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MIST offers a wide variety of competitions for participants in the tournament. Competitions are divided into categories based on the type of competition.Competitors may register for competitions in every category, but are limited to registering for one competition per category.

  • Category IV: Bracket Competitions
    • Debate
    • Math Olympics
    • Quiz Bowl
    • Improv
  • Category V: Group Projects
    • Business Venture
    • Nasheed/Rap
    • Community Service
    • Science Fair
    • Short Film
    • Social Media
    • Mobile Applications
  • Category VI: Sports
    • Basketball
    • Soccer
  • Category I: Knowledge & Qur'an
    • Knowledge Tests
    • Qur'an Memorization
  • Category II: Arts
    • 2D Art
    • 3D Art
    • Fashion Design
    • Graphic Design
    • Photography
    • Scrapbook
  • Category III: Writing & Oratory
    • Extemporaneous Essay
    • Extemporaneous Speaking
    • Original Oratory
    • Poetry: Written
    • Poetry: Spoken Word
    • Prepared Essay
    • Short Fiction
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General Rules

General Rules

General Rules

  1. Each student competing is responsible for being prompt to the Orientation Session for his/her event and for the time period for which they are scheduled to compete. Students must be on time or risk disqualification.
  2. Be prompt in attending all workshops. Students and their teams receive points for attending the workshops they’ve chosen. Failure to appear at these workshops will cause your team to lose points.

  3. Students must stay until the end of each workshop in order to be counted present.

  4. Always show utmost respect to the person(s) leading and taking part in the workshops, along with your team members in group activities.

  5. Be a mature representative of your high school and/or your MSA/Islamic Club. Remember that you are representing the next generation of community leaders. Your behavior should reflect that image.

  6. MIST participants may not leave the building without their registered coach/sponsor, or without the MIST Board’s permission.

  7. The dress code should be proper and appropriate since it reflects directly upon the Muslim Students Association and the Muslims in general at the competition site and the community. The following dress code will be enforced at MIST:


    • Islamic, prayer appropriate clothes. Students cannot wear clothes that are see through, tight, or suggestive in any way. Shirts should be long enough to cover your stomach and back side. Students should not wear low rise pants that show any skin.

    • Students should wear business casual attire for all their interviews with the judges.

    • Male students should not wear shorts above their knees.

    • Females cannot show anything other than their face and hands. This means they cannot wear short sleeve shirts and/or shorts.

    • No tank tops for both male and female students are allowed.

    • Students cannot wear clothes that contain language or symbols that demean an identifiable person or group or otherwise infringe on the rights of others.

    • Points will be deducted in each competition if the dress code rules are not followed.

  8. MIST name badges and identification bands must be worn at all times. If a replacement is needed, see a MIST Representative immediately. All students who registered for a particular team MUST attend both days of MIST. Hence, students MUST plan ahead and ensure that other activities do not clash with the MIST tournament. If a student chooses to not attend either day of MIST, they risk bringing their team average down. They also risk complete disqualification from the tournament.

  9. No student is allowed to leave the tournament early on either day. All teams/students must arrive on time and leave only when the tournament is over. **IF** there is an important reason for a student to leave early, he/she needs to let MIST know no less than 7 days in advance. To obtain permission to leave early, email us. We reserve the right to refuse or allow a student from leaving early. Also, once MIST gives the student permission to leave early, he/she MUST let the team coach know that they are leaving and when they will return.

  10. Each team MUST be accompanied by a coach. The coach can be a parent, a teacher, an administrator, or a sibling older than 21 years of age. The coach MUST be at the tournament with their team and never leave the campus. If a coach has to leave, he/she must provide a replacement. Please plan ahead and send a coach registration form for each of the coaches who will be accompanying your team.

  11. Read the program and your competition rules carefully. If you don’t know, ASK!

  12. Share ideas with others; help each other solve problems, and HAVE FUN!




Knowledge Tests

Book 1 : How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer

Book 2 : The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Book 3 : Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong

Book 4 : Centering Black Narrative: Black Muslim Nobles Among the Early Pious Muslims by Dawud Wahlid and Ahmad Mubarak

Qur'an Memorization

Level 1: Surahs 1, 87-114

Level 2: Surahs 78-86 (in addition to all the above)

Level 3: Surahs 67-78 (in addition to all the above)

Level 4: Surah 36, 55, 56 AND choice of 12, 18, 19,  or 20 (in addition to all the above)

Prepared Essay/Original Oratory






Topic I : Cities of Light

Topic II : The State of Surveillance

Topic III : Social Influence

Topic IV : The Ottoman Empire Part I (1299-1700) 

Topic V : Contemporary Conflicts Part II

Topic VI : Current Events (Starting January 1st, 2018)


Please click here to read the ballot for this years Scrapbook competition.

mobile Apps

Please click here to read the ballot for this years Mobile Appscompetition.


Soccer Rules

Soccer Rules

Soccer Rules

  1. All players must be registered completely through DC MIST

  2. A minimum of six players must be on the roster per school. Max of 12.

  3. All player must be registered prior to tournament.

  4. Games will be 10 minute halves. 2 minute break in between halves.

  5. Cleats, or turf shoes may be worn, no metal or removable studs.

  6. Shin guards must be worn during the game at all times. (This will be strictly enforced)

  7. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.

  8. No bracelets or jewelry. (watches, necklaces, earrings) items can be covered by tape.

  9. Out of bounds shall only occur when ball is completely over the line.

  10. Out of bounds will result in throw-ins. Both feet must be planted and ball must come above the head. A bad throw will turn the ball over to opposing team. In case of ball never entering in bounds a re-throw will be allowed.

  11. Substitutions are unlimited, but can only be made during a team’s own possession. Not on opposing team’s corner kicks, throw in’s or free kicks.

  12. All free kicks will be direct. All opposing players must be at least 5 yards away. Free kick taker may ask for 5 yards.

  13. Cursing, profanity, taunting are a yellow cardable offense.

  14. Physical altercations result in ejection from tournament. Team must play one man down for ten minutes (time carries over from one half to another). Next game is played as normal without ejected player on roster.

  15. 1st warning yellow card 2 minute penalty (can substitute player), 2nd warning yellow card 4 minute penalty (may not substitute player), third major offense will result in a red card and ejection from game.

  16. Advantage rule is in place

  17. No off-sides

  18. No slide tackles. If a player slides they will receive one warning, Following this warning the player will  be subject to a yellow card

  19. No charging the goalie.

  20. In case of stopped play due to injury, the referee will have a drop ball at spot of incident.

  21. A win awards three points, a tie one point, a loss equals zero

  22. In play-offs ties will go straight to penalty kicks.

  23. In cases that two teams have same amount of points in group stage, teams with higher point differential will advance. If further recourse is needed then it will be the amount of goals scored for each team. If there is an absolute tie between the two teams there will be a penalty shoot out to decide who advances from the group

  24. Referee has complete jurisdiction during game, arguments will not be tolerated against a referee.

  25. If the match ball makes contact with the ceiling or netting it will be considered out of play, the ball will be given to the team that did not touch the ball out of play, the location in which the ball is placed is at the referee’s discretion.

  26. Penalties are taken 6 yards from the goal at the discretion of the referee. Each team will be allocated 5 kicks. If tied after these kicks the teams will go to penalties.