Dear NorCalomers,

NorCal Odyssey, our guidelines for which teams advance from the Qualifying  Tournaments to the state tournament have changed each year. While we understand this can cause some confusion, the state board considers many sources of data each year in determining the best advancement guidelines.  This data includes the number of teams competing across the state, how many teams are in each problem, and how many teams are in each division. These numbers change from year to year based on many factors. The board wants to ensure that as many teams advance to state as possible, while making certain that we have a manageable competition schedule for our competing teams and judging teams.

The board has several different options for advancement guidelines, and this year determined that the following guidelines will be followed:

Advancement Guidelines for 2023

Division I and II in Problems 1, 2, 3, & 5:

All teams finishing first, second, or third will advance to the state tournament. This includes any ties that may occur in first, second, or third.

Division I and II in Problem 4:

Due to all Problem 4 teams competing at one Qualifying Tournament (QT #1)  all teams finishing in first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth will advance to the state tournament.  This includes any ties that may occur in first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth.

Division III ONLY:

All Division III teams presenting a solution meeting the standard requirements will be advance to the state tournament. We are excited to offer ALL Division III teams only, the opportunity to compete at state!