State-wide tournament featuring a series of individual and team events for students grades 6-12
April 22-23, 2016
by noon., Thursday, September 24, 2015
Teams & Coaches
(read this stuff first)
(compete here to qualify for state)
(practice here before regional competitions)
&M University, College Station)
- Eligible Teams for State Tournament
- Rules, Forms & Deadlines for State Tournament
- State Tournament Events
- Clarifications for State Tournament Events
- Schedule - Division B (Middle School)
- Schedule - Division C (High School)
- Event Time-Slot Sign Up System- Division B
- Event Time-Slot Sign Up System - Division C
- Travel and Accommodations
If paying by check, payments submitted without documentation will be RETURNED to sender. Documentation (invoice, registration confirmation, etc.) MUST accompany payment if by mail/check.
A link will be provided on the generated reciept of your registration to pay by credit card.
Purchase Orders (PO's) are NOT accepted!
*A $50 fee will be charged for all returned checks and credit cards.
Absolutely NO REFUNDS!
Texas Science Olympiad:
The Texas Science Olympiad (TSO) tournament is a rigorous academic interscholastic competition that consists of a series of individual and team events which students (grades 6-12) prepare for during the year. The competitions follow the format of popular board games, TV shows, and athletic games. These challenging and motivational events are well balanced between the various science and engineering disciplines of biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, computers, and technology. There is also a balance between events requiring knowledge of facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications.
Registration & Fees
Each team (see rules for team configuration) must register online to compete in a regional competition and pay $220 team registration fee. This $220 PER TEAM fee will pay for:
- entry of ONE 15 member team into ONE regional competition
- Invitational, State, and National affiliation fees for ONE team
- one Rules Manual for your teams' division
Teams MUST participate in a regional competition FIRST to qualify for State.
Regional competitions are limited to TWO teams per school. Additional teams may be requested after the close of registration if space is available and upon Regional and State Director approval. Click here to learn more about the Regional tournaments and registration. —OR— Click here to register your team NOW for a Regional tournament.
Many Invitational competitions allow more than TWO teams to participate at their competition. This is at the discretion of the Invitational Director – check with them to see how many teams are allowed from each school. If a school wishes to have more than TWO teams compete at an invitational, they MUST register the additional teams and pay the discounted membership fee of $110 per additional team. This fee covers the necessary National, State and Invitational affiliation fees and one manual in their division. Each Invitational will have their own required entry fee for their competition – this fee is not included in the $110 affiliation fee. Click here to learn more about Invitational tournaments and member teams. —OR— Click here to register as a member team ONLY
Winning teams from State advance to Nationals. Please see the Rules page for details.
Teams at TSO
Texas Science Olympiad Coaches' Clinic
The purpose of this Coaches’ Clinic is to introduce the current years' events for the Texas Science Olympiad. Through this series of workshops, coaches will develop a better understanding of the events along with strategies for their classroom implementation. The clinic workshops will be conducted by experienced event supervisors and coaches. To learn more about the Texas Science Olympiad Coaches' Clinic, click here.
Additional Coach Resources
Science Olympiad Inc.‹— This site has a tremendous amount of information and rules for coaches, both new and veteran!
Trophies will be awarded to the top four Division B (grades 6-9) and C (grades 9-12) school teams compiling the least total points during the Olympiad. Awards will also be given for each event and for best team spirit. Additionally, the 1st place team in each of Divisions B and C will be invited to represent Texas at the National Science Olympiad tournament. A second team in each division may also be invited to participate at National Science Olympiad depending upon total membership numbers.
Student participants are expected to compete in tournament events with an honest effort to follow the rules and the spirit of that competition. The goal of competition is to give one's best effort while displaying honesty, integrity and sportsmanship. Students, coaches, parents and guests are expected to display courtesy and respect toward Olympiad officials, other teams, and guests of the Olympiad. Failure to show honesty and/or courtesy by a participant, coach, parent, or guest of the team may result in the disqualification of the team from that event, the entire tournament or future tournaments.
Educational Outreach and Women's Programs realizes that in any competition, differences of opinion about the judges interpretations may occur. It is the policy of the Outreach Programs to support the interpretations and final decisions of the judges panel.