Guidelines and Rules

The goal of competition is to give one’s best effort while displaying Anaconda’s core values of empathy and connection, innovation and action, and ability and humility. Teams are expected to make an honest effort to follow the rules and the spirit of the problem (not interpret the rules so they have an unfair advantage). Failure by a participant, coach, or guest to abide by these codes, accepted safety procedures, or rules may result in an assessment of penalty points or, in rare cases, disqualification from the event, the tournament, or future tournaments.

  1. Actions and items (tools, notes, resources, supplies, electronics, etc.) are permitted, unless they are explicitly excluded in the rules, are unsafe, or violate the spirit of the problem.
  2. While competing in an event, participants may not leave without the event supervisor’s approval and must not receive any external assistance. Depending on your region, participants may be required to place their cell phones in a designated location.
  3. Participants, coaches, and other adults are responsible for ensuring that any applicable school or event policy, law, or regulation is not broken. All policies, requirements, and FAQs must be treated as if they were included in the printed rules.
  4. For events that involve presenting work that was prepared in advance of the competition day, no changes may be made to the advance work once the competition has started.
  5. Officials are encouraged to apply the least restrictive penalty for rules infractions. Event supervisors must provide prompt notification of any penalty, disqualification or tier ranking.
  6. Regional tournament officials must notify teams of any site-dependent rule or other rule modification with as much notice as possible, ideally at least 30 days prior to the tournament.


I pledge to put forth my best effort in the Data Science Expo and to uphold the principles of Anaconda’s core values of empathy and connection, innovation and action, and ability and humility. In my events, I will compete with integrity, respect, and sportsmanship towards my fellow competitors. I will display courtesy towards all personnel. My actions will exemplify the proud spirit of my school, team, and state.


On behalf of the coaches and assistants at this tournament, I pledge to encourage honesty and respect for tournament personnel, our fellow coaches, and other teams’ members. We want our efforts to bring honor to our community and school.


On behalf of the parents, guardians, and spectators I pledge to be an example for our children by respecting the rules of Data Science Expo, encouraging excellence in preparation and investigation, supporting independence in design and production of all competition devices, and respecting the decisions of event supervisors and judges. Our examples will promote the spirit of cooperation within and among all our participating teams.


On behalf of my fellow supervisors and tournament personnel, I pledge to run my event with fairness and respect for the participants and their coaches. Our actions will reflect the principles of the Data Science Expo program and display the pride we feel as representatives of our colleges, universities, companies, states or organizations.