Bring your sidelines to the competition floor!
Take your school’s game day experience to the competition floor at the Game Day Live Championship taking place during NDTC and NHSCC at the Walt Disney WorldⓇ Resort.
Inspired by the sights and sounds of a school’s Friday night football game, this new division combines the cheerleaders or dancers with live music from the pep band, including the elements of Band Chant, Situational Sideline, Crowd Leading and Fight Song.
To attend the National Dance Team Championship, teams must first qualify by receiving one of the following:
* Teams must attend an overnight camp, day camp, or home camp that is at least 2 days in length to be eligible
+ Teams will continue to qualify for a Superior trophy at overnight and day camps by athletes being evaluated in all routine evaluations. To qualify for a Superior trophy at home camps each athlete must be evaluated on a minimum of 2 camp routines.
The Game Day Live performance consists of three elements—Fight Song, Spirit Raising, and Performance Routine —combined in a 3:30 performance by the pep band and dancers, just like the current game day format. The entire performance may not exceed 5:30 with entry and exit of all performers.
RUN ON/BAND PERFORMANCE:
The pep band will have 30 seconds to enter the competition performance floor and set up in formation.
ONLY Handheld or harnessed instruments allowed in the pep band.
Pep Bands will be introduced to the floor and will have one (1) minute to play any cadence or song. Only the pep band is scored during this time.
At the end of one (1) minute the dance team will be introduced to the floor and will have 30 seconds to take their formation prior to starting the first Fight Song component. Pep Bands may play any cadence or song during the 30 second dance team introduction. Only the pep band is scored during this time
Following the one (1) minute performance, pep band members should be in formation for the start of the routine showing a clear beginning of the Fight Song. All pep band members should remain in the designated band area throughout the Fight Song and Spirit Raising. Pep Band members are allowed to change formation but must remain in the designated performance area in which they started during the first two elements.
See Specific Event Rules and Regulations for space limitations. Space will be dependent on the venue you are performing.
FIGHT SONG (Up to 60 Seconds): This element should reflect your school’s traditional Fight Song. For teams that do not have an official Fight Song, it is recommended to use a second selection of band chant music.
SPIRIT RAISING (Up to 60 Seconds): This element will follow the Fight Song. There will not be a cue given by the announcer. Teams will choose to perform one of the following elements; Sideline Routine, Stand Routine, or Drum Cadence.
PERFORMANCE ROUTINE (Up to 60 Seconds): The final element should be a routine that would typically be performed during a timeout or halftime and is designed for crowd entertainment. This routine can be in any style or mix of styles and should incorporate both groups.
RUN OFF: The pep band has 30 seconds to play original, spirited music while the dance team exits the competition floor. Once the piece ends, the pep band may exit. Only the pep band is scored during this time.
Game Day Live Score Sheet – Dance – 2023
Game Day Live Score Sheet – Pep Band – 2023
The dance team and pep band will receive an overall score of their performance as one unit.
The dance team and pep band will be scored separately on the following elements:
In these elements, the pep band will be scored primarily on:
CLICK HERE to view the 2023 NDTC event pricing.
VIDEO SUBMISSION QUALIFICATIONS:
To review the Game Day Live filming guidelines, click here!
The Game Day Live performance consists of four elements—Band Chant, Situational Sideline, Crowd Leading and Fight Song—combined in a 3-minute performance by the pep band and cheerleaders, just like the current game day format. The entire performance may not exceed 5 minutes with entry and exit of all performers.
GAME DAY LIVE ROUTINE FORMAT & PEP BAND GUIDELINES
Game Day LIVE Format
BAND CHANT: The pep band should focus on playing spirited music that reflects a game day environment, and
that the cheerleaders can incorporate visual movements to.
SITUATIONAL SIDELINE: The pep band should provide a cadence that the cheer team and crowd back home
could easily yell along with, eliciting a crowd response.
CROWD LEADING: There must be a clear distinction between the Sideline and kicking off the Crowd Leading
portion. The cheerleaders and pep band may show spirited interaction as a clear transition. The pep band’s role
is to influence crowd participation by responding to the cheer team’s call-backs and encouraging the crowd to
yell along. They may also create a cadence that would be relevant to the game day environment to increase the
overall crowd effectiveness.
FIGHT SONG: The final element should reflect your school’s traditional Fight Song. For teams that do not have an
official Fight Song, it is recommended to use a second selection of band chant music. When performing the fight
song, the pep band should focus on sound quality, technical accuracy, musicality and engagement. They should
lead the cheerleaders and the crowd with their performance, as well as participate in call-backs, if applicable.
RUN OFF: The pep band has 30 seconds to play original, spirited music while the cheerleaders exit the
competition floor. Once the piece ends, the pep band may exit. Only the pep band is scored during this time.
CLICK HERE for an example of 2022-2023 Rules & Regulations.
Game Day Live Score Sheet – Cheer – 2023
The cheer team and pep band will receive an overall score of their performance as one unit.
The cheer team and pep band will be scored separately on the following elements:
CLICK HERE to view 2023 NHSCC event pricing.
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