EADA will be running chart events in 2012 that will be open to all couples registered with an amateur association in the UK. All those EADA members who compete in these events will receive points and will be ranked on an EADA National Chart.
EADA Ranking Events are held around the country throughout the year and are used for the compilation of EADA National charts in the different age categories (age categories are based on BDC rules). Points are awarded to EADA members according to their final position in the selected events in which they have danced.
At the end of the year, those at the top of the EADA charts will be listed in an EADA Roll of Honour on the website each year. EADA will be willing to write letters of recommendation for the top six EADA couples so they can benefit from the FAN (free access for national sportspeople) or similar scheme from their local county sports partnership for the next year*. EADA are able to do this as the body recognised by government.
The calendar for NREs is decided by the chart committee. The events themselves are hosted by promoters and must comply with EADA chart rules. NREs often require entry in advance – please contact the promoter and don’t forget to take your EADA card to the event.
* Please note every country sports partnership offers different benefits/grants to residents who compete nationally, we cannot guarantee what can be offered to dancers.
It is not necessary for a couple to participate in every NRE for their particular category or style in order to be ranked - in 2012 couples will receive a ranking after dancing in one event (previously a miniumum number of events was required). The best results for any given couple are tabulated to determine their chart position, and the number of such results required varies according to style and category.
|Number of events per year||The number of “best” results counted||The number of results required for a ranking|
|Junior Ballroom & Latin||7||5||1|
|Junior 10 Dance||5||3||1|
|Youth Ballroom & Latin||7||5||1|
|Youth 10 Dance||5||3||1|
|Amateur Ballroom & Latin||7||5||1|
|Amateur 10 Dance||5||3||1|
|Senior I Ballroom & Latin||7||5||1|
|Senior I 10 Dance||5||3||1|
|Senior II Ballroom||7||5||1|
|Senior II Latin||7||5||1|
|Senior III Ballroom||7||5||1|
For 2010 there were 7 Senior I 10-dance events on offer, trialling the best 4 results out of 7.
Points are awarded for placings in a ranking event as follows:
- 1st place: 12 points
- 2nd place: 11 points
- 3rd place: 10 points
- 4th place: 9 points
- 5th place: 8 points
- 6th place: 7 points
- Below 6th but making the final: 6 points
- Semi Finalists 5 points
- Quarter Finalist 4 points
- The round before quarter finalist 3 points
- The round before this: 2 points
If a couple is representing England on the day of a chart event, they receive points for that event which are equal to their average score.
The roll of Honour preior to 2012 shows the top couples in the chart who were selected to represent England in the WDSF (formerly IDSF) World/European Championships:
EADA starts to prepare the EADA chart in April/May of the previous year. Promoters are contacted by the EADA Secretary to ask if they would like to host an event and they are asked to retrun their completee chart event application forms by the deadline. The EADA Secretary compiles a spreadsheet of all the requests. A meeting of the EADA chart committee (made up of various members of the council) is called in June/July each year in order to decide the calendar for the following year.
Every effort is made to try and spread the ranking events throughout the year and across the country, whilst ensuring that that different events which might attract the same people (such as Amateur and Youth Ballroom) are not on the same date and that the venues for the events are suitable for that age group and discipline. The Chart Committee divides England roughly into three; drawing an imaginary line above the M4 leaving Watford, Reading and Bristol in the South; another line above Birmingham and calling this are the Midlands and then everything above it the North. The chart committee tries to place events in each of these areas for each age group & discipline. Hopefully this means not all members have long distances to travel for every NRE. Any feedback sent in writing to the EADA Office prior to the meeting and also the results of our online competition feedback survey are also taken into account when compiling the calendar.
Once provisional dates have been decided promoters are sent a letter with details of the ranking events which they have been granted. They are also sent a copy of the guidelines for hosting EADA NREs. The most important of these is that they must check registration cards, that they have 7 adjudicators, (all of whom must have a BDC licence); they must start the NRE within 45minutes of the time advertised and allow between 20 and 40 minutes inbetween rounds. Because many of our members have to travel we feel it is important that Juniors finish by 4pm and Youth couples by 6pm.
If the promoters are happy they contact the EADA Secretary and send in payment for their events. Once EADA have received payment from the promoters the calendar is published on the website.
If you have any questions please contact the Chart Coordinator on charts [at] eada [dot] org [dot] uk