Rules & Regulations


UP TO 12 CREWS (NO KIDS CREWS) AT THE COMPETITION – The 4 best crews are qualified for the battles. During the battles, the Bboys dance in turn, the figures acting as questions / answers. The 4 teams compete in battles for the semifinals (place 1 against place 4 and place 2 against place 3 of the standings). The winners of these semifinals face eachother in the final to determine the winner.

MORE THAN 12 CREWS (NO KIDS CREWS) AT THE COMPETITION – The 6 best crews are qualified for the battles. During the battles, the Bboys dance in turn, the figures acting as questions / answers. The 2 best teams are directly qualified for the semi finals, the other 4 compete in battles for the quarter finals (place 6 against place 3 and place 5 against place 4 of the standings).The winners of these quarterfinals face the two crews directly qualified in the semifinals. The final opposes the two winning crews of the semifinals.

LENGTH OF A SHOWCASE – The maximum length of the show is 6:00 minutes which will be very strictly adhered to! Attention: There are time penalties for non-compliance.

WINNER OF THE "BEST SHOW" AWARD – Crew ranking number 1 after the showround automatically wins the price for the best showcase.

WINNER TEAMS – We prefer to have a maximum number of crewmembers of 8 persons per crew. The local BOTY organizers only have to pay the trip (flight, train, bus, car) for 8 persons of the winning crew. Extra members of the crew have to pay their trip to the BOTY World Finals on their own expanses, they also have to pay their local accommodation in the hosting city on their own expanses.

ONLY REAL CREWS – are allowed to participate in the competition. Real crews means dancing, practising and performing together beside the BOTY.

INDIVIDUAL DANCERS – of a crew are only allowed to join one national or international elimination.

BOTY TEAM MEMBERS – Involved members of the local BOTY organisations are not allowed to participate in the competition as a dancer.

JUDGES BOARD – The jury should consist of 3 to 5 members, selected very carefully in close agreement with the BOTY Headoffice (Germany). At least one member of the jury should be one of our BOTY judging team.


There are different criteria which will be voted on by the judges. For each criterion each judge has to give points from 1 to 10. As more points the judges are giving to a crew as better the crew will stand in the ranking list. As usual the best four crews in the rankings will go for the final battles. During the battle there will be supplementary specific battle criteria to vote for the judges:


Synchronicity („The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous“, how synchronised is the crew performing the show if there are synchronised parts in it?)
Stage Presence („The state or fact of being present; current existence or occurrence“, Is the crew performing in a way that doesn’t let you look at something else? Does the crew impress thru what they’re performing?)
Theme & Music („A subject of artistic representation. The art of arranging sounds in time so as to produce a continuous, unified, and evocative composition, as through melody, harmony, rhythm, and timbre“, like description of dictionary?)
Choreography („Something, such as a series of planned situations, likened to dance arrangements“ / Does the whole show make sense? Is there a concept which guides thru?)




Response (How does the crew/dancer react on what the opposite has given?)
Routines (What kind of “Battle” routines does the crew/dancer bring on stage?)
Strategy (How the crew/dancer is planning and perform during the battle?)
Attitude (What kind of mentality the crew/dancer brings to the battle situation? Is there any disrespecting acting which has nothing to do with the battle itself. It’s not about who is going nearer to the battle opponent or who is insulting the most, but it’s about who is better in B-Boying / B-Girling?)
Voluntary Touching (No touching permitted!)

What are the judges looking at to decide how to vote?


Vocabulary („A supply of expressive means; a repertoire of communication“ / How many different movements is the crew/dancer able to do?)
Innovation („The act of introducing something new“ / What makes the crew something special, different to the others?)
Foundation („The act of founding, especially the establishment of an institution with provisions for future maintenance. The basis on which a thing stands is founded or supported“ / How many of the basic movements, that have been evolved in the beginning of this dance, is the crew/dancer able to do?)
Concept („A general idea derived or inferred from specific instances or occurrences. Something formed in the mind; a thought or notion“ / Do the things which the crew/dancer is doing work together, does it makes sense. Is there a clear idea or a message in what the crew/dancer is showing?)


Control („Authority or ability to manage or direct“ / How clean and perfect is the crew/dancer able to do the movements? It’s not about hitting the floor and destroying the body?)
Expression („The act of expressing, conveying, or representing in words, art, music or movement; a manifestation“ / How does the crew/dancer show his/its feelings? Does the crew/dancer communicate with the crowd thru the movements and the interpretation of the music?)
Aesthetics („A guiding principle in matters of artistic beauty and taste; artistic sensibility“ / How good looks what the crew/dancer is doing? Does it fit to the B-Boy/B-Girl formula?)
Rhythm („Movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions“ / Does the crew/dancer move to the rhythm?)
Difficulty („The condition or quality of being difficult“ / How difficult is what the crew/dancer is doing?)


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