Page 13 Festival & Competition Rules
8: COMPETITOR DEFINITION
8.1 Definition of a RSL CLASS TRAINED competitor is any competitor who receives all of his/her tuition during the designated
RSL Clubs Ballroom Dancing class times at the nominated RSLYC venue under the control of the nominated RSLYC teacher/
8.2 Definition of an OPEN COMPETITOR is any competitor in RSLYC Ballroom Dancing who attends anyany ballroom / latin
studio run by a ballroom / latin professional which is outside of the conditions stated in Rule 8.1. or that has paid for any
private tuition from the R.S.L. Dance Teacher at the nominated RSLYC venue.
a) Definition of a Novice Grade Competitor is any member who has never had a private lesson and has not won a first placing
in any more than three (3) events when four or more couples of that event have competed.
b) Definition of a Intermediate Grade Competitor is any member who is defined as an open competitor (refer rule 8.2) or has
won a first placing in any three (3) Novice Grade events when four or more couples of that event have competed
c) Definition of an Advanced Grade Competitor is any member who has won a first placing in any three (3) Intermediate
Grade events when four or more couples of that event have competed
d) Definition of an A Grade Competitor is any member who has won a first placing in any three (3) Advanced Grade events
when four or more couples of that event have competed
e) i Couples in U/13, U/16, U/19 and U/25 shall elevate after winning three (3) Age/Grade events with four or more couples
ii Couples in U/10 shall elevate after winning four (4) Age/Grade events with four or more couples competing.
A Dancer shall be eligible to request a grade elevation upon winning six (6) or seven (7) Age / Grade event per style
regardless of the number of competitors on the floor. Once a dancer, U/13 years and higher has achieved eight (8) wins in
Age / Grade events per style regardless of the number of competitors on the floor they must elevate to the next grade.
f) Definition of a couple is a partnership that competes in Age/Grade events together.
g) A competitor may not dance with more than one partner at any one (1) festival in Age/Grade events.
* A member who is graded in registered competition will be given that same grading when they first enter the RSL festivals.
* Wins from a higher grade will apply to the dancer's relevant grade for elevation to the next grade.
8.4 A credit for attendance at a festival will be given to all members who are nominated accordingly and participate on the
8.5 Each couple shall dance in the section governed by the higher grading of either partner, or dance in a section as directed
by this Committee.
8.6 The age of each competitor will be taken and recorded as at the date of each Festival. Failure to comply may lead to
8.7 A Dancer going up in age group by reason of his/her birthday must notify the Executive if they wish to revert back one
grade or maintain their existing grade. This notification must be submitted in writing (FORM 5), prior to dancing in their
new age group with no reversion to Novice Grade.
a) A dancer going up in age or grade to dance with a higher grade partner and receives wins will only be credited against
their respective age/grade and not the higher grade.
8.8 When a dancer goes down in age by the formation of a new partnership they will adopt the level applicable to their present
E.g. Present age 15 yrs. Had been dancing U/25 due to age of partner. New partnership formed with another 15 year
old. Should be re-graded to dance or revert to original grading in U/16. Any grade advancement achieved in
previously danced age/category will remain on record and be counted when the age/grade is resumed. On
progression to the next age group and having had previous wins within this age group, the lowest grading possible
will be that below the recorded win. (See Rule 9.8).
If true grading U/16 Intermediate – dancing up to U/19 Advanced and has one win in U/19 Advanced returns to U/16
Intermediate grade and does not win, progresses by birthday to U/19, minimum grading for U/19 would be U/19