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Rules

All teams that qualify for the NC Envirothon should be sure to read the following rules to know what to expect at the NC Envirothon competition. Teams can and will be disqualified for violations of any of the rules.
 

Middle School Team Rules

1. Only students in grades 5 through 8 are eligible to compete.

2.
Each team shall consist of five students from the same school, non-traditional school or youth organization; such as 4-H, science or Envirothon clubs

3. Each team will consist of three to five members.

4. Teams must be accompanied by an adult team advisor to the competition.

5. Team members are required to stay together during Friday's rotation and may not go to the resource stations individually.

6.
Teams or team members may not leave the resource stations except to visit the restroom or as a result of a medical or family emergency.

7.
During the Saturday testing competition, the advisors may not travel with the teams and shall not assist their teams in any manner. No advisors or spectators are allowed in testing areas on Saturday morning.

8. No electronic recording, no digital cameras, no taping and no picture taking on Friday afternoon during training sessions. No cell phones are allowed at the resource stations at any time.

9. Advisors will be responsible to assure that teams display proper conduct during the competition and at the host facility. Team members, advisors, and guests will be respectful of everyone.

10. Drugs and alcohol are NOT permitted during any part of the competition or on the park grounds.

11. No clothing or other identification of local schools, towns, cities, or counties will be permitted at the resource stations.

12. All identification keys to be used will be furnished by the State Envirothon Committee. Biltmore sticks used in the competition will be provided to the teams at the Forestry Station.

13. The winning team will be the team with the highest cumulative point total. Certain questions will be pre-selected as tiebreakers. The tied teams will have their pre-selected questions compared until the tie is broken.

14. Rules & regulations of the Envirothon are subject to change. Any and all changes will be explained in advance to all teams and advisors.

15. Once the teams are registered on the day of the event, alternates may not be substituted for team members unless it is an emergency. (Names listed on the pre-registration form may be changed prior to the event.) Each Middle School team can have no more than two alternate members.

16. The judges’ decisions are final on all events.

17. All grievances must be reported before final judging. The grievance committee will handle all grievances.

18. Advisors must send each team members’ medical and photo release forms to Area Envirothon Committee when registering for the Area Event.

19. Each Area will submit all registration and medical forms with names of the team members and score sheets from that Area showing teams and members eligible to compete at the state competition along with a copy of the medical consent forms to the State Coordinator as soon as possible after the Area Competition.

20. All teams must participate at their Area competition and be one of seven top teams chosen to go to the state competition before competing in the state event. The Area Envirothon Committee has the authority to limit the number of teams substituted for the top seven positions.

21. Substitutions may be made on a team selected to go to the state competition; but there must be at least three original team members able to compete at the state level.

22. Violations of these rules can result in the disqualification of a team or a lesser penalty.

(Rev. 08/29/17)



High School Team Rules

1. The North Carolina High School Envirothon competition is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 who also reach age 14-19 by August 8 of the current competition year. Non-traditional schools and youth organizations must follow the grade level and age limitations as described above.

2. Each team shall consist of five students from the same high school, non-traditional school or youth organization, such as 4-H, science or Envirothon clubs.

3. From the Area Envirothons, member substitutions may be made on a team selected to go to the state competition; but there must be at least three original team members able to compete at the state level.

4. Only high school teams with five members will be allowed to place at the state level after final scoring. High school teams with less than five members may qualify for highest scoring individual station awards, though team must have a minimum of 3 members to participate (See Rule 3) . Only a high school team with five members can be qualified to advance to the North American Envirothon

    a. Teams competing for the NC FFA Environmental and
    Natural Resources Career Development Event must follow
    NC FFA rules regarding the number of team members to
    qualify as the winner of the FFA Contest.


5. Teams must be accompanied by a team advisor and / or a Soil & Water Conservation District representative to the competition.

6. During the testing phases of the state competition, the advisors may not travel with the teams and shall not assist their teams in any manner.

7.
Team members are required to stay together during Friday’s rotation and may not go to the resource stations individually.

8.
Teams or team members may not leave the resource stations, including the Oral Preparation Station, except to visit the restroom or as a result of a medical or family emergency.

9. No electronic recording, no digital cameras, no taping and no picture taking on Friday afternoon during training sessions. No cell phones are allowed at the resource stations at any time.

10. Advisors will be responsible to assure that teams display proper conduct and respectful behavior to all persons during the competition and at the host facility.

11. Drugs and alcohol are NOT permitted during any part of the competition. (Rules applicable to the local area will be adhered to)

12. No clothing or other identification of local schools, towns, cities, or counties will be permitted. This includes Area Envirothon t-shirts.

13. All identification keys and other materials to be used during the test will be furnished by the Envirothon Committee.

14. The winning team will be the five member team with the highest cumulative point total. Certain questions will be pre-selected as tiebreakers. The tied teams will have their pre-selected questions compared until the tie is broken.

15. Rules & regulations of the Envirothon, including the Oral Presentation Component, are subject to change. Any and all changes will be explained in advance to all teams and advisors.

16. No advisors or spectators allowed in testing areas on Saturday morning.

17. A maximum of two alternate members per team are allowed to participate in the State High School competition. Alternates will be assigned to an alternate team for participation in the oral presentation component on Friday (based on spaces available) and for testing on Saturday. Alternate teams are not eligible to win any prizes and cannot be included in the placement after final scoring.

18. The judge’s decisions are final on all events.

19. In the event that the winning team cannot represent the state at the North American Envirothon, the five member team with the next highest score will be eligible to compete.

20. All grievances must be reported before final judging. The grievance committee will handle all grievances.

21. Advisors must send team’s health forms and parental consent for picture taking to Area Envirothon Committee when registering for the Area event.

22. Each Area will submit the seven or eight team registration forms with names of the team members from that Area eligible to compete at the state competition along with a copy of the medical consent forms to the State Envirothon Coordinator as soon as possible after the Area Competition.

23. For teams to be eligible to compete at the North Carolina State Envirothon they must meet the following requirements:

    a. All teams must compete at the Area Envirothon scheduled for their county and must be one of the seven highest scoring teams at their Area Envirothon. In the event that any of the seven highest scoring teams are unable to attend the State Envirothon, the next highest scoring team is eligible to compete until the seven positions are filled. The Area Envirothon Committee has the authority to limit the number of teams substituted for the top seven positions.

    b. FFA Chapters must compete in the area Envirothon scheduled for their county to qualify to compete for the North Carolina FFA Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event (CDE).

            i. FFA teams must designate at registration they are an FFA team and must have “FFA” included in their team name to be eligible to compete for the State FFA Career Development Event. Failure to designate as an FFA team or failing to have “FFA” in their team name will forfeit their FFA division status.

            ii. The highest scoring FFA team at each Area Envirothon advances to compete at the NC Envirothon even if they are not one of the seven highest scoring teams at the Area Envirothon.

            iii. All FFA teams who qualify for the NC Envirothon are eligible to compete for both the FFA CDE and the NC Envirothon awards. (Exception: Rule 21.b.iv., Rule 4 and Rule 12)

            iv. FFA teams who previously won the NC FFA Env & Natural Resources Career Development Event are not eligible to compete in the FFA division of this competition. These teams are eligible to compete as a non-FFA team at the Area and NC Envirothons. NC FFA will determine the status of these teams.

24. Violations of these rules can result in the disqualification of a team or a lesser penalty.
 
(Rev. 08/29/17)