Senior High Math League


9:20-9:35 Schools begin to arrive (Hook Activities Center)
9:40 sharp Welcome, review of rules and room assignments, etc.
10:00 All teams beign the Set A group test.
10:20 All teams end the Set A test.
10:30 All teams begin the Set B group test.
10:50 All teams end the Set B test.
11:00 Each group starts the Bonus Question.
11:15 The Bonus Question time ends.
1:00 pm Award Presentation (Jones Auditorium)



  1. Each school may enter a team of one to four eligible students in each of five groups. (Those schools which only offer Algebra II and Geometry in alternate years may still enter teams for the group which includes the subject not currently being taught. In this case, the team members must have been enrolled in the course the last year it was taught.) See the TOPICS for a more detailed list of topics covered and eligibility.
  2. One or two students from each of the five teams will work each of two sets of problems, Set A and Set B. No more than two students per team will work on any given set. Twenty minutes will be allowed for each set, with a short break between each set. Each set of problems will be worth 20 points.
  3. Two group competitions will take place after completion of both sets of problems. A four member Bonus Relay and a three member group Bonus Question. These competitions will begin at the same time.
    1. Four Member Bonus Relay: Each four member relay team will submit one solution to the bonus relay. The relay will have a maximum value of 7 points. The score will be added to the total school score. Each school may enter one team for the relay. See Bonus Relay.
    2. Three Member Group Bonus Question: Each group of three members will work together on a bonus question. There will be a ten minute time limit after which each team will submit one answer. The bonus question is worth up to 5 points. The score will be added to the total school score. Each school may enter one team for the bonus question.
  4. Calculators are permitted (in fact encouraged) in all tests and bonuses.
  5. Two complete sets of awards will be presented: one for the 1A/2A schools, another for the 3A/4A schools. In each of the five subject groups, a trophy will be awarded to the school with the highest total points. Certificates for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place schools in each subject group will also be given. In addition, trophies will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in overall point totals, as well as certificates for 4th and 5th place in overall point totals.


Procedures for Breaking Ties

  1. Breaking any ties within a particular group competition:

    The Bonus question will be used by first comparing the number of points received on the question, then by comparing the finish number for those teams who have tied.

  2. Breaking any ties within the Grand Prize division:

    The Bonus Relay question will be used by comparing the number received on the Relay, then by counting the number of parts the team has gotten correct, and finally by taking the order of finish on the Relay.

Bonus Relay

Each relay team will consist of four members of which one must be eligible for Group I, one eligible for Group II, and one eligible for Group III. The fourth member may have eligibility in any of the five groups. The problems will be given in the following order: Question 1, Group I; Question 2, Group II; Question 3, Group III; and Question 4, anything goes. Students should know their positions on the team before the relay.

The relays will work in the following manner: a team of four students will sit in a row one behind the other. Each student will be given a different problem. The first student will solve his/her problem and pass the answer back to the student directly behind him/her. Part of the information necessary to solve the second, third, and fourth problems will be missing. The answer the second student receives from the first provides the missing information. The third receives his/her missing information from the second, etc. The answer to the fourth person's problem is the final answer. When he/she finishes the problem, the fourth person (team captain) stands. The proctor assigns him/her a turn-in number which he/she writes on the answer sheet and then turns in the answer to the proctor. Points are awarded in the following manner: 7 points for the first correct answer, 5 points for the second, 4 points for the third, and 3 points for each correct answer after that which is submitted within the 20 minute limit. If at any time before the team captain stands, a team member discovers that he/she has worked his/her problem incorrectly, he/she may pass a revised answer to the member behind him/her. NOTHING ELSE MAY BE PASSED OR COMMUNICATED FORWARD. NO VERBAL COMMUNICATION IS ALLOWED IN EITHER DIRECTION. Once the team captain stands and submits an answer, the team has finished.

The relay is worth a maximum of seven points. Rules for the relay will be reviewed before the relay begins. The relay score will be added to the total school score.


GROUP I -- Algebra I Emphasis

Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in Algebra I

Topics: Those topics traditionally covered in Algebra I and anything from Junior High.

GROUP II -- Algebra Emphasis

Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in Algebra II*

Topics: Those topics traditionally covered in Algebra II and anything from GROUP I or before.

GROUP III -- Geometry Emphasis

Eligibility: Any student currently enrolled in Geometry*

Topics: Those topics covered in Geometry and anything from GROUP I.

GROUP IV -- Trigonometry & Analysis Emphasis

Eligibility: Any student.

Topics: Those topics traditionally covered in Geometry and anything from GROUP I.

GROUP V -- Open Division

Eligibility: Any student.

Topics: ANYTHING GOES. A grab-bag of problems from all areas, often non-traditional, and always requiring some thought.

*Schools which alternate Geometry and Algebra II should see Rules Sheet for eligibility.