What is a Virtual Tournament?

Virtual Tournaments are (live) online tournaments held in a WebEx Virtual room with a host posting the questions and students entering the answer to each question in a live scoring site. We require participants to log in to WebEx to see the questions, and they must also log in to an additional live scoring site to enter their answers. It is important that they have speakers to hear the host, and a webcam for us to see them.  The students are introduced to a gameboard with mathematical topics and they select the topic when their team answers the question correctly first. The game goes on for 1 hour and the teams receive points based on how quickly they get the answer correct. Each problem must be solved in 3 min or less.

We host monthly Virtual Tournaments for High School teams and also for individual students grades 3-8. We host Team Virtual tournaments for grades 3-8 in December and March.  You may register on our Virtual Tournament page-these are open to teams and students around the nation. We also host virtual tournaments for state championship events, schools, and districts. We also do an invitational National Championship virtual tournament for all our onsite tournament and virtual tournament winners so that they can compete against teams from around the nation. If your school or district would like to schedule an independent event-feel free to contact us at 1-888-835-2366or info@perennialmath.com

How do we prepare?

You may download a copy of our sample test from the Onsite-Tournament page to get a feel for what type of questions will be used. Try to solve the problems in less than 3 minutes.

For more practice matherials, you may order our Tournament Test books Vol 1-2 in the store, or our Online Competition Books Vol 1-4.   Please remember these are LIVE events, NOT tests, but these test books will give you a feel for the type of questions you will see. 

Can parents watch the competition?

Parents may watch the competition from being in the room, but they are not allowed to speak to students. Parents and teachers may not enter the WebEx Virtual Room with additional devices. We try to show some live footage from the competition on our Facebook page once the tournament is running smoothly. And we go live on Facebook again at the end of the competition to announce the winners. We encourage you to take photos of the competitors during the event for our Facebook Album. 

Can students use calculators?

Students may not use calculators at the event.

Parents may not assist students in reading or interpreting questions. Parents should remain out of the picture and only assist a student if a technical problem occurs with equipment. 

Are there any special rules and regulations?

Students MUST register at the current grade level even if they are taking an advanced math class above their grade level. Most of our students are taking advanced math.

NO Caluclators are allowed during the competition. Parents should remain quiet and out of the video during the competition. Student should keep the video feed on during the event and should not be moving, dancing, or any doing any other distracting things. 

All competitors SHOULD be in the meeting by 10 minutes to start time- IT IS IMPERATIVE that you READ the website login pdf file to make sure you understand how to log in. ALSO-be advised that there are at least 3 emails that come to you before the event to remind you about the check in process.  Perennial Math will not hold up a tournament for students not in the meeting. 

Students will have 3 minutes or less to answer each question- the timer will display the amount of time once the question is presented. Students will only get to enter one answer for the question and they may not ask the host to correct their answer if they enter incorrectly. Parents and sponsors are not allowed to offer assistance to any competitor during the event. If there is a  problem with a queston, we encourage sponsors to send us a chat privately and not to verbally disrupt the tournament.  Please only chat with us if there is a problem with the answer- do not chat with us about how to solve a problem. We will do our best to check any answer that may be in question and can correct the scoring for all competitors or drop the question if necessary.

Also, it is very important that students take their time to enter their answer- we will not be able to correct their answer if they enter incorrectly-please be as understanding to our staff as possible. Our motto is that we do the best we possibly can to make this fun-not a stressful event- and we expect both parents and teachers to be on their best behaviour in front of students. Complaining and attacking adults does not set a good example for students and ruins everyone's experience.  "What's so good about being the best if it brings out the worst in you"-Rodney Dangerfield. 

If someone is rude during an event (which means verbally disrespecting the host or other competitors, or not staying on mute to the point that they are disrupting the event)-the Perennial Math Staff may remove the competitor from the room-there will be no refund. The competitor may also be barred from participating in future events. All competitors, teachers, and parents are expected to show respect at all times. Thank you for your assistance. 

How do I register for a Virtual Tournament?

Please check the event list on our Virtual Tournament page perennialmath.com/virtual-tournament to register for an event. There will be a registration link by the event in the list.

The cost for Individual student tournaments is $15 per student.  Students should register at their current grade level- NOT the grade level of their math class. Most students are taking advanced math so assume that your child will be challenged. A student may be disqualified for registering at the incorrect grade level. 

The cost for TEAM tournaments is $50 per team. Teams are made up of 5 or less members. You may register multiple teams at each grade level. Please check the information pdf file next to the tournament in the list to see if it is open to individuals or teams. 

To schedule a school or district Virtual Tournament, please email info@perennialmath.com or call 1-888-835-2366 to set up a time for your personal event.

If you are a winner of one of our On-site tournaments, you will be emailed an invitation to our National Virtual Tournament faceoff. You may register for the National Championship Virtual Faceoff on our NationalChampionships page located under the Tournaments dropdown menu. These take place in May.  The cost for that is $25 per individual competition and $100 team competition.

Can students compete in a higher grade level?

Students are required to register at their school grade level, NOT the grade level of their math class. Keep in mind that most students are also in Advanced Math classes so competing in your grade level will still offer you good competition. 

When is the registration deadline?

For most virtual tournaments, there isn't a deadline to register, but it is always good to register by the day before the event so that you can locate your codes and recieve instructions and reminders. Please check the registration invitation for district and  team events, they may have a separate deadline. 

What is the cost of a Virtual Tournament?

The cost for Individual student tournaments is $15 per student. Please check the information pdf file next to the tournament in the list to see if it is open to individuals or teams. 

TEAM Virtual Tournaments that we host each quarter or special state championships for Teams are listed on our Virtual Tournament page- the cost is $50 per team (5 or less members per team). You may use credit card or pay pal to purchase- schools may select invoice or purchase order to purchase if needed.

The price to attend our National Championships Virtual Tournament in May for Onsite-Tournament Winners is $100 per team competition and $25 for individual competition. Your name or team name will be in the dropdown menu on the registration site. Registration for the National Championships under the Tournaments dropdown menu-select National Championships.  Parents be sure to check with your school to see if the school is registering your child- all login codes will be sent to the email that is listed on registration. We caution agains HOTMAIL and YAHOO email addresses-they usually send emails to spam. 

How do we set up for the Virtual Tournament?

 Log in Instructions will be emailed to the sponsor. You will join the meeting on Webex.com by entering the meeting number. From there you will enter the competitor's name and spsonsor email address . After that you simply hit call with computer to get the audio working. Once students enter the WebEx room they need to mute their microphone. It is very important that they keep the mic muted as other competitors are coming in the room.  If your computer microphone is not working, you may call in with a phone to communicate with the host. Click here to see a video on how to log in. 

The second step is to login is to our livetournament.perennialmath.com website to enter your answers.  Each competitor is emailed a login code. 

To test out your WebEx equipment prior to tournament- go to https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html  They have trained people to help you troubleshoot prior to the event.

Special NOTES:  You should only have WebEx open on one computer in a room or you will receive AUDIO feedback.  Most sponsors display the WebEx Tournament on projected screen if they have multiple teams competiting. The teams are set up at separate tables with their own computer to enter their answers but they all view the WebEx portion on the big screen.

What are the Awards for the Virtual Tournament?

For individual Virtual Tournaments- students receive dog tags for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place- For the Top 10 Championships, only the 1st place champion receives a trophy and 2nd and 3rd place students are emailed a certificate file.

For Team Level Events and State Championships- Sponsors are emailed pdf and PowerPoint certificate files that can be printed for all participants.. For Onsite district Virtual Tournaments, we ship dogtags, banners, and awards for the event that are arranged with the district coordinator.

Virtual Challenge Team Competition winners will be shipped a Champion banner for their school.

Virtual Tournaments for Individual students-the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each grade receive a dog tag. All students receive a pdf certificate file for participation. 

May National Champions Virtual Winners receive a trophy for both the individual winner and team winner- 2nd and 3rd place winners are emailed a certificate file.