GENERAL COMPETITION RULES
Below are the general competition rules for Campus Challenge at Southern Wesleyan University. Scroll down for rules and rubrics on specific categories.
- AGE LIMIT – All participants must be within the approved age limit – 12 through 19 anytime during the year of the competition. Participants may compete the summer/fall following senior year in high school, but cannot compete past that fall.
- REGISTRATION – Each participant must be registered and pay established entry fee.
- CHRISTIAN VALUES – Entries in all categories will be consistent with Christian values.
- NUMBER OF ENTRIES – A participant may have no more than one entry per category, but there is no limit to the number of categories in which they may participate. Also, a participant may only participate in ONE GROUP per category.
- REUSE OF ENTRIES – Participants may not reuse an entry for which they have been awarded a scholarship. A participant may not present the same entry in multiple categories.
- TIME LIMITS – Presentation must not exceed 5 minutes except in the Oration categories. The timekeeper will inform the participant when to begin the performance. If the performance goes over the allotted time limit, two points will be subtracted from the final score.
- MEMORIZATION – All participants must have their presentations memorized, with the exception of Instrumental Division Groups.
- UNPUBLISHED MUSIC – Unpublished music is acceptable provided it includes a lead sheet and melody line. Make a note on the music copies that the piece is unpublished.
- NON-ENGLISH ENTRIES – Presentations in a language other than English must include a translation into English. Translations must be typed and sent as a PDF to accompany the registration.
- CHRISTIAN VALUES – Entries in all categories will be consistent with Christian values. Music must be sacred or classical, appropriate for church music or to be performed in worship either historically or in contemporary practice, or any vocal music whose lyrics are Christian in context. See Category Rules for specific application.
- SCORING CRITERIA – The official scoring sheets contain criteria on which each participant shall be judged. The participant is responsible to choose material that fits the criteria for the category. Each criteria will be scored on a numerical scale. The highest scores indicate the best performance.
- ATTIRE – Campus Challenge is a scholarship competition. As such, a certain standard of dress is expected. Therefore, participants should keep the following guidelines in mind when choosing clothing or costuming appropriate for the competition:
- You will be judged on the appropriateness of your appearance. An example of appropriate attire for men might be dress slacks and a collared shirt; for women, a pantsuit, dress, skirt or dress slacks and a nice top. (Exceptions: Dressing as a character for a dramatic presentation is an example of acceptable attire. Dressing in jeans and t-shirts because you are a “casual worship band” is not acceptable.)
- Be careful not to dress in such a way as to inadvertently draw attention away from your performance.
- When unsure, it is better to dress more conservatively.
How to Create and Submit Your Video
3/4 body view is required for vocal, instrumental and dramatic performances; to include face, arms and torso.
Volume should be balanced between music and vocal.
- Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo as "public" or "unlisted", and share the link on the scholarship application
Watch the video below to hear former Campus Challenge scholarship winner Seth Williams present best practices for capturing video on your phone.