Official Q&A: Judging Usage Guidelines

Request Further Clarification on Spiral Coil Notebooks


99808A
2 months ago

Hi! I had asked a question on the Official Q&A about bound notebooks earlier but it was not actually answered (the official answer only referenced comb binding, which most judges already agree doesn't get bound points). I apologize for cluttering up the Q&A but I was not able to find a direct email to contact, and I wasn't able to edit or request additional guidance on my first question. This question is specifically for Spiral Coil Notebook Binding.

I am asking for official, clear, yes or no responses from the Official Judging Committee to help us do our job more efficiently and consistently when we are serving as Judge Advisors and Judges this season. Having these answers here will help us all judge consistently across multiple regions. There are several types of **spiral coil notebooks **(different from comb binding) which is why this binding causes the widest discrepancy in scoring.

  1. Commercial mass produced blank lined spiral coil notebooks - these can have pages and sections torn out of them without repercussion or the judges knowing
  2. Custom bound spiral coil notebooks (usually with a custom template) - these loose pages can be edited and refined over time, and simply spiral bound right before tournaments, thus defeating the spirit of the rule
  3. Commercial mass produced lab notebooks in a spiral coil (these have printed contents and pre-printed page numbers) - these are most aligned with the spirit of the bound notebook rule since page removal would be indicated with a skip in the page numbers and should get the 5 points IMO

May we please get clear guidance on what kinds of spiral notebooks get the 5 point bonuses? Is it a sweeping yes or no to all of the spiral coils? Or do some types of the spiral coil binding get the bonuses over others? Thank you so much for your insight!

Answered by Competition Judging Committee

Bound notebooks will receive the 5-point bonus. Coil, comb, or other variations will not receive the 5-point bonus, as these are not considered bound notebooks. If there is still doubt, we encourage you to use the Engineering Notebook that is provided with your team registration or available at vexrobotics.com.

Hi! I had asked a question on the Official Q&A about bound notebooks earlier but it was not actually answered (the official answer only referenced comb binding, which most judges already agree doesn't get bound points). I apologize for cluttering up the Q&A but I was not able to find a direct email to contact, and I wasn't able to edit or request additional guidance on my first question. This question is specifically for Spiral Coil Notebook Binding.

I am asking for official, clear, yes or no responses from the Official Judging Committee to help us do our job more efficiently and consistently when we are serving as Judge Advisors and Judges this season. Having these answers here will help us all judge consistently across multiple regions. There are several types of **spiral coil notebooks **(different from comb binding) which is why this binding causes the widest discrepancy in scoring.

  1. Commercial mass produced blank lined spiral coil notebooks - these can have pages and sections torn out of them without repercussion or the judges knowing
  2. Custom bound spiral coil notebooks (usually with a custom template) - these loose pages can be edited and refined over time, and simply spiral bound right before tournaments, thus defeating the spirit of the rule
  3. Commercial mass produced lab notebooks in a spiral coil (these have printed contents and pre-printed page numbers) - these are most aligned with the spirit of the bound notebook rule since page removal would be indicated with a skip in the page numbers and should get the 5 points IMO

May we please get clear guidance on what kinds of spiral notebooks get the 5 point bonuses? Is it a sweeping yes or no to all of the spiral coils? Or do some types of the spiral coil binding get the bonuses over others? Thank you so much for your insight!