FAQs

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What time should I arrive at Competition?

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It is recommended that you arrive approximately 30-45 minutes prior to the scheduled start times of your divisions. Give yourself this extra time so that you can find parking, pick up your registration, find seating near your assigned ring, and have time to warm up. While all listed start times are tentative depending on the size of competition, divisions will never begin earlier than advertised. Be safe and plan to arrive a little early instead of right near the deadline and possibly missing a division.

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HOW DO I KNOW WHAT RING I AM COMPETING IN?

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Ring assignments will be available at the registration table the day of the event. Rings are organized by age and rank. This means that you'll be competing in the same ring for all of your individual divisions; you won't have to worry about competing in Traditional Form in one ring and Weapons in another. The only exception may be for Demo Teams, Synchronized, and Musical Divisions - which will perform first before all other divisions begin. If you need help understanding the ring assignments, one of our staff members would be glad to help you.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF I MISS MY DIVISIONS? DO I GET A REFUND?

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Unfortunately, we have a strict no refund policy and therefore cannot offer refunds on missed divisions. The competitor is responsible for presenting themselves to their assigned ring on time and turning in their competitor cards in a timely manner. We will make every effort to be as clear as possible when calling upcoming divisions. Only three calls will be made out loud for every division and we will post signs near the ring numbers to indicate what division is currently running and what is up next. If you miss a division completely, inform the officials in your ring or a staff member as soon as possible so we can determine the best possible resolution. If you are late to a division that has already begun but has not yet finished, inform the scorekeeper in your ring. If you are not too late into the division, you may be able to compete as the next competitor up but you will receive a score deduction depending on the severity of your tardiness.

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HOW CAN I PLAY MUSIC FOR MY DIVISION(S)?

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The only divisions that allow for music to be played in the background of their performance are the Musical Form, Musical Weapon, Synchronized, and Demo Team Divisions. It is the responsibility of the competitor to provide their own music and their own sound system. The tournament will not be providing a back-up sound system for competitors to use and competitors will not be allowed to use the tournament's PA system. Only portable, compact sound systems will be allowed at ring side and a sound check must be conducted to determine the appropriate volume level.

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WHAT SAFETY GEAR IS REQUIRED FOR SPARRING? WHAT ARE THE RULES?

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The following safety gear is required for all competitors:

•Headgear covering the back, top, and sides of the head
•Hand Pads completely covering the wrist, back of the hand, and fingers
•Feet Pads completely covering the top, sides, and back of the foot, and toes
•Mouthpiece
•Groin cup for males only
•The following safety gear are optional but recommended:

•Shin guards
•Chest Protector
•Face Shield attached to the headgear
For complete sparring rules, visit our Rules page found under the Information tab.