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Welcome to the. 2008 Dance Team Rules Meeting!. Online Meetings. On-line meetings are now available in basketball and wrestling; and this spring for track, baseball and softball. Plan to have all sports on line next year

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    1. Welcome to the ... 2008 Dance Team Rules Meeting!

    2. Online Meetings • On-line meetings are now available in basketball and wrestling; and this spring for track, baseball and softball. • Plan to have all sports on line next year • We hope you will find this to be a great alternative to attending meetings in person.

    3. Complete Online Registration Now Available! If you took advantage of this option – THANKS! Easy and Convenient Saves MSHSL time and $$ Give it a try!

    4. Check Officials Directory • Associations must only assign registered judges • Schools must only used registered judges • Non-registered = no contest • Contest cannot be made up • Be sure to check the official’s directory after the test deadline of November 3.

    5. Coaches Rating Judges Change in rating system Coaches will rate from 1-7 in five separate areas The overall score will be the average of the five categories. Several adjustments in descriptions

    6. Rating Judges Judges – thanks for entering schedules! Coaches thanks for rating! For being fair and objective! Remember that this is a rating Compare to other judges who you see

    7. Judges Rating Schools • Popular and useful! • Only rate site mgm’t for home team • Comments will be tied to the events • Will make these more useful for schools • Objective comments not editorials • Comments that will help the school

    8. Judges Rating Schools • File Incident reports – any rating of 1 • Thanks Judges! • Fair and objective!

    9. School Ratings • Composite scores available to schools • Use for comparisons! • Use for incentives! • Use for recognition! • We are making a difference!

    10. Tournament Card • Benefit now available to Judges • $25 -- good at most section & state events • Get to games and watch other officials! • Deadline to purchase is November 24

    11. Recruit! • Shortages are a challenge • Judges Recruit • Coaches Recruit • Former athletes/dancers

    12. Retain! • Key to shortage of judges! • Coaches – treat judges with respect! • Give positive, constructive feedback • Lower levels

    13. State Tournament is February 13 & 14atTARGET CENTER!! Reminder . . .

    14. Rules & Policies • Be aware of the official Bylaws for Dance Team • Be aware of the official Rules and Policies for Dance Team • Both are included at the end of the Dance Team Rule Book

    15. 2008 Dance Team Rules Changes

    16. Rule Interpretations • The MSHSL is the sole and exclusive source of binding rule interpretations for contests involving member schools. • Questions concerning rules and their official interpretations should be directed to one of the Dance Team Rule Interpreters as listed on your handout.

    17. Minimum and Maximum Number of Competitors • Applies to number on the performance floor – not to roster/team • Minimum:HK and Jazz is 5 • Maximums:HK = 34 • Jazz = 26

    18. Minimum/Maximum Number of Contests, continued • Varsity Only • Same for all three classes • If not in compliance routine is not scored • - does not count toward the 3-contest minimum needed for post season.

    19. Penalties for Timing Violations • 1 – 10 Seconds = 1 point • 11 – 20 Seconds= 2 points • 21 – 30 Seconds= 3 points • 31 Seconds & above = 5 points

    20. Jazz Requirement • Minimum of one pirouette must be performed in a jazz routine, by the entire team, at the same time. • Penalty – routine is not scored and does not count as a meet

    21. Pirouette -- Defined A complete turn of the body on one foot in releve` The working leg must be in passe` Minimum of a single – OK to do more rotations Performed by the entire team – all at the same time!

    22. 2nd Jazz Requirement One leap or jump must be performed by the entire team at the same time. Penalty – routine is not scored and does not count as a meet

    23. Scoring Systems • In meets using four (4) or fewer judges, the “C” rank system will apply. • Tie Breaker with four or fewer judges – addall points of the judges. If there is still a tie, the tie stands. • Page 41 needs to be corrected

    24. 2008 Rule Clarifications & Procedural Changes

    25. Tab Room Personnel • Need to have complete working knowledge of … • - each step of tabulating process • - all forms • - procedures to execute accurate and complete results • - rules and that govern tabulators, tab room, and the tabulating process • Computer programs must follow the rule book process.

    26. Judges Area • Judges area must be secured by a raised barrier (“theater rope”), to keep spectators separated from judges • Crepe paper, signs, tape, etc. is not sufficient

    27. Procedural Changes • Kick Counter/Timers will count the number of competitors on the performance floor • “C” Rank System

    28. 2008 Editorial Revisions

    29. 2008 Rule Review

    30. Try-Outs • Only sport that does this – causes confusion • 1 week – after state -- until June 15 • Not Required • You can/should have additional try-outs when the season starts • Try-outs are for winter comp team – not for fall “group”

    31. Summer Waiver • Months of June and July • File waiver with your school • Allows contact with your dancers during this time • Can request a waiver to have one public performance during the summer • CANNOT work on choreography/winter dance during the summer.

    32. Undue Influence – Bylaw 307 • You CANNOT have any type of out of season requirements as a condition for membership on your team • - Go to a camp or clinic • - Go to a specific studio or any studio • - Participate in fundraisers • - Attend summer practices • - Attend conditioning sessions • - Participate in fall program

    33. Undue Influence, continued ... • Penalty – to the coach: • - Censure • - $500 fine, 1st Offense • - $750 fine, 2nd Offense • - $1000 fine, 3rd Offense • MSHSL Board could apply additional penalties – for example suspension from coaching.

    34. Fall Programs/Groups You MAY NOT: Have direct contact with your dancers Plan and organize programs other than conditioning Select the fall team Set requirements for fall team members Attend practices Tell the fall coaches what to do

    35. Fall Programs, continued • You MAY: • Watch team perform • Plan, organize and conduct conditioning programs -- open to anyone • Train fall team coaches • Same rules as all other sports!

    36. Choreography Cannot work on Choreography outside of the2-week time frame Rule: May work with up to 1/3 of your team to develop choreography beginning 2 weeks prior to the first day of practice. October 6, 2008 This is an exception for Dance Team – don’t abuse this opportunity.

    37. Competitive Season • They may attend studio & participate • Dancers can PARTICIPATE, but cannot COMPETE on a non-school team • They may compete in a form of dance significantly different from Jazz or HK • Can’t be required to attend studio • You could have your own rule to not allow them to participate at a studio

    38. Coaching • You or a member of your staff cannot coach any dancer who is part of your grade 10-12 program outside of the competitive season. • Can work at a studio, but not with those dancers • Can work with them on dances that are significantly different from Jazz or HK

    39. More Information A new FAQ will be developed to provide updated information in these areas. This information will also be available to your Activities Director Additional Information will be posted in the Dance Team area of the League website.

    40. Final Comments • When you have questions in any of these areas work with your Activities Director • There needs to be compliance – continued problems could lead to changes in rules • If it looks like a coaching, acts like coaching and soundslike coaching it is coaching!

    41. 2008 Dance Team Points of Emphasis

    42. Score Sheet Training Know the Score Sheet and Improve as a Coach!

    43. Purpose of the Score Sheet • To provide black and white tools to judges: • A scale which assists in remaining consistent • MSHSL-specific criteria to develop a score • A scoring system to determine a team’s rank • Provides 10 categorical areas of feedback from judges to coaches, which can be used to improve the routines.

    44. Tools of the Score Sheet Tool 1: The Scale Minnesota Average Tool 2: The Format Tool 3: The Criteria

    45. Tool #1 – The Scale The Minnesota Average is used to keep judges consistent – meet to meet, class to class and location to location. It is based on CURRENT routines of ONLY Minnesota State High School League teams. Out of date routines and/or teams that do not participate in the MSHSL dance team program, when using the scale, skews the average and does not allow all judges in all areas to stay consistent, one to the other.

    46. The First Team Performs Judges write comments on their tally sheet detailing the components of the routine and how they are being performed while watching the team KCTs are timing the routine, counting kicks, watching to see if teams run on or off the floor and this year, will start counting the # of competitors on the floor

    47. Scoring The judges look over their notes and record each category score and the final score on their tally sheet. This can take one to two minutes.

    48. First Team Average Example: 53 43 55 50 49 = average score of 50 Range of Scores: 43 – 55 or 12 Points Optimal Range: 5 points on either side of the average or 45 -55 It is recommended that judges consider bringing their scores within a recommended range of the average to start the meet on scale.

    49. Second Team Performs Judges record each category score and final score on their tally sheet. They check to make sure that their scores for the 1st two teams are on scale and reflect what they saw. The 1st and 2nd team’s score sheets are filled out and turned in to the runner. The runner checks to see if the team’s name on the bottom of the sheet is correct & that the judge signed the sheet. They run the 1st two sheets for all judges to the tab room After the 1st two teams, score sheets are taken to the tab room after each team is scored.

    50. Score and Rank Tally After the score sheets are turned in, each judge records her/his scores on a separate tally. At the end of the meet, the judge ranks each team on this tally, based on the score. They turn this tally sheet into the superior judge at the end of the meet. The superior uses it to double check that each judge’s scores and ranks match up with the scores on the score sheet and are reflected on the ranking sheet. NOTE: Judges are not allowed to change their scores once the score sheet has gone to the tab room unless a score has been transposed incorrectly.