Raw Scores and Ranks: All teams who participate in an event must be scored and ranked as specified in the event rules. Follow the tournament director’s instructions for recording and reporting this data (e.g. via a website, paper form, etc).
Tie Breakers: All ties must be broken for the ranks to be awarded medals. If a tie for non-medal ranks can't be broken, award points according to the place tied and then skip the next place (e.g. 3 teams tied for 10th place, the next team would be 13th).
Sort Orders: Since different events are scored differently, be sure to note whether high scores or low scores are better in term of rank assignment, both for the raw score as well as for the tie breakers.
Penalties: Follow the guidelines in the event rules with regard to penalties. When there is ambiguity or uncertainty, note that General Rule # 5 says “Officials are encouraged to apply the least restrictive penalty for rules infractions”. See examples below.
Tiers: Teams/devices that do not meet the requirements in the event rules must be allowed to compete if possible and are to be notified, scored, and ranked below those who met all of the specifications if specified as so in the rules (“tiered”).
Participation Points: Teams making an honest attempt to participate that cannot be assigned a raw score (e.g. safety hazard, mechanical failure, wrong dimensions, etc.) must be listed as a “P” for Participation as the raw score and rank.
No Shows: Teams that do not show up or make an honest attempt to participate must be listed as a “NS” for No Show as the raw score and rank. This includes teams who may be present but display no preparation for the competition.
Disqualifications: It is extremely rare for a DQ to be implemented. Teams that egregiously misbehave/cheat (e.g. excessive vulgar language, Code of Ethics issues, extreme safety violation, etc.), must be listed as a “DQ” for Disqualified as the raw score and rank. This action will disqualify the affected participant/team from participation and scoring in that event only.
Team Notification: Any team that is DQed, Tiered, or issued a significant penalty must be informed as soon as possible (e.g. tell the participant/team if still present in the competition area, notify the coach if the competitor is no longer in the vicinity, etc.).
Event Documentation: Event Supervisors are expected to provide raw scores and any documentation (answer sheets, answer key, etc.) to the Tournament Scoring team as soon as possible after the event is done. Help is available at the tournament HQ to grade or tally results.
Score Counseling: Supervisors should plan on spending at least 20 minutes after you and any assistants complete scoring all team materials following a process of turning in all materials that contribute to scoring (e.g. tests, answer keys, device checklists, etc.), checking scores, and documenting penalties, tiers, etc. to ensure no mistakes are present in the results tabulation.
Team Points: For each event at the tournament, team points corresponding to the event rank are assigned to that team (e.g. 5thplace = 5 points). The sum of the points equals the team score, which determines the overall team rank (lower is better).
Points for Participation, No Shows, and Disqualification: Participation (P) ranks are assigned points equal to the number of teams that competed in the tournament in each division. No Show (NS) ranks are assigned one more point than Participation points. Disqualification (DQ) ranks are assigned one more than No Show. (e.g. at Nationals, P=60 points, NS=61 points, DQ=62 points)
Team Tie Breakers: All ties must be broken for the team ranks to be awarded trophies. Ties are broken based upon the number of 1st places, then 2nd places, etc. (e.g. Team A with two 1st and five 3rd places loses to Team B with two 1st and one 2nd place).
Scoring Errors: Unless otherwise specified by the tournament director, results announced at the Awards Ceremony are tentative and may change if scoring errors are brought to the attention of the arbitrators within one hour after the results are announced. If changes occur, appropriate medals and trophies will be awarded. Teams will not be asked to return awards given at the ceremony.
Publication of Final Results: Tournament directors may make final results available via hard copy, email, or website postings.