Collegiate Greek Step Rules

  1. Each team will have a total of 4 minutes to perform; No introduction and exit steps. Time begins by the first physical action or the first sound (vocal or deliberate impact) is made by members after formation is set. In the case that a team performs beyond 4 minutes time limit, 2 points for each additional minute over the time limit will be deducted from the overall score.
  2.  There will be seven (7) judges and two (2) score tabulators. In case of technical difficulties or time infractions, judges will be notified. Teams will not be penalized for technical difficulties. Each judge will have Stepping/Step Show judging experience.
  3. In the event of a tie, or no clear winner for a place, then the prize of that place will be split between the tying teams and the place announced as a tie.
  4. Judges will represent the Greek letter organizations and will have stepping and or step show judging experience. Judges are not paid and participate on a voluntary basis to support participants and the community. The maximum points a team can receive per judge is 100. The judges’ decisions are final.
  5. Each team is evaluated on 9 different categories totaling 100 points; Precision (20), Difficulty/Complexity (15), Vocal Clarity/Delivery (10), Creativity/Originality (15), Choreography (10), Enthusiasm/Energy (15) and Overall Performance (20). Teams should remember that this is a Step competition and not a Dance competition.
  6. The show/routine can consist of steps, stomps, marches, chants songs, segways or any innovative movements that are not of a vulgar nature or suggest any vulgarity.
  7. No profanity or sexually explicit content is allowed within any portion of the performance and will result in a score reduction. Sexually explicit behaviors/content include, and are not limited to, inappropriate removal of clothing, EXCESSIVE gyrating in a sexual manner, and imitating sexual motions. This reduction will not exceed a total of 10 points by each judge.
  8. Stomp Wars staff and sponsors require that your organization conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times during the competition. Failure to comply with this request will result in your team’s dismissal from the competition and possible exclusion from all other future events. The following WILL NOT be tolerated and will result in your team’s performance being DISQUALIFIED:Profane language, vulgarity, sexual gestures, inappropriate apparel; language and/or choreography, unsportsmanlike conduct (booing, hissing,      intentional disrespect to any organization, sponsors, etc…)
  9. Each participating organization must be in good standing with the NPHC and the team’s respective University (i.e. no suspended or expelled organization will be allowed to participate!) Undergraduate chapters are permitted only.
  10. Video format must be 1080P or higher. Videos cannot include any music. Video length must be 4 minutes or less.
  11. Teams will have two options to submit their head to head video and their semi-final video:

• Created and submit a fresh new routine performance (2020)
• An edited past performance video from 2019 or 2020.

**ALL TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER STOMP WARS. WINNING TEAMS FOUND IN DEFAULT WILL FORFEIT ALL WINNINGS/PRIZES.

YOUTH STEP RULES

  1.  Each team will have a total of 4 minutes to perform; No introduction and exit steps. Time begins when the first sound (vocal or deliberate impact) is made by members. In the case that a team performs beyond 4 minutes time limit, points will be deducted from the total score as follows:a. 1- 15 seconds over = 2 points (Per Judge)
    b. 16- 30 seconds over = 5 points (Per Judge)
    c. 31 seconds and greater = immediately disqualification
  2. There will be seven (7) judges and two (2) score tabulators. In case of technical difficulties or time infractions, judges will be notified. Teams will not be penalized for technical difficulties. Each judge will have Stepping/Step Show judging experience.
  3.  In the event of a tie, or no clear winner for a place, then the prize of that place will be split between the tying teams and the place announced as a tie.
  4. Judges will represent the Greek letter organizations and will have stepping and or step show judging experience. Judges are not paid and participate on a voluntary basis to support participants and the community. The maximum points a team can receive per judge is 100. The judges’ decisions are final.
  5. Each team is evaluated on 9 different categories totaling 90 points; Introduction (10), Appearance (10), Precision (15), Difficulty/Complexity (15), Vocal Clarity (10), Creativity/Originality (10), Transition (10), Enthusiasm/Energy (10) and Overall Performance (10). Teams should remember that this is a Step competition and not a Dance competition.
  6. The use of gang signs, signals, affiliations or hand signals and calls associated with Greek letter organizations are not permitted in the performances. A total of 10 points will be deducted from overall totals.
  7. No profanity or sexually explicit content is allowed within any portion of the event/performance and will result in a score reduction. Sexually explicit behaviors/content include, and are not limited to, inappropriate removal of clothing, gyrating in a sexual manner, imitating sexual motions, using music with vulgar sexual lyrics (including chants/songs), etc. This reduction will not exceed a total of 10 points by each judge.
  8. Stomp Wars staff and sponsors require that your organization, coaches, managers, boosters and steppers conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times during the competition. Failure to comply with this request will result in your team’s dismissal from the competition and possible exclusion from all other future events. The following WILL NOT be tolerated and will result in your team’s performance being DISQUALIFIED:
    • Profane language, vulgarity, sexual gestures, inappropriate apparel; music; language and/or choreography, unsportsmanlike conduct (booing, hissing, intentional disrespect to staff, sponsors, competing teams, etc…)
  9. Video format must be 1080P or higher. Videos cannot include any music. Video length must be 4 minutes or less.
  10. Teams will have two options to submit their head to head video and their semi-final video:
    • Created and submit a fresh new routine performance (2020)
    • An edited past performance video from 2019 or 2020. No previous Stomp War performances can be used

ALL TEAMS ARE REQUIRED TO ADHERE TO OUR SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY  BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER STOMP WARS. WINNING TEAMS FOUND IN DEFAULT WILL FORFEIT ALL WINNINGS/PRIZES.

STOMP WARS HBCU 2020
Youth and Collegiate Step Competition
SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY

POLICY
“This policy provides guidance for teams participating in STOMP WARS 2020 with regards to use of social media, which should be broadly understood for purposes of this policy to include blogs, wikis, microblogs, message boards, chat rooms, electronic newsletters, online forums, social networking sites, and other sites and services that permit users to share information with others in a contemporaneous manner. The rules and this policy extend to chaperones, sponsors and parents of the participating teams.

Failure to comply will be considered violation of our zero tolerance unsportsmanlike policy resulting in further disciplinary action leading up to and including disqualification, forfeiture of prizes, and or permanent ban. Participating teams, chaperones, sponsors and parents will be referred to as “participants”.

PROCEDURES

  • Participants should know and adhere to STOMP WARS Official Performance Rules.
  • Participants should be aware of the effect their actions may have on their image, as well as STOMP WARS image.
  • Participants should be aware that ROCKTEEN Youth Foundation and or Stomp Wars USA may observe content and information made available by participants through the various social media platforms. Participants must not post material that contradicts STOMP WARS Zero Tolerance policy as outlined in the STOMP WARS Official Performance Rules.
  • Although not an exclusive list, some specific examples of prohibited social media conduct include posting commentary, content, or images that are defamatory, pornographic, proprietary, harassing, libelous, or that can create a hostile environment. This applies before, during and after STOMP WARS events.
  • Participants are not to publish, post or release any information that is considered confidential or not public. If there are questions about what is considered confidential, participants should check with the STOMP WARS staff.
  • Participants should not post anything that belongs to someone else (proprietary information). This includes illegal music sharing, copyrighted publications, and all logos or other images that trademarked by STOMP WARS USA, ROCKTEEN Youth Foundation and Rock-T Holla Productions LLC and affiliates.