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Karaoke League will take place from 8 PM to 10 PM every Friday of the month prior to Open Karaoke. The regular season will consist of six (6) nights of regular season competition and a Semifinal and Final night.
Teams will perform two (2) solos and one (1) group performance each regular season night. Each night will consist of a different theme: 80’s, Hair Bands, Holiday, etc. The goal is for everyone to enjoy themselves and have a good time; however, this is a competition, so there will be adjudication.
The cost to register is $200 per team or $50 per person. At least 90% of all registration costs will be given back in cash rewards and prizes. Final and Weekly prizes will be determined when the number of teams registered is finalized.
Karaoke League Rules
Every league member (performer) must have read and agreed to the Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League rules and waiver of liability. All Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League members must abide by all laws regarding alcohol consumption. Further, all rules of the host establishment shall be strictly enforced. Rowdy, disrespectful, violent or otherwise problematic league members may be subject to disciplinary actions. including, but not limited to disqualification, suspension or expulsion from league activities.
Performers must follow all local laws and regulations. Prohibited behaviors (also known as the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T Rules”) shall include: hanging/climbing on or around venue structures, throwing or tossing items into the crowd/audience or at venue equipment, using or spraying any hard-to-clean material, including but not limited to glitter, confetti, water or other liquids, paint, glue, powder, and silly string, and any other actions or behaviors that damage or have the potential to cause damage to the venue, staff, audience, teams, or equipment. Live animals or pets are prohibited, unless otherwise permitted by local laws and regulations. When in doubt, ask a member of league staff.
Teams must clean up after themselves before leaving the venue, including discarding or taking home all props, costumes, and other items.
Costumes are allowed but not mandatory.
Any team that arrives late for the start of match play may be fined points from their total score for the match.
You play at your own risk. Also do not put yourself or OTHERS at risk with your actions or your props.
Any Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League team member gives Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League the right to use their image, likeness or recording to promote Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League.
Each division shall be composed of six (6) teams of no less than four (4) or no more than six (6) performers, unless otherwise permitted by Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League. Teams with fewer than six (6) performers may be combined with smaller teams or have free agents added to them.
One (1) member of each team must act as “team manager.” A team manager is responsible for submitting weekly setlists, requests for substitution, or grievances. If a team manager cannot perform his/her duties on any given week, he/she shall appoint another team member to act as manager for that week.
No team members can be added after Week 2 of the regular season. Changes to team rosters after Week 2 are at the discretion of league staff.
The regular season lasts for six (6) weeks and is followed by two (2) additional weeks for semifinals and finals.
Each evening of league play consists of three (3) consecutive rounds of play. In the first and second rounds, a member of each team sings a solo. In the third round, at least two (2) performers must sing as a “group.” [Commissioner’s Tip: This means that on any given night, as long as two (2) performers are in attendance, you can fully participate!]
Each performer must sing at least one (1) solo during the regular season. Group performances are not counted towards this total. Exceptions may be made if they are communicated to a league staff in advance (i.e., if a performer drops out, is unresponsive, etc.).
In the solo rounds, the performer shall sing and perform unaccompanied and they cannot receive assistance in any way. The only exception to this rule is that league staff may be used as props in solo performances.
Twenty-four (24) hours before the night begins, each team manager shall submit a list of performers (known as the setlist) of their team’s performers and their chosen songs to league staff.
In the event that two teams choose to sing the same song on the same night, whoever submitted the song first will sing that particular song. The other team must select a new song by the start of the second round. In the event that it cannot be determined who submitted the song first, the team that appears first in the night’s matchups will sing the song; the other team must select a new song by the start of the second round.
If the setlist is not received within five (5) minutes of the start of the first round, the team will automatically lose their matchup for the evening. No song may be performed twice in any one season (per division). A list of songs that have already been performed shall be shared on the Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League website or physically posted at the Mandan Depot Bier Hall.
In the case of technical difficulty, the team experiencing the problem will be shifted to the end of the round order and may select a new song.
If a team member is prevented from performing, the league staff must be contacted via email with the reason for substitutions. Substitutions may be considered for, but are not limited to, events resulting from the injury, sudden illness, family emergency, or work-related emergency of that team member. Should a substitution be approved, the substitute should perform the same song that the original performer planned to sing.
As the show must go on, if a performer has not arrived by the start of their solo, their team may forfeit that matchup, at the discretion of league staff. League staff may shift the performance to end of the round but only if league staff are informed before the start of the first round.
Under no circumstances will heckling be permitted. If a complaint is received about any league member showing unsportsmanlike conduct, they will receive one (1) warning. If the inappropriate behavior continues, that performer’s team will receive a score of zero (0) during that round. If the problem continues after that, the individual(s) will be banned from the Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League and the division bar, without any refund of his or her registration fee.
The Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League reserves the right to permanently ban songs once determined that no one can sing them well or they’re just too damn long and it’s just not worth the pain. For that reason, the following songs are currently banned from both competitive play and open karaoke: “Free Bird,” “Stairway to Heaven,” “Picture,” “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” and “My Heart Will Go On.”
The Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League reserves the right to ban additional songs from competitive play. These songs, banned on a season-by-season basis, shall be known as the “Depot Graveyard.”
Song length is limited to a maximum of 5:20 for the speed of play; if a song reaches 5:20 for the speed of play and is still going, it will be faded out.
REGULAR SEASON SCORING
All performances will be scored based on crowd reaction. A decibel meter will be utilized to determine crowd reaction. During the decibel reading, no microphone will be in use. The highest decibel reading will win the round. In case of a tie, points will be given to both teams. Solo performance winners will earn their team four (4) points, and group performance winners will earn their team six (6) points.
To determine the team score, all rounds will be tabulated.
The winner of each round will not be announced until the end of final round.
The team with the highest cumulative score for the evening will be declared that week’s winner and their scores will be added to their cumulative team score for regular season play.
In the event of a tie, the tying teams will then compete in a round of bravery “all for one” with the song chosen via songs from a hat contributed to by all teams outside of the tie remaining. In the karaoke round any team member of the tying team may be chosen to represent his/her team.
SEMIFINALS and FINALS
Scoring at the Semifinals and Finals will follow the same processes as scoring during the regular season with one variation.
At the Semifinals and Finals, a panel of judges will also be scoring the performers. Solo performance winners as determined by the judge will earn their team two (2) points, and group performance winners as determined by the judge will earn their team three (3) points. These points are in addition to the points earned from the crowd reaction/decibel level points.
At the conclusion of Week 6, the team scores will be used to determine each team’s playoff rank and will be used to seed each team for the playoffs.
Playoffs will last two (2) weeks. The first week will be the Semifinals and the second week will be the Finals. In both the Semifinals and Finals, winners will be determined by a mixed vote: half audience, half judges.
The Semifinals will be seeded as follows:
3rd Seed vs. 6th Seed
4th Seed vs. 5th Seed
1st Seed vs. 2nd Seed
The winner of the 1st Place vs. 2nd Place matchup becomes the 1st seed in the Finals, and the runner-up of that matchup becomes the 2nd seed. In the other match-ups, the lowest winning seed advances to play the 1st seed (6th place is the lowest seed). The next lowest seed plays the 2nd seed.
The Finals will be seeded as follows:
|Finals (Scenario 1)||Finals (Scenario 2)||Finals (Scenario 3)||Finals (Scenario 4)|
|If 4th Place beats 5th Pace & 3rd Place beats 6th Place||If 4th Pace beats 5th Place & 6th Place beats 3rd Place||If 5th Place beats 4th Pace & 3rd Place beats 6th Place||If 5th Place beats 4th Pace & 6th Place beats 3rd Place|
|5th Seed vs. 6th Seed||5th Seed vs. 3rd Seed||4th Seed vs. 6th Seed||3rd Seed vs. 4th Seed|
|2nd Seed vs. 3rd Seed||2nd Seed vs. 4th Seed||2nd Seed vs. 3rd Seed||2nd Seed vs. 5th Seed|
|1st Seed vs. 4th Seed||1st Seed vs. 6th Seed||1st Seed vs. 5th Seed||1st Seed vs. 6th Seed|
In both the Semifinals and Finals, each team will have two (2) solo performances and one (1) group performance. In the Finals, the winners of the top two matchups will face off once more in a final “4th” round: a battle royale, “winner take all” group performance. In this round, only the judges will vote.
During the Semifinals and Finals, performers may sing a song that had been sung during the regular season. However, if a song is performed during the Semifinals, it cannot be performed during the Finals.
The team manager must submit songs in accordance to the regular season rules, as described in the Gameplay section of these rules.
In the event of a tie, a review of the two (2) teams’ past matchup history will be used to ascertain the winner. In the event that the tie is not resolved, the team with the highest “win” count will be declared the winner.
If any team or team member believes another team or team member has violated a rule, the Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League team manager should inform a Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League representative of the violation before that evening’s winners are announced. Violations raised before the end of the evening will be investigated and taken into account in the scoring of that round.
If a team member discovers that another team or team member has violated one of these rules after the winners are announced, the team manager has 48 hours to inform a Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League representative via email. Emailed grievances will be investigated, and, if necessary, may result in action against the offending team or team member in the following week. However, no adjustment to the previous week’s scores will be permitted as a remedy.
No grievance may be filed against any Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League representative regarding scoring or the winners.
These rules may be altered or amended at any time, with or without notice, by Mandan Depot Bier Hall Karaoke League staff.