Definition of Terms

Amongst the other duties of the Chairman of Adjudicators, he/she is also responsibility for the correct interpretation of the marks. It is his/her duty to inspect the marks after each round and to agree with the organiser the number of competitors to be passed forward to the next round.

Typically, only the Chairman of Adjudicators and the scrutineer(s) shall have access to the marks until the end of the competition.


(noun) the context of competitive DanceSport, scrutineering can be defined as the process of collating, calculating and interpreting the adjudicator's marks so as to place the competitors competing in the competition.

(Adjective) typical method such as the "Skating System" is used to compute the results of a dance championship. When using such a system, the Chairman of Adjudicators will demand the number of competitors that the adjudicators must vote for in elimination rounds. In final rounds the Chairman of Adjudicators will request that each adjudicator mark each of the competitors in order of merit in each of the dances. It is then the duty of the scrutineer to collate, calculate and interpret the adjudicators marks.

The scrutineer is the person who is appointed to tally the adjudicator's marks. Typically both the Chairman of Adjudicators and the scrutineer(s) must hold a recognised qualification, such as the British Dance Council scrutineering certificate.
The Skating System
In accordance with the rules of the Official Board of Ballroom Dancing, the results of all ballroom championships are computed under the Skating System. This system was devised in the early 1900's and has been revised several times. The last of these revisions took place on 25th June 1956 when rule 11 was added to the existing 10 rules of the system.

These 11 rules can be divided into the following categories:
Rule 1 to 4 define the process by which the Adjudicators are to mark their adjudicator's cards (mark sheets)

Rule 5 to 8 define the methods used to tabulate and calculate the results of individual dances

Rules 9 to 11 describe the methods used to determine competitor placing in a multi-dance event (i.e. events that are contested over 2 or more dances).


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