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UCSD SPIRIT NIGHT 2013 RULES AND POLICIES
OBJECTIVE: To have a friendly competition among the six colleges centered around the Feb. 8 UCSD basketball doubleheader vs. Humboldt State at RIMAC Arena. The women's game tips off at 5:30 PM followed by the men at 7:30 PM.
There will be eight events/competitions in which the colleges will be awarded points according to their performance. The college with the most overall points will win the Spirit Night Trophy (Cup of Cheer) which will be presented following the men's basketball game. The focus is on bringing all of the colleges together as one-in support of UC San Diego.
SPIRIT PROMOTION - Each college will decorate its living area (and/or adjacent "public" locations generally considered part of the college) in school colors, promoting UCSD spirit, pride and the Friday night basketball games. A committee, selected by the Athletic Dept., will visit each of the colleges throughout the week to judge. Among the criteria will be use of blue & gold, use of Triton name and logo, promotion of the basketball games as well as creativity and quality of promotional efforts. Judges will be looking for three "major" elements-two of these will be the college dining hall and dorm windows and a third should be another high traffic adjacent area which will create increased awareness. The colleges need to inform judges as to the site of the four elements. Please note that themes can be used but are not required and those themes should not carry over to the arena Friday night. All colleges have agreed to join together in helping to decorate at The Village.
SPIRIT RALLY - Price Center Plaza will be the venue for a noon pre-game rally the week of the game (tentatively Thursday, Feb. 7). Two rally "contests" will be held with the combined scoring determining the overall order of finish. First, each college will designate up to two representatives to "body paint" a member of the UCSD men's basketball team (hands, brushes, sponges and other items may be used to paint but must be supplied by college). The painters will present their "work" and a panel will be selected to judge the results. Colleges may include "props" for their player and/or a "performance element" in their presentation.
The second contest, involving the women's basketball team, will be part of the above-mentioned rally and will likely be some type of relay involving at least two students from each college.
GAME ATTENDANCE - A computerized (card swipe) attendance count for each college will be set up in the RIMAC Arena lobby. At 6:00 PM, a preliminary count will be made and those in attendance at that time will be multiplied by 1.5. A second count will take place at 7:30 PM and those arriving between those two times will count as one.
Additionally, computerized college attendance counts (via ID card swipe system) will be tabulated for the conference basketball games preceding Spirit Night-Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12-as well as the Men's Volleyball matches on Friday, Jan. 25, Saturday, Jan. 26 and Wednesday, Jan. 30. The combined total of the five game counts will yield a total count for each college. That total count will be added to the Spirit Night attendance figure and used as part of an equation factoring in the total enrollment of each college to produce a final attendance number. The colleges will be ranked according to that final number.
GAME ENVIRONMENT - Colleges will be judged on the overall presentation of their section which will include decoration, unity, use of school colors (décor and attire), volume, consistency and creativity. Although decoration will be part of the mix, cheering and UCSD support at both games will carry greater emphasis.
Judges will be looking for quality over quantity and things that are connected to UCSD as opposed to non-related themes and simply making noise. Any "unusual" displays must be cleared with the UCSD Athletic Dept. (items that block fans' views, are in the aisle ways, attached to posts or walls, etc.) and should not interfere with the basketball game. The Triton Tide will organize an effort to do general, non-college decorating in the arena.
HALFTIME CONTEST - The traditional halftime competition of "basketball musical chairs" will feature one contestant from each college (college designates). There will be contests at the half of both women's and men's games. Point breakdowns will be awarded for both contests with the final order of finish determined by the combined point totals. A female needs to be chosen for the women's game and a male for the men's game.
TRITON JAM - The tenth-year "midnight madness" type event, re-introducing basketball at the start of the winter quarter, will be held Tuesday, Jan. 8. Attendance will be counted for each college at this event, on the same percentage basis as the Spirit Night judging. Triton Jam will include introductions of both basketball teams, comments from the two head coaches, contests, great prizes, free food and interactive games.
KNOCKOUT - There will be a five-round Knockout Tournament between the colleges. Each college will participate in five rounds of knockout with each featuring a different group of participants (men, women, staff and student council reps). Players must be students or staff at the college they represent and a person can only participate in one of the five rounds. Each college may enter one player per round. The staff entry may not be a student. Rules and a game schedule will be provided.
Also included in this event will be a swimming relay, held in conjunction with a UCSD home swim meet. Each college will enter a four-person (2 men/2 women) team in a 200-yd. freestyle relay. Specific time and rules to follow. Order of finish and points will be added to the Knockout scores to get a total score/result for this event.
Staff: Friday, Jan. 11 - Halftime of Women's BB game (approximately 5:45 PM)
Jan. 11 - Halftime of Women's BB game (approximately 5:45 PM)
Commuter: Saturday, Jan. 12 - Halftime of Women's BB game (approximately 5:45 PM)
Student (W): Saturday, Jan. 12 - Halftime of Women's BB game (approximately 5:45 PM)
Student (M): Saturday, Jan. 12 - Halftime of Women's BB game (approximately 5:45 PM) Swimming: Saturday, Feb. 2 - Approximately 12:30 PM
For Spirit Promotion, Game Environment and Game Attendance, points will be awarded as follows:
1st place 12 points 4th place 6 points
2nd place 10 points 5th place 4 points
3rd place 8 points 6th place 2 points
For Spirit Rally, Halftime Contest, Knockout & Triton Jam, points will be awarded as follows:
1st place 6 points 4th place 3 points
2nd place 5 points 5th place 2 points
3rd place 4 points 6th place 1 point
Notes---Points may be deducted for negative cheers, signs, etc.; if a college does not participate in a particular event, no points will be awarded. Non-partisan judges will be appointed for each competition by the UCSD Athletic Dept.
* Post-Game Fireworks Show * Spirit Night Raffle (10-plus prizes)