What is interference?

As stated in the Rules of the Road, the Team Challenge solution is owned and operated by the team! Only team members may contribute ideas and create the Team Challenge and Side Trip solutions. Help from non-team members, including Team Managers, is called Interference. The team’s Solution is theirs alone. It is something that the team builds from their acquisition of skills and from their understanding of the Challenge and rules.


1.  A total of seven team members may contribute ideas, work on the solution, and participate in your team’s Presentation at the Tournament . Every idea for every part of their unique solution must come from your team members and team members ONLY. If an idea is offered by someone not on the team, the team may not use that idea, even if they might have thought of it themselves later on.


2.  If someone not on the team, including a Team Manager, builds or creates an item using the team’s idea, they may not use that item. The team must start over and build it themselves in their own way. If someone not on the team, such as a Team Manager or a parent, tells the team how to do something, whether they are building something new or just practicing their Presentation, the team must politely tell that person to let them do it themselves.


3.  If the team does not know the skills that are needed to build their idea, they must learn the skills or find another way to do the project . For example, a drama teacher may teach them acting skills, but cannot direct the team as they practice the actual skit. A professional welder or shop teacher may teach team members how to weld, but that person may not show them how to weld any part of the team’s actual solution. If the team is not able to weld it themselves, they must find another way to solve that part of the Challenge.


For more information, please refer to the Rules of the Road.