PSDC Progressive Jack & Jill Rules

Our Jack and Jill contests are scheduled monthly on the 2nd or 4th Saturday with preference given to the 2nd Saturday. The complete Schedule is available from a link on our website home page. The separate division schedules, schedule changes and contest results will be posted in the Progressive Jack and Jill Standings Worksheet also available from the home page..

Division Definitions

We will hold competitions for 4 levels: Newcomer, Novice, Masters and Intermediate/Advanced.





General rules

  1. Partnership: lead and follow techniques are expected.
  2. Staying on time and showing a natural body rhythm is both expected and required.
  3. Must be lead and follow movements and patterns with no choreographed routines.
  4. Variations and extended patterns, phrasing, variety, and degree of difficulty are all judged as pluses unless executed poorly. Poorly executed moves can greatly reduce any contestant’s score. Projection and Showmanship are both pluses if, and only if, it enhances the partnership. This is a Classic West Coast Swing contest. No lifts; No drops; No completely open moves except for free spins and recoveries; At least 70% West Coast Swing movements and Patterns.
  5. An individual may dance as either a leader or a follower but must remain in that role for the remainder of the contest year including finals in the specific skill or age level.
  6. Contestants must be members in good standing of PSDC or a reciprocating club. It is the intention of this section to allow dancers from outside of the area to compete without becoming a member.
  7. No contest will be held with fewer than 4 qualified leaders and 4 qualified follower contestants.
  8. Contestants must sign up to compete by five minutes before the scheduled contest time. This time can be extended by the contest coordinator.
  9. The couples will dance in heats of fifteen or less and will be judged by a minimum of three judges plus 1 Chief Judge and a maximum of seven judges plus 1 Chief Judge.
  10. The couples will dance to a minimum of two different pieces of music.
  11. All contests will be danced in a “Finals” format. I.E. Random draw or 1 rotation to ensure random partners, then keep that partner for the entire contest.
  12. The first 30 qualified leaders and 30 qualified followers to sign up will dance in that contest.
  13. An individual with All Star points in WSDC or who is eligible to compete at the All Star level based on their Advanced points in WSDC is not allowed to compete in the PSDC progressive Jack and Jill Contest.


  1. Points given in a PSDC Newcomer contest will be considered PSDC Newcomer points.
  2. Points given in a PSDC Novice contest will be considered PSDC Novice points.
  3. Points given in a PSDC Intermediate/Advanced contest will be considered PSDC Advanced points. Points will accumulate for one contest year. No points will be awarded for the finals.
  4. Competitors will be awarded points in each contest based on placement as follows:
  1. 1st: 6 points
  2. 2nd: 5 points
  3. 3rd: 4 points
  4. 4th: 3 points
  5. 5th: 2 points
  6. One point will be awarded to those couples placing 6th through 10th.
  1. If there are less than 10 couples only first through 5th will be given points. If there are less than 6 couples only first through 3rd will be given points.
  2. A competitor dancing more than once in a given contest will receive points only for the highest placement.
  3. A competitor who has qualified in the PSDC monthly contest with points equal to or greater than 20 points solely in the PSDC monthly progressive contests with one first place placement, or a Newcomer who has a 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 competitor’s decision to move to a different Division during a contest year is solely based on PSDC 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 PSDC that you should 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 1e for rules regarding qualification with World Swing Dance Council Registry Points.
  4. A Competitor who has qualified for another division in the World Swing Dance Council Points Registry must move to that division upon qualification in the World Swing Dance Council Registry. The current points that the competitor has earned will be frozen. If that competitor qualifies for the finals based on the frozen points that competitor will be allowed the opportunity to dance in finals of that division.
  5. A competitor who attains cumulative points equal to or greater than 20 points in PSDC and World Swing Dance Council Points Registry combined in the current competition year may petition to move up to the next higher level with the approval of the Contest Coordinator only for the next contest year.
  6. There will be a Finals Contest for each division, which will be held at the completion of the contest year. The date for the finals will be determined by the PSDC board of directors. However no division final will be held unless there have been at least 4 monthly contests for that division. The Finals will be danced in either a spotlight (one dance) configuration or a Jam configuration with 2 all skates and one Jam.
  7. All points return to zero for the next contest year.


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