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Team Qualification Guideline

  • All those interested in competing on the team must attend the Saturday afternoon workshop sessions in order to be eligible to participate in the qualification slams (see below).
  • There will be 3 Qualification Slams held, all at Heard Em Say Teen Poetry Night (Feb.-April).? Each slam will consist of 2 rounds.? If there are 8 or less poets participating, each poet will perform twice.? If there are 9 or more poets participating, each poet will perform for the 1st round.? The Top 6 highest scores will then advance to the 2nd round.? At the end of the 2nd round, scores will be tabulated, places will be announced, and points will be assigned to each poet as follows:

1st Place-5 points
2nd Place-4 points
3rd Place-3 points
4th Place-2.5 points
5th Place-2 points
6th Place-1.5 points
7th Place or lower-1 point

The Top 6 HIGHEST OVERALL POINT TOTALS over the course of the 3 Qualification Slams will represent on the Heard ‘Em Say Poetry Slam Team!? We need a team of at least 4 members to compete at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Festival.

In the event of a tie (in the overall point totals), the team coach will use workshop attendance to act as a tiebreaker.? Also, additional points may be earned over the course of the qualification series through special projects and assigned tasks.

  • The remaining poets will be listed as “team alternates” and slotted according to their overall point total.? “Team alternates” may and are strongly encouraged to continue attending the Saturday afternoon practice sessions.? If for any reason one of the qualifying team members becomes unavailable, we will refer to the “team alternate” list and offer the available slot to the top alternate (based on attendance).????
  • There is a “No Repeat Rule” in effect for the entire duration of the qualification slams (all 3 months)!? Also, poems performed during previous slam seasons are not permitted.