Arnold Battle of Columbus Breaking Rules

Breaking Competition Rules

General Rules for Judging and Scoring Method:

1.	Scoring point range will be lowest 6.01- highest 9.99.
2.	Scores must be 2 decimal points.
3.	Three (3) Judge system - Tally all points.
4.	Five (5) Judge system - The highest score and the lowest score will be ADJUSTED to second high and second  low, then all scores are totaled. 
5.     Number of Attempts - Competitors will have three (3) opportunities for EACH break.  Failure to break on the third attempt will result in a score deduction of 0.5.
6.	Competitors will be judged on: difficulty, creativity, focus, expression, speed, power, balance, poise and grace, and completion of breaks.
7.	Ties: In the event of a tie the winner will be decided by the inclusion of low and high scores or Judge’s decision.  Judges decision will be based on superiority and difficulty of techniques used by competitors.
8.	Arbitration and Protest: Competitors who feel they received an unfair score may file an Official Protest by filling out a protest form (form to be filled out by one Coach with payment of $50.00 protest fee). The protestor will present the case to the Arbitration Committee through the ring coordinator. Any decision rendered by the Arbitration Committee will be final. If the Committee finds in favor of the protestor, then the decision will be rectified and the Protest Fee will be returned. Protests must be made before the end of their particular division.


1. 2022 BOC Board Breaking Competition - Standard Size of Boards
a)	Age 17 & Older - Adult Pine Board - 1" Pine Board x 11-1/4" height x 10" width 
b)	Age 14-17 – 1” Compressed Board x 11-1/4” Height x 10” Width
c)	Age 11-13 - 1/2" Pine Board x 11-1/4" Height x 8" width
d)	Age 8-10 – 1/2" Compressed Board x 11-1/4" Height x 8" Width 
e)	Age 7 & Under - 1/4" Compressed Board x 11-3/4" Height x 9" width 

Board Sizes: Board sizes listed above are recommendations.  “Speed breaks” should use the next smallest compressed board.  Competitors are responsible for choosing their own board sizes based on age/size, technique, and creativity.  Judges will consider board sizes and number of the boards used when determining difficulty, creativity, and power.

2.  Purchase of Materials: To ensure fairness and consistency of materials, all breaking materials must be purchased from the Arnold Battle of Columbus event.
3. Inspection of All Materials: Judges/Committee reserve the right to inspect any materials that are to be used for breaking.

4. Removal of Materials: All breaking materials must be removed from the competition area by competitors and put into the dumpsters provided by the Committee after completion of each performance.

Time Limits & Competition Readiness:

IMPORTANT: In order to keep the breaking division running smoothly, competitors will be required to adhere to the time limits outlined. This is very important, and deductions will be enforced. It would be to the competitor’s benefit to practice set-ups, breaks, and clean-ups before the competition.
1. Competitor Readiness: A competitor must be ready to compete as soon as that competitor’s name is called in the ring.
2. Time Limits: There will be set time limits for each type of breaking division. Please see below breaking division information for specific information.


The safety of the competitor and the audience comes first, NO EXCEPTIONS! 

The safety of the competitor is very important and we request that all breaks be approved by the instructor of the competitor. If the break is deemed to be unsafe by the Judges/Committee, we reserve the right to restrict the break. No material may leave the ring as a result of breaking unless planned for beforehand, to ensure that no other competitor, spectator, or Judge will be struck or put in danger by material as a result of a break. If this occurs, the Judges have the right to disqualify the competitor if the feel the safety of others was compromised. Also, the break cannot cause damage to the facility or the surrounding fixtures. No Head Breaks Allowed.

Competitions Categories and Brief Guidelines:

1.	Multi-Direction BOARD Breaking (Boards Only)

a)	Materials: Only boards can be broken in this division. Boards must be purchased from the Supply Committee.
b)	Techniques: All Techniques are allowed. Competitors may use any strike (Hand/Kick/Other) to break.  Judges have final authority on safety and permission of a particular break or station definition (see Stations next).
c)	Stations: The competitor may set up a maximum of 5 stations. A station may be free standing, set on stands, or held by assistants.  A station may contain multiple breaks if they are completed as a combined action; for example, a double kick, a “stair step” break, “scissor” breaks, or simultaneous breaks.  Competitor will be responsible for all materials required to set up their station, and is responsible for providing their own volunteers to hold boards for them. Competitors will be required to ensure the safety of fellow competitors and spectators as outlined in General: Safety above.
d)	Time Limits and Point Deduction: Competitors will have a maximum of 3 minutes to set-up, break, and clean up the area. 0.25 point will be taken off the competitor’s final score for every 15 seconds over the allotted time. Deductions will begin after the 3-minute mark.
e)	Number of Attempts: Competitor has three attempts to break the materials at each station as presented to the Judges.  Each missed break will result in a reduction in score.
f)	Number of Boards: Competitor may choose the number of boards in each station - More boards will receive higher score than less boards (Technical difficulties)
g)	Judging: Competitor will be judged on difficulty, creativity, focus, expression, pace and flow of breaking from station to station and completion of breaks. Every missed break will count as a ½ point deduction per miss.
h)	Ties: In the event of a tie, the winner will be decided by the inclusion of low and high scores. If still a tie, the winner will be decided by judge’s decision based on superiority of techniques, degree of difficulty, & creativity.
i)	Divisions: This competition is broken down by age/gender/rank.

Warnings and Disqualifications:

1.	Warning - Disruptive behavior, use of profanity, or other unsportsmanlike conduct will result in a warning being   issued. 
2.	Deduction or Disqualification  - If the behavior is deemed by the Judges to be malicious, it will result in the deduction of a point or disqualification.

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