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Dear Math Tournament Coaches & Parents

Registration is now closed!

Deadline to Register: April 19, 2024


Stone Hill Middle School (SHMS) PTO is proud to host the NoVA Math Tournament 2024 that uses the Math Olympiad program designed by MOEMS (


SHMS PTO will hold this tournament on May 4, 2024 from 9:00AM - 3:30PM.


Coaches and Parents can register their Math Tournament teams comprising of 1 to 5 students from 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

All registrations will be reviewed by SHMS PTO for completeness of required information and payment details.


SHMS PTO will reach out to individual coaches in case of any discrepancies in the registration details. 

Tournament Format:
NoVA Math Tournament includes three rounds and an award ceremony

  • Individual Round: Each student works alone on 10 timed word problems in 30 minutes.

  • Team Round: All team members work cooperatively on another set of 10 timed word problems in 20 minutes.

  • Playoff Round: Up to five additional problems with time constraints to break ties for awards.


Tournament Awards:

  • Certificates will be awarded to all participants of the tournament

  • Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 winning teams and top 3 individuals at each grade level (6th, 7th and 8th)

Note: Grade level for each team is decided based on the highest grade of a student in a team.


NoVA Math Tournament uses the Math Olympiad program designed by MOEMs. The Math Olympiad program provides two complete sets of previous years’ tournament problems for practice. We will distribute these materials as soon as they are received. 
Note: No calculators are allowed for any round

Tournament Price:
Team Registration - each team must have a Coach

  • Regular Registration: $250 per team if registration received by April 8, 2024. Additional fee may apply after this date till April 19th when registration will be closed. 

Team Formation and Registration Info:
You may register prior to identifying all 5 team members. You can add/update team members until April 26, 2024. The team could be formed with mixed grade students of 6th, 7th and 8th grades but the team would be recognized according to the higher-grade student in the team. For example, if a team has even one student from 8th grade, the team would be considered as a 8th grade team and would fall under 8th grade team category.

Please note the registration fee is non-refundable.

Please note that the you can edit your responses once you have submitted the form. Once you submit the google form, in the email confirmation you receive, there is an option to edit the form and data you submit. You are able to edit multiple times if need be. We will update the SHMS PTO NoVA Math Tournament website with details on deadlines when the edit option will no longer be available.

Useful links:

What Every Young Mathlete Should Know

Sample Individual Test:

Additional materials can be accessed on the Math Olympiad website or by purchasing Math Olympiad books.

Coach Expectations: 

  • Be a source of contact between the SHMS PTO VP Initiatives and the NoVA Math Tournament team

  • Prior to the NoVA Math Tournament, meet with students around 6-8 hours over 6-8 sessions to practice problems. Additional practice tests will be provided as soon as they become available. 

  • Work with team members to develop a strategy for the team round

  • The Individual round involves each team member solving 10 problems in 30 minutes. Each team member will receive individual answer sheet.

  • The Team round involves the combined team solving 10 problems in 20 minutes. Each team member will receive a copy of the 10 problems to solve. Only 1 answer sheet will be provided.

  • Problems increase in difficulty from first problem to last problem

  • Provide a positive, encouraging philosophy with students to promote excitement about Math and work through challenges

  • Compile and maintain an emergency contact list for the students in the team in case of emergency

  • Work with team parents for disseminating information from the SHMS PTO VP Initiatives (ex: arrival time, check-in, lunch plans, etc)

  • Stay with students during the Tournament to act as mentor and chaperone.

  • It is recommended that coaches bring a bag (eg backpack, briefcase, etc) to store lunch, extra pencils, scratch paper, completed problems and solutions, etc. 

  • On the Tournament day, Coaches will proctor another team during the Individual and Team Rounds. Additional volunteer activities may include: assisting students with name tags, providing extra pencils & paper; leading students to Team table, supervision during break, lunch, finding restrooms, clearing team table area (scratch paper, problems & solutions) between rounds, addressing behavior issues, asking questions to the Tournament Director, staying with students until parent pick-up, etc.



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

1. Can my child buy a lunch? 

As we get closer to the Tournament date, SHMS PTO VP Initiatives (or an assigned Math Coordinator) will work with coaches on lunch availability. It is likely that students will have the option to bring their lunch or purchase pizza. Details to be finalized by the end of March.


2. Do all students have to be from the same school? 


3. Can I register without having identified all 5 students on the team? 


4. Can I add/update registration information including students information? 
Yes. (You can submit additions/updates until April 19, 2024)


5. Can my team have fewer than 5 students?
Yes, however, the team will be at a disadvantage in the Team Round. In the Team Round, each team will strive to solve 10 problems in 20 minutes. Problems increase in difficulty from first to last. Many problems take 3-5 minutes to solve. Having 5 students in a team typically helps. The overall winners are decided based on adding Individual Round scores and Team Round score for the Team.
If you need to substitute a team member after April 19th, then please contact the SHMS PTO VP Initiatives about the substitution procedure.


6. I don’t have a team but would like my child to participate. Do you have suggestions? 
Yes! Contact your student’s classroom teacher and see if s/he has other students who may join your child to form a team.


7. My child is good at math but I can’t help solve the problems. Do you have suggestions? 
Yes! The example problems come with solutions. As you work through the problems, you will get better at solving them. Work together with your child or ask friends or neighbors if they can help.


8. What is the timing of the Tournament Schedule?
Team check-in will start at 8:15 am on May 4th.  A detailed hourly schedule will be provided by April 29, 2024



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