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Style Form

The style form lists which items judges will score for the style components of a team. Style forms are especially important as judges score exactly what the teams communicate; therefore, the wording of the form influences the team's score, not just the quality of the items. Teams can choose to print style in PDF and fill it out by hand, or they fill out a Word document and print (provided they do not change the formatting of the document).

Components of a Style Form

The team must fill in the first four categories with specific items as described in the long term problem.

  • Required items: the first two items are specific to the problem, and the team must chose an part of their performance which aligns with the description to receive score. In filling out these items, the team should be specific as to which part of the performance they wish the judges to score. For example, if one category that must be scored is “The appearance of one character,” the team should describe the specific character they wish to have scored. The team should not write “The appearance of one character” or “The appearance of Susie”. Instead, they should write “The appearance of Susie, the purple frog.” (Officials aren't mind readers, and they probably don't know which team member is Susie.)
  • Free choices of team: the next two items are the team's choice. The team should choose specific props, costumes, or characteristics of its solution that are not scored elsewhere in the problem. For example, these could be a special effect, song, or humor of the skit.
  • Overall effect: For this category, the team is scored on how well all of the style elements come together to enhance the presentation of the long-term solution. It is not an average of the scores; overall effect is a measurement of how well the style items work together to achieve some goal. Teams should pick style items which all link together: for example all displaying the same theme, all using creative materials, or all using music. A space is given at the bottom of the form for the team to describe how the items fit together.

Phrasing Style Items

Be VERY specific in listing Style elements. You might not want to write down “team sign.” Describe what, exactly, your team thinks is creative about the sign.. (“Team sign transforms into an animal figure.”) Don't write down “costumes in the performance” - pick the costume your team thinks is best for the judges to look at. (“Dog costume worn by boy with glasses.”) If the team wants only the hat part of a costume scored, they must state “Hat worn by the detective.” Otherwise, the entire costume will be scored. The more general the description, the more components of that item or aspect are averaged together - target the strongest part.

Another example: if a team made a unicorn out of paper towel rolls, the points are in the materials used (“the creativity in materials used to create the unicorn costume”), not necessarily in the appearance (“the unicorn costume”/“the appearance of the unicorn costume”).

The team must present FOUR COPIES OF THE STYLE FORM to the Staging Area Judge. If a team hand-writes their form, they should keep one copy for themselves in case they move on to the next level of competition. The judges will not return any style paperwork to teams.

Style sheets should be filled out BEFORE the tournament. If a style form is not present in the staging area, the team's presentation (and the tournament) are delayed until the form is complete.

When talking to judges after the presentation, the style judges will ask team members to elaborate on their style items, how they thought of the ideas, and how they built the items. Team members should be prepared and excited to talk about their work.

style_form.txt · Last modified: 2016/01/12 02:31 (external edit)