AGazine, June 2017

The Online Magazine of the Academic Games Leagues of America

News & Notes Math Rules Proposals Rules Changes Down Memory Lane Past AGazines


News and Notes

Calendar of Events



AGLOA Board of Directors meeting – Knoxville TN


AGLOA Board meeting with Tournament Council – Knoxville


Board-Tournament Council meeting ends


Math Rules Voting

A new procedure was followed this year for voting on Equations and On-Sets rules proposals. Previously, a committee composed of seven members from various states voted on all proposals after consulting with the coaches in their area. It was decided at this year’s Nationals that all certified math judges would vote on proposals affecting the game(s) and division(s) for which they are certified. Also, it was decided by a preliminary vote of the judges that 60% of votes cast would be needed for a proposal to pass.

Four proposals were sent to the judges. None of the proposals gained the 60% majority needed to pass.


  1. Add the Elementary/Middle Even-Year Variation Decimal Point to the Junior variation list and alternate it with Exponent (Odd year).
  2. Senior Division: If Proposal 1 passes, alternate Decimal Point and Exponent on the Senior list of variations also.


  1. Middle Division: Return the Double Color variation to the Middle list.
  2. Middle/Junior Divisions: Add the Senior variation Two Solutions to the Middle and Junior variations lists.


Rules Changes for 2017-18

Reading Games
  • Junior/Senior Divisions: A player marking an answer on the wrong line is penalized a point. A monitor must initial the penalty with a red pen.
  • Elementary/Middle: The first time a player marks an answer on the wrong line in a round, there is no penalty although a monitor must initial the correction with a red pen. Any other answers on the wrong line by that player the remainder of the round incur a one-point penalty that must be initialed by a monitor.


  • Elementary/Middle will play Presidents 1-12 and 13-24.
    Junior/Senior will play Presidents 1-24 and 25-45. Gazetteers will be updated to include president 45.
  • The Theme for all divisions is First Ladies.
    Junior/Senior will also focus on Election Opponents and U.S. Leaders Group 1 (Presidents 1-24): Clara Barton, Jefferson Davis, Frederick Douglass, Robert E. Lee, Lucretia Mott, Sitting Bull, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Tecumseh, Sojourner Truth.


The sections for 2017-18 are B, C, D, and F.

LinguiSHTIK rules changes and Theme, as well as Current Events, subtopics will be announced in September.


Down Memory Lane

The following rules were listed for Equations in the rules for the 3rd Annual Academic Games Olympics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1968.

These two variations will be used.

  1. Both sides of the equation may be interpreted as being expressions in any one of the integral bases 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, which are possible considering the numerals used. That is, 24 can mean any of six different numbers (bases 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10); 78 can mean either of two numbers (bases 9 or 10). The player making the equation, not the goal-setter, specifies what base the equation is in. On the left side of the equal sign, no numeral may be used which represents a number higher than 9 (base 10). This, in effect, means that 13 base 4 (7 base 10) is permissible on the left side, but 23 base 4 (11 base 10) is not, etc. Two-, three-, or four-cube numerals may be used on the left side in these instances. There does not need to be and there may not be a cube to represent the base; this is verbalized by the player making the equation. Both sides of the equation must be expressed in the same number base.
  2. The goal-setter specifies, at the time that he sets the goal, where the decimal point is in the row of cubes that constitute the goal. (For instance, he might specify 23 as 23, 2.3, or .23; 01 may be specified as 1, 0.1, or .01, etc. Furthermore, there may not be any decimal expressions on the left side of the equation.

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