Recent Rules & Updates
for Contest Season
(Some of the following updates have been in place since 2006 or earlier, while others may be new for 2017)
Since 2017 • For All Star and Studio teams, we will conform to the USASF team divisions with these changes:
- MASCOT (6 and under)
- ELEMENTARY (7-9 years on Aug. 31)
- INTERMEDIATE (10-12 years on Aug. 31)
- JUNIOR (13-15 on Aug. 31)
- SENIOR (16-18 on Aug. 31)
Since 2017 • Read about music copyright information that has been on the US law books for over 75 years. Recently, some issues were brought to light in our industry that may affect the way you edit music for any public performances in the future.
Since 2016 •
Show Production will now be in its own division and will not count towards team sweepstakes, Best in Class, Best of the Best, or overall State or National Champion Teams. We will be adding several awards in addition to Judges Awards in this category to give more recognition for this event. At State and Nationals, a winner and runners up will be selected in this division.
Since 2016 • We are adding an ensemble division for dance class students (cannot contain any of your active team members). The ensemble can be any size and must come from one of your school dance classes (no studio groups).
Since 2015 •
At Nationals, teams, officers or ensembles earning category titles will be eligible to order nationals letterman style jackets.
Since 2014 • We will no longer allow teams, solos, or any groups to perform tap routines unless the surface at the contest venue allows for taps to not damage the floor surface. Please contact the office for clarification for the contest venue.
Since 2014 • Team Size Rule: After reviewing the number of teams and team sizes for High School teams this past season, we have determined that we need to alter the team sizes to allow the team distribution to be more even. As of 2014, the new high school team sizes will be as follows:
Extra Small Team – 15 & under
Small Team - 16-25
Medium Team - 26-35
Large Team - 36-45
Super Team – 46+
Varsity Public High School Dance Teams classified by team size (XSmall, Small,
Medium, Large, and Super), must determine their size by reporting
the actual number of members on their team class roster and not how many members will
be competing at the competition. Contest administrators may elect to
further divide some of these team categories that have a large number of
participants including 60+ for an XL Division, or splitting divisions if a large number of teams. If there are less than three teams in a division, we may combine those teams with the closest next division. Changes in team size must be made in writing two weeks
before the contest and signed by your administrator. No changes in team
size will be made after the final schedule is sent out.
Since 2014 • We added an additional college division for NAIA college teams. Provided there are at least three teams entered in that division, we will award national collegiate champions in that category.