Thursday, September 16, 2010

New York Band Draft OFFICIAL Rules and Regulations, 2010

New York Band Draft OFFICIAL Rules and Regulations, 2010

Mission Statement
The Band Draft Commissioners have put their handsome heads together to create the rules contained in this rulebook. These rules have been designed with certain goals in mind, specifically, your discomfort. They are intended to make participants create music they might not otherwise create with people that they might not otherwise have created with. Some rules have been designed to assure that the New York Band Draft events run smoothly and are entertaining for their audience. All of the rules contained herein have been created for a reason, which the commission, with their immense intellects, has pondered for long hours. We respectfully ask that you shut up and never question our superior minds and follow these rules because we have had a vision, and it’s a badass vision. That being said, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of Band Draft events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the condition of all events, and by participating in these events, all participants agree to com- ply with these rules. NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATION OF, OR COMPLIANCE WITH, THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. You could totally stub your toe on the way up to the stage and we would laugh at you and later make fun of you behind your back so be careful, it’s a dangerous world out there. Any interpretation of, or deviation from, these rules is left to the discretion of the judges and The Commission. THEIR DECISIONS ARE FINAL.

The Commission:



Phone: (808) 228-3834 E-mail:

1.1                  GENERAL APPLICATION
The NYBD rules shall apply to each and every participant who participates in any NYBD event. All participants subject to the NYBD rules are expected to know the rules and any claimed ignorance of the rules will not be accepted or tolerated.

1.2                  AMENDMENT OF RULES
 The Commission reserves the right to add to, delete, supersede or modify any rules for the benefit of the event.

1.3.1 Every band will be responsible for creating and performing two original songs. Songs must be generated:
                              a. by the players in the band
                                    b. in a collaborative effort involving the entire band
c. after the formation of the bands at draft night. Pre-existing song or riff ideas may be used only if they have not been developed sufficiently enough to resemble a song. The honor system will be used regarding this rule. If a band is suspected of being in violation of this rule, The Commission and the judges may rule the song to be inadmissible. 

1.3.2  Every band will be responsible for choosing and performing one cover song. Choice of cover song shall be left to the discretion of the band.
1.3.3 Each band will have fifteen minutes on stage for performance. Performance time does not include set-up time but does include time between songs. Performances are expected to begin and end on time in accordance with the predetermined schedule.


1.4.1 Each band will have ten minutes to set up before performance begins. Set up time for each band begins at the end of the previous band’s performance and in accordance with the predetermined schedule.

1.4.2 Each band must break down immediately following their performance and have their gear off the stage as soon as possible and no longer than five minutes after the ending time of their performance. Band members are expected to leave the stage as they found it and not linger on stage as the next band sets up. 

1.4.3 All equipment not in the personal possession of the performer must be stored in the designated gear storage area at the venue or off the premises. Fontana’s (generic bar) does not want any fines for blocking their fire escapes.

1.5.1 Captains responsibilities in general are:
a. to pick players for their team on Draft Night in accordance with the predetermined drafting schedule established on September 8th, 2010.
b. to organize the rehearsal schedule of the band
c. to keep bands on track with the task of creating and performing the three required songs.
d. to know and understand all of the rules of NYBD and to insure that all of his or her teammates know and understand the rules of NYBD.
e. to insure that bands operate within the NYBD rules and regulations
f. to insure that all players play an important part in the performance pursuant to and in the spirit of rules 1.6.1 and 1.6.2.
1.5.2 Captains responsibilities specific to the drafting of teams:
a. Captains may not choose players that they are currently or have recently (6 months) been in a band with
b. Captains may not choose two or more players who are currently or have recently (6 months) been in a band together
c. Captains may trade players after the draft but all trades must follow the rules set out in section 1.5.2.a and 1.5.2.b and be approved by The Commission.

                  1.6.1 Each participant must perform on all of the three required songs
1.6.2 Each participant must play an important role in the performance of at least one of the three songs. The  spirit of this rule is to insure that each player is involved and has fun on performance night and that the audience can hear them play an instrument or vocal or dance thing.

All participants will be required to play on the back line provided. This rule is intended to simply the set up and break down of bands which will result in smoother transitions. Requests for exception to this rule may be submitted to The Commission.

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