We're off to a great start!
The tournaments are scheduled and the Challenge Masters are all going over the wonderful Challenges that we have for you this year. We are already working on a great new theme for our pins and T-Shirts this year and you won't want to "myth" them!
Many teams have already found that the prices are lower this year for memberships! We have several new teams discovering the fun that is ILDI, and the tournaments and trainings are being scheduled. We have re-assigned the regional boundaries and have new names for all the regions, so be sure to check that out below.
In addtion to lower membership prices, our tournament registraion fees are still only $80.00 if your team registers for your regional by January 7,2015.
Keep checking the ILDI Calendar for training dates for Team Manager trainings and for other ILDI events and activities for teams.
What ILDI Region does my membership belong to? This year, 2014-2015, ILDI will hold 3 Regionals in Illinois. The regions are divided up by the number of teams who will be attending a Regional tournament. ILDI wants to give all teams an optimal tournament experience, so your team might present at one region this year, and at another next year, especially if you are close to a regional boundary or a new tournament site.
Where and when will the Regional Tournament be held for my team(s)? Regional Tournaments host 60-80+ teams that must present twice during the tournament day. Teams are encouraged to make their schedule free for the entire day, so they can present both of their required Challenges without feeling rushed. The tournament day can begin anytime from 8:00AM and it concludes with a celebration and awards around 5:00PM. Please plan accordingly.
Secondary Level Teams (High School or Grades 9 – 12) are invited to present at the Regional tournament to receive scores and feedback, but are not required to attend a Regional. They must present at the Affiliate Tournament to move on to the Global Finals. All other levels must present at a Regional to move on to the Affiliate.
Region III (Central and South Counties): February 21, 2015 – Pekin, Illinois, all teams in the Central part of the state and south, including the areas near the communities and cities of Bloomington, Champaign, Danville, Decatur, Galesburg, Georgetown, Pekin, Peoria, and Springfield .
Region II (West and South suburban and collar counties): February 28, 2015 – Glen Ellyn, Illinois, all teams located in the south and western area of Chicago including the following counties: Suburban Cook (teams located south of O’Hare Airport), DeKalb, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, and Will. Teams located within the boundaries of the City of Chicago will be assigned to a tournament based on tournament size and their membership location. Chicago Teams may make specific location requests by contacting the Affiliate Directors.
Region I (Far North and Northwest suburban and collar counties): February 28, 2015 – Gurnee, Illinois, all teams located in the north and northwestern area of Chicago including the following counties: Suburban Cook (teams north and west of O’Hare Airport), Lake, and McHenry. Teams located within the boundaries of the City of Chicago will be assigned to a tournament based on tournament size and their membership location. Teams may make specific location requests by contacting the Affiliate Directors.
Teams located in other areas that are not mentioned in the listing for any Regional, will be assigned to a Region by the Affiliate Directors.
Who Attends the Affiliate Final Tournament and where and when is it?
The competitive teams in Elementary, Middle and Secondary Levels in all 6 Challenges will be scored for both the Team Challenge and the Instant Challenge at their Regionals. Based on those scores, the top scoring teams in each level in each challenge, usually places 1-2-3, will advance to the Affiliate Finals. If, for any reason, a placing team chooses not to attend, the next highest placing team will advance. If a Challenge and Level has a large participation at a regional in any year, additional teams may be allowed to advance in that Challenge and level based on their placement.
Rising Stars! teams present at the Regional Tournaments and receive no score and do not move on to the Affiliate Final. The Regional Tournament provides an exciting venue for these young teams to have a chance to present in front of friends and family in a new environment and see other age levels and teams compete.
April 11, 2014 –Illinois Affiliate Final Tournament –
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
We are so excited to begin the new season!
Hope to see you all at the trainings and events!
Jan Darnell and Diana Dignan - ILDI Affiliate Directors
and the ILDI Affiliate Board