Rules and Regulations
To participate in events hosted by the TCP, a student must be currently enrolled in a high school in the Greater Vancouver Regional District or the Fraser Valley. The only exception to this rule involves inter-school teams, which will be discussed below.
All TCP events are team competitions. The whole goal of the TCP is to promote collaborative and creative problem solving and help develop students' ability in applying the mathematics that they know into real life mathematical ideas and objects. A school may send up to three teams of up to five members each for each of the Junior and Senior divisions. The team members may be from different grades, as long as they are all from the same school. A team does not need to have 5 members. However, individual teams are at a great disadvantage because many of the games will simply take too long for one person to complete. Host schools are allowed to send their own teams.
The TCP Staff (the group of student organizers who organize the events) consists of members from various schools, and declares to be impartial in the affairs of the competition. Staff members who are involved with the problem-making committee will not be allowed to participate in the TCP events that they are organizing.
If a math enthusiast cannot form a full team from his or her own school, or is currently enrolled in a middle school or elementary school, he or she can form an inter-school or hybrid team. As the name implies, such a team would consist of members from non-high school students, or multiple-different high schools. Similar to other school teams, participants in such hybrid teams will be able to win a certificate for their schools as well individual prizes.
Teams do not need a sponsor teacher. On the day of the competition, students may arrive via personal or public transportation at the host school without teacher supervision to participate in these events. The TCP events are not affiliated with any curricular activities at any school—it is solely an extra-curricular pursuit.
The TCP Committee reserves the right to decline the participation of any team due to spacing issues.
Finally, for TCP competitions including individual sections (such as the Dash + Power + Countdown Rounds combination), individual competitors are welcome to register for the competition, and show up for the individual sections of the competition, as well as form mixed teams on the day of the competition to enjoy the team activities at the competition!
Note: TCP events will generally require participants to pay a registration fee. This fee may change from event to event depending on the organizing cost of the event. However, it will generally stay between $1 per participant ($5 per team) and $5 per participant ($25 per team). The upper bound usually would include complementary lunch or dinner.
The TCP events are subdivided into a Junior (Grades 10 and under) and Senior (Grades 11-12) categories. When teams register for a TCP event, they are required to indicate the grade levels of their team members. This information allows the TCP staff to decide which category (Junior or Senior) the teams are officially put into. However, the TCP Event Organizers reserve the right to switch teams between categories when there is a large discrepancy in the grade levels between the team members. Juniors and Seniors will be evaluated differently, and generally will be given different problems. For the most part, Juniors will be separate from Seniors at TCP events (there might be occasional intermixing of the two categories for some of the games). At the end of a TCP event, separate prizes will be awarded to the top Juniors and Seniors teams.