The following Region-Specific Rules are added to the
Generic ACM ICPC Regional Rules
The Southern California region consists of California south of
and including San Luis Obispo, Kern, and San Bernardino counties,
and Clark County, Nevada.
By registering a team, a coach certifies the eligibility of
the team members.
All team members are expected to attend the day's activities, starting with
Registration. No team member may participate in the Contest unless s/he is
present for the start of the Contest.
- Exceptions can be made by the Registrar in consultation with the Contest Director.
If there is a known issue, such as the GRE, the team member should notify the Registrar and request an exception in advance.
- In the event an exception is granted:
No adjustments/allowances will be made to the team or the late team member—the Contest will end 5 hours after it starts.
No recap of the information provided at Orientation will be provided, and no consideration (time or any other) will be given if any of that information is requested and cannot be provided in a timely manner.
With a few exceptions only, contestants may not bring ANY electronic devices onto the Contest floor. This rule includes electronic calculators, watches with calculators, PDAs, cellular phones, pagers, laptops, and personal audio and/or video players. We will be collecting these items in the computer labs. If you don't want to leave them at home, we suggest that you arrange with your coach or other non-contestant to hold the items for you during the contest. We will allow watches without calculator or programming functions, medical devices such as glucometers, and cameras. Although care will be taken, the Contest Officials accept no responsibility for the return or the return condition of any items they hold.
As a reminder, you may not bring machine-readable versions of software or data. In other words, leave the floppies, CDs, DVDs, USB flash disks, etc., at home. We do plan to disable floppy drives and USB ports on the workstations during the contest.
You may bring non-electronic resources such as textbooks and paper documents. [Please note that the World Finals has more restrictive rules about the materials that may be brought to the contest.] During the contest, you may use any online documentation that has been installed as part of the contest environment.
During the contest, contestants are to use only the network to submit contest problems or questions, and get responses from the contest officials. Connecting to any other computer on the LAN or Internet, either before or during the contest, with telnet, FTP, Web browser, email, or any other network application is grounds for expulsion from the contest.
Conduct of the Contest
C, C++, Java, and Python 3 will be the contest languages. Other languages may be added for future contests if the languages are supported at the World Finals and there is sufficient demand.
For 2016, Southern California Regional support for Python solutions is considered
experimental in preparation for the 2017 World Finals' pending adoption
Regional judges will accept solutions coded in Python 3, but do
not guarantee the problems posed can be solved using Python 3.
Experimental support with no guarantee boils down to external library support and interpreter performance. Specifically,
(1) Python 3 supported at the Southern California regional contest will be the standard release of version 3.5.1 available from python.org. NO additional packages will be available in the judges' execution environment.
(2) The execution time limits set for each problem will NOT be scaled based upon the language. It is the contestants' responsibility to select the appropriate tool (language and algorithm) to produce correct output within the allotted time limits.
- Submitted source files must be no larger than 300000 bytes.
- Notification of both accepted and rejected runs will continue through the end of the contest.
- Scores will continue to be updated through the end of the contest.
- All teams who solve at least one problem will be ranked.
- Ranking will be determined:
- first by number of problems solved;
- second by total elapsed time to each solution (measured to the second) plus a 1200-second (20-minute) penalty per rejected submission for problems that are eventually solved;
- and third by fewest number of rejected submissions for problems that are eventually solved.
- During the Contest, team members are permitted to communicate with their own team mates or contest officials only.
For more information, see the
ACM-ICPC Regionals General Information web page.
Use the Regional Contest Info Finder in the lower right corner.