Social Studies/Model U.N.
1. The Social Studies competition will be a Model United Nations (MUN).
2. The MUN shall consist of three events, each to be held at (a) site(s) designated by the organizing school and the event coordinator.
3. One topic will be used for each competition.
B. Team Membership
1. Each team shall consist of six delegations (note: only the top four delegations per team shall be scored). In the event that the League encompasses 6 (six) or more schools, then the delegations will be divided into two groups - A and B. Otherwise, the delegation will compete as a whole. Each school will provide an eligibility list of the team members by the date of the first contest.
2. Team members may be from any grade level 9-12.
C. Competition Guidelines
1. The countries assigned to each school will be sent to each school prior to October 1. The pre-selected topics, determined by the coaches during the fall coaches meeting, will be sent with these assignments.
2. Each delegation will prepare a resolution on the specified topics and mail these resolutions to the sponsoring school and/or event coordinator by the announced deadline. Resolutions will be scored from 0-16 points.
3. Each delegate may submit one resolution per topic.
4. Copies of the submitted resolutions will be sent to each school before the competition date.
5. Resolutions may be submitted after this date, but these will be considered by the assembly after each of those submitted within the time limits have had the opportunity for consideration. Late resolutions will not receive resolution points. On the date of competition, all resolutions drafted must have joint sponsorship of at least four delegations.
6. The judges, event coordinator, and AEST will make sure the results from each event are available to the schools as soon after the second competition as possible.
7. At the end of each event, the coaches will meet with the judges to get their input as to why certain delegations stood out. This information will be considered when the coaches select the All-League team.
8. Judges will be selected by the AEST, and the event coordinator.
9. Details for each session will be provided to the participants by the AEST or coordinator prior to each event.
1. The judges will use scoring criteria based on format, spelling, and grammar, action relevance, character, and UN knowledge for submitted resolutions. Criteria based on character knowledge of the topics and world politics, knowledge of the United Nations and related organizations, and effectiveness in problem solving for general session scoring (See scoring and training guide).
2. Each judge will rank the delegations from first (1) to last (32). Only the top four delegations from each school will be ranked. In the event of a tie, the tied delegations will share equally the points of the places they occupy. The score for a delegation will be the total of the judge's ranks for that delegation for that event, with lower scores being better. A delegation not represented will receive a score of 32.
3. The team score for an event will be the total of the points earned by the top four delegations from that school, with lower scores being better. The team with the lowest average will be declared the winner of that event.
4. Scoring rules will be given to the principal and coach of each MSAC school at the fall meeting.
E. Preliminary Information
1. When appropriate, preparatory information will be issued to each MSAC principal before the season begins.
2. The need for content of the preliminary information will be determined by those present at the coaches meeting.
F. Rules Violations
1. The determination of rules violations and appropriate League actions taken will be decided at a coaches meeting.
2. Any decision made at the coaches meeting regarding a rules violation may be appealed by the school to the governing body of the MSAC.
G. Coaches Meetings
1. Each school will be notified and may have representation at all coaches meetings. Each school will have one vote at all such meetings.
2. The coaches will meet on each event day. Additional meetings can be called at the discretion of the event coordinator and /or AEST.
3. The AEST, event coordinator, or their designee will chair each coaches meeting.
H. All-League Selection
1. Each school can nominate individuals from their team for All-League considerations.
2. At a coaches meeting, the merits of each nominated individual will be discussed. Each school's voting delegate will rank those nominated from 1 (strongest candidate) to the weakest candidate (not ranking their own team members). The score for each individual will be the total of these rankings.
3. The nominated individuals will then be ranked from lowest total (best candidate) to highest total. The lowest six scores will be declared all-conference team members.
4. In case of a tie for the last position, a second ballot will be held for the tied position. If the deadlock remains, all remaining tied players will be named to the squad.
5. From the remaining individuals, the coaches will award up to six Honorable Mention awards.
6. In selecting the All-League team, the coaches will:
a. Consider the individual's delegation record in each of the competitions and the individual's contribution to that Delegation.
b. Consider the individual's contribution to their team.
7. The coaches will nominate and select a most outstanding performer to be selected from the All-League team.
1. One Most Outstanding Performer certificate
2. Six All-League medals
3. Up to four Honorable Mention certificates
J. League Standings
1. In order to determine MSAC League standings at the end of the events, a total of each school's two event team score will be used. The school with the highest total will be first (League Champions); the second highest total will be second; and so on. Ties will stand.
2. These standings will then be used to determine the League's Overall Academic Champion in conjunction with the other academic events.
Format, Spelling, Grammar
3 Exemplary: resolution is in the proper format and is free of any grammatical or spelling errors.
2 Proficient: resolution is mostly in the proper format and has up to four spelling or grammatical errors.
1 Novice: resolution is mostly in the proper format and has up to four spelling or grammatical errors.
0 Not yet novice: resolution is not in the proper format and/or has five or more spelling or grammatical errors.
3 Exemplary: resolution calls for a unique and especially meaningful solution to a problem or issue directly related to the topic of discussion (i.e. World Peace, Environment) and this solution if implemented, would probably be very beneficial.
2 Proficient: resolution calls for action, which would probably help deal with the problem or issue directly related to the topic of discussion but is not unique or especially meaningful.
1 Novice: resolution calls for an action dealing with the topic of discussion that would probably not help much, or calls for things already being accomplished by the United Nations.
0 Not yet novice: resolution calls for things that might actually cause a situation to worsen or deals with matter not related to the topic of discussion.
In character during debate, discussion and voting
3 Exemplary: action prescribed by the resolution addressed an issue of global concern but is especially relevant to the sponsoring nation and would be in character for them.
2 Proficient: action prescribed addresses an issue of global concern and would be in character for them.
1 Novice: action prescribed is of a generic nature, which is probably in character, but not specific enough to really be determined.
0 Not yet novice: action prescribed would be out of character for the sponsoring nation.
3 Exemplary: resolution accurately refers to specific prior UN actions or precedents and calls for actions within the powers of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)
2 Proficient: resolution acknowledges prior general UN actions and calls for actions within the powers of the UNGA.
1 Novice: resolution calls for actions within the powers of the UNGA.
0 Not yet novice: resolution calls for actions, which the UNGA is not authorized to make.
General Session Scoring:
In character during debate, discussion and voting
3 Exemplary: delegation is active and is always in character while exhibiting specific knowledge about their country, which supports their position(s) on issues.
2 Proficient: delegation is relatively active and is in character almost all the time (may stray on a vote or two but not during fundamental discussion).
1 Novice: delegation is in character most of the time but strays noticeably during debate(s) or voting.
0 Not yet novice: delegation is frequently out of character.
Knowledge of topics and world politics
3 Exemplary: delegation is active and demonstrates a broad knowledge of the topic, issues raised and world political relationships; delegation obviously studied the other resolutions ahead of time and did further research in preparation for the GA.
2 Proficient: delegation is active enough to demonstrate good knowledge of the topic, issues raised and world political relationships; the delegation seemed well prepared to knowledgeably discuss the resolutions.
1 Novice: delegation was active sometimes and displayed some knowledge of the topic, issues raised and/or world political relationships.
0 Not yet novice: delegation was either inactive, or displayed erroneous knowledge of the topic, issues raised and/or world political relationships.
Knowledge of the United Nations, the UNGA and its related organizations
3 Exemplary: delegation is active and demonstrates its knowledge of the United Nations by pointing out specific prior actions of the UN in meaningful or relevant situations and/or demonstrates a knowledge of current UN activities relevant to the discussion of the issues or topic.
2 Proficient: delegation is active enough to demonstrate its knowledge of the UN by referring to or making note of at least one UN precedent or current activity relevant to the topic or issue being discussed.
1 Novice: delegation does not demonstrate any specific knowledge of UN activities but does not demonstrate a lack of knowledge of UN activities, roles, rules of mandates (An example of this lack of knowledge would be calling on the UNGA to send troops or rejecting something as impossible that the UN has already done).
0 Not yet novice: delegation demonstrates a lack of knowledge of UN roles, rules or activities (see above) or is inactive as to make it impossible to judge their knowledge
Effective at working to solve problems
3 Exemplary: delegation does all of the following consistently (staying in character while doing so): 1) actively promotes consensus and compromise to get positive or negative action taken, 2) asks questions which elicit relevant information on a topic, 3) gives speeches that contribute to discussion by pointing out strengths and weaknesses and or past precedents relevant to the resolution discussed.
2 Proficient: delegation does at least two of the above consistently or all three occasionally.
1 Novice: delegation demonstrates some of the three behaviors, but infrequently or inconsistently.
0 Not yet novice: delegation does not exhibit any of the three behaviors.
Use of parliamentary procedure
3 Exemplary: delegation demonstrates a mastery of parliamentary procedure by using it to facilitate resolution of particularly difficult issues (division of proposal, amendment, appeal to the chair, caucus, etc.) and at other times without error.
2 Proficient: delegation uses parliamentary procedure effectively and without error
1 Novice: delegation does not misuse
0 Not yet novice: delegation generally misuses parliamentary procedure.
They must be signed by 3 countries but ALL countries involved will be given points by coaches and moderators.