TPSA has enacted an emergency substitution policy to accommodate extraneous situations for students on team events needing to be swapped out before the competition.
- Substitutions may only occur for emergencies up to five days before the competition. After the 5-day deadline has passed, substitutions can not be made, and the competitor must forfeit the event (teams may still be able to compete, see the Team Drop Policy).
- Substitutes must be active paid members of TPSA.
- Substitutions must be approved by the Executive Board
- Substitutions must be emergencies, grades are not a valid emergency.
- Substitutions can not be made for individual events
- No more than 50% of any team may be substituted for State Competition.
- The substitutes must have attended and competed at a regional competition, not in the same event.
- Only emergency substitution requests will be considered after the close of registration.
- Any team of 4 or more students may compete with one less than the required number of team members; however, no more than a one-member deficit is allowed.
- Teams composed of 3 or fewer members will forfeit the opportunity to compete in a particular event if a member is removed for any reason other than an emergency substitution.
- No team can compete with a deficit greater than 1 regardless of the reason.