North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities Competition Rules
1. All participating schools must register before the competition according to Rule IX of NCASA Competition Rules.
2. Each middle school may register just one Show Choir.
3. Each high school may register one choir each in the show choir and a cappella competitions.
2. Withdrawal. Choirs that choose to not participate in a Competition after registering to participate in that Competition must notify NCASA.
1. Registered choirs that withdraw from a Competition during the registration period will not pay a penalty.
2. Registered choirs that withdraw from a Competition after the conclusion of the Pre-Competition Registration period must pay a penalty.
1. Registered choirs that withdraw from a Competition eight (8) or more days prior to the day of the Competition must pay a $30 penalty.
2. Registered choirs that withdraw from a Competition between eight (8) and one (1) day prior to the day of the Competition must pay a $50 penalty.
3. Registered choirs that withdraw from a Competition less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the start of the On-Site Registration period shall incur a $100 penalty.
3. Penalties for withdrawal from a Competition may be waived at the discretion of NCASA.
1. Each team must provide a volunteer to help administer the competition.
2. Details for volunteer arrival time will be sent to all Coaches prior to each competition.
3. Teams failing to furnish the necessary volunteer will have the Coach serve in that role.
4. If the coach is unwilling or unable to serve as Volunteer, the team will forfeit.
5. NCASA will notify all schools if volunteers are not required.
1. NCASA will publish a “check-in” period for the Competition at least a week prior to the day of the Tournament.
2. A representative from each choir must check-in during this time period.
3. Three copies of the sheet music to be performed must be submitted upon check-in.
4. Teams that fail to submit all sheet music will be penalized five points and may be disqualified.
5. Late check-ins may be accepted at the discretion of the competition director.
5. Team Composition
1. One individual who is not a student (e.g.: a teacher, assistant principal, etc.) may serve as a Director to train and supervise the Performers.
2. Performers - Eligible students from a Member School that sing and / or dance will be considered the Performers that comprise a Show Choir.
6. Live performance guidelines
1. Performance Times
2. All choirs will receive 7-10 minutes for walk-through, sound check, and stage preparation. Choirs not ready for their scheduled time may lose this time.
3. Choirs using large equipment or props (including but not limited to instruments required for live accompaniment, choral risers, or platforms) will be permitted additional time to setup and remove this equipment provided they notify NCASA by the close of registration what equipment will be used.
4. Accompaniment may be pre-recorded or performed live during the performance. All choirs (including unisex) may have male and female students performing live accompaniment.
5. Live accompaniment may be led by one performing adult, but remaining members must be students from the participating school.
6. Choirs performing in the A Cappella competition must perform without any accompaniment.
7. A penalty of two points per minute will be assessed for choirs exceeding the time limit. A five-second grace period will be granted to account for stopwatch and timing errors.
8. Special lighting may be requested but will be limited by facility and the nature of a live competition.
7. Safety Guidelines - The penalty for violating any safety guideline is 5 points per infraction.
1. Skills, Tumbling, and Tricks
1. Skills which bear weight on the hands only and/or tumbling on the performance surface are not allowed while holding poms or props (including stalls, etc). A full clean hand must be in contact with the performance surface for all weight bearing skills. Weight bearing skills are allowed while wearing gloves. Exception: Forward and backward rolls are allowed. Skills using Hands Free Grip poms are allowed.
2. Tumbling and/ or tricks: An acrobatic or gymnastics skill executed by an individual performer without contact, assistance or support of another performer(s) and begins and ends on the performance surface. Tumbling is allowed, but not required.
3. The following tumbling moves are NOT permitted: front/back tucks, side somi, layouts, Shushunova, headsprings (without hands), dive rolls (in any position), and toe pitches.
4. For clarification, the following tumbling moves are permitted: forward/backward rolls, front/back handsprings, continuous double (partner) cartwheels, shoulder rolls, cartwheels, headstands, handstands, backbends, front/back walkovers, stalls/freezes, windmills, kip up, round off, aerials, and headsprings (with hands).
5. Tumbling skills with airborne hip over head rotation is limited to 2 connected skills. Example: 2 consecutive headsprings are allowed; 3 are not allowed.
6. Drops to the knee, thigh, seat, front, back, jazz split (hurdler) or split position onto the performing surface from a turn, jump, stand, or inverted position must first bear weight on the hands or feet in order to break the impact of the drop.
7. Drops to a push-up position onto the performance surface are permitted from a standing or kneeling position or from a jump with forward momentum (i.e. Flying Squirrel) or an X, Star or Spread Eagle jump. All variations of a Shushunova are not permitted.
2. Dance Lifts and Partnering
1. Any Supporting Performer who has primary weight of a Lifted Performer must maintain direct contact with the performance surface at all times.
2. At least one Supporting Performer must have hand / arm / body to hand /arm/ body contact with the Executing Performer(s) throughout the entire Lift, Trick, Partnering or Tumbling skill. Lifting with Poms is allowed.
3. Swinging Lifts and Tricks are allowed provided the Executing Performer’s body does not make a complete circular rotation and is in a supine position (may not be prone) at all times.
4. Elevators, show and go’s extensions and any cheer based stunts are not permitted.
3. Jumping and Tossing
1. Jumping or leaping on or off a performer is allowed as long as there is hand/arm (Supporting Performer) to hand/arm/body (Executing performer) contact with a Supporting Performer throughout the skill.
2. Tossing a performer is allowed as long as there is hand/arm (supporting performer) to hand/arm/body (executing performer) contact with at least one other performer throughout the skill.
4. Hip Over Head Rotation
1. Hip over head rotation is defined as an action where hips move over the head. (Example: Cartwheel or front/back walkover is an example of hip over head rotation. Going up into a handstand and back down the same way is not considered hip over head rotation).
2. Hip over head rotation of the Executing Performer(s) may occur as long as ALL of the following apply:
1. His/her hips do not exceed the height of the Supporting Performer’s shoulders when standing upright,
2. The Supporting performer must be stationary.
5. Vertical Inversions
1. A vertical inversion is defined as a position in which the Executing Performer's shoulders are below their waist and bear direct weight on the Supporting Performer.
2. A downward vertical inversion is defined as the momentum of the Executing Performers head, neck, and shoulders moving towards the performance surface while inverted.
3. Vertical Inversions are allowed as long as the Supporting Performer is in a position to protect the head, neck and shoulders of the Executing Performer.
4. Downward vertical inversions are allowed as long as there are at least 2 Supporting Performers bearing weight and in a position to protect the Executing Performers head, neck, and shoulders.
8. Adjudication and Scoring
1. The National Music Adjudication Coalition Show Choir Music Assessment Form will be used for adjudication and scoring for all portions of the show choir competition. A PDF of this form can be found on the NCASA website.
2. The NCASA A Cappella Music Assessment Form will be used for adjudication and scoring of the A Cappella competition. A PDF of this form can be found on the NCASA website.
3. The final score will be adjusted accordingly for choirs exceeding the time limit or violation of other guidelines not addressed in the scoring rubric.
9. Ranking and Advancement
1. Choirs will be ranked with the highest average score from all judges receiving the highest ranking.
2. The choir with the highest ranking in each qualifying Regional will advance to the State Finals and be declared the Regional Champion.
3. A qualifying Regional will have three or more schools in each division.
4. Advancement of remaining schools to the state final will be determined by the Show Choir committee after registration is closed but prior to the Regional competitions. The advancement requirements will be publicized to all participating schools.
5. Performance order at Regionals will be determined by random draw. However, choirs using risers or platforms will be grouped together to minimize the movement of this equipment.
6. Performance order at State will be based on ranking and scores from Regionals, but special requests for performance order may be granted based on the circumstances.
7. First Place Tie
1. First tiebreaker: the scores from each judge are examined. If the majority of judges prefer one school (according to scores) then that school will be declared the winner.
2. If the first tiebreaker does not break the tie, the lowest score for each tied school will be examined. The choir with the highest of these low scores will be declared the winner.
3. If still tied, the competition will end in a tie.
10. Additional Show Choir Awards – The following award winners will also be recognized at the State Finals. The judges will be given instructions by the show choir committee on how to determine each award winner.
1. Best Male Solo
2. Best Female Solo
3. Best Group Vocals
4. Best Choreography
5. Best Show Design
6. Best Combo (live accompaniment with more than one performer)
7. Best New Choir
8. Best Male Stage Presence
9. Best Female Stage Presence
10. Director’s Award (chosen by the Competition Director)
11. Additional A Cappella Awards - The following award winners will also be recognized following the Finals. The judges will be given instructions by the show choir committee on how to determine each award winner.
1. Best Male Solo
2. Best Female Solo
3. Best Vocal Percussion
4. Best Choreography
12. Performance Rights – The Group Director is responsible for obtaining the performance rights to each piece performed by his/her school. Choirs who violate copyright law may be disqualified.