For specific tournament information, such as directions to tournaments, maps of the facilities, schedules etc. Please visit the Regional Information page.
NOTE: MORNING ONLY FOR RISING STARS. If you are assigned to our Rising Star Challenge, please note this is a morning ½ day training and is mandatory (8:30 AM—12:30 PM). You will be finished before the other challenge trainings-plan any carpooling accordingly.
NOTE #2: If you are an EXPERIENCED Rising Star appraiser from past years—you do not have to attend ANY training. Please take the online review test.
Experienced ATO's (Appraiser Team Organizers) do not need to retrain. Take the review quiz online.
Bring your challenge. (Please have read it over several times) Bring a pen or pencil. Bring lunch. (Coffee, beverages & dessert will be provided) REMEMBER.....DRESS CASUALLY. Be comfortable.
If you are an Instant Challenge appraiser – you will NOT receive a copy of your challenge now. Otherwise, your challenge is attached. Please read it over before you train and bring it with you. It may seem overwhelming but you will be working with a team of appraisers and you will have one specific job to do.
Remember, If your child is performing at the tournament you are assigned - you will not see their performance.
YES, but if you can try to make the assigned training, you will meet your head appraiser and other team members. TRAININGS ARE IDENTICAL AND YOU MAY ATTEND THE ONE THAT’S MOST CONVENIENT. BRING A LUNCH. (Dessert & Beverages provided)
Appraiser Training 1 - Saturday February 2, 2013 at Grafton HS, Grafton
Appraiser Training 2 - Saturday February 9, 2013 at Innovative Academy School, Tyngsboro, MA
Visit the directions page for turn-by-turn directions to the venue.
Oversees the Appraiser team, presents scores to the team managers, sets up the site, and prints all paperwork needed. Assigned by the Regional Director. Not a choice online but if interested contact your RD.
Scores one part of a challenge during the team’s performance; technical or performance based items. After each performance, you will interact and talk to the teams to better evaluate their solutions. This person should interact well with kids and be able to speak to kids on their level of understanding. Training required.
You must be outgoing & friendly person who greets the team and gives the team instructions. Checks over a team’s paperwork, answers last minute questions and relaxes the team. REQUIRES AN EASY GOING PERSON WHO IS GOOD WITH DETAILS & EXCELLENT WITH KIDS. Training required.
Gives directions to teams in the Launch Area and introduces the team. Keeps audience entertained between performances, crowd control, and keeps track of all timed elements in the challenge. This person is a “HAM” and enjoys performing to an audience. An upbeat and loud voice – A MUST. Training is required.
Collects, sorts paperwork, checks for omissions, prepares papers for Head Appraiser and score room. This person is well organized and detailed. This person may have to bring score sheets back and forth from the site to the score room. This job does not score teams. Training is required for anyone new to this role.
Works with one or two other appraisers in a quiet classroom. Each team that enters your room will be given the same challenge, directions and materials. You will score a team’s solution for creativity, teamwork and other criteria. You will set up the room for each team. This person must interact well with children. Training is required.
Working in a team environment, this role requires individuals who are comfortable with computers and will enter thousands of individual team score elements in the official DI Tournament Scoring Program. Your team will be led by a Score Master. Advance training is NOT required, training will take place the day of the Tournament.
Responsible for the set up and coordination of the sales table at the tournament, this is a full day job. Works with other sales table officials to handle sales of merchandise, process credit card purchases and assist customers. SHORT TRAINING REQUIRED if you are new to this job.
Responsible for provision of breakfast and lunch for tournament officials. (Approximately 100) This is a full day job. Set up and maintain appraiser lounge. Budget will be provided by MADI. NO TRAINING NEEDED, however you must communicate regularly with the Regional Director.
Must be an RN, EMT or MD to be on call AT the tournament all day for any health or medical problems. Tournament will provide an appropriate space for treatment as necessary. NO TRAINING NEEDED.
Could be assigned to assist in IC Check In or anywhere needed. NO TRAINING NEEDED BUT MUST WORK ALL DAY of TOURNAMENT.
*Note: Please take your 2-day commitment seriously. If you sign up, please follow through and attend the Saturday training. This program teaches kids commitment and teamwork. We expect the adults to set the example. Teams without an appraiser must pay a $150 fee by the Regional Meeting in February. Any team whose registered appraiser does not show up at the training will be invoiced for the $150 and the team will be allowed to present their solution, but will not be scored and will not have the opportunity to move on to the State or Global competitions!! We have often seen teams hurt because adults did not take their commitment seriously. Please understand that we have this policy only because MADI is run totally by volunteers and we can’t provide tournaments without the help from each team. We would much rather have the volunteers – not the money. This is a small investment of your time and talents to do something to help a great group of kids have an experience they will never forget! Thank you.