General Rules

1. Be on time! 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 losing their chance to compete.

2. Attendance matters! 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. Don't skip out on workshops. Students must stay until the end of each workshop in order to be counted present.

4. Be respectful. Always show utmost respect to the person(s) leading and taking part in workshops, competitions, and all other parts of MIST.  Any discrimination or acts that may infringe the rights of others in any part of MIST, including but not limited to competition submissions, will not be tolerated.  This includes but is not limited to discrimination against individuals based on religion, race, color, gender, sex, ethnicity, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, ancestry, national origin, mental health, and socio-economic background.  

5. Keep your hands to yourself. Any unwanted physical contact is not permitted.

6. No private meetups. Any unwanted private one-on-one interactions are not permitted. Anyone reserves the right to request a third person in any interaction.

7. Act professionally. Be a mature representative of your high school or city. Remember that you are representing the next generation of community leaders. Your behavior should reflect that image.

8. Don't be MIA from your tournament. MIST participants may not leave the building without a registered coach from their own team, or without the MIST Board’s permission.

9. Always have your ID! MIST name badges and/or identification bands must be worn at all times. If a replacement is needed, see a MIST Representative immediately.

8. No ditching. No student is allowed to leave the tournament early on any 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, contact your Regional Registration Headquarters. We reserve the right to allow/refuse 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.

9. Stick with your coach! Each team MUST be accompanied by at least one coach. A coach can be a parent, a teacher, an administrator, or a sibling older than 21 years of age. At least one coach MUST be at the tournament with their team at all times and never leave the campus. If a coach has to leave, he/she must have a replacement. Please plan ahead and send a coach registration form for each of the coaches who will be accompanying your team.

10. Follow the rules and regulations! Read the program and your competition rules carefully. Participants are required to follow the rules published in the Annual Competitions Rulebook published at If you don’t know, ASK!

11. Dress professionally. All participants are required to follow the MIST dress code.

12. Have good sportsmanship! Share ideas with others, help each other solve problems, and HAVE FUN!