It is our desire to present a first class contest for dance/drill teams. Below we have listed contest rules and information. If you have any additional questions, please call the American Dance/Drill Team® office at 800-462-5719 or write to us at Office hours are Monday- Thursday from 9:00-5:00pm.

Teams Officers
Ensembles College Teams
Solos Elementary/Jr Teams
Routine Description Discouraged / Not Permitted
Time Limits Music
Penalties Videos
Dressing Areas Schedules
2 Day Competitions Proper Registration


Teams will be assigned specific dressing areas at each contest either by the host school, facility or an ADTS® representative. Some venues will have 'shared' dressing space designated for female dancers and a a 'shared' dressing space for male dancers.

Teams will be required to follow specific guidelines in the dressing areas. Please extend courtesy to other teams and share space. 

Under no circumstance will male and female dancers be allowed to dress together in 'shared' dressing space that other teams dress. All locations will offer alternate dressing space for both males and females. Please indicate if you have males on your team in your comments box when you register so that we will make sure to accommodate their dressing space near the females on your team.

No food will be allowed in the dressing areas at all of our contest sites. Teams will be held responsible for any damages.

No sectioning off ballrooms or dressing room space. Please show courtesy to all teams in a shared space.


A preliminary contest schedule will be sent by e-mail to each director approximately 10-12 days prior to the contest. A final schedule will be posted on the web site the Monday afternoon the week of the contest. 

Schedule may run as much as 15 minutes ahead or behind. Please advise spectators and parents to allow time accordingly to park, enter the contest and find a seat prior to their team's scheduled performance.

After receiving your preliminary schedule, please notify the office immediately of any changes that need to be made, indicating a specific time request. All changes must be made with our office no later than noon on Monday (the week of the contest) so that the schedule can be uploaded to the web site and sent to the printer.

Any cancellations or drops from the schedule within 7 days of the competition will be issued no refunds or credits.


Many of our competitions will run for two days, Friday and Saturday. At these contest sites, we encourage you to enter your soloists, officers and ensembles on Friday and do your team events on Saturday. This not only makes your team members less stressed and fatigued, but will also allow everyone the opportunity to depart earlier on Saturday evening.

However, if you are unable to make it on Friday to participate in solo, officer and/or ensemble events, all of the events will still be running on Saturday. If you can perform any of your events on Friday, please be sure to note the events on your online registration form in the comments box.

Please pre-register online at least 3 or more weeks in advance of the contest. You will need a username and password in order to register. Please contact our office to be sent this information (

After registering, you will be emailed a contest invoice to submit for payment. We will accept Purchase Orders, PayPal, Direct Deposits, but all teams must be paid in full prior to the competition or you will not be allowed to compete. We are now accepting payments with credit card of PayPal. Make sure to note your request for a special invoice link to pay by credit card or PayPal in the comments box. However, we will not be able to accept credit card payments the day of the competition.

Review all rules and regulations before making your music and costume selections. If you have any questions about the rules, please contact the American Office.

  Ask team members that are interested if they wish to participate in the solo, duet, small ensemble, medium ensemble and/or large ensemble part of the competition. If so, get the soloists names and grade levels, assign nicknames to the ensembles and add this information to your online registration by logging back in with your username and password. Solos and ensembles may be entered at a later date, following team registration. Note events that can go on Friday.

You may go back to modify your online form or add any events up until two weeks prior to the competition. After that, all changes must be made by contact the American Office.  

Request your school or booster club check for all fees that are due.

Your registration fees must be received in the office at least one week prior to the contest date in order to be considered "Paid In Full" prior to the contest. No team will be allowed to compete unless they are paid in full.

Any cancellations or drops from the schedule within 7 days of the competition will be issued no refunds or credits.

You must submit online your registration form to the ADTS® office at least three weeks prior to the contest date.

Send your check to: American Dance/Drill Team®, P.O. Box 1189, Salado, Texas 76571 or by UPS or FedEx to: 339 Van Bibber Lane, Salado, Texas 76571.

Fax or email your Academic Champions form to our office at least one week in advance of the event to ( or fax to 254-947-3040.

All discounts, where applicable, must accompany your registration form and may not be presented with invoices.

Each team will receive 3 VIP passes for booster club officers or administrators. One director and one assistant director per team will receive badges. These two names must be listed on the registration form and schedule.

All confirmation information will be posted on the web site. No registration will be accepted at the door. You MUST be paid in full prior to the contest.



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