Q: We have a conflict for one of our students who is competing in one event and a different event at the same time. For our school they are both scheduled for the same time slot. Is it possible to change one slot for an earlier slot? (section: / paragraph: / sub-paragraph: / line: )
A: No This is the biggest challenge for everyone and it is part of the competition. There are no exceptions made for conflict challenges in the schedule.
There is important rationale involving the logistics of the day and the number of teams participating at any given time, but the important answer is that the schedule is firm and teams must participate at their assigned time. Teams with greater depth (more students prepared for more events) have an advantage, which is part of the overall competition.
You might ask, "what if I can find another school that will switch with me?" The response remains "no." Sometimes switching can create problems in scoring, especially if there is a question related to the team's results or exam. The schedule is firm.