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Amateur Competitor Rules & Regulations
Amateur Competitor Rules & Regulations
Age classifications will become effective on the individual's actual birthday. On a year where a competitor is going to move from one classification to the next they may make this change anytime during a 60 day period that begins 30 days prior to their birthday and ends 30 days following there birthday.
- Pre-Teen I: 9th birthday or less
- Pre-Teen II: 10th or 11th birthday
- Junior I: 12th or 13th birthday
- Junior II: 14th or 15th birthday
- Youth: 16th, 17th or 18th birthday
- Adult: 19th birthday or greater
Competitors may dance "up" or "down" as follows:
Pre-Teen I competitors may dance up one age classification to "Pre-Teen II".
Pre-Teen II competitors may dance up one age classification to "Junior I".
Junior I competitors may dance up one age classification to "Junior II".
Junior II competitors may dance up one age classification to "Youth".
Youth competitors may dance up to the Adult classification.
The following rules apply to competitors age 18 and under:
- For Youth, Junior I and Junior II partnerships, one of the individuals may be no more than two age classifications younger.
- If one of the individuals in the partnership is two age classifications younger, then the younger member of the partnership must request permission in writing from the NDCA Ballroom Department and in turn receive written approval prior to being allowed to compete. (example - a "Pre-Teen II" girl wishing to compete with a "Junior II" age boy) a) If written permission is given for the individual to dance up two age classifications, then that person may not return again to dance in the original younger age classification that they "gave up".
- Under no circumstance will a Pre-Teen I, Pre-Teen II, or a Junior I competitor be allowed to compete in the Adult age classification.
- A Junior II competitor may not apply for permission to dance up as an Adult until they are 15 years old, at which time they would need to apply to the Ballroom Department as noted above.
- Youth competitors turning 19 years of age in the calendar year may still dance as youths until they have graduated from "High School".
A couple's age classification eligibility is defined as the age of the older partner for the Pre-Teen I, Pre-Teen II, Junior I, Junior II, Youth and Adult classifications, while it is defined as the age of the younger partner for the Senior classifications.
Any amateur competitor dancing in a Pre-Teen I, Pre-Teen II, Junior I, Junior II, or Youth "open singles event" may only be partnered by another amateur competitor aged eighteen years or younger.
Syllabus: Amateur Pre-Teen Pre-Teen: Couples competing in this age category may only dance Bronze, Silver and Gold figures from approved syllabi of member organizations of the NDCA as well as the official NDCA Syllabus.
All infringements to the restricted syllabus will be reported to the Chairman of Judges. If an infraction occurs during preliminary rounds the couple will be given a warning. If the infraction occurs in subsequent rounds or in the final, the couple will be disqualified.
Pre-Teen couples wishing to dance outside the list of allowable figures are encouraged to dance in the student/student open syllabus divisions of the "All-American" One Dance Competitions.
The "All-American" Competitions are Closed Syllabus events, except for those noted as "Open Syllabus". Couples may dance Bronze, Silver and Gold syllabus figures from approved syllabi of member organizations of the NDCA as well as the official NDCA Syllabus. Couples competing in Newcomer and Bronze levels may only dance Bronze figures (for Newcomer steps 1-5 only). An Invigilator with knowledge of these syllabi will be engaged to make sure this rule is enforced. If an infraction occurs during preliminary rounds the couple will be given a warning. If the infraction occurs in subsequent rounds or in the final, the couple will be disqualified.
All U.S. Amateur dancers entering amateur events must be registered with the National Dance Council of America (NDCA). Overseas Amateurs must be registered with the WDC, WDSF or the official recognized amateur organization of their country of residence. This applies to both members of the partnership. Student/Student couples entering the "All-American" one dance events are not required to be registered.