Frequently Asked Questions
What happens when there is a tie for a
class/age/most points trophy?
Answer: Rule 13 of the Bylaws applies. There are three
main points to consider:
The bylaw states that:
1. "Where a prize is awarded for most
points over a number of events, points shall be computed on the
basis of five for each first placing, three for each second and
one for each third with the exception of the NZ Dancing
Championship age groups when Rule 28 A shall apply.
In the event of a tie for any placing the above points shall be
shared in the same manner as applies to prize money.
2. If the total points of two or more
competitors shall be equal, the competitor who has gained the most
first placings shall be awarded the most points prize, and if two
or more are still equal then the competitor with the most second
prizes, and so on.
3. If two or more competitors are still equal
then the Society may use the aggregate marks, if the intention to
use aggregate marks in this way is clearly stated in the Society's
Organisers of competitions should note that if
they wish to apply the aggregate marks procedure then it must be
on the schedule e.g. "In the event of a tie aggregate marks will
be used in accordance with Bylaw 13." The phrase "aggregate
marks" must be included.
It is not sufficient to just say "In the event of a tie Bylaw 13
will apply." If organizers do not wish to apply the aggregate
marks procedure then the status quo stands and there is no need
to state this on the schedule.
What financial obligations (in terms of
membership) does a judge need to meet?
Answer: Any Piping or Dancing Adjudicator must
be a financial member of the Assn. A Dancing Adjudicator must also
be a financial member of the New Zealand Academy of Highland and
National Dancing. A Life Member who is an Adjudicator must be a
financial member of the Assn.
What requirements are expected
of a Probationary Adjudicator in order to move on to the General List?
Answer: To qualify for promotion to the General
List a Probationary Adjudicator must complete six judging
appointments (three of which must be written reports) and be
recommended by a Centre. On the Centre's recommendation the Council
of the Association formally approves the appointment. Forms are
available for download off the web site under Forms.
Does an Adjudicator have to award 85
marks to first place in a NZ, NI, SI or Centre Championship?
Answer: No the Adjudicator signs a statement: "I
hereby certify that the performance of competitor number ... in the
...Championship to be of sufficient standard to merit the award" -
signed and dated by the adjudicator.
If a member has a problem or query about
any matter in relation to competitions what is the procedure?
Answer: Any member who has a query must go
through their local Centre Secretary. The Centre Committee will then
discuss the matter and resolve any issues that arise. If the Centre
decides that the matter is unable to be resolved at the local level
or is of national importance then the problem or query will be
forwarded to the Council of the Piping and Dancing Association for
further discussion and/or resolution
At what speed should our dances
(Highland & National dances) be danced?
Answer: Rule 42 of the Bylaws of the Piping and
Dancing Association of New Zealand provides tempos for the dances
giving dancers, judges and pipers clear guidelines as to the speed
at which each dance should be danced, piped or judged. Dances should
not be danced, piped or judged outside the limits of these tempos. A
metronome will assist in ensuring that tempos are correctly
I am 20 years old and a teacher and a
judge. My teacher has asked me to teach some of her pupils while she
is away. I have also been asked to judge at a local competition. Can I
judge her pupils? I did not get paid.
Answer: The answer to this question lies in
Bylaw 33. The simple answer is you cannot judge your teacher's
pupils (either in a local competition or a national competition) or
any other teacher's pupils that you have taught in the past year.
This rule relates to judges (and competitors): Bylaw 33
"No person shall judge any competitor
in any dancing competition who they have privately taught or
instructed in any form of dancing during the year immediately
preceding the competition, and no person shall compete
in any dancing competition before any judge who has so taught or
instructed the competitor during the like period". (Similar to a
court case where a judge must declare his/her ineligibility to
serve in that case if he/she has any connection to the defendant).
But in this case the responsibility could be both on the judge
and/or competitor to prove that the teaching had not taken place.
This should be a self-regulating rule and up to the discretion of
the judge where he or she would feel that the perception of
his/her impartiality/judgement may be challenged
If a teacher teaches a student (your own) or the student of
- for payment (money or other forms of payment ie a
- or not for payment (e.g. if one teacher ill)
- within 12 months
- on a one on one basis or as part of a group
- as a one off lesson or for a series of lessons
- in his/her studio, or another's studio or in a hall
- and may or may not have a special relationship (ie friend)
with the other teacher
then such instances could be considered as being caught by Rule
33 and the judge would be advised to decline to judge that student
A situation that would not be caught would be at a group
workshop/seminar/Summer School/ and taught under the auspices of
an official organisation where the situation is "Open".
Can overseas pipers and dancers compete
in Piping and Dancing Association of New Zealand's competitions in New
Answer: Yes. All overseas pipers and dancers are
truly welcome at P & D competitions. As long as the overseas
piper or dancer pays the necessary subscription ($50 for senior
members or $30 for junior members) then there is no restriction on
these individuals entering a P & D competition.
Bylaw 21 (c) was written to assist
overseas competitors. If such a competitor wished for a reasonable
exemption from any of the existing rules then Bylaw 21 (c) assists
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"The Council in order to encourage overseas competition in
New Zealand may in its discretion, upon application, grant
dispensation from any of these by-laws in respect of competition
events when overseas competitors are taking part"
Overseas dancing competitors are also assisted by the Bylaws in
regard to the standards of dress:
Bylaw 19 : "All dancing competitors shall comply with the
standards of dress from time to time laid down by the Council or
in the case of a competitor from overseas by any recognized
overseas Highland Dancing Organisation."