On behalf of the “Mighty” Second District, I extend this fraternal invitation to you seeking your enthusiastic support and registration of your Chapter Step Teams for our 72nd Second District Conference March Down competition. The “Mighty” Second District seeks the most enthusiastic Step Teams from across the district with the Hop skills and talents deserving to be called “Champion” of the 72nd Second District Conference. Our March Down Champion will have the honor of representing the “Mighty” Second District at the 82nd Grand Conclave in Tampa, FL, in July 2020.
I am writing to encourage each team to Register for the 72nd Second District Conference Step Show in Pittsburgh on Friday May 1, 2020. The Brothers of the Iota Phi Chapter are working hard to make sure that every chapter is well represented in this year’s competition. This will be a step show that you don’t want to miss!
The Second District Conference March Down competition will take place starting at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1, 2020, at the August Wilson Center, 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Each Step Team must have at least four and not more than 20 Brothers participating who are in good standing at the National, Second District, and Chapter levels. Each Step Team must review, complete, and submit March Down competition information and registry through the link below. All Registration must be completed no later than March 23, 2020. Each team needs to make a payment of $50.00.
Bro. Rahmon Hart
72nd Second District Marshall
MARCH DOWN COMPETITION RULES & JUDGING CRITERIA
Each Step Team Participant, including each Step Master/Representative, must read and adhere to the following 72nd Second District Conference March Down competition rules, regulations, and other information. To qualify, a Step Team must submit a completed, signed, and dated March Down Competition Acknowledgement for each of its Step Team Participants, including Step Masters/Representatives, and also a March Down Competition Registration with their $50.00 fee.
- Each Chapter submitting a Step Team must be in good standing at the National and Second District levels, and must have at least one (1) registered delegate in attendance at the Conference.
- Each Step Team Participant must be in good standing at the National, Second District and Chapter levels, and must be listed on the March Down Competition Registration.
- Each Step Team must have a minimum of four (4) and not more than 20 Brothers participating during the March Down performance in order to qualify for the competition.
- No Step Team Participant may participate on more than one Step Team.
- Each team will have a maximum of ten (10) minutes to perform. The time will begin from the first “step” and end with the last “step”. This time period will include the introduction and exit steps. The first “step” or stroll, music/sound, or video introduction shall mark the start. There is a one-minute grace period before overtime penalties will be enforced.
- The Presentation category–worth 10 points–allows for scoring deductions for the use of profanity and/or sexually-explicit material or offensive gestures before, during, or after the Step Team’s performance, and/or at any time the Step Team or any of its members are on the stage.
- All props must be approved by the host chapter representative/contact or the District Marshal prior to the performance. Check as appropriate the ‘Using Props?’ section on the March Down Competition Registration. If “Yes” is selected, the March Down Competition Chairman will contact the Step Masters/Representatives listed on the March Down Competition Registration. Failure to obtain approval for the use of props is grounds for disqualification.
- Each March Down judging category has a point value. Categories are totaled to determine a Step Team’s overall score. Tie breaks will be decided first by totaling Originality, Precision/Difficulty, and the Overall Execution criteria, and if needed, then based on the score for Attitude/Enthusiasm, and next, if needed, for Presentation.
- The Step Team will assume all the risk in its performance of all activities during their show and is responsible for all actions, whatsoever, committed by the Step Team that may cause harm or injury to any person or property.
- Four (4) points will be deducted for each minute or fraction thereof beyond the allotted 11 minutes, which includes the 10-minute performance time and the 1-minute grace period.
- All Step Teams must report to the venue dressing rooms by 5:15 p.m. the day of the Competition. Each Step Team will be allotted up to 20 minutes for stage spacing and final preparations.
- Each Step Team must have music/video queued on a single media source. All music/video media must be provided to the March Down Competition Chairman not later than noon on the opening date of the Conference, April 30, 2020.
- The March Down competition will begin at 7:30 p.m. SHARP! Step Teams need to be “show ready” by 7:15 p.m.
- If a Step Team Participant is found to be grossly unsportsmanlike causing a disruption to the show or the performance of another Step Team, then their Step Team may be disqualified.
- Failure to comply with any of the March Down competition rules and regulations may result in immediate disqualification of the Step Team.
- Each Judge will submit their score sheet and comments, finalized and initialed, to the March Down Competition Chairman or his designee for tabulation immediately after each Step Team’s performance is concluded. Tabulation officials will be assigned to record scores and audit officials will be identified to verify the recorded scores prior to final acceptance and announcement.
- There are no grounds for appeal once a Step Team has been disqualified.
- Only the Second District Representative (DR) or his designee has the authority to disqualify a Step Team. Violations identified by judges will be documented by the judge(s) and referred to the March Down Competition Chairman for clearance referral to the DR for decision. Code of Conduct violations may be referred to the District Counselor and further action by the DR.
- Step Teams will be evaluated using the same criteria. The highest possible score is 100 points. The criteria and weights are as follows:
TOTAL – 100 Points