TWIRLING UNLIMITED 2017 GROUP EVENT RULES

These rules apply to ALL group events:

In any event, no group member may compete in another unit in the same category (he/she may not compete against himself/herself.)

In each division, a judge must evaluate each group’s performance in terms of a standard.  If judge feels that the performance does not merit a first place designation, a protection rule may be issued and the highest scoring group will receive 2nd place.  A protection rule may be issued in any division.

In any event where individual music is used, if music stops or has any technical difficulty  for ANY reason after the first 15 seconds, the performing group may not start over. Groups are encouraged to bring their own music apparatus to ensure proper playing.

No non-performing members (example: spotters or equipment handlers) are permitted on competition floor during performance.

TEAMS – GENERAL RULES

(apply to all team events)

Minimum of 3 members

Ages:  (Avg)    Up to 6.9 -   PeeWee  12.0 to 14.9 Junior

                           7.0 to 8.9 -  Tiny Tot                15.0 and Up - Senior

                           9.0 to 11.9 – Juvenile

Note: Contestant’s age is determined by their age as of the day of the competition.

Number of members (for all team events):

3 to 5 members - small
6 to 10 members - medium
11 and up  - large

General Penalties:  (assessed for all team events)

    .5 per drop of baton or other equipment                 .1 per unison

    .5 per fall                                                                       .1 per alignment error

    .2 per out of step                                                          .1 per second over or under time

 

In all cases where individual music is used, music theme and lyrics should be appropriate for family entertainment. Music should be ready to play. A CD player will be available, but groups are encouraged to bring their own music apparatus to ensure proper playing.

Level 1 Dance Twirl Team

There is no “Beginner” Team Classification in TU.  However, to accommodate teams still at a developmental level, a “Level 1 Team” division is offered in the Dance Twirl event.  Level 1 Teams are restricted in the same manner as Level 1 solos: no member may do more than a one turn, and no more than 2 consecutive elbows.  In addition, no member may do any high toss tricks with illusions or any gymnastics move underneath.  This is considered an open event only, winners do not receive a Regional or International title at Championship competitions. Teams are permitted to enter both Level 1 and the Regional or International team event, as long as they meet the appropriate restrictions when competing in the Level 1 event.

Dance Twirl Teams

Groups perform to their own music. No props or backdrops allowed. No more than one baton per member.  Timing begins and ends with music. 

Time Limit: 1:30-3 minutes.                  

Additional penalties:   .1 per break/slip

Dance Twirl of the Day: At selected competitions, this event will be offered to any dance twirl team as an additional performance opportunity (team must also enter their “regular” division in order to participate).  All teams, regardless of age or size, compete against each other for the “Dance Twirl of the Day” award.

Pom Teams

Performed to own music.   Teams must use poms.  Intentional “grounding” of poms is permitted for a short period of time.  Groups may use mounts no more than one tier high in competition.  Any groups using mounts do so with the understanding that they are exclusively responsible in case of injury. No mats are provided. Timing begins and ends with music.    

     Time Limit: 1:30- 3:00

Twirl Teams

Routine is performed to standard march music, provided by TU.  No more than one baton per member. Timing begins with salute by one or more members at starting line in front of judge and ends with salute by one or more members at the same line.  Formations and floor coverage are evaluated for the entire routine.  Entrance and Exit are optional.

     Time limit: 1:30 to 3 minutes

     Additional Penalties:      Breaks:   .1 per error             Off Pattern:  .1 per error

Novelty Teams

Performed to own music; timing begins and ends with music. Groups must use some equipment or apparatus.  Poms, Color Guard and Dance Lines have their own event and may not enter this category.  One baton may be used as a small portion of the novelty routine, but the emphasis is on equipment other than one baton. Judging is based on use of equipment, execution, audience appeal and unison.

       Time Limit: 1:30 – 3 minutes

Strut Teams

One baton per member only.  Use own music. Judged on routine content,  unison, and ability to stay in step with music. Floor pattern – straight line down length of  gym once; one re-trace is permitted; oblique movements or slight hesitations permitted.  Timing begins with first movement and ends with salute or end of music.

      Time Limit: 1:00 to 3:00

Duet Strut available as separate event (see individual events listing)

Production Groups

Minimum 10 members; Age groups same as Teams & Corps

Use Own Music.  Routine incorporates any form of novelty choreographed to music.Baton may be a portion, but the emphasis is on production and entertainment value rather than twirling difficulty.

Time Limit:  5:00-9:00

(Maximum set-up time is 5 minutes) 

OTHER AUXILIARY EVENTS:

(standard age and group divisions do not apply)

Color Guard

Ages (Avg.):  Junior: 0-14.9    Senior:  15.0 +

Divisions:  Small  (3-10 members);  Large (11+ members)

Groups perform to music of their own choosing.  Timing begins and ends with music.

Time Limit: Short Program:  up to 4:00 minutes

                       Long Program  4:00 - 8:00

Solo and Duet Color Guard events available (see individual events listing)

Majorette Squads (offered on a limited basis at selected open competitions)

Divisions:  Junior High/  High School/  College

Any type of baton work and props permitted. Use own music.

Division determined by school affiliation – all members must attend (or be eligible for extra-curricular activities at)   the same school, not just the same district.

Time Limit:  up to 4:00 minutes  - short program

                         4:00 to 8:00       - long program

Additional Penalties:  .1 per break/slip

CORPS - GENERAL RULES

Maximum set-up time for groups - 5 minutes. Penalty - Judge’s Discretion (5 pts maximum).

Entrance is optional.

There are 3 classifications of corps competition: Street Parade Corps, Mini Corps, and Floor Corps. 

These rules apply to all corps, no matter what classification.

1.  There must be a minimum of 10 baton twirling members.

2.  All corps provide their own music, whether live or recorded.

3.  Age divisions (average age)

                0 - 6.9  - Peewee

                7.0 - 8.9 -Tiny Tot

                9.0 - 11.9  - Juvenile

                12.0 - 14.9 - Junior

                15.0 & over - Senior

4.  Penalties:

        .2 drop of baton or other equipment        .1 alignment error

        .2 out of step                                                .1 unison error

        .2 fall                                                              .1 boundary error per person

                                                                            .1 per second under/overtime

5.  Any corps member may not compete in more than one unit in the same

category and age bracket. (He/she may not compete against herself).

6.  Any corps may have auxiliary sections, but none is required.

7.  At TU International Competition, the floor boundaries will be 50 x 84. 

ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC RULES FOR MINI CORPS

Corps may begin in any formation on or off the floor.  Timing and judging will begin with the first movement of any member or the first note of music, whichever is first, including the commanders.  Timing and judging will end with the last member stepping over the boundary line or the last note of the music, whichever is last.  Props are permitted.

Time limit is 2 to 4 minutes; no minimum twirling time.

There are no formation requirements.

Penalties:  See General Rules

Score Sheet Categories: 25 points each

                                       Routine Content

                                       Twirling Precision and Unison

                                       Strutting/Bodywork Precision and Unison

                                       Overall Effectiveness 

ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC RULES FOR STREET PARADE CORPS (INDOOR COMPETITION)                                         

The corps will perform in a U formation beginning and exiting to the judge's left.  There is a constant 20 feet width for the entire U.  All members of the corps must stay within that boundary until they pass the finish line.  There is no spread beyond the 20 feet boundary allowed.

 

The maximum time limit is 2 minutes - there is no undertime or minimum twirling time.  All members of the corps must cross the finish line in the allotted 2 minutes.  If any member remains on the floor after 2 minutes has passed a .1 per second penalty will be assessed.  Continuous footwork is not required but a general forward motion should be maintained to cover the required distance in the allotted time.

Timing and judging will begin with the first movement or first note of music (including the commander), whichever is first.  Judging and penalties (excluding overtime) will end when the last member has crossed the finish line or when 2 minutes are up, whichever is first.

Corps may use ½ length of the floor within the 20 foot boundary to set up in.  Can use novelty equipment, if desired.

Score Sheet Categories: 25 points each

                Routine Content

                Twirling Precision and Unison

                Strutting Precision and Unison

                Overall Effectiveness

ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC RULES FOR FLOOR CORPS

Corps may begin in any formation on or off the floor.  Timing and judging will begin with the first movement of any member or the first note of music (including the commander), whichever is first.  Timing and judging will end with the last member stepping over the boundary line or the last note of the music, whichever is last.

Time Limit: 5-9 minutes.  There is no minimum twirling time.

Score Sheet Categories: 25 points each 

                                       Twirling Routine Content         

                                       Twirling Precision and Unison

                                       Overall Effectiveness

                                       Effectiveness of Maneuvering & Choreography

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