Rules & Policies

Important Rules and Policies

Amateur Competitor Rules & Regulations

Updated 3.20.2018

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X. RULES FOR AMATEUR COMPETITORS

The rules in this section refer to amateur partnerships (one amateur dancer partnered by another amateur dancer)

X. RULES FOR AMATEUR COMPETITORS

A. AGE CATEGORY CLASSIFICATIONS

1. Age classifications, "a" through "f', will become effective on the individual's actual birthday. On a

year where a competitor is going to move from one classification to the next they may make this

change anytime during a 60-day period that begins 30 days prior to their birthday and ends 30 days

following their birthday.

a. Pre-Teen I: 9 years old or younger

b. Pre-Teen II: lO'h or 11th birthday

c. Junior I: 12th or 13'h birthday

d. Junior II: 14'h or 15'h birthday

e. Youth: 16th, 1 Th or 18th birthday

f. Under 21: At least one of the partners is at least 16 years old, and under 21 years old, on the day

of the competition, and neither member of the partnership is over 21 years of age on

the day of the competition.

g. Adult: l 9'h birthday or greater

(1) Senior I: One partner must have reached his or her 35'h birthday or greater and the other

partner must have reached his or her 30'" birthday or greater.

(2) Senior II: One partner must have reached his or her 45'h birthday or greater and the other

partner must have reached his or her 40'" birthday or greater.

(3) Senior III: One partner must have reached his or her 55'h birthday or greater and the other

partner must have reached his or her 50'" birthday or greater.

2. Organizers may combine age classifications as follows:

a. Pre-Teen I and Pre-Teen II into a single Pre-Teen classification.

b. Junior I and Junior II into a single Junior classification.

c. Senior I, Senior II, and Senior III into a single Senior classification.

d. Organizers may combine classifications not listed above by obtaining written permission from the

Ballroom Director.

3. Organizers may offer additional age category competitions, such as "Under 21 ",etc.

4. Competitors may dance "up" or "down" as follows:

a. Pre-Teen I competitors may dance up one age classification to "Pre-Teen II".

b. Pre-Teen II competitors may dance up one age classification to "Junior I".

( 1) Pre-teen II competitors who dance up to junior must remain in the approved pre-teen

costumes. This rule applies to the individual, not to the couple - if only one member of the

partnership is a bonafide Junior age competitor then only that individual may wear a "Junior"

costume.

c. Junior I competitors may dance up one age classification to "Junior II".

d. Junior II competitors may dance up one age classification to "Youth".

e. Youth competitors may dance up to the Adult classification.

f. When an organizer combines age classifications (Pre-Teen I & II, Junior I & II or Senior I, II &

III) competitors may dance up or down as follows:

(1) Only Pre-Teen II age category competitors may dance up into the combined Junior age

category.

(2) Combined Juniors may dance up into the combined Youth age category.

(3) Combined Seniors may dance down into the adult age category.

5. The following rules apply to competitors age 18 and under:

a. For Youth, Junior I and Junior II partnerships, one of the individuals may be no more than two

age classifications younger.

b. If one of the individuals in the partnership is two age classifications younger, then the younger

member of the partnership must request permission in writing from the NDCA Ballroom

Department and in tum receive written approval prior to being allowed to compete. (example - a

"Pre-Teen II" girl wishing to compete with a "Junior II" age boy)

( 1) If written permission is given for the individual to dance up two age classifications, then that

person may not return again to dance in the original younger age classification that they "gave

up".

c. If one of the individuals in the partnership is one age classification younger, then the younger

member of the partnership may request permission in writing from the NDCA Ballroom

Department to relinquish their age classification and be allowed to move up one age classification.

This request will generally be allowed only if the individual making the request is already within

one year of reaching the next age classification.

d. Under no circumstance will a Pre-Teen I, Pre-Teen II, or a Junior I competitor be allowed to

compete in the Adult age classification.

e. A Junior II competitor may not apply for permission to dance up as an Adult until they are 15

years old, at which time they would need to apply to the Ballroom Department as noted above.

f. Youth competitors turning 19 years of age in the calendar year may still dance as youths until they

have graduated from "High School".

6. A couple's age classification eligibility is defined as the age of the older partner for the Pre-Teen I,

Pre-Teen II, Junior I, Junior II, Youth and Adult classifications, while it is defined as the age of the

younger partner for the Senior classifications.

B. PROFICIENCY CLASSIFICATIONS

Competition proficiency categories may be offered as follows:

1. Syllabus. Restricted to "medalist" level figures (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Novice Bronze, Novice Silver,

Novice Gold, Etc).

2. Novice. Open Syllabus. It is recommended that 'Novice" competitions generally be restricted to two

(2) of the allowed dances for each style.

3. Pre-Championship. Open Syllabus. It is recommended that "Pre-Championship" competitions

generally be restricted to three or four (3-4) of the allowed dances for each style.

4. Open Amateur. Open syllabus. All of the dances in each style must be done in this category in all

rounds, and in the order prescribed.

C. ELIGIBILITY DEFINITIONS

1. A competitor is eligible to dance in the "Syllabus", "Novice" and/or "Pre-Championship" proficiency

classifications until they accumulate three proficiency points. There is no limit to the number of

proficiency points that may be accumulated in the "Open Amateur" level.

2. A competitor receives one point when they either a) place first in their current classification when a

quarter-final was danced, or b) dance in the final of a higher proficiency event where a quarter-final

was danced.

3. In the "Syllabus" categories proficiency points should be accumulated independently for each dance.

4. The eligibility to compete in a classification is applied to individual amateur competitors and not the

couple as an entity.

5. An amateur couple is only eligible to compete in a classification if both members of the couple are

eligible.

6. An amateur competitor's eligibility is based on his/her accomplishments regardless of the number or

length of partnerships they have had.

7. It is the responsibility of all amateur competitors to ensure that they are eligible for the category in

which they desire to dance.

8. An amateur competitor may enter at most two consecutive proficiency classifications in any particular

style and age group at a particular competition.

9. An amateur competitor's ineligibility begins at the conclusion of the competition in which his/her

third point was acquired. In this case the word "competition" refers to the entire event (generally a

"weekend").

10. An amateur competitor's proficiency level as a Pro/Am shall not be used in determining his/her

amateur proficiency level.

D. DRESS AND/OR COSTUMING- PRE-TEENS

Pre-Teens must dress as listed below.

1. Pre-Teen.

a. Boys

(1) Trousers

(a) Black or dark blue color only

(b) High waist optional

( c) Underfoot strap optional

( d) Satin stripes are allowed.

(2) Shirts

X. RULES FOR AMATEUR COMPETITORS

(a) Plain white or black long sleeved collared shirt only (no wing collars)

(b) No pleats or ribbing

(c) Sleeves to be worn at wrist length

(3) Black or dark blue vests are allowed, but sweaters and jackets are not allowed.

( 4) Tie - Black color only, may be either straight or bow

( 5) Socks - Black or dark blue color only

(6) Shoes- Heel height not to exceed 1.5 inches (must be black)

(7) Materials - Fabrics must be plain, ie: cotton, polyester, cotton/polyester blend, wool blend

(a) No satin or shiny fabrics

(b) No rhinestones, glitter, metallic thread, patterns or sequins allowed

( c) Decorations - not allowed

(8) Makeup - Not allowed

(9) Hairstyle - Long hair must be worn in a pony tail

b. Girls

( 1) Skirt with top or simple dress with attached under garment or leotard top with full skirt

(2) Skirts

(a) Plain or pleated with minimum 1 to maximum 3 half circles. Only three panels total may

be used in the construction of the skirt, regardless of how many half circles. One plain

simple underskirt allowed which is no larger or longer than top layer, and is the same or

similar color as the outer skirt

(b) No godets or extra panels may be inserted into the skirt.

(c) No uneven hem lines, frills, splits, openings, lace, or sequins. Horsehair/Crinoline may

be used as part of the construction but not as a trim.

( d) Length of skirt must not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee cap and no longer than 3

inches below the knee cap

(e) At least one of the layers of the skirt must be solid (not sheer).

(3) Bodice

(a) Necklines: Boat, high neck, v-neck, sweetheart, 'peter pan' collar, and regular collar are

allowed. Edging or trim of any kind, including ribbon, satin, lace, sequins, etc, is not

allowed on the neckline

(b) Belting, as well as gathering or shirring is permissible from the waist down for a

maximum of two inches, provided it is part of the dress itself and not an accessory

( c) Edging or trim on the bodice is not allowed

( d) No backless bodices allowed.

(4) Sleeves

(a) Long, short, elbow length, cap, puff. or sleeveless styles are allowed

(b) Cannot be replaced by trimmings, frills, or edging on the shoulder line

(c) No "finger loops" allowed

(5) Materials

(a) Fabrics MUST be only one color throughout, and the color must be continuously the

same.

(b) No rhinestones, glitter, metallic thread, pearls, patterns, sequins, or similar materials

allowed.

(c) No use offeathers, fringes, bows, belts, frills or sequins

(d) No flesh color fabric

( e) Any use of color coordinated 'see through' fabric must be lined from waist to shoulder;

for use on arms no lining is needed

(t) Lace and/or burnout (also called Devore), or similar fabric, is not allowed. Lycra,

spandex, polyester, plain velvet, satin or jersey is encouraged.

( 6) Shoes and Socks

(a) Shoes - Heel height not to exceed 1.5 inches, and must be block heel style if a dance

shoe. If the shoe comes with rhinestones on the buckle then they are allowed. If the shoe

comes with glitter on the shoe then it is allowed.

(b) Socks: White ankle socks (may have a small amount oflace ), flesh colored pantyhose, or

light pink or white tights must be worn.

(c) No Fishnet Tights

(7) Accessories, jewelry, and makeup

(a) No use of arm bands, chokers or headbands

(b) No decoration is allowed on dress or in hair

(c) No jewelry is allowed, other than one small earring in each ear

(d) No makeup allowed

(e) Use of fake eyelashes, fake fingernails, colored or glitter hair spray is forbidden

c. For pre-teen one-dance or two-dance events, competition organizers may require that the

shirts/tops be white and the trousers/skirts be black.

E. DRESS AND/OR COSTUMING- JUNIOR, YOUTH & ADULT

1. Definition of "Syllabus Dress".

a. Gentlemen. Ballroom and Smooth Divisions: Dress pants, plain shirt and tie, and optional

cummerbund or vest or black sweater or tuxedo. No tail suits. Latin and Rhythm Divisions:

Dress pants, plain or ruffied shirt, optional tie and or vest.

b. Ladies. Ballroom and Smooth Divisions: Cocktail dress without excessive adornment. No ball

gowns. Latin and Rhythm Divisions: Leotards and wrap skirts or party/cocktail dresses without

excessive adornment.

2. Definition of "Open Amateur Dress".

a. Gentlemen. Ballroom and Smooth Divisions: Tailsuits. Latin and Rhythm Divisions: Latin

costumes.

b. Ladies. Ballroom and Smooth Divisions: Ball gowns. Latin and Rhythm Divisions: Latin

costumes.

3. For "Syllabus" competitions competitors must wear "Syllabus" Dress.

4. For "Novice" competitions competitors may wear either "Syllabus" or "Open Amateur" dress. The

competition organizer may stipulate one or the other for this category.

5. For "Pre-Championship" and "Open Amateur" competitions competitors should wear

"Championship" costumes.

6. Competition organizers may establish alternative dress and/or costume guidelines if they desire for

Juniors, Youths or Adults.

F. SYLLABUS - PRE-TEEN

Couples competing in the "Pre-Teen" category must dance restricted syllabi as noted below.

1. Pre-teen. Couples competing in this age category may only dance Bronze, Silver and Gold syllabus

figures from the NDCA Approved Figures, Elements & Restrictions (Appendix 1 ).

a. No embellishments of standard figures. No change oflevels, head rolls, foot flicks, syncopations

or delayed timings unless specified within the approved syllabus.

b. In addition to Closed Syllabus Events, organizers may offer open syllabus events for Pre-Teen II

provided they do not eliminate any closed divisions as well. Couples dancing in this category

must still wear approved costuming for that age level.

G. SYLLABUS - JUNIOR, YOUTH & ADULT

1. Couples competing in the "Junior", "Youth" and "Adult" categories are not restricted in syllabi unless

competing in a "Syllabus" event, or otherwise stipulated by the organizer.

a. No embellishments of standard figures. No change of levels, head rolls, foot flicks, syncopations

or delayed timings unless specified within the approved syllabus.