Bout Rules and Scoring

Each bout . . .

1) Will start promptly at 4:30 PM.
2) Will be attended by all Participating Teams, each by a minimum of six poets. Teams that fail to attend two bouts can be removed from the league without refund.

Each team . . .
1) Must consist of at least six poets. Numbers should grow throughout the season.
2) Must perform at least one group poem in every bout.
3) Must pay a non-refundable $250 registration fee before competing.

Each performance . . .
1) Must observe the stated time window. Performances over the time limit will disqualify a team from the bout.
2) May not be repeated until the post-season, and then only one repeat per team.
3) Must adhere to PSL's Trigger Warning Policy.

The performances . . .
1) Must be free of profanity. (Two Profanity DQs will eliminate a team from the league.)
2) Must present original work by every poet who touches the stage. (A person may not be a prop, may not just sing background music, etc.)
3) Every poet may only touch the stage once during a competition. Failure to do this will disqualify a team from the bout.

The Scoring . . .
1) All performances will be judged by five judges on a scale from 1-10. We will keep, and add the three middle scores.
2) The scores are divided into 5 points for Performance and 5 for Writing.
- An individual piece cannot score above a 4 in Performance.
- A group piece can not score below a 4 in Performance.
3) Any piece that is read will have a 10-point penalty.
4) The top four teams after round 2 qualify for the third round.

Teams earn points for . . .

Participating (Attending on the team's off-week) - 1 point
Making the 2nd Round - 2 points
Winning - 3 points

The Championships . . .
1) All teams will make the Post Season.
2) The top two teams in each division will receive a BYE. They do not have to compete in the Semi-Finals.
3) Everyone else will compete for the final two championship spots in each division at Semi-Finals.
4) Slam League Championships will be an Elite Eight, single elimination. Two teams are eliminated every round. (The regular season champion of each division bypasses the 1st round.)

Each Coach . . .
1) Must be willing to help Slam League staff to monitor the event during off-weeks.


Registration fees must be in the form of a check made out to "Philly Slam League of Culture Trust" - with the school's name in the memo line - Then mailed to the below address:
Philly Slam League of CultureTrust
attn: Alexa Sarkuni
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107