2017 State Info Packet Online

We’ve sent this information via e-mail, but we’ve also provided the complete information packet here for your convenience.

Download packet PDF: 2017 Info Packet

Download map of Cottage Grove Middle School PDF: Cottage Grove MS map


NOTE: Complete Meet schedules will be emailed to all team Coaches and Host/Facilitators soon. If you have not received your schedule by 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, please contact Sarah Sheldon at sarah@usacademictriathlon.com.

10:30 a.m.: Arrive at Cottage Grove Middle School, 9775 Indian Blvd S, Cottage Grove, MN, 55016. Park in the west lot and enter through the “Gym and Pool” Door with your team. Follow the indoor signs to the appropriate destination.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Team pictures will be taken in the Gym. This is also when student should eat lunch. Students need to be present for pictures – there will not be a later opportunity to take official team pictures.


  • Two 10-ream photocopy paper boxes
  • Your Competition Kit – double check before you arrive at State! Each team’s Competition Kit will be checked before they begin the Meet, so remove any unnecessary materials that may cause penalties for your teams and make sure they have everything they need.
  • Your assigned PARTY in a Box item(s).
  • A Program Manual
  • Bag lunches for students and coaches
  • Quiet activities for students during down time before and after Meet

You should know:

  • The color of the Meet – Yellow, Green, or Peach – in which you are competing
  • Your team letter
  • When your team pictures are scheduled (rough order)


Do not try to talk to the team at any time after 10:45 a.m., not even before the skits. They may be subject to an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty if you do.


10:40 a.m.: Leave teams in the Gym with their bag lunches, quiet activities, Competition Kits, and photo schedule. You will not see your team again until after the Meet. A Guide will take teams to their appropriate Meet at noon.

10:45 a.m.: Report to the Library to register and become a Meet Facilitator. There will be a 8-team Challenger Meet, an 9-team Challenger Meet, and a 9-team Cross-Trainer Meet at State; they will run concurrently. Volunteer Facilitators will be working in either of the meets in which their team is not competing. You will receive your final facilitator packet at this meeting. Any last-minute clarifications regarding facilities, penalties, and other details will be covered first, before Facilitators break into smaller groups. (Tentative assignments will be posted shortly.)

BE READY to work in any event site. If you are assigned to a Face-Off! room as a computer operator, you should bring a buzzer-type scoring system and other equipment, such as a computer, if it is required to make the buzzers work. Readers, it would be wonderful if you could bring a second computer set-up; and you need pens.

Bring to Facilitator Meeting:

  • Two 10-ream photocopy paper boxes
  • Your assigned PARTY in a Box items (We won’t have extra items, and your team may receive an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty if you come unprepared.)
  • A Program Manual
  • A stop watch

We want to increase every facilitator’s comfort level at this important event. Let’s be prepared, and let’s have FUN! We are given a wonderful group of children to enjoy and observe as we help at these tournaments.

Facilitators will do the following:

Face-Off! Facilitators:

  • The “Face-Off Captain” will preview Oral and Written questions and determine whether any “Alternate Questions” will be substituted.
  • Set up and test buzzer strips to make sure they are working well.
  • Face-Off! readers will assist Host/Facilitators at sign-in.

Mind Sprints Facilitators:

  • Meet with your “Mind Sprint” captain to preview the problem.
  • Try to anticipate possible questions that may arise. Clarifications will be made at this time.
  • Decide how the Mind Sprint will be set up.
  • Set up your Mind Sprint.

P.A.R.T.Y. in a Box Facilitators:

  • Facilitators from the Yellow Meet will pre-sort P.A.R.T.Y. items and take items to the rooms where they will be the Facilitators.
  • Facilitators from the Green and Peach Meets will serve as P.A.R.T.Y. prep packers and will sort and deliver items to prep rooms, then move on to another assignment.
  • Sorters for all three meets will be using the hallways outside the Library for all dissemination.
  • Each team must bring two boxes with which to work.
  • High school students will once again be trained to judge P.A.R.T.Y. in a Box presentations so coaches may attend their own teams’ solutions.


Report to Room A-123/124 at your scheduled time to receive further instructions.


Meet at 10:00 a.m. in the Library to prepare your sites and receive materials/information. Only 6 coaches are named Host/Facilitators and Assistant Host/Facilitators. You will know if this applies to you.


You are welcome, but please sign in at the Information Table in front of the Cafetorium, E-106. You must wear a nametag with your name and team/school affiliation clearly visible.

USAT Staff will run the State Meet out of Room A-123/124. This is also the Score Room and Lost-and-Found. The day-of phone number is 612-743-7102.

Questions? Contact Executive Director Sarah Sheldon at sarah@usacademictriathlon.com or 507-645-2560 (email is preferred and more reliable).

Team Photo Schedule

The lists below are the teams for each meet. The order has been set for competition, and for having photos taken by our professional photographer. The photo and press release will be provided via email to each team after the Meets.

Photos will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue sequentially until the Meets start. If time does not allow for all teams to be photographed, photos will continue during the scoring break ONLY if necessary. All students and teams should be in attendance for team photos.

Yellow Meet Teams, Photo Order, and P.A.R.T.Y. items to bring:

Meet                Letter               Team #            School (Location)                                           P.A.R.T.Y.


A                     X001               South View MS (Edina)                                   W

B                     X003               Annunciation (Mpls)                                      M x2

C                     X017               Math/Science Academy (Woodbury)                B

D                     X022               Cottage Grove MS (SWCS)                                    C

E                      X032               Sartell                                                              P

F                      X037               Lewiston-Altura                                              S

G                     X043               Byron (ZED)                                                   R

H                     X047               Kasson-Mantorville (ZED)                                    R

I                       X062               Grand Rapids                                                  R


Green Meets, Photo Order (after Yellow Teams), and P.A.R.T.Y. items to bring:


Meet                Letter               Team #            School (Location)


A                     C003               Annunciation (Mpls)                                     W

B                     C009               St. Ambrose (Woodbury)                                    M x2

C                     C031               Lake Middle School (SWCS)                       B

D                     C056               Kennedy (St. Cloud)                                       C

E                      C070               St. Boniface (Cold Spring)                                     P

F                      C072               St. Boniface (Cold Spring)                                     S

G                     C086               Lewiston-Altura                                              R

H                     C101               Pine Island (ZED)                                           R


Peach Meets, Photo Order (after Green Teams), and P.A.R.T.Y. items to bring:

Meet                Letter               Team #            School/Location


A                     C018               Cottage Grove MS (SWCS)                           W

B                     C032               Lake Middle School (SWCS)                       M x2

C                     C044               Valley Crossing (SWCS)                                     B

D                     C046               Woodbury MS (SWCS)                                     C

E                      C051               Clearview (St. Cloud)                                     P

F                      C071               St. Boniface (Cold Spring)                                     S

G                     C087               Chatfield                                                         R

H                     C105               Stewartville (ZED)                                         R

I                       C110               Grand Rapids                                                  R

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