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Disco - Official Rules
ADFP WEBSITE (karma: 9)
By ADFP_OFFICIAL Comments: 61, member since Wed Feb 09, 2005
On Fri Jun 10, 2005 04:53 PM
Made sticky by imadanseur (79325) on 2005-06-12 09:53:31

The ADFP website is up and running as from June 10th.. there is a copy of the amateur rule book and I am also listing the rules below....


ADFP General Rules

Title
These rules shall be known as the ADFP rules for freestyle and Rock’n’Roll Competitions and Championships

Unless specifically stated to the contrary the expression N.E.C. shall be taken to mean The National Executive Council of the Association of Dance & Freestyle Professionals. The words ‘Dance’, ‘Dancer’, ‘Dancing’, ‘Competitor’ and ‘Competition’ shall refer to Freestyle and Rock’n’Roll Competitions and Championships.


Where Applicable
These rules shall operate in the U.K.


Rules
(a) Should any point arise not covered in these rules, it shall be referred to the N.E.C. whose decision shall be final.

(b) Revisions will be considered annually by the N.E.C. Such revisions must receive a simple majority.

(c) Any amateur found to be in contravention of these rules may be subject to disciplinary action resulting in:
i) reprimand ii) suspension iii) total ban.


Disciplinary Action
(a) The N.E.C. may on the written application of any member or on it’s own initiative in any case where it shall think fit to do so request a Disciplinary Committee appointed by the N.E.C. to investigate and examine any complaint against any person subject to the jurisdiction of the N.E.C. in relation to whom any prima facie cause of complaint referable to the N.E.C. appears to exist. In the case of Juveniles and Juniors the Parent/Guardian is considered to act on behalf of the child.

(b) Any such Disciplinary Committee will consist of not less than five members of the N.E.C. who shall appoint their own Chairperson.

(c) Any person in relation to whom any complaint is to be the subject of investigation by a Disciplinary Committee shall be given a minimum of 14 days notice in writing of the date on which the Disciplinary Committee will meet accompanied by a full statement of the complaint, and shall attend the meeting in person and also may be represented at his or her own expense by an authorised representative for the purpose of answering any complaint or allegation which has been made against him or her and of making any statement by way of explanation which he or she may wish the Disciplinary Committee to take into consideration.

(d) The Disciplinary Committee shall be empowered to regulate it’s own proceedings and shall within 14 days after meeting report to the N.E.C. it’s findings and recommendations in relation to each matter brought before it and a copy of such report shall upon request be forwarded to every person affected thereby.

(e) The N.E.C. upon the recommendation of a Disciplinary Committee shall be empowered to impose such penalty as it deems appropriate upon any such person whose conduct has been the subject of complaint and investigation and in addition to or as an alternative to any such penalty may require such person to pay the ADFP all or any part of the expenses incurred in the investigation.

(f) In the event of any person whose conduct has been the subject of complaint desires to appeal against any findings or recommendations of the Disciplinary Committee such person shall give notice thereof in writing to the N.E.C. within 14 days after receipt by him/her of notification of the N.E.C. decision. In the event of any such appeal, the N.E.C. shall as soon as possible there after, appoint an Appeal Committee which shall comprise not less than five members of the N.E.C. none of whom other than the Chairperson shall have been a member of the Disciplinary Committee whose findings and recommendations are subject of the appeal. If the appeal fails all expenses, incurred by the said hearing and Delegates, will be met by the person issuing the appeal.

(g) The findings and decisions of an Appeal Committee shall be final and binding upon all persons who may be affected thereby.





Amatuer Rules

Amateur Section - General


Definition of an Amateur Dancer
An amateur dancer is one who uses the Art of Dancing as a non-remunerative or non-profit making pastime.


Amateur and Schools
Amateur dancers may only receive tuition with their registered school of dancing (i.e. the school through which they applied for status cards) or they may be liable to a three-month exclusion from competitions.


Forfeiture of Amateur Status
(a) Acts as a teacher of Freestyle and Rock’n’Roll dancing with or without a fee.

(b) Takes a teaching qualification or student teacher examination in any form of dance.

(c) An individual acting as a promoter or adjudicator for any form of Freestyle Competition or function.

(d) Competing for cash (vouchers may be accepted).

(e) Converting prizes into cash.

(f) Accepts remuneration in cash or kind for the use of his/her name as a dancer in an advertisement.

(g) Any dancer wearing a costume with a visible Company name or Logo or other recognised means of advertising at any competition and/or championship or other event run ADFP rules.


Amateur Displays
Displays of dancing may be given. Any monies received for such displays to be paid to the trainer for use at his/her discretion. No individual dancer to receive payment.


Unrecognised Competitions/Championships
An amateur who competes in an unrecognised competition and/or championship run under rules not recognised by the ADFP shall be subject to disciplinary action.


Closed Competitions and Championships – eligibility to compete
(a) If a dancer is qualified to compete in two County/Area Championships – one by birth and one by residence – the dancer may not compete in both counties/area in the same calendar year. If the dancer chooses the county/area of residence, the dancer may not revert to the count/area of birth unless it becomes a future permanent address, in which case there must elapse a period of one year before the dancer is allowed to exercise a choice again. This choice shall determine which closed area championships or competitions the dancer is entitled to enter.

(b) In closed championships or competitions the right of a pair to compete shall be determined by either partners qualifications, but no pair shall compete in two different county/area closed or closed national events of more than one country, in the same calendar year, or in any closed area event which does not include the county/area for which they have elected to dance.

(c) In closed championships or competitions, when a team competes at least 75% of its members must be qualified by birth or residence. No team shall compete in two different county/area closed or closed national events of more than one country, in the same calendar year, or in any closed area event which does not include the county for which they have elected to dance.


Re-instatement - How To Apply
Any dancer who under Rule 7 is deemed to have lost his/her amateur status and desires to be re-instated as an amateur dancer, must apply in writing to the ADFP giving full details of the circumstances. An appropriate fee must be paid to cover administration expenses. The Reinstatement Committee will consider each application on its merits and the applicant shall be allowed to appear in person and/or be represented before the committee. Reinstatement may be refused, postponed or granted either unconditionally or subject to such conditions and to operate from such dates as the ADFP Reinstatement Committee may decide. Any dancer, whose reinstatement has been deferred until a particular date, may not participate in any competition during the period of suspension. The ADFP Reinstatement Committee will decide in which grade a competitor will be reinstated.


Right To Appeal
(a) Any dancer who has applied for reinstatement and is dissatisfied with the decision of ADFP Reinstatement Committee, may request permission to appeal and attend in person or be represented. The ADFP Reinstatement Appeals Committee may reduce or increase any period of suspension.

(b) The ADFP Reinstatement Appeals Committee shall not be the same as the ADFP Reinstatement Committee, which first heard the case.

(c) The findings of the ADFP Reinstatement appeals Committee shall be final.


Objection – to Eligibility to Participate
No objection to a competitor’s eligibility to take part in a competition or championship shall be considered unless the complainant gives his/her full name and address. Such objection, unless admitted by the competitor complained against, shall be referred to the N.E.C. but if there is not time to reach a decision before the event, the competitor complained about shall be permitted to dance in the competition or championship on the understanding that any prize he/she may win shall be withheld until the decision of the N.E.C. is known. Should the objection be sustained, the result shall be adjusted accordingly.


Judge’s Decision Final
Any competitor entering a competition or championship held under the rules of the ADFP must accept as final the verdict of the judges and their individual markings, and no appeal against that verdict or markings may be made to the ADFP or elsewhere except when it can be shown that the actual markings have been incorrectly interpreted.


Objection – General
If any competitor, or in the case of a junior or juvenile the parent/guardian, has an objection against any aspect of the adjudication they should forward an objection to their teacher, who in turn will submit the objection to the ADFP.



Amateur Section – Freestyle: Solos, Pairs, Trios


Competition Categories
(a) Competitors may only dance in one grade per section, (i.e. Solo, Pairs).

(b) Confined to amateur competitors as defined in Rule 5.


Age Groups
(a)
1. Under 8’s
2. Under 10’s (8 & 9 years of age)
3. Under 12’s (10 & 11 years of age)
4. Under 14’s (12 &13 years of age)
5. Under 16’s (14 & 15 years of age)
6. Under 18’s (16 & 17 years of age)
7. Adult (18 years of age and over)

(b) When separate boy’s events appear on the programme (championship grade) then the age groups for championship events are as follows:
Under 8 Mixed
Under 10 Girl
Under 12 Girl / Under 12 Boy
Under 14 Girl
Under 16 Girl / Under 16 Boy
Youth Girl (i.e. under 18)
Adult Girl (i.e. over 18) / Adult Boy (i.e. Over 16)

(c) All competitors must dance within their age group and grade. When a promoter does not include one of the main age groups in the programme competitors may move up to the next higher age group in their own grade or remain in their own age group and dance in a higher grade.

(d) When changing age group by birthday, dancers may at their teacher’s discretion compete in competitions one grade lower. Anyone wishing to take advantage of this rule must notify the status official within twenty-eight days of entering the higher age group. After this period written application must be made to the N.E.C. and the dancer will not compete in the intended lower grade until the outcome is decided. No Starter may return to Beginner.

(e) The eligibility of a pair to enter a competition is determined by the age of the eldest member of the partnership.


Competition Grades
(a) Solo (four grades)

Beginner
Starter
Intermediate
Championship

(b) Pairs (three grades)

Beginner
Intermediate
Championship


(c) Changing Status
Competitors will change to a higher grade on losing three lives in their own grade or being placed in the final of a higher grade competition in which there are more than six participants.

(d) Loss of Life
The number of lives lost is determined by the number of competitors in the first round of the event. As follows:

1 - 6 inclusive = no loss of life
7 - 12 inclusive = first place only to lose a life
13 - 24 inclusive = first and second place to lose a life
25 or more = first, second and third place to lose a life
1) Intermediate Solo Grade Dancers: - One of the lives lost by an intermediate dancer must be a first place before they move up to championship grade.

2) Championship Grade Dancers: - When a championship dancer has lost three lives in accordance with rule 18(d) they will be deemed to be a Premier dancer and will not be eligible to downgrade on their next change of age group. This applies to both solos and pairs.



ADFP Status Cards – Solo, Pairs.
(A) All amateur competitors who compete in the UK under the rules of the ADFP must be in possession of a current ADFP Status Card. Status cards are only available through a recognised teacher of dancing who will be issued with Status Cards upon application.

(b) Changing School. There is a three-month exclusion from competitions when a competitor changes school, which is effective from the day written notification is received at the ADFP office. It is the duty of the new school to inform the ADFP office when a competitor changes school. The fee to re-register with another school will be the fee in force at the time of transfer notification.

(c) Under 6 year old competitors should be registered initially as a beginner. Status will not be affected unless the competitor participates in an under 8 or older age group competition.

(d) Minimum age for competitors is 3 years of age.

(e) To ensure all Freestyle competitors enter the correct age group and grade events, competing dancers must carry their Status Cards and produce them at all competitions on request.

(f) In order for teams to dance in competitions and championships, the trainer/teacher must lodge the name/s of the team/s with the ADFP. All teams will be issued with a Status Card under the school/trainers name to avoid duplication of team names, which should be produced at competitions/championships when required.


Competitions that do not Affect Status.
(a) The winning of a competition restricted to bona fide pupils of one school, or a competition confined to medallists, does not in any way affect status

(b) Small Interschools Competitions i.e. a maximum of three schools attending a competition by invitation only, does not affect status. These events must not be advertised.

(c) Events held with one adjudicator do not affect status

(d) The winning of a consolation competition for those eliminated in earlier rounds of a larger event does not affect status.


Regrading.
Application may be made to the N.E.C. for regrading of status, each case will be considered on its merits.


Dress. (Rule to apply to Solos, Pairs & Teams)
(A) Suitable footwear should be worn by all competitors.

(b) Beginners. Beginners may only wear items of plain coloured basic design “dancewear” either one piece or two piece. Each item must be one single colour without added decoration of any type. (i.e. no cut-outs, latticework, belts, anklets, slits/slashes or leg warmers.) Commercial sports wear is not allowed.
Matching hair ties/scunchies that meet the above criteria are allowed.

(c) Starters. Starters outfits may be of any fabric including foiled fabrics but not sequinned fabrics. They may be of any design but may not have any added beads/sequins/stones or any other form of added glitter to the manufactured material.

(d) Outfits should be suitable for the age group of the dancer and should be the responsibility of the parent/teacher.

(e) Dancers will be subject to disciplinary action for contravention of rule 7(g) appertaining to Logos etc. Name and Status Card Number will be taken and reported on the Competition Report Form for future use.


Routines
The teacher should ensure that the content of routines is appropriate and suitable for the age and grade of the dancer.


Solo Spots.
(a) When Freestyle solo spots are danced they shall be restricted to a maximum of 20 seconds from the first movement (48 beats) and an equal amount of time shall be given to all dancers in the final. All dancers in a final must be given music which has the same continuous beat.

(b) Solo spots for Rock’n’Roll will be restricted to a maximum of 15 bars from the first movement (60 beats).


Safety Restrictions.
(a) In Freestyle competitions no acrobatics or gymnastics, (i.e. cartwheels, handstands, walkovers), are permitted in any
round including finals. At the discretion of the organiser restrictions may be lifted for the solo spots.

(b) Free Handed (i.e. with no hands) rotating gymnastic movements are not allowed at any time.

(c) Lifts. In freestyle competitions no lifts are permitted in any round. At the discretion of the organiser restrictions may be lifted in the final/solo spot only.

(d) Definition of a lift: - Where one dancer has both feet off the floor with the assistance or support of another.


Team Competitions
(a) Grades.

Beginner
Intermediate
Championship
(b) Age Groups


Under 12 years
Under 16 years
16 years of age and over
25 years of age and over
N.B. Rule 22(b) Beginners’ Dress, applies to teams



Teams to comprise.
(a) Minimum number of six persons in any mix of sexes. Maximum number sixteen persons in any mix of sexes.

(b) Eligibility to enter is governed by the age of the eldest team member.

(c) No person may dance in more than one team on the same day, or at a festival, or at an event held over more than one day.

(d) Over 25’s team. At least 75% of team members must be 25 years of age or over.

(e) Beginner Teams. At least 75% of team members must be Beginner team status.

(f) Intermediate Teams. At least 75% of team members must be Intermediate team status.

(g) Teams must not use props. “Props” is taken to mean anything other than an item of clothing.

(h) Changing Status. Teams will change to a higher grade on losing three lives in their own grade or being placed in the final of a higher grade competition in which there were at least three teams.

(i) Open Competitions and Championships. Open to all teams.

(j) The renaming of a team does not constitute the establishment of a new team.


Time Limits.
(a) Beginner Teams: - Not to exceed 1 minute and 30 seconds

(b) Intermediate Teams: - Not to exceed 2 minutes

(c) Championship Teams: - Not to exceed 3 minutes.

Timing to commence from the first movement to music. Exceeding the time limit will meet with immediate disqualification.



Amateur Section – Rock’n’Roll


Footwear
Competitors are not permitted to dance barefoot. Suitable footwear must be worn.


Age Groups Solos, Pairs
(a)

Under 8’s
Under 10’s (8 & 9 years of age)
Under 12’s (10 & 11 years of age)
Under 14’s (12 & 13 years of age)
Under 16’s (14 & 15 years of age)
Under 18’s ( 16 & 17 years of age)
Under 21’s ( 18,19, & 20 years of age)
Under 25’s ( 21,22,23, & 24 years of age)
25 Years of age and over
(b) All competitors must dance within their own age group. If an event is not included in the programme, competitors may move up to the next higher age group.

(c) When boy/girl events are held refer rule 17(b)

(d) Other age groups may be added at the promoter’s discretion.

(e) The eligibility of the pair to enter a competition is determined by the age of the eldest member of the partnership.

(f) In all over 25 years competitions, both partners must be over 25 years of age.

(g) Safety Restrictions: Free Handed (i.e. with no hands) rotating gymnastic movements are not permitted at any time.




Amateur Section – Rock’n’Roll : Teams


Team competitions may be conducted in four age groups:

Under 12 years
Under 16 years
16 years of age and over
25 years of age and over



Teams to Comprise:
(a) Minimum number four couples in any mix of sexes. Maximum number eight couples in any mix of sexes.

(b) Eligibility to enter is governed by the age of the eldest team member

(c) No person may dance in more than one team on the same day, or at a festival, or at an event held over more than one day


Time Limits.
Teams not to exceed 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Timing to commence from first movement to music. Exceeding the time limit will meet with immediate disqualification.

38 Replies to ADFP WEBSITE

re: ADFP WEBSITE
By groovygranmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 12545, member since Mon Jan 19, 2004
On Sat Jun 11, 2005 01:25 AM
Thanks for letting us all know this

Perhaps now there will be less queries on here as dancers can look up the rules on here as well as in their own rule book

Also thanks for all your help that you have given to all dancers

Love Mama DD'sxx
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By keeksmummember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 4408, member since Fri Apr 11, 2003
On Sun Jun 12, 2005 08:28 AM
Hi
Let's hope people read this!!
Do you know something groovygran I bet people will still try and make up their own rules LOL
even when it's here in black and white
happy Dancin
Love
Jeanette
x
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By live_life_dancemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 11529, member since Mon Mar 28, 2005
On Sun Jun 12, 2005 08:31 AM
great post
i hope this becomes a sticky.
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By elaine663member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1051, member since Fri Jun 18, 2004
On Sun Jun 12, 2005 08:36 AM
heya

am...whats the web address? lol

elaine x x :)
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By Rocky13member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 2252, member since Sun Jul 04, 2004
On Sun Jun 12, 2005 09:21 AM
The website is adfp.co.uk

Thanks for putting this up.

I hope people look at the website and rules before posting their questions because it preety much solves them all!

love rochelle xxxxx
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By x_bec_x Comments: 1363, member since Wed Jul 14, 2004
On Sun Jun 12, 2005 09:52 AM
Thanks for posting this!

Its really helpful and will probably stop alot of questions needing to be asked as pretty much all the info you could need is here!
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By sophistikat Comments: 2093, member since Thu Apr 15, 2004
On Tue Jun 14, 2005 07:25 AM
hi,
i have rated you for this as i am sure a lot of people will find it very useful. just not me, as at the moment i cant persuade our school to register with the adfp. (we do istd)
best wishes
sharon
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By GlynnyPremium member Comments: 405, member since Fri Mar 11, 2005
On Tue Jun 14, 2005 07:38 AM
I've just logged into the site and still there are no competition dates or venues available.Our school has contacted the ADFP for diary sheets and there still are none available.
I thought details of all forthcoming Comps were to be listed on the site.Can you help!

Thanks

Glyn
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By Joanne_2003member has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6052, member since Wed Apr 23, 2003
On Thu Jun 16, 2005 03:12 PM
heya just a question on this rule??

(c) Lifts. In freestyle competitions no lifts are permitted in any round. At the discretion of the organiser restrictions may be lifted in the final/solo spot only.

does this apply in rock and roll im just wondering as i see couples fling people over their heads and the majority of ock and roll is lifts?? maybee im wrong or dont understand the rule
corrct can anyone help me ???

love joanne xxxx
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By groovygranmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 12545, member since Mon Jan 19, 2004
On Thu Jun 16, 2005 05:14 PM
Hi Free style is the solo 's

Rock and roll rules are different and have their own rules at the end if you look
Of course Rock and Roll is lifts that is what it is
So yes you do lifts in rounds in Rock and Roll

Love mama DD's xxx
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By freestyle_kid Comments: 40, member since Tue May 31, 2005
On Wed Jun 22, 2005 01:32 PM
Hey

Thats good we have this site

I allready got a rule book with my status card - was i supposed to ?

FK
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By groovygranmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 12545, member since Mon Jan 19, 2004
On Thu Jun 23, 2005 07:46 AM
Yes every one should get a rule book with their status card

If you have not got one the ADFP say to ask your teacher who can get them for you from the ADFP and they are free

Love mama DD's xxx
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By JUST_DANCE_ Comments: 25, member since Sat Jun 25, 2005
On Fri Jul 01, 2005 03:47 AM
Hi
Can someone add the link to this post please?
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By Lil_miss_ellsmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 3858, member since Thu Apr 14, 2005
On Sat Jul 02, 2005 01:54 AM
excellent advice....
really understand more about the rules now...very clear and informaative!
great thank you!
claire and ellie xxxx
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By georgie2k3member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 4488, member since Sat Jul 12, 2003
On Thu Jul 07, 2005 12:05 PM
hiya we get a new one everytime we get a new staus card ! but if we already have one we just tell out dance teacher and she dosent give us a new but but when they bring out the new boos sometimes they do we all get a new one with a newsletter :)
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By gentleowl Comments: 21, member since Tue Jul 05, 2005
On Wed Jul 13, 2005 07:37 PM
which area are you in? North, Midlands or South? Details of ADFP competitions are usually sent to teachers by the promoters.
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By gentleowl Comments: 21, member since Tue Jul 05, 2005
On Wed Jul 13, 2005 07:42 PM
Does your school compete in the ISTD area competitions? Sometimes teachers join the ADFP after their school has competed in the area heats.
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By Champ_KarlaPremium member Comments: 1131, member since Sun Apr 04, 2004
On Fri Jul 15, 2005 04:53 PM
I'm really glad the full set of rules has been posted on ddn, hopefully there will be less queries on the board now, as everything you could possibly want the answer to is in there!
re: ADFP WEBSITE
By Jess_xmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1403, member since Thu Jun 16, 2005
On Sun Jul 31, 2005 08:49 AM
hi

thanks for letting everyone know of the rules - its a great idea!!

lv jessie
re: adfp website
By sophie_wardmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 794, member since Fri Jun 22, 2007
On Thu Jul 12, 2007 09:40 AM
Edited by sophie_ward (181456) on 2007-07-12 09:58:48
Hey
Can I have a sleeve that has finger attachment that goes round your finger. So you sleeve dosn't rise up.
X-Sophie-X
re: adfp website
By quickdancemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 265, member since Mon Apr 02, 2007
On Sun Jul 22, 2007 05:32 AM
Finger loops and holes are ok as long as it is a simple design.

Martyn
re: adfp website
By Dancingbabes Comments: 132, member since Tue Mar 22, 2005
On Thu Sep 27, 2007 02:32 AM
Hi

Would anyone have the telephone number for the ADFP.

Many thanks.

Marcia x
re: adfp website
By FreestyleDancer4 Comments: 93, member since Mon Jun 18, 2007
On Fri Sep 28, 2007 09:37 AM
Fantastic post. Really good help
Thanx
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By DiscoDiva54member has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 337, member since Tue Jan 29, 2008
On Wed Jan 30, 2008 06:31 AM
thanks a lot..really helpfull!! since i will be competing in the ik and im from canada

xxxx sophie
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