2020 State Tournament Survival Guide

success-md If your team has advanced to the NH-DI State Tournament, congratulations! We’re really looking forward to seeing them there!

The tournament will be held at Goffstown High School on Saturday, March 28, 2020. Please check the State Tournament home page on a regular basis, because this is where we’ll post the preliminary tournament schedule, along with other important announcements about the tournament.

Nearly all of the information in the NH-DI Regional Tournament Survival Guide also applies to the State Tournament. So we’ll try to keep this short…


We already know which teams advanced, so unless your team has a special scheduling request, there is no need for Team Managers to do anything to register for the State Tournament. Teams are no longer required to recruit an Appraiser for the State Tournament, because NH-DI now takes care of this.

Special Scheduling Requests

Special scheduling requests (if truly compelling) must be submitted by Sunday, March 22, 2020. You can enter these directly into NH-DI Online (the preferred method), or send your request via email to Lisa Gowern (lisa.gowern@nh-di.org).

If your team has a potential schedule conflict with another event, please don’t just ask us to schedule your team as early (or late) as possible. We may receive similar requests from other teams in your Challenge, and if that happens, we’ll need more information to find times that will work for everyone. If someone must leave before the end of the tournament, we’d like to know how late they could stay if it became necessary, and if someone will be arriving late, we’d like to know how early they could get to the tournament.

If you send us an email, please don’t forget to identify your team (yes, we sometimes receive messages that omit that crucial piece of information). The best way to do this is to include your team number in the message.


We will need your help to run the tournament! Just as you did for your regional, each team must provide a two-hour volunteer to assist us on the day of the tournament. Please note that we need one person for two hours, and not four people for 30 minutes each. This is because some volunteer assignments require a bit of on-the-job training, and this becomes a problem when several different people try to share the job.

Your volunteer won’t be required to work during your team’s performance. However, please notify the tournament director if you’re sending someone who has a child on another team. We’ll want to schedule them at a time that won’t conflict with either performance.

You won’t need to supply the name of your volunteer in advance. Just look for your team’s entry in the volunteer schedule, which will be published on the tournament home page just before the tournament, and ask your volunteer to check in shortly before the time when they’re scheduled to work.

Team Membership

If a member of your team wasn’t able to attend the regional tournament, they are still eligible to rejoin the rest of the team at the state tournament.

However, your team cannot add any new members after the regional tournament. According to the Rules of the Road, teams may not add team members between tournaments for any reason, even if the team does not yet have seven team members. Adding team members between tournaments will result in disqualification as a competitive team.

Improvements in Team Challenge Solutions

Teams may continue to refine, or even totally replace, their Challenge solution at each level of competition. However, any changes must be completely original, and may not be an adaptation of something that was presented at an earlier tournament by another team.

Team Paperwork

If your team decides to improve their Challenge solution, the information provided on their paperwork is likely to change. That’s why we don’t keep any paper forms your team might have submitted at their regional tournament. You’ll need to bring fresh copies that reflect the Challenge solution that the team plans to present at the State Tournament. If your team’s Tournament Data Form was entered online, it should still be there, but of course your team may need to update it if they have made any changes in their Challenge solution.

Other Questions?

If you have any other questions or issues, please contact your State Tournament Director:

Lisa Gowern (lisa.gowern@nh-di.org)