COMPETITION RULES & FAQ

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COMPETITION RULES & FAQ

2021-2022 Official Rules + Procedures for the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series

Please click the button below to go to the Official Rules + Procedures for the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. The MATHCOUNTS Foundation reserves the right to alter these rules and procedures at any time. Coaches are responsible for being familiar with the rules and procedures outlined on that page. Coaches should bring any difficulty in procedures or in student conduct to the immediate attention of the appropriate chapter, state or national official. Students violating any rules may be subject to immediate disqualification.

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General Program Questions

What exactly does a MATHCOUNTS competition consist of and what changes has MATHCOUNTS made for 2021-2022?

The Competition Series is the nation's premier middle school math competition. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year some aspects of the program will be modified to ensure the safety of our students, coaches and volunteers. Learn more about the program. Learn more about the role of a coach.

For the 2021-2022 Competition Series:

  • Students will compete in 4 levels of competition: school, chapter, state and national.
  • The Competition Series is designed as a school-based competition, and schools can register 1-12 students to compete at the chapter level and beyond. This year, any student whose school will not register and will not support the student's participation through the school can register as a Non-School Competitor (NSC). Learn more about NSC eligibility.
  • All Chapter Competitions will be conducted online on the AoPS Contest Platform on February 17, 2022 from 12pm ET to 8pm ET. State Competitions and the National Competition are still planned as in-person events.
  • At the Chapter Competition level, every student competes as an individual and takes the Sprint and Target Rounds, which are designed to take 70-80 minutes to complete. Students can also take an optional Team Round at the Chapter level, however, advancement of teams to the State Competition will not be required. The decision to advance teams to the State Competition and hold a Team Round at that level will be at the discretion of each state coordinator. At the National Competition, students will also compete in a Team Round and a fast-paced, bee-style Countdown Round.
  • In addition to the mailed kit of materials and online resources, MATHCOUNTS will provide 2 online practice competitions. These will be released in November and December 2021. Registered schools receive access to both practices for their 1-12 official competitors, plus up to 50 additional students from the school.

How do students advance to each level of competition?

Please refer to the Official Rules + Procedures for the Competition Series for complete information regarding advancement.

  • Advancing to the Chapter Competition: For school-based competitors, advancement is determined by the coach at their school. NSCs automatically compete at the Chapter Competition, as this is included with their registration.
  • Advancing to the State Competition: The top 4 highest-scoring students from each chapter advance to the State Competition. Additional students from each chapter may advance at the discretion of the state coordinator.
  • Advancing to the National Competition: The top students (up to 4) from each state (based on their scores on the Sprint and Target Rounds) advance to the 2022 Raytheon Technologies MATHCOUNTS National Competition. Additional national level advancement details will be announced prior to the State Competiton.

Are there awards for the Chapter Competition?

Yes. Because registration and advancement are still mapped to our 500 chapters, MATHCOUNTS is working with local coordinators to recognize and provide trophies and other awards to top-scoring students and participants at that level of competition.

Is the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series in my area?

Yes! The Chapter Competition takes place online and represents students from more than 500 chapters located in every U.S. state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and in schools worldwide affiliated with the Dept. of Defense and State Department. Any U.S. middle school (with students in grades 6-8) can register.

Please refer to the list of Registered Competition Series Schools for 2021-2022 to see if your student's school already has registered for this year. You also can use the Chapter & State Competition Search tool to contact the volunteer coordinators assigned to your local program to get additional information for your area.

Who is eligible to compete?

Please refer to the Official Rules + Procedures for the Competition Series for complete information regarding student eligibility, including information about NSCs.

Students enrolled in grades 6-8 are eligible to participate in the MATHCOUNTS Competition Series. Students taking middle school mathematics classes who are not full‑time students in grades 6-8 are not eligible. All types of schools—public, private, charter, virtual and home schools—are eligible to register for the Competition Series. In addition to their registration form and payment, participating home schools must submit a separate Home School Participation Form. Tutoring/enrichment centers or other groups that do not function as students' official school of record are not eligible.

When are the competitions and what happens if I have a conflict of dates for my local competition?

MATHCOUNTS is releasing the date of the Chapter Competition now and has taken care to avoid major holidays and days of worship. Refer to the Official Rules + Procedures for the Competition Series for complete details.
  • School competitions: November 2021 – January 2022, determined by the school’s coach. A copy of the 2022 School Competition will be released online Nov. 1, 2021.
  • Online practice competitions: released November 15, 2021 and December 15, 2021. Coaches determine the 1-12 students who will represent their school at the Chapter Competition. All of a school's registered competitors (1-12 students), plus up to 50 additional students at the school, will have access to both practice competitions.
  • 2022 Chapter Competition: February 17, 2022 online (12:00pm ET - 8:00pm ET).
  • State competitions: March 1-31, 2022. To find the specific competition date for your state and your state coordinator's contact information, use the Chapter and State Competition Search tool.
  • 2022 Raytheon Technologies MATHCOUNTS National Competition: May 7-9 in Washington, DC.

Can a school participate in more than one MATHCOUNTS program?

Yes! We encourage schools to participate in all 3 MATHCOUNTS programs!

What is the MATHCOUNTS Foundation's non-discrimination policy?

The MATHCOUNTS Foundation makes its products, programs, and services available on a nondiscriminatory basis. MATHCOUNTS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, physical disability or ethnic origin.

What are the rules regarding the use of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation's copyrighted resources and materials?

Unauthorized reproduction of the contents of MATHCOUNTS resources and publications are a violation of applicable laws. Teachers may duplicate and share MATHCOUNTS materials only for use with their own students. Other uses of MATHCOUNTS materials, particularly for profit, are prohibited without expressed written permission of the MATHCOUNTS Foundation.

Registration + Payment Questions

How do schools register for the Competition Series?

Registration is a 2-step process this year:
 
1. Registering and paying through the MATHCOUNTS Foundation
2. Setting up online access to the AoPS Contest Platform
 
To register and pay through MATHCOUNTS, teachers and school representatives can . . .
Parents and other volunteers not employed by the school:
  1. Check with the school’s administration and math department to ensure a program is not already established at the school. You also should refer to the list of Registered Competition Schools for 2021-2022 to see if a teacher already has registered.
  2. Get permission from the school administration to register, if there is no program already established and you would like to start one. We recommend having this permission in writing from a school administrator to keep for your records.
  3. Register using one of the methods listed above under “Teachers and school administrators.”
By November 15, 2021, the AoPS Contest Platform will be set up for coaches to access. Coaches will need to provide student information to set up access for their students at that time. Click here to view a step-by-step guide to creating a Coach account and using the Coach Portal at AoPS. Click here to view a step-by-step guide to creating a Student account and using the Student Portal at AoPS.

How do non-school competitors (NSCs) register for the Competition Series?

Before registering, NSCs must ensure they are eligible. A student may register as an NSC only if their official school of record is not registering for the Competition Series and will not support student participation in the program through the school. MATHCOUNTS may contact the schools of registered NSCs to confirm that the school is not participating in the Competition Series and reserves the right to cancel an NSC’s registration, without refund, if their school registers for the Competition Series.

Registration for eligible NSCs is a 2-step process this year:

1. Registering and paying through the MATHCOUNTS Foundation

2. Setting up online access to the AoPS Contest Platform

The parent/guardian of an NSC must register online and pay with a credit card. Offline forms are not accepted for NSCs. Find out more about registering a non-school competitor.

By November 15, 2021, the AoPS Contest Platform will be set up for NSCs to access. The parent/guardian will need to provide NSC information to set up access for their child at that time. Click here to view a step-by-step guide to creating a Coach account and using the Coach Portal at AoPS. Click here to view a step-by-step guide to creating a Student account and using the Student Portal at AoPS.

My student’s school isn’t registered for the Competition Series. How do I sign up?

Parents/guardians and other volunteers not employed by the school:

  1. Check with the school’s administration and math department to ensure a program is not already established at the school. You also should refer to the list of Registered Competition Schools for 2021-2022 to see if a teacher already has registered.
  2. Get permission from the school administration to register, if there is no program already established and you would like to start one. We recommend having this permission in writing from a school administrator to keep for your records.
  3. If you receive permission from the school administration to register, complete a school-based registration at www.mathcounts.org/compreg.
  4. If the school will not register for the Competition Series and will not support your child’s participation in the program through the school, complete an NSC registration. Find out more about registering a non-school competitor.

What is the difference between a home school student, a virtual school student and an NSC? How do I know what type of registration I should complete?

Refer to the Official Rules + Procedures for the Competition Series for complete details regarding NSCs, virtual schools and home schools.

  • home school student is a student whose official school of record is a home school—even if some of their coursework is done through a virtual program or service. Home school students should not register as NSCs and instead should register as school-based competitors and complete the 2021-2022 Home School Participation Form.
  • virtual school student is a student whose official school of record is a virtual school—even if that student is doing their coursework at home. Virtual school students should first try to register as school-based competitors through their virtual school by contacting school administrators/educators. A virtual school student should register as an NSC only if their virtual school will not register for the Competition Series and will not support their participation through the school.
  • An NSC is a student whose school—whether virtual or brick-and-mortar—will not register for the Competition Series and will not support their participation through the school. 

My child is enrolled at a brick-and-mortar school but this year is taking all their classes in virtual school. How do we register?

If you child’s official school of record is the brick-and-mortar school, they should register through that school, even if they are doing virtual classes.

If your child’s official school of record is the virtual school, then they should register through the virtual school. If your child’s official school of record is a district-wide online school—and students at that virtual school are not segmented into smaller schools for enrollment purposes—please contact the MATHCOUNTS national office to ensure you complete the proper registration. Refer to the Official Rules + Procedures for the Competition Series for complete details regarding NSCs, virtual schools and home schools.

How do I indicate in my registration which students are team members and which students are individuals?

Because there is no official team component at the chapter level, every student is considered an individual in the Competition Series this year. Advancement to the State Competition is determined by individual scores at the Chapter Competition. However, the online practice competitions and the Chapter Competition will have an optional team round so students can solve problems together, and we encourage coaches to provide as many opportunities for collaboration as possible during meetings and practices.

How much does it cost to participate?

Early Bird Rate: Registrations received (postmarked) by Nov. 12, 2021
  • $30 per student or $360 for the max registration of 12 students
  • $60 for an NSC
Regular Rate: Registrations received (postmarked) by Dec. 17, 2021
  • $35 per student or $420 for the max registration of 12 students
  • $65 for an NSC
Late Rate: Registrations received (postmarked) after Dec. 17, 2021
  • $40 per student or $480 for the max registration of 12 students
  • $70 for an NSC
Title I schools receive a 50% discount on their registration fees. Title I schools are public /charter schools that meet one or both of the following criteria: (1) 40% or more of the school's students qualify for free/reduced lunch; (2) the school receives School Wide Title I funding. NSCs are not eligible for the Title I schools discount.

Where is the offline registration form for NSCs?

NSCs are required to register and pay with a credit card online. Offline registrations are not accepted for NSCs. Find out more about registering a non-school competitor.

What is included with my registration?

Registration in the Competition Series entitles a school to:
  • Have 1-12 student(s) - depending on the number registered - compete in the online Chapter Competition on the AoPS Contest Platform. Students can advance beyond the Chapter Competition, but this is determined by their performance in the competition.
  • Receive the mailed School Competition Kit, which includes a hard copy of the , participation certificates and ribbons. Mailings of School Competition Kits will occur on a rolling basis from mid-August, 2021 through January 31, 2022.
  • Receive online access for the coach to practice materials at www.mathcounts.org/coaches.
  • Have the 1-12 registered competitors, plus up to 50 additional school participants, participate in 2 online practice competitions on the AoPS Contest Platform. Access to the AoPS Contest Platform will open by November 15, 2021, and the first practice competition will be released on that day.

How can I obtain a copy of the MATHCOUNTS W-9 form?

Please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “Request MATHCOUNTS W-9.”

What forms of payment are accepted? Can I pay with a credit card?

For NSC registrations, MATHCOUNTS only accepts payments via credit card. For school-based registrations, MATHCOUNTS accepts payments via credit card, check, purchase order (PO) and money order.

  • Credit card information cannot be provided on offline registration forms. To pay with a credit card, either 1) register online or 2) submit an offline form and select “Credit Card” as your payment option so MATHCOUNTS can send you an electronic invoice to accept payment.
  • POs can be used with either online or offline registrations. The PO number must be provided if registering online, and a copy of the PO must be included with offline registration forms.

How can I get an invoice for my school’s Competition Series registration?

The person who completed a school's registration (typically a coach, bookkeeper or other school official) can get a school's invoice by clicking on Orders under the Account menu at the top right of our website (marked in green).

If, after looking in that Orders section, you are unable to locate your invoice, please send an email to [email protected] with the subject line "Request Competition Series Invoice," and in your email include your school name, city, state and ZIP code.

If I already have submitted my registration, can I add additional students at a later date?

Yes, if you initially registered fewer than 12 students, you can add more students to your school's registration (up to a total of 12 registered students). Coaches can access this form through the Coach Dashboard or here.

How can I get a refund for my Competition Series registration?

MATHCOUNTS cannot guarantee your refund request will be approved. In some circumstances, MATHCOUNTS will provide a partial or full refund to schools that have registered for the Competition Series. However for any full refunds, a $30 fee will be charged to cover the cost of the School Competition Kit materials and shipping, as well as processing the refund. If you would like to request a full or partial refund for the Competition Series, email [email protected] with the subject line "Request Refund" and in your email include the school name, city, state and ZIP code; the reason for the refund request and the refund type (full or partial).

Refunds requests will not be granted for non-school competitor (NSC) registrations for 2021-2022.

Registered Coach Questions

Where can I find the MATHCOUNTS School Handbook with solutions and the School Competition online?

Log in to the Coach Dashboard and click on the “Competition Coach Resources” link to access the handbook and 2022 School Competition. The handbook is posted in mid-August when registration opens, and the 2022 School Competition will be posted November 1, 2021. 200 step-by-step solutions are available in the handbook and an additional 50 solutions (#201-250) are provided to coaches through the Coach Dashboard.

When can I expect to receive my mailed School Competition Kit?

School Competition Kits are mailed on a rolling basis from late-August 2021 through January 31, 2022. Generally kits are shipped via USPS Priority and arrive 1-2 weeks after we receive your registration. If you have not received your kit within 3 weeks of registering, please email [email protected].

How do I submit the names of my students who will be competing at the Chapter level?

Participant information will be submitted through the AoPS Contest Platform, which will open by November 15, 2021. Registered coaches will receive instructions for accessing the Platform and setting up their portal no later than November 15, 2021.

When do I need to submit the names of my students who will be competing at the Chapter level?

Coaches must identify the 1-12 official competitors who will participate in the Chapter Competition by January 20, 2022. This will be done through the AoPS Contest Platform.

My school is registered, and I am listed as a coach. Why can’t I access the Coach Dashboard?

The individual listed as the head-coach during the registration process is automatically given access to the Coach Dashboard. The head coach can view their registered school's record on the Coach Dashboard. If a co-coach is listed on the school's registration record, s/he will have access to the Coach Dashboard and coach resources but will not have the ability to see information related to the registered school(s).

When can I expect to receive information about my local chapter competition?

Because the Chapter Competiton is online this year, the MATHCOUNTS national office is providing information about your Chapter Competition.

  • Date: The Chapter Competition will be held February 17, 2022 (12:00pm ET - 8:00pm ET). Students will be required to complete the test in one sitting (and will finish in 70-80 minutes), but can do so anytime during the competition timeframe.
  • Location: The online competition will take place through the AoPS Contest Platform.
  • Student Information: Coaches must submit student information through the AoPS Contest Platform by January 20, 2022.

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