Western Canada Power Exchange Qualifications & Judging Criteria
All contestants must read and understand the qualifications for being a contestant. The following are the rules for qualification and what is expected of the contestants.
- You must be at least twenty-one years old.
- You must be able to arrive at the contest location for Western Canada Power Exchange no later than 1600 Friday, October 9th, 2020. The contest will be held as part of Wicked in the West in Edmonton, Alberta. Contestants receive a reduced rate on tickets for the event.
- This contest is open to any pair/poly/triad that’s been in a power exchange relationship for at least one year.
- You must complete your required paperwork as outlined in the “Contestant Checklist” by the deadline.
- You must be able to communicate and teach others on your specific power exchange dynamic.
- You are not permitted to be under the influence of illegal drugs or an excessive amount of alcohol during any of the contest portions. “Excessive amount of alcohol” is subject to be determined at the discretion of the Western Canada Power Exchange Producers and/or the Contest Director.
- You cannot have a current title that conflicts with the Western Canada Power Exchange or with the rules of your current title. If you hold a current title, contact the Western Canada Power Exchange director immediately to find out if you are still eligible to compete in the contest.
- You must agree to be photographed and allow the photographs to be used on the Western Canada Power Exchange website, in print advertising for Western Canada Power Exchange or Beyond Leather’s website or print advertising.
- You will be expected to wear contestant numbers at all times until the end of the contest and then return them to the Contest Director. These will be provided at the contestant meeting prior to the Meet and Greet.
- You will be expected to bring one (or more if possible) item or basket for the silent auction that benefits the contest winners travel fund. This item or basket must have a regular retail value of at least $250. If it is a basket of items and the total value is over $300, it is up to the discrepancy of the silent auction coordinator to separate the items into smaller groups or to leave it as it is. You must provide a list of the items and their retail value any time prior to September 20, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- You must not have any outstanding warrants either nationally or internationally of a felony conviction.
- If you win, you will agree to present at least 4 (four) workshops, classes or demos to teach others about your specific dynamic at 4 (four) different groups or events during your title year.
- If you win, you will agree to travel to Beyond Leather to compete for the International Power Exchange contest. You may be required to pay for part of your travel expenses depending on how much money is available for your travel fund. You will be expected to hold fundraisers to assist in your travel.
- If you win, you will agree to return to Western Canada Power Exchange the following year to “step down” from your title and give a speech regarding your title year. You may be asked to help out in a volunteer position. You will be asked to bring an auction item to help raise a travel fund for your successors. Your registration fee will be waived.
- And, most of all, you will be expected to have fun!
Western Canada Power Exchange Judging Criteria
The Western Canada Power Exchange will be judged using an Olympic scoring method. We will have 5 judges and both the lowest and highest scores for each pair in each category will be thrown out. Only the middle 3 scores will actually be counted. In the unlikely event there is a tie score at the end of the contest; all 5 scores will be counted. In the extremely unlikely event that there is still a tie score, the Producers, Director and Judges will convene to decide on a winner. There will be a total maximum possibility of 500 points per contestant set. A minimum of 70% of the total score must be achieved for a winner to be declared. This means that even if we only have one pair competing, they must score at least a total of 350 points in order to win the titles. A Head Judge will be appointed. Two score keepers will calculate the scores separately. Their total scores will be compared for accuracy and verified by the Head Judge and Contest Director.
Educational Presentation (150 points)
This is your opportunity to teach the attendees and judges about your specific dynamic. You will have a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 10 minutes to give an explanation to the audience about your relationship dynamic. You may use posters, dry erase boards, or any other visuals you feel would be helpful. Visuals are not a requirement but they are allowed. You must supply your own visuals or props. However, if you need something that we might have, please e-mail the Western Canada Power Exchange Director to discuss it. Background music is not allowed during this portion. Handouts are discouraged. You will have the use of a stage and microphone. When you reach the 8 minute mark on your time, you will be quietly made aware that you have to wrap it up. At the pre-contest meeting, we will explain this in full. When you are done, you will be given no more than 5 minutes to answer questions from the audience. The judges will not ask questions, they will only observe. You will be judged on your knowledge regarding your power dynamic, stage presence, and articulation of your dynamic and how well you handle questions from the audience.
Demo/Fantasy (150 points)
This category allows you to show the audience a scene or scenario that involves your power dynamic. You will have a minimum of 5 minutes and a maximum of 6 minutes. You can decide to enact a scene with background music (supplied by you ahead of time) or you can request the use of a microphone. Please understand that we cannot mic the stage to pick up your talking if you walk around the stage. The microphones only pick up so much. It is strongly suggested that you stick with a music background but this is your choice. You will be judged on the content and connection you make during your demo or fantasy along with audience reaction, stage presence, image and the comfort level you display. There will be no questions asked by the judges or audience. You are welcome to use a play station and we will make the arrangements to have them for you, if needed. You will not be given notice of your time running out; this should be timed with your music.
Interview (150 points)
The interview is possibly the most important category because the judges will have already observed you for a couple days, watched your Presentation and Demo/Fantasy the day before and will now have lots of questions to ask you. The judges will be allowed to ask you whatever they want to know. You will be interviewed together (as a contestant set) and the interviews are closed to all others including handlers, fellow contestants or friends. The judges will score you on how well you answer the questions and on the attire you choose to wear. The length of the interview will be determined at the contest but will most likely last 20 minutes per contestant pair.
Overall Image for the Duration of the Contest (50 points)
The last thing the judges will be asked to do will be to score you on their overall feeling about you as a pair and how they observed your interaction during the contest weekend. There is no defined “look” other than being authentic to the power exchange dynamic in which you live.