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With a whole new world of social media, modes of communication continue to expand. Our ability to reach out to anyone quickly is becoming easier and easier.

Contest & Judging (C&J) recognizes that there are always questions bubbling up about rules concerning contests. To that end, there are a variety of services available to answer your questions vs asking on Facebook about the latest rumor you heard.

The most frequent question is “Is this arrangement contestable?”. There are a couple of services available that will help you.

  • Tom Moore maintains a website http://bsmdb.com/SongSearch.php (also accessible through the BHS website) that has every song sung in contest for the last 10 years and more. It is easy to use. If the song has been sung and it doesn’t look like there was any sort of reduction based upon the scores, and your arrangement sounds barbershop to your ear, then it is likely fine. Warning – there are no arrangers tied to the song listings.
  • However, if you’re still concerned you can send it to the Chart Contestability Committee via Don Gray at dongray@cinci.rr.com. You’ll need to send them a copy so they can review the chart.

The latest set of rules is always maintained at the BHS Website. http://barbershop.org/document-center/category/6-general-contest-judging.html?download=64%3Acontest-and-judging-handbook

Finally, if you have a question about judging itself (possible rule changes, interpretations, questions, etc.), there is a blogsite that you can go on the BHS Website. It is monitored so that if you post a question, you can have a dialogue with judges (as well as others who want to join in on the blog). The benefit with this is that the comments stay and can be reviewed by others.

http://www.barbershophq.com/welcome-to-ask-a-judge/

Although Barbershop Enthusiasts on Facebook can be an avenue, not everyone has access and it is not monitored regularly.

In today’s world, there is no reason that you can’t get an answer to your question. Don’t rely on hearsay to make decisions about your questions!

Kevin Keller
C&J Chair
kkbari@charter.net

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