What are the tie breakers?

If you see an * on the division results posted on our website, on Facebook, and at the event, those placements were decided by a tie breaker! 

How is the tie breaker calculated?

For Technical events (Championship, Doubles/Groups, and Professional) 

Judge 1 individual moves + Judge 2 individual moves + Judge 3 individual moves, and the highest score wins

For Artistic categories (Dramatic, Entertainment, Exotic, and Floorwork & Low Flow)

Judge 1 stage presence + Judge 2 stage presence + Judge 3 stage presence, and the highest score wins

How would I have known that in advance?

Our Rules page includes the tie breaker information, mostly on the link General Judging Procedure. 

Judge Selection and Studio Affiliations

The 3 judge panel allows PSO to make sure that judges are scheduled only for the levels that they are qualified for. We also do not schedule a judge from a particular studio if that studio has competitors in a division. For example, if Amy is a teacher at BeSpun, we would not schedule her for divisions that have BeSpun competitors.

The exceptions are:

1. In advance - We have individually verified that the judge has not worked with the competitor on their routine. Some examples would be if a competitor has recently changed studios, if the studio has multiple locations and the judge only teaches at one, or if the judge only teaches certain classes, and the competitor does not attend those classes.

2. At the event - Every so often we make changes on site to the judging panels. For example, a judge could be late and someone needs to step in to cover, the event is running ahead/behind schedule and the judge is not available at the new time, or the judge wrangler learns that a judge is not a good selection for the current panel.

Why we don't do the schedule in order of levels

It might seem kind of weird and confusing why we don't do the schedule "in order", meaning that all of the Level 1 events go first, then Level 2, then Level 3, etc. Here are the two main reasons why our schedules have the levels and categories all mixed up:

1. Multiple performances

Many competitors are performing multiple times at the same level. For example, one competitor may decide they want to do both a Championship Level 2 and a Dramatic Level 2 routine during the same competition weekend. To make sure that they have enough time to rest and get ready between their pieces, we need to space those categories a few hours apart from each other.

This is also a reason that we may spread out the different categories and levels over different days.

2. Judges

To make sure we have judges who are well qualified, it's best if we don't have all the Level 4s going at once, because that means we need 6 judges who can judge at a high level (2 panels of 3 judges each) during that time. It's easier for scheduling and quality to have 3 judges at Level 1 and 3 judges at Level 4 zippered together.