Coaches help enhance and foster students' interest in the ever-changing worlds of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

This page provides the resources coaches need to provide students a successful Ohio Science Olympiad experience. Remember--a coach's job is to train, guide, and teach. Students must be responsible and accountable for the team's success. Here's how you can help your team:

  • Know the Science Olympiad rules
  • Set goals for the students
  • Set a criterion for continued participation
  • Be a resource
  • Host regular practices
  • Have fun!

Coaches Traning Manual


Rules Manual

Download the free 2021 Science Olympiad Rules Manuals in the Science Olympiad Store now, and check out MY SO for single-player online tests, free Lesson Plans and STEM career videos! 

Science Olympiad Rules Manual


Season Planning Update

While the COVID-19 situation still changes daily, the National Office has laid out the most likely scenarios for where students will be learning and have developed a series of models which will allow State Chapters to start the season with enough options and flexibility to provide registered Science Olympiad teams with a good experience, no matter how local situations evolve.

2021 Season Planner Flowchart

MY SO Calendar

mini SO Event Chart

These new ways to play have already passed through levels of approval by the board and major stakeholder groups. Additionally, for each new way to play the National Office has identified the conditions under which the model is most appropriate.

The dividing line between the two sides of the Season Planner Flowchart is whether students are learning in school or at home. For those attending school at a physical school building, there are the options of a regular Science Olympiad tournament, or the new Satellite SO. For students in distance learning mode where COVID-19 precautions are still in place, we’re adding mini SO, MY SO and the 3 C’s

During these trying times, we are asking you to think differently – to use your incredible network to stay engaged