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All teams from New York and New Jersey are invited to present their solutions at the 2021 NYDI / NJDI Affiliate Tournament, on April 10, 2021.

The Tournament will be held entirely online.

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Owing to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to hold an in-person Tournament this year.

But we will still have a great celebration of creativity online, at our online, virtual, 2021 NYDI Affiliate Tournament!

Each team will:

  • Solve a Team Challenge and an Instant Challenge.
  • Meet online with a prep-area Appraiser, where they will "check in" to their Challenge.
  • Present their Solution to the public, and to our Appraisers.
  • Have an opportunity to answer post-presentation questions asked by the Appraisers
  • Be scored by the Appraisers. 
  • Receive their raw scores and have the opportunity to discuss them with the Challenge Master.
  • Be acknowledged for the hard work that they put into their Solution.

At the end of the day, we will hold a Virtual Awards Ceremony:

  • Medals will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placing Teams.
  • It will be announced which Teams will be invited to participate in Global Finals 2021.
  • Special Awards wil be announced.

How to Watch the Tournament

ChallengeKindStartEndYouTube Link
The Next Level Technical 9:00 AM 4:30 PM https://youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM
Epic Remix Fine Arts 9:15 AM 4:45 PM
Critter's Big Adventure Early Learning 1:00 PM 1:15 PM
Project Podcast Service Learning 9:15 AM 11:15 AM https://youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU
In Theory Scientific 9:30 AM 11:30 AM
Case Closed Improv 11:45 AM 4:30 PM
Built to Last Engineering 12:00 PM 4:15 PM
Closing Ceremony 5:30 PM 6:30 PM https://youtu.be/LHjaPuAL_iA

 

Notes:

  • Multiple Challenges will be hosted in each of the YouTube streams
  • Please share the YouTube links with Team parents, family and friends
  • The time of the Closing Ceremony is approximate; we will email all participants when it is about to begin.

Latest Updates

  • Please see the Tournament Day Details below!
  • Rules of the Road has very important updates this year for Virtual Tournaments and Virtual Instant Challenge. It is the Team and the Team Manager's responsibility to read and understand these very important new rules and procedures.
  • Tournament Guide For Teams has been completely revised this year for virtual tournaments. Please read the entire Tournament Guide as it contains all of the instructions for on-line submission of forms, etc. as required this year.
  • Challenge Release / Video submission dates:
    • Instant Challenge: Release at 3:00am on March 5; Submission Deadline 11:59pm on March 8
    • Improv (Case Closed): Release at 3:00am on March 12; Submission Deadline 11:59pm on March 15
    • All other Challenges: Submission Deadline 11:59pm on March 29
  • All submission of Tournament Data Forms will be online. More details are available in Tournament Guide For Teams.

Collaboration with New Jersey Destination Imagination

NYDI and NJDI will be holding a joint Tournament this year. NY and NJ teams will both present their solutions in the same event, and scored by the a shared set of Appraisers, but NY and NJ teams will be ranked separately, and send their own separate teams to Global Finals. Please check back soon for more information on this topic.

General Information

Teams and team managers are advised to review the following information:

How to Register for the Tournament

Register Your Team is our online registration system.Tournament registration is open now!

Team Challenge

  • Please see Rules of the Road and Tournament Guide for Teams for important new information about how to present your Team Challenge at our Virtual Tournament. It is your responsibility as a Team or Team Manager to read and understand these rules, many of which are new this year!Your selected Challenge may have additional considerations for Virtual Tournaments.
  • Please read your Challenge carefully, as the Challenges have been adjusted significantly to permit online presentation.
  • Video Submission Deadlines:
    • The Next Level (Technical) — March 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time FINAL Updated
    • In Theory (Scientific) — March 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time  FINAL Updated
    • Epic Remix (Fine Arts) — March 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time  FINAL Updated
    • Case Closed (Improvisational) — 
      • The Improv Unknowns that your team must use will be released on March 12, 2021 at 3:00 a.m Eastern Time.  FINAL
      • Your Video Presentation must be submitted to NYDI by March 15, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.  FINAL
    • Built to Last (Engineering) — March 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time FINAL Updated
    • Project Podcast (Service Learning) — March 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time FINAL Updated
    • Critter's Big Adventure (Early Learning) — March 29, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time FINAL Updated
  • NYDI / NJDI will NOT be reviewing Team Challenge Q&A Videos! 
    • There is no need to submit one.
    • In place of the Q&A Video, every team will video-conference directly with the appraisers on Tournament day (April 10th).

Instant Challenge

  • Please see Rules of the Road and Tournament Guide for Teams for important updated information about Instant Challenge at Virtual Tournaments. It is your responsibility as a Team or Team Manager to read and understand these rules, many of which are new this year!
  • The Instant Challenge Release Date will be March 5, 2021 at 3:00 a.m. Eastern Time. FINAL
  • Teams must submit their recorded Instant Challenge solution by the Due Date which is March 8, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time . FINAL 
  • DI Inc. has published several wonderful sets of Practice Instant Challenges! We especially recommend the Jan 15 Instant Challenges - FOR PRACTICE ONLY - Letter file, as these are most representative of the Challenges that we will be using, but the other Practice I/C's in the resource area are also useful. See Resource Area → Documents → View Documentsin the Challenge Materials → Instant Challenge - U.S. Letter folder.

About the tournament itself

What else

Tournament Day Details

  • Before the day of the Tournament each team will receive an email with detailed connection information, specifically for their team:
    • Teams and Team Managers will connect to the Tournament via Zoom five minutes before their scheduled performance time, and will be placed in a waiting room
    • When joining the Zoom call, please change your display name:
      • Team Members: Set name to TeamNumber - name (e.g. 134-12345 - John Doe).
      • Team Manager: Set name to TeamNumber MANAGER - name (e.g. 134-12345 MANAGER- Alex Doe).
    • At the performance time, the team will be admitted to the video conference room
    • Every team's Team Challenge Video submissions will be presented to the Appraisers and to the public
    • After the video is presented, the Team will move into an on-line breakout room for a Q&A session with the Appraisers.
      • Updated Any props or devices that are part of the team's solution should be available during the Q&A session, so that Appraisers can view them and ask questions about them.
  • Spectators can watch the entire Tournament live on YouTube 
  • Teams can watch other teams' performances on YouTube
  • Distribution of raw scores:
    • Raw scores will be sent to the Team Manager electronically shortly after the performance.
    • If the team wishes to discuss the raw scores with the Head Appraiser, they must request a conference within 15 minutes of when the raw scores were sent. You will receive an email back with instructions for the conference.
    • After conferring with the Head Appraiser, the team disputes the scores, they must file an official Dialogue Request Form withing 30 minutes of the conference.
  • The day will end with a Virtual Awards Ceremony, streamed live on YouTube around 5:30pm.
  • More details concerning procedures will be determined shortly, and will be posted here and sent to teams via email.

Advancement to Global Finals

  • Selection of teams:.
    • UPDATED First and Second place teams for each level and each challenge at the Affiliate Tournament will advance to Global Finals 2021.
    • In addition, NYDI may enter 1 team per Challenge, per Level, into the Lottery System, by which additional teams may be selected by Destination Imagination, Inc. to attend Global Finals.
    • Teams must have made a good-faith effort to solve the Challenge and have no significant deductions for Unsportsmanlike Conduct in order to advance.
  • See 2021 NYDI POLICY FOR ADVANCEMENT TO GLOBAL FINALS for full details.
  • ALL teams must pre-order a Champ Pack, and should be prepared to complete the purchase by end-of-day on April 10th. The Champ Pack is mandatory for advancing teams, and includes NYDI T-Shirts for every participant, and a few trading pins. Cost will be determined in early 2021. Advancing teams can be purchase additional shirts and pins at a discount. We strongly suggest pre-ordering to streamline the purchase process!  Champ Pack orders must be complete on the day of the tournament in order to guarantee availability for Global Finals!  See the Champ Pack page for details.
  • What if we Win at States and are going to Global Finals?

Global Finals Team Managers Meeting

There is a very important online Team Manager Meeting after the awards ceremony to review the “Going to Globals” process. One Team Manager from every advancing team MUST attend. We will have a packet of information for the Team Manager and we will review the process. There are veterans in this group that will have great insight to share as well. We intend for this meeting to be brief but focused, running not more than 30 minutes. The schedule of this meeting will be announced a few weeks before the Tournament.

Tournament Schedule

IMPORTANT 

2021 NY/NJ Affiliate Tournament Schedule

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Team # Af. Organization Location Team Name Ch. Challenge Name Lv. TC Time Room YouTube Link Team Manager
131-96366 NJ EHS Destination Imagination Elizabeth Pundemic A The Next Level SL 9:00 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Louis Sobo
134-24885 NY Croton-Harmon UFSD Croton on Hudson dUH rHYmiNg gOhDz A The Next Level ML 9:30 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Vikram Ekambaram
131-67171 NJ Passaic Academy for Science and Engineereing Passaic, NJ Energetic Engineers A The Next Level ML 10:15 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Sue-Anne Alonso
131-86705 NJ Memorial MS Fair Lawn Insert Name Here A The Next Level ML 10:45 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Stephen Thompson
131-95310 NJ Christina Seix Academy Trenton We DI'd It A The Next Level ML 11:30 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Jenna Brower
134-24719 NY West Seneca CSD West Seneca The Hackers A The Next Level ML 12:00 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Rae Zimmerman
134-24036 NY Lakeland CSD Shrub oak D.I.amonds A The Next Level ML 13:15 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Lori Macdonald, Eric Rauschenbach
134-14564 NY Croton-Harmon UFSD Croton on Hudson Never Nachos A The Next Level EL 13:45 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Shannon Varekamp, Maria Montano
131-28586 NJ Mountain Lakes BOE Mountain Lakes Flaming Hot McChetos A The Next Level EL 14:30 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Michael Hollick, Ken Adams
131-57745 NJ Basking Ridge DI Basking Ridge The Alpha Battalions A The Next Level EL 15:00 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Abha Gandhi
131-71720 NJ Team EverPark Scotch Plains The Sneakin' D-Einsteins A The Next Level EL 15:45 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Louis Sobo
131-80100 NJ Mountain Lakes BOE Mountain Lakes Shrek Inc. A The Next Level EL 16:15 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Laura Stuss
131-92436 NJ Mountain Lakes BOE Mountain Lakes DIssac Newtons B In Theory EL 9:30 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Danielle Pruser
131-58350 NJ Hackensack HS Hackensack hackensack high school B In Theory SL 10:00 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Tom Terzano
131-96247 NJ EHS Destination Imagination Elizabeth Double Entendres B In Theory SL 10:45 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Louis Sobo
134-92847 NY Croton-Harmon UFSD Croton on Hudson Ghostbuster Finders B In Theory SL 11:15 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Zhanna Glazenburg
131-46668 NJ EHS Destination Imagination Elizabeth The Exploding DI-nomites C Epic Remix SL 9:15 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Louis Sobo
131-68740 NJ EHS Destination Imagination Elizabeth 7 SEAs IS OK C Epic Remix SL 9:45 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Louis Sobo
131-87039 NJ EHS Destination Imagination Elizabeth [Untitled] C Epic Remix SL 10:30 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Louis Sobo
131-70184 NJ Washington Township BOE Long Valley D.I.amonds C Epic Remix ML 11:00 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Christine Reid
134-04264 NY Chappaqua CSD Chappaqua Burrito-bomination C Epic Remix ML 11:45 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Heather Zschock, Adam Beckerman, Robin Chwatko
134-29850 NY Orchard Park DI Orchard Park Golden Pandas C Epic Remix ML 12:15 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Matthew Bingley
131-11554 NJ Passaic Academy for Science and Engineering Passaic, NJ Sparkles C Epic Remix ML 13:30 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Sue-Anne Alonso
131-27276 NJ Chester School District Chester The Elements of Empowerment C Epic Remix ML 14:00 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Laura Garrison
131-41285 NJ Mountain Lakes BOE Mountain Lakes DIA C Epic Remix ML 14:45 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Natalia Shishkin
134-79701 NY Ossining DI Ossining The Toasted Five C Epic Remix EL 15:15 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Katherin Crossling
131-23764 NJ Mountain Lakes BOE Mountain Lakes Llamaz C Epic Remix EL 16:00 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Kaitlin Mulcahy
131-37151 NJ Mountain Lakes BOE Mountain Lakes The Five Amigos C Epic Remix EL 16:30 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Ryan Gorman, Mary Adams
134-87468 NY Somers CSD Somers Secret Elephant Society of Pyros D Case Closed EL 11:45 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Cameron McClure
131-21787 NJ Readington Township Schools Whitehouse Station G.I.L.S.S.Y D Case Closed EL 12:15 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Lauren Mahoney, Meryl Vance
134-48967 NY Dobbs Ferry UFSD Dobbs Ferry DI of a SPY D Case Closed ML 13:15 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Ellen Flaks
131-03117 NJ Christina Seix Academy Trenton Just DI It D Case Closed ML 13:45 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Jenna Brower
131-98903 NJ Readington Township Schools Whitehouse Station Paneras Mac & Cheese from Costco D Case Closed ML 14:30 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Lauren Mahoney, Meryl Vance
134-73208 NY Orchard Park DI Orchard Park The Mallards D Case Closed SL 15:00 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Maureen Bass
131-34958 NJ EHS Destination Imagination Elizabeth Human Espressos D Case Closed SL 15:45 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Louis Sobo
131-92840 NJ West Morris Regional HS Far Hills Intense Diamonds D Case Closed SL 16:15 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Kristine Cresti
134-46811 NY Lakeland CSD Shrub oak SUPER STEAM TRAIN E Built to Last EL 12:00 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Neepa Biswas
134-24999 NY Lakeland CSD Shrub oak SUPER SONIC SIX E Built to Last ML 12:30 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Neepa Biswas
134-26237 NY Orchard Park DI Orchard Park Furious 5 E Built to Last ML 13:30 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Anna Worang-Zizzi
134-61046 NY Croton-Harmon UFSD Croton on Hudson We are Greg E Built to Last ML 14:00 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Marc Albanese
131-01088 NJ Long Valley MS Washington Township Vanishing Snake Potatoes E Built to Last ML 14:45 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Rj Bohrer
131-31351 NJ EHS Destination Imagination Elizabeth D.I. Ligence E Built to Last SL 15:15 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Louis Sobo
134-87116 NY Dobbs Ferry UFSD Dobbs Ferry dancing with the donkLee feet E Built to Last SL 16:00 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Justine Henry
134-25785 NY Veggie Nuggets Jackson Heights, Queens, NY Veggie Nuggets PO Project Podcast ML 9:15 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Duncan Maru, Sheela Maru
131-24898 NJ EHS Destination Imagination Elizabeth O.H.A.N.A. PO Project Podcast SL 9:45 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Louis Sobo
134-04241 NY Orchard Park DI Orchard Park That Team ~ The Final Ride PO Project Podcast SL 10:30 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Jennifer Brady
131-43150 NJ Bernards DI Basking Ridge With Love PO Project Podcast SL 11:00 Red youtu.be/m7Ai92YJnlU Claudia Hodges
134-29181 NY NYC Independent New York Creative Creatures RS Critter's Big Adventure RS 13:00 Green youtu.be/dscNMoNxStM Jeana Oh

 

 

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