Prior to the start of the official 8 week Tournament in early February, participating schools begin tracking and reporting their weight data to the RecycleMania website as part of two weeks of pre-season “trials”. Results from each of the two pre-season weeks, which extend from January 19 to January 25, and from January 26 to February 1, 2014, will be published online as a unofficial reference points for program coordinators to preview where their schools will roughly place in the coming competition results. The purpose of the trial weeks is both to help set competition expectations that can help coordinators plan their messaging to their campus, and to give schools a chance to test their data tracking arrangements before the numbers “count”. Results of the two pre-season trial weeks are not included in the cumulative results of the formal competition that begins February 2, 2014. The first official competition week beginning that day will be the third week of actual weight tracking.