Rules

Competition Categories

  1. The Shotts Junior Championship is for junior soloists. Junior competitors who have played in professional/ adult events will not be permitted to enter the Shotts Junior Championship.
  2. The eligibility for different age categories is based on the age of the entrant as of 23rd February 2019.
  3. On pipes, snare or tenor an entrant can elect to play up into an older age Section (e.g. A piper aged 15 or under can compete in Section D Age 18 or Under if they choose to do so). However, competitors cannot enter events in more than one Section. Two exceptions to this rule are: 
    a) competitors entering events in Section B Age 13 and Under is permitted to enter Event 5 or 6 in Section C Age 15 and Under
    b) competitors are free to enter Section H Event 15 even if entered in Sections E, F or G. 
  4. Section A Chanter and Section E and F Snare Sticks and Pad: any competitor entering these events cannot enter any other Sections.
  5. Section C, Event 5 Piping Age 15 and Under: this event is only open to competitors not entering Event 6.
  6. Section G, Event 11 Snare Drumming Age 15 and Under: this event is only open to competitors not entering Event 12.
  7. Section H, Event 13 Snare Drumming Age 18 and Under: this event is only open to competitors not entering Event 14.
  8. Playing Requirements

a) Section A Event 1
Slow Air: any time signature; two parts.
b) Section A Event 2
March: any time signature; two parts.
c) Section B Event 3
2/4 March: minimum two parts.
d) Section B Event 3a
Strathspey and Reel: each tune a minimum of two parts; to be played without breaks between tunes.
e) Section C Event 4
2/4 March: minimum four parts.
f) Section C Event 4a
Strathspey and Reel: each tune a minimum of two parts; to be played without breaks between tunes.
g) Section C Event 5
Ground of Piobaireachd: competitor choice.
h) Section C Event 6
Piobaireachd: competitor choice.
i) Section D Event 7
2/4 March: minimum four parts.
j) Section D Event 7a
Strathspey and Reel: each tune a minimum of four parts; to be played without breaks between tunes.
k) Section D Event 8
Piobaireachd: competitor choice.
l) Section E Event 9
March: any time signature; two parts; accompanied by chanter.
m) Section F Event 10
March: any time signature; two parts; accompanied by chanter.
n) Section G Event 11
2/4 March: four parts; start set with two three pace rolls; to be accompanied by a maximum of two pipers.
o) Section G Event 12
March, Strathspey and Reel: competitor choice; a minimum of four parts of a march, two parts of a strathspey and two parts of a reel; to be played without breaks between tunes; start set with two three pace rolls; to be accompanied by a maximum of two pipers.
p) Section H Event 13
2/4 March: eight parts; start set with two three pace rolls; to be accompanied by a maximum of two pipers.
q) Section H Event 14
March, Strathspey and Reel: competitor choice; each tune a minimum of four parts; to be played without breaks between tunes; start set with two three pace rolls; to be accompanied by a maximum of two pipers.
r) Section H Event 15
Hornpipe and Jig: each tune a minimum of two parts; competitor choice; to be played without breaks between tunes; start set with two three pace rolls; to be accompanied by a maximum of two pipers.
s) Section I Event 16
March: four parts; any time signature; competitor choice; to be accompanied by a maximum of two pipers and one snare drummer
t) Section J Event 17
March, Strathspey and Reel: each tune a minimum of four parts; competitor choice; to be played without breaks between tunes; start set with two three pace rolls; to be accompanied by a maximum of two pipers and one snare drummer.

Dress

  1. All competitors must wear their band or school uniform.

Entry Process

  1. Entries can be made by downloading the entry form and returning by email or post (See contact details below) or, preferably, by using the online entry form. All entries will receive an email confirmation so please ensure you include an email address.
  2. Entries by post should be sent to: Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band, C/O Ewan McAllister, 39 May Gardens, Wishaw, Lanarkshire, ML2 7PB.
  3. Entries by email should be sent to: competition@shottspipeband.co.uk
  4. The fee is £4.50 per event and is payable by cheque, bank transfer or preferably PayPal. Please indicate the method of payment on the entry form. Payment details are outlined on the entry form.
  5. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  6. Entry fees must be received by the closing date for entries to be valid.
  7. The closing date for entries is Monday 21st January 2019.
  8. Competition places are limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis. The organisers reserve the right to limit entries based on numbers and close entries early.
  9. Any queries regarding entries should be directed to Alison Gilmour: competition@shottspipeband.com

Draw

  1. The competition draw will be made available on the Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band website and Facebook page by Monday 4th February 2019.

Media and Event Promotion
The competition organisers will be taking photographs at the event. In entering competition events, competitors and their parents are providing permission for competitors to be photographed and recognise that Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band will hold the copyright to all event photographs. If the right to take photographs is not permitted then please check the appropriate box on the entry form. If you have any queries about this issue then please contact Alison Gilmour: competition@shottspipeband.com