An invitational tournament is a friendly, no-stakes competition that allows for Science Olympiad teams to practice for events. They are a way of practicing for qualifying tournaments such as regionals, states or nationals. These are often organized by individual schools, and they generally are during January and February.
Most invitational tournaments mimic a real competitive tournament, and they hand out awards for individuals and teams. Some invitationals will hold all 23 events, while other invitationals may choose not to hold events. Invitationals also can hold alternate events as well.
Typically, schools are allowed to bring up to two teams of 15 people each. Trophies are generally presented to the top schools, not the top teams. Medals are typically awarded for the top 3 places. Ribbons are sometimes awarded to 4th place to 6th place; some invitationals even award 7th and 8th place.
In some states, such as Illinois, there are "Junior Varsity" and "Varsity" divisions, which allow for schools to bring less experienced students to be placed in an easier competition to get awards.
List of Invitationals (C Division)
|Region||State||Host||Date||Champion (B)||Runner-Up (B)||Champion (C)||Runner-Up (C)||B/C||# of Teams|
|Midwest||OH||Sylvania Northview||12/15/12||Solon (96)||Mentor (159)||C||27|
|Midwest||OH||Northmont||1/5/13||Solon||Magsig||Solon (103)||Centerville (144)||B/C|
|Midwest||OH||Wright State||1/12/13||Solon||Booth||Solon (132)||Centerville (186)||B/C|
|Midwest||OH||Solon||2/2/13||Solon||Booth||Harriton (200)||Mentor (245)||B/C|
|Midwest||OH||Mentor||2/16/13||Solon||Chardon||Solon (87)||Fayetteville-Manlius (113)||B/C|
|Midwest||OH||West Liberty-Salem||3/2/13||Solon||Magsig||Solon (76)||Centerville (108)||B/C|
|Northeast||PA||Athens (Twin Tiers)||1/19/13||Solon (94)||Mentor (108)||C|
|Northeast||PA||Conestoga (Battle at Valley Forge)||1/26/13||C|
|Northeast||PA||Northwestern Lehigh (Tiger)||2/9/13||West-Windsor Plainsboro South||West-Windsor Plainsboro North||C|