to continue, however, this may change at any time. Source

March 9

March 8

  • New York announces: Source
    • The Division C state tournament is cancelled due to the host venue's request
    • The Division B state tournament is cancelled in expectation of a worsening situation
    • The Mid-Hudson and Mid-Western Division B regionals are currently set to take place as scheduled. (Overridden March 10)
    • The Lower Hudson Division B regional is postponed indefinitely
    • NY has informed the national organization that they will not be sending teams to the National Tournament.
  • Pennsylvania cancels the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional for both Division B and Division C. Rescheduling is planned within two months. Source
  • Indiana indicates that the state tournament is scheduled to run as planned. Source (Overridden March 10)

March 7

  • Florida indicates that as of the time of that writing the FL state tournament is planned to take place as scheduled. Source (Overridden March 11)
  • Maine indicates that as of the time of writing, the Maine state tournament is still planned to take place. Source
  • Illinois indicates at the time of writing that all state competitions are planned to take place as scheduled and that they are monitoring the situation. Source
  • Iowa successfully completes both divisions of their State tournament
  • Delaware successfully completes its Division C State tournament
  • Minnesota successfully completes its Division C State tournament

March 6

  • California (South) announces state tournament cancellation after consultation with host. Source
    • Southern California will not reschedule its state tournament and will not send any teams to the 2020 national tournament, according to a statement on March 9 Source
  • North Carolina announces that they are monitoring the situation but at the time of writing have no plans of cancelling the NC state tournament or National Tournament. Source (National Tournament Overridden March 11)
  • Virginia's state director emails coaches saying that VASO plans to follow UVA policies regarding COVID-19 and the state tournament. Source (Overridden March 11)

March 4

February 29

  • West Virginia successfully completes its Division C State tournament

February 28

  • Missouri announces that they are monitoring the situation but at the time of writing the MO state tournament is planned to take place as scheduled. Source


List of affected tournaments

Name State Level Status Division Planned Date Announcement Date Notes
Arizona State Tournament AZ State Cancelled B/C 3/21/20 3/11/20
Arkansas State Tournament AR State Cancelled B/C 4/11/20 3/12/20
California (South) State Tournament CA(S) State Cancelled B/C 4/4/20 3/6/20
Colorado State Tournament CO State Cancelled B/C 4/4/20 3/12/20
District of Columbia Tournament DC State Cancelled B/C 3/12/20
Connecticut State Tournament CT State Postponed B 3/14/20 3/9/20 (Cancelled), 3/11/20 Postponed until Mid-May
C 4/4/20 3/11/20 (Postponed) Postponed until Mid-May
Florida State Tournament FL State Cancelled B/C 3/21/20 3/7/20, 3/10/20
Hawaii State Tournament HI State Cancelled B/C 4/4/20 3/11/20
Illinois State Tournament IL State Cancelled B/C 4/18/20 3/12/20
CPS (at IIT) Regional IL Regional Cancelled B/C 3/14/2020 3/11/20
Belleville East Regional IL Regional Cancelled B/C 3/14/2020 3/11/20
Indiana State Tournament IN State Cancelled B/C 3/21/20 3/8/20 (Continuing), 3/10/20 (Cancelled)
Kansas State Tournament KS State Continuing B/C 4/4/20 3/11/20
Massachusetts State Tournament MA State Cancelled B 3/14/20 3/11/20
C 3/21/20 3/12/20
Maryland State Tournament MD State Cancelled B/C 4/4/20 3/10/20
Maine State Tournament ME State Cancelled B/C 4/4/20 3/7/20 (Continuing), 3/11/20 (Cancelled)
Michigan State Tournament MI State Cancelled B/C 4/25/20 3/12/20
Michigan Region 9 Tournament MI Regional Cancelled B/C 3/28/20 3/12/20
Missouri State Tournament MO State Cancelled B/C 4/4/20 2/28/20
2020 National Tournament NC National Cancelled B/C 5/16/20 3/11/20 Rules will be replayed for next year
North Carolina State Tournament NC State Cancelled B/C 4/25/20 3/6/20 (Continuing), 3/11/20 (Cancelled)
New Hampshire State Tournament NH State Cancelled B/C 3/21/20 3/11/20
New Jersey State Tournament NJ State Completed B/C 3/10/20 3/9/20 No awards ceremony, awards mailed instead
Nevada State Tournament NV State Continuing B/C 3/21/20 3/11/20 No awards ceremony, awards mailed instead
New York State Tournament NY State Cancelled B/C 4/17/20 (B), 3/13/20 (C) 3/8/20
Mid-Hudson Regional NY Regional Cancelled B 3/14/20 (B) 3/8/20 (Continuing), 3/10/20 (Cancelled)
Mid-Western Regional NY Regional Cancelled B 3/14/20 (B) 3/8/20 (Continuing), 3/10/20 (Cancelled)
Lower Hudson Regional NY Regional Cancelled B 3/7/20 (B) 3/8/20
Ohio State Tournament OH State Cancelled B/C 4/25/20 3/10/20
Oklahoma State Tournament OK State Cancelled B/C 4/18/20 3/12/20
Oregon State Tournament OR State Continuing B/C 4/18/20 3/11/20
Northwest Pennsylvania Regional PA Regional Cancelled B/C 3/10/20 3/9/20
Central East Pennsylvania Regional PA Regional Cancelled C 3/11/20 3/9/20
Northeast Pennsylvania Regional PA Regional Continuing B/C 3/11/20 3/8/20 Rescheduling is planned within 2 months
Rhode Island State Tournament RI State Cancelled B/C 4/18/20 3/11/20
South Carolina State Tournament SC State Cancelled B 3/14/20 3/12/20
C 3/21/20 3/12/20
South Dakota State Tournament SD State Pending B/C 3/21/20 3/11/20 Pending decision as of 3/11/20
Texas State Tournament TX State Cancelled B/C 4/25/20 3/12/20
Virginia State Tournament VA State Cancelled B/C 3/28/20 3/6/20 (Continuing), 3/11/20 (Rescheduling), 3/11/20 (Cancelled) Cancelled shortly after the National Tournament was cancelled.
Vermont State Tournament VT State Cancelled B/C 3/14/20 3/9/20
Northwest Washington Regional WA Regional Cancelled C 3/7/20 3/4/20
B 3/21/20 3/9/20
Wisconsin State Tournament WI State Cancelled B/C 4/18/20 3/10/20

Frequently Asked Questions

Please do not answer questions based on speculation. All claims should be verifiable through a credible source.

Will my state's tournaments be rescheduled?

Each state differs by its response to tournament cancellations. Please check your state's official Science Olympiad website and with your regional or state directors for information about tournaments in your state.

Will the national tournament be cancelled?

The national tournament director has stated the tournament is now cancelled. Source

Will the national tournament be rescheduled?

There has been no definitive statement from the national tournament. However, the phrasing of the cancellation message suggests that the 2020 season is functionally over.