The organizing, participation and judging shall follow in accordance with the BOTY basic rules for elimination and finals as follows:
1. For each event i.e. the qualifiers and the final events, there shall be:
a. The Show round - (participating crews will showcase their pre-
rehearsed routines and choreography performances to their own music mix)
b. The Battle round - (Crew vs. Crew. Participating crews will perform
their routines on any music mix provided by the DJ)
2. After the show round there will be two semi final battles (place 2 vs. 3 and place 1 vs. 4 of the show round ranking). After that, there will be one final battle between the two winners of the semi finals.
3. Crew ranking number 1 after the show round automatically wins the prize for the best showcase.
4. The maximum length of time for each show round is 6 minutes, maximum length of time for semifinal battles & final battle are 15 & 20 minutes respectively. Time will be strictly adhered to.
5. We prefer to have a maximum number of crewmembers of 8 persons per crew. The local BOTY organizers only have to pay the trip (flight, train, bus, car) for eight persons of the winning crew. Extra members of the crew have to pay their trip to the BOTY World Finals on their own expanses, they also have to pay their local accommodation in Montpellier/France on their own expanses
6. Only real crews (i.e. crews that dance, practice and perform together, besides the BOTY) are allowed to participate in the competition.
7. All participants will cater for their own welfare during the qualifiers. Organizers will only cater for Transportation, Accommodation, and Feeding for selected crews for the main event/finals.
8. Involved members of the local BOTY organizations are not allowed to participate in the competition as dancers.
The Battle of the Year has always been a B–boying/B–girling championship. B–boying includes Top-rock & Down-rock with the sub-elements Up-rock, Footwork, Legwork, Power moves, and Freezes. Other dance forms like Locking, Popping, House-Dance or even traditional elements can be hosted in your performance, and will have influence on the judging so far they are integrated in the whole performance in a self-contained and sense full way. This means we don’t exclude Popping, Locking etc. but nobody is forced to integrate them into their performance.
On What Criteria the Judges Have to Vote
There are different criteria, which will be voted from the judges. For each criterion, each judge has to give points from 1 to 10. The more points the judges give to a crew the better the crew will stand in the ranking list. As usual, the best 4 crews in the rankings will go for the final battles. During the battle, there will be supplementary specific battle criteria to vote for the judges.
Participating B-boy crews shall go through a 6 minutes show round/screening session where each crew will showcase their pre-rehearsed routines and choreography performances to their own music mix to qualify for the Battle Round. The best 4 B-boy crews in the rankings will go for the battle round.
In the show round, the Judges vote for the following criteria:
"The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous"
How synchronized is the crew performing the show (if there are synchronized parts in it)?
"The state or fact of being present; current existence or occurrence"
Is the crew performing in a way that doesn’t let you look at something else? Does the crew impress through what they’re performing?
"A subject of artistic representation”
The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre.
"Something, such as a series of planned situations, likened to dance arrangements" Does the whole show make sense? Is there a concept, which guides through the show?
The Judges vote the following criteria for B-boying:
Battle Round- Crew vs. Crew.
There shall be two semi final battles (place 2 vs. 3 and place 1 vs. 4 of the show round ranking). Each crew shall go up against each other in a 15 minutes battle over selected tracks in mix provided by the DJ to qualify for the final round. There shall be a 20 minutes final battle round between the two B-boy crews’ finalists from the semi-finals to determine the winner.
In the battle round the following criteria are voted for by the judges:
How does the crew/dancer react on what the opposite has given?
What kind of “Battle”- routines does the crew/dancer bring on stage?
How the crew/dancer is planning and performs during the battle.
What kind of mentality do the crew/ dancer bring to the battle?
Is there any disrespectful act, which has nothing to do with the battle itself? It’s not about who is going nearer to the battle opponent or who is insulting more, but it’s about who’s better in B-boying/girling.
No touching permitted!
What Are the Judges Looking At To Decide How to Vote the Different Criteria?
1. Point of view concerning knowledge:
"A supply of expressive means; a repertoire of communication". How many different movements is the crew/dancer able to do.
"The act of introducing something new". What makes a crew special, different from the others?
"The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance”.
“The basis on which a thing stands, is founded, or is supported"
How many of the basic movements that have been evolved in the beginning of this dance is the crew/dancer able to do.
"A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences. Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion" Do the things which the crew/ dancer is doing work together, does it makes sense. Is there a clear idea or a message in what the crew/ dancer are showing ?
2. Point of view concerning "Execution":
"Authority or ability to manage or direct".
How clean and perfect is the crew/dancer able to do the movements. It’s not about hitting the floor and destroying the body.
"The act of expressing, conveying, or representing in words, art, music, or movement;
How does the crew/dancer show his/their feelings? Does the crew/dancer communicate with the crowd thru the movements and the interpretation of the music?
"A guiding principle in matters of artistic beauty and taste; artistic sensibility".
Do the moves of the crew/dancer look good? Does it fit to the b-boy formula?
"Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions". Do the crew/ dancer move to the rhythm?