Announcements

December 02, 2019

Self Registration

Welcome coaches! This guide an instructional guide to self-schedule your team’s events. Self-schedules will open at 12:00 PM PT on December 10, 2019. If you have questions about the self-schedule process or are experiencing any difficulty, please email us at goldengatescioly@gmail.com.

Team Numbers

Team numbers can be found here.

Food/Drink Policy for the Gym

As an update to our previous guidelines email, no food/drink will be allowed in the RSF fieldhouse, meaning that the rules will follow the standard food policy below:

Berkeley does not allow food in reserved rooms. Please DO NOT throw your trash away in the rooms. If food or food trash is found in the event rooms, UC Berkeley will fine you up to $5,000. Teams with food in their homerooms and trash cans face possible point deductions on their score and blacklisting from future GGSO events. We deeply apologize for this inconvenience but hope that it’s not too troublesome. You are, however, allowed to have food anywhere outside!

The full policy regarding food/drink can be found here. As a reminder, Gravity Vehicle and Wright Stuff will be hosted in this space.

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Team Numbers Self Signup Guide




November 18, 2019

T-shirt Orders

We are pleased to announce that we will be having pre-orders for competition T-shirts this year! The shirts will be $15 each. Please fill out the Google form here to request these shirts for your team and to see the design. Orders must be placed by December 20. We will also be selling a limited number of shirts on tournament day.

Payments must be made via check or PayPal. Click here to make a PayPal payment. Please enter your team name in the notes section in the payment. Checks must be sent to the following address:

Golden Gate Science League
℅ Sophia Wang
2529 Benvenue Avenue #303
Berkeley, California 94704

Links
T-Shirt Order PayPal




November 18, 2019

Tournament Guidelines

This announcement contains important information about the general tournament policies as well serving as the release of the event schedule. Please read all information carefully and do not hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns should they arise.

Fairness: Out of fairness to all teams, the official event rules will be followed as closely as possible. Events will be run according to REGIONAL rules. If one block of competitors is adversely affected (i.e. starts late or receives a hint 15 minutes into the exam), we will attempt to treat each block the same. Additionally, clarifications affecting everyone will be made in the FIRST block. If a problem is found in later blocks, no change will be made.

Disqualification/Tiering: A team may be disqualified for the following reasons including but not limited to:

  • Persistent behavioral problems from students, parents, and/or coaches
  • Communicating with a non-competitor during an event (including parents and coaches)
  • Opening an unauthorized electronic device or unauthorized use of computer given during the event
  • Blatant cheating (e.g. looking at other competitors’ papers)
  • Going over the specified time limit
  • Giving information about the event to other teams
  • Cleanup penalties: Event supervisor will make clear beforehand (e.g. will state if students can be penalized for cleaning up after time is over)

Event challenges/concerns: If an issue with an event arises, the disputes should first be handled informally as a conversation between the competitor and the event supervisor. If there are any concerns that can’t be handled this way, please file an appeal through the Scilympiad online submission system at statescioly.org/golden-gate. Coaches may also contact the arbitration committee by phone at 206-484-6767 or in person at the director headquarters in Tilden (5th floor MLK Student Union). Parents and coaches should NOT interact with event supervisors. Event supervisors have the right to issue scoring penalties or disqualifications to students due to aggression from parents or coaches.

Wristbands: Every competing student must be wearing a wristband. Students without wristbands will not be allowed to compete.

Waivers: Every attending minor must fill out two forms prior to the tournament. The first form is a liability waiver that can be found here. The second form is a media authorization that can be found here and should be printed and distributed to all minors (including competing students, alternates, and siblings that choose to attend as spectators).We are asking that coaches then scan the stack of forms and upload the file to a confidential Google Form here no later than December 20. The forms may be submitted as a single pdf file or several, but a single is preferred. We will not require any paper copies to be submitted. If you haven’t worked with Google Forms before, consider asking a tech-savvy student to help you out! If you’re still having trouble, please reach out to us ASAP. Scans must be done on a scanner or a cell phone scanner app.

Badges: All tournament directors and event supervisors will have lanyard badges. Coaches and parents will NOT be allowed into exam rooms or into event competition areas that are not open to the public.

Photography: For spectator events, only a team’s own coaches/parents may photograph that team and their devices. No one should take photos of other devices in impound. Breaking these rules could result in disqualification/tiering. Official tournament photographers will have badges and will take pictures of events to be shared with everyone!

Never alone policy: As we have minors on campus, we are following a “never alone” policy. There must never be a minor alone in a room with one adult at any time. Correspondingly, at no point should a minor be forced into a one-on-one situation with a volunteer, a member of our event staff, or other adult. We take our commitment to this policy very seriously. If you see an ongoing violation of this policy, notify headquarters immediately.

Food: Berkeley does not allow food in reserved rooms. Please DO NOT throw your trash away in the rooms. If food or food trash is found in the event rooms, UC Berkeley will fine you up to $5,000. Unfortunately, we feel obligated to enforce this rule harshly, since a university violation would prevent future GGSO tournaments from being possible (and violating schools may share financial burden of any fines). Teams with food in their homerooms and trash cans face possible point deductions on their score and blacklisting from future GGSO events. We deeply apologize for this inconvenience but hope that it’s not too troublesome. You are, however, allowed to have food anywhere outside!

Home Rooms: Each school will be assigned a spacious homeroom to use as a base for their teams. Schools may store tools, devices, and other belongings here, however, you should never leave your room vacant when you have valuables inside. Golden Gate Science Olympiad is not responsible for any stolen or missing items. You may move desks around if necessary, but all desks and chairs should be returned to their original position. We recommend taking a picture at the beginning of the day so you have a reference of how to put the room back together. Please refrain from adhering items to the wall and from using the projector and other built-in technology in the room. Again, food will not be allowed in any of the home rooms, classrooms, or any indoor area.

Open Flames: Open flames, flammable materials, and incense, are prohibited by the UC Berkeley fire code. In particular, this means no barbecues.

Damage to University property: We are lucky to be able to host the Golden Gate Invitational at UC Berkeley. To maintain a positive relationship with the University and out of respect for University property, we expect that all of our competitors, coaches, and parents will treat University facilities with care. Competitors, coaches, or parents who damage University property may be dismissed from the tournament. Among other things, damage may constitute: Littering or other inappropriate trash disposal, burn damage, and broken desks and chairs. Additionally, do not forget that we are subject to University and City of Berkeley code. It is your responsibility to be aware of and obey these rules.

Event Schedule: The event schedule can be found here. Please remember that this is tentative, and we reserve the right to make any necessary changes should the university require us too. We will, however, make every effort to avoid any adjustments, and notify coaches ASAP should any occur. Detailed instructions on signing up for events will be given out in the next informational email.

Thank you for your time, congratulations, and please feel free to reach out with questions! We are very excited about hosting this tournament and wish you luck in your continued preparations.

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Liability Waiver Media Release Waiver Upload Event Schedule




October 24, 2019

Ping Pong Parachute Update

Please note that Ping Pong Parachute will be held on an outdoor venue. The NorCal Ping Pong Parachute rules (which can be found here will be followed and take precedence over the national rules for Ping Pong Parachute.

Additionally, please note that registration fees must be received by November 1, 2019.

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PPP NorCal Rules




September 16, 2019

Volunteer

Calling all prospective volunteers!

Student organizations from Stanford University and UC Berkeley are joining forces to co-host the fourth annual Golden Gate Science Olympiad Invitational tournament! This competition will be hosting over 50 teams from across the country, and we need qualified test writers, proctors, general volunteers, and event supervisors to join us! The tournament will be on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the campus of UC Berkeley. Sign up via these registration forms by their respective deadlines if you are interested in being an event supervisor, joining the test committee, or recruiting as a general volunteer, and we’ll reach out to you personally within a few weeks with more information.

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Email us! Event Supervisor/Test Committee Interest Form General Volunteer Interest Form




August 22, 2019

Registration

UPDATE [9/9/19]: Registration is now full! Teams that sign up from now on will be placed on the waitlist.

We are pleased to announce that registration for our fourth annual tournament will open on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12 pm PDT on our platform, Scilympiad. Please see this document for a detailed registration guide.

The full registration policy may be found here.

The registration fee for this year will be $150 per registered team. Please note that this fee is due on November 1, 2019. Payment must be made by PayPal through the Scilympiad portal or by check. Checks should be made to “Golden Gate Science League” and mailed to:

Golden Gate Science League
℅ Sophia Wang
2529 Benvenue Avenue #303
Berkeley, California 94704


As a reminder, our tournament this year will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020! Join us on the campus of UC Berkeley for the premier West Coast Science Olympiad invitational, hosted by students from Stanford University and UC Berkeley. Last year, we welcomed 54 teams to our tournament, including teams from as far away as Hawaii and Florida. For more on the tournament, feel free to check out this video, shown during the awards ceremony of 2019’s competition.

Can’t wait until February to stay involved with the Golden Gate Science Olympiad Invitational? Check out our updated Golden Gate Resource Center, and stay in touch with us through our Facebook group or official tournament page. We look forward to seeing you in February!

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Scilympiad Registration Guide Registration Policies




June 29, 2019

GGSO 2020 Tournament

Our next Golden Gate Science Olympiad tournament will be held on February 20, 2020 at UC Berkeley! Registration will open in September. Schools will be able to register up to two teams, with the total team cap at just over 50. Sign up for our mailing list here for updates!

Additionally, we have study materials available online. Check out our Golden Gate Resource Center here and tests from our 2019 tournament here.

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Mailing List GGRC 2019 Tests




Golden Gate Science Olympiad

    Golden Gate Science Olympiad is run by Golden Gate Science League, a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

    Questions? Interested in sponsoring? Joining us as a student at Stanford or UC Berkeley next year? Shoot us an email to get involved with our team!

    Science Olympiad invitational run by UC Berkeley and Stanford University students. Coming 2020.