After you read this, if you
still have a Team-related question, please contact Mike Hoffpauir by
email or by phone (757-846-4805)
ANSWER: For the Main Event and the Blitz
tournament, a "Team" is two or more players who
the same school and who are playing in the same section of the
tournament. Schools are not allowed to have more than one team
competing in the same section. In the Main Event, even
though a "team" may have many players, only the team's highest 4
scores are counted toward their team points (e.g. those 4 players'
wins and draws). Teams with few than 4 players only accrue the
points scored by the 2 or 3 players on the team.
A school does not have to
have a "chess club" in order to have a "team" for this tournament.
In other words, if there are two or more players who go to the same
school and they are playing in the same section of the tournament,
then by default they are "a team." See also Question
#8 and #9 below.
players on a "Team" have to attend the same school?
(or Sally) goes to Smallville High School, and they don't have a Chess Club. Can
s/he play as a member of our School's
ANSWER: In general, the answer
to this question is "no". However, we ask that you contact
Mike Hoffpauir and describe your specific situation
because it deserves to be handled on a case-by-case basis.
To play in the State Tournament do I have
to be on a "team?"
No, you do not have to be on a team. But, you will be
eligible for the individual awards only.
Our child attends two different
schools--one for all math and science classes, the other school for
other courses. Both schools have a Chess Club. What
School does our child play with?
ANSWER: This is a complicated question that
we usually answer based on your answers to these general questions: 1) Where does the student
take "most" of his or her class work; 2) From which school does
receive their Report Card or Grade Report; and 3) For which school has the player been
playing in other (local) Scholatic Tournaments?
In our School District, the District Office has consolidated "Club
activities" at specific schools. As a result Chess Club
is offered only at a couple of schools in the district and students
go to one of those two schools for their chess club activities. For what school should my
child register? Do they register under the school they attend, or
under the name of the school where
Chess Club is held?
ANSWER: Players must register
for the school they attend. See also Question 2 above.
school district does not allow "Chess Clubs" at the
schools, can we still play as a
ANSWER: Yes, absolutely, as long as
there are at least 2 players from the same school. See also
the answer to Question 1 above.
home-schooled player play on our School Team?
For this to happen we must have a letter from the School's
Principal, Asst Principal, or the Team's Official School Sponsor
(e.g. someone authorized to sign a letter on behalf of
the School) saying that the player in question is a member of the school team
and is being allowed to represent the school at the tournament.
Mike Hoffpauir if you have additional questions.
Home-Schooled. Can I be on a Team?
ANSWER: YES, you have several options ...
you have is to form a team comprised of players who are all from the
same, locally-formed home school
association or co-operative (co-op).
The bottom line is that we look to ensure that such an
organization was not (or has not) formed
for the purpose of entering this tournament.
If you are not part of a Home School Association
or Co-Op, players may form
a team with players who all live within the designated school
boundary of the public school they would attend based on their
home address and their current grade in school.
A Home-Schooled player has the option
to play as a member of the Public School he/she would normally
attend based on his/her home address and current grade in
school. Permission to play on the school's team must be in
writing, signed by a school official (Principal, Asst.
Principal, or the Chess Team's Official School Sponsor).
See also the answer to Question #8
be attending Jones Middle School next year, can I play on their team
No, except as
Pre-school age players
are an exception to this rule because they are not yet enrolled
in school. Therefore, a Pre-school age player's "team
option" is to play for the school that they will attend
when they become age-eligible for that school.
For this to happen we must have a letter from the
senior administration (Principal, Asst Principal) attesting to
the fact that the pre-school player is expected to attend their
school when s/he becomes of age. Contact Mike Hoffpauir if you have additional questions.
School is a K-6 school. Can our 6th Graders play with their
school-mates on our K-5 Team?
ANSWER: No, to compete as part
of a team the 6th graders should form their own team and register in
the K-8 section.
Alternatively, any of the K-5
eligible players can "play-up" as part of your school's K-8 Team
(e.g., in this example, it means K-5 players playing-up on their
school's K-8 Team). As this example suggests, it's also
possible for your school to have two teams, one playing in the K-5
Section, the other in the K-8 Section.
don't have a School Team, but our town has a "Scholastic Chess
Club." Can they compete as a team?
team members must be students at the same school or otherwise meet at least one of the Team Composition criteria outlined above.
you have a question about Team Composition, contact Mike Hoffpauir
by phone at 757-846-4805,
email to email@example.com.