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Breach of Rules Policy Print E-mail

Determination of Breach of Rules

  • Three independent judges must report the incident to the head judge; when 3 judges flag a disqualification event – a meeting is required.
  • The head judge will review the situation with the three or more judges reporting the incident.
  • Together, they will decide (by majority vote if necessary) to either;  (See voting procedure notes further on in this document.)
a) Take action as per the process for breaches of rules are listed below or;
b) In the event of a “borderline or debatable infringement”, may request the involvement of the Judging Panel in determining if there was a clear breach of rules before deciding (by majority vote) to proceed with the process outlined below.

Breach of Rules in Heats, Reperchage & Semi-Finals:

  • The Head Judge will explain the breach of rules to the couple concerned
  • In the event of a first breach of rules during the qualification rounds the offending parties will be warned verbally and the competitor(s) who would have proceeded to the next round due to the disqualification will also be promoted to the next round

Second or subsequent breach of rules

In the event of a second or subsequent breach of rules during the qualification rounds, the offending party will be verbally warned and marked down 2 places. If that still allows them through to the next round, the competitor(s) who would have proceeded to the next round if the offending competitor(s) had been disqualified will also be promoted to the next round.  

Breach of rules in finals:
The Head Judge will explain the breach of rules to the couple concerned
The couple will incur the penalty of being marked down three rankings if they were notified at any time throughout the competition for any breach of the rules and regardless of whether or not the breach is for the same or similar offence.

Please note: In the very unlikely event that a couple display numerous blatant breaches of the rules (that are unsafe or not in the spirit of Modern Jive competition - as decided by the head judge) the judges reserve the right, only by a minimum 2/3 majority vote, to disqualify the offending couple immediately.

Vote Procedure:

In all cases where decisions need to be put to a vote;
  • The Head Judge and other judges will avoid (where possible) mentioning the couple’s names and simply speak about the incident.
  • The vote will come from the entire judging panel for that heat/final.
  • Judges who did not actually witness the incident may choose to abstain from voting.
  • The head judge will not vote unless the head judge is part of the judging panel for that event.
  • The directors/organisers of the event will not vote, but must be consulted as to the implementation of the outcome.

Policy for informing the other competitors and spectators:
Our aim is not to embarrass any competitors who may breach the rules but it is only fair to other competitors and spectators that they are informed of; any penalty or disqualification imposed, including the specific category and level of competition in which this occurred

Informing everyone immediately will also help educate the other competitors that the judges are prepared to enforce the rules of this competition and thereby act as an incentive to reading the rules and as a deterrent to flouting the rules.

As soon as practically possible;
The Head Judge will; notify the couple concerned that they were disqualified for a breach of the rules and explain why

The M.C. will;

  • announce that there was a penalty imposed and/or subsequent disqualification due to a further breach in the rules.
  • mention the Category and Level of Competition in which the breach occurred.

The M.C. will NOT;

  • mention the couple’s name.

Again, immediately prior to the overall presentation of Championship Awards;

The M.C. will;

  • announce that there was a penalty imposed and/or subsequent disqualification due to a further breach in the rules.
  • mention the Category and Level of Competition in which the breach occurred.

The M.C. will NOT;

  • mention the couple’s name.