2018 National Rulebook

The National SO organization is offering the rules online for the first time for the 2018 season. Before you download the rules, though, there are several important things to understand:

  • Anyone involved with Science Olympiad (student, parent, coach, school liaison) may download the rules. The rules, however, may only be used to prepare for Science Olympiad tournaments. No other uses (such as classroom activities or commercial purposes) are permitted.
  • You may print out and copy the rules. The rules, however, may not be posted publicly on any electronic forum.
  • Downloading these rules does NOT register your team for participation in SO. You must register with VASO to be able to participate in any tournament.

Be sure to read the SO Terms of Use (on their download site) for a more complete understanding of our responsibilities in downloading the rules.

Please respect these restrictions, which are primarily in place to protect National's intellectual property rights. Failure to do so will jeopardize the rules being in an electronic format in the future.

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Note: Rules are not complete without clarifications. Keep an eye on VA Event Clarifications.

Clarification Policy

During our tournaments, VASO will enforce only those clarifications issued by VASO; National clarifications and FAQs will not be valid in Virginia tournaments. For the regional tournaments, the last day to submit clarification requests is January 10 and VASO will post all outstanding clarification responses, with the exception of any regional-specific room dimensions required by the rules, by midnight, January 13. Room dimensions will be posted as they become available, usually two weeks before the regional.

Clarification requests will open again for States after the last regional.