PentathleteTM Preparation


In order to prepare your PentathleteTM for a National Mathematics Pentathlon® Academic Tournament Coaches and Parents need to make all participants knowledgeable of the PentathleteTM Code of Conduct and review the Participation Guidelines and Game Highlight Sheets.


      A PentathleteTM is to treat adults and fellow Pentathletes with courtesy and respect and play by the rules that they know to be true. The Tournament Director will handle any infractions of this rule. Such infractions can result in loss of game (0 points) or being required to leave the tournament site.


      1. All students are known as PentathletesTM. To be a Pentathlete your child must be registered to compete in ALL 5 games and remain at the closing ceremony until the last child receives their award. This is a full day event so please do not schedule other events for this day.
      2. A Pentathlete is to treat adults and fellow Pentathletes with courtesy and respect. The Tournament Director will handle any infraction of this rule.
      3. Pentathletes MUST be accompanied by a guardian.
      4. Pentathlete check-in begins at 7:45 AM. (Arrival after 8:15 may result in forfeiture of first game.)  Pentathletes “Check-In” by picking up the star with their name on it at the check-in table.  Then the Pentathlete joins their school group in the stands.  Their star identifies the order of the five games that each Pentathlete will play.  NOTE: Do not pick up any other Pentathletes’ star.
      5. Each school/club MUST ASSIGN AT LEAST 1 adult volunteer Game Monitor for every 2 students participating. Adult Game Monitors learn one game and watch that game being played during the tournament. Game Monitors should be onsite at 7:30 AM and report directly to the assigned game area to check in with the Game Leader.
      6. After ALL students have checked in, announcements and directions will be made as to how the event will be run.
      7. Parents not volunteering as a Game Monitor may view the tournament from the stands (like a basketball game) and will not be allowed in the game playing areas at any time.
      8. Remember PentathletesTM must play all 5 games. There may be short periods between games to get a snack or use the restroom.
      9. Pentathletes are encouraged to check in with their school’s contact person after each game for words of encouragement, praise, and to record scores.
      10. Running in the building and playing in the stands is not allowed. Always be VERY quiet during tournament play.
      11. LUNCH – Div I & II (K – 3rd grades) do not have an official lunch break but they should have ample time to eat between games. Divisions III and IV tournaments (4th – 7th Grade) will have a half hour lunch break. There will be no time to leave the facility to get food. Concessions will be available at the tournament. Although students may bring sack lunches, we appreciate your support of the service group that provides concessions at the tournament. No food or drink is allowed on the gym floor. However, Game Monitors may take a drink with a lid to their tables.
      12. The closing Award Ceremony recognizes each Pentathlete with an Award and Certificate.
      13. Everyone is expected to stay until the last child receives his or her award.
      14. Depending on the size of the tournament the event has been known to last:
        1. Div I (K-1):  2:00
        2. Div II (2-3):  3:30
        3. Div III (4-5):  4:30
        4. Div IV (6-7):  4:30


      Where do I find information and maps to tournaments?

      How do I know my child is officially registered? Parents who complete Online Registrations will be emailed an Official Ticket to Tournament. After receiving the Ticket, parents are to email the ticket to their School Coach in order to confirm the registration. Parents need to bring the Official MPT Ticket as their proof of payment. NOTE: If at tournament your child is not on our PentathleteTM Registration List & you do not have proof of registration, a $80 deposit will be required for your child to participate. You then will have one week to provide proof of registration or you will lose the deposit.

      Who may register for a tournament?Any child” who is well versed in all five divisional games and has an adult willing to monitor a game may participate.

      Can our school send more Game Monitors? YES!  We encourage schools and clubs to send MORE than the required number of Game Monitors.

      If my child can’t make it, can I get a refund? Registration is non-refundable and non-transferable.


      The Pentathlon Institute publishes the National Mathematics Pentathlon® Academic Tournament Game Highlight Sheets to provide a brief overview of tournament rules for each game by Division Level. They also contain the most recent rule updates to the Official Rule Manuals. These Essential Highlights include: Common Division Rules, Game Specific General Rules, and Rules for Challenging. In no way are these sheets to replace the Official Rule Manuals that present all rules for instructing PentathletesTM. Rather, these summary sheets condense the information into an easy to read format once you are familiar with the rules in the Official Manual. These important sheets should be used by coaches and parents to prepare PentathletesTM for a National Tournament. They are also used at tournaments by Game Monitors to make rulings when PentathletesTM present challenges.
      NOTE: Link to current Tournament Game Highlight Sheets