Math Field Day
Rules for Math Bowl
Math Bowl will be conducted in two divisions:
Junior Varsity and Varsity. A
Junior Varsity Team will consist of 4 students in grades 10 or lower.
The Varsity Team will consist of 4 students in grades 12 or lower.
In each division, team members are to be ranked by the advisor according
to ability: 1, 2, 3, and 4, with "1" being the strongest,
"2" being the next strongest, etc.
Each contest will consist of 4 rounds.
The number 4 mathlete of each of the competing schools will compete in
Round 1, the number 3 mathlete in Round 2, the Number 2 mathlete in Round 3, and
the Number 1 mathlete in the final round. The
difficulty of questions increases after each round.
to the competition, each mathlete will receive from the team advisor (who
received them at morning registration) a set of answer sheets and fill in the
top of each sheet with his/her name, school, round number and question number.
the beginning of the competition, the round 1 AND 2 mathletes go on stage,
bringing their answer sheets. The
round 1 student takes his/her seat and the round 2 player stands behind the
chair and will serve as checker. When
everyone is in position, the answer packets will be passed out to the checkers.
At this time they are not allowed to open the answers.
will be shown on the screen. The
seated mathletes will begin to work on the problem.
At the same time, the standing mathletes open the answer to that
question. Each problem solver will
write the answer on the answer form in the appropriate place, in dark pencil or
black or blue ink, and hand the form to the checker.
The checker of the first correct answer will announce "ONE"; of
the second correct answer "TWO"; and the third correct answer -
"THREE," etc. After their rank is confirmed by the judge the checker
will mark the rank on the answer form, with a provided red pen.
At the end of the allotted time, checkers will hand all correct answer
sheets to a contest official who will take them to the scoring table. Incorrect
answers should be placed in a pile on the floor under the seat.
Scorekeepers will award 5 points for a first, 3 for a second, 2 for a
third, and l for all other correct answers.
The scorekeepers will verify that the answers are correct.
Any answer that is deemed incorrect, will invoke a penalty equal to how
many points that team would have gotten if
the answer had been correct (e.g. an incorrect second place answer
results in 3 points deducted from the score instead of added).
Also of course, if an answer is incorrect, all lower rankings move up by
one (this is why it is important to keep track of who¡¯s answer is fourth,
At the end of
round 1, the two mathletes from each school switch places to prepare for round
2. At the end of round 2, both
mathletes return to the audience and the other two members of each team take
their place on stage for rounds 3 and 4. Scoring
is cumulative, and the winning team is the one that accumulates the most points
over the four rounds.
competition there is to be no communication of any kind between the checkers and
the problem solvers. Violations
will be dealt with at the discretion of the math bowl director.
Though, 9th and 10th graders are eligible to be on a varsity team, no contestant
may participate in both
the junior varsity and varsity
A team may compete with fewer than 4 participants. A team with 1, 2, or 3
members participates in the last 1, 2, or 3 rounds.
No calculators allowed.