Jack & Jill Rules

Our Jack and Jill contests will be held monthly usually on the 1st (Intermediate and Masters) and 3rd (Novice and Advanced) Sundays of each month, changes and current months contests will be posted on the clubs website at www.ocwcsdc.com

Rules:
1. Must know and be able to properly execute the 10 basic WCS patterns.
2. Must use only WCS timing – 6 or 8 count patterns
3. Partnership: lead and follow techniques are expected.
4. Staying in time and showing a natural body rhythm is both expected and required.
5. Must be lead and follow movements and patterns. No Choreographed routines.
6. Variations and extended patterns, phrasing, variety, and degree of difficulty are all judged as plusses unless executed poorly. Poorly executed moves can greatly reduce any contestant’s score. Projection and Showmanship are both plusses if, and only if, it enhances the partnership. This is a Classic West Coast Swing contest. No lifts; No drops; No side-by-side or completely open except for free spins and recoveries; At least 70% West Coast Swing movements and Patterns; Men as leaders; Women as followers.
7. Contestants must be members in good standing of the Orange County West Coast Swing Dance Club. Exception: If a contestant lives 150 miles (or more) from the Orange County West Coast Swing Dance Club weekly dance and wishes to compete, they may do so without becoming a member.
8. No contest will be held with fewer than 5 qualified men and 5 qualified women contestants.
9. Must sign up to compete by five minutes before the scheduled contest time.
10. The couples will dance in heats of fifteen or less and will be judged by a minimum of three judges and a maximum of seven judges.
11. The couples will dance to a minimum of two different pieces of music
12. The first 30 qualified men and 30 qualified women to sign up will dance in that contest.

Points:
1. Competitors will be awarded points in each contest based on our current Contest method: 1st-6 points, 2nd-5 points, 3rd-4 points, 4th-3 points, and 5th- 2 points. One point will be awarded to those couples placing 6th through 10th. If there are less than 10 couples only first through 5th will be given points. Points will accumulate for one contest year, September – August for Intermediate and Masters and February – January for Novice and Advanced.

2. A competitor dancing more than once in a given contest will receive points only for the highest placement.

3. A competitor who accumulates total points equal to or greater than 30 points during the OCWCSDC Progressive Jack and Jill Contests alone during any given year with at least one win may petition to move up to the next division and compete.

4. Because of the staggered finals for the OCWCSDC progressive contests the following rules to move up will be followed.

4a. A Competitor who has qualified in the OCWCSDC monthly contest with points equal to or greater than 30 points solely in the OCWCSDC monthly progressive contests with one first place placement may, with the approval of the contest coordinator, petition to move up to the next level in the next contest; or may remain in the lower Division until the end of the contest year. If the competitors’ decision to move to a different Division during a contest year is solely based on OCWCSDC points, your points will start at zero in the new Division and you forfeit dancing in your current division, including finals and your current points in that division will be zero. It is usually the feeling of the OCWCSDC that you continue to dance in the current contest until you either qualify at the end of the qualifying year or you attain World Swing Dance Council Registry points that would qualify you for the next division. See section 4b for rules regarding qualification with World Swing Dance Council Registry Points.
4b. A Competitor who has qualified for another division in World Swing Dance Council Points registry may choose to move to that division upon qualification in the World Swing Dance Council Registry. If the competitor chooses to move to another division based on World Swing Dance Council Points you will forfeit dancing in your current division, including finals. All competitors may choose to complete the year in the lower division and dance in finals if thheey qualify unless they section 4d ruling applies. (Effective upon completion of Int/Masters Finals 2014)
4c. A competitor who attains a cumulative points equal to or greater than the 30 points in OCWCSDC and World Swing Dance Council Points Registry in the current competition year may petition to move up to the next higher level with the approval of the Contest Coordinator only after finals of the current competitive year.
4d. A competitor who moves up more than one level in World Swing Dance Council Registry Points during any OCWCSDC competition year must move up to that level in the OCWCSDC contests immediately and your points will start at zero in the new Division and you forfeit dancing in your current division, including finals and your current points in that division will be zero.

5. There will be a Finals Contest for each division, which will be held in January (Novice and Advanced) and August (Intermediate and Masters) with the top point holders qualifying for those Finals. The Finals will be danced in a spotlight configuration.
6. After the Finals contest, all points return to zero for the next competition year.

Jackie Ford, Contest Coordinator
updated 1/12/13
Questions or comments contact Jackie at jackieford@socal.rr.com