Rules and Regulations

Please read this information carefully. Related information may be found on the Competition Information page.

Definitions

  • Math Challengers shall mean The Canadian Math Challengers Society.
  • BC shall mean the Province of British Columbia
  • Team coach or coach shall mean a teacher employed by the school their team is representing.
  • Instructions shall mean General Instructions, Instructions to MC's Proctors and competitors, and instructions to Markers
  • Pools shall mean groups of teams competing with each other
  • Math Challengers Committee shall be composed of volunteers according to the bylaws of the society
Math Challengers will be re-examining grade level eligibility rules during this school year, with the possibility of making some changes for the next school year (with coaches' input). In the meantime, if you have any questions, please contact us.


Rules

1 The Competition consists of 4 stages.

Stages 1 and 2 are individual competitions. Stage 3 is a Team competition. Stage 4 is a one-on-one competition between the top 10 individuals who participated in stages 1 and 2. Math Challengers competitions may consist of the following rounds:

1.1 Blitz Stage

Blitz consists of one session on a variety of mathematical subjects. Participants will be allowed to work for 40 minutes on 26 questions written on four pages (each correct answer will count as one point). Thus, the maximum number of points available in this stage is: 26.

1.2 Bull's Eye Stage

Bull's Eye consists of three sessions on a certain mathematical subject. For each of the sessions, participants will be given 12 minutes to work on the 4 questions on that subject. The total number of questions in Bull's Eye is 12 and each correct answer will count as two points. Thus, the maximum number of points available in this stage is: 24.

1.3 Co-op Stage

Co-op stage is a Team competition and it consists of a session on a variety of mathematical subjects. Participants will be allowed to work for 36 minutes on 15 questions written on one page (each correct answer will count as two points). Thus, the maximum number of points available in this stage is 30. Scientific calculators are allowed for this stage of the competition. Graphing calculators and programmable calculators are not allowed at all. Devices with wireless communication capabilities are absolutely not allowed.

1.4 Face-Off Stage

  • Face-Off stage is a one-to-one buzz-in verbal competition for the top scoring 10 individuals.
  • There will be a total of 9 match-up rounds.
  • Participants should be provided with ample amounts of scratch paper and pencil for calculating answers.
  • For each questions the participants will be allowed to work for 45 seconds from the time it appears on the screen.
  • A participant who wishes to provide an answer must buzz. But, only the first person who buzzes will be called to provide an answer. Any answer without pressing the buzzer will be disqualified. Only ONE answer per participant per question is allowed and he/she must provide the answer in an acceptable format (i.e. simplified to lowest terms) and within 3 seconds after being called upon. The opponent may continue working while an answer is provided and if the answer of the first participant who buzzes is incorrect the opponent may use the remainder of the 45 seconds to buzz and be called to provide an answer. The participant who was called on and provides the correct answer will score one point in the round.

2.0 No food and Drink permitted in Exam rooms

  • FOOD IS NOT PERMITTED IN UBC CLASSROOMS By UBC edict.  Students will not be allowed in the exam rooms with food or drink! Students bringing in open food or drink containers or consuming food in an exam room will be disqualified by the invigilators.

School Accreditation - New Individual Amendment 2016

 All competitors shall be part of a team from a school accredited in a Province or Territory of Canada. To compete in BC all competitors shall attend a school accredited by the Province of BC.  Individuals will be registered from a school when a team from their school is not registered at  the published registration early bird deadline.


With the exception that an individual who registers before a school team will remain registered if the school team decides not to include that individual on the school team. The individual's results will not be counted towards any team result.. Should the individual qualify for the Provincial finals with a score greater than any of the top 5 members of the team from the individual's school the individual will displace one member of a qualified school team advancing to the finals.
 

Grade Level Eligibility

There are two (2) grade divisions of competition in the Province of British Columbia: the Grade 8 Division and the Grade 9 Division, both at the regional and provincial level.

Grade 8 Competitors

3.1 Each competitor may compete a maximum of two times at the Grade 8 level. After that, (s)he must proceed to the Grade 9 level as long as (s)he does not exceed the age restriction. For example, a first time Grade 6 competitor can compete two years in a row at the Grade 8 level, and then two more years at the Grade 9 level. A first time Grade 7 competitor can compete two years in a row at the Grade 8 level, and then one more year at the Grade 9 level. A first time Grade 8 student competes one year at the Grade 8 level, and the following year at the Grade 9 level.

3.2 An eligible Grade 8 competitor shall turn 14 during the calendar year of the competition (or a later year).

3.3 A Grade 8 competitor must be registered in Grade 8 or below at the competitor's school, although the competitor may be taking a math course beyond Grade 8.

Grade 9 Competitors

3.4 An eligible Grade 9 competitor shall turn 15 during the calendar year of the competition (or a later year).

3.5 A Grade 9 competitor must be registered in Grade 9 or below at his school, although the competitor may be taking a math course beyond Grade 9..

Grade 10 Competitors

3.6 An eligible Grade 10 competitor shall turn 16 during the calendar year of the competition, or a later year.

3.7 A Grade 10 competitor must be registered in Grade 10 or below at his school, although the competitor may be taking a math course beyond Grade 10.


Registration and Team Composition

4.1 What is the maximum number of teams per school?
A maximum of three (3) teams per Grade Divisionfor Grade 8, 9 and 10 per school for a total of nine (9) teams will be accepted for registration and competition.

4.2 What is the maximum number of students per team for registration?
Each team may register a total of 5 students, the scores of the top 4 only will be counted for team scores.

4.3 Is there a minimum team size?
A team may consist of 5 or fewer students --however the team score will be adversely affected if the team consists of fewer than 4 students.

4.4 Can a School register additional team(s) on the day of competition?
Registration will NOT be accepted on the day of competition.

4.5 Will registration be accepted for individuals? 
Yes under certain circumstances we allow for individuals to be registered. But, in general, all students must be part of a school team - unless the school has not registered a team prior to the individual registering. Two or more students from the same school will be registered and scored  as a team.

4.6 Can elementary students compete on secondary school teams?
Secondary School teams may use elementary students on their teams, provided these students are from an elementary school within their catchment/feeder area, and that the elementary school does not have its own team in the competition.

4.7 Can the team roster be changed between the regional and provincial competitions?
Coaches may alter their team roster between the regional and provincial tournaments.

4.8 Math Challengers reserves the right to disqualify any team containing a member who is ineligible to compete in the division in which that team is registered.

 


Teams Advancing to the Provincial Final 

The top placing team in each Pool will be invited to participate in the Provincial finals.  All others will be determined by the wild card process based on team scores.

Awards are discussed on the Competition Information  web page  

https://www.egbc.ca/Math-Challengers/Competitors/Competition-Information

 Each regional competition in the Province will send a certain number of teams, based on the total number of schools and teams in the region, to the Provincial Finals. The Canadian Math Challengers Committee reserves the right to determine regional boundaries.  Each pool will be invited to send 1 team to the provincials, providing that there were at least 4 schools represented in the pool additional teams may be selcted on a wild card basis.  Team coaches should however review their results as compared to the regional statistics published on this web site.

5.1 What is the maximum number of teams per Grade Division per school to advance to the Provincial competition?
Only one team per Grade Division per school is allowed to advance to the Provincial competition. In other words, the top two, three, four, or more teams from a regional pool advancing to the Provincial competition must be teams from different schools. This is to ensure equal chances for advancement to the Provincial Final among the schools regardless of the number of teams they send to the regional competitions.

5.2 What are Wildcard Teams?
The |Math challengers executive will select the high scoring teams from  schools in the entire province to be invited to the Provincial Competition.  For regions with more than one pool in a Grade Division, one or more wild card team(s) may be selected within that Grade Division to advance to the Provincial Final. These must be teams, not from the top placing schools already selected, but those with the next highest scores within that Grade Division. This is to ensure equal chances for advancement to the Provincial Final among the schools regardless of the composition of the pool they are placed in.

5.3 Can a student who places in the top 10 in a regional Face-Off stage but whose team does not qualify for the Provincial Final participate in the Provincial final on an individual basis?
Any student participating in a regional Face-Off will advance to the Provincial final on an individual basis if his/her school did not qualify in that grade competition.  .


Face-Off Oral Competition and Awards

6.1 What is the maximum number of students per school per Grade Division advancing to Face-Off at the Regional, or Provincial competitions?
Schools will not have more than five students advancing to the Face-Off stage in each grade division at the Regional competitions.

6.2 Prizes Trophies and Scholarships
Math Challengers medals will be awarded to the Top 10 individuals in each Grade Division advancing to Face-Off at the Provincial final. These prizes will be awarded based on the individual standings from Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the competition.

6.3 Individuals Trophies
Math Challengers individual trophies will be presented to the Top 3 individuals per pool per Grade Division at the Regional competitions. These prizes will be awarded based on the standings before Face-Off stage.

6.4 Team Trophies Regional Competition
Math Challengers team trophies will be presented to the Top 3 schools (not necessarily the top 3 teams) per pool per Grade division at the Regional competitions. These prizes will be awarded based on the team standings from the written stages of the competition.

6.5 Team Trophies Provincial Final
Math Challengers team trophies will be presented to the Top 3 teams (schools in each Grade Division) at the Provincial final. These prizes will be awarded base on the team standings from the written stages of the competition.

6.6 Individual Cash Prizes
At the Provincial competition, cash prizes of $200, $150 and $100 may be awarded to the three highest scoring individuals in each grade.


Post Provincial Final Event

The top four (or more) Grade 8 students from the Provincial competitions may be invited to participate in an event tour or competition.  The Intramural competition with Washington and Oregon has been discontinued.

Rule Clarification: Calculators are not permitted for the Blitz, Bull's-eye and Face-Off stages, however calculators are permitted for the Co-op stage, and they must be scientific calculators. Programmable and graphing calculators are not allowed at all. Devices with wireless communication capabilities are absolutely not allowed.


Units - Engineering Editorial Comment Only

Questions requiring conversion within or from British Imperial or US measurement unit systems to MKS metric or the reverse conversion will not be on any test, in general units should not be required.

However students are highly advised that in life they must be able to convert complex Multi dimensional measurement units between British, USA and MKS and old EU metric measurement systems frequently and accurately ;-)
 

Instructions

Instructions shall have the same force as rules, and may be published or announced before and during the competitions
 

Disclaimer:
The sole responsibility of the organizers and directors is for establishing and conducting the match itself. Parents, coaches, and guardians are responsible for the conduct of the participating students. By agreeing to participate, the competitors, their parents, guardians and heirs shall hold harmless the organizers, directors, and volunteers of Canadian Math Challengers Society from any consequences of misbehaviour on the part of the participants and from any damage to property or injury whatsoever to persons attending this event.