General Information Pertinent for All Games

  • The 2017-2018 rules and forms for all Academic Games are available on the MIU IV website. Because there are changes for local play, DO NOT rely solely on information from the AGLOA website.

    For a cube game, each school district is required to bring one game for every three participants. It is the school district’s responsibility to have each game clearly identified. All games are to be brought to the stage prior to the beginning of the day’s competition, and the games will be distributed after matches are arranged. At the conclusion of the game, it is the student’s responsibility to insure that the games are complete, packaged, and returned to the stage/Coordinators.

    Each school is expected to bring pencils for cube games and pens for reading games. Only the supplied information and forms, blank On-Sets worksheets provided by the school district, LinguiSHTIK Demand Sheets provided by the school district, World Events reference material in cube games and/or blank scratch paper will be permitted on the playing table during competition.

    For each game and round, the student shall begin with a blank piece of paper for notes. Notes are not to be taken from one round to the next. Judges will monitor the tables before each round for any notes and ask the student to remove any notes from the previous round.

    When the solution for a cube game is presented, the student should not touch the cubes but write his/her solution.

    For each cube game, a five-minute warning will be given prior to the end of the round, and the players will be told not to begin another shake.

    When the student has finished writing a solution, the player must lay his/her pencil onto the table.

    When forms are specific to a grade division, the form will be color coded as follows: 3-4, blue; 5-6, gold; 7-8, green; 9-10, pink; 11-12, gray. When forms are used across grade divisions, they will be white.

    The number of rounds and questions may be modified on tournament day to adhere to the day’s schedule. All rounds will be played prior to lunch, and the Awards Ceremony will follow lunch.

    The students must use correct terminology for each game. During play of LinguiSHTIK, Equations, and On-Sets, the player may ask only one specific question about one item in one solution. Judges are requested to tell the student to ask a specific question if his/her question is ambiguous or is a “fishing” question. A judge shall consult with another judge if s/he is uncertain about his/her ability to rule on a student’s question. A judge shall not rule when his own school district is involved. If the student does not agree with the first ruling, a head judge shall be called to render a final ruling. Every judge shall sign his last name and district on the score sheet upon rendering a decision. A head judge shall initial the score sheet to evidence that s/he has ruled on that shake. Coordinators of the student involved must take part in resolving a scoring issue. The decision(s) of a head judge may be changed only before the Awards are announced.

    The procedure to be used for awarding of penalty points is as follows: If a student disagrees with the first judge’s decision, a head judge shall be called to review the decision. If a head judge agrees with the decision and a penalty point is given, a head judge will initial for the penalty points. A head judge must initial all penalty points awarded, and only initialed penalty points will be tallied.

    When too busy to answer a student's questions, an assigned adult should request the help of others.

    When a judge issues an official warning to a student, the judge will inform Diane McGaffic and the school Coordinator. Diane will maintain a cumulative annual list of offenders. The list will be kept on the podium during the game. Each judge shall refer to the list to determine if the offending student has received a prior warning. If the student has received a prior warning, the coordinator will be notified and requested to implement the school policy. Removal of the student from Academic Game participation and the site is an available option. If the offending student receives a warning at a second game, the student may be denied Academic Game participation for the remainder of the year.

    The procedure for timing is part of match play; however, the implementation of the timing procedure in individual matches has been sporadic. Recognizing this, it is requested that each player extends a courtesy notification to their match players at the beginning of the round if they are going to implement the timing procedure. A reminder: The timer can give only a 10-second warning, not “count down” the time.

Make Up Decisions for All Games

  • For each Academic Game year, one representative from each county will be appointed to make the final decision on participation and/or in house competitions when a school district has missed the academic competition due to unforeseen circumstances.