Match Rules

***Note: Some of these rules are specific to the online format.  This page will later be updated to reflect a return to an in-person format in 2022.***

There are no limits to the resources that may be used in researching the questions prior to a competition.

As to the match itself, to a certain extent the honour system will be relied on, as the moderator cannot be expected to know everything that is happening in the rooms where the teams are located.  The judges will be instructed to take points away from any team seen to be cheating.

All participants must be within the frame of the video before the match starts.  No participant may step out of frame, nor turn off their video, before the match is over.  The Team Manager is permitted to be with their students during the match but must stay out of the frame and may not communicate with his/her team.  Each team member may put blank paper, an unmarked copy of the case set, writing utensils, and bottles—but nothing else—on a table in front of them before the match starts.  Nothing else may be brought to the tables during the match.  Also, whatever device each team member is using for its camera–whether a smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop–that device must be used for nothing other than its camera and for communicating remotely with other participants.

Throughout the match the moderator will control which team is muted and which team is unmuted at any given time; teams will be unmuted only when it is their turn to speak.  During the Presentation, Commentary, Response, and Dialogue periods, the screen will display a clock counting down the time remaining.  The moderator will not give time warnings during those periods, with the assumption being that the teams will watch the clock.  The moderator can allow a team to finish a sentence/thought once time has expired.

The moderator controls the room during matches and should address any unacceptable behaviour including, but not limited to:

  • Judges showing hostility or asking inappropriate questions to team members. Inappropriate questions include, but are not limited to, any that highlight a participant’s race, religion, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, national origin, sexual orientation, appearance, etc.  Judges should direct their constructive questions to teams, not to individuals.
  • Foul, insulting, or excessively graphic language or confrontational behaviour being used by participants or judges.

When one team is speaking the other team must remain silent (even though, given the moderator’s control over the microphone, the other team’s talking wouldn’t be heard by anyone else).