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Welcome to the 2016-2017 Decathlon year!!!
This handbook has been prepared to help you in preparing for the 2017 ARIZONA ACADEMIC DECATHLON competitions. Each coach is strongly encouraged to arrange for wide participation of students in his/her own school. Nine students eventually make up the Decathlon team which will represent your school at the Regional competition, but you should have your own mini-competitions within your school involving many students. Remember, you need to have students who will be able to move up as a regular team member in emergency situations. Involve as many students and faculty as possible. Expand the academic decathlon philosophy of encouraging, recognizing, and rewarding academic endeavor; foster the important team concept in your school.
The following pages will provide information concerning the support levels, the schedules, the events and scoring procedures for the Arizona Academic Decathlon during the 2016-2017 school year.


What Is The Academic Decathlon? 2

Who Is Involved? 3, 4

Composition Of Each Region 5

Schedule Of 2016 Competitions 6

Calendar of Events and Deadlines............................................................. ............................................7

Participation Policies 8

Student Eligibility

Team Composition 9

Computation Of Student’s Grade Point Average 10-12

Registration Regulations 13

Verification Of Eligibility Procedures 13

Completion Of Team Entry Process 13

Student Forms (SAMPLES ONLY)

Registration 14

Code Of Behavior 15

Interview Resume 16

Parent Consent For Medical Care For A Minor 17

Regional Competition Schedule(may vary from region to region) 18

Test Procedures And Scoring

Essay 19

Speech 20

Interview 21

Written Tests 22

Calculator Guidelines........................................................................................................23

Super Quiz 24

Awards Distribution And Scholarships 25-28

Questions/Answers 29-30

The Academic Decathlon program promotes student achievement in public, private and parochial high schools. Decathlon activities provide opportunity for students to realize the potential of their intellectual ability and to appreciate the intrinsic value of academic pursuit.
The Academic Decathlon, like its ancient Greek counterpart, consists of ten events. Unlike the Greek Decathlon, however, this is an academic, rather than an athletic, competition and a team competition as well as one for individuals. In a typical day-long Decathlon, high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are tested in seven areas: economics, art, language and literature, mathematics, music, social science, and the Super Quiz. In addition, the students amass points in three communication events: the prepared and the impromptu speech event, the oral interview event, and the essay writing event. The Decathlon concludes with the Super Quiz Public Relay and the “regular” Super Quiz team event.
The Academic Decathlon has three main thrusts: 1) to overcome intellectual mediocrity through intellectual competitiveness; 2) to combat academic over-specialization by broadening academic horizons; 3) to promote the ability to communicate.
By encouraging students to compete for awards and recognition academically, just as athletes do physically, the Decathlon provides an antidote to intellectual apathy and under-achievement. In this major thrust, the Decathlon has already proven successful -- as evidenced by the annually growing interest and participation in the Decathlon program.
The second thrust works to remedy the modern dilemma in which we have engineering specialists who know little about the humanities, medical specialists who cannot write a coherent report about their findings, fine arts specialists who lack knowledge of the sciences. We need more generalists -- to tie together, to see relationships between, and to apply combinations of specialities for the benefit of mankind. The Academic Decathlon recognizes the individual winners in each of its events. However, the largest monetary awards and the highest recognition go to the overall Decathlon winners -- the generalists whose combined scores for all 10 events bring them to the topmost ranks of the champions. This is the Decathlon's way of de-emphasizing over-specialization.
The lack of ability to communicate is one of the basic causes for trouble between both men and nations. To explore the discoveries of scientists, to promote peace, to maintain harmony around us as individuals, we must all be able to communicate with each other, both in writing and in speech. The Academic Decathlon devotes three of its ten events to communication. Young people all over the country work through the school year to acquire the skills in communication that will enable them to score well in Decathlon tests of speech making, essay writing, and conversation. Once acquired, these skills will remain with them throughout their lifetimes.
The Decathlon program provides incentive for the average, as well as for the brilliant student, to become interested in intellectual activities; it opens the door to academic achievement for all. It gives to scholars similar public recognition and status that has traditionally been afforded outstanding athletes.
High school teams participate in building, regional and state competitions to represent their state at the national level.
The Arizona Academic Decathlon Association (AADA), which is made up of representatives of the business community, civic organizations, and concerned individuals, has been formed to promote Decathlon programs throughout the state. Contributions to the Decathlon program help students and are tax deductible under IRS 501 (c) (3) provisions.


I. Governing Board and Administration should:
* Give encouragement to students and teaching staff

* Plan for and provide financial support for staff assistance, team and coach travel to competitions, and necessary study materials

* Serve as volunteers at competition events within the district; volunteer to assist as volunteer workers at your Regional Competition Day

* Involve the community in the Decathlon program; enlist community volunteers to assist in the local building competitions

II. High School Principal should:
* Promote the involvement of students in the Decathlon program; encourage with participation

* Find staff members who have enthusiasm and high energy level to work with Academic Decathlon participants

* Support payment of coach-coordinator and/or team coaches as other related activities in your school

* Establish own building procedures for intra-school competitions (in collaboration with team-coach coordinator) which will result in the final selection of the nine member team which will represent your school at the Regional competition

* Develop support across the staff and student body; involve student council, student newspaper, classified as well as certified staff

* Promote parent involvement in the preparation for and conducting of school competitions

III. Coach/COordinator should:
* Establish a plan for giving the opportunity to participate in Decathlon activities to as many students as possible

* Prepare a schedule of activities, study sessions, etc., for students (& coaches)

* Keep your principal informed about progress of activities

* Meet with the parents of Decathlon team members; inform them about the program and explain what is involved; enlist their support and assistance

* Seek other staff members and volunteers from the community to help prepare the students for competition

* Keep track of time-lines published by the Arizona Academic Decathlon Association; make certain you are on time

It is a lot of work, but you WILL enjoy the students involved and be pleased to

see how much the students learn about their own abilities and how to work with

others in a real team effort.


A. United States Academic Decathlon Association (USAD)

– Establishes rules for national competition

-- Prepares annual Study Guides

-- Prepares Basic Guides, Resource Guides, Art Slides, Music CD’s

– Prepares test items for regional, state, and national competitions
B. Arizona Academic Decathlon Association (AADA)

– Provides leadership for state wide Academic Decathlon program

– Establishes rules for state and region competitions

– Acquires funds to support the Decathlon program for:

* state competition

* regional scholarships

* sending Arizona team to National competition * ten-thirty percent of budgeted minimum cost of each Region competition

– Provides various printed materials for all Region & State competitions


* invitational mailing to all public, private, and parochial high schools in Arizona

* packets for all Decathlon team coach/coordinators

* packets for all competition day volunteers

* regional & state tests and related materials

* award certificates for students and coaches

– Provides three training sessions for Region Coordinators annually and additional help, whenever possible, in planning for region competitions

– Conducts state competition

– Seeks support/funds to provide scholarships for State competitions
C. Regional Academic Decathlon Association/Region Coordinator

– Provides leadership and coordination for the Region competition

– Conducts Region competition

– Secures funding for:

* seventy-ninety percent of budgeted, minimum cost of Region competition

* additional awards, scholarships, etc.

– Provides assistance and leadership, whenever possible, to local districts and high school principals in establishing and maintaining Academic Decathlon programs.



All public and private high schools in Arizona are invited to participate in Arizona Region Competitions scheduled for Feb 6 & 7, 2015. This is the proposed composition but there may be changes depending on the number of teams involved.


Region I All schools in: Region Coordinator:
Kingman Academy High School Apache County Mr. Michael Perrine

3420 N. Burbank Ave. Coconino County 3420 N. Burbank Ave.

Kingman, AZ 86409 Mohave County Kingman, AZ 86409

(928) 681-2900 Navajo County (928) 681-2900

Yavapai County (928) 279-6500 (cell)

La Paz County

Gila County

Approved 1A-3A programs in other counties


Region II All schools in: Region Coordinator:
Boulder Creek High School School Districts: Deer Valley District

40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pky. Deer Valley Christopher Bennett

Anthem, AZ 85086 Dysart 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pky.

(623)445- 8832 Glendale Union Paradise Valley (623)445- 8832


Phoenix Union

Xavier College Prep

Tolleson Union


Region III All schools in: Region Coordinator:
Sunnyside High School Cochise County Mrs. Adriana Molina

1725 E. Bilby Rd. Greenlee County Sunnyside High School

Tucson, AZ 85706 Pima County 1725 E. Bilby Rd.

(520) Santa Cruz County Tucson, AZ 85706

Yuma County (520) 545-5305

Region IV All schools in: Region Coordinator:
High School Pinal County

3700 S. Arizona Ave . And schools in the .

Chandler, AZ following school districts

(480) 883-5000 in Maricopa County: 480-


Fountain Hills




Queen Creek


Tempe Union

East Valley parochial & charter schools
I. Region Competitions (Feb 3 & 4, 2017)
All Region competitions will allow students to have Essay in addition to Speech and Interview sessions on Friday afternoon and evening; seven Test sessions and Super Quiz Relay will be on Saturday.
Region I Region I Academic Decathlon Coordinator:

Kingman Academy High School Mr. Michael Perrine

3420 N. Burbank Ave. 3420 N. Burbank Ave.

Kingman, AZ 86409 Kingman, AZ 86409

Phone: (928) 681-2900

Fax: (928) 681-2822

Region II Region II Academic Decathlon Coordinator:

Boulder Creek High School Mr. Christopher Bennett

40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pky. 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pky.

Anthem, AZ 85086 Anthem, AZ 85086

Phone: (623)445- 8832

Region III Region III Academic Decathlon Coordinator:

Sunnyside High School Mrs. Adriana Molina

1725 E. Bilby Rd. Sunnyside High School

Tucson, AZ 85706 1725 E. Bilby Rd.

Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone: (520) 545-5305

Fax: (520)

Region IV Region IV Academic Decathlon Coordinator:

High School

3700 S. Arizona Ave ..

Chandler, AZ 85248

Phone: (480)

II. State Competition (March 10-11, 2017)
As a result of 2017 Region Competitions, forty team(s) will advance to the State Competition at on March 10-11,

2017, based on the following policy adopted by the Arizona Academic Decathlon Association Board of Directors:

All schools competing in the 2017 Region Academic Decathlon competitions on Feb 3-4,2017 will be divided into size (enrollment) classifications according to the A.I.A. definitions of Classes 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A. Following the Region competitions, the scores of all schools in each of those classifications will be ranked. The first and second highest scoring teams in each of those five classes will be seeded to compete in the state competition. Thereafter, the next 30 highest scor­ing teams from throughout the state will be invited to compete in the state competition for 2017.
III. National Competition (April 20-22, 2017)
The highest scoring team at the Arizona state competition will will be sent to the United States Academic Decathlon National Finals which will be held in Madison, WI.



June 1 – Aug. 28, 2016 Names of high school decathlon coaches received by the Arizona Academic Decathlon Association Executive Director.
Sept. 4, 2016 All coaches clinic registrations received.
Sep. 8, 2016 New Coach Orientation at TBD
Sep. 9, 2016 Coaches’ Clinic at ASU, Old Main, Carson Ballroom.
Sept 30, 2016 School team participation forms (with checks and/or purchase order attached) received by: Anne Edelstein, 6010 N. 10th Way, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
Sep. – Dec. 2016 Several teams organized at each local high school. Scrimmages held in districts or regions.
Early Nov Student Clinic at ASU.
Nov. 30, 2016 Deadline for receipt of all student Registration Forms with transcripts attached. Forms are to be received by Anne Edelstein, 6010 N. 10th Way, Phoenix, AZ 85014. This is to include 5 things for each student: Student Registration form (signed); Medical Release form; Code of Behavior; GPA Worksheet, and transcripts for the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 school years.
By Dec. 16, 2016 Evaluation of all transcripts will have been completed: “Notice of Team Eligibility” mailed to all team coaches.
By Jan. 4, 2017 Region Coordinators will have received from all team coaches in respective regions The Coach Registration Check In form.

Feb 3 & 4, 2017 Region Competition Dates

*NOTE: Each region competition will require attendance for a partial day on Feb 3 and all day on Feb 4. Please check with your region coordinator for a specific schedule of test events.
Feb. 7, 2017 State Director will have notified the forty teams that qualified for state competition.
By Feb. 9, 2017 Coach’s Registration form for STATE Competition received in the AADA office.
Feb. 27, 2017 On-Line Essay for state competitors
Mar. 10-11, 2017 State Competition at TBD.
Apr. 20-22, 2017` U.S. Academic Decathlon finals in Madison, WI.


The Board of Directors has adopted the following Participation Policies (which continue for the 2012-2013 school year):

A. Preparation Classes
To allow for well organized student participation and to assure more adequate compensation for teachers who serve as academic decathlon coaches, the Arizona Academic Decathlon will allow participation of student teams from high schools which during the regular school day offer a class period which includes - but is not limited to - preparation for participation in the academic decathlon program. It should be anticipated that student preparation will extend well past any allotted class time. Students who either cannot or choose not to enroll in such a class period must be allowed to participate in the academic decathlon program in each high school. Final selection of student academic decathlon team members to represent each high school should involve some form of intra-school competition. Violation of this open policy for student involvement could eliminate a school team from regional and/or state competitions. Any deviation of this policy must be approved by the Arizona Academic Decathlon Board of Directors; the decision of the Board shall be final.

B. Team Registration Entry Fee and Participation Form

To assist in covering the costs for the regional and state competition day activities and Award Luncheons/Banquets, there shall be an annual entry fee of $550 for each high school team which indicates its intent to participate in accordance with participation documents supplied by the Academic Decathlon Association. Fees will be assessed prior to enrollment in the regional competitions; an additional fee of $200 will be assessed for the forty teams which advance to the state competition.



A. Team Composition:

For competition within a high school, student teams may be organized according to local building or local district guidelines, i.e.: number of students on a team may be 6 to 9, students may be selected from grades 9 through 12. Students might sign up for a team, and the staff might compose the teams from those names, or students might be given general guidelines for team composition and be asked to form their own teams. Of course, all teams within a single high school may organize exactly as required for Region or State competition. However, it is suggested that all school teams consist of nine members.
For Region and State Competition, each team should consist of nine team members with three Honors, three Scholastic and three Varsity students from grades 9 through 12 of the same high school. The team may be comprised of any combination of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors and any combination of boys and/or girls. A full-time student is defined as a student who is enrolled in four or more class periods per day. *(Fifth year students are eligible to participate only if they attend both semesters of competition year as full-time students) Each team must include two Varsity, two Scholastic and two Honor students as indicated in the following academic categories:
Varsity 0.00 - 2.99 GPA
Scholastic 3.00 - 3.74 GPA
Honors 3.75 - 4.00 GPA

NOTE: Contestants may compete in a higher division than their own GPA, but NOT in a lower division (i.e., a Scholastic student can compete as an Honors student, but NOT as a Varsity student).

For National competition, the nine students who attended the National Finals must be the same nine students who participated in and won the State competition. If any of the nine students is unable to attend the National Finals, then the team may compete in the National Finals with fewer than nine students with the concurrence of the State organization.

As the coach of your team, it is your responsibility to determine the qualification of each student before you turn in the transcripts. There should be no surprises about team members. Obtain all of the transcripts beforehand (include 8th grade, if necessary) and compute GPA’s yourself.


B. Computation of Student's Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grades from the following transcripts are considered in computing the GPA for the Academic Decathlon:

Twelfth graders: All of tenth grade, all of eleventh grade, plus summer sessions between

tenth, and eleventh and between eleventh and twelfth.
Eleventh graders: All of ninth grade, all of tenth grade, plus summer sessions between

ninth and tenth, and between tenth and eleventh.

Tenth graders: All of eighth grade, all of ninth grade, plus summer sessions between

eighth and ninth, and between ninth and tenth.

Ninth graders: All of eighth grade, plus summer sessions

between seventh and eighth, and between eighth and ninth.

Considerations in the Academic Decathlon GPA Computation
The following guidelines have been adopted for USAD competition and are to be used to compute the official Academic Decathlon grade point average (GPA). These criteria must be followed to ensure uniformity and equity among all participants in the United States Academic Decathlon.
1. Grades for following academic courses shall be used in grade point computation for competition

purposes: academic business courses, art appreciation, art history, computer science, economics,

English/language arts, foreign language, humanities, journalism, mathematics, music theory, music

appreciation, music history, science, speech, and social studies. Grades for all other courses shall be

excluded from the GPA compilation. Inquiries regarding borderline courses should be referred to the

Executive Director who will make the determination based on the academic nature of the course, and

this decision will be uniformly applied throughout the state.
2. For alpha grades, all As will count 4.0, all Bs will count 3.0, all Cs will count 2.0, and all Ds will count

1.0. Anything below will count 0 points.

NOTE When numerical grades appear on the transcript in place of alpha grades, they shall be converted to alpha grades according to the official conversion scale that appears on the school's official transcript or in the school's official legend or profile.
3. If a student receives a Fail in any academic course, the F is counted in averaging the student's grades even though no credit is given. When a course is failed and is repeated, both grades will be counted in the GPA.
4. Incomplete or pass/fail grades are not included in computing the GPA unless the student received an F

which appears on the transcript. Once a grade is given to remove an incomplete, that grade must be

used to determine the Decathlon GPA.
5. Community or college courses are included in the GPA only if high school credit is given and the

course is listed on the official school transcript.

  1. A grade, regardless of whether it is advanced placement, honors, regular, or remedial classification, will count

the face value of the final grade as reflected on the official transcript. No weighting of grades for honors

classes will be included even if this is the local district policy. An "A" grade, therefore, will count 4 points for

Decathlon computation even if it counts 5 points within the local system. The letter grade shown on the

transcript will be used in computing GPA.

7. If a school or a teacher has a policy of changing eleventh grade grades subsequent to receipt of advanced placement test scores, the new grade must be used for the computation of the Decathlon GPA.


Note: For your information the following are samples of courses which are included or

excluded when figuring GPA.


Course Area
As In: English I; English II; English III; English IV; Academic Composition; Literature; Language Arts I; Language Arts II; Language Arts IV; World Literature; Literary Genres; Humanities; Public Speaking I, II, III, IV; Journalism; Debate; Creative/Imaginative Writing, Research/Technical Writing.

As In: Languages Level I; Languages Level II; Languages Level III; Advanced Languages I, II, III, IV
As In: Fundamentals of Mathematics; Consumer Mathematics; Pre-Algebra; Informal Geometry; Algebra I; Algebra

II; Geometry; Trigonometry; Elementary Analysis; Analytic Geometry; Pre-Calculus; Mathematics of Consumer

Economics; Computer Mathematics I; Computer Mathematics II; Probability & Statistics; Calculus; Number Theory;

Linear Algebra; Linear Programming

As In: Biology I; Chemistry I; Physics I; Physical Science; Biology II; Physiology & Anatomy; Chemistry II;

Physics II; Geology; Meteorology; Astronomy; Marine Science; Environmental Science; Introductory Biology;

Introductory Physical Science; Electronics
As In: Music Theory I; Music Theory II; Music History & Literature; Art History; Drama (if text related, not performing); Musical Theater (if text related, not performing)
As In: United States History; World History Studies; World Geography Studies; United States Government; Arizona

Government/History; American Culture Studies; World Area Studies; Psychology; Sociology; Advanced Social

Science Problems; Contemporary World Affairs
As In: Economics; Free Enterprise (if at least l semester); Business Law
As In: Accounting; Business Data Processing; Business Mathematics; Advanced Accounting: Business & Consumer Law; Computer Programming; Computer Science; Architecture


DO NOT Count Performing Arts or Vocational courses, or classes such as:

Career Awareness
Concert Choir
Driver's Education
Library Science
Physical Education
Secretary Office Education
Sports Medicine
Theater Arts - Acting

NOTE: 1. U.S.A.D. has ruled that if a student does not fail a course but retakes the class to

get a higher grade, count both courses; DO NOT average out and count as one


2. Include Carnegie Units for any course in which the grade was "F" even though

no credit was given.


C. Registration Regulations

Each high school must submit completed "Student Registration" forms and official transcripts to verify eligibility of all team members.
Please note that "Student Registration" sheets for each student who may compete at either the Region or State level 8 MUST be completed with all necessary signatures and with student transcripts properly attached as stated. Although only nine students may be registered as a team for either Regional or State competition (3 Honors, 3 Scholastic, and 3 Varsity), you may submit as many as TWELVE student registration forms for approval. PLEASE SEND THE ORIGINAL STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM WITH ATTACHED TRANSCRIPTS. All registration forms for all competitions MUST BE RECEIVED BY AADA NO LATER THAN THE LAST FRIDAY IN November.
Mail all registration forms to: Anne Edelstein, 6010 N. 10th Way, Phoenix, AZ 85014.
D. Verification of Eligibility Procedure:
A single Arizona Academic Decathlon Eligibility Committee will meet in December to review and verify all transcripts and certify all academic categories for Decathlon participants. The team coach will be notified in writing by the second Friday in December, of acceptance or rejection of all registration forms submitted for approval.
Only students whose transcripts have been received by the deadline will be eligible for participation in the competition!
Foreign students are eligible to participate in the Academic Decathlon. A foreign student who does not possess a valid transcript may participate in the Honor category. If a coach wishes to qualify a foreign student for the Scholastic or Varsity categories, he/she must provide adequate evidence that the student performed at a relative B or C status within the foreign system during the two years prior to participation in the Decathlon. Transcripts must be submitted to the USAD Director of Operations for approval before the team may participate in the National Finals.
Participation in the United States Academic Decathlon is open to all students regardless of race, sex, religion, or national origin.
E. Completion of Team Entry Process To Your Region Coordinator(address in Coach’s Handbook):
Immediately upon receipt of approved team eligibility notice, the team coach must send completed "Medical Release" forms, and “Code of Behavior” forms for all team members to your respective regional coordinator. In addition, each coach must send the properly completed "Coach's Registration" form. THE DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF THESE FORMS IS IN NOVEMBER, as stated in the CALENDAR OF EVENTS & DEADLINES.
Important - Please Note: A signed copy of the "CODE OF BEHAVIOR" form must be submitted for EACH student along with the "MEDICAL RELEASE" forms.




I, (printed or typed name of student) ______________________________________________________________________

First Middle Last
now a student at (school name) __________________________________________________________________________

in grade ______ home mailing address ____________________________________________________________________

Number Street Apt.#

City Zip Telephone Number

I hereby request the right to participate in the Region I Arizona Academic Decathlon Competition to be held at Show Low High School, 500 West Old Linden Rd., Show Low, AZ, on January 30-31, 2009. In addition, if my school becomes eligible to participate in the Arizona Academic Decathlon competition on March 6-7, 2009, I also request the right to participate in the statewide competition. My parent or guardian, whose signature is shown below, and I hereby agree to follow the Competition Day rules and will accept the interpretations and decisions made by the Competition Day Chairperson. By signing this request this student and parent/guardian expressly grant authority to, and indicate consent to, the release of educational information about, or relative to, the participation of this student in Competition Day activities. Such information shall include, but not be limited to, the release of photographs, test results, the reproduction of sound, motion picture or video tape recordings, etc. Consent is likewise given to the use of such information by an institute of higher learning, recognized educational study group or educator for the study comparison and the furtherance of knowledge in the fields of education and human behavior. The Decathlon Association shall have the right to reproduce, use, display and disseminate in such manner as they see fit, without obligation of any kind to any person, the test efforts resulting from Competition Day activities.

Student Signature: _________________________________________________________

Printed Name of Parent or Guardian:___________________________________________
____________________________________________________________ ______________________________

Signature of Parent or Guardian Date

As the Counselor or Administrator at ___________________________________________ High School,

I hereby indicate that the above named student meets the Decathlon requirement and is currently enrolled in this school:

__________________________________________ ____________________________________

Counselor/Administrator Signature Title


Printed or Typed Name of Above

To be filled out by AZAD only

Honors __________ (GPA) Scholastic __________ (GPA) Varsity __________ (GPA)


(A non-profit Arizona Tax Exempt Educational Corporation)


(A non-profit Arizona Tax Exempt Educational Corporation)



Last Name ____________________ First Name _________________


Foreword: The effort of the Academic Decathlon concept is to recognize the best efforts of Arizona's youth. All understand the importance of establishing and maintaining a level of expectation to serve as a goal for youth to reach their highest potential in all their endeavors. Just as the Academic Decathlon has established high expectations academically, equally high expectations exist for all student behavior. The following is a statement of minimum expectations regarding behavior for those participating in the Arizona Academic Decathlon competitions:

a. Students will show exemplary respect for all facilities related to the Decathlon competition to assure that nothing is done to cause damage. It is understood that should any damage occur, the person(s) responsible will be held accountable for damages incurred.
b. Students will follow carefully the directions of the Decathlon event supervisor and will not take exception to the order of procedure of an event.
c. Students will show respect for peers, coaches and volunteer workers throughout the entire competition procedures.
d. Students will be supervised by their coaches at the Decathlon activities, at their place of lodging, and other related sites during the competition events.
Students, parents, and coach(es) shall be expected to support this Code of Behavior. In the event that a student does not comply with the expected level of behavior, the Regional or State Competition Coordinator shall have the right and responsibility to establish appropriate sanctions. Sanctions may include disqualifying the student or his/her team from receiving any recognition as a result of the competition(s).
The signatures which follow affirm support for this Code of Behavior during all 2009 Arizona Academic Decathlon Regional and State competitions:

Student ___________________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian ____________________________________________________________
Coach ____________________________________________________________________
School ____________________________________________________________________

NOTE: Please return one of these forms, fully signed, for each student participant to your Regional Coordinator along with the required "Extracurricular Activities" sheets, "Coach's Registration " and "Medical Release" forms.




(insert student name)










Last Name ___________________ First Name ____________________

Arizona law requires parental consent for medical, surgical, and psychiatric treatment of minors (in Arizona, minors are individuals under *18 years of age). In order for necessary medical care to be arranged for your student while participating in the ARIZONA ACADEMIC DECATHLON program, please complete the medical treatment form below and return to your coach who will make a copy for his/her records and send the original to the region coordinator.

Please print or type

Date: ________________
I, , am the parent or legal

(parent or legal guardian)

guardian of , a minor, whose

(student's name)

date of birth is - - .

I hereby give consent to authorized staff of the ARIZONA ACADEMIC DECATHLON program to

obtain necessary medical treatment for my student while participating in the Academic Decathlon Competition(s).
Parent/legal guardian name:

(please print)


Home Address: City/Zip Code
Emergency phone: Home: ( )
Work: ( )
List below two individuals willing to transport and assume responsibility for the above student in case of illness or accident, if you cannot be reached:
Student Medical Evaluation: YES NO
Vision Problem ____ ____ Student wears ___Glasses ___Contacts ___Neither

Hearing Problem ____ ____ Students wears hearing aid ___Yes ___No

Convulsions ____ ____ Medication__________________________________

Diabetic ____ ____ Medication___________Reg/NPH________Insulin Dose____

Asthma ____ ____ Mild/Moderate/Severe Medication____________________

Allergies ____ ____ Mild/Moderate/Severe Medication____________________

Allergic to: Medication________________Food________________________Other____________________
Other problems, medications, and restrictions________________________________________________________
*Have student designate “18/older” and sign


(Subject to change depending on region)
Region XX

Master Time Schedule

Friday, Jan 31, 2013

4:00 p.m. Contestant Registration…………….....



4:30 p.m. Contestants Report for General Assembly……


5:30 p.m. BEGIN SPEECH/INTERVIEW………..Assigned Rooms

6:45 p.m. Dinner Break

8: p.m. End Speech and Interview Presentations

Team photographs will be taken on Friday between 6:00 p.m. and 8:10 p.m. Schedule will be in coaches’ packets.

Saturday, February 1, 2013

7:15 a.m. Teams Arrive……………………………………Cafeteria

7:50 a.m. Contestants Report to Testrooms

8:00 a.m. BEGIN Test 1 (Mathematics)……...Contestant Testrooms

8:30 a.m. END test 1

8:35 a.m. BEGIN Test 2 (Science)

9:05 a.m. END Test 2

9:05 – 9:15 Break in Classrooms

9:15 a.m. BEGIN Test 3 (Economics)

9:45 a.m. End Test 3

9:50 a.m. BEGIN Test 4 (Lang/Lit)

10:20 a.m. End Test 4 and Begin Break……………..... XXXXX

10:35 a.m. Contestants Report to Testrooms

10:40 a.m. BEGIN Test 5 (Music)

11:10 a.m. END Test 5

11:15 a.m. BEGIN Test 6 (Art)

11:45 a.m. End Test 6

11:50 a.m. BEGIN Test 7 (Social Science)

12:20 p.m. END Test 7

12:20 p.m. LUNCH………………………………….………Cafeteria

1:20 p.m. Contestants Report for Super Quiz Relay

1:45 p.m. BEGIN Super Quiz Relay……………….……Auditorium or Gym

3:00 p.m. END Super Quiz Relay

4:30 p.m. Awards Assembly…………………………….Auditorium or Gym

Essays are completed a week before competition at team’s home school.



All students will be required to write an essay. Before the 50 minute essay-writing session, each student is given instructions similar to the following:

“Select one of the following prompts for your essay. Write the number of the prompt on the top of the first page of your essay. Put your correct competitor number in the upper right corner of every page.
Write a well-organized essay in which you clearly and fully respond to the question or direction that is presented in the prompt. Be sure to follow the accepted rules of Standard English sentence structure, usage, spelling, and punctuation. In addition, use appropriate diction and style. Maintain legible handwriting. Allow yourself time to proofread your essay. For the essay topic you choose, state your individual thesis or position clearly. Use specific information and examples from your studies to support your position. Provide a final paragraph to conclude or close your essay.”

The students are given a series of prompts from any of the six major topics (usually 3 or 4 prompts) from which they must choose one to use as a basis for their essay.

The students will be scored on their ability to:
* Organize ideas in logical patterns appropriate to the purpose of the assignment
* Present these ideas using effective vocabulary and written structure appropriate to formal standards of written communication in English
* Use mechanical skills of standard English (punctuation, grammar and spelling) that facilitate communication and are acceptable in formal writing
A maximum of 1,000 points can be earned by each team member in the Essay Event.



At a scheduled time during the day, each student will be assigned to a "speech room" where he/she will remain for an 8-minute period. A chairperson of the judges will give a brief explanation of procedures to be followed.

1. First, a presentation of a 4-minute Prepared Speech on a topic of the student’s choice.

* Note cards may be used (but are not recommended)

* Speech cannot be read

* Speech must be given while standing before judges

* Speech must be no less than 3 1/2 minutes nor more than 4 minutes

(If the speech is not given within the proper time limit, a timing penalty is assessed. No courtesy time is applied)

* No props can be used during the speech

Speech Topics: Prepared speeches may be on any topic chosen by the student and approved by the team coach.
Point System: A maximum of 700 points can be earned.
2. Second, each student will be given a sheet containing three Impromptu Speech Topics. Within one minute of receipt of those topics, the student is to select one and mentally prepare for the Impromptu presentation; student may jot down notes during that one minute period. The student must then announce his/her chosen topic and make a 2-minute speech on that topic.

* Student may use notes made during 1 minute preparation

* Speech must be given while standing before judges

* Speech must not be less than 1-1/2 minutes nor more than 2 minutes

(If the speech is not given within the proper time limit, a timing penalty is

assessed. No courtesy time is applied)

Point System: A maximum of 300 points can be earned.
IMPORTANT: Impromptu Speech topics are changed for each Competition Day and during a single Competition Day, the set of Impromptu Speech topics is changed for each test period.
SCORING: The students will be scored on their ability to:

* Organize ideas in a clear and logical pattern that is appropriate for the

Speaker's purpose and convincing to the audience

* Express ideas, using an effective vocabulary and the structures of the English

language appropriate to formal usage which enhances the speech

* Present a physical image that aids the audience in the acceptance of the spoken


* Use voice (pitch, volume and flexibility) to establish and maintain maximum attention for their ideas

* Content: Ideas, originality of thought, sense of value

* Overall impression

* A 70 point penalty will be assessed if prepared speech does not comply with stated time frame. A 30 point penalty will be assessed if impromptu speech does not comply with stated time frame.
NOTE: Since each speaker is to be judged according to the rubric supplied, and not against each other, it is possible for two speakers to have identical scores.


At another scheduled time during the day, each student will be directed to an "Interview Room" where they will remain for an 8-minute period. The chairperson of the Interviewers will give a brief explanation of procedures to be followed.
1. A group of two or three adult Interviewers will converse with the participant asking him/her to describe the activities which have been noted on the resumes handed to the judges upon entering the judging room; discuss the studen’ts preparation for the Decathlon; relate information about his/her future.
Other questions or topics of discussion may relate to any of the following:
* Selecting a college or university

* Selecting a field of study in college or identifying a career employment goal

* Individual and team preparation for the decathlon (Include how the individual and school became

interested and/or involved)

* Values that have strongly influenced the student’s life

* Most difficult event in the decathlon

* Most influential person in the student's life
2. Participant is given an opportunity to share what he/she has learned by answering three or more questions related to the curriculum.
3. The participant’s abilities to communicate orally in this type of informal situation will be judged by the Interviewers.
Judges have been instructed NOT to ask any questions regarding race, religion, creed, ethnic groups, national origin or ancestry, political beliefs or affiliations, or any questions which can be construed as same.
The students will be scored on their ability to:

* Informally and orally present ideas that are appropriate to the problems being considered

* Listen to the ideas of others, evaluate them and adjust their responses accordingly

* Establish and maintain rapport with members of a conversational group through voice, gesture and attitudinal posture

* Use voice, vocabulary and language structures appropriate to informal oral communication
A maximum of 1,000 points can be earned by each team member in the Interview Event.
Appropriate attire for Speech and Interview, is described below. Distracting apparel of any kind is considered inappropriate for Speech, Interview, Super Quiz, and all testing events.
The following are acceptable student dress standards:
Boys: Coat, shirt and slacks; sweater, shirt and slacks or jeans without torn or

ragged edges. Shoes must be worn.

Girls: Dress or skirt and blouse; blouse and slacks, or jeans without torn or

ragged edges. Shoes must be worn.

Team uniforms for both boys and girls are optional. Excessively baggy clothing is inappropriate for any event. It is recommended students wear business attire for the Speech and Interview events.

Written multiple-choice tests will be given in these areas:

* Mathematics (a maximum of 1,000 points can be earned by each team member)
* Art (a maximum of 1,000 points can be earned by each team member)
* Social Science (a maximum of 1,000 points can be earned by each team member)
* Economics (a maximum of 1,000 points can be earned by each team member)
* Language and Literature (a maximum of 1,000 points can be earned by each team member)
* Music (a maximum of 1,000 points can be earned by each team member)
* Science (a maximum of 1,000 points can be earned by each team member)
Each test will consist of 50 questions except Mathematics (35).

Students will be given 30 minutes to complete each subject area test.

All test questions have been prepared based upon the Decathlon Study Guide for the current school year.

No crib sheets, or any other notes are allowed during the decathlon test periods; students are allowed only pencils, answer sheets, and supplied scratch paper.


No points are deducted for wrong answers; only correct answers are scored in the written tests.


USAD Calculator Policy 2016-2017

The United States Academic Decathlon has always endeavored to reflect current high school curriculum and instruction in our competitions. Recent surveys of calculator use in high schools nationwide indicate that calculators are now used in the vast majority of high school mathematics courses across the country, and our decision to allow calculators is consistent with this practice in math instruction.

After reviewing the policies of the major testing institutions and consulting state directors, USAD has adapted MOST of the American College Testing (ACT) and College Board (SAT program) guidelines for calculator use as stated below.

I. Competitors May Use Calculators for the Mathematics Test

If competitors wish to use calculators on the USAD Mathematics Test, they are responsible for bringing them to the test. Calculators will not be provided for students who do not bring their own. Calculator use is permitted only for Mathematics; competitors will not be allowed to use calculators on any other test.

II. Permissible Calculators
If a competitor wishes to use a calculator, it can be only a basic, four-function, scientific, graphing calculator, provided it has none of the features listed in Section III below.
III. Prohibited Calculators
Calculators with any of the following features are NOT allowed in USAD competitions:

  • pocket organizers

  • hand-held or laptop computers

  • electronic writing pads or pen-input devices

  • models with an alphabetic (QWERTY) keypad, e.g. TI-92 or HP-95

  • models with paper tape

  • models that make noise

  • models that can engage in wireless communication (transfer data or information with other calculators)

  • models that require a power cord

  • models with CAS (computer algebra systems), e.g. TI-89

Because companies are continuously introducing new products, it would be impossible for USAD to maintain an up-to-date list of specific model numbers that possess these features. If a competitor is uncertain whether a particular calculator will be allowed, the student should bring a backup that does not possess any of the features in question. No backup calculator will be provided for any competitor whose calculator is disallowed.

IV. Competing without a Calculator
Competitors may opt to take the Mathematics Test without a calculator, however, USAD is suggesting competitors use a basic, scientific calculator for solving the trigonometry test items.
V. Calculator Failure During a Test
If a competitor’s calculator stops working during a test, the student should continue taking the test without a calculator. No additional calculator will be provided, and the competitor will not be allowed to take the test again later. However, as noted in Section III above, a competitor may bring a backup calculator and/or spare batteries to the test.



The Super Quiz is a team event that takes place before an audience. It is usually held in the gymnasium/auditorium of the Decathlon site.

At the competition, each student from each school will be assigned a number. The team will be seated in a reserved section as follows:
Row 1 = Varsity 7

Row 2 = Varsity 8

Row 3 = Varsity 9

Row 4 = Scholastic 4

Row 5 = Scholastic 5

Row 6 = Scholastic 6

Row 7 = Honor 1

Row 8 = Honor 2

Row 9 = Honor 3
After preliminary remarks, speeches, etc., the emcee calls up one row of contestants (i.e., "Students in category, Varsity "). Each team will have a team binder that contains the questions for the competition. After students are settled and instructions have been given, proctors instruct students to turn to the first question of their round, and the emcee reads each question aloud. The students are given 10 seconds to mark their answer sheets (all questions are multiple choice). A buzzer sounds indicating the time is up. The correct answer is given by the emcee. Students are then instructed to turn to the next question. After this group of students has answered all twelve of their questions, they return to their seats.. A new group is then called to the team table. They answer their questions and then return to their seats and so on. The Super Quiz is complete when all three categories have each answered all questions.
There will be two separate Super Quiz events- a Public Relay and a Regular Super Quiz Team Event.
Super Quiz Public Relay
* The Public Relay will stand alone as a special “showcase event”-like the “Speech Showcase”.
* The Public Relay will consist of 36 questions. Each group of team member will be given TWELVE

questions. They can collaborate on the answers of the questions.

* The Public Relay will include the scores of all nine team members for the team relay score. If there are less

than nine there will be no substitutions for an open slot in a category.

* Trophies will be awarded First, Second and Third Place at the Awards Ceremony. If there are ties duplicate

trophies will be awarded.



Winners of all Region and State competitions will be announced at an Awards Presentation. The date, time and location of that event will be announced by the appropriate Region or State Academic Decathlon Coordinator.

In keeping with the idea that students compete on both an individual and group basis, awards for the Academic Decathlon will be given for each Region and State competition as follows:
1. All participants will receive a certificate of recognition.

  1. A perpetual Decathlon trophy will be awarded to the team whose team members acquire the highest number of points in all ten Decathlon events (this trophy may be displayed for one year in the winning school). In addition, a permanent trophy will be presented to the first place school at the state awards ceremony; it will include a listing of all team members and coach(es) for display in the school. All team members will also receive special ten-event gold medals.

3. A permanent trophy will go to the 2nd place team; all nine team members will also receive

ten-event silver medals.

  1. A permanent trophy will go to the 3rd place team; all nine team members will also receive

ten-event bronze medals.

5. Medals for individuals will be awarded on the basis of their own individual scores for:





Economics 1,2,3rd place 1,2,3rd place 1,2,3rd place
Art same same same
Language & same same same


Mathematics same same same
Music same same same
Social Science same same same
Science same same same
Essay same same same
Interview same same same
Speech same same same



Medals for individuals will be awarded based on each student's cumulative scores covering all ten events:

Individuals in Honors group -- 1, 2, 3rd places
Individuals in Scholastic group -- 1, 2, 3rd places
Individuals in Varsity group -- 1, 2, 3rd places
6. The outstanding individual essay, speech and interview will receive trophies/plaques at both the

Region and State competitions.

7. Trophies will be awarded to Super Quiz teams for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

  1. Please note that duplicate medals and scholarships will be awarded in case of tie scores in the

individual events.
9. At both the Region and the State competition, the student with the highest overall score will receive and

individual trophy. At the State competition, the coach of the highest scoring student will receive a plaque.



I. What constitutes a complete Academic Decathlon team?
A "team" for any Academic Decathlon competition consists of nine members. Three members must be eligible as "Honor" participants; three must be eligible as "Scholastic" participants; three must be eligible as "Varsity" participants.
Only the nine team members may participate in any Region or State Academic Decathlon competition in the state of Arizona. No other students may take part in any testing event during Region or State Competitions.
2. May a school compete in either a Region or the State Academic Decathlon with fewer than nine members on the team?
Yes - A school may send a six-member team to compete in any Region or State Competition. If any school team consists of only six members, the school may compete as a "team" if they have two eligible "Honor" participants, two eligible "Scholastic" participants, and two eligible "Varsity" participants.
3. May a school send fewer than six students to compete in any Academic Decathlon Competition in Arizona?
Yes and No
A. At the Region level: If the school Decathlon team was registered with at least a six member team (as previously described) and some emergency caused one or more of the team members to withdraw from the Region competition, the remaining students may compete in any Region competition for individual award medals only. Those students will not be considered a "team" and cannot be considered for any "team" awards. Any school with fewer than a six-member team at the Region level is not eligible to participate in the State A.D. Competition. Teams having fewer than six members can compete in the Super Quiz for individuals score but cannot get a team award.
B. At the State Level: No school team with less than six participating members at a Region competition (2 Honor, 2 Scholastic, 2 Varsity participants) will be eligible to participate in State competition.
4. Can more than three students in any category (Honor, Scholastic, or Varsity) participate in any Academic Decathlon competition?
No - Beginning with the 1989 Arizona competitions, no Region or State competition will allow for testing of any student other than the nine team members as previously defined (3 Honor, 3 Scholastic, and 3 Varsity).
5. How important are the stated AAD deadlines?
All student and team registration forms and transcripts will be date-stamped upon receipt in the AAD office. No student registrations and/or transcripts received after the stated deadlines will be accepted.
6. Will duplicate award medals be given if the scores for any event are tied?
Yes - Duplicate award medals for individual students will be presented; however, only the one award medal for each award event will be available at Region Awards Presentation. The appropriate Region Coordinator will be responsible for requesting any duplicate medals needed and for distributing those duplicates to the proper team coach at a later date. (All Region Coordinators must supply all necessary information regarding duplicate medal orders to the AAD office by stated deadlines).


7. Will duplicate trophies and medals be awarded to teams if scores are tied?

Yes and No
Yes - If any team scores for Super Quiz are tied, duplicate trophies and medals to participating team members will be awarded by the appropriate Region or State Coordinator at a later date as described previously.
No duplicate trophies and medals for overall first, second, or third place team will be awarded. No such ties have ever occurred; however, in case of such an event, ties will be broken under direction of the Arizona Academic Decathlon Board of Directors.
8. If student scores are tied for an individual event, will both receive duplicate award medals and scholarships?
As previously stated, students who receive the same score in an individual event will be given duplicate award medals. Beginning in 2000, all students who tie for gold medals will receive the scholarship associated with that award.
9. May a coach change team members after any Regional competition and prior to State competition?
If a school has had an Academic Decathlon team which has competed in any Region competition and has earned the right to represent their Region in the state competition, that school has earned a place in the state competition. Therefore, if the Decathlon coach at that school desires to replace any team member prior to the State competition, he or she may do so if all team member requirements are met and if all timelines for student and team registration are met.
10. What is the deadline for changing any team members already registered for competition with any Region or State competition coordinator?
The deadline for any changes of team members as originally submitted by team coaches, shall be by 5 p.m. of the Tuesday preceding the actual competition events. The only possible exception to this rule is a true emergency case due to severe illness


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