All teams will be involved in two preliminary bouts at The Roundhouse. One bout on Thursday, April 4th and the other on Friday April 5th. Both of these bouts will occur in the afternoon or evening.
Team Bout Format
• Each team will participate in two preliminary bouts, one on Thursday, April 4th and one on Friday, April 5th.
• There will be four rounds in each bout and four teams. The first three rounds will be solo poems the fourth round will be team pieces.
Thus each bout will look like this:
Round One: Solo Poems
Rounds Two: Solo Poems
Round Three: Solo Poems
Round Four: Team Piece Poems
• Each team can consist of as few as three poets and as many as six poets.
• The first, second, and third rounds of each team bout will be Solo Poem Rounds. Every poet of each team is expected to perform one solo poem during the course of the two preliminary bouts In teams with 3 poets, everyone will perform in solo rounds twice. In teams with 6 poets, everyone will perform in solo rounds once. In teams of 4 or 5 poets, some poets will perform once and some will perform twice.
• The slam order for bouts will be determined by a random draw held before the commencement of each round of the competition.
• Each bout will have a calibration poet to prepare the judges. The calibration poet (aka the sacrificial poet) will perform before the official competition begins and will receive scores from the judges as if they are a part of the competition.
• Each poet is encouraged to introduce themselves before their poem in the following brief way: “Hi, I’m (name of poet). I’m from (name of school or organization) in (name of town). This poem is called (name of poem).” The official time on their poem begins with the first thing they say after this. If they add any additional preamble beyond these basics, their time will start.
• The fourth and final round of each team bout will be a Team Piece Round. During this round, two, three, four, five or all six members of each team can be involved in presenting a team piece together. The team piece can be written by one or multiple team members. It must be an original work of their creation.
• Each poem will receive a score out of 30. Bouts will be scored cumulatively through all four rounds. Thus, each team will receive a score out of 120. The highest score wins.
Getting to Team Finals
If you place first in both of your preliminary round bouts you earn a “2” (1+1). If you place first in your Thursday night bout and fourth in your Friday night bout you earn a “5” (1+4). Lower totals are better.
The top 4 teams with the lowest totals – and thus the highest ranking – will advance to Team Finals Night.
Ties will be broken by using the point differential system, which measures how close a team came to winning their bout. If two teams are tied with a “4″ ranking, for instance (one team finished in second in both prelims, the other finished in first and third place in their bouts), then the tie would be broken by tabulating how far from victory they were.
Team A finished in second place in both bouts. They lost bout one by -.6 points and bout two by -1.1 points. Their total point differential is a -1.7.
Team B finished in first place in bout one, and third in bout 2. Their differential for bout one is ZERO, their differential for bout three is a -2.2 points. Their total point differential is a -2.2.
In this scenario Team A would advance. It rewards teams for winning bouts, and also keeps consistency between bouts by asking teams to compete against their own judges, and no others.
Rank order will be posted on this website after each prelim night.
Team Finals Night
Finals Night will be a four-round bout, the same as every other team bout in the tournament. Teams are allowed to repeat a team pieces that they may have performed in prelims on the Team Finals stage. The team with the highest score after five rounds becomes the Hullabaloo 2013 Champion.
If there is a tie for first, another round of three-minute poems between the tied teams will determine the winner.
Indie Finals Night
IMPORTANT CHANGE: Indies Finals this year has a new model. 16 poets start in the first round – chosen by their school, NOT by their scores in the team competition. In other words, each school must choose an indies representative. I would highly recommend holding a slam with all team members at your school to determine your rep.
Indie Finals Night has a unique format, one that challenges our poets to think outside of the slam box and run a gauntlet of poetic challenges.
Any poems used in Indie Finals Night can also be used in the team competition and vice versa.
Round One: The Survivor Round
All 16 poets perform a 3-minute poem. The 8 highest-scoring poets advance to the next round.
Round Two: The Lightning Round
Clean slate (scores are not cumulative). The 8 advancing poets perform a 1-minute poem. The 4 highest-scoring poets advance to the next round.
Round Three: The Anarchy Round
Clean slate (scores are not cumulative). The 4 advancing poets perform a 3-minute poem; however, they must break one (or more) of the conventional rules of slam. That’s right. The poet must use a prop, a costume, a musical instrument, prerecorded track or perform a group piece with another poet. The time penalty is still in effect. Going over time does not qualify as breaking a slam rule. Any poet who does NOT break one of the slam rules listed above will received a two-point deduction on their score. The highest-scoring poet in this round becomes the Hullabaloo Indie Champion.
No Repeat Rules for Hullabaloo 2013
Any poem performed in a slam in a previous Hullabaloo festival can not be presented again in competition.
You are allowed to repeat a team piece that you have performed in either prelims if you so choose.
You can use poems in Indie Finals that you’ve used in the team competition and vice versa. They are considered separate competitions.
Explanation of Details & Hypotheticals for Rules Nerds
• Time penalties: once the poet exceeds three minutes and ten seconds, they lose 0.5 for every 10 seconds they are over. Here is how that breaks down:
3:10 and under no penalty
3:10.01 – 3:20 = -0.5 points
3:20.01 – 3:30 = -1.0 points
3:30.01 – 3:40 = -1.5 points
3:40.01 – 3:50 = -2.0 points
and so on [-0.5 points for every 10 seconds over 3:10]
• Team rotation in each bout. After a random draw, letters will be assigned to each team. The teams will perform in a rotating order through the five rounds in the bout, according to the following:
Round one (solo poems): team A, team B, team C, team D
Round two (solo poems): team B, team C, team D, team A
Round three (solo poems): team C, team D, team A, team B
Round four (team pieces): team D, team A, team B, team C
• Sampling. Quoting other works and utilizing literary allusions are not plagiarism. Found poems are also possible. The important thing is that the construction of the poem was undertaken by the presenting poet.
• After the brief introduction of poet’s name, poet’s school or organization, and poem’s title, the time will start on the next word the poet says. However, if the poet engages with the audience in a non-verbal way (ie. by winking, or waving, or performance art), then the time will start. The poet may take a pause after the introduction to prepare themselves to perform.
• If a judge gives a score outside the range or in increments of hundredths or greater, the score will be rounded down to the nearest tenth or, in the case of a negative score, rounded up to zero.
• Any disagreements, complaints or protests from a bout will be handled by a Rules Committee formed by the Host and Boutmaster at the bout in question along with Jillian Christmas, Chris Gilpin and RC Weslowski.
• If after applying the Point Differential System (described above) there are still ties in the rankings after the preliminary bouts, then they will be broken according to the following system:
1. Who has the highest finish in either bout?
This means that if two teams are tied with a ranking of “4″, a team that gained that with a “1″+”3″ will be ranked higher than a team with a “2″ + “2″.
2. If the teams are still tied after #1 then: Who has the highest total score?
Both prelim bouts would be added together and the team with the highest score out of 300 would be ranked higher.