Rules and Regulations

The following rules must be followed. Competitors and participants risk disqualification if they do not follow any of these rules.

Registration Rules

Refer to the Registration Page for all registration related rules.



General Rules

  1. Each student competing is responsible for being prompt to the Orientation Session for his/her event and for the time period for which they are scheduled to compete. Students must be on time or risk disqualification.
  2. Be prompt in attending all workshops. Students and their teams receive points for attending the workshops they’ve chosen. Failure to appear at these workshops will cause your team to lose points.
  3. Students must stay until the end of each workshop in order to be counted present.
  4. Always show utmost respect to the person(s) leading and taking part in the workshops, along with your team members in group activities.
  5. Be a mature representative of your high school and/or your MSA/Islamic Club. Remember that you are representing the next generation of community leaders. Your behavior should reflect that image.
  6. MIST participants may not leave the building without their registered coach/sponsor, or without the MIST Board’s permission.
  7. The dress code should be proper and appropriate since it reflects directly upon the Muslim Students Association and the Muslims in general at the University of Maryland College Park and the community. The following dress code will be enforced at MIST:
    • Islamic, prayer appropriate clothes. Students cannot wear clothes that are see through, tight, or suggestive in any way. Shirts should be long enough to cover your stomach and back side. Students should not wear low rise pants that show any skin.
    • Students should wear business casual attire for all their interviews with the judges.
    • Male students should not wear shorts above their knees.
    • Females cannot show anything other than their face and hands. This means they cannot wear short sleeve shirts and/or shorts.
    • No tank tops for both male and female students are allowed.
    • Students cannot wear clothes that contain language or symbols that demean an identifiable person or group or otherwise infringe on the rights of others.
    • Points will be deducted in each competition if the dress code rules are not followed.
  8. MIST name badges and identification bands must be worn at all times. If a replacement is needed, see a MIST Representative immediately. All students who registered for a particular team MUST attend both days of MIST. Hence, students MUST plan ahead and ensure that other activities do not clash with the MIST tournament. If a student chooses to not attend either day of MIST, they risk bringing their team average down. They also risk complete disqualification from the tournament.
  9. No student is allowed to leave the tournament early on either day. All teams/students must arrive on time and leave only when the tournament is over. **IF** there is an important reason for a student to leave early, he/she needs to let MIST know no less than 7 days in advance. To obtain permission to leave early, email us We reserve the right to refuse or allow a student from leaving early. Also, once MIST gives the student permission to leave early, he/she MUST let the team coach know that they are leaving and when they will return.
  10. Each team MUST be accompanied by a coach. The coach can be a parent, a teacher, an administrator, or a sibling older than 21 years of age. The coach MUST be at the tournament with their team and never leave the campus. If a coach has to leave, he/she must provide a replacement. Please plan ahead and send a coach registration form for each of the coaches who will be accompanying your team.
  11. Read the program and your competition rules carefully. If you don’t know, ASK!
  12. Share ideas with others; help each other solve problems, and HAVE FUN!


Age Restrictions

In addition to the rules below, students must be between the ages of 13 and 18 by the first day of the tournament to participate in MIST.

High school students attending public/private high schools

  1. If you are a high school student attending public or private high school, you may be a competitor in MIST if you are a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior.
  2. For those students who attend public/private high schools, you may not join MIST if you have already graduated from high school, regardless of your age.
  3. For those students who have graduated from high school and would like to volunteer their time to help out with MIST, we welcome your offer of help. You can let us know you want to volunteer by email us at

Home Schooled Students

The following rules apply ONLY to students who are home schooled:

If you are homeschooled, you can join MIST as long as you do not have your high school diploma or GED and/or you are 17 years of age or younger by the first day of the tournament. For example, if you home school and are taking college level classes to fulfill your graduation requirements or to take the GED, you can join MIST. If you are unsure whether you can join MIST, please email us at

Students Younger Than 14

Students who are 13 years of age by the first day of the tournament AND who exhibit a strong sense of maturity and intellect may compete in MIST if they complete a one page essay describing why they want to compete. The essay, written in MS Word or another word process applications, must be EMAILED to no later than the early registration date. The competitor must also include his/her age, date of birth, school s/he attends, MIST team s/he is joining, home address, home phone number, and cell phone number (if applicable) on the top left of the essay. These students cannot join MIST as part of a one-person team. In other words, they must join an already existent team.