This is a brief overview about proper player conduct.
What Kids Should Do Once Their Game is Over
- Tell their opponent "good game".
- Make sure their result is recorded. This can be handled differently by various TDs/Arbiters/Organizers. Expect any of the following procedures:
- Raising hand for a TD to witness the end position (checkmate/stalemate/clock flagged out of time)
- Filling out a results sheet to turn in
- Players both going to the pair chart and recording the results on their own accord - make sure it is recorded ACCURATELY!
- Help one another either to
- reset the board to have it ready for the next round
- packing up the pieces and board, etc for whoever brought the equipment
- Go find their parent/guardian and wait for the next round to start
Player Conduct During the Game(s)
- Players are not allowed to leave from the playing hall while it is on their move unless you have the arbiter's permission. If you need to go to the restroom, do so while it is on your opponent's turn to move.
- You are expected to inform the tournament director if you need to step outside of the building for any reason, i.e. smoking, fetch a jacket from the car, etc.
- You are not allowed to discuss your game with anyone during a round, this includes your friends or your parents or any bystanders. Do not discuss or comment on other games going on as other players may overhear conversations which could affect the game(s).
- Do not communicate with a player who is seated at the board during a game. This includes non-verbal communication such as hand gestures/body language, eye rolls, etc. Communication amongst players while walking around the playing hall during a round should also not take place as it will generate suspicion and likely lead to accusations of cheating.
- Please upon each departure or entrance to and from the playing hall, close the door GENTLY and QUIETLY behind you. This is to minimize disturbance to other players. Do not slam or close the door in a hurry as this generates unnecessary noise. Players who refuse to cooperate with this request may face time penalties or more severe penalties for repeat offenders.
- No running, hopping, skipping or similar horseplay in the tournament hall. Kids are expected to be on their best behavior both inside and outside of the playing hall. This means no screaming, yelling, loud talking in the hallways near the playing hall as it can be disruptive to the players inside of the hall.
- Please be respectful and courteous of other players and of the playing venue itself. The playing venue includes all spaces within the building and the parking lot and surrounding areas. Players are expected to clean up after themselves and not litter and/or leave any mess behind in all areas.
- Do not trash-talk your opponent.
- If watching their friend's game, watch from BEHIND their friend and stand at least 2 feet away. Do not snuggle in and lean on the table or stand directly nearby any players.
- If your opponent makes a move without pushing their clock lever afterwards, it is good sportsmanship to inform your opponent and ask them to do so. You can however, also opt to just push it for them before making your own move.
- EVERYONE should be quiet/silent in the tournament hall. The only talking that should be happening is if there's an issue about a move or a dispute about something. As such, you should use "library level" voices and whisper. Do your best to not disturb other players nearby.
- DO NOT ANALYZE & REVIEW your game at the board with your opponent. Step outside of the playing hall.