Rules & Regulations

  • All competing vocalists and their teachers must be registered for the entire workshop in the city where competing.  Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.

  • All vocal competition performers can enter as an independent or part of a studio.  

  • All competing vocalists must be registered for the entire workshop at the city in which they are competing. 
  • All fees are due with entry forms or at time of online registration.  

  • You may also register online if paying by credit card. Faxed or phone entries will not be accepted. 

  • Competition fees can be combined with Convention fees on one studio business check.
  • No Canadian/International checks accepted - bank money orders in US funds only.
  • Make all checks payable to BOUNCE!
  • All competition entries must be postmarked 30 days prior to the convention. 
  • The deadline for competition changes is 2 weeks prior to the event. No changes will be accepted after this date. 
  • All competition fees are per person, per entry. 
  • An official entry form must be filled out for each routine entered. 
  • Registered teachers cannot perform in the competition. Also, teachers from a studio may not perform in their studio's routines.
  • Competing vocalists may compete for one studio only unless there is a rare circumstance where BOUNCE’s MANAGEMENT has granted prior consent. 
  • Vocalists may compete in more than one city. 
  • All performances must appear according to their scheduled sequence unless a BOUNCE! Stage Manager grants permission otherwise.
  • Judges may stop a performance in progress and request that it be repeated.  If BOUNCE's equipment fails, the studio may choose to continue or to re-do the number. If performers' equipment fails, excluding music CDs, the performance must continue or be withdrawn. 
  • Competing vocalists should be ready 30-45 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. The Competition may run up to 45 minutes early and each performer will be expected to perform at the earlier time. 
  • Competing vocalists may enter as many categories as desired, as long as they never compete against themselves. 

  • Competing vocalists may compete for one studio only.

  • Competing vocalists may compete in more than one city. However, if an entry wins a gold, high gold or platinum BOUNCE! award in a regional, that entry cannot compete in another BOUNCE! regional.

  • Professional singers are welcome to the workshop and must be registered as a professional to be judged in a professional category.

  • Soloists do not need to be entered in a group, line or production in order to compete. Soloists MUST have a registered teacher for the workshop. 

  • Vocalists may not compete for more than 3 different solos per weekend.  

  • Registered Teachers may only compete in the Open (19+) age division. 

  • The deadline for competition changes is 2 weeks prior to the convention. No changes will be accepted after this date.

  • SETS/PROPS: Studios are responsible for the transportation, storage, set up and removal of all sets and props. Check with each venue, as fees and restrictions may apply. The use of any ‘set piece’ will require pre-approval from BOUNCE! 

  • The excessive scenery and special lighting may only be utilized with pre-approval from BOUNCE!.  

  • No dangerous props may be used during the competition (swords, fire, etc.). General props are allowed but must be taken on and off stage expeditiously. Any unnecessary delay will result in a point deduction. Have a clean-up crew ready for any “litter” left on stage.

  • Competing vocalists should be ready 30 minutes prior to their scheduled competition time. If the competition is running ahead of schedule, you will be expected to perform.

  • All vocalists and their teachers are expected to demonstrate good sportsmanship and general support of all participants.

  • Any studio, participant or parent that abuses the designated dressing area will be disqualified. All participants are responsible for cleaning their area and properly disposing of all garbage.

  • All BOUNCE attendees authorize the use of their images in photos and video for all JR Arts Productions' purposes.




MINI DIVISION average age (8-10)

JUNIOR DIVISION average age (11-12)

TEEN DIVISION average age (13-15)

SENIOR DIVISION average age (16-18)





  • To reach the average age of an entry, add all the ages together and divide by the number of vocalists in the entry. When averaging ages always DROP THE DECIMAL POINT.  For example, if a routine averages to an age of 12.7, you would drop the decimal, therefore the performance would compete in the 11-12 yr. old age category. 


  • The average age of each entry must not drop more than one age division below the age of the oldest vocalist in the entry, regardless of the actual average age. Example: an entry contains singers ranging in age from 9-17, the entry may not compete younger than the 13-15 age category (one division younger than the oldest vocalist-17). 


  • Any vocalist 20 years of age or older must compete in the Open age division (19+).   Names and ages of all singers must appear on the entry form or it will not be accepted. All competing singers must be prepared to present proof of age should a question arise.

Entry Limits

  • 10 points will be deducted from entries that do not comply with time limitations. Limitations will be strictly enforced.

  • Entries may be critiqued on a NON-COMPETITIVE basis. A decision must be finalized two weeks prior to competition date.          Regular entry fees apply. 


Friday Competition

  • If there are too many entries to compete all on Saturday, anyone registering for a solo or duo/trio must be available to perform on Fridays after 7 pm. 


Our Stage

  • The BOUNCE! VOCAL stage is 12’ wide and 12’ deep.


Music Requirements

  • Vocal Competition Music can be emailed upon registration.  

  • Additionally, you may provide your competition music on USB at Registration.  Please have a backup available for each entry. 

  • Each Audio File / CD MUST be labeled in the following format:

    Entry # - Title of Entry - Studio Code (check confirmation information for assigned code). Music Files should be in a Mac compatible format, such as .mp3, .wav, etc. 
  • It is recommended that all music be recorded in a non-dolby format with audio recorded on both left and right channels.


Scores & Criteria







Adjudication of Awards 

  • All entries are adjudicated by four qualified judges. The lowest score is always dropped and the three remaining scores are tallied.


  • All entries will be adjudicated by 3-4 qualified judges.  When there are four judges, the lowest score is automatically dropped.  All ties will be broken by adding the fourth judge's score.  If a tie remains after the addition of the fourth judge's score, the competition will be judged a tie.  In the event that there are only three judges, the lowest score will not be dropped.  High Gold, Gold, High Silver, Silver, and Bronze awards will be presented based on the following combined scores:


  • BIG BOUNCE! 291-300

  • HIGH GOLD 276-290

  • GOLD 261-275

  • HIGH SILVER 246-260

  • SILVER 231-245

  • BRONZE 216-230

  • All-BIG BOUNCE!, High Gold, Gold, High Silver, and Silver award winners will be eligible for the 2017 Dance Recognition Awards!


Video & Photography

  • All videotaping and photography are strictly prohibited during the Workshop Classes,  Competition, & Convention Finale. This includes the use of cell phones to take videos/photos and ALL still photography with or without flash. (Disqualification could result.)

  • Professional quality photos and videos of the competition will be available for purchase.

  • Registered Teachers with proper ID will be permitted to video the last 15 minutes of Workshop Classes only.

  • All participants authorize the use of their image in photos and video for BOUNCE publicity and advertisement purposes.



  • Admission to the competition is free.

  • The audience will be allowed to enter and exit between numbers only. Doors will be closed during performances.

  • Teachers of vocalists will be given reserved seating. However, absolutely no visual coaching is allowed.


  • To see our competition fees each studio must be verified.  Click here to begin.