Sanctioning Policies

Competition and Titles

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Current NASSPDA Competition / Event Sanctioning Policies

The Board of NASSPDA is creating a structure for sanctioning competitions and authorizing championship titles that are determined to be consistent with the mission of NASSPDA. These policies are not yet complete, but all items listed below have been agreed upon by the Board as of the date shown.

NASSPDA reserves the right to grant an exception to any policy. Such exceptions may only be granted by a majority vote of the Board of Directors of NASSPDA. [06/27/08]

  1. Requesting a Sanction:
    • NASSPDA is in the process of creating but has not yet completed the following:
      1. Procedures for requesting NASSPDA sanction for a competition. [04/18/08]
      2. Procedures for requesting NASSPDA authorization for state or regional championship titles, national championship titles, and North American championship titles. [04/18/08]
      3. Rules with which sanctioned competitions will be asked to comply. [04/18/08]
  2. Types of SANCTIONS:
    • NASSDPA offers two types of SANCTIONS as follows:
      1. One time: intended for a specific competition which will occur once on a specific date, for example: The Millenium Ball, Dec. 30, 2999 to Jan. 1, 3000
      2.  [06/27/08]
      3. Recurring: intended for a specific competition which will recur on an annual or bi-annual basis, for example: On the 4th Saturday of April each year, +/- two weeks.
      4.  [06/27/08]
  3. NASSPDA may SANCTION competitions as follows:
    1. In order to be sanctioned by NASSPDA, a same-sex partner dance competition must comply with all NASSPDA standards and rules existing at the time the sanction is approved. [04/18/08]
    2. A sanction is provided for a specific event, in a specific geographic region, and on a specific date or time frame. [06/27/08]
    3. NASSPDA may limit the number of sanctioned competitions in a given time period and/or geographic region to ensure that the calendar of same-sex competitions offers the community of dancers and competitors the opportunity to participate in as many competitions as possible. [06/27/08]
    4. NASSPDA will maintain a list of all sanctioned competitions on its website. [06/27/08]
  4. Required Information:
    • NASSPDA requires the following information in order to grant a sanction:
      1. Type of Sanction being requested (One-time or Recurring); [06/27/08]
      2. Name of the competition; [06/27/08]
      3. Specific date of the (first) competition, and if applicable, proposed date range for future competitions; [06/27/08]
      4. City and State or Province in which the competition will be held; [06/27/08]
      5. The following contact information for the person, group or organization requesting the Sanction:
        1. Name of person or persons in the group, or name of the organization; [06/27/08]
        2. Name of the contact person with whom NASSPDA will coordinate; [06/27/08]
        3. Contact email address; [06/27/08]
        4. Contact phone number; [06/27/08]
        5. Website address if available; [06/27/08]
        6. Physical address for official or legal correspondence; [06/27/08]
  5. Rules for sanctioned competitions:
    1. A sanctioned competition must not offer any titles using the word "championship" unless such titles have been authorized or otherwise approved by NASSPDA. [04/18/08]
    2. Competition organizers are required to maintain an organizational membership in NASSPDA and to comply with all NASSPDA rules and regulations. [06/27/08]
    3. Any changes in date, location, name and/or person(s) resposible for the competition should be reported to NASSPDA in a timely fashion and may result in the withdrawal of the sanction. [06/27/08]
    4. A sanction is not transferable to any other competition. [04/18/08]
    5. The granting of a sanction does not imply that NASSPDA has authorized any championship title(s) for that competition. Authorization of championship titles is a separate process. [04/18/08]
    6. All competitors in a NASSPDA authorized title event shall abide by NASSPDA rules in effect as of the date of that event.  [6/15/08]
    7. If a NASSPDA sanctioned competition includes a pro-am category, the competition organizers are required to do all of the following [6/15/08]:
      1. Announce in advance the definition of pro-am to be used for the competition;
      2. Announce in advance what pro-am participation is allowed;
      3. Announce in advance how pro-am participation will be handled (including whether it will be judged separately);
      4. Abide by their announced policies and procedures.
  6. NASSPDA may AUTHORIZE Championship Titles as follows:
    1. NASSPDA may, at its discretion, authorize State, Regional, National, and North American Championship titles. [06/27/08]
    2. Titles will only be authorized for Sanctioned competitions. [06/27/08]
    3. Authorized titles are not transferable to different events. [06/27/08]
    4. All titles authorized by NASSPDA are the property of NASSPDA and use of those titles is limited to the NASSPDA sanctioned competitions for which they have been authorized. [06/27/08]
    5. All authorized NASSPDA titles will contain the word "Championship". [06/27/08]
    6. Competition organizers are free to offer other, non-authorized titles, provided they do not include the word "Championship" and are not advertised or treated as championship titles by the organizers. [06/27/08]
    7. State and Regional titles may be authorized on a provisional or recurring basis at the discretion of NASSPDA as follows:
      1. Titles authorized on a provisional basis must be re-authorized before the next scheduled competition at which they would be awarded (generally annually or bi-annually). [06/27/08]
      2. Titles authorized on a recurring basis will remain in effect indefinitely provided the sanctioned competition with which they are associated continues to comply with all NASSPDA rules and regulations and continues to take place as scheduled. [06/27/08]
      3. Should the competition at which an authorized title (provisional or recurring) take a hiatus, the organizers may request, and NASSPDA may choose to grant, a hold on that title for up to one cycle. If after one cycle the organizers choose not to, or can not continue to operate the competition associated with that title, NASSPDA may at its discretion grant authorization for that title to a different competition. [06/27/08]
      4. State and Regional Championships will be "open", meaning that anyone can win regardless of residency. [7/13/08]
    8. The following couples are not eligible to win a NASSPDA authorized title event held as part of a particular NASSPDA sanctioned competition [6/15/08]:
      1. A couple in which one dancer is paying the other to dance with them in any part of the competition.
      2. A couple that has entered any other dance event in this competition as a pro-am couple.
    9. It is the intention of NASSPDA that the North American and all National titles move from one geographic region to another over time. This is to provide greater ease of access to all competitors, as well as to ensure that any competition organizer with the capacity to run the North American or a National title event has the opportunity to do so from time to time. [06/27/08]
      1. The North American title and all National titles shall only be authorized on a one-time basis. [06/27/08]
      2. Any person, group or organization seeking to host the North American or any National title must have previously demonstrated their ability to run such a competition by having successfully run a NASSPDA sanctioned competition at least once. [06/27/08]
      3. North American and National title events shall be "open" competitions, meaning that anyone can enter regardless of residency or citizenship. However, eligibility to receive a North American title requires that at least one member of the couple must have an active individual membership in NASSPDA.
    10. NASSPDA will, at a minimum, pay for the cost of the awards.
  7. NASSPDA Championship titles:
    1. NASSPDA will authorize championship titles only in the following dances:
      1. Men's and women's graded International Standard. [04/18/08]
      2. Men's and women's graded International Latin. [04/18/08]
      3. Men's and women's graded American Smooth. [04/18/08]
      4. Men's and women's graded American Rhythm. [04/18/08]
      5. Men's and women's International 10-Dance. [04/18/08]
      6. Same-sex Show Dance. [04/18/08]
        1. Based on NASSPDA's mission to focus on same-sex partner dancing, the Show Dance title will be awarded to the highest ranking same-sex couple. However, NASSPDA will not impose any restriction on the format of this category for the organizer.  [07/13/08]
    2. Authorized titles in graded dances will be awarded to the highest ranking eligible couple. [01/25/09]
    3. Organizers shall impose no restrictions on NASSPDA titled dances (e.g. no age restrictions). [01/25/09]
    4. NASSPDA may choose to authorize any or all of the above listed titles for a specific competition. [06/27/08]
    5. NASSPDA will maintain a list of all authorized titles and the competitions at which they have been authorized on its website. [06/27/08]
    6. Should a particular title be authorized for an event, but not competed, no title should be awarded for that time period. [06/27/08]
    7. The competition organizer is obligated to report to NASSPDA in a timely fashion which authorized titles were awarded and who won those titles. [06/27/08]
    8. NASSPDA will maintain a public list of the winners of all NASSDPA authorized titles on its website. [06/27/08]
  8. NASSPDA will maintain a calendar of North American competitions [2/03/08]