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Welcome to the 2021-2022 Season

The rules manuals were released earlier this week and they are available for free at https://www.soinc.org/rules-2022. Please remember not to post these PDFs or send them as an attachment. National Science Olympiad requests that all players, coaches and officials download their own copies and agree to their stipulations.

Registration will begin Monday, September 13, 2021, at https://scilympiad.com/socal. San Diego teams should register here.

All of the Regional Tournaments are currently planned to be part of the SoCal Joint-Regional Tournament. Most Regionals will be using the Satellite Tournament Model on Saturday, Feb 26, 2022. In the Satellite Tournament Model, teams will be competing at their own school under the supervision of their coaches. On tournament day, the written tests will be provided through the Scilympiad platform and the construction events will be demonstrated at your own school through video calls with the Event Supervisor.

As safety and health guidelines and host site availability change between now and February, we may change the model to a Hybrid-Satellite Model or a Mini Model. If there are changes to the model, we will update you with the information. We will finalize the tournament model on January 7, 2022.

The 2022 SoCal Events and schedule are available here. The schedule and event conflicts are based on the National Tournament schedule found at the end of the rules manual. Click here to view how each model of the tournament will affect if the event will be a medal-only event or if it'll count toward the team total.


Getting Ready for the 2021-2022 Season

For the 2021-2022 Science Olympiad season, Southern California Regionals are currently planning to be part of the SoCal Joint-Regional Tournament using the Satellite Tournament Model on Saturday, Feb 26, 2022. In the Satellite Tournament Model, teams will be competing at their own school under the supervision of their coaches. On tournament day, the written tests will be provided through the Scilympiad platform and the construction events will be demonstrated at your own school through video calls with the Event Supervisor.

As safety and health guidelines and host site availability change between now and February, we may change the model to a Hybrid-Satellite Model or a Mini Model. If there are changes to the model, we will update you with the information. We will finalize the tournament model on January 7, 2022.

Different models of Tournament:
- Satellite Tournament: Events (both written and construction) proctored by the coach at the school site using the Scilympiad platform
- Hybrid-Satellite Tournament: Written events administered by the coach at the school site using the Scilympiad platform, and on a separate day, construction events done in-person at a single location for all teams
- MiniSO Tournament: Events (both written and construction) take place at the student's home using the Scilympiad platform

What is Science Olympiad?

Science Olympiad is an international nonprofit organization devoted to improving the quality of science education, increasing student interest in science and providing recognition for outstanding achievement in science education by both students and teachers. Southern California Science Olympiad - a chapter of Science Olympiad - hosts, manages, or supports over 8 Invitational, 9 Regional, and 1 State Tournaments in Southern California.

Science Olympiad Tournaments are like academic track meets.

At a Science Olympiad Tournament, students work together in teams of up to 15 to compete in 23 events. The events change from year to year, covering fields and topics including: anatomy and biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, geology, mechanical and structural engineering, and technology. Some events entail taking a test, while others involve doing hands-on labs, or even building and bringing a device to the tournament. The list of 2019-2020 Events and their descriptions can be found here.

Each Science Olympiad season begins in September, when the Event Rules are released and Registration opens. Teams then spend several months preparing for their Regional Tournament in winter or spring of the next year (dates vary depending on the exact Regional). The top teams from each Regional go on to compete at the Southern California State Tournament in April, vying for the title of State Champion and the opportunity to represent Southern California at the National Tournament in May.

Middle school students setup their Boomilever, a wooden structure, for strength testing at the 2019 Southern California State Tournament.
Photo Credit: Emily Miaou
A student analyzes a hair sample in the Crime Busters event at the 2019 Southern California State Tournament.
Photo Credit: Emily Miaou

Teams and Events are split into three "Divisions". Teams in Divisions B or C only compete against other teams in the same Division.

Division A (Grades 4-6)

Division A is the elementary school Division. Division A events are specific to the tournament. Division A teams do not compete against each other, but rather strive to meet pre-defined levels of requirements in each event.

Division B (Grades 6-9)

Division B is the middle school Division. Division B events are usually easier and feature less advanced topics than Division C events.

Division C (Grades 9-12)

Division C is the high school Division. Division C events are usually harder and feature more advanced topics than Division B events.

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