DSA Rule Amendments – June, 2018
We’ve had feedback on our earlier decision to restrict participation in the recreational division to recreational registrants only, designed to prevent unfairness where recreational competitors were allowed to partner with unregistered individuals and with accredited DSA members. This has led to reported unintended consequences in recreational participation and in some studios’ operations. DSA Rule amendments - effective 1st June, 2018 - will alleviate the principal participation issue and clarify some related areas that were previously not well defined.
These changes better define rules which permit non-accredited people to partner competitors in Recreational Division events. The principal still holds that all participants in registered Dancesport events must be registered with DSA, with exceptions for novelty and other specifically exempted events. Additionally, it was found that the current rules make no provision for “Individual” events in the Recreational Division – i.e. Best Boy / Girl / Male/ Female and similarly titled events. As a consequence, these events have been seen as being in the Teacher / Student category, and, whilst the Teacher/ Student category of events has gained acceptance since its introduction, the initial rules (Rule 24) did not match the intended outcomes.
Thus, changes to DSA’s ‘Rules of DanceSport’ have been introduced with effect from 1st June, 2018. The details can be accessed by clicking here
Please note also that DSA Policy No CR 017.1 – ‘Pro / Am and Teacher / Student Guidelines’ is withdrawn, where the foregoing (and earlier) rule changes make this ‘guideline’ redundant.
Steve Edwards - CEO - DanceSport Australia
It is with considerable regret we must announce the cancellation of the Dancesport Australia National Championship (D.A.N.C.E.) - Wollongong June 30th to July 1st, 2018.
We all enjoyed an excellent response from the Dancesport community to last year's inaugural event in Wollongong. However, this year we have found that financial considerations in executing our competition model in Wollongong were not compatible with a responsible outcome. This led to the difficult but necessary decision by DSA’s National Council to cancel this year's event.
Those competitors / DSA members who believe and can demonstrate they have experienced any irretrievable financial penalty with air flight bookings as a result of this cancellation should contact DSA’s CEO in writing, where applications for recompense will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Again, we are deeply sorry about not being able to execute this event. We have already commenced planning for 2019 and in the interim, National Council has decided that the selection events usually conducted at the National Championship will be managed within the Australian Championships in Melbourne in December, 2018.
We trust that you will continue to support DSA, its many initiatives and the many competitions that are set to take place nationally in 2018.
On behalf of the DanceSport Australia National Council
Steve Edwards - CEO - DanceSport Australia
NEW – WDSF Athletes “e-Cards”
All WDSF registered athletes and those DSA competitors proposing to register with WDSF please take note –
WDSF are retiring the plastic WDSF ID-Cards and are using the new, digital WDSF e-Card - commencing in October 2017.
Athletes who want to join the WDSF can now apply for a WDSF e-Card here: https://ecards.worlddancesport.org/ Please read the instructions and follow them carefully.
Athletes which already have a valid plastic WDSF ID-Card do not have to apply for a digital WDSF e-Card. WDSF will send all existing and active WDSF athletes instructions on how they can convert to the new WDSF e-Card.
The below communication from WDSF President Lukas Hinder and the attached 'White Paper' - COMBATING COMPETITION MANIPULATION - is of the utmost importance to all in the DanceSport community - competitors, officials and volunteers. It is commended for review and study by all members of DSA.
The White Paper can be accessed HERE
Steve Edwards, CEO, DanceSport Australia
To the Member Bodies of the World DanceSport Federation (WDSF)
Dear Presidents, Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the WDSF Presidential Task Force (TF) to Combat Competition Manipulation (CCM) I am providing you with the WHITE PAPER to CCM.
This White Paper is the first official publication that is released by the members of the Presidential Task Force to Combat Competition Manipulation in DanceSport. It follows up on the problem of competition manipulation that I have outlined in a letter to the international community that was circulated in April 2016.
This White Paper is published on our Website. For further information, I refer you to: http://www.worlddancesport.org/News/WDSF/The_White_Paper-2216
Otherwise I refer you to the recent publications re TF CCM:
The second instalment of "Skype The Prez," the informal exchange on topical issues between WDSF President Lukas Hinder and the chair of the Athletes' Commission, Ashli Williamson. Two issues were dealt with: a first question about the work of the Competition Manipulation Task Force, the other about a case of alleged competition manipulation in Stuttgart, GER.
Please forward this information to all of your Members in your country.
Thank you very much for your support.
Lukas Hinder WDSF President
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