Actual times and role-play room assignments are published one week prior to the event start.
There are 80 universities in the role-play event of which 6 are rookie schools. We define a rookie school as one that has not competed in either ICSC or NCSC in both of the two previous competitions. We have seven such schools this year:
- Marquette University
- Northern Illinois University
- University of Oregon
- University of South Carolina
- Xavier University of Louisiana
- University of Tampa
- University of Massachusetts Amherst
There are ten role-play rooms in each of round 1A and 1B. Two of those rooms will be set aside for the two competitors from each rookie school plus the two lowest seeded schools (8 competitors per room in round 1).
Competitors are placed in rooms by seed such that for round 1, no top 9 school is competing in the same room with another top 9 school. Click here for the seed table.
ICSC seeding is calculated by looking at the results of the current year’s NCSC results and the last two years of ICSC results. ICSC 2017 is weighted at 50%, ICSC 2016 is weighted at 30% and NCSC 2018 is weighted at 20%. Number 1 is considered the top seed and number 75 the lowest seed. Keep in mind that this is only a rough indication of a school’s recent result and not of any single competitor’s skills. Also note that there is a new eligibility rule this year for ICSC – No student who has finished in the top four at the immediate past NCSC or ICSC role-play competition may compete.
Actual room assignments will be published approximately two weeks before the event when the venue gives us room numbers.
At ICSC, the effect of seeding on judges is minimal. The top seeded competitors go last in each room. So, for ICSC round 1 the top 9 seeds will go last or 8th, the next 9 will go 7th, etc. For ICSC position in the sequence does not play as important a role as in other competitions because we let judges stop after the first half of role-plays in their room and go back and level set their scores if they feel it necessary. Especially for first time judges this allows them to better establish their scoring standard.