LOOZE CONTROL IX RULES AND REGULATION

REGISTRATION CLOSES 9pm Sunday 26 July 2015
•    All crew members must register online at www.nojon.com.au
•    High School and Junior Divisions must fill out the parental consent form provided.
REGISTRATION FEE: $200 per dance crew
Due 5pm Monday 27 July, 2015

AGE DIVISIONS

Junior – Five (5) to Twelve (12) years
High School – Eleven (11) to Eighteen (18) years
Adult – Seventeen (17) years and above
N.B. Only two (2) Members per crew are permitted to be outside the age division but no more than 2 years younger or older of the age division.

ROUTINE LENGTH

The routine length is 2.5 minutes. A grace period of five (5) seconds plus or minus is allowed resulting in a minimum of 2 minute and twenty five seconds (2:25) and a maximum of two minutes and thirty five seconds (2:35). Time begins with the first audible sound (includes cueing beep) and ends with the last audible sound.
Routine length (music) that exceeds the maximum allowed of less than (<) 2 minute and twenty five seconds (2:25) or greater than (>) two minute and thirty five seconds (2:35) will result in a deduction.

RULES AND REGULATION:

Entry Criteria:

1.    The organiser determines who and how many crews are eligible to compete.
2.    A crew in consists of between:

  • Open Division: Five (5) and Eight (8) male and/or female members.
  • Freshman Division: Five (5) and Eight (8) male and/or female members.
  • Junior Division: Five (5) and Eight (8) male and/or female members.

3.    Each crew member must complete and sign the registration forms. Music and registration fees must be submitted and paid by the due dates.
4.    Each crew member must sign the indemnity form.
5.    Changes in the crews must be approved and notified immediately to the organisers.
6.    All fees and charges are non refundable.

General:

1.    A crew member may not compete in more than one (1) crew.
2.    Crews will be in order of appearance based on organisors preference.
3.    Attire should reflect the true character and natural style of the urban street environment. Any substance that affects the clean surface and safety of competitors is prohibited. Taking off pieces of clothing during the performance is permitted provided it is not offensive or out of character. Throwing discarded clothing or any other material to the audience is prohibited.
4.    It is the responsibility of the crew members to report sickness, injuries or if their physical condition is at risk by competing to the organizers. The organizers reserve the right to withdraw any competitor who appears to have serious injuries or needs medical attention. The request of a physician’s written authorisation for a crew member to compete may be required by the organizers.
5.    For circumstances beyond the crew member(s), substitutions of participants in the crew may be made. Such circumstances must be informed and approved by the judicial director.
6.    Staff, security, stage, technical equipment, sound and lighting will be provided by the organisers.
7.    Each group will have opportunity to rehearse at least once on stage providing that each crew meets their allocated time slot during rehearsal.

PERFORMANCE CRITERIA AND VALUE

Performance = 60%
The judges will reward crew choreography incorporating unique and creative moves, a balance of hip hop styles from old school and new school and music usage.

1.    Choreography 40%

a.    Creativity 10%
Original moves, transitions, music editing, clothing and unique look and style that sets you apart from the other routines.

b.    Variety of old and new school hip hop 20%
Break dancing, Locking, Popping, Wacking-Punking, Vogueing

Hip hop, New Jack Swing, House Dance, New Style, Clowning/Krumping, Ragga-Reggaeton, Stepping-Stomp-Gumboots.

Note: Gymnastic or acrobatic moves performed in a routine will be considered as tricks with no old or new hip hop value unless they are preceded, followed and integrated within a hip hop dance style.

c.    Musicality 10%
Performance and choreography corresponds to timing and music usage and the crew’s ability to perform simultaneously to the music. Movements and patterns performed to the simulated sounds of the crew members in the absence of recorded music (e.g. foot stomping, hand clapping, vocals, etc) will also be considered musicality and judges similarly. Musicality – Beat technique/Syncopation The movements within the routine must demonstrate musical structure and style, i.e. using rhythmic variations emphasizing upbeat, down beat, temp and accents in single, double, halftime and syncopated musical patterns. Musicality – Moves Related to Music Staying in time with the music, moving to the beat of the music and using identifiable phrases to structure the routine’s choreography.  

2.    Showmanship 20%

a.    Street Presence 10%
The capability of the crew members to demonstrate an authentic and uninhibited representation of hip hop dance; includes attitude, energy, posture and street style.

b.    Intensity, Confidence, Projection & Presence 10%
The routine contains dynamic movements from the beginning to the end by the crew as a whole and as individuals containing minimal pauses and poses. Projection of the crew members is consistently strong throughout the entire routine with an uninterrupted display of confidence measured by facial expression, eye contact and body movement. The crew members and their routine should connect with the audience and evoke emotional responses, i.e. excitement, joy, laughter, involvement and/or sense of drama relative to the style presented.

SKILL = 40%

The judges will evaluate the style of movements in the routine and the execution and difficulty of the style. The judges will consider the quality of movement throughout the routine, including arm, leg and body placement, combinations of three levels-floor, standing and air, and synchronization of the crew members.

a.    Execution/Controlled Mobility and stabilization 10%
The crew must maintain control of the speed, direction, momentum and body placement throughout the routine.

b.    Spacing, Formations and Level Changes 10%
The crew must demonstrate awareness of spacing between the members through a full range of unique, complicated and challenging formations, interactive partner moves and patterns. The full use of stage will also be considered. The routine should include three (3) levels of movement (low/mid/high) utilize arm, leg, foot, torso and head movements with transitions that are creative and unpredictable.

c.    Synchronization 10%
The movements of the crew members are performed in sync; the range of movement, speed, timing and execution of the moves are performed by all members in unison. Peel off or in cannon movements are allowable.

d.    Difficulty 10%
Is measured by the levels of the ability demonstrated by all crew members and the diversity of the styles they perform throughout the routine. Consideration is given to the number of crew members who attempt and successfully complete complex choreography.  

o    Total points 100%

INCIDENCES OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES:

An extraordinary circumstance is an occurrence beyond the control of a crew that affects the crew’s ability to perform at the beginning or at any time in a routine. An extraordinary circumstance is not limited to the examples listed below and may be declared at the discretion of the judicial director.

1.    Incorrect music is played or cued.
2.    Music problems due to equipment malfunction.
3.    Disturbance caused by general equipment failure, i.e. lighting, stage, venue or sound.
4.    The realisation of or introduction of any foreign object or disturbance into the performance area, just before or during a performance, by an individual or means other than the crew.

MANAGEMENT OF EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCE:

1.    It is the responsibility of the crew to immediately stop the routine if an extraordinary circumstance occurs.
2.    The competition organizers, judiciary director and/ or event committee will review the situation, and upon a confirming decision and correction of the problem, the crew will be reintroduced, return to the stage and restart their routine. If the crew’s claim is determined to be unfounded by the judiciary director, the crew will not be allowed to restart the performance resulting in a default.
3.    Claim of an extraordinary circumstance presented by the crew after the routine has been completed will not be accepted or reviewed.

LATE START

A crew who fails to appear on stage and strike a starting position within twenty (20) seconds after being called will be deemed a late start.

PRE START

A pre start occurs when prior to taking the start position; the crew demonstrates excessive introductions or displays for longer than ten (10) seconds after all crew members have entered the stage.

WALK OVER

A crew who fails to appear on the stage and initiate the starting position within sixty (60) seconds after being called will be declared a “no show” and disqualified.

FALLS
1.    Major Fall
a.    A crew member(s) falls from a lift or support that is unrecoverable.
b.    A crew member falls during the performance that is unrecoverable.
2.    Minor Fall
a.    A highly noticeable, accidental error during the performance that is recoverable.
b.    A crew member stumbles, trips or falls during the performance that is recoverable.

CODE    LIST OF DEDUCTIONS:                                                                                       POINTS
A            Late start                                                                                                                .05
B            Grandstanding                                                                                                       .05
C            Pre start                                                                                                                  .05
D            Major fall (unrecoverable)                                                                                      0.1
E            Minor fall (recoverable)                                                                                          .05
F            False start/unsubstantiated                                                                                   0.1
G           Routine length not 2:25-2:35                                                                                 1.0
H           Contains inappropriate language                                                                          0.1
I             Lewd gestures, comments or movements                                                            0.1
J            Use of props                                                                                                            0.1
K           Clothing or props tossed into audience                                                                0.5
L           Costumes/shoes inappropriate                                                                              .05
M          Attire not intact (untied laces/clothing articles)                                                     .05
N          Use of body oils, paint or other substance that effect the performance area    .05
O          Crew members does not meet the minimum and maximum allowed                 Disqualification

JUDGING AND SCORING THE ROUTINE

Judges Panel

A panel of judges will consist of six (6) or eight (8) persons. If extenuating circumstances exist the judiciary director may adjust the number of the judges.

1.    All judges must meet the eligibility, training, judge skill level and certification requirements set forth by the organisers. Judges are assigned to either, the artistic or technical judging position and score in their assigned area only.
2.    Crew Championship will require too have six (6) judges

a.    Three (3) Technical Merit judges
b.    Three (3) Artistic Merit judges
c.    One (1) Judiciary Director    

JUDGES SEATING AT THE CHAMPIONSHIP

The panel judges and the judiciary director will be seated at a table placed parallel to the front of the competition stage, distanced to provide a clear and unobstructed view of each crew from ‘head to toe’. Adequate lighting must be provided. The artistic and technical judges will be seated in alternating position i.e. Artistic, Technical, Artistic, Technical.

DUTIES OF THE JUDGES

1.    Artistic Merit Judge
Evaluate and score the routine according to the criteria for Hip Hop Content, Creativity, Choreography, Musicality and Showmanship.
2.    Technical Merit Judge
Evaluate and score the routine according to the Hip Hop criteria for execution, Synchronization and difficulty.
3.    Judiciary Director

a.    The judiciary Director does not score the crews routines. This duty is to manage, train and oversee the fair and accurate performance of all members of the judges’ panel and asses all discrepancies, penalties, deductions and disqualifications. A judge may be removed from the panel by the judiciary Director.
b.    The judiciary Directors duties specific to the performance of a routine:
    i.    Evaluate stage entry and exit, late start, pre start, grand standing and routine interruption.
    ii.    Assess for attire violations
    iii.    Assess for music violations
    iv.    Identify and evaluate minor and or major falls
    v.    Assess if prohibited moves are performed

CALCULATING FINAL SCORES

1.    The highest score is ten (10)
2.    Any point deduction given by the Judiciary Director is deducted from the total score, to equal the final score.
3.    The final score shall be rounded to the nearest hundredth point.

TIE SCORES

The “leading” crews will be determined as follows:
       1.    The crew(s) with the highest Artistic Merit score.
       2.    The crew(s) with the highest Technical Merit score.
       3.    An analysis of the panel judges’ ordinal ranking.

SCORING AND RANKING

1.    The Final Ranking of crews is determined by the Judges scores.
2.    The Judges’ scores will be displayed at the conclusion of the competition.
3.    When deductions are given, the judges will inform the crew through a deduction card after the competition has come to a conclusion.

DISCREPANCIES IN THE RULES AND/OR COMPETITION

 1.    Any problem or discrepancy during a competition will be brought to the attention of the competition organizers, Judiciary Director, and /or event committee, and the respective decision(s) made will be final.
2.    Misinterpretation due to the translation or interpretation of the rules will be resolved according to the English version. In the event of any discrepancy, the English version of the most current rules will stand.

PROTEST

Protests are prohibited and will not be accepted regarding any score or result of a decision.

COMPETITION FLOOR

•    9 x 5 meters  (Width x Depth)
•    1 meter high

MUSIC REQUIREMENTS

1.    The routine must be performed in its entirety to the music recorded and selected by the crews.
2.    Music must be recorded once (1) only on a USB with the crew name as the title of the file.
3.    Music may contain a mixed artist combination and any effects to enhance the performance.
4.    The changes or edits must be made within the allotted time permitted by the organisers. No changes or edits are permitted beyond this time period.
5.    The music must not contain inappropriate language, lewd or offensive language.
6.    The use of music may not be guaranteed to be used during a live event due to copyright laws. It may be required that the crew replaces the music for one that is accepted.

AWARD CEREMONY

1.    Teams will be notified of their ranking during the award ceremony.
2.    Trophy and dog tags will be presented to the three (3) top ranked crews.
3.    Cash Prizes are awarded to First Place winners of each division only.
4.    Cash prize will be presented during the award ceremony by cheque.
5.    Crews placed outside the top three will be given a ranking certificate.

PAYMENTS

All registration payments are to be paid in full per crew and not individually. Payments are non refundable and to be paid via direct deposit.

NOJON Entertainment
ANZ BANK
BSB: 012 233
Account: 4959 69613

Please reference: LC[crew name] e.g. LCNOJON
Due 5pm Friday 27 July, 2013