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1 Coaches Presentation and Assessment Illinois Drill Team Association

2 2 Following the presentation will be a link to an on-line assessment. The assessment will cover all aspects of IDTA. In order for a team to be eligible to compete in post-season competitions, one coach from each team will be required to complete this assessment. You will receive a confirmation of your successful completion within 1 week. This presentation does not cover everything about IDTA. It is only to highlight some of our events & the most frequently asked questions. To learn more about IDTA, please visit our website,

3 Mission Statement 3 It is the mission of the Illinois Drill Team Association to promote good sportsmanship in the performing arts through education in competitive and non-competitive events. In reflecting our dedication, we are determined to set new standards and help all who work with us to achieve their goals.

4 Officers of IDTA 4 President – Michelle Deets (contact regarding IDTA policies & procedures) Contest Coordinator – Orella Gansmann (contact for acceptance post-season qualification & contest host questions) Judging Coordinator – Cyndi Kraemer (contact for questions regarding routines, legality of moves, or judging) Secretary – Tara Zobrist (contact for Heartbeats) Treasurer – Katy Arnold Membership – Emily Fruhling (contact for any type of membership – except judging) Special Events – Lynn Gelatka & Christy Fisher (contact for Showcase of Stars or PTL)

5 Regional Representatives 5 Region 1 – Brenda Harris Region 2 – Johnni Zabka Region 3 – Angie Ulrich Region 4 – LuAnne Navarra Region 5 – Leanne Walsh Region 6 – Toni Royster Region 7 – Darlene Pollard Region 8 – Deirdre Czajkowski Region 9 – Ann Young Region 10 – Wendy Koehler Region 11 – Debby Bradshaw Region 12 – Laura Sanders Region 13 – Hilary Mitchell Duncan Region 14 – Ashley Cain Region 15 – Mary Buchar Region 16 – Tina Fortner

6 2011 Push the Limit Summer Intensive What IDTA has to offer... Special Events 2011 Push the Limit Summer Intensive 6 Contacts: Lynn Gelatka Christy Fisher Mark your calendar for next summer!!

7 2011 Showcase of Stars What IDTA has to offer... Special Events 2011 Showcase of Stars November 5, 2011 Mattoon High School Miss Dance Drill Illinois (Juniors & Seniors) Teen Miss Dance (Freshman & Sophomores) Junior Miss Dance (Junior High/Middle School) Solo Flag Duets Trios Forms will be available to download from the website soon. A special guest choreographer will teaching a workshop Friday night, November 4, for only $25!! (reservations are needed – watch the website)! Miss Dance Drill 1 st – 10 th Places – invited to compete in Miss Dance Drill USA Pageant – California 1 st & 1 st Runner-Up may be invited to perform at State Competition Top finishers will be recognized in the IDTA State Program & on the IDTA website Teen Miss, Junior Miss, Solo Flag, Duets, & Trios 1 st Place finisher (s) may be invited to perform at State Competition Top finishers will be recognized in the IDTA State Program & on the IDTA website 7 Contacts: Lynn Gelatka Christy Fisher

8 Scholarships What IDTA has to offer... Special Events Scholarships 8 Over $2,000 was given to qualified seniors last season! Senior member of an IDTA member school Cumulative GPA of an A (4.5/5.0 = 3.5/4.0) Completed Application Due February 15 Recommendations from coach & teacher Official transcript Essay Application will be available to download from the website in January. Contacts: Lynn Gelatka Christy Fisher

9 Special Recognition What IDTA has to offer... Special Events Special Recognition 9 Rising Stars ~ selected during Regional Contests by Head Judges Featured Rising Star ~ selected monthly by application Team Spirit Award ~ watch the Heartbeats for upcoming information All special recognition recipients will be featured on our website and Facebook! Contacts: Lynn Gelatka Christy Fisher

10 Regionals & Post Season What IDTA has to offer... Competition Regionals & Post Season 10 December 10 December 10 – OFallon December 17 – December 17 – Eureka & Riverton January 7 January 7 – Mascoutah January 14 January 14 – Bureau Valley, Charleston & Edwardsville January 15 – January 15 – Waubonsie Valley January 21 January 21 – Althoff, Rolling Meadows & Villa Grove January 28 January 28 – Clinton February 4 February 4 – Marion & Tuscola February 11 February 11 – Belleville East, Dunlap & Hononegah February 18 February 18 – Benton & Unity February 19 - February 19 - Bolingbrook February 25 February 25 – Downers Grove North & Highland March 10 JV/Junior Finals & Miss/Mr. IDTA – St Joseph- Ogden High School March 17 State Contest – University of Illinois Assembly Hall

11 What does a team have to do to compete? 11 At a Regional Contest - (forms available on the website at As a MEMBER – from the link above, complete the Regional Contest Entry Form as well as completing the IDTA Membership requirements Member Teams -- $70 for 1 or 2 routines $15 for each additional routine As a NON-MEMBER – from the link above, complete the Regional Contest Entry Form Non-Member Teams -- $80 for 1 or 2 routines $15 for each additional routine At Post Season Contests (for IDTA member teams only – membership information on slide 13) Junior High / Junior Varsity Finals Miss/Mr. IDTA State Finals IDTA member teams and/or Soloists must receive a qualifying score from any regional contest & complete the On-Line Assessment Qualification Scores – combination of all judges scores minus penalties Junior High Finals – 65% JV Finals – 70% Varsity teams - State Finals – 80% Soloists - Miss/Mr. IDTA – 80% JH/JV teams can qualify 2 routines for the finals & Varsity teams can qualify 3 routines for the State Finals!

12 Important Information Regarding Acceptance of a Qualifying Score All teams/soloists (members & non-members) receiving a qualifying score will be announced at awards Only IDTA member teams may accept the qualification for Post Season Contests Acceptance must be made within 72 hours to Orella Gansmann, Contest Coordinator (teams & soloists) After 72 hours, the qualifying score is no longer valid Teams must be members in good standing (no financial obligations) & have completed the On-Line assessment prior to the qualifying performance. Soloists must also be members of IDTA member teams in good standing in order to compete for the title of Miss/Mr. IDTA. 12

13 IDTA Team Membership Information 13 Team Membership Applications – (forms available on website) Varsity teams $75 – November 30 $125 – December 1 – February 20 JV & Junior High teams $50 – November 30 $75 – December 1 – February 20 Must designate Dance or Flag Team Co-opping schools may compete as 1 team Final deadline for membership is February 20 Team Membership Forms All forms, including membership fee, must be submitted to Emily Fruhling, to validate membership.) Membership Application Coaches Information IDTA Participant Eligibility List Publicity / Sportsmanship / Injury Acknowledgement Form Team Membership Redeclaration Deadline is February 20 May re-declare team members once at no charge Additional re-declarations are charged $25 Changes must be sent to Emily Fruhling1 week prior to contest

14 Other Types of Memberships Valid from July 1 – June Individual - $25 Voting membership May run for office Judge - $75 Voting membership May run for office Business - $300 Will receive a complimentary State program Listed as a Business Member in the program Free full page ad in the State program Free booth at State Finals Ability to link to our website

15 Competition Team Categories (details on the following slides) 15 Dance Teams 2:00 – 3:00 minutes Pom Pom/Dance Jazz Contemporary/Lyrical/Modern Hip Hop Kick 3:00 – 4:00 minutes Production 4:00 – 5:00 minutes Steppers Flag Teams 2:00 – 3:00 minutes Tall Flag Short Flag Lyrical Flag Color Guard 5:00 – 6:00 minutes Tall Flag Show Varsity – Junior Varsity – Junior High Teams may compete in these categories

16 Competition Dance Team Category Descriptions 16 Pom (2:00-3:00 minutes) Emphasis is on the use of poms as the focal point of the performance. Poms must be held & used by at least 1 member 100% of the time. Additional equipment may not be used. Pom/Dance (2:00-3:00 minutes) Emphasis is on the blending of pom work & dance sequencing throughout the performance. Pom effects should be incorporated with the dance sequencing to enhance the level of difficulty. Additional equipment may not be used.

17 Competition Dance Team Category Descriptions 17 Jazz (2:00-3:00 minutes) Emphasis of the choreography should be on the rhythm & beats of the music Jazz technique should be present (turns, leaps, etc.) Movement should be consistent with jazz choreography ) Contemporary/Lyrical/Modern (2:00-3:00 minutes) Emphasis is on the choreography interpreting the emotions and/or lyrics of the music Routines may demonstrate but are not limited to balance, extensions, isolations, control, contractions, etc. Hip/Hop (2:00-3:00 minutes) Any style of hip hop is permitted Emphasis should be on the interpretation of the music & its rhythm

18 Competition Dance Team Category Descriptions 18 Kick (2:00-3:00 minutes) Emphasis is on the use of a variety of kicks Kick requirement: Varsity – 50 kicks minimum JV & Jr. High – 35 kicks minimum A kick is defined as any time the foot is higher than the waist level, regardless of where it originates Ripples are defined as 1 kick Repeated group work will only be counted once during that phrase Pick-ups are defined as continuous kicks Team will be credited once the sufficient number of kicks has been counted

19 Competition Dance Team Category Descriptions 19 Production (3:00-4:00 minutes) Portrays the feeling of the lyrics through dance and character Costume would be fitting to the theme. (a costume that replicates the trademark logos of any size is permitted) Props/backdrops may be used Any style of dance is permitted throughout the routine to create a performance Set up time is 5:00 minutes Steppers (4:00-5:00 minutes) Form of percussive dance in which the participants entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms & sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, & hand claps Dance may be present, but should not be the primary focus Props/Backdrops may be used and must be safe to the gym floor Set up time is 5:00 minutes

20 Competition Flag Team Category Descriptions 20 Tall Flag (2:00-3:00 minutes) Limited to the use of tall flags (any flag staff longer than 3 ½ feet, excluding caps) Flags must be used 75% of the length of the routine Emphasis of the choreography should be on the rhythm & beats of the music Additional equipment may not be used Short Flag (2:00-3:00 minutes) Limited to the use of short flags (any flag staff shorter than 3 ½ feet, excluding caps) Flags must be used 75% of the length of the routine Any style of music is permitted Additional equipment may not be used Lyrical Flag (2:00-3:00 minutes) Limited to the use of flags, but TALL FLAGS must be used 75% of the length of the routine Emphasis is a clearly defined story with the choreography emphasizing the emotion/lyrics of the music Additional equipment may not be used

21 Competition Flag Team Category Descriptions 21 Color Guard (2:00-3:00 minutes) Emphasis is on the use of multiple equipment in which one of the elements must be a tall flag At least two of the following additional pieces of equipment must be used to enhance the performance: short flags, rifles, sabers, ribbons, hoops, blades Props & backdrops may not be used; the focus is on the use of the equipment Tall Flag Show (5:00-6:00 minutes) Emphasis is on the use of tall flags (any flag staff longer than 3 ½ feet, excluding caps) Tall flags must be used 75% of the performance time Short flags, rifles & sabers may be used to enhance the performance Any additional props may be used to enhance the performance, including floor coverings Backdrops may also be used Set up time is 5:00 minutes

22 Competition Individual Category & Description 22 SOLOISTS ~ Miss/Mr. IDTA (1:30-2:00 minutes) Limited to junior & seniors that are members of the varsity team Soloists are limited to competing at 3 regional contests The number of solo performances will be limited to 15 at each regional competition Any style of dance or flags may be used All solo routines must follow the guidelines required for a team performances A soloist must receive a qualifying score of 80% to proceed to the Miss/Mr. IDTA Finals Soloists must contact the Contest Coordinator, Orella Gansmann, within 72 hours to accept their qualification All soloists who qualify may compete for the title of Miss/Mr. IDTA, which will be held in conjunction with JV/Jr. High Finals Entry fee is $30.00 per regional contest (paid to the contest host) & $50.00 for the final competition (paid to IDTA)

23 Competitions Contest Day 23 Pre-Contest Meeting Adult representative – no team members Mandatory or $15 fee, payable to IDTA, prior to taking the performance floor Specific instructions & potential schedule changes are discussed No floor time is available at any contest (flags may toss prior to beginning of contest or during lunch if no practice gym is available). Basic Performance Guidelines – (see slides / Constitution pages 13-15) IDTA is in accordance with IHSA Spirit/Safety Rules (see slide 27) The Head Judge Assistant (HJA) will conduct a Ready Line check before the team takes the floor for each performance to ensure the safety rules are followed (see slides 28 – 31) Following the performance, it is recommended for the coach to see the Head Judge regarding any possible penalties Awards Ceremony All teams/soloists receiving a qualifying score will be announced at awards (members or not) Awards will be given according to the Constitution (see page 16 of the Constitution All teams must stay during the entire awards ceremony (speak with Head Judge if there is a concern)

24 Basic Guidelines & Team Divisions 24 Basic Performance Requirements Floor at least 75% of your membership (cheat sheet on page 19 of Constitution) Members may not perform for both JV & Varsity teams from the same school Teams must follow all IHSA Safety guidelines Fulfill time requirements Team Divisions Varsity -- enrollment determined through IHSA ( school year) A – school enrollment (1-699) AA – school enrollment ( ) AAA – school enrollment (1800 +) Junior Varsity Enter any category except Solos/Miss IDTA Junior High / Middle School Enter any category except Solos/Miss IDTA

25 Performance Requirements 25 Boundaries – ( Regulation basketball court) Feet must remain inside boundary lines Production, Color Guard, Steppers, & Flag categories may pre-set equipment outside boundary lines There is NO penalty if props go out of the boundary lines during a performance, but they cannot be retrieved Performance Begins with the first sound on the tape/CD Ends with the last sound on the tape/CD No pyrotechnics may be used Music Must be on CD or cassette tape Must have 2 copies (bring both to music table) 1 track of music on tape/CD (both copies) Appropriate language & content!!!! Representative must be at music table on time & remain until the music begins!

26 Performance Requirements continued … 26 Props/Backdrops Only allowed for Production, Flag Show & Steppers May not damage gym floor, walls, etc. Team is liable for full repair costs Must fit through normal-size doors in school Prop Handlers Evaluated on movements & effect on performance Shall be assessed out-of-bounds penalties Will not be counted as team members, but prop exchanges will be evaluated Must be dressed in something other than performance costume Must be high school students

27 Penalties 27 ILLINOIS DRILL TEAM ASSOCIATION CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS

28 General Penalties & IHSA Spirit Rules 28 IDTA is in accordance with IHSA Spirit Rules IDTA is supported & endorsed by IHSA Dance & flag teams MUST abide by all rules in Spirit Rules Book – not just Rule 3, but also Rule 2 Besides reading the rules, read through the situation rulings for Rule 2 & Rule 3 as well as looking at the pictures The following is NOT a complete list ~ you, as coaches, are responsible for reading, understanding, and abiding by the NFHS Spirit Rules

29 General Penalties Ready Line – 1 (5 point max per violation) Jewelry Rhinestone bracelets/Jewels glued to face – NOT permitted (also see Spirit Rules – Situation B) Stickers or transferable tattoos are allowed (see Spirit Rules – Situation A) Hair bands on wrists – NOT permitted (also see Spirit Rules Situation A) Fish line through piercings – NOT permitted (also see Spirit Rules – Situation A) Soft fabric chokers are permitted (any type of clasp is permitted) Religious or medical taped to body under apparel without chain is permitted Jeweled eyelashes that readily adhere are appropriate for dance Fingernail Length Must be short & near to the end of the fingers – Secure Hair Accessories Hair accessories (barrettes, bobby pins, etc.) must be securely affixed to the hair

30 General Penalties continued … Ready Line – 1 (5 point max per violation) Apparel/Accessory Safety (also listed under Performance Issues in case an issue arises during the performance) Apparel must cover the midriff (also see Spirit Rules 2.3.6) Entire circumference of the torso must be covered with material Any colored bodysuit will be permitted Below the standard bra line must be covered Midriff rule applies to all costumes Pant legs that are long enough to fall under the performers heels/feet can become a safety hazard if the participant steps or slips on them – includes any part of the costume! (see Spirit Rules – Situation A) Safety pins need to be fastened on the inside of the costume (see Spirit Rules – Situation B) Gloves or uniform parts that do not have non-slip substances to the palms and palm-side fingers are not appropriate for tumbling skills in which weight is borne on the hands. (see Spirit Rules – Situation C) Footwear Dance, drill & pom teams must wear footwear that is appropriate for the activity involved At a minimum, footwear must cover the ball of the foot. Dancers performing on a floor cover/tarp may be barefoot. Floor coverings or Tarps are only allowed for Tall Flag Shows.

31 General Penalties continued … Ready Line – 1 (5 point max per violation) – Glitter Hard (loose) glitter – NOT permitted Glitter lotion & shimmery eye shadow are permitted Glitter may be used on signs only if laminated or sealed – Gum/Candy Must be removed before Ready Line check begins – Support/Braces Must be appropriately covered – Logo/Trademark Use of manufacturers logo/trademark (excluding shoes) Must be smaller than 2 ¼ inches square Production routines may use any size replicas of trademark logos Use of American flag larger than 2x3 costume ~ ILLEGAL

32 Various Ready Line Issues Failure to report to ready line on time Failure to meet team size (cheat sheet on page 19 of Constitution) 1 point deduction for each person under/over the 75% requirement Flag taller or shorter than 3½ feet Performers cannot take the floor until any of these issues have been rectified. 32 General Penalties continued … Ready Line – 1 point each

33 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) 33 Definition - Base – person or prop that provides primary support for another person. Definition – Bracer – a top person who is in physical contact with another top person, but does not provide primary support Definition – Spotter – A person in direct, weight-bearing contact with the performing surface whose primary function is to protect a top person. Definition – Top Person / Flyer – A person who is either being supported by another person while off the performing surface or who has been tossed into the air by another person. 2-4 / 3-3 – Stunting Personnel / Spotting Performers on Props 2-4-1A Base must not assume a back-band, headstand or handstand position 2-4-2Bases of extended stunts must have both feet in direct weight bearing contact with the performing surface 2-4-3A bracer must not provide primary support for a top person 2-4-5/3-3-1 Additional spotters are required until a stunt is mastered 2-4-6/3-3-2 A spotter must be in the proper location with the appropriate body position 2-4-7/3-3-3 A spotter must remain visually focused on the head-and-shoulder area of the top person. A spotter may touch, grasp or move a prop provided she/he remains visually focused ….., except when it is necessary to briefly check other props or team members 2-4-8/3-3-4 A spotters arms and hands must be in one of the following positions: *Have arms lifted or extended toward the top persons head & shoulders * Hands touching or grasping the prop *Hands touching or grasping the ankle(s)/lower leg(s) of the top person 2-4-9/3-3-5 A spotter must not hold objects in her/his hands

34 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) 34 Definition – Inverted - when a participants shoulders are below his/her waist (examples: Chorus Line Flip, back handspring, needle scale, arch back) Definition – Suspended Roll – a person in contact with bases or posts performs continuous foot- over-head rotation 2-5 – Non-Release Stunts (not every article is listed – only those that are common to dance) 2-5-1All partner stunts and pyramids are limited to 2 levels high 2-5-2A top person must not be in an inverted position except for: * A forward suspended roll * When beginning a stunt from a weight-bearing, inverted position on the performing surface, which goes directly to a non-inverted position shoulder height or below. This stunt must include a base or spotter who protects the head/neck/shoulder area of the top person and must maintain contact with the top person until she is no longer inverted A participant must not move under or over a partner stunt or pyramid 2-5-8A top person may be moved from a vertical position to a face up or face down straight body horizontal position provided: that the top person is moved to a position between 2 original bases at least 2 additional catchers/bases catch the upper body of the top person

35 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) 35 Definition – Pitch – a toss in which the base(s) push upward on a single foot or leg of the top person Example of a toe-pitch – Release Stunts/Tosses (not every article is listed – only those that are common to dance) 2-6-1In all release stunts/tosses: * the top person must not become inverted * participants must not pass over or under other participants or through a prop 2-6-2Basket tosses are permitted only on a mat 2-6-8Toe/leg pitch to a jump or tumbling skill ~ ILLEGAL 2-6-9Swan dive ~ ILLEGAL

36 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) 36 Definition – Post – a person in direct weight-bearing contact with the performing surface who temporarily supports a top persons weight during the stunt Suspended Stunts (not every article is listed – only those that are common to dance) 2-7-1Top person must not become inverted with the exception of forward suspended rolls 2-7-2Forward suspended roll ~ LEGAL when: * 2 bases or 2 posts control the top persons dismount to the performing surface or cradle * top person begins from the performing surface or from a stunt shoulder height or below * from single or multi-base stunts or the performing surface, the top person maintains continuous hand-to-hand contact with 2 posts 2-7-3Backward suspended rolls ~ ILLEGAL (chorus-line flip) 2-7-4Suspended splits that originate at shoulder level or below ~ LEGAL if there are at least 2 bases, the top person has both hands in constant contact with 2 bases, and a spotter is in place if the top person passes through or ends in an extended position 2-7-7Swinging stunts ~ LEGAL provided all the following conditions are met: * top person is swung in an upward direction (slight downward swing to prepare for upward swing is permitted) * top person is face up * top person begins from a cradle or the performing surface

37 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) 37 Definition – Prop – items which may be manipulated or used as a base (poms, signs, flags, etc.) Definition – Tension Drop – partner stunt in which the base leans forward until the top person dismounts to the performing surface without assistance 2-8 / 3-4 – Dismounts (not every article is listed – only those that are common to dance ) 2-8-1Dismounts passing through an inverted position ~ ILLEGAL, except for forward suspended rolls 2-8-3Dismounts to the performing surface from shoulder height or above must have assisted landings 2-8-4No skill (toe touch, twist, etc.) without hand-to-hand constant contact shall be performed prior to landing on the performing surface Tension drops ~ ILLEGAL 3-4-1Dismounts from props that begin from or pass through an inverted position ~ ILLEGAL 3-4-2Dismounts to the performing surface from props higher than 3 feet must have assisted landings 3-4-3Dismounts to a cradle from props higher than 3 feet ~ ILLEGAL 3-4-4Forward suspended roll dismounts from props are LEGAL provided the top person has hand- to-hand contact with 2 posts who control the top persons descent to the performing surface or a cradle 3-4-5Backward suspended rolls from props ~ ILLEGAL 3-4-6When dismounting from props higher than 3 feet, no skill (toe touch, twist, etc.) shall be performed unless the top person maintains constant hand-to-hand/prop contact prior to landing on the performing surface (also see Spirit Rules Situation)

38 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) 38 Definition – Tumbling - rolls, inverted extended skills (cartwheel, handstand, walkover, front/back handsprings, etc) & flips Tumbling (not every article is listed – only those that are common to dance) 2-9-1Tumbling over or under a stunt, person or prop ~ ILLEGAL with the exception of a forward roll over a prop * Forward roll over a person ~ILLEGAL (see Spirit Rules – Situation B) * Aerial cartwheel or back handspring with poms in hands ~ILLEGAL (see Spirit Rules – Situation B) * Forward roll over a sign ~ LEGAL (see Spirit Rules – Situation B) 2-9-2Dive forward roll ~ ILLEGAL 2-9-3Flip into a partner stunt or cradle ~ ILLEGAL 2-9-4Flip in a tumbling pass must not involve more than 1 compete foot-over-head rotation or more than 1complete twist 2-9-5Airborne twisting tumbling skills are permitted only on grass or mat, with the exception of round-offs and aerial cartwheels 2-10 – Twists (not every article is listed – only those that are common to dance) A twist performed during a tumbling pass must not involve more than 1 complete rotation

39 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) / 3-5 – Drops (not every article is listed – only those that are common to dance) /3-5-1 Knees, seat, thigh, & split drops from a jump, stand or inverted position ~ ILLEGAL unless most of the weight is first borne on the hand or feet, or the descent is controlled * Participants perform split drops while holding each others hands ~ LEGAL if they land on their feet before sliding into the split position (see Spirit Rules – Situation A) * As a team performs knee drops, their hands touch the floor at the same time as their knees ~ ILLEGAL (see Spirit Rules /3.5.1 – Situation B) * As a team performs knee drops, their hands take the weight of their bodies before their knees land on the floor – LEGAL (see Spirit Rules /3.5.1 – Situation B) * As a team performs knee drops, they roll onto their knees in a controlled manner ~ LEGAL (see Spirit Rules /3.5.1 – Situation B) * A participant performs a handstand on the floor then drops directly to her knees ~ ILLEGAL (see Spirit Rules /3.5.1 – Situation C) /3-5-2 Front drops from an airborne position ~ ILLEGAL * A standing participant leans forward & lands in a push-up position on the performing surface ~ LEGAL (see Spirit Rules /3.5.2 – Situation) * A standing participant leans forward & jumps in a push-up position on the performing surface ~ ILLEGAL (see Spirit Rules /3.5.2 – Situation) /3-5-3 Handspring/flip over to any drop ~ ILLEGAL

40 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) 40 Definition – Prop – items which may be manipulated or used as a base (poms, signs, flags, etc) 3-2 – Props as Bases (not every article is listed – only those that are common to dance) Props are only allowed for Musical Theater, Flag Show & Steppers 3-2-1Inverted positions on a prop are LEGAL only in the following situations: * Top person has at least 1 foot in weight-bearing contact with the prop & the supporting surface is at least 2x2 feet, or * Top person is lying on a prop that is at least 1 foot wide & not more than 3 feet high 3-2-2Weight-bearing surface of props used as bases must not exceed 5 feet in height 3-2-3Mounts are limited to 2 people high (pertains to any category) 3-2-4Tumbling onto, over or under a prop ~ ILLEGAL, except that a prop may be mounted from a forward roll & a forward roll may be performed over a prop 3-2-5Top person on a prop that is higher than 3 feet must maintain contact with the prop until dismounting, except when the performance area for each top person is at least 3x3 feet 3-2-6Stunting or tumbling while on a prop ~ ILLEGAL, except for a forward roll that begins with at least 1 foot & both hands in contact with a prop that is at least 1 foot wide 3-2-7Top person must not drop head backward out of alignment with the torso unless the prop is at least 2x2 feet or she grasps a stable part of the prop 3-2-8Top person may sit or stand on a prop that is held by 2 bases provided that the weight-bearing surface of the prop is not higher than the bases waist. If the top person is standing, a spotter is required Continued on next slide …

41 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) 3-2 – Props as Bases continued… 3-2-9Top person may dance or move feet on a stationary prop unless * On a prop higher than 3 feet that does not have wheels or rounded surfaces & the performance surface is less than 1x1 feet, a spotter is required * On any size prop that has wheels or rounded surfaces, a spotter is required & the prop must be stabilized When a prop used a s a base has wheels, rounded surfaces (e.g. ball, barrels, etc.) or a flat bottom covered with fabric & is moving, a spotter is required in the following situations: * When the top person is standing except when the prop is low to the ground (scooters, skateboards, etc.), or the top person is grasping a stable part of the prop * When top persons on individual props brace one another Before moving from one prop to another, the top person must have visual contact with the new prop When moving to or from a prop that has wheels or rounded surfaces, the new prop must be in front of or to the side of the top person Stacked props that are used as a base must be securely affixed to one another. If stacked props are not securely affixed to one another, a participant may not be on, or lean into, the second level or above A prop cannot be used as any part of a totem pole stunt. 41

42 Performance Penalties continued … Illegal Moves (3 pts each) 42 Definition – Assisted Inverted Floor Skill – an inverted participant on the performing surface is partially supported by non-inverted participant(s) who is/are also on the performing surface Assisted Inverted Floor Skills LEGAL if …. Inverted participant is in direct, weight-bearing contact with the performing surface & provides primary self-support throughout the stunt Assisting non-inverted participant is in direct, weight-bearing contact with the performing surface & provides only partial support for the inverted participant Participant performs a headstand on the floor & a standing participant … o Holds her feet ~ LEGAL (see Spirit Rules Situation) o Lifts her up to a handstand ~ ILLEGAL (see Spirit Rules Situation)

43 Performance Penalties continued … Performance Issues Deduction amount varies by violation Delay of contest (incorrect music, music not cued, too long to set up) (1 pt.) Kicking item on floor (safety issue) (5 pt. max) Endangering a performer or spectator (when discarding props of hard material, team members must gently toss or place the props) (1 pt.) Apparel/Accessory safety (5 pt. max) Exposed midriff Pant legs that are long enough to fall under the performers heels/feet can become a safety hazard if the participant steps or slips on them – includes any part of the costume! (see Spirit Rules – Situation A) Gloves or uniform parts that do not have non-slip substances to the palms and palm- side fingers are not appropriate for tumbling skills in which weight is borne on the hands. (see Spirit Rules – Situation C) Out of bounds (must begin & end routine within boundaries) (5 pt. max) Performance after end of music (1 pt.) Prop handler violations (dress/performing) (5 pt. max) Continued on next slide … 43

44 Performance Penalties Performance Issues continued ….. 44 Coach/Director/Sponsor coaching during the performance (3 pt.) Failure to meet category requirements (3 pt.) Inappropriate Choreography (choreography should be family friendly) (3 pt.) Damaging or excessive marking of the performance area (5 pt.) Desecration of the American Flag (5 pt.) 2-2 / Sportsmanship/Conduct (3 pt.) Disrespect, profane or inappropriate language, baiting/taunting an opponent ~ ILLEGAL Using profane or inappropriate language, music, or gestures ~ ILLEGAL This rule pertains from the beginning of the contest to the end of the contest – Noisemakers are not permitted at any time

45 Performance Penalties continued … Timing/Music Issues 1 point deduction each occurrence Time limit violation (0.1 penalty for each second over/under time limit) Failure to have representative at music table on time & remain until music begins Failure to have 2 correct copies of music Failure to have only 1 track per CD/Tape Inappropriate Music 45 Coaches, please share with your fans … Signs (in the stands) should not interfere spectators view of any performances

46 Judging 46

47 Judging continued… 47 Execution – 50 points Combination of the Individual & Team through … Unity Technique Difficulty Spacing General Effect – 50 points Combination of a Team's … Design Creativity Musicality Communication Score sheets (front and back sides) along with explanation of new language are on slides Score sheets (front and back sides) along with explanation of new language are on slides Each of the sub captions are evaluated based on the criteria and descriptors on the back of the score sheet. Achievement is what a judge is to determine. Evaluation is based upon a team's performance of the day while also in comparison to their competitors. It must be understood that many of the elements of the sub-captions affect each other. It is impossible to properly evaluate one of these elements without considering the other. Each of the sub captions are evaluated based on the criteria and descriptors on the back of the score sheet. Achievement is what a judge is to determine. Evaluation is based upon a team's performance of the day while also in comparison to their competitors. It must be understood that many of the elements of the sub-captions affect each other. It is impossible to properly evaluate one of these elements without considering the other.

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50 Unity – 15 pts. Timing of Movements Movement is in time with the music at a __________ level. Team Uniformity Performers display identical movements at a ________ level. Technique – 15 pts. Basic dance fundamentals are achieved at a _______ level. Performers display proper handling/manipulation of equipment at a ______ level. Difficulty – 10 pts. Attempted Movements within the Category Performers attempt difficult movements within the category at a ______ level. Attempted Skills within the Category Performers attempt difficult skills within the category at a ______ level. Dance Sequencing within the Category Performers attempt a difficult level of sequencing within the category at a ______ level. Transitions within the Category Choreography that meets category requirements throughout transitions is attempted at a ______ level. Spacing – 10 pts. Stationary Formations Teams ability to maintain correct distances between each other within stationary formations is achieved at a _____ level. Transitional Formations Teams ability to maintain correct distances between each other within transitional formations is achieved at a ______ level.. 50 Execution Rarely~Inconsistently~Average, Above-Average~Consistently~Always

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53 Design – 15 pts. Concept/Idea Program displays an intentional concept at a ________ level. Staging Basic elements of staging (variety of formations, travel patterns & creative ways to move) at a ________ level. Continuity – connection of style & concept Program displays a connection of style & concept throughout the routine at a ________ level. Creativity – 15 pts. Variety Program displays a variety of choreography through a mixture & range of diverse movements at a __________ level. Originality Program displays originality through innovative, unique & creative ideas at a ________ level. Risk/Vulnerability Program displays risk & vulnerability through challenging, intricate & complex choreography at a ________ level. Category Requirements Creativity that meets category requirements is attempted throughout the routine at a ________ level. Continued on next slide …… 53 General Effect Rarely~Inconsistently~Average, Above-Average~Consistently~Always

54 Musicality – 10 pts. Use of Variation of Tempos Choreography recognizes different beats/tempos within the music at a ______ level. Use of Vocals and/or Instruments Choreography incorporates vocals and/or instruments at a ______ level. Choreography complements the music Choreography complements the music at a ______ level. Communication – 10 pts. Intent of choreography Communication is achieved through the intent of the choreography at a _____ level. Genuine Communication is effective at a ______ level as a result of the genuine display of emotion & intensity. Appropriateness Appropriate choreography, music & costume is achieved throughout the routine at a ______ level. 54 General Effect continued ….. Rarely~Inconsistently~Average, Above-Average~Consistently~Always

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56 Solos Choreography – 20 pts. CreativityFloor WorkContinuity – connection of style & concept StyleStaging Difficulty – 20 pts. Attempted MovementsSequencing Attempted SkillsAmbidexterity Technique – 20 pts. Arm PlacementTurning TechniqueExtension Feet PlacementSpottingPrecision/Clarity Pointed ToesPostureStrength Straight LegsCarriage/BreathBalance FlexibilityControl Musicality – 20 pts. Use of Variation of Tempos Use of Vocals and/or Instruments Choreography Complements the Music Communication – 20 pts. Intent of the ChoreographyProjection Body Language & ExpressionConfidence Eye ContactImpression PoiseGenuineAppropriateness (music, costume & choreography) 56 Rarely~Inconsistently~Average, Above-Average~Consistently~Always

57 Judging Verbal Critiques 57 All contests will have verbal critiques Performance Judges (General Effect & Execution) will record a teams and soloists verbal critique on an IPod. This will be ed to the coach following the contest. Clarification of Judge Comments If coaches have questions regarding comments of their critique, these should be submitted via to Cyndi Kraemer within 1 week of the contest.

58 Eligibility for Post-Season Competitions 58 In order for a team to be eligible to compete in post-season competitions, the Head Coach from each team will be required to complete the on-line assessment. You will receive a confirmation of your successful completion within 1 week. If not, contact Cyndi Kraemer at In order for a team to be eligible to compete in post-season competitions, the Head Coach from each team will be required to complete the on-line assessment. You will receive a confirmation of your successful completion within 1 week. If not, contact Cyndi Kraemer at


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