SWERC'2002 regulation is based on the
of the 2002 ACM Regional Programming Contests.
However, some aspects are specific of this contest, and will be stated here.
Remember that the rules stated here are only to
clarify some specific aspects.
They complement and not contradict the official rules !
- All teams who want to participate have to check-in at the
registration desk. A team cannot compete in the Southwestern European
Regional Contest if the participation fee is not paid by the start of
the actual contest. The location of the registration desk and the
office hours will be announced to the participants in advance.
- A certain educational institution can send up to three teams to
the Southwestern European Regional Contest. Team places (2 per
institution) are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. If all
requests for first and second teams are satisfied, third teams may be
accepted based on past performance and on a first-come first-served
basis. The Regional Contest Director is responsible for accepting or
- The educational institutions must be from Portugal, Spain,
France, Italy, Switzerland, western part of Austria and Germany
(Baden-Wurttemberg, Bayern, Berlin, Brandenburg,
Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt and Thuringen). By
special request teams from other countries may be allowed to
participate in this region.
- The South Western European Regional Contest organisers are
absolutely not responsible for the accommodation or other expenses of
- Appropriate insurance (e.g. against accidents or diseases) is in
the responsibility of the team.
- Each team will use one single computer. All teams will have similar
computing equipment and same operating system. Teams are allowed to bring their own keyboards to accommodate different layouts. It is the responsability of the coach and at least one team member to connect and setup the keyboard before the practice session.
- Each team will have access to four compilers: a Pascal Compiler,
a C Compiler, a C++ Compiler and a Java Compiler. Each submission may
be in either language, without regard to the language used in previous
- Submissions must adhere to language international
standards. Libraries such as STL for C++ or standard Java packages are
- All team members must attend all contest activites as specified
by the Contest Director. Failure to attend any of the designated
Contest events will result in automatic disqualification and
forfeiture of any prizes and final berths.
- Nine problems will be posed, all in English.
- While the contest is scheduled to last exactly five hours, the
Regional Contest Director has the authority to lengthen the contest in
the event of unforeseen difficulties. Should the Contest duration be
altered, every attempt will be made to notify contestants in a timely
and uniform manner.
- A team may be disqualified by the Regional Contest Director for
any activity that jeopardises the regional contest. The disqualification
may occur immediately upon detection or up to 72 hours after the end of the Contest.
- The Southwestern European Regional Contest Director is solely responsible
for ruling on unforeseen situations and interpreting these rules.
- The Regional Contest Judges are solely responsible for
determining the correctness of submitted runs. In consultation with
the judges, the Regional Contest Chief Judge is responsible for
determining the winners of the regional contest. The judging staff is
empowered to adjust for or adjudicate unforeseen events and
conditions. Their decisions are final and may not be appealed.
- The Southwestern European Region is granted one initial berth in
the Contest Finals. The team on the first rank can advance to the
finals. If that team can not or does not want to participate in the
Contest Finals, the next team on the ranking list is given the berth.
- Should the overall Contest Director award a second berth in the
Contest Finals to the Southwestern European Region, the two best teams
can advance to the finals. They must represent different educational
- Only rule violations and misconduct by teams may be
appealed. Only coaches may file an appeal. The decision of judges in
accepting or rejecting submissions are final - they are not grounds
for appeal. No appeal will result in additional World Finals