The 2023 Highland Games and Celtic Music Festival will be held April 1-2 at the Helotes Festival Grounds.
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Highland Dance Rules

RULES

•Competition is governed by the rules and regulations of the Royal Scottish Official Board of Highland Dancing (RSOBHD) and Scotdance USA (SDUSA).

•The decision of the Adjudicator is final. Protests must be made in writing and submitted to the Competition Organizer within 7 days of the event accompanied by a $25 fee that will be refunded if the petition is warranted

•The competitor’s age will be as of Saturday, April 1st, 2023. Age groups will be determined after the closing date of entries. The Competition Committee reserves the right to change any event or time schedule as needed

•Last to enter, first to compete and “fill in” for Reels.

•Three-Month Rule – Judges may not adjudicate any competitor that they have instructed for a period of three months. If a competitor has entered a competition with a judge they have attended a class or workshop within the last three months, the dancer must step down from the competition.

•Entries must be postmarked by Thursday, March 24th, 2023 to avoid a late entry fee. Late entries will be accepted until March 31st, 2023 with an additional late entry fee of $25.00.

•All dancers must present their 2023 Registration card at the time of registration in a zip lock bag. Dancers without card WILL NOT be allowed to compete.

•Physical distancing and masks will be encouraged during registration, marshalling, and in secured spectator area.

•Dancers are not required, but may wear a mask while competing or remove the mask before dancing on stage in which case a bag should be used to place the mask at the entrance of stage.

•Physical distancing of 3-4 feet apart inside dressing areas will be required by organizer. Changing areas to be used for costume changes only.

•In accordance with ScotDance USA policies, dancers must not change costumes in public view. Dancers must arrive fully dressed and ready to dance.

•Dancers will be recognized on stage for awards, and then pick up at awards table.

•The above rules and procedures to be updated as needed with SDUSA and State updates.


IMPORTANT ADDITIONAL RULES TO BE FOLLOWED REGARDING COVID-19 SAFETY

ALL COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COMPETITIONS SET FORTH BY SCOTDANCE USA WILL BE FOLLOWED. PLEASE REFER TO THE FOLLOWING LINKS ON THE SCOTDANCE USA WEBSITE:

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR COMPETITIONS

https://bit.ly/3H3Q8yk

RULES FOR COMPETITION ENTRY FORMS

https://bit.ly/3srcl5c

ORDER OF EVENTS

  1. Registration begins at 9:00 AM.
  2. Dancing starts PROMPTLY at 9:30 AM.
  3. PRIMARY, INTERMEDIATE and PREMIER registration will begin at 12:00pm with competition immediately following lunch break.
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