The City of Parramatta Eisteddfod Society Inc.

Rules,Conditions &Copyright

Photography Rules must be strictly adhered to. Click on Photography Rules to download the Photography Rules [.pdf]

1.  Adjudicator's decision is final.  No discussion will be entered into, with the exception of an official protest as outlined in rule 2.

2.  Protest accompanied by a deposit of $10.00 must be lodged within 30 minutes of Adjudicator's decision;   deposit forfeited if protest not upheld.

3   The committee reserves the right to amend, combine or cancel sections.  IF LESS THAN 4 ENTRIES received in any section, (see Rule 16 and 17 re Championship/Scholarship sections) the section MAY BE CANCELLED and entry fees returned or SECTIONS COMBINED.  This does NOT APPLY to the ‘SPECIAL NEEDS” SECTION (Section 350). 

4.  Competitors who have been coached, taught or advised by the Adjudicator of the sections in which he/she is entering during the 12 months preceding the opening date are ineligible to compete.  Competitors who are related to the adjudicator are also ineligible to compete.  Committee Members, members of this Society or Employees of this Eisteddfod are ineligible to compete.

5.   This Eisteddfod is not open to professionals.  A professional is defined as a person who earns the major part of his/her income from the practice of the art or who uses that art as a primary means of livelihood.

6. Age for entries will be taken as at the 1st April of each year.  AGE RANGES FOR SECTIONS:
 Junior: 16 years & under,   Senior: 17 years  & over

PLEASE NOTE: Competitors must compete in the sections for which they are eligible by age, i.e. if 10 years old as at 1 April, competitor is eligible and can only compete in 10/U and 11/U sections and the 10/U Championship; if 6 yrs old as at 1 April, competitor is eligible and can only compete in 6/U and 7/U sections. In DUO/TRIO sections, the section entered must reflect the age of the eldest competitor.

7.  RESTRICTED SECTIONS are open to competitors who have NOT won a FIRST PLACE in that section at the CITY OF PARRAMATTA Eisteddfod.

8.  SPECIAL RESTRICTED SECTIONS are open to competitors who have NOT won a FIRST PLACE in ANY Eisteddfod, AT ANY TIME.

9.OWN CHOICE SECTIONS:  The onus of choosing the right type of selection in Own Choice Sections rests solely on the competitor.  NO COMPETITOR WILL BE ALLOWED to render the same item in which he/she has previously won a first prize at this Eisteddfod, either individually or in conjunction with any partner until two City of Parramatta Eisteddfods have elapsed.

COMPETITORS ARE REMINDED THAT INFRINGEMENT OF COPYRIGHT IS AN OFFENCE.
 PLEASE CHECK YOUR SELECTIONS CAREFULLY. See Rule 26

10. In "Own Choice" sections, all copies MUST BE HANDED IN  before the commencement of the section.  Adjudicators have the option of penalties in marking if such a copy is not handed in.

11. Competitors MUST compete in the section where his/her name appears and at the time the section is scheduled. Specific requests for changes to the programming will not be taken into account, for any reason. No negotiations will be entered into about changing a performance date as set out in the program. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE GRANTED TO THIS RULE.

12. NO PERSON WILL BE ALLOWED TO SPEAK TO THE ADJUDICATOR or approach the Adjudicator's table except Committee Members.  Parents or teacher are not allowed on stage during any performance. 

13.   Prompting or assistance of any kind can ONLY BE GIVEN BY THE ADJUDICATOR.

14.   TIME LIMITS:  Where a time limit is set, any competitor going over time will be penalised. 

15.  In SPEECH & DRAMA all competitors MUST have registered TWO ADJUDICATOR'S REMARK SHEETS with the Stage Manager as proof of  performance in at least TWO MEMORISED sections to compete in the CHAMPIONSHIP and SCHOLARSHIP Sections. PLEASE NOTE: BIBLE READING, READING SECTIONS, PUBLIC SPEAKING, MIME AND IMPROVISATION SECTIONS DO NOT COUNT TOWARDS THE SCHOLARSHIP OR CHAMPIONSHIP SECTIONS. 
**Please Note:  A MINIMUM OF 8 ENTRIES NEEDED TO HOLD THE SCHOLARSHIP. 

16. Competitors must be 15 years as at 1st April and be under 25 years as at 1st April to enter the Speech & Drama Scholarships.
17. WINNERS of the SPEECH & DRAMA SCHOLARSHIP are INELIGIBLE to enter in those sections again.

WINNERS of the 10/12/14 CHAMPIONSHIPS are ineligible to enter the same age range Championship the following year.

18.  No competitor may render the same selection in two or more sections, nor may any competitor in Speech sections perform as an "Own Choice" item, a selection which has been set for any section.

19. Competitors may not appear in sections other than those for which they have entered.  No person may substitute for the competitor originally named on the official entry form and NO COMPETITOR MAY APPEAR MORE THAN ONCE IN ANY SECTION.

20. IN DUOLOGUE sections of Speech & Drama neither competitor may portray more than one character. The names of ALL competitors must be listed on the entry form for Duologue, Group Prepared Mime, Unison Reading, Readers’ Theatre, Dramatic Scene for 3-6 Players, Poems for 3 to 6, Poems for Two, and Impromptu Telephone Conversation for Two.

21.  The choice of suitable material rests with the competitor.  Foul language or explicit sexual references are prohibited, and offenders will be disqualified . This rule pertains to all age ranges.

22.  The Committee shall have the power to divide/reduce prizes in all sections, or if a satisfactory standard is not  obtained, to withdraw the prize.  Should the committee or Adjudicator decide not to give a prize in any section such a decision shall be final.  THIS INCLUDES THE SCHOLARSHIP and CHAMPIONSHIP SECTIONS.

23.  The Committee reserves the right to appoint a substitute Adjudicator should it become necessary.

24.  No entries will be accepted unless accompanied by full fees (not stamps).  Accepted entry fees will not be refunded unless section is cancelled by the committee.  Check front page of syllabus and page 6 for correct entry fee.

25.  Adjudicator's reports will be furnished at the close of each section and must be picked up then.  Those requiring a report to be mailed must furnish a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the co-ordinator on duty together with information on which date the section/session was held.  This must be done within one week of the last date of the Eisteddfod performances of that Division.

26. In compliance with copyright  laws any copies of materials (ie. poems, literary or dramatic extracts) provided to the society, unless clearly marked “NOT SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT” must be retained and destroyed by the Committee after use.

27. PHOTOGRAPHY RULES MUST BE STRICTLY ADHERED TO. Click on Photography Rules to download the Photography Rules [.pdf]

28. The Committee shall decide on any matter not covered by these rules; its decision in any question or dispute is final.

29. The dress code for Scholarship Sections is to be observed. This means shirts with collar for males.  No T/shirts, no jeans, no thongs/sandals for females or males.  Presentation of competitor will be taken into account in awarding of points by the Adjudicator.

30. Any competitor found to be deliberately infringing the rules of the Society will be banned from further participation in the Eisteddfod at the absolute discretion of the Committee.

THIS YEAR WE AGAIN HAVE  "CHELSEY,  THE CHAMPION CHECK-IN CHICK!”    CHELSEY’S CHORE IS TO REMIND THOSE COMPETITORS WHO HAVE ENTERED THE CHAMPIONSHIPS and/or SCHOLARSHIPS TO REGISTER THE PERFORMANCE OF THOSE SECTIONS USED TO PROVE ELIGIBILTY WITH THE STAGE MANAGER AT TIME OF PERFORMANCE.