MARCH 10, 2020, 5:53pm
Given the increase in number of COVID-19 infections globally, and in response to actions taken by many organizations, YPP is considering postponing/canceling the Annual National Tournament.
Please check with your school districts response in regards to COVID-19, in particular air travel and participation in large group events. Please keep us in the loop about your local school / district policies as they develop.
We will reassess this situation and provide further and timely guidance regarding travel restrictions by March 31. We advise that you hold off on nonrefundable travel purchases until further notice.
Original Invitation letter:
Dear Flagway™ Community,
The Young People’s Project, along with Ohio State University, is pleased to invite you to the 4th Annual National Flagway™ Tournament, which will take place on May 16, 2020 from 10am-4pm, in Mansfield, OH. at the Campus Recreation Center.
The tournament will bring together middle school players, high school coaches, parents, teachers, university partners, and community members to celebrate, encourage, and motivate mathematical learning and to relate to Flagway™ as a sport.
More specifically, The Flagway™ games combine speed, athleticism, and precision, with mastery of mathematics. Flagway™ has the same elements that most sports have: running, scoring points, teamwork, coaching, training, competition, collaboration, and fun. Because of this, people of all ages are naturally attracted to the game. To be good at Flagway™ however also requires mastery of mathematics. We envision that Flagway™ will target students who typically are not recognized for mathematical achievement and will provide a vehicle for them to shine in this arena.
We applaud all of the teams that are preparing for this year’s event!
At the 4th Annual National Flagway™ Tournament students will be offered opportunities to:
❖ Co-facilitate an instructional workshop the morning of the tournament for conference attendees on the rules and benefits of the Flagway™ Game;
❖ Compete in a round robin Flagway™ Game Math Tournament with other YPP players from across the country, with parents and community members cheering them on!
An important aim of this national gathering is to organize around larger local competitions and community involvement and to engage students, parents, and the community in celebrating their children for doing math in the same way that they celebrate and organize around their children to do football, basketball, baseball, and soccer.
We very much look forward to seeing you this May in Mansfield, OH.!
Date: Saturday, May 16, 2019
Schedule of Events (tentative)
Fri - 4:30-9pm
5:30-6pm Student Intros & Icebreaker
6-8pm Student Voice
8-9pm Social Hour
Sat - 10am-4pm
Instructional Workshops: Tabletop Games, Flagway Demo, Floor Games 10:00-11:30am
10am-10:35am rotation 1
10:35-10:45am walking time
10:45-11:20am rotation 2
11:20-11:30am walking time
Tournament - 11:30-4pm
Round 1 - 11:30-12:30pm
Round 2 - 12:40-1:40pm
Lunch - 1:40-2:40pm
Round 3 - 2:40-3:40pm
Closing/Trophies - 3:40-4pm
Travel is the responsibility of the local sites. We recommend arriving on Friday (5/15) no later than 4:30pm and departing anytime on Sunday (5/5). Please share your flight information with [email protected]. There are three aiports within an hour of Mansfield: Akron (CAK, 1hr); Columbus (CMH, 1hr 10min); Cleveland (CLE, 1hr 5min).
Travel to/from the airport is the responsibility of the local sites. All airports are 60 minutes from Mansfield. *YPP is currently gathering a list of options for sites to arrange pick up/drop off.
Travel to/from the tournament is the responsibility of the local sites.
Lodging is the responsibility of the local sites. We recommend checking-in on Friday (5/15) and checking out on Sunday (5/17). I highly recommend that teams that are driving book rooms at the hotel since they will have easier access driving to/from OSU on Saturday. Dorms on campus will be available but that information has not been shared with YPP at the moment.
Discounted Hotel rates have been negotiated under “Young People’s Project Room Block” at a rate of $129 per night plus tax. Please call to make reservations for your teams. This discounted rate is only available until Wednesday, April 1, 2020!
855 Comfort Plaza Drive
Bellville, OH 44813
*Indoor waterpark, hours: 08:00 AM-10:00 PM daily
Pizza will be provided by the Dean at OSU-Mansfield. Full breakfast available at the hotel.
Registration Please fill out this survey to let us know that you’re coming so we can plan accordingly for your visit.
Tournament/YPP Point Person:
Executive Operations Manager
Additional Information - planning a field trip during your visit?
The Ohio State Reformatory Experience - Stroll the halls and visit the cells of some of history's toughest criminals. Tour the intact set of world’s favorite movie, The Shawshank Redemption. Whether you're reliving scenes from classic films, hunting for the paranormal, or taking in beautiful Romanesque architecture, take a walk through history — here at The Ohio State Reformatory. *YPP is working on a group discount for Sunday morning. More details to come.
Ohio Bird Sanctuary - The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is a haven for native birds, a nature preserve, and a living museum. Our team is dedicated to caring for and rehabilitating Ohio native birds, protecting natural habitat, and creating opportunities to engage with nature. Open from noon - 4pm.
Attractions, Dining, Recreation, and free area visitor guide available at:
Direct link to digital visitor guide:
All the best,
The YPP Team